Atop the Shoulders of Giants

Staking a Claim

As the threats of Ettin and Warg attacks increase, Kurika begins to see that perhaps neither group is the true threat in the Dark Woods. Furthermore, as New Jorintiat settles, it becomes the target of some clearly ill-advised local criminals.

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The Battle of Lisil (Part 2)

After an attempt at assassinating the leadership of the enemy army ends in the slaughter of 2 golirian soldiers, and the maiming of Kriefosal, the Nada’Athi forces offer to retreat and negotiate for peace if the Golirians turn over Maesra Naimi of Hramn. Naturally, starting from that premise, it seems negotiations don’t go very far, and Zelserys finds herself caught in yet another massive battle before the day is out.

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Thieves, Murderer, Tutors, Mages

In the city of Musai, Luther Ritter, Quentin Longtooth, and Sana Roshan investigate a reference given to them about a group of bandits and thieves who may be able to help their investigations. When that lead produces only the slightest clue, they continue to the city of Lalsim, where further investigation begins to prove more fruitful.

However, as their investigation continues, news of the fighting slowly reaches them, and the course of events taking place in the Holy States leads Quentin to eventually part ways with the others, hoping that he can make a difference in the course of the war for his people.

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Death and Taxes

Mei Li Zhao moves to live with her cousins Chun Tsao Nen and “uncle” Ling Fao Nen, where she struggles against all odds to have her family’s land re-assessed for tax purposes.

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Dangerous Allies

Agamemnon Zhang sets off on another secret mission aboard the Oenira. Only captain Fuli Tiyaca knows the true destination of their voyage, and only he knows the dangerous ally that awaits them there.

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The Battle of Lisil (Part 1)

After dealing with what they thought were the last of the Nada’Athi assassins in their midst, Golirian and Itchil forces, joined by significant reinforcements from the province of Lisil, ready themselves to meet the enemy army about a day’s march southeast of the provincial capital. When General Ananth is poisoned, however, Zelserys Anorallath and her brother are forced to take command of a small group of Golirian soldiers in order to defend against the enemy assault.

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No Place Like Home

In an effort to save the town of Jorintiat from the impending danger of clashing armies, Kurika leads close to 300 people on a nearly month-long march across northern Enchi in the hope of settling new homes in time to plant crops for the new season. Much to the frustration of her people, however, avoiding danger – both on the road and in settling a new home – proves much more difficult than expected.

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The Battle of Tulan's Pass (Part 2)

After seeing what came of a group of conscripts who attempted to escape via smuggling – as well as having an almost heart-wrenching interview with the enemy – Luther, Quentin, and Wen decide that perhaps they are better off elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Luther continues his investigation – still looking for clues about what the true catalyst for the war could have been, even as the picture it paints begins to look increasingly bleak.

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Spies and Sailors

Agamemnon Zhang is assigned to a secret mission for the Nada’Athi navy. However, issues of secrecy are the least of the dangers that await him and the Oenira.

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The Mockingbird and Friends

Zelserys Anorallath and her brother Tialis join the Golirian Army in its march to Ackerly to further defend the border with Enchi. However unlike the majority of their comrades, they are assigned as to act as personal guards for an accompanying noble woman and famous duelist, the young Duchess Maesra Naimi of Hramn.

However, it slowly becomes apparent that the Duchess may not be the only one whose safety is a pressing concern.

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