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Paravian markers were carved and set by centaur guardians to channel the flux of the mysteries. At one point, the markers spanned the land like a star grid, creating a network of stones and patriarch trees. At the time of the story, the network has atrophied and markers are rarer.

The markers identified on the map of Paravia tend to appear along the borders of High Kingdoms, usually near the "corners" of the kingdoms. Rathain's markers are the exception -- five markers on the Plain of Araithe are arrayed in a semicircle. The reason for this has not yet been revealed.

Markers within the Free Wilds

There are also markers deep within the free wilds, denoting sectors where mankind is not entitled to trespass.

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

The Gallant

Third Age 4995: Edlie s'Daltier remarks that there are no markers around River Ippash because the free wilds boundary is fluid there.

Peril's Gate

Third Age 5670: To weather the incoming Winter Solstice lane tide, Dakar and Fionn Areth stand at a marker near Jaelot. Later as Arithon is pursued across the Mathorn Mountains, a nearby marker sings of the carnage in Daon Ramon Barrens.

Stormed Fortress

Third Age 5671: In the face of an attack on Alestron, Kharadmon uses the markers to seal the free wilds of Atwood. Later, Arithon uses his Masterbard's gifts to awaken the 12 markers in the free wilds of Selkwood to defend the clansmen under Lord Erlien. The marker nearest to him countermatches his song of violence, the Curse, and the absence of hope and lights up the night sky.

Destiny's Conflict

Third Age 5924: Tarens shelters near the markers on Athili's southern verge, hoping that the volatility of the mysteries will shield him from any True Sect diviners.