Free will, family, individuality: here, these are not rights, but commodities.
Every living thing in Albumere is born with a tabula, a disk that grants its owner complete control over the person linked to it. The tabula represent an intoxicating power, a power that has many uses. With tabula, generals can form perfect armies of both beast and man that would march to the death without a single protest. Hunters and explorers harness the wild beasts of Albumere to do battle with legendary creatures in the hopes of becoming legends themselves. Babes vanish from their mother’s arms to be slaves in a country half a world away, and should they be spared bondage then the gods themselves will take them away to grow up alone in the unforgiving wild.
In this brutal world, a young boy will do what no one has ever done before. He has found the tabula of a girl he has never met, and without knowing who or where she is, he is going to find a way to give it back. Following his journey, Rasa is both a simple romance about the power of a stranger’s generosity and a fantastic political epic spanning the breadth of a richly detailed world built entirely from the ground up.
Rasa is a web serial, updating twice a week. Like the serials of Mark Twain or Charles Dickens, the story is presented one chapter at a time on a consistent schedule. Keep in mind that these are all drafts; they’ve been given a couple passes in terms of edits, but I still hope to edit the whole thing holistically once it’s done and publish it together as an e-book.
With fairly heavy themes and a dark story line, Rasa also contains graphic violence and language; I leave it to your discretion whether you wish to continue or not, although if this doesn’t seem like your cup of tea then feel free to browse other author’s fiction at sites like the Web Fiction Guide. (I have my personal favorites listed under Recommended Reading.)
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