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Glirastes the Master Maker is an Orange architect and inventor who is famous, skilled, and cantankerous in equal measures.

His skill is such that he is respected even by Golds like Atalantia. [1]


He's a genius when it comes to engineering, but he's also arrogant and stubborn, which was probably heightened due to his title as Master Maker.

However, he does have a love for his city and his planet, and he cares for the citizens in them.

He also likes sardines for breakfast on Tuesdays, as he claims he gets headaches if he doesn't have them.[2]

He is a regular drug user of sol dust.


He is described as lean, bald and cruel looking as a vulture. [3] He has fourteen fingers.[2]


Dark Age

  • Having sided with the Rising, he begrudgingly allows Darrow to use the Storm Gods to take down Atalantia's men upon their siege on Tyche, but only on its lowest level.
  • Believing that it was Darrow, not Orion, that decided to destroy the city of Tyche with the Storm God, he changes alliances to Lysander after Lysander lies to him about being witness to Tyche's destruction.


  • "That is why I make—to see the life that grows around the dead stone I stack. For what is a building without its audience? What is a city without its people?" -Dark Age, Ch. 64: To Master a Maker
  • "You drowned half of Helios. I mourned for the dead. And now that one of them, a boy who is like a son to me, has come back, you think you can keep him from me?" Glirastes shakes his head. "I have done all you asked. I am your gateway out of hell." He leans back and rests his hands on his tummy. "It is your army. So do what you will. But if Cato is not out of your prison and sharing a toast to life with me over a glass of shiraz by tonight, then you will have to find yourself another Master Maker to build your gateway." Dark Age, Chapter: 61, Page: 523


Pierce Brown's explanation on how the name 'Glirastes' came about:

Glirastes comes from the portmanteau used by Percy Bysshe Shelly for the 1818 publishing of the poem 'Ozymandias' in The Examiner. Shelly was fond of pseudonyms, and this one was particularly funny to me. His wife, Mary Godwin (Shelly), would often sign her letters to him 'your affectionate doormouse'--one of Percy's pet names for her. So Percy combined the latin Gliridae (dormouse) and the greek erastes (the lover of) to get Glirastes. The reason I used it is as an ode to the poem due to the parallel imagery summoned in Dark Age, especially the Graveyard of Tyrants. 


  1. Dark Age Chapter 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dark Age, Chapter 58
  3. Dark Age Chapter 3