The Stone Dance of the Chameleon is a circle of calendrical stones located at the centre of the Plain of Thrones. The “Dance of the Chameleon” is a Quyan term which indicates the passage of the seasons. The “Stone Dance of the Chameleon” is synonymous with ‘calendar’. It is on these stones that is carved the Law-that-must-be-obeyed.
The Stone Dance consists of three concentric rings of stones: the 12 calendrical stones, the 12 ‘ghost’ stones and the more numerous commentary stones. There are also five pairs of gate stones which act as symbolic doorways into the system.
The following description is from The Chosen: “Inside the outer ring of monoliths and close to its centre were two more rings, one within the other. Most of the monoliths were the black of a stormy sky but those forming the innermost ring looked as if they had been painted with blood. All the ground within the outermost ring was slabbed, mosaiced, ridged or spotted with cobbles.”
The 12 calendrical stones are immense stelae whose colours match those of the months they represent: so that there are 2 black, 2 green and 8 red. Inscribed on their surface in Quyan glyphs are the codicils and statutes of the Law-that-must-be-obeyed. The glyphs are considerably worn from milennia of exposure to the elements. The 12 ‘ghost’ stones are copies of the calendrical stones erected at some later date to preserve their inscriptions from weathering. The largest and outer ring contains the commentaries on the Law composed down the centuries by the Wise. The earth between the stones is an elaborately ridged and rutted stone mosaic. It is this which unifies the whole system. The ridges connect the Law to its commentaries in a way which the Wise can read with their feet.