The Painted Rule

A discovery, a secret plot, and a murder.

“The Painted Rule” spins a web of intangible lies so thick that it looks like there will be no end to the unjust treatment of Maxar’s Radjn people by its ruling race, the Jins. Though the planet had been previously hidden from view of the Galactic Guild of Enforcement somehow, that chicanery seems to have been removed. A tale out of history warned that one day the planet would play host to an outside race arriving from the skies and while the majority of the people dismiss such an idea, they are about to have a rude awakening.

The series provides the link between the events depicted in “The Child of Time” and the history of the Guild presented in “The Gaian Wars.” The oft-disparaged Traitor will be unmasked, and will likely not be who anyone expected.

The Falling Rain

In “The Falling Rain”, a trio of friends running a secret rebellion against the Painted Rule of Jins is plotting to infiltrate and take down the government. Motivated by the cruel treatment almost to the point of slavery, the friends stumble upon an entirely unexpected occurrence which separates them all and throws their plans into the air, leaving only one to carry on for the oppressed Radjn people of Maxar.

A Traitor Amidst

The Painted Rule sees event after event degrade both its structure and its troops in “A Traitor Amidst”, from things as simple as missing weapons to completely and inexplicably altered plans. The Jinnese Emperor slowly loses his faith in his advisors, drawing inward to the point of going mad, and is finally betrayed by his military planner. In a moment of triumph for freedom, the Painted Rule is toppled: but at the same time the Terrans arrive.


Told entirely from the viewpoint of its title character, an Inspector for the Galactic Guild of Enforcement who lives with a functional diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Gand Victorean’s world is turned inside out by a sock that’s similarly reversed. (Yes, the article of clothing.) Their spiraling paranoia sends them down an incredible path which invariably leads to the most vilified person in the history of the Guild: The Traitor.

Character Looks

Some people who look like what I see as I write.