“Ilas n leted n led. Ne ni dakatro so.”
“Do not leave behind this (grave), which was left behind. Else it happen to you.”
-The Kyolmen inscription
«Комиссия…примет во внимание начала народности большинства пограничных жителей…»
“This Commission will…take into account the principle of the nationality of the majority of the inhabitants of the border districts…”
-The Preliminary Treaty of Peace, signed at San Stefano (1878)
: ἔνθα δ᾽ ἐοῦσα δεσπόσσεις πάντων ὁπόσα ζώει τε καὶ ἕρπει… :
“When you are here, you will rule all that lives and moves…”
– Pluto, The Homeric Hymn to Demeter
Kori Epigi was 16 when she realized that the myth of Persephone was about her.
The first of the line of oracles to be educated outside the Holy Mountain, Kori knows that it is death for outsiders to trespass upon the mysteries of Pluto. If only the world were so simple. But it is 1878, and the Ottoman Empire has been carved into new and unstable nation-states. If Kori’s ancient, hidden people are to survive, they must come out of hiding.
His worshippers know that the plans of Hades are deep, and cold, and slow. It is up to them to understand and take advantage of the opportunities that fall from the hands of the Wealthgiver. And stumbling through the mountains, with nothing but his medical kit, the uniform on his back, and a death sentence hanging over his head, here comes an opportunity now.
Wealthgiver is an alternate history romance with geo-politics, assassins, and the Crypt Language of the cave-Thracians.
Current status: alpha draft finished. Resting until July.
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