The Cradle of the Gods
by Thomas Quinn Miller
In the world of Allwyn, humans are almost extinct. A war amongst the gods led to the downfall of humanity and the banishment of their god. A thousand years later, the remaining humans eke out an existence on the fringes of the vast dwarven empire.
In one such settlement, known as the Cradle of the Gods, a young man named Ghile is preparing for his test of manhood and Rite of Attrition, which is used by the dwarves to seek out humans who show signs of being potential vessels for their insane god’s return. The same rite which claimed the life of Ghile’s older brother.
Meanwhile, Almoriz the Sorcerer and his over-confident apprentice Riff arrive in Ghile’s village for what seems to be just another of their annual visits. But their arrival triggers a series of events that thrusts Ghile into a prophecy that will mark him as the Stonechosen, and unlock in him powers of the gods.
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