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The story's protaganist is female and a historian. A note plays a significant part in the story. The story is set in a strange city in ancient times. The story is about sacrifice.

The original inspiration for this generator came from The Instant Muse, which I enjoyed but which turned out too many mainstream answers for my tastes. Code for the generator came from Steven Savage over at Seventh Sanctum. Any bits that work are his. The rest is mine.