For the first time in centuries, the empire of Grand Catai knows peace. Prosperity rules and all stands in careful balance. But of course, peace and prosperity are rarely to the liking of those who seek power for themselves.
At a meeting of the Supreme State Council, the battle-lines are drawn.
At the centre of the Thrival Temple sits the Green-Ray: source of all life in the Universe. Threatened on all sides by allies and adversaries alike, Cadmus must steal this artefact if he is to untangle the web of plots that surround him.
But the Green-Ray is not merely a pawn in the games of others. She has ideas of her own. Ideas that concern Cadmus.
There was a godhead... There is a godhead. It is a hoary wasp's nest in which vectors called thoughts and actions have moved since time immemorium, making their wasp-like accumulations. It is a nest in which larvae have birthed, feeding on the black, nauseous substance of the honey made in that diseased place.
The honey is dark and bitter, tending towards entropy and it frequently denatures into mould. The honey-comb is diseased, as are all the larvae that squirm there. And all this because of a thorny crown refused-
All was, is, and shall be decided on Golgotha hill.
Before the walls of the holy city of Parnassus, the Ronin must face the great Beast. Will he find redemption, damnation or something else entirely? And what is the significance of the strange city, planted atop the corpse of a long-dead God?
The godhead holds its secrets close. Only through sorrow and strife shall they be revealed.