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Description - Artesia by Mark S. Smylie

Artesia leads an army out of the Highlands to aid the Middle Kingdoms against the resurgent Empire of Thessid-Gola. As Artesia and her captains seek to join the northern army led by the High King's marshal, the Grand Duke Owen Lis Red, they are confronted with the myriad dangers and distractions of life on campaign. They encounter the Thessid enemy for the first time, meet and hire mercenaries from distant lands, and learn of the Empire's terrifying allies, the Isliklids, who heretically claim descent from Islik the Divine King. And through it all, Artesia is plagued by dreams and haunted by ghosts, as she ponders the choices she has made, and those she hasn't...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781932386028
ISBN-10: 1932386025
Format: Paperback
(260mm x 171mm x 12mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Archaia Studios Press
Publisher: Archaia Studios Press
Publish Date: 18-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mark S. Smylie

Mark Smylie has worked as a writer, illustrator, editor, and publisher in comics for over a decade. His epic military fantasy graphic novel series, Artesia, was first published by Sirius beginning in 1999. He was nominated for the Russ Manning Award for Best Newcomer that year, and for an Eisner Award for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition in 2001. Over the years his illustrations have appeared in game books from Wizards of the Coast, White Wolf, and most recently Kobold Press, and in collectible card games from AEG. He designed and illustrated a role-playing game based on Artesia that won the Origins Award for Role-Playing Game of 2006, three Indie RPG Awards, and was nominated for six ENnies. He founded Archaia in 2002 as a self-publishing home for his graphic novels, and still serves as the company's Chief Creative Officer.