Part 1

The Beginning Of The End

As private secretary to Li-Sen-Tot, the Tun-Sho-Lok Ambassador on Eden, Gusta knew how badly the war was going. But when the treaty her government had signed with the Keruh was broken, even she was unprepared for the unimaginable savagery that followed. And with her children lost in the city, escape seems impossible.

As two mighty fleets gather for the coming battle in space, Anaxilea begins the bombardment of Eden with a heavy heart. She feels no anger towards the Edenites, but the Keruh Host was now on Eden, and the Edenites would not escape from the fate that awaited them.

The Atlantian Senate feared that a similar fate would overtake their world. But Ares knew differently. What the Tun-Sho-Lok scientist, Kel-Cid-An had created at Ephesus was a genetic masterpiece, the perfect warrior. But could these fighting clones be produced in enough numbers to defeat the Keruh?

Part 2

A Gathering Of Angels

Gusta belives that the war is over, but nothing could be further from the truth. As the Keruh fight a bloody rearguard action in an attempt to delay the advancing Androktones, Didi, Gusta and Kiki, and the other Edenite survivors in Jutlam City, at last come under the protection of the Ambassador. But the Ambassador’s representative is large, silver, with a mouth-full of teeth.

The drone, El-Quan is as confused by her charges as they are scared of her, but there are worse dangers ahead, and they aren’t all Keruh. Yan-Jai is the largest drone on Eden and she no longer cares who she kills, friend or foe. And the distinction between friend and foe is becoming decidedly blurred. Even the Ambassador himself is increasingly unsure, or so his actions would suggest.

The battle in space has also reached another phase as Aeolus tries to control the Klysanthian captains now in his ‘flock’. And the most stubborn of these is Pantariste, Captain of the Queen Of Angels. She baits Aeolus at every opportunity. But behind her shield of arrogance and obstinancy, Pantariste only wants to survive with her ship and her pride intact. To improve liaisons, Lysippe is sent aboard the Prometheus. But this brings other problems.

Peleus, the First Officer on the Prometheus, is drawn to Lysippe, and she in her grief is drawn to him. It is a love that soon burns brightly but must be short-lived. In the running battles that follow, the Prometheus receives a fatal hit, and a race begins to save the crew as the ship begins to tear itself apart.

Part 3

Changes

The Keruh needed food to feed their Hives. They were an ancient race, one bred from generations of war between the Hives. For them, victory meant food and life, while defeat brought death and extinction. But their world had grown too small, its resources drained, and the number of Hives had dwindled. Necessity had forged the surviving Hives into a truce, a truce that became a unification when the Tun-Sho-Lok brought them access to the Ring. Now through the Ring Network Portals, the combined Keruh Host could descend on any world, consuming everything in their path.

The Seventy-Ninth of the Telen'Gal knew his place in the Hive and the role he must live. But association with the enemy brings with it a knowledge and a curiosity that threatens his every belief. Everything he once was is soon torn away, and with knowledge comes wisdom, and the final understanding of the error his people have made.

With the Prometheus destroyed, and Memnon leading the remains of his fleet home, Peleus is confused by a love for two alien women. Lysippe can no longer be his, and he learns too late that she never was. But Pantariste has now announced her interest in him, and as a Matriarch, she is not to be denied easily.

Scyleia still wants to save one -just one- of the clones that have fought so hard on Klysanthia. And when she finds out that Tai-Gil was one of the few survivors to escape alive, her need to bring the blonde-haired Androktone on board becomes a fixation. But she isn't the only one to fall under the spell of the Androktones. And for the clones, the perfect warriors, association with the enemy, the incorrect, brings an even greater threat, and perfection soon becomes a blurred and longed for image of the past.

Part 4

Walking With The Enemy

As the end approaches, Li-Sen-Tot contemplates his final role in the unfolding events. For him there will be no victory and no pleasure in the final revenge. And as Julam City, the capital of Eden, burns around him, he remembers his time on this once peaceful world and the staff and the people he had come to know so well. Those memories tug at his bitter heart, for his loss is too much to bear. But while he can afford the time to pause and dwell on the past and what has gone, everyone else has to keep moving. There is no time to stop and think as even the ground beneath them holds no safety.

With even the mountain city of Hilbrok lost to them, the Gate Of Heaven leads an armada of Edenite ships towards the safety of space. But final escape leads to a final reckoning. For the Androktones and the Seventy-Ninth of the Telen'Gal, escape brings the final solution to the turmoil that has dominated their thoughts in equal power. And for Anaxilea, it is a final peace for her troubled conscience. And even when Eden is left far behind, the affects of the changes that have overtaken them can still not be denied.

For Ares and the Atlantians the victory is hollow as they head for Troy and future exile. Only Zeus looks upon the future with eagerness and excitement. For him, it is a chance to proclaim himself as the bringer of a glorious victory, a victory that will finally confirm his status as a true god.

And when the battle and the war is finally over, the aftershocks continue. Prophercies and legends entwine, and in the end only one thing is certain: None of them, not even the galaxy itself, will ever be the same again.
 
 
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