Shine Cycle Précis: The Legion

The Legion is the seventh planned novel in the “Game of Life” sub-series of the Shine Cycle, following The Covenant. Today’s post is a brief introduction to this planned work.

As in the rest of the subseries, the setting of The Legion is our Solar System in the, by now fairly far, future: the early twenty-seventh century, about half a century after the events of The Covenant. The main and point-of-view character is presumably still Alice Hansen, also known as Alatumbra, showing herself to have been granted the ageless ideal state that few mages see.

The tentative logline for The Legion is:

When the battle lines of the wider interstellar war near Earth, Alice Hansen leads troops from Earth to the front to keep the enemy’s devastation away from her home world.

With one major exception, the “Great Eastern War” just before the turn of the century, the Solar System has been at peace. Colonization beyond the system has continued, in some cases (the “New Virginia Company” and “Galactic East Trading Company”) explicitly along historical lines. The Mars colony has declared its independence, this time with no opposition, and a serious attempt at colonizing Venus has begun.

Despite the treaties signed at the time of The Covenant, Earth’s space navies have not taken part in any battles beyond the Solar System. However, several nations have joined the Federation of Allied Navies, a primarily trade-protection alliance fairly loosely affiliated with the great interuniversal alliance, have made Earth a regular port-of-call for that alliance, and have participated in military exercises with FAN forces.

The story opens with one such set of naval exercises, probably out beyond the Belt. As the results of the maneuvers are being discussed, Alice Hansen (Alatumbra), who is still the Alliance liaison, receives word from her contacts that a secret Dragon Empire base has been discovered a relatively short distance outside of the Sun’s heliosphere. She takes immediate action up to the limits of her authority: she volunteers Earth’s spaceports as the staging point for the force to attack that base, she negotiates with national leaders to add their navies and marines to that force, and she leads the initial exercises to get the various members of the joint force used to working together.

Once all is ready, she joins the rear guard of the fleet as it attacks the Dragon base. She holds herself ready, but does not participate significantly in the early stages of the battle, in which the allied ships struggle with but eventually break through the Dragon line. This flushes Gondolor out of the base, and she gives chase and brings him to a halt, then captures him, with a little help from allied mages.

Do you have any thoughts about my plans for The Legion?

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