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The Empire Renewal

Welcome to Imperial Soulmates! In a gigantic and futuristic fantasy empire filled with solarpunk magitechs, Hélène is hiding that she's one of the emperor's soulmates. However, to lift the legal curse on her best friend, she will have to blackmail the emperor himself... Come read about her plans, and the world in which she lives!
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Arboise has always been a tiny but powerful city-state, always springing from its ashes to attempt once again to conquer the world. This is the story of how and why this last time they were finally successful...    
The Renewal of the Empire
by AmélieIS
 
Our great city of Arboise started as a city-state surrounded by similar city-states.

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But contrary to the others, we liked knowledge and sharing that knowledge.

This made us better than them.

 
Several times, we created new magitech that made us the most powerful.

We mocked them and conquered them and started an empire.

 
But every time, the people we conquered took our magitech and rebelled against us.

We were defeated and we had no empire left...

 
The last time, the traitorous Sanniens helped our neighbours.

Together, they completely destroyed Arboise!

 
It was hard to pick ourself up.

For many years everyone was miserable...

 
Finally came our saviour, Naliène!

He was very powerful, skilled, and likeable.

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He gathered children and taught them magic to help him.

Together they rebuilt all of Arboise!

 
By the time they were finished, we had chosen him as our new Emperor.

 
Our neighbours were worried and were watching us.

But they did not see the danger because Arboise had no soldiers.

 
But Emperor Naliène had been sneaky.

All the magic he had taught us while rebuilding had more than one use...

 
After Arboise was rebuilt, Emperor Naliène attacked.

He destroyed the neighbours' country as revenge.

 
We captured all its people and cursed them to work as our slaves for 10 years.

But this time, Emperor Naliène made sure they were treated well.

 
He let them keep their culture and their traditions.

But he also showed them how great Arboise is.

 
And after 10 years, he freed them and invited them to join our empire as friends.

They were happy to accept.

 
Emperor Naliène did the same thing with other countries.

 
He invited them to join us and have the best friends, the best magitech, and the best shops to sell their work.

 
They only have to be nice with the emperor, to help defend the empire, and to respect the laws.

 
Like this, we conquered more lands and brought more people into our great Empire.

And now, our lands stand at the border of Sanne!
Is it time for revenge—or for forgiveness?

   

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Author's Notes

The pen of my graphic tablet broke alphway through this -_- I add to draw the rest with my mouse...


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Dec 31, 2023 22:29 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

You did a great job with the mouse! Bad graphic tablet pen! :(   I feel very uncomfortable with this obvious propaganda from Arboise. :P

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Jan 1, 2024 12:30 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Thanks XD Arboise is obviously amazing :p Every country are fighting for the honour to join the empire!

Jan 1, 2024 15:23 by Elspeth

I love this! And well done for doing it all with a mouse! Arboise is clearly the best place ever, with everyone glad to be a part of it! I am convinced. XD

Jan 1, 2024 15:57 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Good. You are ready to do your part when your own country will be conquered then :p You won't even see that much change in your politiciens; Arboise promises not to interfere too much and to leave the incompetent people you've elected yourself if you love them so much :p

Jan 1, 2024 16:41 by Elspeth

HAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes! XD

Jan 25, 2024 13:05 by Annie Stein

this is amazing, i adore the expressions

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Jan 27, 2024 15:39 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Thanks! I'm glad this came out well They're really what makes all of this funny XD

Jan 25, 2024 15:46

I love this entire comic. The conclusion is perfect, too: we clearly didn't oppress them properly in the past, and now we are conquering them ... enlightenedly.

Jan 27, 2024 15:40 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Exactly! See, if you put a sword under those people sword and ask them nicely to join you, they will be super happy to do so!   Thanks for your comment <3

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