The Cat-Eared Historian Mage on the Crumbling Planet

Humans have settled a million worlds, all led by the Council of Humankind. On Fobo 2, society is beginning to crumble under a mysterious rise in violence, and the council has sent one of their historian mages to stop the violence before it can spread to other planets.

Ashtin Blackford is hardly a model mage. He's young, impulsive, obsessive, and uses what little magic he commands for frivolous purposes—such as growing a pair of cat ears atop his head. Despite these flaws, he is fiercely loyal to the council, and that is what the council needs most in this crisis.

Alongside the similarly-loyal Dr. Flay Shreburn, a spellbreaker with an intense interest in magic, Ashtin is sent to the epicenter of violent crime, Settlement 266, to investigate whether rogue mages are pulling the strings. Danger lurks around every corner, and behind it all lies a secret that the council does not share with even its most trusted mages.

Thank you for your interest in my story. I am entering this in the MALxHF contest to improve my writing. Please comment with any criticism, as I know there is much I can improve on.

I will post a new update every week. Updates will have one longer chapter or two shorter chapters as the story dictates. Starting on August 16th, two updates will be posted a week, one on Tuesday and the other on Thursday.

The finished story should be around 50,000 words, with 2,000-4,000 words per update, finishing just before September.

The prompts used from the cyberpunk board were lack of resources, social order disruption, broken down society, and dystopian future. The story also contains minor themes of dehumanization and suburban chaos.

Thank you for your interest in my story. I am entering this in the MALxHF contest to improve my writing. Please comment with any criticism, as I know there is much I can improve on.

I will post a new update every week. Updates will have one longer chapter or two s...

Author
GenreFantasyPhilosophicalPsychologicalSci-FiCyberpunk
UpdatedAug 31, 2022
Chapters29
Writing StatusFinished
Word Count50,014
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