Adapted by Luo Di Ching Qiu
Wei Wuxian, a powerful and hated figure, is summoned in a dangerous and forbidden ritual by a young man seeking revenge on his clan. But, the youth left some less than stellar instructions for Wei to decipher. If Wei fails, he risks his own eternal soul being destroyed. If he succeeds, he gets another chance at life, and a chance to build upon the work he was doing in his past life. After satisfying the initial demands, Wei leaves the family's compound to bring down some of the more powerful figures of the clan. This will take more cunning and power, which Wei is limited on in his new host body.
This volume collects two short stories: Blood of the Sardaukar and Whispers of a Caladan Sea.
In the first sorry, we follow along with a commander of the Sardaukar forces the night they were deployed against House Atreides. We discover that he originally had a deep hatred for Duke Paulus, who spoke up and eventually went to battle agains the commander’s father, who was the noble of the planet of Borhees. The House Atreides seized the planet, while the children of the noble family were conscripted into becoming deadly Sardaukar.
In the second story, we come upon a group of Atreides soldiers who were ordered into the caves to protect the stores of supplies hidden inside. They become trapped during the battle of Arrakeen and know there is no survival. The men ask Vitt to tell them a tale and distract them from their impending doom. Vitt is of an ancient line of Jungleurs, storytellers with powers like the Bene Gesserit, power to make their words come alive and entrance their listeners. Vitt bids the group to remember the sea on Caladan, and all the treasures it held, as their oxygen slowly runs out.
In the skies above Japan, a passenger plane starts to free-fall. But, somehow, everyone on board makes it to the ground safely! In this uncertain time after major forces in the world have made their wars, super-human Choujin have made their marks as heroes and villains, wreaking havoc or saving everyone. As is the case with the passenger plane, a choujin saved everyone. But when high schoolers Tokio and Azuma are accosted on their way home and forcibly made into choujin, they now have to navigate their new powers and decide for themselves who they will be.
Illustrated by Carola Borelli, Gab Contreras, and Tom Chu
Three sisters - Rose, Poppy, and Violet - try to solve the mystery of the murder of their mother, Jasmine. Jasmine and Rose ran a flower shop together, but previously, Jasmine hunted Nazis in World War II, and even brought home an older pistol as a trophy. She trained all of her daughters to be fighters, even to regard each other as competitors and enemies, in order to strengthen them for the violent world they would grow into. Now, Poppy is married with two kids, Violet has a successful modeling career, and none of them speak to each other nor use the fighting skills they honed. But, they come together and try to follow leads faster than the detective on the case so they can deliver their own brand of justice to whoever murdered their mother.
Illustrated by Gonbe Shinkawa
One day, when out adventuring with a friend, Lecan and his companion spy a black hole inside a dungeon. These black holes have been known to transport adventurers to difficult dungeon levels where they must defeat that level's greatest monster in order to return. Sometimes, adventurers come back fairly quickly, while others don't come back at all. Lecan decides to try his luck at this black hole, and he's actually transported into another world! Almost immediately, Lecan saves a noble family from a fierce beast, and he's taken in by them to be employed as their daughter's personal guard. This gives him a chance to learn the language and customs of this world, but his senses tell him that something far bigger and far more powerful lurks in the woods beyond their home.
Momo and the class nerd, who she’s nicknamed as Okarun, fight about what is actually real - monsters or aliens. Okarun sends Momo to a building rumored to have high alien activity, while Momo sends Okarun to a cave rumored to be haunted by demonic ghosts. Both find out the other is right. Momo is assaulted by aliens and they attempt to probe her, while Okarun finds a creepy ghost grandma who is obsessed with eating his penis. The two fight out of their terrible situations but now are being followed by the grandma ghost. Momo brings Okarun to her grandmother’s house where she can protect them with her substantial supernatural power. The three devise a strategy to try to get the ghost grandma off their tails.
The heir to the most powerful company in Japan has grown up with the family motto drilled into his head: never owe anyone. So when a girl who lives under a bridge saves his life, he has to do anything she says in order to repay the biggest debt of all. She wants to know what it’s like to fall in love, so he agrees to be her boyfriend and live under the bridge with her. He’s re-christened as “Recruit” or Rec for short, and he meets the rest of the residents with their strange behaviors. Nino, his new girlfriend, claims to be from Venus; the Mayor is a man in a kappo costume; Hoshi wears a star mask that hides his secret identity, which is a moon mask; Sister is a man dressed like a nun who might have a secret-agent past in England; and so many more interesting people. Everyone has a job and contributes to the community, except Rec, who now must find a way to be useful and not continue to be indebted to all these people.
Adapted by Haiji Nakasone
Rentt is a mediocre adventurer trying to get ahead in a dungeon, when he accidentally finds a dragon on a level where there should be no dragons. He wakes up much later, but his body is strange, and his voice isn't working. He realizes that he has woken up as a skeleton after the dragon has finished devouring him! Unsure of why he was reborn this way, Rentt puts his (absent) nose to the grindstone yet again in order to level up, but this time as a monster. He hopes he can level far enough to gain back a body and a voice. Along the way, he stumbles across another adventurer from his guild who he hopes can help him re-integrate into society and possibly figure out why he woke up as a monster.
Illustrated by Rowan MacColl
Alexa moves in with her grandpa in Savannah after her parents are arrested for nonviolent offenses. Her google-able past makes her an instant target for the school bullies, but she also finds some friends a group of three girls: Chloe, Skye, and Fae. The four blow off some steam after school one day with a drunken bonfire in the forest, and they come back with more than they bargained for. All four start exhibiting signs that they've delved into the Fae world and are slowly transforming into fairies. To make it worse, Alexa's grandpa starts dating a woman who also seems like she has fairy magic, and she's not leaving Alexa's family and friends alone until she restores a powerful fairy to the Fae world - someone she feels is in Alexa's friend group.
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