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Up and Under

A gripping tale from recognized writer of fiction, Ian H. McKinley, and award-winning artist, Meunier, in which elves, orcs, humans, dwarves, rodentiens and exotherms play football. Explore Guayamartí, the great city of the Hierarchs and home to the famous Eztadio Sanger, a stadium that has seen the greatest exploits in the history of sport. Follow the fortunes of an owner, a coach, and a player as they navigate the perilous world of “footy”.

Cassandra Thordwall, a pirate who wishes to leave her old life behind her and start a footy team, tracks down the infamous former coach Karsgaard Neuvil and proposes forming a new team, the Mytilan Militantes. What happens next will leave you longing for the next episode of Up and Under.

Episode 04: You’re not going to score

Naught says "you're not going to score" like a spike through the arm. It was Karsgaard Neuvil’s approach to footy. You could swap out the specific body part, but the principle held; it’s impossible to score a touchdown when impaled on a spike. In this particular case, it was the arm.

Episode 03: Daggers Scythed the Air

One hit Umberto, another embedded itself into the snug’s door-frame. Neuvil jumped up and grabbed a stool. Thordwall dove under the table and another dagger thumped into the wood panelling right behind where her head had been a second earlier. Two men and two women surged from the throng that had…

Episode 02: It Was a Hell of a Play

Whatever one’s thoughts on hell, Karsgaard Neuvil’s detractors certainly called it “devilish,” implying that some foul power had aided him. His Hammarskjöld Nordhammers had been drawing 1-1 heading into the final moments of their last game of the season against the Karthini Royalists.

Episode 01: Get the Bastard!

Jacyntha knew him, Pierce Rosethorn, knew he’d make for the sideline. Get him now! She had seen the Quarrel’s thrower fade right and had known Rosethorn would be the target. She had backed off her sisters in the ruck and had done so just in the nick of time.

The World of Up and Under

Up and Under takes place in an astounding world of dangerous continents, stunning archipelagoes, and bountiful seas. This map will help you navigate around its corners and see whence come the teams of the Sommer Sea Football League.

Presentation

I threw the ball from the East and it was caught in the West. You all know me as an educated minotaur, equally able to expound on philosophy as to break down in-game tactics. Indeed, my history is full of moments when the philosophical has fed the practical and vice-versa. And yet, I do not

Credits

Up and Under is an innovative collaboration between an award-winning artist and a recognized writer of fiction. Ian H. McKinley published his first fantasy novel, The Gallows Gem of Prallyn, in 2014. On the strength of this debut effort, he was invited to participate in the 2016 Frye