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Time was immaterial here among the Lost and the Broken and the Forgotten, among those who had not been strong enough to defend themselves and their autonomy. It passed without notice in this place that held the echoes of the Fallen. That kept them prisoner surrounded by the heady scent of death spiced with lingering …

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"You cannot go to the City!" Nhulynolyn slammed his hands down on the counter with enough force for the cabinets built into it to rattle ominously. She hadn't seen him this vehement in centuries and it was weird to see it now, facing off against his identical twin, weirder still that it was happening in a place she'd heard …

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"For the record, I don't agree with this," Jaro spoke in her ear and she looked up at the ceiling, shaking her head slightly, trying to reign in her impatience and failing. The Soulless had gotten a little too outspoken after spending the last several centuries guarding Relyt Greymend; as though his primary station as …

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He frowned when the first sense of wrong went chittering across the Currents and looked over his shoulder at the cabin because aside from the sandstorm ambling across the dunes off in the distance, there was nothing that could cause that wrongness to thicken the air. He frowned harder when that feeling intensified as he …

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