Empire Zero (Act I: Tinder and Tear) by Bert Barling
Approx. 70,700 words.
Published on September 29, 2012.
Magic is a near-forgotten memory, its appearance primarily relegated to embellished barroom tales and children's bedtime stories. The world's dragon population has been obliterated, long ago driven into extinction by the heroes of yesteryear. Yet, even without dragons, the world still remains one of danger, hardship, and oppression.