Set a few centuries in the future, near what used to be called the Mississippi river, after an apocalyptic plague reduced the human race to less than two million world wide. Those who survived and their descendants were struck blind and forced to rebuild as best they could without the ability to see. Some believed that the plague was sent by God to take away humanity's sight and as time passed the ability to "See" has been almost totally forgotten except by those who consider "Vision" and "Color" and "Reading" to be evil and heretical.
High in the Sungrave Mountains exists the Alkenny village, a tribe of a few dozen people, led by their Chief warrior Baba Voss (Jason Momoa). One day, his wife Maghra (Hera Hilmar) goes into labor and gives birth to the children she was pregnant with when she was adopted by the Alkenny. The only thing is, the man who fathered the twins could See. And so can his children.
This series provides examples of:
- Apocalypse How: Class 2. The Plague wiped out most of humanity and left the remaining blind, forcing them back to the Ice-Age-esque hunter-gatherer level.
- Battle Chant: Baba Voss leads one before the first battle with the Witchfinders.
- Depraved Bisexual: Queen Kane is obsessed with Jerlamarel, who used to be her lover. But she has no problems having sex with women as well.
- Evil All Along: Jerlamarel. He's not the wise and loving father the twins imagined him to be. He's a sighted-supremacist who wants to be known as a god and would sell out and murder his own children to achieve that.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Queen Kane is a brutal monarch who wants to use Jerlamarel and his children to rule even more of the world. It doesn't help that she's slowly going insane and decides to destroy her city rather than give up on Jerlamarel and actually be a good queen.
- The Magic Comes Back: Essentially what the ability to See is in a world of blind people.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Jerlamarel sells out Haniwa so that he can further his goal of making the sighted into gods. So Baba Voss puts out his eyes in retribution.
- Meaningful Name: Baba Voss, which means Father Wolf.
- More Deadly Than the Male: Of the two sighted siblings, Kofun is content to continue their peaceful lives while Haniwa is eager to begin restoring humanity to their former place, even making ranged weapons only they can use.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Tamacti Jun spent two decades brutally interrogating every village he came across about Jerlamarel. Queen Kane is horrified to realize this means he was essentially acting as a prophet, spreading the legend of Jerlamarel's power far more effectively than he could have done on his own.
- Our Nudity Is Different: Since the ability to See nudity no longer exists, the entire purpose clothes is reduced to practical necessity. If a person is not wearing clothes around another than there simply isn't a need to be concerned about it since there are, as far as is known, only three people in the world with working eyes.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: After destroying her city, Queen Kane quickly discovers how ill-prepared she is for the outside world when she's captured by a despicable silk baron who puts her to slave labor.
- "Reading Is Cool" Aesop: Jerlamarel prepared a collection of books from reading primers to classic literature to help his sighted children rebuild the world.
- Scenery Porn: With the collapse of civilization, nature has reclaimed much of the planet. Its a shame hardly anyone can see it.
- Sex Magic: Sex and Masturbation is seen as a way of worshiping the divine.
- Shown Their Work: The writers and directors took great pains to realistically portray how an entire society of blind people would live and build and even fight.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: There are slavers, essentially packs of nomads who wander around grabbing anyone they think they can get a good price for. One of the main reasons most people live in communities like the Alkenny. Baba Voss used to be part of one.
- Time Skip: The second episode takes place across seventeen years.
- Villainous Incest: Queen Kane wants Kofun to be take Jerlamarel's place at her throne and in her bed. It should be noted that she's actually Kofun's aunt.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The sighted are terribly arrogant for people whose powers and advantages go away the second the lights go out.
- Wham Shot: At the end of the first episode, the newborn babies reach out toward a soaring hawk, showing that they aren't blind.