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She loved the rooftops late at night, especially when the full moon transformed them as it did now into a wild, mountainous country quite distinct from the world below. Here the wind hunted freely among the gutters and chimney pots, coursing down the sweep of a thatched roof, whistling to itself among the gables. Bits of straw were in the air. Tiles lost their grip and slid, clattering, into the void. A solitary Cloudie crouched on the opposite eave like a lesser gargoyle, fishing for some tidbit below with a grapnel […] The streets below glowed with light, with all the pageantry of the late night city. Not one in all that bustling crowd looked up; not one had ever seen the wild, lonely land above, the Kingdom of the Clouds where moon shadows raced.
Jame's narration, God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 8: Voices of the Past"

The Cloud Kingdom in Tai-tastigon encompasses the rooftops of the city. The Cloud King rules there, and only citizens of the Kingdom (Cloudies) are welcome.[3] Cloudies may be born on the rooftops and many never ever touch the ground in their entire lives.[4] Cloudies are known to push non-citizens who are not guests from the roof, possibly to their deaths.

Jame is granted the freedom of the skies by the Cloud King on request of Prince Dandello, his nephew, who tries to push Jame from the roof but is almost pulled down with her. He says that since Jame won't let him push her off, nobody else shall have the pleasure. After this, Jame is a frequent visitor to the Kingdom, including an episode where she acquires a pair of the Cloud King's britches when Scramp dares her to.[5]

Cloudies call others "groundlings".[6] It's never quite a stated that Cloudies are or are not a differante species than groundlings.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 4: The Heart of the Maze" — "He had escorted her to the Winter Quarters, which were across the river in the loft of an abandoned house."
  2. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 4: The Heart of the Maze" — "There His Spacious Majesty had been pleased to give her not only the coveted freedom of the skies"
  3. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 3: Into the Labyrinth" — " 'Only citizens of the Cloud Kingdom are welcome up here and, of course, their guests.' "
  4. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 3: Into the Labyrinth" — " 'Born in the clouds, I was, and here I'll die—barring accidents—without ever touching the ground.' "
  5. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 4: The Heart of the Maze"
  6. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 3: Into the Labyrinth" — " 'No, I don't know why the groundlings won't discuss your god' "
  7. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 3: Into the Labyrinth" — "A young man clad all in white was smoothly crab-stepping down the roof toward her. Two other men watched from the ridge."
  8. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 3: Into the Labyrinth" — "Without warning, the wiry little Cloudie launched himself down the far side of the roof toward a projecting cornice, bounced off the top of it, and easily cleared the eight-foot gap across to the opposite roof."

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