With the Imprecari crime organization vying for expansion to the west, drastic changes must be enforced to achieve global domination. Blade Bandit Desenius Dylandonai, while on a routine raid to the small town of Saluma, is brutally murdered by his long-time comrade Soltar Ulanus. But everyone deserves a second chance. Mysteriously arising from a burning pyre, Desenius makes his way back to his home city with one thing on his mind: find Soltar and make him pay for his betrayal.
Rebekah Scarlet is celebrating her 23rd birthday at a midnight pub in downtown Raleigh when fired gunshots send the freezing January night into a blazing panic. In an effort to escape, Rebekah conjures a powerful entity from the dead to protect her. Only, her summoning fails when bullets tear through her side, leaving her unconscious as cops and ambulances race to the scene.
This special issue of Harvard Business Review, Managing for the Long Term, contains three full-length articles. First, Paul Saffo says the goal of forecasting is not to predict the future but to tell you what you need to know to take meaningful action in the present. Next, Neil Howe and William Straus discuss how tracking generations' marches through time lends order and predictability to long-term trends. Also, Christian Stadler reveals what separates great companies from the merely good.
The western crime organization has crumbled, giving way to the rise of the Imprecari. However, those are the concerns of the consulate, not for the average citizen. As struggling lumberjacks, fire slinger Desenius Dylandonai and ground runner Ghamuna Alhyo have embraced their attempt at a normal life, taking up residence in a lowly hovel outside of the bustling city of Calo.
In a greasy, dustbowl world where men are murdered in the streets and where kidnappers sell children to the highest bidders, Aduro - the god of flames - demands justice. And he will reap his justice through his Intercessors - Intercessors like siblings Constance and Hyek Revaria who follow his teachings to the letter.