Sartlar are forced to labour everywhere in the Commonwealth by the overseers of the Masters. By far the greatest proportion of them are used to cultivate the vast agricultural spread of the Guarded Land. Sartlar of this kind are identified by having the ‘Earth’ glyph branded deep into their faces. The sketches show a sartlar marked in this way and the iron with which the branding is done.
There are countless sartlar kraals across the Guarded Land, each constructed according to a precise plan specified by the Wise. These form a grid spreading out on either side of the raised roads. In the diagram above, a part of this grid is shown, and running along its right edge is just such a raised road. Note how the watch-towers, along with the transverse tracks they stand guard upon, form the corners and edges of […]
There are countless sartlar kraals across the Guarded Land, each constructed to plans specified by the Wise (as is described in the epigraph that begins the third chapter of The Standing Dead). Sartlar are confined within these kraals, when they are not labouring. On the right of the first sketch is a kraal at the intersection of the earth roads or tracks, whose grid covers the Guarded Land. On the left is a diagram showing […]