c/w insects, eating of an envoy, temporary hearing loss
“The Gall, naturally, fell into Oken’s hands. That discarded thing, relic lost and living, vessel to a remnant’s power. I’m not sure whether then or later, he understood the potential of what he carried. Raised himself on power’s sap, could he truly read its dread portent? Maybe he saw it only as ember, in the carcass the jackal only sees a thing to be consumed, it does not behold the new life promised in the ground beneath.”
The Jubilant continue facing off against Lilylium. Oken has just struck a decisive blow against one of the ancient envoy’s segments, but in doing so has revealed that he is the one carrying the gall.
The Jubilant are in over their heads. They’re fighting an envoy and now it knows with full certainty what its target is.
~~ PEOPLE ~~
Foible: A former member of the Ginnels, a protest prepper. Killed by the Swifts on the night of the earthquake.
Midrib: One of Atrium’s dodgers, who sells the scrap, trinkets and treasures they find in the Castings. Ash’s pal.
Lilylium: An ancient and powerful envoy, rumoured to have survived Caerdroia. Seems desperate to claim the Gall and has allied with some of Embrace’s most powerful to do it.
Renna: A former Dodger. Joined Roan’s gardens after she found the strange caves beneath Atrium during the first earthquake.
Rhian Fetch-Grimoire: A keen-eyed member of the Shepherds of the Roil. Ivar’s long-lost sister.
Valour nim Shif: The leader of the nim Shif family, alongside her twin, Vigor. A ruthless, ambitious and calculating politician.
~~ FACTIONS ~~
The Winter’s Lodge: A group of weavers and spirits who call the lodge their home. They provide a halfway-house to those who need it, largely ghosts new to the Cut.
nim Shif: Embrace’s newest great family. Plotting to take over the city with silvered tongues and bloody blades.
~~ 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 Nina Simone’s Sinnerman.
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Produced by Thryn Henderson
Series art by Ben Swinden
Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin