Ember (later renamed Darkhold) was an underground city created to hold humanity for 200 years. However, it held the inhabitants for around 241 years.

The City of EmberEdit

The City of Ember is located within a vast cave, which is likely man-made, approximately 1 mile below the surface. This cave is situated in California, possibly close to Spring Valley. At the center of the cave is the city itself, with the river to the North, the Greenhouses to the East, and the Beehives and Trash heaps to the south. Under the city are the pipeworks and the storerooms. A large machine known as the Generator supplies electricity for the city by way of the river.The city was constructed as a shelter, for the impending nuclear armageddon.

Age of the CityEdit

The City was built around 250 years or so ago, the exact age is unknown, because of lapses with the timekeepers, with the current year as of the exodus from Ember being presumed to be year 241.

Early inhabitantsEdit

The first inhabitants were 100 infants, and 100 adults - 50 men and 50 women. the adults were all age 60 or older and were instructed to bring no books or photographs from the outside in with them. they were to raise the children as their own.

A Metal Box was left in the care of the first mayor, it contained the instructions for leaving Ember when it opened in 200 years.

The TroggsEdit

After the people of Ember left, the Troggs found and inhabited Ember. They renamed it Darkhold because of the lack of light there.


The city is likely called 'Ember' because, by the events of the first book in the series, it is dying, much like the embers symbolize a dying fire. This is hinted in The People of Sparks, where Maddy tells Lina that Sparks is a place that is just starting out, much like how sparks are the start of a fire.

Special DaysEdit

The first book revealed that there are certain celebrations in Ember, such as the Singing, where the citizens sing three songs that are much like the anthems of Ember. "The Song of the River," "The Song of the City," and "The Song of Darkness." Each song has an accompanying banner as well. There is also Assignment Day, where the twelve year old students of the highest class are assigned a job by picking a name out of a bag. There was mention of something called "The Cloving Square Dance."

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