c/w body horror, family conflict, betrayal
“Embrace is a hole. A rip in the heart of the world. It’s like the gardens of Crown’s Ait – petal and green cloistered by wall from the world around. Ordered sweeps of fragrant colour and soft, useless lawn. Beautiful, I’m sure, but that beauty belies the effort put into maintaining it”
As the Gall blossoms into new life within Winter’s Lodge, betrayal and despair bury their roots beneath it. Hidden out of sight of the revolution, long laid plans break and new purposes are found. Duty and despair clash violently as those drawn to the Gall’s new beginning are at odds over what it means.
Oken, Neah and Ash each find themselves grappling with destiny and choice.
~~ PEOPLE ~~
Altara nim Shif: Scion of the nim Shif family and their trusted enforcer.
Galena nim Ovid: The imposing head of the Umbral Provenders and Ash’s aunt. She has ambitious plans for the city.
Mel: Once an envoy of the remnant, Relict. Brought to Embrace with Oken, she rebuilt her gestalt consciousness beneath the city. She now resides within Oken, dormant but attentive.
~~ FACTIONS ~~
nim Shif: Embrace’s newest great family. Plotting to take over the city with silvered tongues and bloody blades.
Trusted: A small cell of revolutionaries loyal to Neah, headed by Ido Ozk Erut.
Umbral Provenders: A legitimised organisation of smugglers, who use the cut to smuggle contraband into and out of the city. Based in Atrium, they use criminality to enforce their hold there.
~~ 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.
Winter’s Lodge: A place pulled out from the cut. A shifting collection of mismatched architecture. A shell for the gall.
Episode title from Nothing Fades Like The Light by Orville Peck
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Produced by Thryn Henderson
Series art by Ben Swinden
Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin