The sun is dying. Darkness called the Mysterious Void still circles over the Five Lands of Erydan.
Long time ago it slipped to the earth through Elivar River – legendary cosmic border. As the old tale says, cursed mages summoned it by opening many dangerous passages in the matter of the world.
Life is no longer safe in Erydan. People aren’t safe. In distant lands still shine the Lamps of the Earth, ancient rocky trees. But they are just lone sparks in the rising darkness.
Young Ainavel, who sails with his father, an experienced Guardian of the Sea, will soon find out, that even those, so much focusing on their daily life, will have to face this rising threat.
And he will see that there lurks something even worse. Creatures of unknown lands. Neither humans, nor animals. Ancient curse keepers.
The Curse of Two Houses is the first episode (about 12,500 words) of a bigger and much longer story.
Suddenly Ainavel recalled he once saw an old wanderer who was spreading tales about the upcoming end of the world. He said that birds fell into a deep sleep instead of flying south as usual, that the lands in the proximity of the Darkness were going wild. People were leaving their houses seeking havens lit up with the legendary fire. “But on their way,” the old wanderer said in a low voice,” they would find merely smoldering and musty ruins of the houses. Some people think the abyss of the world hides kind of a magical crystal, the Mysterious Stone, through which the light of our fading sun slips. Don’t believe these tales!”