lands beyond time
1. At the Broken Places
Aylen and Kosal have been traveling together ever since they helped each other escape from a notorious gang of bounty hunters two years ago. When they come upon and save a young man from his attackers, they have no idea he is the heir to the powerful Seba Guild. It’s the assassins coming after them as they escort Bako home to the coastal city of Soki, who tip them off that their new traveling companion is not what he seems. Though reluctant to be pulled into what could become an ugly turf war, the mercenaries ultimately decide to continue helping him. Keeping him alive and making sure he succeeds in taking back his birthright though will require calling on the help of some old friends and relying on the skills they’ve gained from their own harsh pasts.
2. Through the Labyrinth
After leaving Soki, Aylen and Kosal decide to visit the tourism capital of Norash, a large city called Jaipur. They intend the trip to be a vacation, a break from the often frenetic pace of their lives. Yet almost as soon as they arrive, they are pulled into the plans of a gang leader named Ravi, who has consolidated power in the slums of the city. As far as Ravi sees it, the rising tension in Jaipur has everything to do with a mysterious masked woman named Prita. She arrived in the city about a year and a half ago from the old continent of Astan. The authorities say the governing council invited her to act as an adviser but Ravi isn’t so sure her ambitions stop there. Aylen and Kosal help him by infiltrating the upper ranks of society to tease out Prita’s real intentions. What they find is that no one is quite what they seem.
3. Crooked Timber
Though they escaped Jaipur with their lives, Aylen and Kosal are weighed down, both by guilt for their unwitting part in its descent into chaos as well as their knowledge of the plot that threatens to engulf the continent. Finally, they decide to make their way back to Soki to pass their knowledge along to people who can try to halt it. Unfortunately, they don’t find the calm they seek. In fact, the city is once again on the verge of turmoil, this time as a result of a tragic death that also affects the mercenaries on a personal level. Inevitably, events begin to spiral out of control as competing interests battle each other and even people trying to do good pull in different directions. Aylen and Kosal find themselves in the unfamiliar position of being on the edges of power, forced to act as mediators, advisors and strategists as the situation calls for further involvement. Yet with the events of Jaipur fresh in their minds, it is hard not to doubt even their own judgment.
4. Dance of Shadows
It’s been some months since Aylen and Kosal helped prevent Soki from spinning out of control. So naturally, those unhappy with the new order of things have been trying to kill them for those months. When the assassination attempts finally get out of hand, Bako and Nemia decide the two mercenaries need to get out of the city. They embark on a journey to the other side of the continent at Bako’s request to check in on the key city of Rankai, which has to remain stable if they are to have any chance at thwarting the plot to throw the entire continent into upheaval. On the trip, they encounter plenty of evidence that nothing they do can stop the plans already in motion. By the time they get to Rankai, they are feeling demoralized. On top of that, Aylen is also grappling with parts of her past never fully put to rest. Those old wounds are only torn further when she realizes she has unfinished business in Rankai and unfulfilled promises that must be put aside if she and Kosal are to have an chance of doing good.
4. Dust Descend
Aylen and Kosal leave Rankai behind, having done the best they can to pull it back from the brink of war. Though its fate is uncertain, they have reason to hope. Yet by the time they reach Soki to regroup with Bako, they have heard some disturbing rumors that indicate the plot to plunge the continent into chaos is proceeding apace. The Indoran army has landed on the western shore of Norash after a long trip over the ocean and amassed a significant amount of territory. Like the colonizing forces that attempted to swallow Norash two hundred years ago, they are attracted by the possibility of spreading their influence amid the upheaval gripping the continent. Meanwhile, another army led by the High Queen of the tribes that inhabit the northern end of the continent is moving south and on a collision course with the Indorans. The tribes have kept the memory of the last wave of colonization alive and their new High Queen will stop at nothing to prevent it from happening again. Since Aylen and Kosal are destined to go without rest, they agree to join up with the mercenaries the Indorans are hiring to investigate the foreign army that seeks to overrun their continent.