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Rising above your station can be deadly.

Cliffy is a child born on the streets of a Neo-Victorian world. Witnesses to a murder, he blackmails a nobleman, receiving a unique bribe. In exchange for his silence, the nobleman introduces him to the Malcolm Rutherford Holden Institute of Regentrification. There, Cliffy learns to walk, talk, and act like a nobleman, so that he may infiltrate high society. But that type of fraud is punishable by death, and when Cliffy uncovers a plot to assassinate a head of state, he's hunted by more than just the aristocracy.

Royal intrigue, daring escapes, sub-dermal machines, and bear polo. A grand adventure in a not-so-distant world.

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  • A street urchin in a neo-Victorian world stumbles upon a murder, and is embroiled in a unique form of blackmail.

  • Cliffy finds it difficult to leave home, and discovers that his fellow students aren't all very welcoming.

  • Cliffy travels to the institute, and finds out just how lethal their discipline is.

  • Cliffy learns the history behind the Institute, and meets his metal servant.

  • Cliffy attends his first classes and attempts escape. In the process, he uncovers a secret cabal.

  • Cliffy has his "teacher" installed, and learns how economic forces created the government he lives in.

  • Cliffy attends a class on chivalry, and then finds himself ambushed in martial arts.

  • Cliffy faces his assailant, and finds that he has fallen into a trap at a debutante ball.

  • Cliffy attends the debutante ball, and finds that the hunt is far more dangerous than he had realized.

  • Cliffy dances with a girl, and runs for his life.

  • Bear Polo! Also, we meet a character that reminds Cliffy of how he started out, and we lose a friend.

  • Cliffy meets with family, and gets a strange call from his patron.

  • Cliffy meets with The Crone, and finds that he must leave the institute.

  • Cliffy has settled safely into his new life, and is shocked to recieve an invitation to a royal ball.

  • Cliffy embarks upon a mission of self-destruction, but a last-minute change gives him a new opportunity.

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