The first installment and the story that started it all. Poppett, an unassuming slave daul who knows there is more in life, risks it all to save the daul he loves and just may save the kingdom while he's at it.
Poppett and Whisp are two slave dauls that are close friends. Poppett works for a local merchant, Sollas, and Whisp is a chamber maid for Contessa, one of the great mythical Four Sisters who has ruled Avernyght for a long time as the result of a war she waged against the peaceful dauls.
Contessa defeated the royal family of Nox, Avernyght's most powerful kingdom, and has ruled ever since. She created the slave dauls out of the dreams(the soul of a daul) of the dauls she killed in the war. Slave dauls are roughly half the size of normal dauls and cannot speak. They manage communication through thought projection, regulating who can hear them through the intensity used to project.
When she created slave dauls she created them without the ability to create dreams the way that normal dauls do. Ordinarily two dauls would bring their dreams together to create a new dream and the Sisters would normally place this dream inside a new daul. This is how dauls reproduce. Contessa made sure the slaves were denied this...or so everyone thought...