Hototo, raised by a band of thieves, grew up surrounded by corruption, jealousy and betrayal. Will he rise above it and make a name for himself, or will he fall victim to the harsh reality around him?
The Ahyoka, a nomadic tribe, found themselves fighting for their survival. Their humble village, burned to the ground by order of the cowardly Baron, is now a distant memory.
Led by the charismatic pacifist Khari Soto, the Ahyoka become a tribe of noble thieves. Out of spite, they steal from the same Baron who ordered their village destroyed. To the Ahyoka, it’s personal.
Khari’s protégé is a former soldier of the Baron named Junius. He is the firstborn son of a powerful general, but the endless violence left him jaded. He left that life behind to follow Khari’s more peaceful way of living.
As time passes, Khari and Junius return to the Baron’s city to gather intel on caravan shipments. They are cornered by city guards, who capture Junius and beat Khari within an inch of his life. A young orphan boy, who has no name, watches this happen from behind cover. When the guards leave, Khari asks the nameless child for help.
Eventually, the orphan boy becomes a member of the tribe. He courageously proves himself to Khari, who names him “Hototo”, which means, “The warrior spirit that sings.”
Throughout his adolescence, Hototo rises to a high position in the tribe, eager to lead heists and robberies. A deep-seated rivalry quickly brews between Hototo and Junius.
Soon after, Junius’s former life comes calling, as the Baron prepares an assault on the Ahyoka. After years of living on the run, the battle has arrived. And the Ahyoka will never be the same.
Elsewhere in the Badlands, brutal massacres baffle the local population. Piles of corpses keep turning up, all with their teeth removed. What unholy abomination could have done this?
In the Baron’s city, a loyal city guardswoman named Soraka learns the truth about one of her superiors and is thrown to the wolves to cover up his treachery. Will the truth win out?