|“||My first glimpse of the plain awed me. Its immensity was indescribable. It was as flat as a table forever. It was grey on grey on grey, with the road just barely darker. There was no doubt whatsoever that this was all one vast artifact.||”|
The plain of glittering stone (sometimes glittering plain or simply the plain) is a gigantic, flat, circular structure of grey stone that connects sixteen entirely different worlds through a series of magic roads and shadowgates. Only 3 of these 16 worlds are visited in the Annals: the homeworld of Croaker the Annalist; Hsien; and the Voroshk world. The plain was constructed ages in the past by mysterious entities known only as the Nef.
In the center of the plain is the Fortress With No Name, from where the golem called Shivetya has oversight and control over the entire plain. Until the events of Soldiers Live, the plain was utterly infested by lethal shadows for countless generations, but this had not always been the case.