< The Magic Surrendered >
A short story about a brilliant mage and an insecure empress
After generations of relentless expansion, the Empress rEleanor is ready to put her family's habit of conquest
behind her, content to cease her army's forward march and solidify her position as the ruler of the territories
already in her possession. But these countries her fathers' conquered are eager to leave the Empire, and willing
to resort to revolution
Amalthea grew up poor, her homeland destitute after being invaded and occupied. But her new status as a citizen
of the sparkling empire gives her access to the Academy of Mages. And the Empress. But once there, she defies
their rules and pursues her own experiments with dangerous and forbidden magics. Despite this, she catches the
Empress's eye, and is soon the first official Imperial Scientist.
Together, the two have the power to sow cohesion, innovation, and improve the lives of everyone in the Empire,
or they could obliterate any resistance at a perilous cost.
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