1. Spirits of the Lost
In an age long past, patron gods littered the land, each supreme in their own corner of the world, each protecting their followers. Now the few gods who remain are shadows of their former selves, their power much diminished and their people slaughtered by the Six who united to conquer the known world. Ruyin was once a god of smoke and shadow but now she hides within the teeming masses of Taipen, the capital of the empire the Six built. She lives a simple life, working as a messenger and watching the empire rot from the inside out after three hundred years of relative stability. For while the six gods of the pantheon slumber, the descendants of the founding tribes are proving to be an incompetent ruling class. Now, someone is killing Enforcers, who wield the blended magic gifted to them by their patron pantheon and functionally rule the empire. Despite her best efforts, Ruyin finds herself pulled into the upheavals of the age by old friends and new, all of which puts her closely guarded secret at risk.
2. City of the Forgotten
The dark powers granted to Ruyin by the ancient spirit she plays reluctant host to are dramatically revealed when she kills one of the Six patron gods who built the Lian Empire. Even the Enforcers, who wield magic gifted to them by the Six, are glad that Krusen is dead for the old war god attempted to seize control for himself alone as soon as the religious fanatics within the wavering government raised him from his slumbers. Yet Krusen’s death leads to a number of unanticipated ripple effects because while the war god himself is dead, his magic is not. Without him around to direct it toward the Enforcers, the magic instead spills out through the land and ends up in the hands of average civilians, a situation that the faltering ruling elite cannot tolerate. Ruyin wants nothing more than to live out the rest of her days in peace, mourning her people, slaughtered by the Six as they conquered their way to the top. But her powers, once revealed, mean that varies parties either want her dead or want to use her. Either way, they soon discover that there’s more than one reason Ruyin has worked so hard to keep these powers hidden.