The Edge of Morning

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The Edge of Morning is a story written by Kilerkki and illustrated by beili. It originally ran in Issue 77 at


Six months after losing his king, his lover, and his magic, a maimed court mage returns home to die. His young guard has other plans.

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The author wishes to note that this story contains some sensitive material, including the aftermath of torture and castration, references to suicide, and discussions of suicidal ideation.

Author's Notes[edit]

This story combines a lot of my favorite types of jam. It's a story about badly scarred survivors, about the way the world keeps going in the aftermath of tragedy, about fitting together the shards of your life and finding something new and beautiful in what remains. It's got magic (a little) and politics (a lot, but distant) and a Grand Country House and freshly baked bread. It's got Ominous Dreams and Symbolic Lighting and a Hidden Library, and everyone wears really sharply tailored suits.