Khatovar was a civilization of Kina cult-worshipers located in what would later be called the Voroshk world. The leaders of Khatovar created and sent the Free Companies of Khatovar – most prominently the Black Company – into the homeworld. After the Battle of the Barrowland, Croaker the Annalist vowed to return the Company's Annals to Khatovar, setting in motion the events of both Books of the South and all four Books of Glittering Stone.
Before Croaker's Annals[edit | edit source]
Creation of the Free Companies[edit | edit source]
The Free Companies of Khatovar were created and sent across the glittering plain into new worlds for the purpose of finding the best location for the Year of the Skulls. All of them that were sent to the homeworld returned to Khatovar except for the Black Company, which remained and lost sight of its original mission.
Reduced to ruins[edit | edit source]
Sometime early during the approximately 400-year-long stretch between the Black Company's departure from Khatovar and the events of the Books of the North, Khatovar's civilization was obliterated. The city was reduced to permanent ruins by an unidentified rival culture, one which predated the modern era's ruling clan, the Voroshk. After the Voroshk conquered their world, they erased all mention of Khatovar from their histories.
Croaker's vow to return the Annals[edit | edit source]
After the Battle of the Barrowland, the Black Company was reduced to merely 6 men. Its Annalist, Croaker, swore to fulfill his duty of returning the Annals to Khatovar, the Company's mysterious origin. This was his underlying quest throughout the Books of the South and the Books of Glittering Stone. He took the commission to become the Liberator of Taglios and achieve victory in the Shadowmaster wars simply to continue passage toward Khatovar. He had no way of knowing his destination had been reduced to ruins generations before his birth. During Soldiers Live, he learned that his compulsion to travel to Khatovar was influenced by the entity known as Shivetya. Once he switched places with Shivetya, he gained the ability to view Khatovar at the time of the Black Company's creation through the time-traveling eyes of the stone golem.
Nomenclature[edit | edit source]
One translation of the word "Khatovar" is "Khadi's Gate", with Khadi being an alternative name for their goddess Kina.
The name "Khatovar" is erroneously used by Croaker to refer to the Voroshk world itself, until he learns in Soldiers Live that Khatovar refers to a mostly forgotten ruins. The Voroshk, the rulers of that world by Croaker's lifetime, explicitly reject the term "Khatovar" as the name of their world. For outsiders like Croaker, both the passage of time and lack of surviving references to Khatovar had made the name synonymous with the both that world and the specific city/civilization within that world from which the name originated.