c/w police, between 55’33 and 59’57: family conflict/threats and discussion of disfigurement

“Drawing connection between the revolution’s many parts was its own challenge. Both because we were a house built with uncommon brick and because of the families desire to keep us disparate. Ezra and Oken wouldn’t be the only ones to find trouble.

As our messengers worked their way across rooftop, through the cut, down the canals, the Swifts swarmed like their namesakes, looking to pick us off. Over on Lastreach, the cells filled up.”


Ezra staggers through the dark ginnels of Calvary, the explosion not long behind them. The whistles of the Swifts echo down close alleyways. The night has turned familiar streets into something like a maze.

No. Labyrinth.

Ezra knows their destination. They know every brick and cobble, every turn that’ll lead them there. Nilkat. He’s the only person who can get them out of this.

Ivar appoints a deputy, Neah goes fabric shopping, Ash has family problems and Oken contacts an old friend.

~~ PEOPLE ~~

Elif: A fabric shop apprentice and member of the Ginnels. Introduced Neah to the Maybes.

Galena nim Ovid: The imposing head of the Umbral Provenders and Ash’s aunt. She has ambitious plans for the city.

Mell: The last surviving envoy of Relict, a remnant slain by Oken. She was carried to Embrace with him afterward and has been rebuilding her strength inside the cut.

Nilkat: A former factory mechanic, turned revolutionary. A member of the Ginnels and our story’s narrator.

Trilvo: The matriarch of Tail’s End. A doctor used to working on ghosts and spirit.


Swifts: Embrace’s police force. Once a ragtag militia, formed of ward locals, they have been armed and outfitted by the nim Shifs.

Umbral Provenders: A legitimised organisation of smugglers, who use the cut to smuggle contraband into and out of the city.

~~ PLACES ~~

The Cut: A ghostly echo of Embrace. Caerdroia’s labyrinth unspooled into unknowable maze. A broken assortment of bismuth lined tunnels that runs over, under and parallel to the physical city.


Episode title from Sax Rohmer #1 by The Mountain Goats


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Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson.

Produced by Thryn Henderson

Series art by Ben Swinden

Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin