Planet Majipoor[ edit ] Majipoor is a planet much larger, though far less dense, than the Earth. It has been settled by humans, Ghayrogs, Skandars, Vroons, Liimen, Hjorts and other alien races for many thousands of years. These races live in an unstable truce with the shape-changing aboriginal inhabitants of the planet, the Piurivar. The post of King of Dreams is created at the end of King of Dreams, while Valentine Pontifex ends with the creation of a fifth Power, representing the Piurivar. It is referenced that Majipoor receives the occasional starship , but is generally considered a backwater planet.
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In spite of its large size, the gravity is near Earth normal, which means the planet must have a very light core, very poor in metals. Normally, such a scarcity of metals might mean a low technological level, but the stories set there take place some fifteen or twenty thousand years from now, and there are ways around the problem. The Great Sea Ocean covers an entire hemisphere of Majipoor, and with Majipoor being a big planet, that makes for a really big ocean. As far as we know, the dominant species of the Great Sea is the sea-dragon , a huge, whale-like creature of some intelligence.
There are also vast areas covered by a kind of thick seaweed, like a Majipoor-sized Sargasso Sea. By Earth standards it also is a very big ocean.
Alhanroel Alhanroel is the largest and most populous of the continents, and was the first settled by space travelers. Castle Mount, a huge mountain thirty miles high, is located on Alhanroel.
The first travelers found the ruins of ancient cities on Alhanroel most notably the one known as Velalisier, featured in , but it is not known if they were built by an advanced society of Piurivar or by previous visitors to Majipoor. Mount Zygnor, another large mountain, is in the northeastern corner of the continent.
Zimroel Zimroel is the second largest of the continents, a vast land which contains the Metamorph Reservation. At the northern tip of Zimroel lay the Khyntor Marches, a high, wintry plateau cut off from the rest of the continent by a band of mountains. Zimroel is bisected by the great river Zimr, which is like the Amazon blown up to Majipoor size.
Suvrael The southernmost continent is comprised mostly of the Desert of Stolen Dreams, with a narrow band of grazing land around it and few cities along the northern coast.
It is a circular island terraced into four levels, each of which consists of many sublevels. The mile-high white chalk cliffs around the island are broken in two places: to the southwest for the port of Taleis, and in the northwest at Numinor. The southern part of the group consists of low coral-based islands; the northern half is rocky and volcanic.
In about the middle is Rodamaunt Graun, the largest of the chain.
The Seventh Shrine
Valentine uncovers hidden secrets, and discovers the secret of the shrine while keeping the guardian of the shrine from fulfilling his duty. Metals of all sorts are scarce, since the planet has a very light crust. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The only place to satisfy all of your guilty pleasures. Sorcerers of Majipoor by Robert Silverberg.
Robert Silverberg's Majipoor: Geography
Shelves: majipoor This novella is also printed in the "Tales of Majipoor" collection. This Marvel edition features beautiful artwork by Anders Finer. Comparing the text with that in "Tales" revealed a passage omitted in this edition from the middle of the story, just at the centerfold, where Valentine is visiting the Metamorph village near the ruins. As a stand-alone story, "The Seventh Shrine" possibly works better as the culmination of the "Tales of Majipoor," wherein mythology and archaeology are recurring themes.
Majipoor.com: The Works of Robert Silverberg
In spite of its large size, the gravity is near Earth normal, which means the planet must have a very light core, very poor in metals. Normally, such a scarcity of metals might mean a low technological level, but the stories set there take place some fifteen or twenty thousand years from now, and there are ways around the problem. The Great Sea Ocean covers an entire hemisphere of Majipoor, and with Majipoor being a big planet, that makes for a really big ocean. As far as we know, the dominant species of the Great Sea is the sea-dragon , a huge, whale-like creature of some intelligence. There are also vast areas covered by a kind of thick seaweed, like a Majipoor-sized Sargasso Sea.
MAJIPOOR THE SEVENTH SHRINE PDF
Posted by bthereader on May 5, This tale finds the all-powerful god-emperor aka Pontifex out in the abandoned ruins of a shattered civilization with a bloody history of ill-repute. As pontifex he has commissioned archeologists to investigate the ruins and study this ancient ruin that is source of legend and the earlier seat of a banished race. It seems that the native race on this enormous planet at least 10 times the size of earth — thoughts on gravity and basic physics makes me boggle a little at what a world that large could be made of without crushing humans, but whatever was subjugated by humans and exiled to a different continent. This story did draw me and in and move me. The descriptions of diverse races and religions echoes strongly with our own earthly issues of race and religion. It is a well-told tale, a murder mystery, figuring out who and why, which turns out to be a much more complicated answer than I expected.