Moribund is a terminal world that deals with gods and faith, deserts and history, and themes of love, home, and family. I’ll introduce a few of its main stories below, since they are the most concise window into the world I can offer.
Deadeye Brun is the finest sharpshot in the known universe, and the notorious ringleader of the Condign Cartel. She carved a bloody warpath through the high Asthaom desert with her on-again-off-again girlfriend, Darrow, in search of priceless condign dye.
But there came a quiet hour of the night where she confessed to Darrow that a smuggler’s life was beginning to wear on her. She was thinking about disbanding the cartel– and that maybe it was time for the two of them to break up for good. Brun woke up the morning after with her ex’s crossbow in her mouth.
Bound to the cartel’s service through blackmail and the unshakeable fear that her life is beyond salvaging, Brun is reduced to a base drive to survive. She believes she is completely alone in her grief, until a handsome idiot shows up during one of her condign runs and ruins everything.
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When Kadra was very young, she was spirited away from Basedt by her brother Prisoner. They became the only Basedti refugees to escape a terrestrial maelstrom that has isolated the city from the rest of the world for nearly a hundred years.
They found a good life at the island Mercasor, but Kadra, now a purposed young woman of 17, finds herself beset with a sense of responsibility for a place she has no memory of. She steals away on the long road home, determined to bring Basedt back from the storm.
Normunt sits in the heart of the island Mercasor, and is a city most regard as “bureaucracy-laden,” and “definitely Mercasian.” It is two parts an accident and one part a labor of love credit its presiding gods, Io and Sen.
Their vision for the city is shattered when one of their justiciars, Erin CeDicci, champions an investigation into the mysterious death of her sibling, Emmett. What begins with an open-and-shut case quickly decays into the heart of a bloody history a hundred years in the making, tangling the lives of defendant Ken Dagyon, local scrapper, with her greenhorn defense attorney, Ors Undurne, and that of the ominous masked musician, M.
Roan crawled out of the ocean black one day, and the Akiat diaspora buckled in relief for the return of their late saint Lex.
Unfortunately, Roan has no recollection of who she is, how she arrived at the shores of Asthaom, or if indeed she even is Lex. But her true identity becomes the least of her troubles when she realizes the gravity of her circumstances: the high Asthaom desert has no life to offer the Akiat people. With nowhere left to go, Roan must carry the hopes of thousands to the summit of Scaiuq, and petition the exiled god Sentin for relief– or die fighting for it.
The Moribund world itself is a near-earth with deep roots in the culture and natural history of the Southwest United States. Much is the same; familiar flora and fauna populate the world, and they abide by similar rules as us. But much is different; a world-history evolves under circumstances divorced from ours, defined by the presence of metaphysics and man-made gods. Most of the focus is on the island of Mercasor, and on high Asthaom and its surrounding areas.