Opening Narration

It had been a nice visit. The school had blossomed even further than when he was last there, and he felt like he had come to peace with his past with Maryland. But when it was time to go, he suddenly welled up with regret, and something else: fear.

The things she was working on here would—well...

And so he chose a man, someone bright, someone who came from nothing like he himself had. Someone who had been with the September Project from the start, from before it was even September. And Ibex anointed this man his proxy. Except the fear remained. What would happen if Twelfth couldn't reach him? What if OriCon discovered the Institute's true nature? Their voices broke the mood wide open. Their voices broke the mood wide open.

"What you need," they told him, "are people so righteous that they'll be on their best behavior even when their god isn't watching them. Let us do this for you. Let us build you a presence there, even when you are absent."

Ibex's eyes drew in. "For a Divine that doesn't have a Candidate, you sure are eager to delegate power."

Liberty and Discovery reached out one of their many limbs, resting it on his left shoulder.

"No more Candidates." They whirred a solution into place, even as they spoke to him. "Only peers."

Episode Description

With the larger threat of Rigor rapidly approaching, The Chime have agreed to truce with Ibex and his Righteous Vanguard. In exchange for this peace, they've taken on the most dangerous job they've ever had: Descend to September, locate the school's missing founder, and figure out how to wound something they can barely comprehend.
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"If Han Solo Used To Be Beyoncé, or: Hashtag Otechku" · "I Would Like a Bribe" · "Soldier Game" · "It's Fine, We're Criminals" · "The Bells Are Ringing"" · "A Ship of Seeds" · "Here's Your Bribe Tip" · "I Am Not Allowed" · "Our Hostage Below" · "This Month of Ours" · "Drawing Clocks" · "A Thing You Know About Nightclubs" · "A Home After a Wake" · "Our Customer of the Month" · "We've All Killed People" · "A Candle in the Sun" · "The Rear Left Engine" · "Metal That Has Died Twice" · "The Order of Things" · "The Road You Take and Who You Take It With"" · "The Glimmer Incident: The Executive Enters!" · "Crisis! (A Solemn Vow Above the Sea of Counterweight)" · "The Broken Branch" · "An Astonishingly Illegal Ship"" · "It's Still Dark Out" · "You Can Call Me Captain" · "Do You Have Room For Me?" · "An Animal Out of Context" · "A Special Kind of Warmth" · "Three Conversations" · "Another Facility Among Trees" · "Expertize with a Z" · "Through the Crosshairs" · "A Fractal Garden and an Intercepted Message" · "Reaching Out" · "A Knock at the Door" · "Everything is Temporary" · "Visions from Windows, Or: The Last Time the Bomb Dropped" · "Found Footage" · "Just Another Machine" · "The Storm Over September" · "A Splintered Branch, A Ringing Bell Pt. 1" · "A Splintered Branch, A Ringing Bell Pt. 2" · "A Splintered Branch, A Ringing Bell Pt. 3" · "Live Post-Mortem"