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This drawing by the author became the genesis of the story.
Flesh, knit bone to bone Your withered earth Oh ancient Mother Scorched tearless You await The Sky Lord come to thunder Rumbling His stormy belly Withholding His urgent seed Until He shall pierce You with His shafts Quench the burning air Rill and pool Your dusts Fill Your wombs with spiralling jades Until Your flesh swells up In the midst of breaking waters Clenching for release
Thrust forth the Green Child Ten thousand times reborn Squeeze Him into the air Enjewelled by the morning To take sweet nurture At Your breasts That He might dance again And once more blow His scents Beneath the skies.
The Song to the Earth
The Stone Dance of the Chameleon is a Low Fantasy trilogy by Ricardo Pinto. It is notable for being extremely dark and featuring no magic at all.Cruel and oppressive, the Masters rule over the three lands; a race of tall, pale people who believe the blood of gods runs in their veins. Carnelian is a Master but, having grown up in exile, he has the unusual trait of mercy. When his father is called back to the capitol Osrakum to oversee the election of a new God Emperor, he finds himself plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit.The Stone Dance of the Chameleon consists of the following books:
The Standing Dead
The Third God
This trilogy provides examples of:
And I Must Scream: The Wise, arguably, and combined with a liberal dose of Body Horror. Somewhat unusual, in that they're an active political force. Still, having your eyes, tongue, nose, and eardrums cut out and being left with writing encoded on strings of beads and coded messages to a stunted, dwarfish interpreter as your only avenues of communication is pretty nightmarish.
Situational Sexuality: This is implied to happen a lot in the society of the Masters. The Masters place a tremendously high value on blood purity, so much so that their women are not even allowed to leave their house, except when they get married off and are instead kept at their husband's house. As such, males often form very intense emotional and sexual relationships with each other.
Slave Collar: Members of the legions are forced to wear these. As they can't take these off themselves, the Masters have no trouble identifying deserters.