topic: Wise

Ammonite Arrays

I devised ammonite arrays as a means of providing the Wise with ‘computational’ resources sufficient to perform complex calculations – for example those which predict the arrival of the Rains in Osrakum. Ammonites seated in ‘arrays’ stretching up the walls of specially constructed cells are used as computational elements fed ‘programs’ by Sapients using their homunculi. These programs are run in parallel by many cells controlled by sapients the ‘computation’ being co-ordinated by arrays of […]


Beadcord is the ‘braille’ system of the Wise. It is a form of ‘writing’ which allows the Wise to use their only sense, touch, to read and ‘write’ texts without using their homunculi as intermediaries. Beadcord consists of beads threaded in sequence on to a cord. The resulting cord can be woven into brocades, tapestries and wound on to reels to form books. The Library of the Wise consists of a large collection of these […]


The Wise are organized into 12 Domains that are essentially departments of state. Each of these Domains is headed by a Grand Sapient. The Grand Sapients are collectively known as the “Twelve”. The diagram on the right shows each of the Domains and the associated duties which each is required to carry out. The Twelve not only match the 12 lunar months, which is one of the reasons why the Wise use the moon-eye as […]

Masking Law

The wearing of masks is at the core of Chosen culture and their use is controlled minutely by codicils of the Law-that-must-be-obeyed. The diagram above shows a detail of my original scheme for masking law. The second diagram shows the same table with greater clarity. The ranks of individuals given along the top reference a compulsory state of masked [M] or optional state of unmasking [UM] indexed against a list of ranks of those present […]

Sapient Capsules

Shown here is a sapient capsule set vertically and open. Within it ‘stands’ a Sapient with his homunculus between his legs. Both are ‘stowed’ for transit – held in place by many leather straps. Note the hollow in which they lie which is padded all around them to absorb shocks as the capsule is move from one place to another. The Sapient is wearing a standard sapient mask to which breathing tubes are connected (coming […]

The Chambers of the Wise

When the new Halls of Thunder were constructed, the Wise continued to use the chambers they had used in the ancient halls. The diagram here shows the location of the Library of the Wise, the positioning of the ammonite arrays as well as the chamber which is the terminus of the heliograph system providing the Wise with a direct link to every watch-tower in the Guarded Land and every legionary fortress.

The Library of the Wise

It is more accurate to say that, rather than referring to a specific place, this terms refers to the more than 2500 benches with their more than 30,000 reels of beadcord which constitute the written works of the Wise. That said, there are two specific locations at which the Library is generally found: the Halls of Thunder and in the lower palace in the wall of the Plain of Thrones. The benches, closed for transport, […]

The Purple Factory

This lies in a valley a little west along the coast from Thuyakalrul. A purple dye much prized by the Masters (especially the Wise) is here extracted from the bodies of ammonites. This industrial process uses a system of vats which climb up the sides of the valley. Products and residues are flushed down through these vats by means of sluices which divert a river through the vats. Labour is supplied by sartlar. It is […]

The Wise

The Wise are the third Power comprising the Great Balance. It is they who administer the Commonwealth as well as enforcing the statutes of the Law-that-must-be-obeyed. Their power is obtained at the price of terrible mutilation…