The power behind the Faction of Bone is Xiall, the Chancellor of Osteomancy, who cares little for the delicate game that Death plays within the Court of the Dead. In fact, she finds much of the Court a contemptible exercise in excess. But it is neither ego nor arrogance that drives the cold and calculating Xiall. No, it is purely logic. Every move Chancellor makes is part of a deeper plan – but a deeper plan conceived by whom?
For Xiall, there is only the way of Bone. No compromise, no partnerships – for the Chancellor is certain that only the strict adherence to the philosophies of Bone can lead the Underworld in its endeavors to shatter the oppressive yoke of the Heavens and Hells. Any detour from her path is one that compromises the purpose of the Underworld, and is to be immediately dismissed. But Xiall is no fool. She is well aware that a facade of cooperation and consideration will gain more advantage than one that reflects the reality of her beliefs. This is the truth behind her outward appearance, which she has shaped into both a disguise, and mockery, of those she holds in low esteem.