It has been a long, long while since I’ve done a short story. It feels good! This one is called the ‘Sepulcher of Shadows’. You can read it here on the Spine of the Empire. It is related to the events of The Madness of Light, so heavy spoilers abound. It is specifically related to Lana Zfhi’s claim that even if they tried to create another Zfhi Avatar from the genetic material of the dead, they would fail. So, in this story, a Zfnoctewoohi and a Sacon venture into the mausoleum that holds the Zfhi dead (including Kharenela’s body), to see if that is true or not. They also discuss the end of an era and whether the Staves have any use.
This was voted for in the July Patreon poll (though, it was a three-way tie…). Not sure if I’ll have another short story option anytime soon, but yada yada, if you like what you read, support me on Patreon and help me figure out what to focus on next!
Hope you enjoy the short story!