For the 'suburb' of London, see New London.

London is a recurring city throughout the Mortal Engines Quartet and the Fever Crumb Series.


Black CenturiesEdit

London was a large and powerful city before the Sixty Minute War, but during the Black Centuries became a hell-hole; generally people avoided it due to it being devastated by orbital weapons. However, during the transition between the Black Centuries and the Traction Era, London was re-inhabited and became a city of trade, learning and politics.

It was conquered by the Scriven during the dawn of the Traction Era; they ruled London for around a hundred years, before being evicted by an uprising by the human population.

Early Traction EraEdit

After The Movement conquered London, their leader Nikola Quercus oversaw the conversion of the whole city into a colossal mobile construct. Rather forgotten, in the process more than half of London’s population was abandoned due to the need to mobilise and because of their apparent lack of skills to maintain the city. This sparked the Second Traction Boom in which many cities followed suit in mobilising. In the ensuing war London eliminated the remaining Nomad Empires of the North. When the Traction Cities adopted the system of Municipal Darwinism London became a predator city, eating hundreds of smaller statics and traction towns alike. 

London was a feared predator in the golden days of Municipal Darwinism and eventually built twenty two suburbs to carry her excess population and hunt on London‘s behalf. The most famous was Crawley, although there were several more, including Purley Spokes and Tunbridge Wheels.

Late Traction Era (events of the Quartet)Edit

Many hundreds of years after the golden age, London tried to use an old directed-energy  superweapon named MEDUSA to break through the shield wall at Batmunkh Gompa. The computer brain was tampered with by Katherine Valentine and the weapon backfired, destroying London. Many believed that the ruins of London were haunted, until this was confirmed as not true in A Darkling Plain.

London was eventually rebuilt as the hovering New London, which did not consume other cities.

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Pre-Traction LondonEdit

Traction Era LondonEdit