When Princess Keti had left Othanya, her brother Prince Horus, weak and confined to bed, had been at the mercy of their cruel stepmother Felina, who had seized power as Regent on the death of their father, the King.
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Determined to return to Othanya to save her brother and secure his succession to the throne, that is rightfully his, she sailed for Mazuma from New Monydra on the Gargas Lady.
In port at Mazuma they were greeted by their old friend the Senator Simpaticus who told them that, in their absence, the Republic had been re-established. Scarla, the deposed Emperor’s sister, who was trying to raise an army to restore the Empire, had been joined by her cousin, the Governor of Toron. He and his soldiers had already disembarked from the warships which had brought them to Mazuma.
With approval of the Senate, a troop of retired gladiators accompanied Keti and her friends when they set out for Othanya. However news of their mission had been sent to Scarla by a highly placed spy in the city and unbeknown to them the Voyagers’ small expeditionary force would be tracked all the way to Othanya by Scarla, her cousin and his Toron army. The cunning Scarla had persuaded her cousin that they would be able to convince the Regent Felina to ally her forces with theirs, to return to besiege and occupy the city of Mazuma.
And so begins a titanic struggle which will include a daring raid to free the captive Prince Horus, much ferocious fighting, desperate pursuits, diversions, evasions, strange new enemies and allies, war at sea and on land, culminating in a bitter siege and a bloody decisive battle.