Rumours of a remote magical resource becoming active again attract disparate factions.
Artous is a dwimmerscout who examines such resources. His regular duties don't include getting between warring factions. Sometimes it can't be helped, forcing him to negotiate a peace amid violence and veiled motives.
A 3,400 word fantasy short story
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