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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 Kharon and their Bone Boats

The Kharon are a specialized caste in Osrakum, living in family units, in boathouses on the outer slopes of the Ydenrim as well as the shores of the cone that walls the Plain of Thrones. These family units vary in size. The smallest has but a single boat, the largest many. The kharon mate exclusively among themselves. A Kharon child has its right eye plucked out at birth. A Kharon mask is made of ivory […]

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 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 […]