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in a magical desert kingdom called Setia there was a young woman named after a rock forged by lava flow, Basalt. With hair red as fire it was ironic that her life was almost claimed by flames eating through her house during an intense dry spell tormenting the land. She should have died, but, when all hope seemed lost there suddenly came a demi-god passing through the region. On the brink of unconsciousness the girl struck a deal with the spirit Loki and he saved her life.

Yet, when she awakens Basalt find herself in the palace with everyone treating her like royalty! They appear to be under the demi-god’s spell, mistaking her to be the sultan’s youngest daughter. Everyone is convinced, the sultan himself, his heir, even the guards. Since her home was destroyed in the fire Basalt has no choice but to along with it. She lets things progress naturally until that night when the trickster god shows up at her window. He tells her a rather inconvenient truth: he didn’t actually save her life, he just managed to put off her death. Some day, and there’s no telling when, she will die, and by fire just like she would have the night before. Loki disappears for another day, giving Basalt time to adjust to life in the palace only to return again later with “better” news. According to Loki, she can avoid her fate if she trains to become a fire spirit. Should she succeed, the flames would have no choice but to serve her.

Thus, under Loki's guidance Basalt begins the process of training to become a fire spirit until one day, out of no where there comes another demi-god bent on revenge. It appears Loki wasn't exactly honest to Basalt - he was just using her to fight his battles against an enemy hot on his tail for going on centuries, and placing her in the palace helped keep her safe long enough to train for it. The opponent is none other than Trade, demi-god and ruler of the trade winds, seeking to reclaim a stolen artifact and impart some much deserved payback on the trickster god. With her life at stake Basalt has no choice but to protect Loki and fight him off, and it's not long until they see why Loki had chosen her to begin with. Since wind feeds fire, Trade's powers only make Basalt's grow stronger. However, until she can achieve a full status as fire spirit, she’s still cursed to some day die at the hands of the flames, making this endeavor a race against time.

At first Trade wants to learn as much as he can about this mortal Basalt and exploit her weakness to get to Loki, but then, over time his feelings for her change and grow complicated...

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