The planet Earth was wounded as a result of a bombardment by meteorites and the nuclear holocaust that followed. Humanity and all life on Earth struggled mightily to survive. Knowledge and histories were lost but unburdened from hosting billions of humans, the world began to recover. So it was that Valda, who was just a simple fisher girl, rebelled at the brutality of clan life and her future of slavery at the hands of a man in her clan. She was of strong mind and body. She gathered a small cadre of women and led them across the desert and through a vast mountain range, where they discovered a place she named Refuge.
To rule Refuge, Valda and her women were forced to fight to hold onto it. The generations that came after her relied upon the Laws of this Great Valda, as she became known. These laws decreed that the only places for men in Refuge would be as slaves or seeders. As the land progressed under its subsequent rulers, also named Valda, its existence came into peril. At the request of Valda VI, Raisa, a commander of the forces of Refuge, led a campaign in the land of Califf to the south to defeat the religious despot Shemoth. The tale tells of the heroism of the warrior women of Refuge as they battle an army of men and hold on to the Laws of the Great Valda while committing brutal acts of war and freeing the women of Califf. Read more of the Rule of Valda in Refuge Dominion and Refuge Empire.
The nation of Refuge, now ruled by Valda VI, has expanded its territory to include the land known as Califf. After this land, ruled by the usurper and false profit, Shemoth, was defeated by the women of Refuge, the lands of Refuge were beset by an enemy from across the great ocean. This enemy, led by its ruler Popa, was none other than the ruler of Corath, who is now in league with the emperor Naggar of Tejia, the land to the south of Califf that espouses the same faith as Shemoth in the “God who will Return.” Popa arranged with Naggar to send a band of assassins to Califf with the express purpose of murdering Valda VI.
Now, the women of Refuge are compelled to take up arms against the army of Tejia and contend with the perfidy of Popa.
Valda VII and her army and navy have succeeded in destroying Naggar’s forces in Tejia, freeing the Tejian women and eliminating the men, only to find that they are confronted once again by the nefarious adventures of faraway Corath and its despotic ruler Popa.
This time, Valda knows that the Dominion of Refuge is facing its greatest peril as her realm will encounter a foe that could prove insurmountable. Valda and her Guild Maters must decide if they must overturn some of the Great Valda’s sternest admonitions against the adoption of the weapons of the ancients in order to survive. With the assistance of an ally called the Hive, Valda sets out on her audacious plan to destroy Corath once and for all time. This will be a time for glorious victory or one that will set a troublesome course for Refuge well into the future.