The women in WilderWood had remained in separate groups from the men, as a matter of preference and survival. But Shavana recognizes that it is time for them to work together for a common cause.

Most of the people in Square City came from another planet, but Lorelei's family was from WilderWood and she remembers all the old stories.

Shavana escaped with her fellow courtesans when they were teenagers. They grew up together in WilderWood. When Marvelina showed up everything changed...

…She saw the interstices of an ethereal web and sought to inhabit the imminent change of circumstances augured by the high frequency of the vibrations in its silky strings. She saw a spider web that looked like a suspended bridge shimmering in the moonlight, joining WilderWood to Square City. A large black spider was suspended above the clearing between city and forest, where STs were pointing at a young naked woman running for cover. Her only adornment was an emerald necklace. The white light of a crescent moon reflected an aquamarine beam back to heaven. The STs ran after the naked woman, on a reckless hunt among the towering trees.

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