The Plain of Glittering Stone is a gigantic, flat, circular structure of grey stone that connects sixteen entirely different worlds through a series of roads and shadowgates. Only 3 of these 16 worlds are visited in the Annals: the homeworld of Croaker the annalist; Khatovar; and Hsien. 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. It was constructed ages in the past by mysterious entities known only as the Nef. 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.