POD 49 Marune: Alastor 933
The Connatic rules the three thousand inhabited planets of the Alastor Cluster from his palace Lusz on the world Numenes. Though his military force can bring considerable might to bear where necessary, the Connatic often wanders among his subjects incognito, intervening to right a wrong, or leaving well enough alone.
A young man knows nothing of his origins or his name. He is identified at the Connatic’s hospital as a Rhune, one of the ruling class of Marune. On Marune he resumes his identity as Efraim, Kaiark of Scharrode, and must relearn the pomp and protocol of the Rhunes, then determine who was responsible for his amnesia—and the death of his father. The mystery leads to the realm of the inscrutable Fwai-chi.
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