The midst of winter is not a time of celebration for Agerans. Indeed, most in fact hole up in their homes during this time to wait out the darkness and icy cold. The people of Carmania, who's land recieves the hammer blows of storms of the Sea of Esh-Eir, gather together in the local Temple of Amalias during the last week of the year, lighting great fires to drive away the forces of evil. The Mysians hold no specific customs, but especially pious devotees of the Phoenix are known to light bonfires in this time, while other Mysians simply hold bacchanallian feasts to stay warm and comfortable. Go to Comment
5. The stained-glass windows of the Goddess of Light's Cathederal show images of people bowing to the Goddess's divine judgement. On closer examination, these people have the faces of famous thieves, robber-barons and corrupt rulers of the age of the windows' creation.
6. The bottoms of bridges are hung with small bells that jingle and ring when a person walks over them. They were set after the Flood Year of 775, in which the water rose so high that river dragons swam into the city and terrorized the shipping lane for years afterward. High, repeated sounds, like that of ringin bells, are intolerable to river dragons.
7. A city known for it's copper and bronzework has roofs made from beaten bronze. This tradition goes back to the year 529, when the bronze trade was so bad that the city bronzemen resorted to using the surplus bronze as building material. Go to Comment
20. In front of the city of Siylvii, there are row after row of trenches, lined with sleepers (Buried spears), discarded weapons, armor, bones, and a single tattered black banner emblazoned with the Siylviian crest. This battlefield, spanned with a stone and mortar bridge for traveller convenience, was left untidied by the Siylviians as a memorial to the noble last stand of the Siylviian Black Guard against the Maltasian army as it advance upon the city. Go to Comment
22. In the high mountain city of Lakpa, small alcoves are dug in the streets. A tiny clay figurine of the Lakpali god, the Bodhisattvah, are placed inside and then bricked over. This commemorates the Bodhisattvah's death (He was once mortal), burial, and descent to the Underworld. Go to Comment
24. In Weckylais, capitol of Woron, it is common to look over one's left shoulder when one greets another, as a sign that you are looking out for them. This tradition began in Imperial Year 234, when Czeckhi barbarians breached Tibor's Wall and invaded Woron. Most of the Czeckhi were slain by the Imperial Army (At that time, Woron was a province of Imperial Arcturus) soon after, but a few managed to hide, and a series of murders began as Czeckhis began to slay people on the streets at night.
25. It is common for a Glorianan and an Arcturan to spit at each other's feet upon meeting. This tradition began in Imperial Year 476, after the Glorianan War, when Gloriano broke away from the Empire.
26. Along the Black River, which separates the Durmalgish Marches from the barbarian territory of Eregard, the Eregardian barbarians erect large poles from which they hang fetishes of Durmalgians stuffed with crow feathers which they then pincushion with arrows. The Eregardians and the Durmalgians have long history of violence and hatred.
27. Each year, the Free City of Malsheg, which lies on the border between the Kingdom of Marcosa and Imperial Arcturus, holds a ceremony in which one country extends its border around the city. The next year, the other country extends its border around the city. This tradition began in Imperial Year 629, when the Imperial Army invaded Malsheg, and the Marcosan Royal Army invaded to prevent the Imperials from taking the city. The Malsheg Ruling Council decided that it was through with being fought over by Marcosa and Arcturus, and thus instituted the border-extension edict. Go to Comment
28. Every street in Elioza, in Zinaldia, has one silver brick at the intersection between streets. These were placed when the city was built in Imperal Year 353 to protect the streets from evil, and there is a great superstition against stealing them. Go to Comment
30. The streets of L'e'e are slabs of cracked stone carved with ancient markings that are slowly wearing away. The streets are constructed from great slabs of stone that were originally the walls of an ancient city that lay nearby, but when the Imperial Legions came to conquer the region (East Coast), they hauled up the slabs to use as the walls of their stronghold and command point, which became L'e'e.
Due to the desecration of the city, the ghosts of the people who once lived there cannot sleep, so it is common to see hungry ghosts rising from the streets at night, and, consequentially, nobody goes out at night in L'e'e. Go to Comment
37. In Tsauru (the most famed city of the Holy Land beyond Meru the Holy City itself, and known in the Holy Book as the "Whore of Lekku" for it's sinful, decadent ways), every succeeding wave of rulers and invaders has added on to the monument which stands in the Plaza of Jade Souls. This conglomerate symbol represents the melting-pot nature of the city. The base of the monument is a pillar of black basalt from the most ancient days, clad in writing no man can now decipher; surmounting it are the legendary Automata of Tsauru, created by the Yastare when they ruled this land (the Automata no longer speak as they were reputed to do in ancient days, but they are still impressive to look upon). Looming above the Automata is the grand sculpture of the Emperor Xigetas Groapaktore, crafted when the Empire of Tekne held sway over Tsauru. The latest monument is a great marble Hand-and-Eye, the symbol of the city's new Qoruxi rulers. Go to Comment
I dunno', I just never thought much of this one
I tried to make it too strange and philosophical, and it turned out just seeming hodge-podge too me. It seems too clownish to be truly bizarre and disturbing and frightening the way my demons are supposed to be. Go to Comment
I maybe ought to find him tragic, but I find him heartwarming instead. Wonderful characterization; the "childlike innocent" is pretty common in fantasy, but rarely is it shown with such realism. Go to Comment
A cult's theology is binding on the god involved: it is possible for that god to believe (and see, just like Winston Smith in 1984) that other gods are mythical, or jumped-up demons, or failing older spirits, even while those gods actually exist and thrive and act in the cosmos, even while working against him.