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Here told is the tale of the night the Hero fell, the night that Galavar and his Guard set in motion the fate of the world: the Prelude to After The Hero.

After The Hero itself tells the tale of Galavar, the ambitious stranger from the desert, who sets out to fulfill his life's dream of ruling the world of Relance—not to plunder it, or set his people above the rest, but to lift up civilization into something finer. Can such a thing be done? Can such a dream be made real without becoming a nightmare?

Much of the answer rests in the care of the left-handed Silence Terlais, a Guard of Galavar and the person most responsible for achieving their shared ambition. Her conviction in the beauty of the world and her dream of illuminating the greatness within it suit Galavar's purpose well, while her own zeal for creation, destruction, and change drive her on an inscrutable course to bring into being a world that does not yet exist, and may never.

Helping Galavar and Silence are many other extraordinary people from the realm of Gala. And no such story could ever be complete without also telling of the lives of all the peoples of Relance. This is their story too, for in them lies the substance of Galavar's dream: they who would become Galan.

The Curious Tale, of which After The Hero is the central part, is a collection of stories that explore the nature of power and the wonder of living and dying. Here in the lush world of Relance you will find journeys of persuasion, and acts of wild creation, all told with an aggressive love of language.

You don't need to know anything about the world of Relance before going into the Prelude. Just enjoy yourself, and, if you do, come on over to Patreon and feed the artist, or check out social media and make some noise.

Production Notes: The Prelude was a long time in the making, but finally got its exclusive premiere on August 23, 2015, and its world premiere on August 27, 2015. The e-book debuted at Amazon on December 19, 2015.

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Without further ado, I present to you:

Prelude to After The Hero: A Curious Tale

O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!