“We, fellow daughters, are the servants who work in the darkness, unknown and unthanked. We are the ones who keep the warlords in line, who find the rebels before they destroy, who rescue the stolen while they still have life. We are the invisible guardians, and if we don’t do our job, the empire falls.”
-Instructor Miritay TarRasgen. Part of a graduation speech given to new agents of the Daughters of Neralene’s Quiet Step in 1912 YL.
“I wonder if the world is really richer for all the bodies I’ve put in the ground.”
-Field Agent Kasta LarKannet, journal entry, 1917 YL.
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.