c/w state/police violence (intro: 1:30-4:20), injury descriptions, discussions of death and post-death, family drama

“The rest knew only the ryne of power. They were blades singing to be used, even if by a tyrant’s hand. They came with their Bismuth nooses and gave Mawk’s Mantle its name.”


Embrace bleeds. The nim Shifs are ascendant, their political rivals defeated. The tide was turning on the revolution. But then comes Winter’s Lodge, breaking through the night and bringing the dawn. It’s not only the nim Shifs that feel blessed by the arrival of the sun.

In the new day, the Jubilant Maybe make their plans. It’s time to strike hard.

~~ PEOPLE ~~

Altara nim Shif: Scion of the nim Shif family and their trusted enforcer.

Crik Rise: Leader of the Flint Street Knappers. Once a friend of Ezra and Nilkat.

Foible: The second ghostly member of the Jubilant Maybe, murdered by the nim Shifs and the Swifts.

Galena nim Ovid: Leader of the Umbral Provenders, who led them into an alliance with Lilylium. Ash’s Aunt.

Oxbow Lake: A member of the Jubilant Maybe, partner to Foible.

Rhian Fetch-Grimoire: A former(?) member of the Shepherds of the Roil, sworn to keep envoys from Embrace. Ivar’s sister.

Serrivomer Glass: The unofficial Warden of the People’s Ward of Atrium. Revolutionary leader in hiding.

Cherib & Zedek nim Gorse: Neah’s parents. Respected members of Embrace’s upper-middle class.

Amris, Caoimhe & Panna Graft: Ezra’s family. Amris is the adoptive mam to them all and the leader of the Painted Hands.

Avery, Dalton and Mariana Pinder: Ash’s parents, run a shop in Atrium. Mariana was arrested for standing up to the Swifts.

~~ PLACES ~~

Atrium: An old neighbourhood near the docks, once home to wholesale markets and cafes. Bordered by the Castings, the Tear and the headquarters of the Tenders of the Dawn’s Embers.

Calvary: The most densely packed warded, full of too-small houses and windmill factories. There are rumours you can disappear into the Cut if you take the wrong turn.

Hinter: At the tip of Embrace’s tail. A mixing ground of working class residents and upper-class visitors from neighbouring Acreage, come to watch races at its stadium.

Winter’s Lodge: A place pulled out from the cut. Shifting architecture home to the gall.


Episode title from So Sad (So Sad) by Martha


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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