Shhhh Lucas Yes? What does he have… in his blood? There’s… an old story. It tells of the Prima Macula. The alchemists say it was the first evil and that it silently travels in the blood of certain families. But something happened. The Great Break. And the Macula awoke. In Hugo’s blood. But… what will it do to him? The Macula cares for neither good nor evil. It evolves with its host. To change things. The world. You know… your mother and Laurentius were trying to help your brother. But they failed. No. I think they just ran out of time. This is it. Hugo, wake up. Come on, we’ll walk from here. It’ll warm you up. If we follow the aqueduct we should arrive at Château d’Ombrage before nightfall. What’s that noise?! Nothing… It’s just frogs Hugo! Frogs! Ha ha! He seems well. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. Here froggy froggy! There are so many! Aren’t you cold? A little, yes. Hugo doesn’t seem to mind. Huh… He’s keeping himself warm. Yes, but he’s too far for my liking. Ha ha! Hop hop hop! Hugo! Where are you going? Hey, look! I’m a knight! An English shield. Where did you find that? Over there, lying on the ground! Listen, Hugo. Put that down. It’s not for children. Oh… you’re no fun. Come on, let’s go. Do you smell that? Oh it stinks. Yes. It’s horrible. Amicia! Lucas! Come quick! Look! Oh my God… Are they all… dead? We can’t carry on. Amicia, we have to follow the aqueduct. Oh my goodness. Amicia, do we have to… walk on them? I know Hugo. We don’t have a choice. Do you think we’re hurting them? Just keep moving Hugo. Come on. We shouldn’t be here. Oh the smell… it’s unbearable. I feel sick. Don’t look. Concentrate on the aqueduct. Erg. The horse… Lucas?? I… I don’t know. Oh no! The rats! Keep away from them! Amicia, they’re everywhere! Hundreds of them! I don’t believe it! Now! Run! There are people over there. Those aren’t soldiers. What were they doing? Those were looters… looking for things to steal. But why? To survive, probably. Like us. Look! A trebuchet. It’s a weapon of war. Hugo, can you help? Yes, I can do it. Careful. I did it! Very good, you can come now Well done! Hey! What’s that? Who’s over there? Into the grass, quickly! He mustn’t see us! Amicia, his lantern. I… I understand. He’s coming. Oh Lord. It’s horrible. But it worked. You can be sure they heard that. Oh no, soldiers! We need to push. Let me help! Mind you don’t get burnt. The wheels are stuck in the mud. We’ll have to leave it here. Come on. What the fack are you doin’? Hold him still! This is proper ‘orrible! Wait! We’ll never get through there! Shh. We’ll find a way. Over there! A torch! I might have a chance if I go alone. Stay there. Not a sound No problem. Want me to try? Unbelievable! Why don’t you try a diff’rent one? They’re all over the place. Arr! Finally! Christ! All that for that? You were away a long time. Everything is fine. Right, that’s good. I’m following you. Urrgh… they’ve got sticks in their tummies. Don’t look. Stay behind your sister, Hugo. The tower. Come on, inside, quickly! Help! Lads! Help me! Amicia… there’s someone over there. Oh no… Amicia, he’s trapped! Shhh! We have to keep moving! Oof! About time! Oh no… Hey! Hey, what are you doing? Stop! I’m sorry… we have to get out! Amicia… This way!