The Nevians came with blasting guns, subjugating the people with their military might.
But the Xantis Tey arrived with smiles. Charming and persuasive, they wanted not the Homelanders' death, but their subversion.
Tadessa, chosen by her people to defeat Nevians, possessed no skills to counter these new invaders.
"Their Absorption process always works," her father warned her. "He will change even your thoughts until everything you believe is as Xantis Tey as he is."
"He can't change the way I think."
"They are mindworkers. He can, and he will."
So she locked her heritage away in a special place in her mind where he could not access it.
Would that small action be enough to save her people?