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Cover Contest 2017: The Heretic's Child

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Cover Contest 2017: The Heretic's Child
In a world where everything changes at breakneck speed, people's attention is drawn from one tragic event in the news to the next. This numbed forgetfulness engendered a response in me and I felt a need to express the importance of remembering.

In 1984, I lost three members of my family to a drunk driver. Over the intervening years, I have learned one thing: the only way those we love can continue to live on is by sharing our memories of them. This idea became the basis for "The Heretic's Child." A world with the same historical events as our own, but the reasons behind the history have changed.

Welcome to the world of the Rememberers.

Throughout humanity's history, a long-lived race known as Rememberers have existed alongside the human race. Created to collect the memories of dying humans and preserve them, Rememberers use the information to counsel the human race and help them avoid the mistakes of their past. The Rememberers are divided into Catalogers and Counselors and are overseen by a single woman, the Cybele.

For the last two thousand years, the Cybeles have been meeting with untimely ends. Without the Cybele, Rememberers can still collect human memories, but without her guidance, they are unable to properly use the information to counsel the human race. This has resulted in a horrific increase in chaos and war.

In 1783, a Rememberer named Emma is born. Before dying in childbirth, her mother warns her friends, Moira and Samuel, that the child is in danger but dies before giving a name to the menace.

Adopted and raised by the couple, Emma is next in line to become the Cybele for her people. As she grows to adulthood, she must discover who wants her dead--or else become the next fatality!

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