by Lawrence Watt-Evans
"The Warlock's Refuge" is a short story set in the World of Ethshar, following a few years after the events of Night of Madness. It's also (in very slightly edited form) the first chapter of The Unwelcome Warlock. It was posted in its entirety for International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, 2010. Click here to read it.
The story was written to explain why one possible solution to the problem of the Calling was not pursued more actively by warlocks -- well, and as a lead-in The Unwelcome Warlock.