EXHUMATION: AN EPIC OF EXISTENTIA
(ACTS OF THE SOJOURNER BOOK 1)
BY S. A. CHAPMAN
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Exhumation, the first Act of the Sojourner, is an adventure story with Mystery/Thriller elements, set in the fantasy realms of Existentia. Exhumation is a tale of treachery, sedition and intrigue.
But more importantly – Exhumation is a tale of fidelity, integrity and
love - towards those nearest and dearest and to an ideal of something greater than the self.
It is the tale of our protagonist Pious Argentum as he unknowingly embarks on a journey of unwilling self-discovery, where a subjective truth is buried deep in the recesses of a lie and manipulated like the softest of clay. It is a journey where even the idea of one’s self is
thrown to the wolves of questioning.
Pious is haunted by hallucinations, dreams and nightmares - of an ever blackened world where he is relentlessly pursued by an horrendous predator.
But don't worry - he has been told they are entirely imaginary - and
that all he needs to do is take a little pill and everything will be alright...
You will first set foot into the impenetrable, walled city of Sanctuary – the secular and socialistic capital of the Elysian Concordat. Sanctuary used to be great - but it is not so great anymore. Lots of unhappy common people, who harbour a resentment to those who dwell in the protected heart of the city - the Sanctum. Those of Sanctum are primarily sustained by the blood, sweat and tears of the common folk - the Operarius who dwell in the Districts of Sanctuary.
Those of Sanctuary are the opposite to their distant cousins, the
religious and superstitious zealots - the Attarans, who dwell in the
city of Attamerus, a tremendous mechanised fortress-city deep in the heart of Shayde.
The deities worshiped by the Attarans are considered by those of Sanctuary as nothing more than the Virtuous or Iniquitous emotional states of which people must uphold or contest.
You will follow Pious, the stoic Prime Prefect of the Praetorium – Sanctuary’s defence and policing force - as he foolheartedly pursues
the enemies of Sanctuary’s ideals and becomes entangled in a web of pre-conceived deceit and betrayal, where both friends and enemies rise and fall like the tide.
Will you foil the plot before it’s too late?
Can you follow the clues and unravel the many mysteries that beg to be solved?
Will you dare ask the questions that require an answer?
Believe nothing that you hear and half of what you see – and more importantly… Trust no one.