Carciphonas, victims of spiritual contamination at birth, are condemned to a short and painful life. They cannot survive pass adolescence, but the few who defy this fact would bring the world to its knees.
In a world teeming with magic, where existence itself is made of spirits, the once beloved Demon magic is now despised and forbidden. Four years ago, the Prohibition sprang from the trail of corpses left behind by an infamous assassin. Blackbird, they called her, and a Carciphona, they insisted she must be, for she was said to defy magic itself. Warriors and royalty alike were felled by her, and in fear, the people grasped for a cause. If it took giving up Demon magic to prevent Carciphonas like her from appearing again, then so be it, the world decreed.
And so it was that the screams of the murders fell silent again, as did the songs of Demon magic beneath this tense mist. Fake or real, people settled back into their prized peace, and looked the other way.
2005 - present
Magic blessed the world with impossible power, but it also cursed the world with Carciphonas: humans whose souls are infected by Demon spirits. Four years after the Prohibition of magic is established, a sorceress still lives hidden away, giving up her freedom in exchange for peace. However, Veloce soon finds herself the target of an assassin intent on shattering the fragile peace.
After defying the king, an ailing Veloce and company flee from Kronzel. Refuge is close by in the neighboring country of Arenscura; Keritzel and Weirin's resources promise a smooth escape as well. However, the forces of the Kronzel, the assassin Blackbird, and the mysterious spiritual illness that plagues Veloce give chase as the trio attempts to make their escape.
Veloce, Weirin, and Keritzel arrive at Arenscura seeking refuge, only to find the city entangled in its own troubles. Allegiances are tested when it is discovered that Meron consorts with the criminal Enfelid tribe warring against Arenscura. Amidst the conflict, they discover the true depth of the crisis before them: knots, bonds and grudges rooted deeply in time.
Trapped and separated in the Rift, Meron and her group are shocked at what has become of the Enfelids' Book of Elements. Bitter denial overwhelms the Enfelid Chief, and Meron must choose between family and service. Meanwhile, Veloce's confrontation with Blackbird leads to unforseen consequences.
Veloce rushes to Medrisen with an eagerness that perplexes Keritzel and Weirin. With crucial information about Vocruen's whereabouts in hand, she hopes to find him at he Holy Spirit Celebrations. Once there, they realize they are not the only ones in search of someone precious. In their path they find a mythical being: an Immortal.
The fairy of Medrisen nearly captures Veloce’s soul with her song, only to be stopped by Veloce’s long missing servant, Vocruen. Furious from being once again denied what she coveted, the fairy unleashes her influence as a necromancer, threatening to pave the way to her goals with the corpses of all who still draw breath.