1,000 years ago Earth sent out a ship that colonized the planet Charm. But the population of Charm is now far removed from their ancient ancestors. Technology has been lost over the years but the people have something better—Magic!
Charm is a world covered by volcanoes, each erupting a different color of magic. Everything within a particular Chroma becomes that color. Plants, animals, insects, and even humans all become one color and can perform that color of magic. Traveling is dangerous because a person leaving their native Chroma home can no longer perform their color magic.
Havoc is a barbarian living in a nonChroma village, where no one has magic. As a boy, he rescued a dragon that rewarded him with special magic; to sense pending danger.
His gift becomes more valuable than he can imagine as he is suddenly drafted and forced to become the new king of the planet. He must perform his duties or be executed for treason.
To make matters worse, the assassin who killed the former king is now after Havoc!
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Havoc continued calling out names, and the arrests were publicly made. Suddenly an arrow flew from above the audience. It struck Havoc directly in the face, and exploded. Gale and the child in red screamed and clutched each other. The king's head became a fireball. Then the body fell, headless.
The crown that should have protected the king was still sitting at the side of the stage, supposedly forgotten. Havoc had done his best to trigger an assassination attempt, and had succeeded.
"King Havoc is dead!" a Representative cried out.
A female figure appeared, completely red, glowing with the aura of fantastic power. "Not quite," she said, her voice dulcet yet possessed of vital authority.