Articles By Author - Thomas Knauss

On the Road with Phileus J. Abbertale: Beneath the Canopy

No predicament frightens me more than the terrifying realization of being lost. My first brush with the unsettling sensation took place during my teenage years. My parents introduced me to the unspoiled wilderness at an early age. Under their tutelage and vigilant gaze, I explored dark forests and other feral areas where many adults feared to tread. At the age of fourteen, I decided to apply these lessons during my first solo foray into the...

On the Road with Phileus J. Abbertale: Into the Clouds

A journey facilitator such as myself puts faith in his senses but never fully trusts them. Reality isn’t always what you see and hear. Often times, feelings convey a truer understanding of the world around us than our tangible perceptions. An inexplicable hunch, an unnerving tingling, or a stray hair standing on end can sometimes tell me more than the most intrusive tactile examination. Fortunately for me, my instincts came to my rescue on more...

On the Road with Phileus J. Abbertale: Earth and Water

I have always felt an affinity for the sea. Watching the blue tapestry stretch out to the horizon while cutting through the waves inspires me to dream of distant lands and perilous journeys. It would stand to reason that water holds a special allure for me then, but a frightful encounter in the wetlands paled my enthusiasm for watery excursions. Entry Three—Earth and Water Indeed, trekking into Maillon’s swamp is a much different experience...

On the Road with Phileus J. Abbertale: Fire and Sand

My uncle Reginald, a cosmopolitan fellow with a flair for the dramatic, regaled me throughout my youth with marvelous tales about his adventures in the Southlands. His stories of sleek sandships skating on the dunes, vast cities of the dead, and temperamental genies led me to dream of one day seeing these wonders firsthand. With visions of the sprawling sands dancing in my head, my burgeoning wanderlust finally grabbed me by the wrist and...

On the Road with Phileus J. Abbertale: Fields of Doom

Well met and well-traveled, friend. Introductions are certainly in order. I am Phileus J. Abbertale—explorer, naturalist, and scholar. Neophytes refer to me as a guide, but I personally find the term lacking, considering the breadth of knowledge I impart to those willing to listen. Indeed, the title Journey Facilitator best captures the range of services I provide to my clients. In my mind, formality conveys importance, and nothing is more...

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