As society rises from the ashes of war, cybernetically augmented arena fighters battle for fame and fortune…or die trying.
It’s the 19th century, and the world has entered the Era of Rebirth, recovering from the devastating flames of war. The sport of Mechanical Martial Arts has galvanized the nations. Cybernetically augmented fighters turn their blood into steam and their bodies into brutal fighting—and killing—machines.
Young Levius is one of those arena battlers, hell-bent on winning in order to simply survive.
Levius succeeds in defeating Oliver at the Southern Slam tournament, and the consequences of his victory are dire. But he has neither the desire nor the time to celebrate as he ascends to the level of champion. The appearance of Arthur Graynore, the Rank 2 fighter in Mechanical Martial Arts and the cofounder of Amethyst, means that the fight to become Est—to become a god—is not over.