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In the mountains, they come to a ruined town beneath a mountain carved to resemble an ancient autarch.
After the "death" of his career at Thrax, it resurrects when he becomes autarch and a master of the guild.
Malrubius describes the risk of sacrifice and recalls the death of the autarch.
48) The autarch is both physically and politically agile.
56) The autarch presents a distinct sequence of meanings: the State as mother of torture, a distant authority hated in ignorance, the whore of Babylon, and the person in the House Absolute, mild as a dove and clever as a serpent.
If the death of the autarch was an anguished Triduum, the Mass of "The Sand Garden" shows Severian kneeling in gratitude (2.