Not suitable for minors due to graphic sexual content.
Even if it brings the world to the brink of ruin, you must demand justice.
A thousand meters under the ocean, beneath an uninhabitable surface, the Union of Ferris, Lyser and Solstice scratches out a living for its people in former slave colonies won in a communist revolution against the vast Imbrian Empire.
Out of every junior officer in the Union navy, Lieutenant Murati Nakara has made the most petitions for promotion to an active duty warship. When the Empire enters an era of internal political chaos, Murati finally gets a chance to prove herself.
Aboard an experimental ship and part of a young crew inexperienced in war, Murati takes on the task of exploiting the Empire’s weakness to safeguard her home. This journey will lead her across thousands of kilometers of ocean, discovering unlikely allies, dangerous foes, and difficult truths about their underwater world.
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Content Warnings: Graphic sexual content and depictions of graphic torture, suicide and self-harm are tagged at the top of the respective chapter. All sexual content is between consenting adults. The story as a whole contains graphic violence, psychological distress, and depictions of racism, bigotry, and extremist ideologies.
Author credit: Madiha S.
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