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For generations the empire has spread across the world, nigh-unstoppable in their advance. Its power depends on its automata, magically animated and programmed with sigils and patterns painted in mystical pigments.
A symbol-painter - themselves a colonial subject - is frustrated in their work when their supply of Phoenix Extravagant dries up, and sets out to find the source. What they'll discover is darker than anything they could have imagined...
15 October 2020
(first published 25 May 2020)