Sacred space is the plane of existence of the native religions of Rathillien, such as worship of the Four by Merikit and Kothifirans. Jame first finds herself there in Seeker's Mask, during the Merikit rituals in which she becomes the Earth Wife's Favorite. In it, distances seem vast yet at the same time are much more attainable than in the physical world. Jame theorizes that sacred space is Rathillien's soulscape,[1] and Mother Ragga confirms that it's similar.[2]

In ceremonies, sacred space is created by worshippers running in circles.[3][4]

The Mother Ragga's lodge exist in sacred space and can open doors into the normal plane of existence seemingly as needed.[2]


  1. Seeker's Mask, "Part VIII: Kithorn" — "Perhaps this plain was Rathillien's soul-scape. In that case, events here might reverberate across an entire world."
  2. 2.0 2.1 To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter XV: Back to the Soulscape", V — " 'Mother Ragga, how did I… that is, how did we get into your lodge?' […] 'This is what the Merikit call sacred space—Rathillien's soulscape, as it were.' "
  3. Seeker's Mask, "Part VII: Wilden", VI — "The whole procession jogged solemnly sunwise around the courtyard, ching, ching, ching. 'First close the outer circle,' said Ashe softly, 'then circle the inner square… to create sacred space. The summer rites begin.' "
  4. The Sea of Time, "Chapter III: Summer Solstice", II — "The circle next to the gods slowed, swayed, and reversed itself. One by one, the rest corrected themselves until all were revolving the same way, those innermost going slowly, those outermost running, panting, to keep up. The world seemed to shift on its axis. Torches flared blue, casting shadows across an open space grown impossibly wide, split by fiery sigils. They had opened Sacred Space."

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