Every fifty-two years, the God Xiuhtecuhtli – incarnate for the purpose as a young Mexica male – would give himself in sacrifice in order that the universe should be renewed and the passage of time would continue as it had done before. Those born to other cultures and other eras might be forgiven for their failure to appreciate this great and selfless act.
It was therefore strange that such a profound understanding should arise in one so far removed from the heart of this world, both veteran and victim of the terrible, endless war in heaven, a man the Mexica knew briefly as Coahualxiu bearing a death wish the size of creation...
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- Xochitonal is an Aztec myth.
- Ganda Mnemma, Aloophoa, Llammas IV, and the Spike were all sites of campaigns in the War.
- This book was originally developed for Random Static.
- The character Andrew is based on the author's real life friend Andrew Cox.
- The author has provided a glossary of Nahuatl terms used.
- A promotional prelude to this novel was published before its release.
- Atonal the Xochimilcan and Matlacoatl the Ixtilli both first appeared in Burton's rejected Sixth Doctor novel Smoking Mirror.
- A story from Icnopilli's life was told in Burton's later short story The Unwoken Princess.
- Goralschai is a veteran of the First Wave of House Military. (PROSE: The Book of the War)
- House Meddhoran has an amaranth. (PROSE: Christmas on a Rational Planet)
- Dreaming in Tlalocan, Primo sees a masked wrestler talking to a small boy. (PROSE: The Five Faces of Fear)
- Primo and Todd live in a period shortly after humanity's Ghost Point. (PROSE: This Town Will Never Let Us Go)
- Tlohtoxcatl describes Yauhtloc failing to distinguish a foreigner from a sacred visitation. (TV: The Aztecs)
- Icnopilli is a noted Ixtilli. (PROSE: The Unwoken Princess)
- Lorraine Conti had also gone by the titles "Olympia" (PROSE: Newtons Sleep) and "the Immaculata". (PROSE: The Book of the War)