The city of Ametsapolis is vast, a towering marvel of engineering and ingenuity. It has to be. It is the last city on earth. The world as we know it has been destroyed by cataclysmic nuclear war, and in the 24th century humanity clings desperately to life in the last refuge, aided by the advanced technology of cybernetic implants.
But this technology is also a new means of control. A way of exerting influence and maintaining power through debt, hardship and suffering, so that a ruling elite can maintain its wealth and comfort even in this harsh new world.
Against this backdrop, young Jonas Evermount, an outsider and exile of the city, discovers he possesses power of his own, power that brings him to the attention of the Zorastrans, wielders of terrible implant-fueled powers. His arrival will serve as a catalyst for change, but to what end?
Emmanuelle Rouseau is a prominent scientist conducting ground-breaking research into human augmentation and adaptation, and she seeks to better the plight of the city’s citizens. Her work will come to define her, but it will also come to define Ametsapolis.
Zachary Montague has spent his life in the Zorastran Order, teaching its young students to harness powerful implants for decades, but is growing despondent and disillusioned with the suffering in the city at large. He teaches young Jonas on his arrival, but where do his true loyalties lie?
The city is a powderkeg of unrest and tension. The government clings desperately to control, funded by its wealthy industrial benefactors. But there is only so much even their vast police force can do. The powerful and shadowy Zorastran order watches warily, so far ignoring the calls to intervene and maintain order. But for how long? How long before Ametsapolis, like all the human cities before it, burns?