The Boathouse

The kharon are a hereditary caste of boatmen who ferry the Chosen across the Skymere. These boatmen belong to lineages, each of which maintains one or more boneboats constructed from the bones of their own dead.

The kharon live in boathouses along the shores of the Isle and along the Ydenrim (see the map of Osrakum) in which they keep and repair their boats.

The first diagram shows my initial conception of a kharon boathouse. Essentially a large shed consisting of a number of ‘A-Frames’ over which hide is stretched to form a roof. Attached to the A-Frames is a ‘cradle’ onto which a boneboat can be dragged up from the lake.

The second diagram shows a plan and end elevation of the specific boathouse in which the events of the chapter “Funerary Urns” of The Chosen are played out. Note the abandoned boneboat leaning to one side. Carnelian and Osidian’s position against one of the cradle timbers is shown as well as the positions of the Brotherhood of the Wheel.