“Any challenge to the power of the Emperor must be met with unrelenting force, even if it comes from his own family, for his authority is the foundation of the Empire itself. Mercy is possible for the strong, but peace cannot be had by the weak.” -Emperor Lethik ArdAnkadia, 910 YL, just prior to his dethroning and 100 years of civil war.
“Where is your brother?” -Aihay, Book of Beginnings
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 thematic elements reminiscent of near-future military fiction such as Gasaraki or Isaac Hooke’s Atlas series and 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. Like and share to give me a shot of encouragement. Full chapter updates on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.