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Dirge by Shaeor

"They know not with what they meddle." 

All things are.

We once dreamed of a sky filled with possibilities. Of neverending knowledge. But those were conceited times, filled with quibbling. Now we look up and fear the vastness. We fear the horror of our inadequacy. That there’s nothing beyond the edge of infinity. That there is no edge.

Humanity pulled itself together. Not like you’d expect, not like you’d approve of, but the results are spectacular. We call ourselves Utopians now, to make it simple for our kin in the cosmos. We’ve moved out into the Omniverse, to unlimited resources, and to dominance over the weak. Not for gain, but to the ends of permanence and peace. The cessation of their suffering.

At the apex, looking down on those confined, those unenlightened, we felt safe. So few stand shoulder to shoulder with us. Fewer yet of them are so united as we.

Porter, a godkiller for the Eidolons, is out of the job. Christopher, a Magus in the Guild, has him a new one, but with motives questionable. Kendall, a failing student at the Monastery, has to deal with secrets he never wanted. Anna, her entire life just fell apart, leaving her bereft. And Doran, he awakens. Each of these people, connected as members of the Omniversal Utopian Commonwealth are helpless to the dark truth closing in. Not even the artificial intelligence, Aku, keeper of all Utopian power, can stop the Ouroboros.

It’s not a new dawn. Twilight is setting. The good night calls to sleep and the light dies.

Note: Dirge contains pervasive graphic violence and harsh language.

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Listed: Aug 3, 2016

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Draws you in from the beginning

By WolvesOfCalla, member

Sep 30, 2018: From the first prelude this serial is written in a captivating, page-turning way. It’s darker and spookier than I anticipated, and I’m a fan of all things dark and spooky.

The characters have a breathing three-dimensionality to them that leaves you thinking about them even when you’ve closed the window. Their reactions to the unthinkable terrors they are eventually presented with feel realistic and human, yet their personalities also feel grounded in the dark and tragic world they inhabit.

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Splintered Reflections of Infinity

By SovereignofAshes, author of The Vorrgistadt Saga

Aug 28, 2016: Summation: A reality-bending glimpse into flawed, realistic personalities living within a society stuck at the nexus of all possibility. A fun ride with worthwhile characters and a lot of promise both in plot and in setting.

First Impressions: Throw The Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman into a blender with Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Add a dash of the attitudes of Monte Cook and Bruce Cordell. Mix heavily with the world-building and sense of modernistic wonder from Christopher Nolan. Then [more . . .]

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Magi-punk Utopia

By Team Contract, member

Aug 6, 2016: If I were to try and categorize Dirge as a genre, I would have to go with Utopian Magi-punk. Basically think Scifi level tech that is powered by magic. Multi-dimensional beings, elementals, floating AI’s, immortal sentinels in powered armor. There is enough CoolStuff(TM) going on here to captivate fans of Scifi, superhero and fantasy.

It’s a complex world that is being set and the strong writing pulls it off from the very beginning with a set of 5 prologues.

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