Deus Ex Machinarium

Brandt Zerster, an aberrant, worked long and hard to distance himself from his past of a vagabond and an adventurer. Fate was to find a way to pull him back, when it gave him a stack of ancient prints amd insisted that he ought to find someone who can translate them. In spite of the looming threat of the inquisition of the Church.

It took over fifteen centuries for the world to recover from the cataclysm caused by the extinction of an ancient race known only as the Precursors. Since then kings and emperors have risen and fallen, but the Church of Vhirs remained a stalwart guardian of the legacy of the ancients. In this uniquely crafted realm the hoomin spread wide and far, skillful tehei construct machinery of steam and gear, and elusive tanai tirelessly push the boundaries of knowledge. It is where, when musketeers and pirates clash, arcane powers get invoked amidst the gunfire.

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Chapter 1: Prologue: Heap of yellowed prints.
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Chapter 2: Prologue part 2: Anh's Bookshop
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Chapter 3: Chapter 1: DL-00A
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Chapter 4: Chapter 1: Manuals for... what?
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Chapter 5: Chapter 1: Things of the Precursors
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Chapter 6: Chapter 1: As she usually was
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Chapter 7: It's dangerous to alone
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Chapter 8: Chapter 2: DL-00A
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Chapter 9: Chapter 2: Contractual obligations
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Chapter 10: Chapter 2: Only the bare minimum
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Chapter 11: Chapter 2: We travel southwest
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Chapter 12: Chapter 2: Getting to know each other
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Chapter 13: Chapter 2: Consequences
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Chapter 14: Chapter 2: Roadworks (1/2)
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Chapter 15: Chapter 2: Roadworks (2/2)
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Chapter 16: Chapter 2: King Rasmus Bridge
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Chapter 17: Chapter 2: Free City of Isdelburg
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Chapter 18: ChaPT@r 3: DL-00A
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Chapter 19: ChaPT@r 3: Let me explain…
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Chapter 20: ChaPT@r 3: Courser Ksintsax
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Chapter 21: ChaPT@r 3: Almost where we need to be
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Chapter 22: ChaPT@r 3: Katzburg
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Chapter 23: ChaPT@r 3: Evening after a long day
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Chapter 24: CH&p$1ter 4: DL-00A
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Chapter 25: CH&p$1ter 4: On teeth and maps
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Chapter 26: CH&p$1ter 4: First Vhirzung Monument
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Chapter 27: CH&p$1ter 4: Greoo’s worries
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Chapter 28: CH&p$1ter 4: Progress, almost tangible
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Chapter 29: CH&p$1ter 4: Anh’s escapade
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Chapter 30: CH&p$1ter 4: Where is he!
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Chapter 31: CH&p$1ter 4: An uneasy return
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Chapter 32: CH&p$1ter 4: Digging for treasure.
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Chapter 33: CH&p$1ter 4: Intrusion
Author
GenreActionAdventureFantasyMysterySci-Fi
UpdatedJun 23, 2024
Chapters33
Writing StatusOngoing
Word Count54,561
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