If you seek weakness in an enemy force, find a man with a vice and exploit it.
-Nennek MarChagden, Imperial spymaster. Excerpt from War in the Shadows, 870 YL
This is why we are strong. Because we accept everything, there is nothing a man need hide. If nothing need be hidden, there are no secrets to exploit. The Imperials’ hypocrisy makes them easy to spy on.
-Handwritten note in the margins of an antique copy of War in the Shadows found in the command tent of General Ammin Rayollay of the Irtrallan Hegemony. Circa 1846 YL
Who needs blackmail when there’s always an Irtrallan willing to take a bribe?
-Handwritten note found in the same copy of War in the Shadows, following the first note. Made in the hand of Var Tegar Ket ParMatak of the Ankadian Imperium, circa 1851 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.