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Chapter 1:

Gamox Murkcutter considered himself a sturdy goblin, and a worthy knight under Visefist the Goblin King.  Gamox had grown up with both parents members of the city guard, and the three of them sparred often as a hobby, a way to pass the time.  He began his defense training at twelve, two years earlier than most goblins.  The training was intense for a goblin so much smaller than his comrades, but Gamox turned this to his advantage, focusing on nimble evasion turning the momentum of an attackers blows against them,  throwing them off balance with the slightest motion.  He had held on to this fighting style all his life, it now defined his very being.

Now he faced his greatest challenge so far.  The king had requested Gamox visit the Dwarven people, competitors with the Goblins through ages past.  Naturally the dwarves met announcement of Gamox’s arrival with the issue of a challenge from their greatest warrior.  Gamox had no choice but to accept and found himself locked against a fierce dwarf, blade to blade.  The combat had gone nowhere  since its start an hour ago.  Dwarven unity with the firm ground of the rocky arena held the dwarf fast against every unbalancing blow Gamox sent her way.  At the same time, she could land no blow against him, every swing lightly parried, every stab evaded nimbly…

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