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Gilt and Shadow: Chronicles of the rival mage
Gilt and Shadow: Chronicles of the rival mage
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In a land where magic flows through all living things, former legendary wizard-hero Alaric wanders the streets and notices magic failing more often, including simple spells going awry. Concerned about the ominous fading of talents, he discovers an ancient prophecy in old archives seemingly warning magic will be "devoured by soulless constructs".

These constructs prove to be the emerging technology and automation of the zealous Nullcrest faction, which has harnessed magic-disrupting crystals in mechanical factories spreading exponentially under charismatic leader Selene Thorne. Traumatized by past magical tragedy in her village, the ambitious Selene now seeks to eradicate volatile magic she deems chaotic by restricting it through soulless machines and harsh policies, though her extremes twist noble intentions over time.

Alaric’s former apprentice, Mara, tries convincing him to stand against this threat despite his reluctance and reduced gifts after a past magical catastrophe. Her innate magic aligns with nature, resisting Nullcrest's draining effects. Seeking old magical knowledge, Alaric and Mara discover ancient rituals to heal damaged ley lines and restore fading talents. They form an unlikely alliance against Nullcrest’s authoritarian rule stripping magic from the world without regard for the harm it causes.

Alongside rebel leader Vickson’s brute force defiance and ambushes against Nullcrest supply lines, Alaric and Mara pursue ethical solutions drawing on lost ancient wisdom and cooperation with the land's magic itself to turn the tide against destruction. But escalating conflict requires risky options, including dangerous artifacts granting magic to resist aggressive assaults by Selene’s forces.

As wars rage devastating the land and people, ideals clash. Selene insists only her technological order can prevent uncontrolled magic holding society hostage. Alaric struggles to uphold principles against a ruthless enemy and skeptical allies like Vickson who challenge his fading powers. Ancient rituals provide faint hope if rivals unite to restore the realm’s essential balance despite bitter divisions spread by fear, ambition, and ignorance of interdependency with the primal magical fonts until now taken for granted.

The fateful choices ahead carry grave costs no matter the path. Compassion may illuminate reconciliation if those blinded by trauma rediscover wisdom guarding destiny’s torch instead of forcing flawed order through destruction of heritage and diversity. But oblivion looms if fervent ideals shatter first...

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  1. Chapter 16Feb 29, 2024
  2. Chapter 15Mar 1, 2024
  3. Chapter 14Feb 29, 2024
  4. Chapter 13Feb 28, 2024
  5. Chapter 12Feb 27, 2024
  6. Chapter 11Feb 26, 2024
  7. Chapter 10Feb 25, 2024
  8. Chapter 9Feb 24, 2024
  9. Chapter 8Feb 23, 2024
  10. Chapter 7Feb 22, 2024
  11. Chapter 6Feb 21, 2024
  12. Chapter 5Feb 20, 2024
  13. Chapter 4Feb 19, 2024
  14. Chapter 3Feb 18, 2024
  15. Chapter 2Feb 17, 2024
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