Welcome to the post-post-apocalypse. And welcome to The City, where the machines have long seized up and guns are increasingly rare. It is a place where life is cheap and might makes right with brutal attention to detail, a place of corruption, violence, thievery and debauchery where the Guilds dominate with bribes or brawn, gods roam through opiate dreams, and glorious characters rule bar stools with songs and shouts for wine. In these 14 short stories witness the plague ghetto and mass floods, the mutant district and the pleasure dens. Walk the dangerous red light canals with ladies of the night, brawl with mercenaries and break into hidden bowels where machines yet work. Meet Red Demon, albino master-thief and dealer of ancient drugs; Blisthenov, potato artisan and bomb-maker; Vimey, hunchbacked dwarf-gambler; a pair of half-starved mercenaries and more. Come and dance through the vileness and villainy, sing songs of outrageous endeavor or celebrate the simple fact of having a coin for a bowl of soup.
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