Anomus, master architect, has toiled for ten years on a tomb for the Emperor's favourite concubine, Hesia, and looks forward to finally seeing his family again.The Emperor visits, and is very pleased with the tomb... so pleased, in fact, that he doesn't want Anomus to build one that might outshine it, some day.
Betrayed and dying, Anomus bargains with an old God for the chance of retribution... and the God transforms him into a Dungeon Core.The official funeral is in three months - can Anomus arrange a suitably lethal welcome by then?
Released as the novel Tomb: Stone and Blood in 2019.
The Concubine's Tomb contains examples of:
- A Dungeon Is You: the protagonist
- Fate Worse than Death: The Emperor's plan for Hesia - who is not, in fact, dead.
- Our Ghouls Are Creepier: Ghouls are a jackal-like humanoid race who are burned by the sun's light, and who must eat dead human flesh to avoid becoming animalistic. A somewhat more intelligent member of the species is exiled from his tribe, and becomes a tool and partner of Anomus.
- Shoot the Builder: The Emperor reasons like this.