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The Outpost is an American fantasy TV series, acquired by The CW for US distribution and by Syfy for international broadcast. The series is executive-produced by Dean Devlin (producer of Stargate) and Jonathan Glassner (showrunner of Stargate SG-1).

The story follows Talon (Jessica Green), the lone survivor of a race called 'Blackbloods'. Years after her entire village is destroyed by a gang of brutal mercenaries, Talon travels to a lawless fortress on the edge of the civilized world, as she tracks the killers of her family. On her journey to this outpost, Talon discovers she possesses a mysterious supernatural power that she must learn to control in order to save herself and defend the world against a fanatical theocracy.

The series premiered on July 10, 2018 and was renewed for a second season on 9 October. It was renewed for a second season on October 15th, 2019.


This series provides examples of the following:

  • Accidental Murder: Withers accidentally neck snaps Gwynn's handmaiden while trying to prevent her from exposing his illegal search of Gwynn's room.
  • Action Girl:
    • Talon is a superb fighter, with swords, knives and her bare hands.
    • Rebb, Talon's Shadow Archetype and another Blackblood is just as good as fighter as she is.
  • Actually, I Am Him: A variation. Alton talks of how he and Gwynn played around a lot with "Fat Sammy" and how he was a good friend. It turns out Alton has been dead and the imposter is Sammy. "Lost a lot of weight since we last met."
  • Actually Pretty Funny: The Mistress' reaction to the Surprise Incest listed below is to laugh hysterically.
  • Agony Beam: One of the Three is capable of psychically inflicting pain on people, complete with a light glowing on his forehead as he does so. It later turns out that this is because the Three get their powers from Kinges, like the one that Talon has.
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  • Alien Blood: Talon's blood is as black as ink. In fact her people are known as 'Blackbloods'.
  • All for Nothing: Naya had become The Mole for the Prime Order to save the lives of her family. When she returns to try and rescue them, Dred simply gloats that he had them all executed years before and asks Naya how it feels to have done all this for nothing.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us:
    • At the end of "Beyond The Wall", Dred seizes control of the outpost.
    • The Season 2 finale sees a huge Prime Order army laying siege to the outpost.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: At first it seems like Janzo is pretty far on the autism spectrum (his unusual body language and avoidance of looking people in the eye), but then he later shows quite deep insight into other people's feelings. So, who knows. But he's definitely much more awkward in his social interactions than neurotypical people generally are.
  • Another Dimension: The Plane of Ash, where the Lu'quiri and the more belligerent Blackbloods were sealed away centuries ago.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Invoked when Naya tries to warn Gwynn the Prime Order have what are basically explosive bombs. She doesn't believe it but Janzo argues she's telling the truth.
    Gwynn: It's more like a fairy tale conjured up to frighten children.
    Janzo: What, like Plaguelings? Or demons? Or a portal that opens up to new worlds?
    Gwynn: Point taken.
  • Armor Is Useless: Garrett is run through from behind while wearing a full suit of plate armor.
  • Asshole Victim: Toru Magmoor was such an evil piece of work that most people in the outpost who knew him are happy when Talon kills him.
  • The Atoner: The Smith training Talon is this for having participated in the slaughter of her people.
  • Badass in Distress:
    • Talon, on several occasions, is taken prisoner by Marshal Withers, the Greyskins, or the Prime Order, and has to fight her way free.
    • Garrett likewise faces imprisonment on several occasions and remains defiant every time.
  • Bathtub Scene:
    • Talon has one in "The Mistress and the Worm", when Gwynn invites her to dinner at her house and insists she clean up beforehand.
    • Gwynn herself has one in the Season 2 premiere while discussing strategy with Naya.
  • Big Bad:
    • Season 1 has Ambassador Everit Dred, the highest-ranked Prime Order officer seen so far, who ordered the massacre of the Blackbloods.
    • Season 2 has The Three, Dred's superiors and the apparent God Emperors of the Prime Order.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: The Prime Order's attack on the outpost in the Season 2 finale.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Just as Dred is about to have all the heroes hanged, the rebel army that Calkussar and Garrett spent all season building come charging through the gates to the rescue.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Sana, the Prime Order nurse who cares for the wounded Garret, at first seems like the Prime Order's Token Good Teammate. At the Three's behest, she's manipulating Garret in a scheme to brainwash him into doing their bidding. Oh, and the brutal guard who she saved Garrett from is her real husband helping her in the scheme. It works.
  • Blackmail Backfire: Withers tries to hold up how he has letters proving Rosmund's true identity that will go to the Prime Order "in the event of my untimely death." Rosmund simply states that he'll still be alive...and working in the lowest levels of the mines.
  • Bluff the Imposter: Invoked when Gwynn's long-thought dead brother Alton arrives at the Outpost, claiming to have been hidden in secret like Gwynn was. Over lunch, Gwynn brings up a tale of a cat they used to tease with Alton correcting her it was a dog with a different name. He also is able to bring up other things they did as children to convince Gwynn of who he is. Turns out he is actually the royal maid's son and was thus witness to all those events. The real Alton is dead.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In season 2, Garrett is subjected to a combination of torture, a "kindly nurse" seducing him and trickery to be convinced Rosmund is not the true Queen, Talon is a monster and he has to destroy them both for the Prime Order. He even stabs Withers to prove his new loyalty.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Talon confronts Toru Magmoor, he sighs in a bored tone that "it sounds like vengeance, then." As he faces her, he just shrugs to ask "so who was it?" indicating he's more than used to people seeking revenge for those he's murdered.
  • Cavalry Betrayal: The season 2 finale has Zed and the Blackbloods aiding in driving the Prime Order away... and then Zed declaring they're now in control and making everyone else prisoners.
  • The Cameo: Lindsey Stirling has a brief appearance as the bard/highwayman Puck in "The Book of Names".
  • The Can Kicked Him: A close variant: Toru Magmoor is peeing in an alley when Talon catches up with him, and coolly asks her to at least wait until he's finished before trying to kill him (rightly suspecting she's trying to avenge one of the very many people he's killed).
  • Cassandra Truth: Naya is hit by this when she tries to warn about the bombs in the season 2 finale. Not only is she a known traitor but the idea of devices that can unleash fire to destroy walls seems too much to believe.
    • Janzo points out that Naya's story is likely true for the simple reason that it's so outlandish that "why would the Prime Order feed her a story they know no one would believe?"
  • The Chosen One: The Smith has spend many years studying an ancient prophecy and he is convinced that as the last Blackblood, Talon is the one who will fulfill it.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: After Talon mortally wounds Toru Magmoor, he spends his last moments using his own blood to spell out a message to the Prime Order revealing that there's still one Blackblood left.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Upon discovering how Alton is an imposter, Gwynn relates that had Sammy been up front and honest about being an old childhood friend, she'd have accepted him and welcomed him. Instead, he has to be executed for faking being Alton to con her out of gold.
  • Courtly Love: Commander Calkussar discourages the relationship between Garret and Gwynn because he's a commoner and she a highborn lady (moreover, she's really Princess Rosmund, heir to the throne). Subverted, though: Gwynn/Rosmund loves him deeply, and after declaring herself Queen of the Realm and beginning the revolution against the Prime Order, she drags Garret to bed with her because Screw the Rules, I Make Them! (though they're interrupted before they can consummate).
  • Creepy Child: Ilyin, the girl who accompanies Dred everywhere and acts as his lie detector. She never speaks, rarely blinks, her eyes are lightly discolored, and everything about her body language is just wrong. She's revealed in the Season 1 finale to be the mysterious "Dragman" who can translate the Book of Names.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Tobin at first appears to be an incompetent buffoon, but when sober he reveals himself to be a combatant nearly as skilled as Talon or Garrett.
  • Defiant to the End: Even when on the verge of being hanged by the Prime Order, Withers and the Mistress can't help but mock Higgs' incompetence.
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: Said verbatim by Janzo when Naya reveals herself as The Mole to save her captive family. He openly asks if she actually thought the Prime Order was ever going to let them go when they can use them to keep Naya's loyalty and even suggests they're already dead.
    • Dred says pretty much the same thing when he later gloats to Naya that her family was executed years before and how she never even asked for some sort of proof they were alive before doing his bidding.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Gwynn assumes Sammy was posing as Alton as some sort of revenge for how he was the one punished for Alton's actions and how he lived with nothing so becoming king was payback. She's outraged to realize this was about him conning her out of some gold for a fake mission.
  • Disney Death: Garrett is seemingly killed by Dred in the Season 2 premiere, but it's revealed two episodes later that while the wound he received was serious, he was taken to healing fast enough to be saved.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Naya ultimately fatally stabs Dred after he gloats that he executed her family years ago.
  • Doomed Hometown: The Blackblood village Talon was born in was completely destroyed.
  • Dragon Ascendant: In the last episodes of Season 2, when Talon mortally wounds One, he passes his Kinge and position as one of the Three to Sana, who takes command of his army.
  • Driven to Suicide: Commander Calkussar's wife killed herself rather than live with what her husband had done. Specifically, allowing their own daughter to be executed in Princess Rosmund's place.
  • Dying Clue: As the Mistress lays dying, she tells Janzo about the tunnels running under the outpost and the surrounding area, which gives him the idea for the plan that defeats the Prime Order's army.
  • Epic Fail: When Gwynn is held captive, Tobin decides to impress her with a rescue. The fact he's incredibly drunk is just the start as in less than a minute, he's sent flying out a window to the courtyard.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Marshal Withers would love nothing more than have Talon executed but he refuses to hand her over to the Prime Order. He even suggests that him executing her would be the more merciful option.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Talon, Garrett and Janzo are on a mission to find a book in a cavern that's been burned. Garrett muses on how "if they can go to that much trouble to burn a book, surely, he'd go through just as much trouble" to kill Talon. Talon asks "what, send an army?" Instantly, all three get looks of horror as they realize the Outpost is in serious danger.
  • Fantastic Drug: Colipsum, a highly addictive grey powder. It turns out to be made from Plagueling eggs, and is key to spreading their infection.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Even before the massacre, the Blackbloods had to put up with quite a lot of discrimination from their human neighbors. On the flipside, the Greyskins hate humans so much they're trying to use colipsum, the addictive eggs of a parasite, to wipe them out.
    • As shown in Season 2, the other Blackbloods trapped in the Plane of Ash look down on humans and see them all as the enemy.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Garret develops feelings for Sana, a Prime Order nurse who tends to him. But he doesn't realize she's also a Honey Trap and has deliderably set up the situation to seduce him.
  • Genre Mashup: The show is basically a fantasy western, with most of the characters filling in the traditional stock Western Characters, such as:
    • The Bartender: The Mistress, who owns the local inn/tavern.
    • The Blacksmith: A surprisingly knowledgeable fellow known only as The Smith. He's quickly killed off, but not before forging a new sword for Talon and pushing her into exploring her heritage.
    • Cavalry Officer: Captain Garret Spears, the dashing Captain of the Border Guard who makes his debut coming to Talon's rescue.
    • Clueless Deputy: Danno, the mute Outpost guard.
    • The Drifter: Talon herself, who has spent most of her life since the massacre on the move.
    • The Savage Indian: The "grey skins", against whom the Border Guard is supposed to protect the frontier.
    • The Sheriff: Marshal Withers is the judge, jury, and executioner in Gallwood Outpost.
  • Genre Throwback: To the action-adventure fantasy series of The '90s, with more than one reviewer making explicit comparisons to Xena: Warrior Princess. Though the mood is rather less comedic than in those old shows, the similarities in style seem to arise more because this show is being produced in Australia, just like Xena, Hercules, etc. back in the day. It also shares a similar aesthetic in terms of wardrobe and set design.
  • God-Emperor: The Three, the joint rulers of the Prime Order, are viewed as divine by their underlings.
  • Godzilla Threshold: With a Prime Order army about to overrun the outpost, Talon opens up a portal and allows the other Blackbloods and the Lu'quiri to cross over so they can aid in the fight. They win but it immediately backfires on Talon.
  • Grew a Spine: Janzo starts the series as an Extreme Doormat, but by the end of the first season isn't afraid to stand up to anyone.
  • Healing Factor: As a Blackblood, Talon is able to survive multiple stab wounds to the stomach and a few days later the wounds have healed.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the Season 2 finale, the Prime Order army besieging the outpost is defeated when Garrett causes their huge bomb to go off prematurely, killing them all and sparing the defenders.
  • Hope Spot: In "The Vex Rezicon", Withers and the Mistress lead an uprising against the Prime Order's occupation force... and are promptly ambushed and slaughtered, due to Dred's mole tipping him off.
  • Hide Your Otherness: As a child, Talon mutilated her pointy ears in order to blend in with human society after her village's massacre.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Talon gets run through by Toru Magmoor with a sword and the Lu'quiri with its claw, though she's tougher than ordinary mortals and manages to kill Magmoor the same way in return.
  • Impeded Communication: Gwynn's attempts to summon aid against an advancing army are marred as the enemy archers expertly cut down every one of the carrier birds.
  • Insectoid Aliens: The Lu'quiri have a strong resemblance to three-meter praying mantises.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Marshal Withers may be an asshole, but as Commander Calkussar is forced to admit, Talon is actually guilty of murdering Toru Magmoor and executing her will avoid a level of scrutiny from the Prime Order that nobody in town wants. And in the end, it does lead to the Prime Order coming to the outpost in force.
  • Just Friends: Talon and Janzo. After Janzo was pretty obvious about his crush on Talon and jealousy towards Garret throughout the first season (and Talon was well aware of it), there's a scene with a rather cruel misunderstanding in the last episode that serves as definite Ship Sinking, with Talon telling Janzo that he's a better man than Garret but that she "loves him like a brother". To his credit, Janzo takes this rejection remarkably gracefully - especially considering he was already stressed and crying with severe pain at the time, and that Talon had just kissed him, to momentarily distract him from said pain.
  • Justified Criminal: He may have amply deserved it, but Talon killing Toru Magmoor was murder. The show still portrays her as being in the right.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: When Withers is sentenced to the mines, he quickly discovers it's filled with scores of criminals that he had sent there, all of whom are eager to get some payback.
  • Last of His Kind: Talon is the only survivor of her village, and is believed to be the only Blackblood left alive. Subverted by Season 2, which reveals that there are other Blackbloods living in the Plane of Ash with the Lu'quiri.
  • La Résistance: Since before the start of the series, Calkussar and Garrett have been building an army to rise up against the Prime Order and retake control of the kingdom. They finally go into action in the season finale.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Janzo has a crush on Talon, who develops UST with Garret, who's in a long-term relationship with Gwynn. Season 2 makes this even more complicated, as Gwynn orders Naya (who clearly has a crush on Janzo) try and help Janzo win Talon over. Later in the season, we're also introduced to Tobin and Zed as new Love interests for Gwynn and Talon, respectfully.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The ending of season 2 as the residents of the Outpost realize too late the Blackbloods are taking over.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: As soon as The Three are introduced early in Season 2, they have Dred imprisoned for his failures and take over as the central antagonists.
  • Makes Us Even: Said verbatim in the season 2 finale as Gwynn decides to pardon Sammy for impersonating Alton. Sam instead offers to help fight the Prime Order. He's stabbed in the battle with Gwynn helping him and both agreeing they've saved each other's lives.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard:
    • The Smith is killed by Tiberion Shek for having spared and protected Talon.
    • Commander Calkussar, who sacrificed his honor and his family to protect Princess Rosmund and has been raising her to seize back her throne, is killed by Ambassador Dred for suspected disloyalty (he's right, but it was still for little more than being unreliable in delivering supplies to the Prime Order).
  • Mind Control: Zed gains this ability after finding another Kinge, similar to the one that gives Talon her Lu'quiri summoning power.
  • The Mole:
    • Gwynn's second handmaiden, Naya, is revealed to be spying on the outpost for Dred, who's holding her mother and sister prisoner.
    • Season 2 shows that the Prime Order has several moles in the outpost's army.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Just as he's about to kill Gwynn, Garrett (off the drug that had been affecting his mind) realizes how the entire "false queen" story was a trick by the Prime Order to use him against his love. He nearly turns his blade on himself before Gwynn stops him. He also says the line verbatim upon realizing he stabbed Withers.
  • No-Sell: Those who possess the Kinges are immune to their respective abilities.
  • Off with His Head!: Galwood Outpost uses the guillotine. The Prime Order prefers hanging.
  • Offing the Offspring: Commander Calkussar allowed his own daughter to be executed in place of Princess Rosmund, who assumed Gwynn's identity.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The Lu'quiri are burly, three-meter insectile humanoids whom the Blackbloods banished to the Plane of Ashes long ago. A prophecy says that a Blackblood will summon them back to the world of the living as an army, which prompts Ambassador Dred's genocide of Talon's village. According to Rebb, however, the Lu'quiri are actually the Blackbloods' battle partners, and they along with the Blackbloods partnered with them were betrayed by Talon's tribe during a war with the humans.
  • Our Elves Are Better: The Blackbloods have the requisite pointy ears,note  have black blood, are stronger than humans and can survive injuries that would kill a regular person.
  • Our Orcs Are Different: Known as "grey skins", they're large, brutish creatures who live in a tribal society and are viewed as barbarians by the humans of the outpost.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The plaguelings are of the Parasite Zombie variety, as they are controlled by a thing that grows inside them when injected by another plagueling. Once the parasite takes over, the people lose all control over their bodies. They also have Nested Mouths than contain the stinger they use to infect people. And it turns out that the colipsum drug is made of their eggs, which are fertilized by the stinger, meaning people who don't take the drug don't turn.
  • Properly Paranoid: Gwynn reveals that as much as she wanted to believe Alton was alive, she had to doubt in his story until she could prove he was an imposter.
  • The Purge: The Prime Order worked hard to wipe out the entire Blackblood race.
  • The Quisling: Higgs, the guy who replaces Withers as Marshal, quickly becomes this to the Prime Order, sucking up to them once they take over the outpost.
  • Redemption Equals Death: The Mistress does the right thing for once, coming to Janzo's defense during Season 2's climatic battle, and gets fatally stabbed for it. She lampshades it between last breaths where she also tells of the escape tunnels that allow the heroes to stop the Prime Order army.
  • The Reveal: Gwynn is actually the rightful heir to the throne.
  • Right Through His Pants: After Talon and Zed have sex, they're both shown sleeping fully clothed in the morning after. Particularly puzzling since we actually see them stripping off their clothes while making love, with Talon being shown with Toplessness from the Back before a Sexy Discretion Shot occurs.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • Talon has made it her life’s purpose to hunt down and kill the men who slaughtered her family.
    • Garrett goes on one in the back half of Season 2 against the Prime Order agents who brainwashed him.
    • Munt has an epic one after his mother is killed.
  • Royal Blood: All the Blackbloods are descended from an ancient emperor. This gives them the ability to summon and banish demons.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Commander Calkussar forbids Gwynn/Rosmund and Garret's love affair since he's a commoner and she's the heir to the throne. In the season one finale she drags him to bed with her, since, being the queen, she gets to make the rules about who she can love.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • The Blackbloods banished a whole horde of demons known as Lu'quiri to another dimension in ancient times. They are also the only ones who can call them back.
    • Season 2 reveals that there's another, more belligerent, faction of Blackbloods trapped alongside the Lu'quiri.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: Used in "There Will Be a Reckoning", when Talon and Zed sleep together. They both kiss and start to take off their clothes, when the camera cuts away to them cuddling together in morning after.
  • Shadow Archetype: Rebb, the Blackblood we meet early on in Season 2, could be seen as one to Talon. She's every bit the skilled fighter that Talon is, but she doesn't have Talon's heroism or morals. She also kills the Dragman without a second thought.
  • Shirtless Scene: Garrett conveniently loses his shirt while sparring with Talon.
  • Shoulders-Up Nudity: In "The Mistress and the Worm", when Talon takes off her filthy clothes to take a bath, the camera stays above her shoulders.
  • Sole Survivor: After the massacre of her people, Talon is the last living Blackblood. Subverted when Season 2 reveals that there are more imprisoned alongside the Lu'quiri.
  • Straight Edge Evil: The Prime Order forbids alcohol, drug use, prostitution, and gambling. And while some members are lax in enforcing this, Dred takes it seriously.
  • Surprise Incest: Janzo is horrified to discover that his love interest who he just finished making out with is actually his long lost twin sister. Naya doesn't take it much better.
  • Taking the Bullet: Well, crossbow bolt, actually. Danno does this for Withers in the first season finale, saving him from Higgs at the cost of his own life.
  • The Theocracy: Fourteen years before the start of the series, a religious group known as the Prime Order overthrew the monarchy and assume total control of the realm.
  • Threat Backfire:
    • Upon being captured, a brainwashed Garrett thinks he can intimidate Gwynn with how the Prime Order knows she's not the true Queen and undermine her. Of course, the threat is meaningless as the entire "Gwynn a false queen truth" was faked by the Prime Order to break Garrett.
    • Garrett tries to sway Janzo to his side by telling him how Gwynn is a false queen and the Prime Order will lock Janzo up for aiding her. Janzo clearly sees Garrett is not in his right mind and by this point, barely cares about any threats on his life with all he's been through.
  • This Is Unforgivable!/Revenge Before Reason: For the "crime" of using his newfound Mind Control powers to save her from a grey skin, Talon (over)reacts by telling Zed how he "betrayed" her. A duel ensues which ends with him being pushed through a portal back to the Plane of Ash, supposedly never to be seen again. Of course, it didn't help that Zed had lied about knowing what his Kinge power was. Or that his first reaction to Talon's anger was to try and mind control her into calming down.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Garrett does this to kill a Prime Order soldier pursuing Gwynn.
  • Title Drop: Done Once an Episode.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Vex Rezicon, or "Book of Names", containing the names of every one of the demons the Blackbloods sealed away, and which includes hidden in its spine a jewel that, when exposed to fire, whispers out those names.
  • Toplessness from the Back: Used when Talon takes off her shirt to sleep with Zed. He even brushes her hair away, seemingly to give the viewer a better view.
  • Turncoat: Commander Calkussar is infamous as the captain of the royal guard who opened the palace doors to the Prime Order and betrayed his king. Marshal Withers in particular has a very low opinion of him because of it. The truth is actually much more complicated. See the Undying Loyalty entry below.
  • Undying Loyalty: Commander Calkussar never betrayed his king. Everything he did was ordered by the king who saw that the Prime Order were about to win so hatched a plan to preserve the royal line. Calkussar sacrificed his honor and his family to bring this plan to fruition.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty:
    • Talon eventually admits that killing everyone responsible for her family's deaths didn't make her feel any better.
    • Garrett says the same thing after getting his own revenge.
  • Weird West: The series is Heroic/Low Fantasy but has a great deal of Western vibes.
  • What You Are in the Dark:
    • During the climatic fight in the Season 2 finale, the Mistress decides to grab all the outpost's gold and sneak away in the chaos while no one's looking... until she sees a Prime Order soldier about to kill Janzo. Then she flies into Mama Bear mode and attacks the soldier and gets fatally stabbed herself in the process.
    • While it appeared that Sammy (the fake Alton) was just a greedy coward, when he hears the Prime Order is coming, rather than run, he offers to fight with the soldiers. He proves himself in combat, saving Gwynn's life and taking a nasty stabbing himself.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Dred. He's got unnaturally white hair and is the Big Bad of Season 1.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Dred asks this of Talon during their showdown in the Season 1 finale.
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • For failing to both stop the blossoming rebellion at the Outpost or kill Talon, Dred is punished by The Three by being stripped of his rank and imprisoned.
    • Sana's first action at becoming the new One is to painfully execute the guards who failed to protect her predecessor.


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