Pride X Familiar ReVamp - a young-adult sci-fi story by Albert Ruckholdt

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A shamelessly perverse high-school battle romantic comedy.

In a galactic society where the Aventis – humans enhanced by the Symbiote – rule over Regular humans who lack the Symbiote, a high-school student discovers he belongs to a publicly derided yet secretly valued third class, and is thrust into a skirmish between rival powers all while struggling to survive at prestigious academy dominated by Aventis students.
In the wake of the Cataclysm which ended the lives of billions and brought about the demise of the First Galactic Age, human civilization fell into two camps.
The Aventis, humans that are host to the Symbiote which makes them physically superior to the Regulars, who are humans incompatible or rejected by the Symbiote.
Ruled by the eight Aventis clans known as Prides, humanity has settled into an age of quiet, gentle prosperity that veils an undercurrent of tension and discontent between the two races.

Living aboard the gargantuan asteroid colony of Pharos, Regular high-school student, Caelum Desanto thought he was happy being incompatible with the Symbiote. Rejected by the organism for three years running, he is shocked to learn that Haruka Amiella, his gorgeous childhood friend, classmate, and unrequited crush of many years, is so compatible she’s joining the vaunted Avenir Pride. Instead of confessing his feelings to her, he falls victim to his resentment and turns a lunchtime, school rooftop encounter with Haruka into a catastrophe.

If he thought life couldn’t get any worse or stranger, he was dead wrong. Suddenly stabbed in the chest by a knife-wielding girl dressed in the tatters of a school uniform, Caelum is promptly awakened to life as a Familiar, neither Regular nor Aventis, when the girl injects him with the blood of Arisa Imreh Lanfear, a not-so-highly ranked member of the Lanfear Pride who over-estimates her nonetheless formidable position within the clan.

Entrusted by Arisa with the Kaiser's Blessing, one of hundreds of enigmatic relics known as Fragments, devices of unknown origin and great power that only Familiars can wield, Caelum serves out the remaining high-school year at his old school, before Arisa enrolls him into Galatea Academy, a prestigious establishment catering almost exclusively to Aventis students. With the knife-wielding girl for a classmate, and his reunion with Haruka ending up less than stellar, Caelum’s perverse antics draw the ire of the female student body, and land him in hot water with the Academy's number three beauty, the Princess of the Senior Year, Prissila Ventiss Avenir.

To make matters worse, he is pulled into the machinations of the Student Council who have chosen to enter into a shadow conflict fought out in microcosm between those that serve the Prides, and those seeking to topple them from power. While suffering at the hands of irate female students, and avoiding the clutches of the unabashedly sexy Student Council Vice-President, Simone Alucard Raynar, Caelum is forced to shelve his resentment for the Aventis and draw upon the power of his Fragment to protect the Academy and its students from the people responsible for the deaths of hundreds, including his parents, and the disappearance of his older sister.

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