The Dead God’s Due
by Matt Gilbert
Long ago, men stole the power of a god and turned it to dark ends: bloody, apocalyptic war. Only the courage of great heroes held back doom, men of strength and vision capable of setting aside their enmity before they wiped out the whole of humanity. But the god they robbed, Elgar, was not done. The Dead God swore that, long after the heroes were dead, he would have his vengeance on their defenseless children: “The world will become as ash.”
Now, the time of his prophesy is at hand. A band of elite desert warriors crosses the sea, hoping faith and courage will be enough to turn aside the coming apocalypse. Their leader, Prelate Yazid Valerian, seeks the mythical city of sorcerers, Nihlos, the “City of Nothing” spoken of in scripture. There, he believes, he will find allies and answers.
That he and his men may spark the very doom they seek to prevent never enters his mind.
Category: Fantasy – Sword & Sorcery
The Mad God’s Muse
by Matt Gilbert
“The world will become as ash.” So promised Elgar, the Dead God. But that was long ago, and few remember his curse. To keep the knowledge alive for eons is the work of generations of champions.
Young Prelate Ahmed Justinius is but the latest to take up this torch, but, he fears, he may be the last. The end of the world is nigh, and Ahmed feels the absence of his mentor’s wisdom like a hole in his armor.
Things have not gone as planned. A scouting mission into the foreign city of Nihlos located potential allies, the Meite sorcerers, but left the city in chaos. Worse, the Meites are by nature violent, arrogant, and fickle. It is entirely possible the Meites are at this very moment finishing what Ahmed’s scouts began, killing one another and anyone who gets in their way. It could have already taken place and be part of history by now.
If so, the fate of the world might already be sealed.