DATE: Summer 2013
the planet Caelus, magic was as natural as the sun or the grass. It thrived
in the trees and the water, in the wind and the rain. And it thrived in the
people. Possessing a myriad of abilities, depending on where one lived and
grew up, the people of Caelus were cultured and wise, creative and intelligent,
using the abilities their gods imparted on them with care and wisdom. But
the past has not always been so peaceful. The various clans of Caelus have
warred with each other before, vicious affairs that killed thousands and never solved
anything. The last war had only ended five years ago and the tensions and
feuds were still fresh. War was in the air again.
was all to change with the wedding of the beautiful Lorelei Heartstealer of the
Kar Clan to the handsome Lothar Mistshrouder of the Fikir Clan. The binding
of these two clans, who had been feuding for centuries, was to bring the other restless
clans to the negotiating table and seal a treaty of peace for all time.
it was not to be.
Va’Shan Empire had been ravaging the galaxy for millennia. Their sophisticated
war machines and elite shock troops, called the Destructor’s Hand, invaded
planet after planet looking for slaves and resources. Many had attempted to
stop them, none had succeeded. The Kral, supreme leader of the Va’Shan,
held his reigns of power with an adamantine grip that none dared oppose. When
a planet was taken by the Va’Shan, all females over the age of eighteen and
all makes over the age of six were slaughtered without mercy. The remaining
males and the females under the age of thirteen were taken to various planets, separated
from others of their kind, to be trained as the elite shock troops the Empire ate
so ravenously. For the remaining females, it was worse. They would be
taken to the Kral himself, who would choose those who were beautiful and caught
his eye for his vast harem. Those who were beautiful and not chosen by the
Kral were used as forced prostitutes for the pleasure of the nobility and those
who had gained favor with the Kral. Those who were not considered beautiful
were fed to the Destructor’s Hand, to be used as they saw fit, instilling
a fanatic loyalty in the weapon that was the Empire’s forceful arm.
Caelus is picked at random as the next target of the Va’Shan’s insatiable
appetite, the world of the clans is changed forever. The attack came in the
middle of a warm spring day. Lothar was training young apprentices in the
Way of the Fikir, teaching them in the fundamental mental process necessary to master
the power the gods had bestowed upon their clan. The rain of fire and death
from the sky was horrific, the small city outside of which they trained, destroyed
in a matter of minutes. When the first Destructor’s Hand began killing
the children around Lothar with their range weapons, bluish bolts of intense heat
and energy, he realized that this had turned into a life or death situation.
Gathering those around him still alive, he rushed off into the forest and ran for
an entire day, heading for forgotten caves where he and Lorelei had gone off to
be alone when their parents had strictly forbidden such things. After several
days of hiding, Lothar makes his way back to the city to find that it has been totally
destroyed, the palace in which Lorelei and her family had been staying, reduced
to so much rubble. Believing her to be dead, Lothar takes the children under
his care and begins to work his way across the land, hoping to find anyone else
had just left the palace to find Lothar, to bring him the lunch he had forgotten
and to watch him with the children he loved so. When the first explosions
occurred, she thought them to be premature fireworks in celebration of her up-coming
wedding that evening. She quickly realized that it was more than that and
before she knew what was happening, the world around her was falling apart.
Buried by a collapsing wall, she woke up laying next to several other girls she
didn’t know, naked and bound. Within a few hours she was roughly taken
aboard a strange ship that had no sails and soon found herself vomiting violently
as he stomach reacted to the ascent. After a few weeks of travel, she found
herself in a line-up with other beautiful women, all naked, being leered at by a
group of haughtily dressed men who were odd looking in their features, tall and
skinny as if they hadn’t eaten enough. She soon found herself in the
Kral’s harem and the night that she should have spent with her beloved Lothar
in a passionate embrace became a night of rough and rude pain at the harsh and old
hands of the Kral himself.
begins the epic journey of Lothar and Lorelei, both thinking the other dead and
trying anything that will allow them to live just one more day with the hope that
they will find their loved one and end this nightmare. Lothar joins up with
one of his bitterest enemies, Jo’tal Skyshaker of the Edthul Clan, the most
war-like of the clans. Believing that they are the last of their kind, they
struggle to survive, hounded by the Cleansers and their own hatreds. Lorelei
realizes quickly that the only way to survive in the brutal and competitive world
of the Kral’s harem is to become the Kral’s First and then avenge herself
and her people by assassinating him as he sleeps in her arms.
for Caelus is the first book in the struggle for Lothar and Lorelei and those around
them to adapt to their destroyed way of life and incorporate their magical talents
into a world of starships and technology.