She is truly wise
who's travelled far
and knows the ways of the world.
She who has travelled
can tell what spirit
governs the men she meets.
There is one tale I will not tell tonight, since there are men present. The story of Red Woman's love magic is for women only.
In the Mokevogi clan, the women worship the troll goddess Xiola Umbar, who eases their childbirth.
The hsunchen live in large tents shaped much like our own houses. They paint them with magic designs. Birkiska Leaves-No-Tracks, chief of the Raccoon People, owns a huge tent all of us here could fit in. It's made from a single skin, though I couldn't tell what animal it was from.
Among the Deer People, shamans wear the clothing of the opposite gender. One of them told me that dressed as a woman, he was able to seduce the more powerful spirits, or fool the weaker spirits so they didn't flee when they spotted him. His wife took a bow and hunted to help with the ruse.
The Galanini are the only hsunchen I visited who worship gods besides their totem and the Hunter. They worship the sun Ehilm, who their queen once wooed and married. Only certain people are allowed to worship Ehilm. The queen's sons worshipped their father after he returned to the sky, and so did the sons of her daughters. Only sons of women who trace their mothers back to the queen can worship him. These men hold themselves above others of the tribe. Eurgan made this verse:
Some of these people use flint-tipped weapons. Though not as impressive or sturdy as bronze, they can still deal unpleasant wounds. Strangely enough, the dragonewts of Ormsland also use flint weapons. Eurgan made this verse:
The city of Estali is made entirely from red clay bricks. Even the streets are paved with bricks. Some of the houses tower like sheer cliffs, three floors tall. They have windows which are filled with clear, flat glass.
In Safelster, people use silver trade tokens called danars. Those from Tara are noteworthy. They all show the queen on one side, but no two are alike on the opposite side. They show such things as winged horses, flaming trees, couples making love, warriors smiting dragons, dragons devouring armies, children playing, and any number of other designs. A young, healthy cow is worth over a hundred of these small silver pieces.
The largest horses I have seen come from the land of Helby.
Many people in Safelster actually worship Arkat! I swear this is true. They are otherwise good people, considerate and kind to their wives and children, but they pray to the Destroyer.
Graceful boats sail Lake Felster, making it as easy to cross as any valley.
There are temples where the Talking God is scarcely worshipped, and crass merchants have set up shop, haggling over grain and chicken eggs, and using the Create Moot spell to hold weekly markets.
Instead of keeping knowledge alive in their heads, priests of the Knowing God try to record it by making black marks on scraped sheep skins. This is like trying to get milk out of a cowhide.
David Dunham Page East Ralios