Thousands of years have come following the cataclysmic war that crippled the Earth and decimated nearly the entire human race. Those who survived slowly recovered and began settling new cities and forming new nations. These medieval societies are not completely devoid of “first age” technology, though an omnipotent cult of violent Luddites is proactively attempting to erase every record of the first age so as to prevent the human race from accomplishing the suicide it started thousands of years prior. Also vying for power in this world of isolated nations is a group called the Pantheon that is led by its charismatic leader: Gideon.
Gnochi Gleeman, a retired traveling master bard, finds himself thrust back into a profession he had given up. When his sister and niece are kidnapped by the shadowy branch of the Pantheon and are being held until he fulfills his end of the bargain, Gnochi’s only hope of seeing his sister and niece again is to complete the daunting contract without arising unwanted attention.
(Drawing shows first visualization of Gnochi. I like the cover version better… It’s got his beard present.)
Cleo is a young woman who, when finally granted an ounce of freedom, flees from her chaperone into a completely unfamiliar nation. During her first months journeying through the eastern woods of Lyrinth, Cleo discovers something life changing, but she also realizes that her discovery puts her life in grave danger.
All the while, people across the world are beginning to prepare for the once-in-a-decade winteryear. These winteryears, only one of the “echoes” of the first age still present in the current society, have been ravaging the Earth since it woke from the nuclear winter and recovered from its near destruction. Will proper preparations be taken before the Earth is blanketed in its yearlong snow?