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Chapter Makar

The map above shows the location of Makar, near the southern edge of the Guarded Land, and at the head of a canyon system that runs down to the Leper Valleys. It is the terminus of the Great South Road from Osrakum. The second map shows Makar in some detail. The city proper is the curving red element that is shaped a little like the body of a peeled prawn. This part is ancient and […]


The diagram to the right shows a plan of a typical cothon. Around its edge are the deep vaults in which the dragon ruhuimur are stabled. Within this are two further rings, of piers. The innermost one is where the dragon towers proper are stored. The ring between this and that of the vaults is where the tower bases are stored. The two major components of each tower are suspended upon beams and rigging above […]

Dragon Ruhuimur

The drawing to the right is one that I produced in 1982, and that predates the writing of the Stone Dance by decades – showing how long I have been brooding ideas for the books. The diagram above shows the final form that a dragon and its tower took. The original image was produced in 1993, but was constantly modified during the writing of the First Edition of The Third God as I began to understand […]

Dragon Towers

The sketch above shows a Master sitting in the command chair of a dragon tower. Before him is the lattice bone screen that he looks out through. On either side of him kneel his Righthand and Lefthand, with the tubes connected to their helmets that allow them to be talked to by other crew in various parts of the tower. At both lower corners of the drawing can be seen the ‘voice forks’ that the […]


The Ichorians are so named because they protect the holy blood or ichor of the Chosen. It is for this reason that, in Vulgate, they are called the Bloodguard. All Ichorians have half of their body—right or left—tattooed black. They are divided into two forces of roughly 30, 000 each: the Red Ichorians and the Sinistral Ichorians. The Red or Dextral Ichorians belong to the Great and are commanded by He-who-goes-before, who the Great elect […]

Rank and Insignia

There are many categories of military personnel maintained by the Masters throughout the Commonwealth, but all of them wear metal service collars that carry sliders. One of the functions of these sliders is to indicate rank. The second diagram shows some of the work that culminated in the tables displayed in the first diagram. These tables show the ranks and insignia for the Ichorians, for legionaries and auxiliaries. Those displayed cover ruhuimur (or dragon) crews […]

Service Collars

Collars forged from various metals and alloys are worn by all the various military personnel of the Commonwealth as a token of their service to the Masters and their God Emperor. Since metallurgy is a science that the Masters keep secret to themselves, only the Masters know how to remove them. Thus a service collar becomes a form of enslavement, since the Law of the Masters mandates that anyone found wearing one outwith their proper […]

The Legions

Excluding the double Ichorian legion, there are 46 others distributed around the Guarded Land. Theoretically each consists of 27 dragons or ruhuimur, each accompanied by a squadron of 400 aquar-mounted auxiliaries. The dragon, with its tower and flamepipes, is the ultimate, terrifying expression of the power of the Masters.