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Daniel Soto

Raised in a Podunk town of Arizona, Kai-El was forged in a broken home. Exposed to the dregs of
humanity at a young age, he was instilled with the many negative qualities one could imagine. They were
sown deep into the boy’s heart and soul. Unbeknownst to him, this upbringing would only prove to temper
his constitution.

During the myriad of hostile events that took place in his childhood, young Kai-El escaped to science
fiction, mythology, and fantasy he discovered in books, cartoons, and videogames. Here, he found role
models he dreamed of one day becoming, and yearned to instill within himself the values and virtues that
were taught to him: Strength, Honor, Discipline, Humility, Kindness, Stoicism, Drive, and Purpose. 

It was through these virtues that Kai-El battled with the weakness and cowardice that rooted in his heart.
Making use of each day to develop himself and be self-accountable for his mistakes and actions.

Motivated by the heroes he saw in his youth, Kai-El has desired to become one himself. Never forgetting
the scared and neglected child he was, now as a man, Kai-El longs to inspire, protect, and instill value into
others, in the same way he was. He honed his skills in art and storytelling in middle school, where he drew comics
and wrote stories he shared and created with friends.

But more important to Kai-El is to not only weave tales of virtue, but to have the power to act on them. “Walk the walk and talk the talk” and reinforce the four pillars of a man’s heart. Kai-El’s relentless pursuit in gaining skills and experience have led him to make savage his body through resistance and combat training, civilize his mind with the teachings of gods, giants, and stoics, purified his soul by becoming a steward of the earth through sustainable practices, and opened his heart to care and protect those in need, and pursuing firefighting to embody his dreams of his childhood heroes.

Hold onto your butts! Kai-El’s stories may make you dig deep within yourself and find the strength you may have believed you never had. You may experience the sudden urge to begin strengthening and disciplining yourself. Many may develop a condition that causes you to find the bravery within and extend well beyond your grasp to find out who you truly are outside of your comforts. Some may begin building spacecrafts to travel to uncharted realms and discover where “there be dragons”. Kai-El cannot be held responsible if these symptoms persist for the rest of your lives. But he might send you a nudging wink and a nod to encourage you onward into your next adventure.

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Book 1 Episode 1: The Enchiridion

PROLOGUE

The Rabbit and the Wolves

 

The Eagle Nebula. Located seven-thousand lightyears from Earth. Within its vast, vivid clouds of stellar gases and dust, the Pillars of Creation usher in newborn stars. Surrounded by primeval celestial bodies shimmering in the backdrop of the universe as neighboring solar systems orbit around themselves in their endless ballet. From a distant vantagepoint, the chaos of the universe is shrouded in an illusion of tranquility through the deafening silence.

But in a fraction of a second, that veil of tranquility was shattered as an onslaught of cannons, explosions, and screeching starships cut through the quiet delusion. From the now-theater of war, a single cruiser attempts to evade destruction from three pursuing vessels. Wounded and unable to return fire, the lone ship’s sole course of action is to remain in one piece.

The floundering ship approached a massive spatial anomaly. Dust clouds churned with violence and dark energy as lightning ripped through the raging gale. In a dire attempt to shake off its attackers, the cruiser plunged headfirst into the squall’s maw, followed by its assailants.

Dodging projectiles, dropping chaff flares, and squeezing through colliding space rocks, the ship refused to succumb to its fate. As the skirmish entered a clearing in the storm, the cruiser was left vulnerable away from the cover of asteroids. The attackers locked on the vessel and fired, critically striking their prey, and pulled out of the storm.

The ship sputtered as onboard systems failed one after the other. Not before a small pod jettisoned from the mangled cruiser and out of the space storm. The ship, unwilling to go quietly into the night, ignited its engines into full power. In a final battle cry, the cruiser lurched forward before the engines blew, and all systems shut down.

The perished cruiser plummeted through the maelstrom before being caught by an unknown pull of gravity. The gale revealed a static image of an enormous blue world, streaked with wisps of white clouds and green land hidden behind a cloak that could not have been seen without the storm’s interference. The vessel burst into flames as it pierced the atmosphere and tumbled into the terrestrial world.

From the surface of the planet, the destruction of the ship appeared as nothing more than a bright shooting star. Under tremendous pressure, the vessel was ripped into five fragments that scattered across the planet. The remains that did not burn up in reentry were trailed by fire and pluming smoke as they shrieked through the air.  With a thunderous crash, the debris collided into terra firma.

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