Shale has a goal... and Ki'an'i is an unwilling part of it.
Lost in a labyrinth of infinite simulations, Atalanta finds her new home.
With the Harvestmaster decided, the fleet prepares for war. And they aren't the only ones.
Sky wakes back up in the casteless slums. Meanwhile, on the other side of the vessel, a scheme begins to slowly come together...
Amara steps foot onto the Maldoror swarm.
When the past is nothing but pain, is it better to forget? Or is it better to defy those who would take it away and hold on tight?
Amara fights for her place in the harem, and for her life as the politics of Maldoror rage around her.
Selara tries to gather some of her fellow slaves, so that she might help them the same way Anisa helped her. Years of torture and rape have left their mark, however, and things do not go as smoothly as she would like.
With the weight and demands of an empire constantly crushing down on them, most find it impossible to make it through. At least, if they go through it alone.
Humanity prepares for war, and in that preparation there are no assets more useful that their greatest heroes. Atalanta knew that better than most.