~* Book 5.5 of the Salak'patan Series *~
History is a strange and dangerous thing, especially when one is an outsider forced to navigate a path through it. For Monorth, a man who has been trapped in the past, his journey to return home has been far from an easy passage through that history. Terrible truths and strange encounters have punctuated his path thus far, but for all the dangers he has faced, nothing can compare to the darkness that lays ahead for him. The Mage war, the very words were enough to stir up the stuff of nightmares long ago and far into the future shaped by those terrible events. It was a time when the old civilization fell and the Monsters of that era tried to destroy any chance at a future, as they tore at the very fabric of reality. It was a terrible darkness that caused untold suffering, destruction, and death and left mental scars that had persisted through many dozens of generations, and it is that very same darkness that lays directly in Monorth's path.
Everything he has been working for, everything that he hopes to achieve, lays beyond the Mage war that now blocks his path towards home. But there is more at risk from that looming shadow than just his own hopes and dreams, because the coming War threatens to destroy everything. Not merely planets and peoples, but the very legacy of the Ancients he promised to help protect and preserve for future generations, all that is and all that was is threatened by the war, and the monsters of the coming age. Though he could hide away from it, let history take its' course, Monorth can not take the easy way out, he can not allow the darkness consume everything he has worked for. If he is to reach home and fulfill his promise, Monorth now must take up the terrible mantle of the Monster and put his life on the line to insure that the future isn't lost, while everything descends into the most terrible madness ever known.