Deep in the countryside swamps lies the remote muck-farming village of Woodpen, where an over-worked girl dreams of leaving her muddy life behind. However, a trip to the magnificent capital city of Highwall soon becomes a fight for her life against terrifying creatures of the night.
INCLUDES BONUS STORY: Handy Homunculus (3000 words) More
Through no fault of her own, Cri was born into the life of a Dung Maiden. These hard-working folk are the caretakers of the gronk: disgusting, unintelligent creatures whose existence is solely dedicated to eating and, well, what comes after. Unpleasant work, for certain, but it is only in their droppings that the miraculous healing herb Swampmoss can grow.
Fortunately for Cri, it is her time to venture to the magnificent capital city of Highwall to sell the harvest.
Within the city, she has the time of her life, but it is on her return trip home that it seems her life may be cut short when she becomes hunted by the devious denizens of myth.
INCLUDES BONUS STORY (Handy Homunculus):
A disfigured young boy finds a new best friend buried deep in a merchant's heap of handmade toys. Plagued by a gang of neighborhood bullies, it seems the boy and his doll have different ways of dealing with their problems...