The Great Game. It is 1845. One hundred years before the end of the world. Central Asia has become a chessboard for the British and Russian empires. And minor powers lay in wait, playing games of intrigue and subterfuge. Yet this war is different. Through battle and exploration, the Hindu Kush reveals alien megaliths. They birth an invisible force – the aether. It permeates the haunted land, defying the science of the times.