The boy Kaszek is guardian of the city of Ayul–a city built deep within a rocky fastness, ancient home of the Last People and sanctuary from the chaos of the legendary “world beyond.” Blessed with strength and trained for violence, his duty is to protect Ayul and carry the burdens others are forbidden to touch.

Recently, the mystic Sarth of Ayul revealed a troubling truth to Kaszek: the Great Seal to the world beyond is cracked, and untamed magic seeps through and threatens Ayul. The Sarth has bound the foreign magic to a talisman left by Ayul’s creators, and tasked Kaszek with carrying the talisman to the world beyond and releasing the magic back into the abyss.

Kaszek has journeyed far beyond Ayul, alternately helped and hindered by an ancient and treacherous entity seeking escape to the world beyond. Now Kaszek has reached the keeper of the Great Seal–a terrible beast which, the ancient entity claims, will see anyone who passes by as irrevocably tainted by outside magic…

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