The King in Yellow

“The King in Yellow” is a play penned by the now-infamous playwrite, Sophia Lasilaran.

In brief, The King in Yellow tells the story of a city in the throes of a succession conflict. The ruling house and it’s matriarch are despised by the common people, who are drawn into the city from every conceivable tongue and tribe. And as the commoners begin to rise up against the domineering matriarch called the Lady of Pain, the city is visited by a stranger wearing a pale mask bearing a strange yellow sigil.

The newcomer announces that the city is doom, and that soon the King in Yellow, The Nameless One, the Unspeakable Shepherd, will come to rule what remains after the city, alternately called Y’ha-nthlei, Sigil, or the City of Doors, has faded away. The Lady’s men and the mob are incited at the suggestion, and they kill the stranger. But as they move to uncover the identity of the stranger, the discover that his mask is not a mask at all.

Waters from an unseen lake begin to flood the city as it is absorbed into the haunted city of Carcosa, the domain of the King in Yellow. A haunting refrain echoes over the now dead and drowned ruins of the once-city:

Along the shore the cloud waves break, the twin suns sink beneath the lake, the shadows lengthen, In Carcosa.

Strange is the night where black stars rise, and strange moons circle through the skies, but stranger still is Lost Carcosa.

Songs that the Hyades shall sing, where flap the tatters of the King, must die unheard in Dim Carcosa.

Song of my soul, my voice is dead, die thou, unsung, as tears unshed shall dry and die in Lost Carcosa.

The King in Yellow

Aftermath Qoheleth