You don't create beauty, you live it. Can infinite beauty and immortality be conquered by skill or divine knowledge alone?The young sculptor Maximillian Comnenius meets his Muse, a hallucination of the perfect female model he is ultimately enthralled by. Her occasional fading and unsatisfactory appearances compel him to strike a bargain – she will appear more vivid and ever closer to reality if and only if the sculptor creates six of the most perfect statues imaginable, standing for the different stages of Love. As the deal is agreed upon by both sides, unusual onset of events takes place in both the city of Marckest and within the band Sagittarius, the members of which are Maximilian's peers. The unfolding of beauty and reality itself is in the hands of both the beholder and the Creator.*
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