Bandit and Empire
by Scott Michael Decker
The Empress near term, the General lays siege to the Noble Bandit's fortress on the Empire's northern border as the price of his repatriation. During the siege, the twins are born, and the Sorceror separates their empathy link, depriving them of psychic power, dying in the effort. The Emperor then separates them, faking one twin's death and sending him northward to live under the care of a bandit.