What if the world we know today didn’t exist anymore?
Where your only collateral is your own body.
A time, when anyone can be made into a soulless puppet, taking away their free will and power.
After the endless wars over the years, the world collapsed. A new society has risen, one which was even more terrifying than any that came before. The world-power has shifted, a new authority has risen.
An organization, that doesn’t deal with property and stocks anymore. Their new collateral is your freedom. With technology, they found a way to make humans into lifeless shadows of their old selves, slaves that would do anything for their masters.
Arsen Call founds himself in deep waters while trying to escape the bloodthirsty collectors of the Bank. He owes too much, and by now, it’s time to pay.
But faith is a funny thing. Arsen meets a strange young girl, who seems to have a dark secret of her own.
One, that might just be the solution for all of Arsen’s problems.
But at what price?
Targeted Age Group:: 16-25
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to create a story about the way society takes the control out of people's hands in a fantasy setting. To reflect how power motivated some are, and that even though life is tough, you can still find those who are willing to sacrifice anything for another.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I created my two protagonists to be the complete opposite of each other, wanting to reflect the two sides of the coin, and how there differences would eventually change one another.
Arsen Call clomped through the woods like a hunted animal. Beasts lurking in their hiding places got roused by the sound of his footfall. He stopped for a moment to check whether someone followed him. For a second he stood there quietly, then he set forth again.
His breathing was rapid; running made him worn out. His sloppy, soaked brown hair clung to exhausted face; dark circles under his eyes revealed his lack of sleep. He was running from someone or something.
He wore dark clothes that hid him from prying eyes. His black boots squelched as he ran through the woods. The autumn breeze played with his long coat. He wore thin fingerless gloves that did not prevent his skin slowly turning blue in the cold wind. He slid his hand into his pocket and pulled out an old, shabby pocket watch. The watch has been through some rough times; its golden cover was damaged by deep scratches. Arsen flipped its lid open to check the time. It was a quarter to five. Soon it was sundown and he was afraid he would be trapped in the darkness. He picked up his pace scolding himself.
He knew the only way to get rid of his pursuers was to come up with a reckless, desperate idea. He gazed at the towering hill nearby. He nervously fluffed his hair and took a deep breath. His heart was pounding with fear. He had been listening to horror stories surrounding the hill since he could remember. Although he was a grown man now, the mere thought of the place made him shiver.
Nobody had dared to set foot in this area for over a century. He knew he would be safe here for a while. He imagined the panting breath of the collectors on his neck and decided it was high time to overcome his fears. He started to climb.
Clinging to the rocks, Arsen pulled himself higher. The hill was slippery, and he came close to plummet down several times, but in the last moment he always managed to find his balance. He cursed himself for being incredibly stupid to flee into the woods from the collectors of the Bank. While he knew, he got rid of them for the time being, there was one nagging thought in a hidden corner of his mind that it was far from over. He thought of all the ways to put his hand on some money as he pulled himself higher and higher on the hill. Otherwise, he would soon end up amongst the bug-eyed puppets glaring from the windows of the Bank as decoration.
Blind to the danger, he stepped upon a mossy stone, then onto another one while his thoughts were focused on the men pursuing him. Suddenly the ground disappeared from underneath his feet and he was falling.
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