The Koppie

The first sketch shows, roughly, what you would see if you were standing on the edge of the Outditch. The inner ferngardens lead to the Homeditch, that is like a moat for the hill that rises to the Crag. It is upon this hill that the Grove of mother trees grow, cedars that are sacred to the Plainsmen. Some of these trees are shown. There should be enough to cover the whole hill. The other line of trees are the magnolias lining the Lagooning.

The second diagram shows the original map of the Koppie that I used and refined throughout the writing of The Standing Dead. Neil Gower worked from this to produce his version for publication.

In the bottom left you will see the faint remnants of the bloodwood tree and the killing field, showing their original position. This was changed once I better understood that the direction of the prevailing wind was an easterly. The location of the field in which the Ochre slaughter earthers has been chosen so that the scent of blood travels as far as it can before reaching the open fernland where it might attract the unwanted attention of raveners.