‘The Road to Rebellion’
Chapter One: The Kensei
The Road to Rebellion, Part One: Treachery!
The Road to Rebellion, Part Two: The Hacker
The Road to Rebellion, Part Three: Something in Return
The Road to Rebellion, Part Four: Criminal of Purpose
The Road to Rebellion, Part Five: The Alarm
The Road to Rebellion, Part Six: The Battle Begins
The Road to Rebellion, Part Seven: Gythia’s Mistake
The Road to Rebellion, Part Eight: The Sack of Gythia
Ardan’s Vanguard flashes to life as the heavy gate creaks open. It’s old tech but it works; the Gythian mounted guards freeze at its glowing edges. Ardan punches one guard’s armored Titanbeak in the head and the panicked bird flaps in uncontrollable circles. There are more guards, too many, but he doesn’t have to hold them off for long.
Kinetic’s mech army marches through the open gate, smashing the guards into bloody piles of feathers and steel. Kinetic and Ardan exchange one nod across the road before he disappears into the pandemonium.
The legion of mechs splits off into orderly groups: one to raid the Cartographers’ Tower; another to occupy the Warriors’ Compound; others to set up perimeters and patrols. Another group marches to the enormous Mage Tower, Gythia’s greatest spectacle.
Kinetic secures the wall. Jovius is brought to her, bound but standing.
“I submit to my arrest,” he snarls. “As the leader of Renaia, I demand proper treatment while I await my trial.”
Below them, the Mage Tower catches fire. Thousands of years of art, sculpture, talent, breeding, and education reduced to its obsidian foundation. “My father would have forgiven you,” she muses. “He used to say, If no one has betrayed you, you haven’t risked enough.”
“Your father was weak.”
She smiles and grips Jovius by the shoulder. “I am not my father.” One shove, and the dynasty leader topples off the edge of the wall.
Kinetic gazes out over the ancient city, open and vulnerable, beautiful, breathtaking. Hers.