Survival! That’s all there is now.
Princess Kirti and the Oorn discover a ruinous city
where the stars have descended from the sky.
Princess Kirti battles Mtilan in the tomb of Soterios.
Pekra awakens a mysterious, comatose figure inside the tomb.
Pekra succumbs to an Otice spell, attacks his friends,
and is later swarmed by ravenous underwater creatures.
The mortally wounded Soterios reveals a great secret.
King Baalath confronts the Unborn King in the tower of Hirambim.
Pekra and the Nezân enter the Valley of Sorrow.
Prince Dúme and Captain Belesys secretly
follow Mtilan and infiltrate his hidden lair.
Prince Dúme and Captain Belesys investigate the forge of Mtilan
and uncover his duplicitous covenant with their enemy.
Memories of the past and visions of the future.
Pekra, Rashidi, and Dalila fall into a nest of tyrn and fight for their lives.
A battle-worn Princess Kirti and the dwindling Oorn
confront their enemy within sight of the Mound.
Fool leads Pekra and Kirti into a secret passage
and up a hidden stair inside the Mound.
Binding bands are discarded, and the Rtari insurrection begins.
Dúme orders Galleon to kill Calais.
Galleon recalls the death of his wife.
In the ancient past, King Baalath conquers the Unborn King,
but the resulting revelation fills him with despair.
Fool asks Pekra for forgiveness one last time. Mtilan summons
his army down into the crater. Legion surrounds the cottonwood.
The prophecy of the seven tongues of fire is fulfilled.
© 2021 William J. Meyer