Walking a land where little order can be found and knowledge is the true embodiment of power, a mechanized veteran seeks vengeance.
What's left of the country has reached the end of a decade-long war where no life went untouched. In this world, damaged ages earlier, sharpened steel rules the day and technology stems from the ingenuity of soldiering engineers.
Claiming dominion over the surviving city-states, The People's Army refashions itself as The Gilded Revision, enacting civil and economic measures in an ambitious reconstruction. Their first act as a governing body releases thousands of veterans deemed unfit for further duties.
Ten years after his impressment into military service, a wandering stranger arrives on the doorstep of an aging blacksmith. Offering his own skills on the anvil in exchange for shelter, the opportunity may just be what the old man needs to leave his grandchild a future. In the neighboring city-state, a military official is investigating the assassination of his regime's appointed governor for the area. Sensing the beginning of a trend, he looses upon the killer a vicious subordinate of his own.
'The Pendulum Blade' is a steampunk fable, allegorizing the timeless struggle between humanity's individuality and the masses that seek to dehumanize.
Strike while the iron's hot.