Waiting for the Barbarians Setting & Symbolism

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The Empire

The Empire represent power that doesn't require that those who serve it love others but merely perform duties.

Barbarian Tribes

According to rumors barbarian tribes have been arming and the Empire would have to employ measures to prevent war.

Square

The square can be seen from the Magistrate's window. He can see prisoners arriving from there.

Third Bureau

The Third Bureau is described as an unsleeping guardian of the Empire, being an investigative agency.

The Inn

Colonel Joll stays at the inn, as it is the most comfortable place in town. When he sleeps there the staff has to tiptoe.

The Lake

Birds that fly from the south circle around the lake near the marshes.

Terminal lagoon

The expedition stumbles on the bed of an ancient terminal lagoon.

Poplarwood

The abundance of poplarwood appears near the fire camp.

Foothils

The Magistrate with soldiers reach the foothills...

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