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Ilance: a land ruled over by a brave and wise Queen, and in which two factions, the Aristocrats and the Knights, have for  generations vied for power...  Tonight, two prodigies, one from each Faction, will do battle in  ‘the Adjuvant Trial’, a ritual held since the founding of the nation and that decides which faction will hold military and political  authority, and protect the Queen, the living symbol of the realm.  The fate of the nation is at stake as these two girls set aside their childhood friendship and undergo a trial in which there can be only one victor.

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■ Francesca Storaro ■  Fran is a gifted practitioner of Silver Shadow Magic and the top student at Scelta, the Knight academy.  She has a strong sense of responsibility and an unwavering commitment to honor and justice. Her strict standards and formal manner have been the cause of much friction with Luc who she regards as overly casual.  Her nomme de guerre is the ‘Moonlight Sword Princess’, but her nickname is simply ‘Princess’.  “I said don't call me ‘Princess’!!”   ■ Lucrezia Visconti ■  Luc was born with a natural talent for the art of Whirlwind Sorcery. She is the top student at the Aristocrat academy of Besier, but has little time or regard for convention or formality.  Her caring and personable nature allows anyone feel instantly at ease around her, but belies a strong sense of justice  and concern  for the happiness and well-being of other people.  Luc’s nickname is the ‘Vermillion Vortex’, but she is also known as ‘the Besier  Redhead’.  “Let’s put an end to their stuffy old  traditions.”