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War of the Animum

Lieve is in peril. Demons and monsters sweep the land. The gods are fighting once again, descending from Elysium to take mortal hosts.

A group of strangers find themselves thrust into the position of savior, attached to arrogant immortals, with no choice but to help destroy the threat. Sleet, a simple thief living what he thought was a simple life, is forced to join the band of heroes in a desperate bid to save the world.

For his survival, for everyone's survival, no one has any choice.  


~Story Selection~

Darkness Descends
Frost/Sleet. When Frost contacts Sleet to team up for a lucrative mark, it seems like any typical day until a simple sphere shatters his world and everything in it.

The Advent of Courage
Frost/Sleet (past). Sleet learns the truth behind the attack on Tawnry and his own role in the world's future. However, whether or not he'll accept his fate remains to be seen.
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Frost/Sleet. Sleet and the others continue to seek out more allies to their cause, hoping to gather the remaining animus before Balaam finds them. Time is their enemy, all too short for the battle that rages ever closer.
Additional Warnings: Dubious Con
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Wolf in the Fold
Frost/Sleet. Beryl/Sleet. Questions stack upon questions as Sleet and his barely-allied group of companions head further north, seeking out the last animus' before Balaam can find them.
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The eye of the storm, the calm between one battle and the next. Our crew stop in Toran to rest, resupply and consider their next moves. Idle minds have nothing to do but wander and the past never stays quiet.
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The Road to Ruin
Frost/Sleet. With time growing shorter, Sleet and company make the decision to divide their forces in order to beat Balaam at his own game. But their enemy is no fool and will cause them to make one of their hardest choices yet.

Frost/Sleet. Frost/Beryl. Questions upon questions. The company travels to Lesoth in a desperate bid to learn the truth behind Balaam's betrayal, and how they must stop him. 



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*World Map



~Other Related Fiction~

The Finer Points of Thievery
Rated: M
Canon. Prequel to Darkness Descends. Frost/Sleet.
A chance encounter leads to something Sleet never expected: a friendship with the most well-known thief in the country.

Rated: Teen
Canon-verse. Frost's POV. Frost/Sleet. Pre-Darkness Descends.
From the moment he laid eyes on Sleet, the craving set in. From that instant, it became an obssession.

Flash Fiction
Rated: Varied
A collection of ficlets that are canon and non-canon set at anytime in the War of the Animum universe.


~In-Verse Related Fiction~


Rated: M/NC-17
Janus, as the High Priest of the Lady Queen Sybaris, has always received what he wanted, no matter the price. But when his eyes fall on Alcaeus, a palace guard already in a relationship, he vows to do whatever it takes to make Alcaeus his. Even if it means losing everything he once held sacred.
Warning: Homosexual Erotica, slight N/C, Character Death
Rated: R
Someone has taken the children, the only progeny of a widowed Queen. All efforts from the most skilled hunters and knights have proved fruitless. There is but one option left. The Seeker takes up her sword once more and nothing will stand in her way. 
Warnings: Foul Language, Graphic Violence
Rated: R
The maris are born and bred to be warriors, hungry for any challenge. For Erland, however, the thrill of battle is dulled by its lack of purpose. When a simple patrol becomes an ambush, Erland makes a choice that goes against everything he’s been taught, and the consequences are worse than he could have ever imagined.
Warnings: Graphic Violence, Graphic Torture
*Best Intentions
Rated: R
Sequel to Prisoner of Conscience. Everything lies in his hands now, the power for both creation and destruction. Loyalties come frail, yet stronger than he ever suspects, and somewhere in his journey, Erland seeks redemption.
Warnings: Graphic Violence

Cassandra Smith writing as Nicole Wilkinson
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