Shadows of the Heavens

Not even half-way into its first century the empire is riven by strife hidden behind a polite facade. With political factions vying for imperial influence, regional politics subverting imperial law, and society still recovering from recent wars, how much is due to mythic beings many no longer believe in?

A scholar's death triggers a series of events which could unravel the tenuous empire, drawing into the deadly game a young enforcer searching for his childhood friend; an examiner who desperately wants to avoid politics; a masked woman whose curiosity could cost her everything; and a young prince with nothing better to do.

A series of fifteen novelettes/short stories.

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There's a map of the empire, a basic history of the lands through the last few empires, and details on the greater spirits (or thousand little gods) referenced in the stories (and some who aren't).