- Erikson announced the title of the book on his Twitter account on 18 December 2021. The title "came out of a rough poem I'd written, actually, and I don't particularly like the poem as a whole, but it had certain phrases that I thought might be useful, and so I took one which was "No Life Forsaken". And as soon as I wrote it as the title...on the title page, it just fit. Prior to that, I'd had two or three titles for the second book and I wasn't happy with any of them."
- Erikson planned to start the novel on Genabackis, but commentary from a fan on Youtube convinced him that Book One should all take place in Seven Cities.