Cogs



Empires rise and empires fall, but legends never die.
Cogs tracks the rise and fall of civilizations, the ascension of malevolent gods, and humanity’s refusal to submit and fade into the darkness.
Take a stand. Defy the gods!


1.1 The Dragon’s Eye

1.2 Taral

1.3 Electrical Interference

1.4 Lord of Nothing

1.5 Lancity Tech

1.6 Sprung

1.7 Dualist

1.8 Leaving Taral

1.9 The Wastelands

1.10 Vanilla Ice Cream

1.11 Zin

1.12 Cogs and Fairy Dust

1.13 Any Port in a Storm

1.14 Precautions

1.15 The Job

1.16 The Beacon

1.17 Tourist

1.18 Beads

1.19 Fizzles

1.20 Foolish Exposure

1.21 Wetware

1.22 Other Worlds

1.23 Hot and Fast

1.24 Unpleasant Realities

1.25 Familiar Faces

1.26 The Hunted

1.27 Sand and Dust

1.28 Heads Up

1.29 Laurill fi’Simil

1.30 Birthday Surprise

1.31 Useless Gestures

1.32 Thorn Chi’Mikkel Bondsan

1.33 The Easy Road

1.34 Twenty-Three Wasted Years

1.35 Shadow-Walker

1.36 Childproof

1.37 Bullet Wounds

1.38 Unbound

1.39 Gabe

1.40 Macabre Machines

1.41 Trust but Verify

1.42 One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

1.43 Undeniable Compulsions

1.44 Obfuscation

1.45 Blockade

1.46 Distracting the Enemy

1.47 False Assumptions

1.48 Gathered Fragments

1.49 Deception and Dreams

1.50 Zin’s Gift

1.51 Mutually Assured Destruction

1.52 The Wizard and the Cadre

2.1 Wakizashi

2.2 Lens

2.3 Mortal Wounds

2.4 Sloan

2.5 Eliz

2.6 James Tardson

2.7 Critical Details

2.8 Unconscionable Acts

2.9 Salvage Rights

2.10 The Soul of a Killer

2.11 Nea

2.12 Taro

2.13 Rasan City

2.14 Mattatan Chi’Obdurin Bondsan

2.15 Lord Obdurin

2.16 Painful Truths

2.17 Binding Cadres

2.18 Fahlim

2.19 Pointless Little Lives

2.20 Tintia

2.21 Solquist

2.22 Differences in Kind

2.23 Marin

2.24 Protocol

2.25 Pintaran

2.26 Sarlyn

2.27 Guardian

3.1 Lucky Number Six

3.2 Murdering Psychopaths

3.3 The Road to Taral

3.4 Curriculum Vitae

3.5 Framan

3.6 Calibration

3.7 Foes Ahead, Above, and Behind

3.8 Third Party

3.9 Kinda Small

3.10 Bigger and Badder

3.11 Traveler

3.12 Home Sweet…

3.13 Betrayed

3.14 Momentum, Sweetie

3.15 Company Men

3.16 The Closest Thing to Immortality

3.17 Backsliding

3.18 The Distance Between Intentions and Actions

3.19 Shared Heritage

3.20 Within Reach

3.21 A Fixed Point in Space

3.22 Happy Gas

3.23 Better Off Dead

3.24 Structural Weaknesses

3.25 Death and Serenity

3.26 Recognition

3.27 Ancestral Enmity

3.28 Free-fall

3.29 Hot Potato

3.30 First Impressions

3.31 The Coward’s Life

3.32 Disposable Bodies

3.33 Unasked Questions

3.34 Faulty Logic

3.35 Professional Compromises

3.36 Captives

3.37 Recruited

3.38 Round Two

3.39 Interloper

3.40 Pain and Perspective

3.41 Unraveled

4.1 Elevation

4.2 The Pit

4.3 The Price of Admission

4.4 Jamil

4.5 Friends

4.6 The Invisible Hand

4.7 The Last Time

4.8 Telling Scars

4.9 The Grudge

4.10 Focus

4.11 A Fool and His Plans

4.12 The Traitor

4.13 Provoking Madness

4.14 Schemes within Schemes

4.15 Rhysin’s Champion

4.16 Ethan’s Choice

4.17 Forced Rivalries

4.18 A Drowning Man’s Reach

4.19 Invisible Constraints

4.20 Stomping Ground

4.21 Zagging

4.22 The Way Forward

4.23 Past and Future Debts

4.24 Empty Words

4.25 Ambush

4.26 Talentless

4.27 A Devious Contract

4.28 Dumb Luck

4.29 A Shiny Veneer

4.30 Nabette

4.31 Word Games

4.32 Tying the Noose

4.33 Blood Sacrifice

4.34 Ruthless Compassion

4.35 The Prisoner’s Dilemma

4.36 Blind Invulnerability

4.37 Two of a Kind

4.38 Fuck the World

4.39 Benshi’s True Heir

4.40 Promises, Promises

4.41 The Woolshed Monastery

4.42 The Nature of Reality

4.43 Ripples

4.44 Insignia Tattoo

4.45 Benshi’s Dog

4.46 Fear and Paranoia

4.47 The Tyrant and the Monk

4.48 Too Stubborn to Die

4.49 Lord Benshi’s Favorite Killer

4.50 Marked and Unbound

4.51 An All Consuming Rage

4.52 Rhysin’s Heart

4.53 Lord Obdurin Chi’Rhysin Chosen

5.1 The Bunker

5.2 Dreamy Daze

5.3 Chasing Rumors

5.4 Hunters

5.5 Code of Conduct

5.6 Artistic Impressions

5.7 A Painful Reunion

5.8 Band of Liars

5.9 Mindless Killers

5.10 The Games we Play

5.11 Insurance

5.12 Fools and Dead Men

5.13 Futile Regrets

5.14 Precious Cargo

5.15 Triggers

5.16 Playing Gods

5.17 Old Acquaintances

5.18 Solo’s

5.19 The Reward for Incompetence

5.20 Renewed Tensions

5.21 Musan

5.22 Winners Can’t Quit

5.23 Pursuit

5.24 Lies Cost Double

5.25 Staring into the Abyss

5.26 Prisoner

5.27 Terms of Endangerment

5.28 Grith

5.29 Unpleasantries

5.30 Sonan

5.31 Divine Motivation

5.32 Reading the Room

5.33 Road Trip

5.34 Apprentice

5.35 Grith Bait

5.36 Convenient Allies

5.37 Fish in a Barrel

5.38 Jumping Blind

5.39 The Cleansed

5.40 Easy Money

5.41 Dragon-fire

5.42 No Good Deed

5.43 Dead-zone

5.44 Letting Go

5.45 The Short Road Back

5.46 Empty Vessels

5.47 Gunshot

5.48 Malevolent Intentions

5.49 Redundancies

5.50 Friend or Foe

5.51 Playing Both Sides

5.52 Feldarsin

5.53 Artistic Integrity

5.54 Liar’s Curse

5.55 The First Rule

5.56 Exit Strategy

5.57 Immoral Immortal

5.58 Chameleon

5.59 Impossible Choices

6.1 Transfer of Power

6.2 Untethered

6.3 Contenders

6.4 Better Together

6.5 Onslaught

6.6 Dishonored Dead

6.7 Spite and Hate

6.8 Broken Bonds

6.9 Collusion

6.10 Sacred Oaths

6.11 Playing the Edges

6.12 Emissaries

6.13 This Momentous Occasion

6.14 Meaningless Verbosity

6.15 The Art of Diplomacy

6.16 Duman d’Rammas

6.17 Sleep Will Come

6.18 The Sly Assassin

6.19 Defensive Systems

6.20 Attack Surface

6.21 Just Do

6.22 Old Dogs

6.23 Mawtarians

6.24 Warwick’s Feint

6.25 The Idiot Brother

6.26 Invisible People

6.27 Whispers of Power

6.28 Watching the Suns Rise Again

6.29 One Bad Decision After Another

6.30 Brothers in Arms

6.31 The Fate of Vincent d’Rhyne

6.32 Mutual Consideration

6.33 Kian’s Question

6.34 Seeing Quadruple

6.35 Crisis of Confidence

6.36 Dead Ends

6.37 The Regulator

6.38 Statistical Models

6.39 Hidden Intent

6.40 Shadows and Whispers

6.41 Predictable Idiot

6.42 Out of Options

6.43 Gatekeepers

6.44 Shibboleth

6.45 Betrayal

6.46 The One They Forgot

6.47 Inhibitions

6.48 Chaos and Mercy

6.49 Obdurin’s Semaphore

7.1 Scrap Metal

7.2 Night Vision

7.3 A Dragon’s Fury

7.4 Fish Food

7.5 The Waiting Game

7.6 Conflict of Interest

7.7 Dragon Hunter

7.8 Dead Famous

7.9 Lars

7.10 Wanderlust

7.11 Caught

7.12 Gaius

7.13 Unwanted Obligations

7.14 Loyal to One

7.15 Freelancer

7.16 Abstinence

7.17 Hangover

7.18 Tig

7.19 Chance Encounters

7.20 Harlan

7.21 Impaired and Impure

7.22 True Believers

7.23 Unexpected Visitors

7.24 Sensitivity

7.25 Questionable Loyalties

7.26 Firing Squad

7.27 Deadly Reverence

7.28 The Flip Side of Anger

7.29 Dead is Dead

7.30 The Problem with this Reality

7.31 The Wisdom of Hindsight

7.32 All Fucked Up

7.33 Seen From Afar

7.34 Shortcuts

7.35 Old Wounds

7.36 Between Places

7.37 Echoes and Shadows

7.38 Dead People’s Dreams

7.39 Saber

7.40 The Way Out

7.41 Just Another Realm

7.42 Accusations

7.43 Modus Operandi

7.44 The Seams of Reality

7.45 Sympathetic

7.46 Reality Verified

7.47 Twisted Perception

7.48 Capitalist Ploy

7.49 An Anti-authoritarian Psychopath

7.50 On The Hunt

7.51 Dead Again

7.52 Collision

7.53 Connections

7.54 Alone

7.55 To The Heart

7.56 Defy the Gods

7.57 Past Time

8.1 A God’s Heart

8.2 The Next Life

8.3 The Devil’s Bargain

8.4 The Godslayers’ Mark

8.5 Rasan City Blues

8.6 Harold

8.7 A Cadre of One

8.8 Temper

8.9 Killing Time

8.10 Kestrel

8.11 Crossing Over

8.12 Love’s Curse

8.13 Broken Things

8.14 Hierarchy

8.15 Realms

8.16 Multifaceted

8.17 Charsa

8.18 Tralit d’Arathan

8.19 Masks

8.20 Oath Breaker

8.21 Laurill

8.22 Valan’s Man

8.23 Children of Gods

8.24 Backup Plan

8.25 Broken Mold

8.26 False Hospitality

8.27 Counting the Odds

8.28 Little Princess

8.29 Defiance

8.30 Legacy

8.31 Think of the Devil

8.32 Multiplicity

8.33 Rhysin

8.34 Berserker

8.35 Rhysin’s Gift

8.36 Convergence

8.37 Crossfire

8.38 Goodbyes

9.1 A Singularity of Purpose

9.2 Fresh Meat

9.3 Benshi’s Heir

9.4 Firsts

9.5 The Tower

9.6 A Lifetime Ago

9.7 The Wicked and the Unjust

9.8 A Seat at the Table

9.9 Peace Talks

9.10 Sorros d’Shan

9.11 Allegiances

9.12 Turintar

9.13 Disconnected Shadows

9.14 A Good Man

9.15 Urchins

9.16 A Slave to Politics

9.17 In This Life and the Next

9.18 Bots

9.19 Welcome Party

9.20 Siaveen

9.21 Rough Diplomacy

9.22 Dancing Partners

9.23 Eavesdropping

9.24 Turin’s Dimin

9.25 Dim-Witted Mortal

9.26 An Impossible Position

9.27 Mortal. Immortal. God

9.28 Indulgences

9.29 Old Scores

9.30 Undue Influence

9.31 Subvocal Comms

9.32 Blind-spots

9.33 Hidden Paths to Peace

9.34 Bugs in the System

9.35 Unnatural Allies

9.36 The Will to Act

9.37 Masks

9.38 Behind the Mask

9.39 The Cost of Peace

9.40 The Will of the Gods

9.41 A Rigged Game

9.42 Chosen

9.43 Disavowed

9.44 Unshakeable Certainties

9.45 Players and Pawns

9.46 Hard Tasks

10.1 Alive Too long

10.2 The Price

10.3 Sacrifice

10.4 The Road

10.5 Destination

10.6 Matai’s Yard

10.7 Duplicates

10.8 Making Ends Meet

10.9 A Fair Trade

10.10 Regrets

10.11 Carefully Chosen Words

10.12 Little Bird

10.13 Night Terrors

10.14 Dassal d’Port

10.15 Unexpected Riches

10.16 The Side Entrance

10.17 Guide

10.18 Lancity

10.19 An End to Pain

10.20 Dealing with Death

10.21 Momentary Distractions

10.22 Omar’s Priest

10.23 Connection

10.24 Cause and Effect

10.25 Irresistible Forces

10.26 Omar’s Embrace

10.27 Common Ancestors

10.28 Into the Den

10.29 Unexpected Faces

10.30 The Wolf

10.31 Valan

10.32 The Lord of Lancity

10.33 First-Sworn

10.34 Cadre-mates

10.35 Bonding

10.36 The Vault

10.37 Spectacle

10.38 A Promised Death

10.39 Death Comes For All

10.40 The Failsafe

10.41 A Billion Multi-colored Stars

11.1 Breathe

11.2 Sanctuary

11.3 Immortal Intrigues

11.4 The Condemned

11.5 Paranoid Fantasies

11.6 Proposition

11.7 Close Quarters

11.8 Shroud