Episode from the podcastThese Flimsy Rituals

Embrace 14: Cause We Love A Bit Of Trouble

Released Sunday, 27th September 2020
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c/w fights with police, animal harm, NPC death

“Across the city these splinters of defiance spread. Each spelk the families plucked saw two more embedded into Embrace’s flesh. Us ginnels and those like us, watched. We were both proud of our comrade’s successes, and jealous, desperate to join the fray."


As the rain lashes down over Embrace, Ezra and Oken take shelter in the carousel. They’ve been laying low here for a couple of weeks, nearly at each other's throats.

Nilkat brings the reprieve they need. He’s got a job for the pair of them—the Ginnels are calling a meeting and he wants the Jubilant’s in convincing others to join.

Armed with a list of names—The Triumphant Maybe, The Pamphleteers, The Painted Hands—Ezra and Oken set out. But they won't just need their diplomacy for the factions, they’ll need it for each other too.

~~ PEOPLE ~~

Amris Graft: Ezra’s mam. A community organiser and member of the Painted Hands.

L.V. Petit: A radical pamphleteer, that can often be found in the middle of radical gatherings, printing machine on their back.

Nilkat: A former factory mechanic, turned revolutionary. A member of the Ginnels and our story’s narrator.

Xenaras Crow: A careful, calculating, and somewhat cynical radical. Leads the Triumphant Maybe.


Ginnels: A broad revolutionary network, formed by the workers of Calvary Ward.

Jackals: More formally known as the Tenders of the Dawn’s Embers, the Jackals are an organisation of remnant hunters guided by strange divination.

Painted Hands: A group of criminals formed of people laid-off when the dye factories mechanised. They break the law to put food on the table and to pay the bosses back.

Pamphleteers: A shabby collection of small presses and independent pamphleteers. They’d be made illegal if the news-sheets had their way.

Swifts: Embrace’s police force. Once a ragtag militia, formed of ward locals, they have been armed and outfitted by the nim Shifs.

Triumphant Maybe: A radical cell headed by Xenarus Crow. They are ruthless and professional.


Episode title from Balaclava by the Arctic Monkeys


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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

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