The Kharon and their Bone Boats

The Kharon are a specialized caste in Osrakum, living in family units, in boathouses on the outer slopes of the Ydenrim as well as the shores of the cone that walls the Plain of Thrones. These family units vary in size. The smallest has but a single boat, the largest many. The kharon mate exclusively among themselves.

A Kharon child has its right eye plucked out at birth.

A Kharon mask is made of ivory or bone. These masks show a face in right-profile. Reading this, as one would a glyph, gives the impression that the steersman is gazing into the future.

The first illustration depicts a steersman wearing the characteristic headdress: a nest of bone fragments at the heart of which is located a turtle shell—a symbol for the sky.

The second diagram shows rough sketches of the bone boats with which the Kharon ferry people back and forth across the Skymere. A galley with extremely tall prow and stern posts, a bone boat is propelled by oarsmen—more Kharon rowing beneath the deck. A bone boat is constructed and maintained from the bones of the dead of the family that operate it. Kharon are bound to their ancestral vessels in life and death.