The Vermilion Years Featured
I've started a free episodic steampunk fantasy series on my blog for the enjoyment of all my fellow lovers of the genre and style. It's a hard story to tie to a genre, as it has action, adventure, mystery, romance and even a bit of philosophy peppered in throughout.
The Vermilion Years takes place on our very planet, Earth, though eons into the future. The gap between the sun and the Earth has steadily made the Earth barely livable. Covered in a vast boiling ocean, the remaining populous of mankind are anscestors of those too stubborn or poor to migrate away from the dying planet for Mars or a space colony. Industrialism is all the people of Earth can rely on for survival on the harsh planet devoid of almost all vegatation. Pollution has created a permanant orange sky, and turned the remaining land into punishing strips of desert. The smokey, orange air itself cannot be inhaled without a respirator. Airships, spider-like artho-pod transports, and other various steam and clockwork powered mechinery has become mankind's only way to fight against the environment and eek out an existance.
But beyond the planet itself, there are more dangers that lurk upon earth that threaten the dying species-- the two gravest of dangers were accidentally created long ago during humanity's golden years. In their self desire to make themselves immortal and force evolution, a disgusting zombie-like offshoot of humanity dubbed the 'unman' were born.
Jean-Luc L'Estrange, a mysterious masked stranger covered copper armor has been sent to a small settlement, Lyonnais, to rid them of their unman problem. The man is much more than a man, however. He is an Immortal that somehow has lived for what seems like an eternity. Traveling from town to town, posing as mercenary-- he seeks only one thing: how to end the life of an immortal.
Ultimately, both he and the floating city of Lyonnais find themselves caught in a deeper conflict than a simple monster mop up. The fate of the Earth and even the lives of the humans living in outspace will be decided by the actions of one Immortal man, stubbornly clinging to his once beautiful planet....