“Judging by the holy women in the Teachings, the character of a woman of the Ankadarul should be thus: assuming that enemy forces break through to her home, she should invite their soldiers in for a cup of hot hax if they are peaceful, and ram a sword through their guts if they threaten her children.”
-Keva Maka KirHaron, 1287 LR
“The Neralenes are the perpetually unmarried sisters of the Ankadarul, and like all spinster aunts, it is our duty to keep the house in order for our distracted siblings.”
-First Daughter Paylira RarMattin, 1556 LR
This chapter is part of the in-progress serial web novel The Unbroken Blade, intended to be book one in The Shattered Empire trilogy, and features a mix of sci-fi and cultural elements reminiscent of near-future military fiction such as Gasaraki and pure sci-fi combat classics such as Mechwarrior/Battletech and Gundam. The story is rich with battle and conflicts of honor and conscience arising around a civil war on the forested world of Dankar, far from our own, but is primarily focused on how the main characters deal with the challenges they face, not their machines or their world. Follow this blog to receive each chapter as soon as it is released.