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Labyrinth

Lying within the Yden, the Labyrinth covers the ridge connecting the Plain of Thrones to the Pillar of Heaven. It consists of an immense, hypostyle hall in which each column is a mausoleum for a past God Emperor, Empress or other important personage from the House of the Masks. There are over one thousand of these column mausolea. Originally they were free standing. It was only later that they were spanned by arches, and the […]

Osrakum

Welcome to Osrakum. In this section maps and diagrams are presented in a sequence mirroring that of the narrative of The Chosen. Osrakum is a volcanic crater containing the Skymere and, in the midst of this lake, the Isle. On the Isle is the smaller crater containing the Plain of Thrones and, beyond that, the Labyrinth. The Yden forms the greater part of the Isle. From the heart of this rises the Pillar of Heaven, […]

Osrakum (model)

I made this model to better understand the complex landform that resulted from the collaboration with Professor Ben Harte—alas, it was destroyed in a house fire. The crater of Osrakum contains the Skymere lake and has the Isle at its centre. On this island are the smaller cone and crater, that contains the Plain of Thrones, the Labyrinth, the Pillar of Heaven and the Forbidden Garden of the Yden. The edge of the large, almost […]

The Encampment of the Seraphim

The first diagram shows a plan of the Encampment of the Seraphim, though not to scale. The largest chamber of the Halls of Thunder, it was carved, columns and all, from the rock of the Pillar of Heaven. The Encampment is depicted here as it appears in the chapter of The Chosen, The Silent Heart. Carnelian’s route is shown, beginning at the top right hand edge, just after he has climbed the urine stained steps […]

The Halls of Thunder

The Halls of Thunder are a complex of palace caverns cut high into the rock of the Pillar of Heaven. It is here that the God Emperor, the court and the rest of the House of the Masks retire during the summer months to escape the heat in the crater below. The predominant aspect of the Halls is the ceremonial axis, running southwest to northeast, corresponding to the route the Rains take from the southern […]

The Pillar of Heaven

The Pillar of Heaven is the remains of the last volcanic eruption at Osrakum. A vast cinder cone, eroded over aeons, leaving only the basaltic intrusion of the main vent. This structure actually consists of two pipes ‘welded’ together and that reach a height of 2500m above the level of the Skymere. The first sketch shows my initial conception of the Pillar of Heaven that had a small lake set into its summit. This lake […]

The Plain of Thrones

The Plain of Thrones is a smaller volcanic crater located on the Isle lying in the midst of the Skymere in Osrakum. This name comes from the tier of thrones set into a hollow in the south-western wall, where the Chosen gather to witness the homage of the tributaries on the plain below during the ceremony of the Rebirth. It is here that the Apotheosis of a new God Emperor is held. The plan shows the […]

The Rainbow Stair

The Rainbow Stair is a staircase cut into the stone of the Pillar of Heaven in a depression running up its north-western face. Its name derives from the way it is paved, as is described in The Chosen: “steps striped with red chalcedony and amber, gold, jade, turquoise and lapis blue and, where they touched the Pillar, bordered by a band of amethyst” The Chosen believe rainbows link earth and sky. This is why the […]

The Yden

The Yden is the region lying within the Ydenrim; the Ydenrim is the lip of a submerged, ancient crater. This lip rises some little way above the level of the lake. Much of the Yden is land that is the result of the subsided ash cone of the volcano of which the Pillar of Heaven is the only remains—that volcano’s main vent solidified into basalt. The rest of the Yden consists of shallow lagoons whose […]