It is a time of gods and legends; a world where every ancient pantheon, hero, and monster can be found. It is perhaps a little time after the world settled from its violent creation into its stable form, but still long before all the sagas and prophecies have wound their way towards their inevitable end. A time when even the gods are new in their divinity. Our story begins with six of these gods, drawn down from their high heavens or up out of their underworlds by some urgent call—a call to adventure, or redemption, or perhaps simply diversion from the divine mundane. As if by chance— but can it be mere chance, with a god of luck in the mix?— these six legends are brought together, six separate causes all joined in a single band.
Houyi is the Chinese god of archery, exiled from the heavenly realm of Tian after a fit of rage led him to slay nine of the ten mythical sun-birds, leaving the mortal world illumined by only a single sun (which, in all fairness, the mortals greatly preferred). Cast down from the heavens and stripped of his immortality, he seeks to restore his fallen glory with deeds of such heroic valor and legendary prowess that the gods will have no choice but to recant their exile of him—and if one were to see him in action, they would surely agree with the wisdom of such a plan! Houyi may be a boisterous, reckless, and self-indulgent roustabout of a god, but he backs his boasts with the deadly hand of an archer who knows no peer in this world— and the mercy of a heart that feels genuine compassion for the mortals he has always protected.