City Image - Geon'kic
This is as close to a 'city' as the nomadic peoples get. It is more like a large and fairly permanent camp where various tribes meet within the 'neutral zone' of Geon'kic.
Ages ago, some peoples transported hundreds of stones from a quarry fifteen days away (by normal travel). Most of these stones have been carved into stele. Most stele are heavy browed, tiki-esk faces. Others have animal faces. There is a semi-random pattern around The Geon. There may of been some reasoning behind it but that has been lost to the winds of time. No one knows the original reason for the stele. All can agree to that the Geon is a holy point, a place where the spirit world touches the Earth.
Geon'kic is a city of blankets stung between stele and tents supported by the same. The ties have been secured into steles over the centuries and are reused by every one. The pathways in Geon'kic are every changing. In many ways they resemble the trails. Groups making up temporary neighborhoods can be seen by their blankets/ tent patterns. Every few intersections there are public cooking fires.
Water is the only problem here. There is a number of rivers that run around the Geon'kic. It is on raised land, so it might flood once every century or two. So a group will send someone with a water vase to the river and they will carry it back, so the group can drink. Offal and other garbage is taken out in closed skins and buried somewhere beyond the Geon'kic. This is a holy place, so nothing soiling it can be allowed.
Geon'kic centers around The Geon. The Geon is a huge round stone. Thirty men, linking hands can barely reach around the Geon. The Geon is raised a good step up from the ground level. At ground level, there are flag stones around it for another 10 paces. The reason for the Geon is the Trails of Existence. There is an intricate pattern of lines, swirls, and circles, engraved into it that still shows strong after centuries of weathering. Shamans, outlanders who study magic, and those of the people who seek wisdom contemplate the patterns. The patterns are known to draw a spirit out, to pull the living into the spirit realm and the spirts down to the earth. The trails are used in the making of magic as well. Oaths, Vows, and Wedding Vows made around the Geon are binding, empowered with the force of spirit/ magic.
Since no violence is supposed to happen with Geon'kic, on the other sides of the various rivers and streams that border it, where the offal and trash is buried, is a newly constructed ring. Here all the duels are fought and blood is shed. The bodies are sometimes carried home by various tribes/ bands/ groups, but in many cases the bodies are dumped into the offal pits.
Out here, off to the sides of the rivers, 'herders' watch the horses of various tribes who can not bring them into the holy site. The existence of herders and people watching the herds has created two small 'villages' of smei-permanent tents, where these people stay.
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Other than a few mispellings, this is very cool as per usual.
An interesting location, and one that can definately be reused.
The text is an interesting counterpoint to some of the more flowery submissions on the site.
This was well worth reading.