Martin's efforts to unite the people of Copsis against the imminent coming of the invaders continue. With more pyramids, generators, obelisks and specialized units under his control (as well as the ability to absorb the souls of the fallen and drain the chi from his surroundings), Martin is getting more powerful than ever. However, he's still a long ways from achieving the mission for which he was transformed into a core.
If he thought that the hardest part was done when he managed to protect the Emirate of Ma'an from the cartels and keep the Ren Empire from destroying him, he's sorely mistaken! No sooner has he made peace with the League of Merchants than two even bigger threats emerge. Martin now has to deal with a bloodthirsty Shogun who possesses an army of powerful samurai, as well as a Maharaja with an equally impressive force made of prana-enhanced warriors.
The new techniques Martin will discover as he engages these new foes, suffers heavy losses and ultimately learns from them could make all the difference in the end. But he has to remain careful. As he keeps absorbing more souls to fuel his power, his own soul is getting increasingly more tainted. Martin starts to behave differently and to lose touch with his humanity.
To become powerful enough to defeat the invaders, will Martin have to become the very monster he intended to repel?