Empaths. Superstrength. Kung Fu Masters. Petting Zoo People.
There is a word for people like that. A pre-packed fluffy-feeling word the government’s spin doctors had come up with.
Lucretia had her own words for her peer group: freaks of nature, science projects, and fanatics. They were all the people that had been born, transformed or self-willed into something that should have been bizarre, but was becoming less so.
All she wanted to do was live an unnoticed life in her brownstone, working at the library and chasing down idiot cops who took her books on stakeouts.
Of course, there are problems with that, such as the fact that she's considered an interesting research specimen by some of the more amoral companies. Her tendency to stick her nose in where it probably shouldn't be. A love-hate relationship with various alcoholic beverages.
Oh yes, and the fact that she's still on parole.
Tennel Grimbeck, skinner of the Rolsarn Swamp on the edge of the Confederacy of City States, is leaving the home he’s known for all his life ahead of tragedy and rumors of murder.
Runya Sulemar, holy warrior of the Hinoitaur race, has been wandering the expanse of the Dim, the last messenger to carry a warning of doom to the world beyond.
Morriga Dagnon, young aristocrat of the city of Drenon, seeks to prove the fame and glory of her home’s legends as the greatest archers of the Confederacy.
Dobrek, a mysterious duelist, was drafted as a scout to be sent south to the Greenwater after an unfortunate misunderstanding with the magistrate of Drenon.
The Greenwater, a vast inland sea out of which grow trees the size of mountains. A place of savage, primal danger and new opportunity.
A place were the depths have never been fully tested, either in the waters or the hearts of its residents.
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Six New Heroes
The Exile – Jun, born Oishi Toshiko, was a wolf of the Kikage clan of zodiac samurai. Now she is merely a wandering vagabond cook, uncertain of how to carry out the last orders of her daimyo.
The Fighter – Enkil’s father was the leader of the Amaletu clan in the Hordelands until a mysterious zodiac, sent by the Bharita witch, arrived to challenge for control of the clan.
The Hunter – This snake has accepted no name and wanders seeking to hunt down the men who cursed her to a life of pain and misery.
The Traveller – Sigurd was put on a Volstagg ship at age fifteen to escape a massacre of the caravan of dogs that was caring for him at the time. Now he feels he must return to the continent of his birth.
The Thief – Xun Fu came to a witch’s attention years ago and was given the job to collect something for her. He did, but then he refused to bring it to her. He’s been on the run ever since.
The New – Acacia is unique, the first new zodiac species to walk the world since the ancients fell. And she has a past and future that is inescapably tied to the witch, Lady Adrasteia.