The Resplendent Majesty sits upon the throne, and lives with everyone’s attention on them.
The Drab Majesty lives in the shadows, and nobody knows they’re there until there’s something they need to deal with.
A team make their living through resurrecting people by assembling the scattered fragments of their personality construct from the far-flung corners of cyberspace.
But some of these people don’t want to come back.
And some aren’t actually dead.
In a calm and stable Empire, the first step on the Hero’s Journey is … Finding any challenge at all
Gormenghast Series, by Mervyn Peake
Shattered Dreams (rpg review)
Eclipse Phase: Transhumanity’s Fate
( Craig got the game wrong ~ T. Jones )
The Kraken Wakes, by John Wyndham