The Simulacrum of Dread

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Timeline – the beginning of the described events falls in an extrafacetary year with a complex coefficient corresponding to the standard date of:

38th age, 5th eon, 7042nd cycle, 19th period, 1403rd era, 22nd epoch, 823303rd year

The entities known as the Beings of Old have long since staked claims to most of that gem-shaped manifold which is existence. Their alien, furtive, and impenetrably distant politicking has ebbed and flowed throughout past ages, beyond the awareness of most thinking creatures… and recently, it has begun to accelerate. For Sebastio Artaxerxes – and many civilians outside reality’s facets, especially in the transcendent city of Rhaagm – interest in such matters becomes far more pressing after a madman decides to claim a relic of one of the Olds. Sebastio’s demons tell him that fighting the man he once called friend will only end in tears. His soul tells him that tears are only shed by the living, and that the living at least may overcome regrets with time and effort.

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Listings of segments lie below:

  1. Ad Monstrorum
  2. A Dreaded Unkindness
  3. A Dreaded Immortal
  4. A Dreaded Incomprehension
  5. Interlude Amidst Administration
  6. A Dreaded Sword
  7. A Dreaded Dark
  8. Interlude Amidst Abstraction
  9. A Dreaded Composite
  10. A Dreaded Homecoming
  11. Interlude Amidst Suns
  12. A Dreaded Decompression
  13. A Dreaded Kinship
  14. A Dreaded Exit
  15. A Dreaded Requisition
  16. Interlude Amidst the Tower
  17. A Dreaded Welcome
  18. A Dreaded Matrimony
  19. Interlude Amidst Scheming
  20. A Dreaded Sanctuary
  21. A Dreaded Scrimmage
  22. Ex Sol