A view of the mouth of the Canyon of the Three Gates as seen from the Wheel, showing the flanking colossi carved from the rock of the Sacred Wall itself. For scale, a mass of human figures is shown passing between the colossi. Having entered the Canyon, it is necessary to pass the Green, Blood and Black Gates before gaining entry into the crater of Osrakum itself.
The City at the Gates stretches out along the five roads that emanate from the great market of the Wheel to spread out across the Guarded Land to its rim, the Ringwall. These roads are built on causeways rising from the Gatemarsh and its lake. Tenements line the roads—mudbrick towers studded with the ends of the beams that hold up the floors within. Shown also is the leftway, running to the right of the road […]
The City at the Gates is so named because it lies at the gates of Osrakum. Built on land reclaimed from the Gatemarsh, it has at its heart the great market of the Wheel. From here the five raised roads radiate out across the Guarded Land. The habitations, of its almost three million citizens, spread out along the causeways that carry the roads with their watchtowers. From the Wheel, the Canyon of the Three Gates […]
Five great radial roads bring a constant flood of travellers from the rim of the Guarded Land to pour them finally into the Wheel: the greatest market of the Three Lands and the heart of the City at the Gates. More than 100 000 people can throng this vast plaza. Here all the world bring their goods to offer to the Masters in their Mountain. From the Wheel, the Canyon of the Three Gates leads […]
I produced these diagrams to better visualize Carnelian’s entry into the Wheel in The Masters (The Chosen in the First Edition). They are indicative of the exhaustive preparatory work that I used to do and that was strongly influenced by my working method in my—then recent—previous career as a designer of computer games. Each diagram is an accurate perspective drawing. The first diagram is what Carnelian can see as he approaches the gatehouses of the […]