Chapter: Apotheosis

Information relevant to the 6th chapter of The Third God

the Halls of Rebirth

The first diagram shows a cross-section (north-east—south-west) with the Plain of Thrones on the left and the Halls of Rebirth and the colonnade of the Labyrinth off to the right. Note the slope that the sarcophagus columns of the Labyrinth climb—this is the outer slope of the volcanic cone of the Plain of Thrones. The triangular concavity in the crater wall—facing out over the Plain—is the Umbilicus and behind it, cut into the rock, are the strata of the Halls of Rebirth

plan and side view of the Halls of Rebirth
plan and side view of the Halls of Rebirth

The second diagram shows a close up of the Umbilicus with the arched voids that lie behind it

The Halls of Rebirth are the equivalent on earth of the Halls of Thunder in the sky—the residence of the God Emperor and his court in the Labyrinth

cross-section of the Umbilicus and the Halls of Rebirth
cross-section of the Umbilicus and the Halls of Rebirth
the Umbilicus
looking into the Umbilicus from the Plain of Thrones

This shows a view into the Umbilicus from its open end, that looks out over the Plain of Thrones below. This cavern—hollowed into the inner cliff face of the wall of the Plain of Thrones—is backed with tiers on which are located the ‘thrones’ that the Masters sit on as they gaze down upon their subjects on the plain below. A stairway runs up the middle of the tiers. Some tiny figures have been included for scale

torsion device
a torsion device from the Umbilicus

This is a sketch of one of the torsion devices—that initially I termed “blood squeezers”—that Ykoriana describes and that flank the stair ascending between the tiers in the Pyramid Hollow. The sketch shows a victim within the device. The device consists of a number of strips dangling from a head—like a flaccid squid—that are gathered together and twisted into a single rope that is torsioned by a capstan. On their interior surface, these strips are lined with obsidian hooks. As the device is torsioned, the strips weave tighter and tighter around the victim’s body, so that the hooks dig into his flesh—with the result that, when the device is released, the victim is torn apart. Hideous, but there it is

constructing the Umbilicus
constructing the Umbilicus
constructing the Umbilicus
the Plain of Thrones
the Creation Chariot
the Creation Chariot with side view of the Umbilicus stair

The Creation Chariot is a wheeled vehicle that at the beginning of an Apotheosis rests on the floor of the Umbilicus. During the ritual, it is drawn up a track in the centre of the stair, so rising between the tiers. Processions march up on either side. It rolls on six wheels, each pair coloured: black, green and red respectively

The core rituals of an Apotheosis are carried out on the platform on top of the Chariot. The Candidate stands surrounded by the Grand Sapients. Before him, in a ‘turtle hollow’ lies the Victim

Note the torsion device standing up the steps and to one side

the Candidate

This sketch shows the Candidate wearing the Three Crowns, holding two court staves and wearing, as a breastplate, the frame representing the Creation, loaded up with the organs and other body parts cut from the Victim

the Candidate in the full regalia of the God Emperor
the Three Crowns

The firs sketch shows the three crowns, separately—each represents one of the Three Lands: so that the leftmost, the Green Crown, represents the lands of the barbarians; the central one, the Red Crown, represents the Guarded Land; and the rightmost, the Black Crown, represents Osrakum. Stacked, one on top of and inside the other, they represent the dominion of the God Emperor—and thus the Chosen—over the Three Lands

the Three Crowns of the God Emperor
a God Emperor wearing the Three Crowns

The second sketch shows the Three Crowns assembled into the Triple Crown. The two spiral plaques attached to the Green Crown symbolize the Law. Note also how the Green Crown evokes the four horns of a dragon thus symbolizing dominion over the legions. Also note that the Green and Black Crowns are each surmounted by an il, or horned-ring, symbolizing divinity. Together, they represent the Twin Gods