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  • So driven, I staggered along, and at last was pushed into a narrow room where there stood the Autarch Severian, by his courtiers surnamed the Great, royally attired in his yellow robe and gem-rich cape, the bacculus of power in his hand.

    The Urth of the New Sun

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  • “… there stood the Autarch Severian, … the bacculus of power in his hand.”
    —Gene Wolfe, The Urth of the New Sun

    October 1, 2008