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December 13, 2012, 9:04 am

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The Djavarga


100 word submission, rumors from the Burning Lands, south of Abodroc

The Djavarga are desert dwarves, with eyes like burnished gold. They are master smiths and weapon makers, and they wander the desert in great crawling mountains. They avoid conflict when possible, preferring trade to war. There are no female Djavarga and they consider men and women different races. If you cut them, they bleed sand and their tears are hard like glass. Djavarga shamen call storms of sand and lightning, create illusions and drive away djinn with strange crystal devices they carry. They worship the winds and lightning, and have strange rituals to turn prisoners into stone and metal golems 

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Voted Murometz
December 13, 2012, 9:46
Nice. You should make a whole codex of these! Crawling Mountains?! Must know more! Makes me wonder if they actually have crawling mountains, or if this is an embellished, re-interpretation written by someone who has never seen or met one of these desert dwarves. So again, i get that medieval (clueless but evocative) guide to the world's hidden corners vibe.
Voted axlerowes
December 13, 2012, 13:23
is the D silent?  
Voted Dozus
December 13, 2012, 14:24
You should really make a "Gyde to ye Lands Surrounding Abodroc, and Oyer Regions" with all this pseudo-knowledge stuff.

What's a "crawling mountain"? Is it just a phrase that's above my head, or something different?
December 13, 2012, 14:30
I'm picturing huge, gray-brown, nomadic tents that look "rocky", embellished a thousand-fold by some Marco Polo type, who never quite made it to this part of the Burning Lands, but was close, and wrote down legends he heard, from those that have seen the "crawling mountains". :)
December 13, 2012, 15:10
let us see where this imagery takes us

short-dwarf short,
shinning yellow eyes,
commerce minded
desert people
nomadic craftsmen
traveling around in a giant crawling communal dwelling
work with anthropomorphic metallic beings

"I can't abide these Djavarga, disgusting creatures."
Voted valadaar
December 13, 2012, 15:12
Great 100 word sub!
December 13, 2012, 16:33
Scras, your 100 word subs remind me of an interesting piece of art where some action is caught midmotion and the mind can't help but start filling in the details.
Voted Aramax
January 16, 2015, 8:08
Solid 100, practical and artsy but I hate dwarves! 4/5

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Voted Moonlake
February 15, 2015, 0:43
I can't phrase it any better than what the other Moon said.


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Quool's Tide

       By: Murometz

Once every decade on the eve of St. Poskov's Day during mid-winter, the coastal city of Tiyabon experiences a horrific event. Quool's Tide rolls in, depositing hundreds of bloated, fish-eaten corpses upon the pebbly shores of Tiyabon's wide bay. This singularity is to this day unexplained, though countless theories abound. It is said for example, that these corpses are not eaten by the myriad fish of the seas completely, due to the fear all creatures of the seas hold for Quool.

Named for Quool, a terrible, antediluvian god of seas and storms, who no longer exists for he has no worshipers, the Tide chokes the beaches and surf with the countless rotting bodies of those who had perished at sea in a violent way.

Almost immediately, the lifeless corpses are fed upon by crabs, gulls, and worse things that await the horrid feast. The townsfolk let nature take it course with disinterested disgust, though lately some enterprising adventurers have taken to searching along the beaches of flesh for former deceased companions, with intentions of raising them again!

Surprisingly no undead ever rise from among the many corpses. This is also a mystery.

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