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Chapter 5: brothers, where art thou?Imperial palace, Reepor.Emperor Markus paced over the floor, six legs clicking over the polished marble as he listened to Khan's report."-The political situation is very tense, Sire. Many races refuse to believe you have any intentions of peace, despite your stated desires, and the Kerchu flatly refuse to have anything to do with us. They have quite the grudge it appears.""Well, we did enslave their race during the days of the Great War, so I think they're justified in this case. They can wait. Over time, they'll get used to us. What matters is the non-aggression pact between us and the Lombaxes. If we can sign it, it will go a long way towards moving us forwards. It's not quite a peace treaty. But it can take us to a place where the seeds of peace may one day be planted. I may not see it in my lifetime, but if it means future generations know peace, I'll fight to the death for it.""Well spoken, Sire." said Khan smoothly. "However, there is another matter that requires your attenti
Chapter 4: Secrets from sargassoSargasso.It was hard to believe, looking at the area now, that it had once been the stronghold of a powerful evil, that vile acts of cruelty had been planned here. The stones and rubble of the Kaos stronghold were covered in a soft green curtain of moss, the odd Sargassoian flower blooming here or there. This was a dry part of Sargasso, the ground relatively firm underfoot, and a gentle breeze blew away the ever present smell of Sargasso, which tended to put people in mind of cabbages. It was almost pleasant, with the warm air and bright sunlight.But to Shona, this was a very dark place indeed...It had been Zoe's idea to scout around the place for clues. Shona understood the logic to this. It had been the last place Kayla had been sighted. It was highly likely she had left something behind that would point to her location, some item or note.But it didn't make it easier.Here had been the place where she had lost her childhood, tortured over and over again in the name of science. Th