|“||[Shivetya] says his original reason for being created was to manage the machinery that saw that travelers got where they wanted to go. Over time there were battles upon the plain, wars between the worlds, this fortress was built around him, and at every stage he was saddled with additional duties. Sleepy, the creature is half as old as time itself. He actually witnessed the battle between Kina and the demons when the Lords of Light fought the Lords of Darkness. It was the first great war between the worlds, it did take place here on the plain, and none of the myths have got it close to right.||”|
Shivetya was a three-eyed colossus nailed to a wooden throne with silver knives in the fortress with no name at the center of the gigantic glittering plain. His name meant "deathless" and he was burdened with maintaining the plain as well as guarding the way to Kina's tomb-like cavern of imprisonment. He was a critical ally of the Black Company and helped them on numerous occasions, most prominently at the end of Water Sleeps and throughout the events of Soldiers Live.
Shivetya had grown tired of his eternal duty. After Kina was finally destroyed, Croaker removed the daggers which pinned Shivetya to his wooden throne, and he was free for the first time in thousands of years. This was done to give the golem his one desire: the peace of death. They did this by exchanging bodies, making Croaker the caretaker of the plain, while Shivetya's consciousness remaining in Croaker's aging body until that time it would expire naturally. With Croaker in Shivetya's immortal form, the Nef agreed to take over the maintenance of the glittering plain.