The Viper's Egg (A Short Story)

The High King stubbornly refuses to make war against his people's age-old enemies, the Talessanins, even though they have grown careless with their border defenses. When pressed for an explanation for his uncompromising position, the king reveals a startling truth about events from his childhood, and a debt he owes to the Viper.

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A Viper In Her Bosom (Short Story)

In the twelfth year of the reign of Kieransalanesten of House Kanestelan, Empress Among the Stars, the Viper was involved in a curious incident at a mining colony on Benekal, a remote planet on the outskirts of the Threshan cluster.

This collection of letters written by the Honorable Patiranestenna of House Ithelianeden, a resident of the colony at the time of the incident, to her friend, Eriennellastaren of House Mithekarian, Sept Terakellit Ahn, who then resided in the Capital, appears to contain the only available first-hand account.

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