In a distant age, magical beings known as the fey stepped from their dying world into this one, benevolently conquering the lands and its people.
Now, some 4000 years later, the great City of Ammingrad is a thriving metropolis, melding magic, machines, and magnificence in every aspect. Fey society flourishes in luxury, while humans toil and strive to survive. The vast city spans nearly an entire continent, surrounded by an impenetrable Barrier wall.
The city holds thousands of stories. What will yours be?
Quillathe returns to House Sareine to begin her takeover, only to be joined by the newly-formed Tidesguard, who swear their allegiance to her and her cause. Griff and Jist catch up, and Jist educates him on the delicate and mysterious magical substance known as spark.
The unexpected events unfolding at Quillathe and Sandir's wedding have put everyone on the alert. In the chaos, the fires of ambition are stoked with loss and realization, forging new and dangerous heroes in astonishing ways.
The morning of the wedding arrives, and Quillathe is determined not to lose this opportunity to gather a large crowd and speak a piece of her mind to get them on her side. Iggly works behind the scenes to ensure Quillathe is supported and reassured, Jist is confused about the wedding's true meaning, and Griff continues gathering unusual supplies for his plan to protect Quillathe - now that all of Ammingrad knows where she is and where she'll be tonight.
Iggly and Caernen Woolley go door-to-door to some of Iggly's contacts inquiring after Royland Ponce's activity. Jist and Maive Marswell go to Jist's birdhouse home base and find very unexpected clues about what happened to the other pixies that eavesdropped at the Tideturning Gala. The gang reunites at the Chundhali School to decide how to proceed with Quillathe's big plan.
Griff and Sandir square off in the fighting ring at the Chundhali School of Staves, but not even Griff's spicy secret weapon is enough to detract from the plot twist Quillathe unleashes. Meanwhile, Iggly and Jist meet up with Wardens Woolley and Marswell to exchange information on the topic of both Royland Ponce and the murdered pixies.
Jist, having tailed Iggly and Royland Ponce, decides to dig a little further into what Ponce is up to, and if he knows anything about the recently murdered pixies. She sneaks into his home, but finds much, much more than she bargained for. Meanwhile, at the Chundhali School of Staves, Quillathe has come to a decision, Griff panicks a little bit more, and Sandir's father says something at exactly the right moment to set off Griff's biggest quirk.
Sandir, Quillathe, and Griff make their way back into the city, heading for the Chundhali School of Staves as their next hideout. Iggly, now face-to-face with the notorious Royland Ponce, finds that there is more than just Quillathe's little bit of drama happening in the city of Ammingrad right now.
Antsy in Knoll's Corners, Quillathe sneaks out and goes to the local village faire to cut loose and enjoy herself "like the common folks do." Griff chases after her in order to continue keeping a low profile... for what it's worth.
While Sandir recovers on bedrest, Quillathe and Griff try to lie low... but Griff can't help trying to steal back his money from the scamming Brownie at the general store, and Quillathe finds that it's very difficult to stop being the center of attention when you're used to being the grandest distraction in the room. There's a very drunk conversation between them when Quillathe plays bartender for the first time. The fernwitch, Maryiam Corg, scolds Quillathe for various reasons.