: Matt Gilbert
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Long ago, men stole the power of a god, and turned it to dark ends: bloody, apocalyptic war. Only the courage of great heroes held back doom, men of strength and vision capable of setting aside their enmity before they wiped out the whole of humanity. But the god they robbed, Elgar, was not done. The Dead God swore that, long after the heroes were dead, he would have his vengeance on their defenseless children: "The world will become as ash." Now, the time of his prophesy is at hand. A band of elite desert warriors crosses the sea, hoping that faith, strength, and courage will be enough to turn aside the coming apocalypse. Their leader, Prelate Yazid Valerian, seeks the mythical city of sorcerers, Nihlos, the "City of Nothing" spoken of in scripture. There, he believes, he will find allies and answers to his questions. But finding a lost city is the least of his challenges. The people of Nihlos have their own ancient scriptures and warnings, ominous tales of legendary, implacable enemies called Southlanders who will someday return to destroy Nihlos. The Southlanders are said to be powerful warriors; tall, dark-skinned men, strong of arm and broad of shoulder. Yazid and his men are a perfect fit. As the inevitable clash of cultures looms, Yazid must face the truth: he and his men may well be the cause of the very catastrophe they intended to prevent. The end of the world will not begin in his own land as he had imagined. It has already begun here, in Nihlos.