At its northernmost point was the island of Grand Hurlen where the city's upper class lived in a hive of rooms, towers, and twisting passageways so narrow that one practically had to turn sideways to get through. […] Grand Hurlen's center, where the island opened out into an earth-filled hollow about two hundred feet across. Grass grew there, and flowering shrubs and dwarf fruit trees,
Jame's narration, Dark of the Moon,
"Chapter 14: Gathering Forces"

Grand Hurlen is the largest of the thirty islands that make up the city of Hurlen.[1]

It is the residence of the city's upper class, containing a "hive of rooms, towers, and twisting passageways". The center of the island is an open, grassed, earth-filled hollow that is a park during peacetime; in emergencies, such as wartime and weirdingstroms, sheep are penned there.[2][3]


  1. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 14: Gathering Forces" — "Hurlen, perched on its cluster of islands where the River Tardy rushed into the Silver. On Grand Hurlen, the nearest island, stone spires showed white, then gray under the shifting light."
  2. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 14: Gathering Forces"
  3. Seeker's Mask, "Part VI: Mount Alban", III — "Then they were under the cloud-ceiling, looking down into the soil-filled hollow of Grand Hurlen, normally a park, now packed wall to wall with unhappy sheep. So it had been last winter too, when the city islands had braced for a possible siege by the Waster Horde. This time, the flock must have been brought in to shelter from the storm."

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