Rise #1

Faith & Other Lies
In the wake of her parents' sudden disappearance, 9-year-old orphan Zakaiah Marangal is no stranger to the fact that being heir to throne of the Kingdom of Pacifica is no easy feat. Now on the road with virtual strangers who answer to her, she must commence her crash-course in what is already a daunting reign; she is now the charge of the seer Lucas Balthazar, an elder sorcerer appointed by the royal court, under the guard of Senka Priahm, a mysterious warrior with a colorful past, and accompanied by Frix Attilio, a troubled inventor in search of his own destiny. This is what's left of her entourage, assembled to embark on the Trials of the House of Jasser, a series of tests intended to prepare and examine each occupant of the throne to the kingdom of pacifica.

She's left the only home she's ever known, to explore the world she now has the responsibility to rule. There are no walls to protect her out here. No rules here to enforce. Behind them, the empty throne is at the mercy of a ruling class that threatens to usurp it for their own dark agendas, and just beyond the shadows ahead, an ancient evil threatens to halt their journey dead in its tracks.