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Golek

The goleks are an insular-gigantic branch of the ancient Lagom clade, which share a distant common ancestor with nuralagus. It is theorized that during Early Cataclysms, the Greater Kremellian Subcontinent (GKS) was fractured into multiple disparate tectonic regions. One of which later became the Deveran-Edebian Shield Ridge, but during this geologic period many successive isolated generations reproduced without natural predators on these islands, growing to large physiological proportions. This upward formological evolution continued up and until the time of the Collision of the Isle of Edeb, which reconnected the Shield Ridge with the central part of the GKS. (See: Sable goleks)

During this time of separation, among the golek branch of the Lagom tree, the Common Language fell out of use, as there is a natural tendency toward telepathic communications within this biomorph. And they developed their own language of slight small noises, whuffs, and huffs, and chitterings.

By the time the golek branches reconnected with the Greater Kremellian Subcontinent which birthed them, the Lagom culture had long gone dark, though certain of their artifacts–such as an immense system of subterranean tunnels–would remain intact. The dominant mammal during this time would be man, and goleks had lost all fear of predation.

Due to their immense size, strong backs, gentle nature, and swiftness in need, goleks were a natural addition to the domestication regimes of Proto-Kremellian as both pack animals, familiars and companions, and battle steeds. Slow to anger, but quick to risk all to protect their raisla, there are many great songs, chansons, gestes, and poemes of the brave deeds of the loyal and steadfast goleks.

Notable goleks

Notable goleks include:

Isle of Edeb

Knot of Quatria

There is one symbol which appears again and again in Quatrian architecture, literature, and other recovered artifacts, which scholars have dubbed, the “Knot of Quatria.”

In it’s simplest or ideal form, the shape consists of an ‘X’ where the upper arms are joined by an arc, suggestive of a circle. It is described in the Codex Quadraticus, the work of anonymous 14th century B.T.C.E. Kremellian Proto-Pentarch scribes as ‘that which in crossing over, bends back on itself [to form completion].’ It is thought to refer to the highly ritualized nature of all of Quatrian society, in which all persons participated in the regular re-telling of mytho-historic events from their illustrious past.

The second iteration of the form, in which it is doubled horizontally is depicted below:

It is not known whether the doubled version of the form has a unique meaning in and of itself, but some scholars have suggested that it represents the union of two beings to form new life. For this reason, and for the fact that it has been discovered etched into the peak of the arch of the portail system in the Grand Lodge of the Hall of Life, the doubled form is sometimes referred to as the ‘Creation Gate.’

The next level of complexity for this glyph is depicted below, and which forms the full ‘Knot of Quatria’ in what scholars call its Proper or Complex form. In it, the simple knot is duplicated side by side, and then the two are mirrored vertically to form a quadruple.

This motif is often repeated ad infinitum as a decorative border in cornice-work, and in woven tapestries from the period. It is said to represent the inter-weaving of humanity with other life forms and the cosmos.

Famed neo-Quatrian revivalist, Edouard Wright correctly noted that the complex knot can be broken down into a series of five ‘x’s, as in the graphic below:

This form will be dealt with in more detail separately, but it is thought to be linked to the Quatrian Prayer of Place, whose fragmentary opening begins:

“Where I stand,
the sky above,
the earth below,
the future before me
the past behind…”

Though the unadorned form of the Complex Knot is depicted above for clarity for the beginning student of Quatrian lore and history, it is far more commonly represented in its interlaced “over-under” form, depicted below.

In its quadruple interlaced form, it is referred to also as the ‘Web of Matarax,’ a reference to an ancient Quatrian legend about the origin of that people having been via a tunnel or web woven by that mythical spider as they escaped the destruction of their prior world. For this reason it was commonly used as an apopotraic device to ward off the influence of malevolent spirits which threatened the harmonious patterns of life for early ancient Quatrians.

Lagom

Leptom

Leptoms are a distinct evolutionary branch of golek-like mammals endemic to the Isle of Edeb. Though they undoubtedly share a common ancestor in deep pre-history with Lagoms, their evolutionary path was isolated from the more broadly settled goleks, who also split off from that biomorph. Leptoms, generally speaking, are telepathic mindspeakers to varying degrees. They are also generally sable or black in color, and seem to be able to interbreed successfully with their more domesticated golek cousins. For this reason, the term Sable goleks is generally used in modern contexts.

Notable Leptoms

Archef was a famous Leptom chief whose people aided the Muses and the Order of the Tempest during the Fall of Hard Hammer (Elgorra), which resulted in the breaking of the Stem of Edeb, the inversion and wandering of that island, resulting finally in collision with the Greater Kremellian Subcontinent. Following this collision, and the inter-linking of Edeb with the mainland, leptoms intermarried with goleks, and thus the term Leptom is used most often to refer to pre-contact era biomorphs from Edeb.

Machef, the sable golek, is the great grand-son of Archef.

Memory Palace

The Memory Palaces were located within the Bardic Collegium of the Grand Temple of the House of Song, on the Temple Mount of Quatria.

They housed collected historic artifacts and treasures in elaborate cabinets, shelves, and alcoves, and were used as ambulatory teaching halls in the education of would-be bards and lore-singers. Novice minstrels, upon entering the House of Song, would as part of their daily regimen walk the inter-lace foot paths through the halls of the various Memory Palaces. While standing before the appropriate artifact, older instructors would recite to the younger the rhyming couplets which made up the great epics which formed the core repertoire of bardic education. In this way, the knowledge of traditional lore was transmitted to the next generation via the method of loci, a type of mnemonic training of great antiquity.

During the Changes, the Temple Mount crumbled into the Bay of Erasure, and as a result, the original Memory Palaces and all their treasures were lost. After the Fall of the House of Song, the Bardic Collegium split into factions, and went into exile. Lore thereafter continued to be transmitted via a peripatetic tradition, as strolling singers crossed the Wide Lands. But they continued their tradition without the rich visual and symbolic aids of the original artifacts or memory palaces which housed them.

As the gravitational shift over the coming generations would turn the focus of Quatrian society towards the Island of Ovarion and the Court of Tantathawe, remaining factions of of the Bardic Collegium would attempt to build anew Memory Palaces in the honor of King Benda the Great.

Ovarion

An island off the coast of Quatria, on the cusps of the Houses of Song and Silence. It was said to have been raised up out of the sea by Wormwood, the Changer.

This island would later become the site of the Court of Tantathawe of King Benda the Great.

Quatrion

The Quatrion (or Quatrium) is a legendary cult object of great antiquity and importance. Variously described by ancient Quatrian sources as a double shield, sparkling diamond, magical stone, or ‘turkey’s eye,’ Pantarctican archaelogists today generally believe that the two inter-locking quadrilateral forms super-imposed on one another represent the layered planes of existence in Quatrian mythology. It is said that the loss or theft of this mysterious object of great power and importance (it was said to contain all worlds within it) directly lead to the downfall of the Ancient Quatrian Empire.

Sable golek

See: Leptoms

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