Unlike his father and brother, Lyle Margrave wasn't blessed with power when the Towers rose outside of the population centers of the world seventeen years ago. However, with his father imprisoned and his brother killed in the Fall of New York, he is alone in helping his mother to provide for their household and get his sister Helen through her last couple years of college. Quitting his job probably wasn't the smartest move to this end, but he wasn't helping anyone as a mistreated secretary. That was followed by even more bad luck in the form of a beating from an Empowered directly outside his girlfriend's apartment and an ultimatum not to return.
But then Lyle steps into a Secret Gate on a dangerous whim and a figure from Greek mythology gives him the opportunity to gain the power he needs to make a real difference. Something's strange about his power, though, and if he's not careful, that power could get him killed.
This web novel is inspired by Solo Leveling, Daniel Black, and some other Urban Fantasy and GameLit novels.