c/w blood, threats, major injury, prisons, jailbreak

“I imagine in their heads, they were biding time and collecting their forces, ready at any moment to take the fight to the upstart nim Shifs. In truth, they were kidding themselves. Their doom were writ on Fate’s tapestry, their line would soon be done.”

Hopeful, but unsure, the would-be abolitionists stand before Lastreach’s inner keep. They debate the best way into the heart of the island-prison. Do they try to convince the garrison to side with them? Do they force a breach in the prison’s defences? Do they work with the apparently revolutionary ministers, Rinsaya and Crooner?

~~ PEOPLE ~~

Anancrik Rise: Leader of the Flint Street Knappers. Once a friend of Ezra and Nilkat, but life has taken them on a different path.

Cloak’s Danse: Captain of the Hellebore Guard, personal bodyguard of Strau nim Callad and a deathly efficient soldier.

Crooner: A former Jackal, turned Minister of the True, turned apparent radical. Despite his outward joviality, sai come with a bloody reputation.

Jossa Stoic: Crik’s second in command. Tough and trustworthy, respected by all the Knappers.

Rinsaya Cinalo: A former Minister, who served as second to Crooner. Has a reputation for pragmatic idealism.

Status Raglan: A political darling of Embrace, jailed after he took credit for Atrium getting a vote.

Strau nim Callad: New-crowned head of the nim Callads, following the death of their father Harnal. Fearing nim Shif assassins, is in hiding on Lastreach.


Flint Street Knappers: A gang operating out of Limbus Ward, who use gliders to get around. Most are from families with heritage in the Rushes.

Hellebore Guard: The elite private army of the nim Callads. The house’s money has ensured that their skill hasn’t waned, even as the house’s power has.

Ministry of the True: Agents of the council who wield extra-judiciary powers and private militias.

nim Callad: The former monarchs of Embrace, who refuse to release their grip on their burnished gold. They own most of the city’s land, extracting extortionate rents.

~~ PLACES ~~

Lastreach: The island furthest downstream at the confluence of the Trill and the Callad. It currently serves as the city’s notorious jail.

Episode title from The Guillotine by The Coup.

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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