Crimson Qi (Revisions)
An unlucky noblewoman percipitates a civil war and falls for a half-demonic beggar with a self-destructive healing talent.
THE SCROLL of MAYBE: Tien Lyn was born lucky, but her luck ran out fast. Tossed like a pebble by the currents of politics and magic, she lives in the accursed 'interesting times', on the eve of a civil war. Her worst enemy is a song that turns her into a rebel leader's lover in the popular imagination. The hapless lady's list of powerful enemies grows fast even before she helps an unassuming healer, Demure Yu, accused of consorting with the demons by the faeries.
The demons, and the faeries, the mages, the pirates - all kinds of powerful men and women of the Empire- get mixed into her song. Tien Lyn has to learn the hard way what it takes to run away from her own legend.
THE SCROLL of DARING: Sixteen is the supremely unlucky number, but with the threat of the Demonic Horde looming, apprentice Xi ignores the bad omen. He gambles his sanity and passes the arduous test to become the sixteenth Warmage in the service of the Empire early.
Now free to act, he sets out to find his long-lost mother before the war erupts and he is called on to fight. Torn between love and misgivings about being left behind as a child, Xi and his companion, the magic bird Fenghuang, speed towards the border city of Tarkan. According to the magic map, that's where his mother's return journey from her long exile has inexplicably stopped.
There, the Sixteenth Warmage searches for answers but finds his first war and his ultimate destiny.
Cover art by @MissFantasyy
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