Is it wrong to kill a human...when you're not human yourself?
It's been 200 years since the Trauma, a catastrophic event of a now forgotten origin, wreaked havoc upon the Earth, reducing the human population from billions to thousands and leaving the survivors as prey to humanoid hunters. Vrana of the Raven is one of these hunters. Her tribe has made killing humans, now known as the Corrupted, its purpose - to keep the balance - to ensure that the Corrupted do not rise to power and lay the Earth to ruin once more.
But, one night, in the great northern city-state of Geharra, over 10,000 Corrupted disappear.
And if so many can disappear so quickly, what's to stop it from happening again elsewhere, or to Vrana's own?
Geharra, however, is not the only place to suffer from strange happenings. In Caldera, Vrana sleeps fitfully, dreaming of a void and the witch trapped within. When she is called upon to travel with Serra, Lucan, and Deimos to the abandoned city, she accepts, but only to get away from Caldera, because the witch that haunts her nightmares has begun to haunt her days.
©2015 Scott Hale (P)2015 Scott Hale
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