Decline reigns supreme in a world inhabited by populations with divergent beliefs and fragmentary knowledge. Powerful towns are attempting to lay the foundations of a new society. One of these towns, Eskamandre, offers its citizens a democratic framework in a utopian environment free of crime and malnutrition. A group of travellers led by Flora finally arrives inside the walls of Eskamandre, but soon discovers that the bowels of this idyllic city hide dark secrets. New revelations surface about Léo’s origins while snatches of the past awaken in Kerwick’s memory. Who is Ver Bleu? What if Pandora and Amblystome are different from what they had imagined? At the opposite end of the rail line, Minéra remains a prisoner in Uthmer and must cope with the purple fever epidemic that threatens everyone and kills indiscriminately. She could try to escape, but where would she go? The population is in dire need of the services of a healer like her and of a remedy that is slow in arriving. Will she be able to find her place in this land?
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