I'm trying to identify a story I read, which was being written and published on a site where the author gets paid the more visits they get. The story was written by two people going by 'Oz' and 'Lyss', shipped as 'Lyzzy' and posted with that name too IIRC.

I read the beginning - as that's what was published - online in 2015. I think that the website was dark themed.

The story involved time travel, and the beginning has either a sacrifice or an execution by an emperor in the beginning. He then meets with the time travelers, and I think that one of them - a female IIRC - expresses disgust at the killing, and he replies that it was necessary (to keep people in line?).

I'd like to finish reading it, because it was barely published when I lost the link and couldn't find it again - I think two chapters in early 2015 (date may be off by up to a year, sorry).


After Googling some more, I found the original forum thread where it was posted, but the site where it was moved to has changed utterly and does not have the old content anywhere.

After @Valorum in the comments linked to the Lyzzy Fanclub wikia, I remembered which forum it was originally on - The 39 Clues forum. I then used the search function to search for Lyzzy, but that yielded no results for some reason.

I then turned to Google: searching for site:scholastic.com "lyzzy" returned the username of Lyss (InkForest13). Again, site-search failed, so I once again turned to Google: site:scholastic.com "inkforest13", and found the list of her posts. I then scrolled through the list until I found the story - The Time Dial.................... a story by the Ozzomesauce and Ruthlyss Lyzzy. On the fourth page, I came across this post (link may or may not work):

@Layna: Depends on if you're elvish, human, Istari, or whatever.

@Chai: That's not exactly what I was referring to.

@Everyone: This story is officially now being posted on Journalister. Part 3 will be up, and I'm working on Part 4.

However, Journalister has removed all of the content from their old site and turned it into a blog, and I cannot now find the story. The Web Archive has failed as well.

The story opens with an execution:

“Loyal people of Carcinia,” he began solemnly, “we gather today to witness the continuation of the vital task our fathers began, the purging of an ancient scourge of humanity. The eradication of an evil which enslaved our ancestors and brought the world to its knees in a series of horrific wars.” His voice swelled in volume until it echoed throughout the square. “We all know the culprit: magic. And magicians were its most nefarious perpetrators.”
-chapter 1

And the meeting with the time travelers is in chapter 2, although slightly misremembered.

  • Good to hear. I'd come upon the 39 Steps link, but I couldn't figure out where to go from there. – FuzzyBoots Sep 28 '17 at 17:25

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