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This is Bhumi. A

world where the silhouettes of colossal beasts can be seen rs of legend command stalking across the horizon; where Gods, Daemons and Warrio terrifying magic, capable of devastating entire armies. race inhabiting an unnamed A war is coming. Foretold by the Darkseers - a reclusive Shallows. Moreover, to that region of Bhumi, their focuses have been turned to The t darkness that threatens which lies deep within The Shallows to an unyielding, ferven to extinguish the life of all it envelops. by a 5-tailed Daemon-King. Between Bhumi and The Shallows, stands a single army, led surable personal sacrifice. Sworn to protect the world of men, his is an almost immea in turn stirring treacherous Whispers of the coming war bring unrest to Bhumi, t one another behind closed thoughts that corrupt Kingdoms. Provinces conspire agains doors. Bhumi is crumbling from within. of provinces, a forsaken son Far away, in Eathaar the largest and perhaps most tranquil learn that his destiny has will find his home in a humble, idyllic village. There he will he must find within himself been bound to the struggle surrounding The Shallows, that perhaps most importantly, the strength to fight on when those he relies on cannot and from. that some fights, no matter how unjust cannot be walked away ts to a chance meeting Abandoned as a newborn to a river and carried by her curren first chapter of this story will with an Assassin, a Charioteer, a Daemon and her son. The d in one of them a seed of explore the events that intertwined their fates and plante ten; never diminishing, it hatred. One so pure that it can be neither denied nor forgot nts - yearning for something burns furiously, searing the heart of the individual it torme capable of turning even the purest of hearts wicked Revenge.

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DevaShard | At First Light published by Fluid Friction Limited. Fluid Friction cares about our environment - DevaShard is printed with soy bean ink. Cover, compilation and introduction copyright 2008 Fluid Friction Limited. All Rights Reserved. All characters, the distinctive likenesses thereof and related elements are trademarks of Fluid Friction Limited. Fluid Friction Limited, Second Floor Chaos Building, 143-145 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2545 5855 | Fax: +852 2545 5859 | Email: [email protected] | www.fluidfriction.com Website creation, graphic design and layout work - Fluid Design + Marketing - www.fluidhk.com