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|First printing||August 2002|
Blurb[edit | edit source]
Who dares speak of the prophecy?
The denizens of the desert live in the shadow of the sacred, where battles are won or lost at the whims of the gods. Now the outcome of one desert war could change the history of Dominaria forever.
The prophecy of None, One, and Two will finally be fulfilled.
Plot[edit | edit source]
The novel starts with Jedit, Hazezon, Adira Strongheart and her Circle of Seveners acting as spies in Tirras, searching for Johan and hoping to assassinate him. However, they are quickly discovered and captured: Hazezon and Adira are locked inside Johan's fortress, while Jedit and the others are sent as slaves to a workcamp in the forest, where they see that a fleet is being built. Wondering why ships are being built so far from water, Jedit discovers that Johan has found a way to make airships and is building a fleet to invade Bryce, Efrava and the south of Jamuraa. The Robarans manage to steal a ship, rousing the slaves, and sail through the air toward Tirras. Here, they rescue Hazezon and Adira; meanwhile, Johan conjures a magical storm and sends it against the fleeing ship, causing it to change course and lose direction.
When the storm subsides, the pirates find themselves flying above the Blue Mountains, at least until the ship is thrown against a Magnetic Mountain, killing a lot of its passengers. Hazezon, Jedit, Adira and the Seveners resolve to travel on foot from the mountains to the sea, where they hope to take a boat to Bryce and prepare for the imminent attack from Johan.
After months of travel, they finally reach the coast, near a dense jungle. Here, Jedit is visited by a cat woman ghost, who urges him to enter the jungle. The jungle, however, his inhabited by a tribe of half-elves, who warn the pirates to stay away, until Hazezon manages to convince them that they mean no harm. The elves reveal that they were the inhabitants of Scarwood (or the Dark Heart of the Woods, as it is known by the cat tribes), the hidden city where Terrent Amese created the first Ojanen, at least until they were driven out by giant apes. Jedit and the others help the elves against the apes, till they reach the heart of Scarwood. Here, Jedit is once again visited by the ghost, who guides him through the Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale. On its walls, Jedit sees pictures which recount the history of his people: the cat warriors were created by Terrent Amese by fusing the essence of tiger and man, until the first Ojanen dared to ask that their creator free them from their servitude. Terrent Amese saw this as a betryal, and created the elemental Ur-Drago to exact his revenge. It is revealed that the ghost is the lover of Ojanen, who, feeling betrayed by him, has awaited all this time to be avenged. Ur-Drago attacks Jedit and only after being inflicted grievous wounds, the tiger man manages to slay his foe.
Jedit is rescued by the Robarans, who have found passage on a boat to reach Bryce. In the city, they discover that one of the Seveners has already alerted the population of Johan's plan, and a fleet of airships is being built. However, in order to fly, the ships need to be fueled by powerstones, so Adira and Jedit sails towards the island of Koltos, where lies the Alchor's Tomb, which is said to be a deposit of powerstones.
When they reach the island, they discover that the fishermen have been captured by the corsairs Ramirez DePietro and Tor Wauki. With the help of an Infernal Medusa, they are using the islanders as labourers to dig up the powerstones and then sell them to Johan. Jedit senses another presence on Koltos, that of a Master of the Hunt: the demigod not only cures Jedit from his wounds, but also help the Robaran in defeating DePietro, freeing the fishermen and stocking up on powerstones.
With their airships now able to fly, Jedit and Adira fly one of them to Efrava, which is the first target of Johan. The Efravans, however, greets Jedit coldly, expecially after he narrates what he has discovered in the Tabernacle: Jedit believes that he has travelled back in time, when Scarwood was still alive, and he himself is, in truth, the first Ojanen. Sensing how his people aren't ready to believe him and unite with strangers, even if it would mean the salvation of their oasis, Jedit, bringing Hestia with him, decides to seek help from the other cat tribes. After a disastrous meeting with the mad Khyyiani, he manages to make a tenous covenant with the Hooraree, while the frenzied Sulaki send almost all of their warriors to join the battle.
Returning to Efrava, Jedit discovers that it is already under attack by Johan's forces. After days of guerrilla lead by Jedit, now general of the Efravans, the reinforce from the Hooraree and the elves of Scarwood arrive. When, at last, the fleet from Bryce reaches the oasis, bringing Hazezon and some warriors from the People of the Pines, the alliance manages to recapture the village of the Efravans. Johan's airships are still too many, however, so Adira devises a desperate plan: bring the fight against Johan's ship, hoping that with the death of their master, the Tirras army will lose its will to fight.
Thanks to Hazezon magic, the Robarans manages to reach Johan's flaghsip, but the sorcerer quickly put the governor out of fight. Adira stabs Johan, but the Emperor is saved by his Indestructible Aura and effortlessy kill the woman. A furious Jedit jumps on Johan, sending them both to plummet hundreds of feet to the desert below. Johan easily survives the fall, once again thanks to his magic, and he's preparing to give the killing blow to Jedit, when a sand wurm emerges from the dunes and eats him, killing the tyrant in the same way of Jedit's father.
With their emperor dead, the Tirrans scattered. Hazezon, Jedit and the Robarans mourn Adira's death, all the while trying to make sense of the infamous Prophecy of None, One and Two, which meaning still remains unclear. Jedit decides that he will bring forward Adira's spirit, and decide to become the new chief of the Robarans, now explorers and colonists. Hazezon returns to be governor of Bryce, until he leaves to travel the world with his airships. Thanks to Jedit's leadership, in the following years the tiger tribes grow and expand, becoming a new power on Dominaria.