Prologue


Sebastian threw down his state-issued celestial saber and armor plating; lost and gazing into the despair of the indigo moon high above him. Howling into the starless sky for the life he had once had.

He would not be here if it weren't for the Orysis in their fortresses on another planet; a distant and resource-devoid system attempting to control the furthest reaches of the Boreal galaxy. Sebastian's blood soaked the violaceous flowery moss that canvassed the remains of the archaic ruins that sheltered him now. Remnants made by an extinct race long forgotten, known to no higher being or order.

As he laid there dying, eyes fixed on the transient body in an irradiant sky he knew his unit would not find him and he would be lost like these ruins to this strange singing alien world.


Belfour was rumored to be a decaying planet with gross and gaseous toxins; built upon spiraling canyons and noxious magenta rock. The planet was a more recent discovery from Gambrel's End—a star-torn black trench that has scarred the Boreal system and all of its inhabitants since before their colonization of the system. The tear in what seems to be space-time has impeded trade routes, federations, and reputable scientists alike across its blind vastness. Independent researchers and state-recognized astronomers have marveled over the enigma of the black void that engulfs the hidden and possibly vacant space of its region. Navigators and vagrants of Boreal also avoid jumping through this lightless trench at all costs for fear of the primeval existence that allegedly conceals itself there, whispers of apparitions that pollute its soil and ravishes its stars within its eternal gyre.

These deaf tales fluctuate from the closer planets and cities of Gambrel's End, and although there have been minor expeditions into the void most of it remains uncharted. Many research vessels and wealthy industrialists are innocent to the depths of the trench and its isolated secrets. There are only a handful of tales that have returned from the caliginous space beyond.