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Tired of the 'chosen one' saving the world, again? If so, "When the River Has Run" may be your antidote, a fantasy tale without noble causes, kings and quests, and the fate of this fantasy world does not hinge on anyone's heroics. It is a tale of the little, irrelevant people, who are too busy surviving to be good or evil. No prophesies foretell their fates, they are not secret heirs to powerful thrones, and they are not guaranteed a glorious victory, against all odds, in the finale. Hadralla is one such hapless character. He tends rabbits on the safe and sheltered islands. It is a quiet life of simple routines, until his mother tires of him, and ships him off to the mainland, to find real work. His uncle lives there, and together they scour the countryside for scrap metal.
Their travels bring Hadralla riches, but also notoriety and the Magistrates seek him out.They need a new breed of soldier for the coming war. Roving bands of vengeful lepers have overrun the outer lands, bringing destruction and spreading their own disease, and a great plague sweeps closer to the capital. After being recruited into an elite unit, Hadralla joins a bloody and misguided campaign to halt the spread of leprosy.