The Chalice Quartet
Alpine Gray is a wizard with a dead-end job, a loveless marriage, and terrible friends. Due to a slight emotional outburst, Al finds himself being blackmailed. His task is to steal a chalice from the shop down the street. Only, when he does finally manage to loot the item, he realizes that he cannot give it to his blackmailer and he cannot stay in his city anymore.The chalice is a deitic artifact, a magical item created by the gods with certain intent. This one binds four people together for one year.Alpine meets Anladet, a half-elven baerd, Telbarisk, a grivven, and Raulin Kemor, a trirec in the weeks following. And while he's pleased to join the first two in company, Raulin is another matter. With no choice, they are forced to follow and aid Raulin as he fulfills his paid contracts to assassinate, spy, or steal from various members of the Gheny public.At first, this seems like a terrible situation for all involved. But as the year passes, they come to realize that there was more in play than lucky situations that made them cross paths. They were meant to join together, to fix a great wrong in the world.