In appearance it appears to be simple and restrained modern elegance in design, a "church without religion", of cherry wood with traces of gold, water running along gutters on either side of the hallway glowing with reflected candlelight. The number of candles make it seem like it's daylight inside and the temperature matches.
Toronto was a site of conflict in the past, with the English conquoring the native population; and then struggling with other colonial powers, most notably in the War of 1812 where Toronto was a major site. This conflict birthed and fed the Incarnation of Conquest who came to rule the city as Lord.
Rose Thorburn Senior visited the city a few times, and was well known there. Her bloodline carried with it permissions to be in the city.
↑The Sisters had no such delusions, and the architecture seemed like a
pointed statement to that end. Not a homage to the past, whatever their
traditions. Only present and future, here, in a church without
religion, cherry wood with traces of gold, water running along gutters
on either side of the hallway, almost gold as it reflected candlelight. - excerpt from Void 7.10
↑I wanted to think that the simple and restrained elegance of it
seemed more imposing than Conquest’s alien realm, but that wasn’t quite
I felt like, if the Elder Sister somehow became Lord, like she’d planned, then it would be.
It was hard to breathe in here, and that had nothing to do with the ridiculous number of candles that made it seem almost brighter than daylight. - excerpt from Void 7.10
↑Our first stop put us outside a little building on the outskirts of
Toronto. Between picking up Maggie and then making the trip, we had a
long enough drive that we had to stop for lunch on the way.
The building was only one floor, squat, with a sloped roof. The snow heaped over it had greater dimensions than the building did.
The Astrologer answered. - Excerpt from Void 7.10
↑We sat, in chairs or on the edges of desks,
where we could find the room. The room wasn’t much larger than my
parents’ one-car garage had been when I’d been growing up, and it was
chock full of computer towers, shelves and boxes. Where those things
alone didn’t take up enough space, the place was further littered with
errant books and stacks piles of paper, a lot of it from some old
fashioned printer where the paper connected as a series of sheets, end
to end in one long feed with holes at the side so the machine could
manipulate it better. The printouts themselves were faded, featuring
reams of calculations, and many piles had words written on the sides in
The computer monitors, even, were old CRTs, some black and green. The
place smelled like tea, ozone and mold. The whole setup, including the
vaguely rounded pile of snow above the building, struck me as being a
kind of high tech hobbit hole.
“I like it,” I said. I wasn’t lying.
“I do too. Aesthetically. In terms of
usability, though, a lot of it’s grandfathered in. My mentor was
cutting edge, but cutting edge then is archaic today. I’m not
sure if it’s easier to let go of the sentimental attachment or wizard up
some kind of power up to the equipment.”
Diana reached backward and grabbed a scrap of paper, scribbling her
email down. “Don’t feel offended if I take a few days to reply. My
modem only does twenty-eight kilobits a second, and I only have so much
I don’t think anyone present wasn’t horribly affronted by the idea.
“Like I said, grandfathered technology and sentimental attachments,” Diana said.
- Excerpt from Void 7.10
↑“I wouldn’t imagine Conquest is a great fit for Toronto,” I said.
“It was, once. The English presence in North America is young, and
Others can be very old. For some, it wasn’t long ago at all that we
wiped out the Aboriginal people and took their land. It wasn’t long ago
that there was war over what European country would claim sovereignty
over this land. Toronto was a site in the war of eighteen-twelve, and
Conquest continued to gain power after it was released, with immigrants
coming in to reaffirm the invader’s claim to the land.”
- excerpt from Collateral 4.1
↑"Even having you here, I feel like we’re hurting ourselves.”
“But?” I asked.
“But your grandmother has visited from time to time, and I can’t
refuse you and yours an invitation, now that her titles have passed on
to you, along with the according rights.”
- Excerpt from Void 7.10
↑“Define ‘greater good.’ Because we’ve had anonymous threats to our families. Others are settling in the city, and you’ve brought nothing but pain and chaos with your arrival in the city. To me, that kind of endemic problem suggests demonic influence.” - Excerpt from Void 7.10