The Summer Heroes
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The Summer Heroes finally understand the true purpose of the mythical Miqra’Chen, and the nature of the conflict that threatens to engulf the world. Possessing one of four pieces, they must race to find the remaining ones before Glaysa, or anyone else, finds them. They must also come to terms with the lies behind their world’s very history and foundation, and must decide where they stand if the coming Godswar cannot be stopped.
Glaysa also seems to be behind much of the destabilization in Penwith and elsewhere: supporting orcish war bands preparing for invasion, manipulating events in the North to keep the largest standing army occupied, backing murderous pirates and misguided leaders in Brightwater, making deals with dragons to attack the Elvish lands to the South, distracting the Dragon Watch from their sacred duties, stirring forces deep within the earth that are disturbing elementals everywhere, and distributing magical statues used not only for eliminating Curators but also causing ever growing corruption in the surrounding areas. Her aim is the complete destruction of life on earth, removing the worshippers of what she calls the false gods, to bring back those to whom she is devoted…or so it seems, anyway.
The Summer Heroes are on the run. Brightwater, their home and safe haven, is solidly in the hands of the false Chief Curator Mellitus and his uncle Oswiu, the self-proclaimed King of a United Penwith that is anything but. Supporters of Talerion’s failed coup and the rightful Chief Curator Iro have spread throughout Penwith, consolidating mostly in Starll, home to another set of allies. The Summer Heroes’ time at Sweetwater Monastery, their most recent sanctuary, ended in blood, betrayal, bittersweet reunions, recriminations, and loss. A weakened order stands behind them, swearing to be there when called upon. Their brief respite at the Rotunda has yielded new allies and new information, and many directions for them to go. But where? To solve the problems they’ve left in their wake, or continue on their quest whose importance grows with each new detail. Events are spinning out of control in the world, and may force them in directions they did not intend, or tried to avoid.
With the fate of the world on their shoulders, the Summer Heroes each have their own problems to manage as well.
Erlindar seeks a means to remove the amulet fused into his chest, uncomfortable with the nature of its powers. He is even more troubled by the growing similarities between himself and the visions of his possible future. His engagement to Corinthia is not helping matters. But he fears he may not be able to remove the amulet, or worse, that he may find himself unwilling to do so.
Thalion is marked as a pariah by his own order, for violating his oaths and sharing his order’s most precious secrets. Now his former allies have sworn to hunt him down, and the rest of the Summer Heroes, for the secrets they both know and carry with them. Already party to intrigue, betrayal, and coups in Brightwater, the Dragon Watch has pulled its advisors and heroes back to seek the traitor and bring him to answer for his perceived crimes. Without their careful eye on the great powers, what disasters will befall the world?
Mina finally understands her heritage and what the Dragon Watch sword is: the fabled Sword of Kalora (or one of them, anyway). Her long lost mother has resurfaced, bearing the second of her ancestor’s mythical blades, and is intent on destroying the Curators and preserving the new gods. And a twin sister she never knew has supplanted her old mentor in Skroz, and even went so far as to abduct mina and masquerade as her among the party. Mina was not party to Winifred’s murderous deeds, but cannot help feel some responsibility for them. But how will that responsibility fair in a confrontation between the two sisters?
Pirro struggles with his past failures and his need to protect those around him, but has found new purpose and meaning in Sweetwater. Possessing the power of one of the Guardians, he must decide to serve their cause, or find some means of peace between the old and new gods. In all of this, he is determined to keep Darion safe at all costs. Everyone else he cares for has been taken from him, and he will step in front of any attack to see his charge, and friend, complete their quest.
Talerion is the sole Summer Hero to stay behind in Brightwater to manage the crisis. His family endangered, his friends and supporters dead or scattered, his city under the iron rule that should be his, himself gravely injured, he must face decisions about how far he is willing to go to follow his family’s ambitions. And who he is willing to crush to get there. And whether his scheming sister will take their ambitions too far, and what consequences that might bring.
Darion finally knows the purpose and truth of his impossible prophecies, but rejects the notion that he must serve the old or new gods. Choosing to side with mortals in the conflict, he must find a means to do so without staying outside of the conflict completely. The Miqra’Chen may be the key to ending the conflict before it erupts in outright war, but the growing chaos enveloping the world cannot be ignored either. And Brightwater, always Brightwater, remains a focal point. Can the city be prepared for its role in time to be saved? Or will it burn, like his visions portend?
Venju, the newest ally to the Summer Heroes, endangered his sacred mission entrusted to him by the elders of his people to save Mina and join the Summer Heroes. Will his initiative cost him and ultimately endanger his race? Or will it prove their salvation? And will the Summer Heroes ever trust him, given their recent experiences?
And Abajeet, separated from Mina and her friends except in brief moments where she can offer them refuge, is struggling to understand her new powers, growing personal army, obligations, secrets, and how her actions may have started the war that could destroy creation.
“We will meet our end of the bargain. Hassuna will be distracted with internal turmoil and their search overseas; the Dragon Watch will have similar problems. They will be ripe for destruction, and you will rule everything between the Alia Kara’Vesh and Darrova. Whatever you wish, so long as you keep them occupied for the duration of our plans. And you will have what you want”
He eyed Glaysa with distrust. “And you can do as you claim?”
“You know I can. Burn Hassuna, and we will free your kin from their torment.”
“You realize what this means, Thalion? Your brothers and sisters that you have forsaken will hunt you down and bring you to justice. Both of you.” Sueldor sneered as he leaned in closer. “And I’m going to be the one to bring you in.”
The young elf stopped and gaped in amazement at Mina and Thalion, and their Dragon Watch Swords that so closely resembled his own. Shaking away his surprise, he quickly darted down a side hallway back to the main area of the monastery, his path obviously changed by this encounter.
“Well that is settled. I will track down the Regulator who poses a threat and make him…see reason.” Corinthia smiled in a manner that is not at all comforting, though she no doubt intended it to be. “And I will give him to you as a wedding present.”
“’Albion’s youngest son would bring about the end of Brightwater as we know it.’ That is what my vision foretold. I will not rest until I stop you, Darion. I will not let you destroy my city.”
“Slay a Guardian, and you gain their power." Winifred smiled wickedly as she stood over Sanaar’s unmoving body.
The monks who blamed the Summer Heroes for Sanaar’s death were not present at Sanaar’s funeral. They had long since departed.
The air glowed purple around Winifred, conflicting badly with her bloodstained clothes. “No, not my contingency spell!” She clutched the box of Sands of Creation in one hand and reached out with her left. “I didn’t get everything I came f-” She disappeared suddenly, Mina’s Dragon Watch Sword clattering to the floor only inches from where her sister’s hand had just been.
“Methia encoded in one single book a powerful magic, one that would allow the reader to gain all knowledge about a discipline, any discipline.”
Mina’s magical talents were small, and may not manifest in an explosive ball of fire or a prophetic vision, but they were still hers.