Sartlar are used by the Chosen everywhere throughout the Commonwealth as labour. By far the largest proportion of them are those used to cultivate the vast agricultural spread of the Guarded Land. These are all identified by having had the ‘Earth’ glyph branded deep into their face. The diagrams show a sartlar marked in this way and also 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 according to a precise plan specified by the Wise (as is shown in the epigraph that begins the third chapter of The Standing Dead). It is in these kraals that the sartlar are kept when they are not labouring. The diagram above shows how a kraal is placed at the intersection of the earth roads or tracks whose grid covers the whole of the […]