“Royal Chen Inspects The Witches” from The Gathering-After The Fall, Book Two, illustration by Jesse Duke

Royal Chen, Keeper of the Gathering has placed a thousand-credit bounty on the head of each Sisterhood Alliance warrior captured alive. Their successful crusade to liberate all women and children from lives of bondage in Chen’s brothels and labor camps must be crushed. The Keeper intends to make an example of all females who dare to wear the Warrior’s Mark tattoo upon their backs—a winged triangle within a circle with an all-seeing eye in the center and an inverted cross beneath. With a desire to make a spectacle of these first two captured Alliance fighters, Chen plans to execute them in front of the crowds at the Gathering’s Moontide Festival where he will,”burn the witches!”

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