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About Chris Hepler
Chris Hepler got his start writing roleplaying games when he was in college, working for such titles as Shadowrun, Earthdawn, and Legend of the Five Rings before pursuing screenwriting. After a stint on CBS Television's drama The Agency and a Top Cow comic called M.I.T.H., he began work for the Bioware Corp. on such video games as Star Wars: The Old Republic and the Mass Effect trilogy.
There, he cemented his position as "that writer who actually cares about the science," creating much of Mass Effect's Codex, Galaxy Map, and Daily News. His launch-day Twitter event for Mass Effect 3, "Emily Wong Reports Live from UCLA," made #solcomms the top-trending worldwide hashtag of the day, and yes, that means you can blame him for killing off several beloved characters.
Today, Chris freelances for various video game companies, most recently for Amazon Game Studios. He enjoys dragon boating, herpetology, and as many martial arts as he can get his hands on. He lives on the U.S. West Coast with his wife, Jennifer Brandes Hepler, and their two loud children.
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In a future America still recognizable as our own, the outbreak of a vampire virus becomes front-page news. An infected trial lawyer named Morgan Lorenz sues the corporation that tried to conceal the existence of the virus, claiming medical negligence on a massive scale.
Facing potential bankruptcy, the Benjamin Rush Health Initiative files a unique motion. They say Lorenz cannot sue, because he's no longer human. For him, and all vampires like him, the Constitution simply doesn't apply.
Infinity DeStard and her "Forced Protection" team are assigned to kill Lorenz before the case reaches the Supreme Court. It's hard to fake enthusiasm ever since her own infection, but she has no choice. If she breathes a word about her condition, her team will execute her.
In the face of injustice, how long can she lie to them... and herself?
Meanwhile, Dee, Sipho and Mac recruited Karan and his squad of asura to follow Amanda into the lair of their enemy. But Kyros' lineage to the gods of death and destruction allowed him to summon to the fray a warrior even greater than Dee, the shade of Achilles himself. And now that Kyros is master of his own fate, it remains to be seen how it is even possible to defeat him...
Stealing a scroll of their own in the hopes that it will give some insight into their enemy's plans, our heroes survived Thoth's vengeance with the help of the Norse goddess Idunn. Now they must determine where Kyros will strike next...
There, our heroes found that Kyros has gamed the divine system. Under the rules of primal creation magic, to reverse the storm Kyros created in the afterlife, someone must give their soul and their last breath to the spell. All the works of the caster will come to nothing. But Dee, who has received no respect over the last three millennia, has little to lose, and has just volunteered...
But Set is none too pleased to be accused of such a blasphemous crime, and unlike many gods in the modern day, he still retains a great deal of his ancient power...
Amanda survived only with the help of unemployed drifter Dee Tyson and his miniature friend Sipho, but these two mysterious supernaturals have secrets of their own. The four of them quickly fled the scene of the demonic attack.
Who sent the assassins? Questions abound. But now seems like a good time to get to know one another before things get worse…
From veteran game writer Chris Hepler (Mass Effect Trilogy, Shadowrun, Star Wars: The Old Republic) and world-class artists Vicente Cifuentes (Justice League; X-Men) and Mateo Guerrero (Gloria Victis; Jakob Kayne), Mythkillers is an urban fantasy adventure into the realms of gods -- featuring brutal action, campy humor, and nerded-out mythology!