topic: saddle-chairs

Aquar

Aquar are a species probably native to the Earthsky (though there is another larger species which is found to the north of the Guarded Land). In the wild, aquar are dun and mottled or lightly striped. The Chosen, and probably the Quyans before them, have bred silver aquar, a paler almost white race as well as the rarer black ones. The use of the latter is restricted to the Ichorians. These Chosen breeds are larger […]

Drag-Cradles

Plainsmen use drag-cradles to transport people unable to walk or ride an aquar, and to carry baggage. Essentially a drag-cradle is a stretcher one end of which is attached to a saddle-chair, and the other which drags along the ground. I made the model shown above as a way to explore the way saddle-chairs, drag-cradles and other Plainsman aquar equipment worked.

Plainsman Saddle-Chairs

Plainsmen saddle-chairs are generally light affairs woven from wicker and finished with fern twine. The basic seat is like a boat which is attached over and across its ‘bows’ by a belt which passes under the belly of the aquar. The chair is further secured by its ‘stern’ with a belt that is attached to the root of the aquar’s tail. A bundle of scouring-rush (horsetail) rods is attached transversally ‘amidships’ adjusted to the rider […]