Hmm. Given the various reactions to the recent romance stories, TIER is going to have to clear some things up. For example, some of the audience seemed to think that the two rivals from the "love triangle" story should wind up marrying one another? This does not make sense because they are both men, and men don't marry one another -- they can of course form close bonds of friendship (and in this story they do), but that isn't the realm of marriage or sexuality.
Second, some reviews do not seem to understand what a priest is (and the one that did seem to understand the basic concept seemed to be... a polytheistic kobold?). This has quite concerning implications.
In an effort to bridge some of these gaps, the next book released by TIER is an unusual novel written following the Great Conflict in order to help rehabilitate those who had been on the defeated side. The protagonist is a young man who had been in training to join the opposition to Unity before the war ended and his training camp was liberated. He attempts to adapt to society and is surprised to learn how different it is from what he had expected. Much information about Towertopian society and its structure, prevalent social norms, the role and practical teachings of religion, etc. is conveyed via the protagonist's travails, the humorous misunderstandings he finds himself in, and so on. There isn't really that much of a plot per se, but it mostly succeeds at mixing slice-of-life misadventures with useful social information.
Along with it, TIER also releases two other items. The first is an epistolary novel in the form of posts on an Internet forum. The posts center around an incident where someone disrupted a major gaming tournament with a strange prank, interrupting the tournament stream at a critical moment with a cryptic video and selection of music. However, the pranksters then released the footage from the portion of the broadcast that they had overridden. The users of the forum are confused by the meaning of the prank and attempt to decode why it occurred and what it meant.
Popular theories include that the hack was sabotage by a rival game company, that it was a guerrilla marketing campaign created by the company that made the game being played in the tournament to reveal future content for a sequel, or that it was a political protest by people who thought the game's theme (a war game pertaining to the Great Conflict) was in bad taste. Different factions on the forum argue with one another and try to prove their case. Ultimately they manage to discover that the disruption occurred in order to conceal cheating and that the released footage of the match was itself altered, dramatically exposing the cheaters' fraud just before they can be awarded a seasonal prize for their performance in the league.
Lastly, there is a film set a few years before the Conflict in which a famously eccentric and controversial painter decides to try and to reclaim much of his old work for himself. The artist goes to many private collectors and other holders of his work, offering to buy his paintings back from them, to give them new works to their specifications in exchange for the old, and so on. This plan goes well for some time -- some of the collectors even return his work for free, tickled to see what the great artist is planning! A montage of the artist checking paintings off a list, meeting with various collectors, etc. shows that all but one of his major works are accounted for and in his hands. Unfortunately, the last and most famous painting is in a museum led by a curator and former romantic interest of the artist's who views the artist's older work as artistically superior to his more recent productions, which the curator dismisses as catering to vulgar and sentimental themes in search of commercial value. This museum refuses all the author's entreaties.
The film undergoes a sudden tonal shift as the author responds by beginning to plan a heist in order to steal his own painting back and replace it with a new one, assisted by some of the collectors he had visited earlier. When the time comes to execute the heist, though, the curator recognizes one of the collectors who is there in disguise to facilitate the plot and she grows suspicious. The artist's allies manage to successfully distract the guards and he sneaks in and swap the paintings, but before he can abscond with the work he is trying to reclaim the curator confronts him. The artist and the curator engage in a martial arts battle -- after an extended fight the artist seems to have the advantage, but as he turns to make his escape, the route that he thought would bring him to freedom instead proves to be a trap, allowing the curator to lock him in a room and wait for security to arrive!
Communicating over an intercom, the curator tells the artist that she had studied the artist's work so intensely that she was able to understand the artist's psychology and predict what moves he would be inclined to make, allowing the curator both to predict the heist on very little information and later to subtly direct the artist towards a seeming escape that would in fact entrap him instead. The artist is silent, but when museum security arrives they find the door has been barricaded from the inside. They manage to ram down the door and find the artist sitting calmly cross-legged on the floor, hands folded in his lap. As the guards and curator burst in, the artist just smiles and opens his hand, revealing a simple origami flower made from the remains of the painting! The curator is shocked, and the artist explains that while the curator's understanding of his old work was very good, if she had bothered to study the new work instead of disdaining it as inartistic, she would have realized the author's true motives -- not to have his old paintings all to himself. but to destroy them!
A set of flashbacks shows the artist taking the works he had reclaimed and destroying them in various ways, culminating in him barricading the door, ripping up his famous painting, folding part of it into a flower, and eating the remains! The artist explains that while in a sense this newer works are more sentimental, they do not originate from commercial motives but from a genuine religious conversion. Faced with the thought of having produced material that he now considers decadent and immoral. the artist decided to renounce and destroy his old works, but did so in a somewhat disguised manner that took advantage of his controversial and mysterious behavior of the past.
The angry curator has the artist imprisoned for the harm he caused the museum. Sickened by the paint he ingested, the artist's health fails and he dies not long afterwards, leaving a note in which he forgives the curator and bequeaths her a last few old paintings of his that he had still endorsed and hence not destroyed. The curator is moved to tears by this, and the final shot of the movie pans slowly back from the origami flower made from the remains of the destroyed painting -- it is now on display as the centerpiece of a new collection of the artist's endorsed works, both new and old.