Lady Xanthippe and Twilight's Wake by PoloniusN ()
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For Lady Helena Persephone Xanthippe, Anassa of the Helenes and Warden of the Shadow Lands, every day brings new challenges to resolve.
As leader of the Helenes - a secretive and fiercely independent Sovereign clan - Lady Xanthippe must help her people prosper in a region plagued by conflict between the forces of Sovereign Emperor Frederick and the people of the Carthagian Badlands. Gifted with the ability to project her awareness into the realm between worlds known as the Shadow Lands where the corrupted digital aspects of humanity's collective consciousness roam the void in wraith-like forms, Lady Xanthippe works to ensure that the creatures who reside there do not escape the dark prison which holds them.
When a powerful artifact is stolen and taken into the Shadow Lands by a mysterious entity known only as Captain Grendl, the stability of the dark realm is threatened -- and the protective barrier between worlds is weakened to the point of breaking. With time quickly running out, Lady Xanthippe must find Captain Grendl, wrest the artifact from her possession, and repair the Shadow Barrier before Grendl and her Wraith bondsmen tear open a passage between worlds that can never be closed.
The daunting challenge is formidable, even for Lady Xanthippe, her powerful soteria, One and Two, and the bombastic Lord Ruuhn, tagmatarchis of the Helene military.
With the cost of failure being far too great, Lady Xanthippe must embrace the true nature of the powers bestowed upon her, coming to understand the true meaning of the cryptic, ancestral phrase; "The Duality of Light, the Singularity of Darkness" and grasp that which eludes all men.