The mysterious woman the world knows as the Scarlet Empress appeared 758 years ago. A potent Dragon Blooded, she alone was able to brave the First Age defenses on the Imperial Manse, and unleash an ancient super-weapon to throw back the Fair Folk onslaught. After that, she declared herself Empress of the Realm, and with the power at her disposal, none could gainsay her. She founded an empire that grew to encompass the civilized world and beyond, until, five years ago, she simply disappeared. None know her whereabouts, and her absence has plunged the Realm into chaos. The Scarlet Empire was simply never meant to exist without its Empress to lead it, and now it teeters on the brink of civil war.