Welcome to my online fiction site! Here you can read my online novel inspired by the game "Baldur's Gate II - The Shadows of Amn." This is unofficial site and it is not associated by any means with Interplay, Bioware or TSR Inc. No material from this site can be reproduced for any commercial use and any noncommercial use must be authorized by me.

BITTER GREY ASHES

Welcome to my new novel site. 'Bitter Grey Ashes' is a story of Jon Irenicus. Of how I feel it may have ended in one of the many alternative versions of the future. It all started with Dave Gaidar hosting a quiz in the Attic, asking us to write our version of Joneleth and Ellesime story. I did not like Irenicus at all, but tried my best to imagine how it all started ... The more I wrote about him the more involved I got, until I cannot stop myself from imagining how it could have turned if it did not end with that last battle in Hell. Then I just happened to download and play through the Ascension Mod (by Dave himself) in which Jon makes one last appearance. Gods was I surprised!

Then I thought - what if?! And this resulted in me writing and coding a new Mod called Redemption, in which Joneleth is given his last chance at redeeming himself. If you are interested, you can find more material on this Mod at : REDEMPTION site.

The new mod is called THE LONGER ROAD will give you Irenicus for the entire ToB part of the game, and new extended storyline is coming soon.

After Mod was written and coded I still felt it was not finished. I sat and I tried to write few new sentences for the epilogue, and suddenly it turned out as a first person narration. If you have read my other story, you know it is a narrative, but that was easier to write since the heroine was female. Writing from Jon's POV is not easy, but it sure is a lot of fun! I do have a very interesting plot in store for this novel, and I definitely hope you will find it as entertaining as I am to write it.

The story is taking place after the events of the Throne of Bhaal and is expanding into the present time Forgotten Realms reality. It is going to be linked to the events of the novels: 'Evermeet the Island of Elves', the 'Archwizards' trilogy, and the Neverwinter Nights game plot.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your reading!

THIS STORY IS A WORK IN PROGRESS - I POST A NEW CHAPTER EVERY 2-3 WEEKS, OR SOMETIMES MORE FREQUENTLY. CHECK BACK PLEASE. I WILL CERTAINLY POST NOTIFICATION HERE ON THIS PAGE WHEN THE STORY IS FINISHED. FOR NOW I PLAN FOR 100-120 CHAPTERS. THERE IS PLENTY OF TIME - I AM NOT THAT OLD YET!

Quick commentary on the new front page portrait -- this was made for the Longer Road mod and the Ashes courtesy of XVIII - the artist from the Forgotten Wars Forums community. The next chapter is being written, and I promise more frequent updates as soon as the Longer Road mod is out.

"What does God want? Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?"

 

Anthony Burgess, The Clockwork Orange.

 

"Ring a-round the roses,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down!"

 

Nursery rhyme

 

"The trees of home are burning..."

 

Joneleth Irenicus

PART ONE

THE LAKE OF MEMORY

CHAPTER ONE - HARSH AWAKENING (updated on 11/08/2003)
CHAPTER TWO - 'APOLOGY' (updated on 10/22/2003)
CHAPTER THREE - OF MAGIC AND ANXIETY (updated on 05/18/2008 - rewriting the entire Part I)
CHAPTER NINE - INTERLUDE IN THE DEMONWEB PITS ( updated on 05/02/2008 - rewriting the entire Part I)
CHAPTER TWENTY - TRANSFORMATIONS AND TRANSITIONS (very seriously edited on 07/21/2005, added image)
 

PART TWO

THE BASKET CASE

CHAPTER TWENTY SEVEN - THE WYRMLING
CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHT - PARANOIA
CHAPTER TWENTY NINE - CATHARSIS
CHAPTER THIRTY - CHILDREN'S FABLES
 

PART THREE

THE CARNIVAL

CHAPTER THIRTY TWO - THE DUBIETIES OF ELDOTH KRON (edited on 12/12/03)
CHAPTER THIRTY THREE - THE SPECIAL ENVOY (edited on 01/12/2004)
CHAPTER THIRTY FOUR - INTERMISSION (edited on 01/31/2004)
CHAPTER THIRTY FIVE - THE TROUBLEMAKER (edited on 02/23/2004)
CHAPTER THIRTY SIX - TASTE OF HONEY (edited on 03/16/2004, added image)
CHAPTER THIRTY SEVEN - THE COMELY CORPSE (edited on 04/03/2004)
CHAPTER THIRTY EIGHT - BLIND HOPE (edited on 04/26/2004)
CHAPTER THIRTY NINE - STRATAGEM (A MANEUVER IN A GAME OF CONVERSATION) (edited on 05/14/2004)

CHAPTER FORTY - A SIP OF CLARET (edited on 05/31/2004)

(warning : violence, nonconsensual sex)

CHAPTER FORTY ONE - DIVINATION (edited on 05/31/2004)
CHAPTER FORTY TWO - THE BREAKINGS
 

PART FOUR

THE ROYAL HUNT

CHAPTER FORTY THREE - THE ASTRAL PLANE (very seriously edited and renamed on 10/21/2004 -- parts of important conversation were modified)
CHAPTER FORTY FIVE - THE QUEEN'S CHOICES (very seriously edited on 10/20/2004 -- parts of important conversation were modified)
CHAPTER FORTY SIX - SYLVAREE
CHAPTER FORTY SEVEN - THE FACETES

CHAPTER FORTY EIGHT - FARADOME (edited on 01/25/2005)

CHAPTER FORTY NINE - THE GAMES GODS PLAY (edited on 02/23/2005)
CHAPTER FIFTY - THE CHASE
CHAPTER FIFTY ONE - TAMING OF THE SHREW
CHAPTER FIFTY TWO - HAUNTED REVERIE
CHAPTER FIFTY THREE - THE BRIGHT ONE (on July 12 added a link to the website dealing with Kiaransalee and her church )
CHAPTER FIFTY FOUR - DENOUEMENT
 

PART FIVE

RETRIBUTIONS

CHAPTER FIFTY FIVE - THE MAN WHO WAS NOT THERE
CHAPTER FIFTY SIX - SISTER DEMIN'S BALANCE
 CHAPTER FIFTY SEVEN - DUBIOUS SOJOURNS
CHAPTER FIFTY NINE - FAMILY VALUES
CHAPTER SIXTY - REVELATIONS
CHAPTER SIXTY TWO - DIVINE GIFTS
CHAPTER SIXTY THREE - LOST ONE
CHAPTER SIXTY FOUR - THE GAME OF SAVA
CHAPTER SIXTY FIVE - THE PATHS OF DELIRIUM

 

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Last modified on January 12, 2010
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