“The city never sleeps.”


It’s a catchy phrase, and completely untrue. Every city sleeps now and then, even if only for an instant. And like people, sleeping cities dream.

Teri Skiadas is a freelance photojournalist, according to her tax records. But the truth of the matter is that she spends most of her nights trying to keep her city from being overrun by rogue dreams, which leaves her perpetually short on sleep and patience.

The dreams of a city are the dreams of its people, smashed together into a surreal collective unconscious, and they live in the Dreamside variant of their city. Dreamside is a fluid realm; as people’s hopes and dreams change, so does the Dreamside city, and those who inhabit it. When a city sleeps, the boundaries between the Wakingside and Dreamside thin, and some things can pass through. The ones that do are rarely the nice ones, and it’s up to the city’s Dream Wardens to put a stop to them. A combination police force and sleep-deprived Border Patrol, the Wardens have to work in secret to keep the world from knowing the existence of Dreamside; to know that their worst nightmares have true form, with only a thin veil keeping them away, would only make the nightmares worse.