alchemy of a witch
Part One: Calcination and Dissolution
Centuries before Dark Root...
A once peaceful land is besought with unrest, as The Great Sickness spreads its malignant vines across towns and villages. Suspicion reigns, as neighbor fears neighbor, and The Church searches for the root of the plague, and a scapegoat.
As the dead accumulate, a verdict is delivered: witchcraft is to blame.
In a sudden upheaval, the once revered Keepers-of-the-Old-Ways are vilified and hunted, as a new consciousness sweeps across the world--
Submit to the new ways, or perish.
As plague rages across neighboring villages, Leckwich's wise-woman, Almara, is arrested for witchcraft. Before she is taken away, Almara tasks her daughter, Morgan, with guardianship of two precious heirlooms. When Morgan herself is accused of witchcraft, she becomes a fugitive from her own village. Escaping with only her Mother's strange book and stone, she disappears into The Great Forest, and the rumored beasts that reside there.