The four different Londons share their geographical location, but are all vastly different. Long ago, these worlds weren’t as separate as they are now.
Grey London is the London ‘as we know it’. It’s dirty, and boring (although I beg to differ London is boring!) and most importantly, it doesn’t have any magic. What it does have, is a mad King—George III. Kell, one of two Antari (those with the ability to travel between the different Londons), visits Grey London on occasion, visiting King George III and delivering letters. To Kell, Grey London smells like smoke. Kell is also a smuggler, and when things go wrong, he flees into Grey London where he meets Delilah (Lila) Bard.
“And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.”
Ah, Black London. Don’t we all want to know more? Centuries ago, Black London fell. Since then, no one but Antari have been able to open the doors and travel between the different worlds. It is deemed the lost city… but is it really?
“Do you know why our worlds are kept separate, Your Highness?” He didn’t wait for the prince to answer. “It is to keep yours safe. You see, there was a time, ages ago, when they were not so separate. When doors ran between your world and mine, and others, and anyone with a bit of power could pass through. Magic itself could pass through. But the thing about magic,” added Kell, “is that it preys on the strong-minded and the weak-willed, and one of the worlds couldn’t stop itself. The people fed on the magic and the magic fed on them until it ate their bodies and their minds and then their souls.”
“Black London,” whispered the Prince Regent.
What do you think is left of Black London, and where will it go?
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