Update as of 4/26/18 in Post #9 found here http://agentquerycon...ntasy/?p=356026
Sweat dripping down her neck, face smeared in the dirt, fighting furiously for the upper hand. To KEIRANN, sparring a Luan soldier to defend her honor is just an average afternoon. Though explicitly forbidden to a Daughter of the Moon, priestesses who follow the goddess Illyia, Keirann can never pass up the opportunity for a clean fight. This one, however, is different. This one is laced with a darkness that reminds her of nightmares she stowed away as a child.
The loss of her mother at a young age sent Keirann’s life into turmoil. Naively, she believed she would never step into the position of High Priestess of the Faith. That was her mother’s duty. Now, at eighteen, duty comes harshly crashing down, reminding Keirann of her limited freedom. Her days, though tedious with priestly duties, were of a leisurely sort – hunt, tend to village folk taken ill, or sneak a bout now and again with the local soldiers. Whispered rumors of brutally slain Luan, sends Keirann to the barracks demanding answers. Challenges swiftly issued, she finds herself immersed in an ugly brawl after a young man oversteps his bounds. Victory soon at hand, she is rudely interrupted by her uncle and the unexpected return of her father – CORMAC, High Cleric of the Faith.
Cormac’s return brings a dooming ultimatum – succeed at becoming high priestess or be married off to provide to ensure the bloodline. The threat is clear, delivered by a scornful tongue and bruising hand. Already, the idea to flee has danced about Keirann’s mind and her father’s demands solidify her decision. Before she can escape, the handsome Brother CEDRICK rescues her from physical punishment and distracts her with offering provisions to destitute villagers. During this outing, Keirann accidentally breaks a shrine and releases an ancient stone. Folk of Kenderas are well versed in the tale surrounding the shrine. The incident results in a sonorous voice – from the stone – and the witnesses of the event naming Keirann, the Feyling. Unbeknownst to those gathered Keirann is waylaid by a terrifying vision, one she tries to dismiss. Her growing unease is confirmed when her mentor, ENORA, warns that folk who believe the stone to be powerful, may come for Keirann. Enora suggests Keirann hand the stone over for inspection. Keirann doesn’t listen. The preposterous title of Feyling, and her looming future as high priestess, are merely additional proof she must leave for good.
Keirann finds herself on the road and soon befriends a traveling family. Their journey together is cut short when suspicious men arrive. The voice in the stone speaks up, warning Keirann they want her and it, and she must run lest she bring harm to the family.
Meanwhile, Captain NIALL of the Luan makes his return to Kenderas only to be set upon by vicious mercenaries. An assassin makes an attempt on Enora’s life. Refugees begin to flood toward the distant Capital of Dalavich with excess spilling over to Kenderas, fleeing from men wearing wolven masks, and the rising tides of war. All this is the work of the Reavers. A vicious mercenary group led by CREVAN, a cunning and ruthless man who also bears the uncanny title of Unraveler. A frightening form of magic user who twists and tangles the webs of etheric energy coursing through the world of Angern. Crevan must find the deathstone and the other reliquaries (the object unwittingly stolen by the impetuous Keirann) for his employer demands it. While his men hunt her, Crevan prepares his agents for a full-scale attack on Kenderas and surrounding provinces.
Keirann meets a rakish traveler named AEOLUS. The unusually friendly man escorts Keirann along on her travels to Shalebrook. Along the way, she encounters an ancient spirit who passes on a warning, echoing the previous portents of doom. Once to Shalebrook, Keirann is horrified to find the wife of the traveling family brutally beaten, and the woman’s family slain. Believing their deaths her fault, Keirann makes amends as best she can and vows to return to Kenderas. She believes herself responsible and she cannot have the blood of innocents on her hands. Thinking it safest to ditch Aeolus, Keirann slips away under cover of dark only to encounter Niall, her old childhood friend and object of unfamiliar desire.
Although reluctantly, Keirann accepts her fate and returns to Kenderas where she finds her world further turning upside down. Enora is alive only due to the sacrifice of a noble healer. Cormac, in a rage, punishes Keirann for her willful disobedience. Struggling with despair, she seeks refuge in a local tavern where agents of Crevan assault her. All seems hopeless but with the support of her friends, Keirann pushes forward hoping to find answers to the growing unrest. However, the fall festival nears quicker every day and Keirann, swept up in revelry and tradition, finds herself at the end wholly unprepared. Standing on the precipice of change, she enters into a ceremonial dance to solidify her position as candidate for High Priestess. Her growing feelings for Niall are put into question during the salacious routine with Brother Cedrick, but such childish concerns are violently tossed aside.
The entity inside the stone, having tricked Keirann, uses the gathered magical energy of the ceremonial dance to possess Enora. In a blast of unprecedented power, it devastates the festival, attacking Keirann. The ensuing battle results in Enora, Brother Cedrick, and Cormac’s deaths along with untold numbers of innocent villagers. The Reavers, already planning an assault, seize upon the chaos wreaking havoc upon the bewildered Luan and burning Kenderas to the ground. Keirann in desperation manages to call upon AUBERON, the ancient spirit. Auberon disperses of the being that took hold of Enora, and turns on Keirann. Helpless, Niall looks on in horror as Auberon connects with Keirann through a beam of light. The light erupts into the sky, enveloping her completely. Once it fades, Niall and the remaining survivors are forced to collect Keirann and retreat.
New and surprising elements enter the picture during the final battle. These elements force Crevan and his Reavers to retreat as well, though victory in the first of many battles is his. He has retrieved the deathstone and though Keirann still lives, he delivered a more than devastating blow to his enemies.