Saturday, 17 September 2016
The Audience Chamber Of Castle Afon
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).