Experience the first season of the Loremaster Series. An anthology series of four novellas, each telling an unsettling story that provides a small glimpse into the world of Kaiden. Each novella will be released with four varying levels of rarity. From the unlimited supply of the Ashigaru edition, to the exclusive limited run of the Emperor Edition.
The Thief’s Gambit by Steven Savile
On the surface it should be an easy job, break into one of the great Kioku vaults hidden away within the peaks of the Seven Blind Brothers, retrieve a book from the depths of the library’s vast store, get out and get paid. Handsomely. In this life, though, some things are best left lost, as the thief was about to learn. Getting in was easy for a a man with his particular talents. Almost too easy. In truth, a more suspicious man might have thought the ancient volume wanted to be found. From the moment he lays his hands on the book, freeing it from the first of the rusted chains that secured it, the thief’s like in no longer his own. He harries more than a musty old book out of that put. The ancient evil he has freed promises to be the death of eavery man, woman and child in Ikaiguchi. A little knowledge truly is the most dangerous thing…
The Bandits Covenant
In all her life, Utako Sada had never done one thing right. Joining the gang of the Crimson Rider may have been a tempting choice at the time, but it turned out to be much less the promised. When she finds herself captured by the Kumo Clan. and facing an executioner’s blade, it seems as though her luck has ran out. But salvation comes in the form of a proposal – track down a fugitive and all debts are paid.
With no other choice, Utako and her gang of miscreants must travel the Go-Wa of Ikaiguchi in search of a thief and the book he has stolen. A journey that will take them further than any of them could think possibly. One that will ultimately test their loyalty, their resolve, and their sanity.