Saturday, 17 September 2016
The Audience Chamber Of Castle Afon
Centuries apart, both David Falkayn and Max Abrams stand in the audience chamber of Castle Afon in Ardaig on Merseia. Falkayn is Nicholas van Rijn's protege and Abrams is Dominic Flandry's mentor.
a high, gaunt, echoing chamber of unhuman proportions;
woven tapestries on stone walls;
windows arched at top and bottom;
battle banners hanging from rafters;
a hearth with a fire big enough to roast an elephant;
armored, demon-masked troopers lining the hall, bearing curved swords, barbed pikes and guns;
the Hand of the Vach Dathyr in orange robes and horned miter.
long, flagged floor;
narrow windows arched at top and bottom;
proportions wrong by Terran criteria but not here;
demonic mask helmets on suits of armor;
rustling battle banners;
a dragon carved in black wood;
the black-robed Hand of the Vach Ynvory lifting a spear and crashing it down in salute.
Some of us might remember James Blish's Jack Loftus in the audience room of the Hegemon of Malis (here).