Most of the short Shadows of the Apt fiction on this site will touch on the main series, even if sometimes only peripherally. It is entirely possible that Varmen or Averis may at some point cross the pages of a future volume. However, with a nod to the fact that Balkus the Ant was the lead in Loyalties, I fully intend to steer clear of over-using the main characters. After all, they can’t be everywhere at once.
With that resolution, here’s a story that, in part, is about a certain Mantis kicking his heels in Helleron between chapters one and two of Empire in Black and Gold, but, despite that, is purportedly about Fly-kinden.
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