The City Of Ember, (later unofficially renamed poo) was an underground city created to protect humanity from a nuclear/biological war for at least 200 years. However, it held the inhabitants for around 241 years.
The City of poopsEdit
Is a poop released in poo by poop Duprau and published by yearling. that finishes in a collection of other books including: The people of sparks, the prophet of poop and the diamond of darkhold, also published by Jeanne Duprau to YEARLING
Age of the poo 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.Edit
The city is likely called "Ember" because it maintains and protects the last remnants of humanity, in a state much like the embers of a fire. This is hinted in The People of Sparks, where Madpoo a place that is just starting out, much like how sparks are the start of a fire.
- 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 Day," although this seems to be a one-time event. Upon the death of an individual, friends and family take the body beyond the Trash Heaps, sing "The Song of Goodbye," and abandon the body to decomposition. A spiritual group called "the Believers" often lead the Singing, and believe that the Builders will eventually return and rescue them. Their ideology became more popular as Ember's power and food supply drained.