Into the Shadow World, prologue (fiction)

Into the Shadow World

Prologue

“So what do we know?” the Emperor asked. He was seated at the head of a long table. Immediately to his left was the Arch-Wizard, and to his right was the new Chancellor. Further down the table were various governors, advisors, and military commanders. Opposite him at the other end of the table was the Seer who was wrapped in black robes.

“To the east of my province the land has blackened, and it seems to be spreading. Several towns and villages have been engulfed by this blackness. We’ve also had reports of garns attacking towns.” the Governor of Antearl reported.

“Garns? Aren’t they the foot-soldiers of the Shadow Lord?” the Chancellor asked.

“Yes they are.” the Emperor confirmed.

“I’ve heard reports the same thing is happening in the south. The kingdoms below Yastell are being overwhelmed by garn armies and other creatures. There have also been rumours of large swathes of land also succumbing to this blackening, as though the land itself is rotting away.” the Commander of the Empire’s Southern Armies added. The Emperor looked directly at the Seer.

“Can you enlighten us at all with what seems to be happening?” the Emperor asked her.

“The Shadow World is trying to consume ours, and it’s speed is increasing.” the Seer replied.

“Can anything be done?” the Arch-Wizard asked.

“Possibly.” the Seer answered.

“Is there anyone that can help us?” the Emperor asked her. The Seer smiled.

“There is one, but she’s probably the last person you would want to see.” she replied cryptically. The Emperor sighed and sat back in his seat with a wry smile on his face.

“Ask her to come.” the Emperor commanded. Everyone at the table looked at him in surprise, except the Seer.

to be continued…

Joanne Fisher

About time I began my sequel to the Sky-Pirates of Durn…

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©️2022 Joanne Fisher

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