Original story in Hardback form by Alexander Edwards:
Shifting Swords: Aftermath of Night:
They are not heroes because of their morals or ideals. They fight against the Darkness because they each know evil intimately. It causes their souls to quake knowing what they have done and what will happen if the Night succeeds.
Timothy, the last priest of Lachdavan scribes the last days as he watches his beloved home of Chandel fall. But he also writes of hope. Trinian Komasir, once a child whose only desire was for his parents to be proud of him has grown from youth to maturity.
However, Trinian’s pride has already consumed the souls of many in his battle to embrace the world either as the vampiric Sicarius or the Justice Bringer of Chandel. To redeem the fallen world of Altera, Trinian must overcome the decades of being an assassin and his failing strength to remain worthy to wield the Ankh-Djed that can defeat the Night and its denizens.
With his friends: Kahari, the cursed ogre; Sabre, the were panther; Irisa who travels the streams of mana; Kromias, the Saunt, and Shahdeaux, a pureblood elf who is a master of elemental magic, Trinian now battles against the Darkness of Night.
However, Trinian also has many enemies. Under the direction of the head strategist of Hell, Xiomara and the fiends who serve her are the beings with the ultimate plan of destruction. Using the mortals of Altera, especially the children, as the fiends’ primary weapons, there is seemingly no salvation of their world that the heroes can perceive.
Trinian and his companions are left to choose between engaging in a losing battle of defiance or embracing the Night to survive. Both options allow the Darkness victory.