Prync Daen and Now

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Prync Daen and Now
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Literature
Author Gudat Dozon, with assistance from Manuel Bircham
Genre Fictional Prose
Printer Daenshore Masters Limited
Accessibility General Knowledge

“Prync Daen and Now” is a collection of several Eronidas stories and pieces of orature from across their history. Manuel Bircham, a merchant’s assistant working for the Regalian Empire on Daen in 293 AC, came to greatly respect the Eronidas and their society. As a result, he approached a Gornanc, a bard, of the Eronidas called Gudat Dozon about producing and publishing some myths the bard knew. The result was this collection, and Manuel Bircham, later produced other works on Eronidas myth.

Prync Daen and Now

Foreword

Here transcribed are six tales or works of orature, roughly in the order that they occured within the Eronidas oral histories. While most are poems, one is a spoken tale. Some words are retained from their native Vasar to provide a more authentic feeling than the term’s translation. An index of translations can be found at the end of the text.

Birth of the Call

At the dawn, the Kornorak lay open
In the first light, the world was fresh
Thus came life, ruled by the gods
The skyrender, the bearer of Zammoc
The cloudbeater, the heir of Xkracka
Yazgar came down to nest in the Koyladu
Anuk rose in protest from his throne of hewn stone
Antuk rallied the clan, Yanganna, Ka, Genkōrr, and all the rest
And last, most young and prized, Vakgar and Makosh raised their weapons
They met at the mouth of Polrannu
Yanganna bore herself, Ka called the waters to his aid
Anuk and Antuk raised the winds, and Genkorr called the loyal beasts
Against them flew the titan of all winds
Against them soared the beast of many feathers
Against them came Yazgar with the Zammoc
The unleashing of the Zammoc
Ran the mouth of Polrannu red
And so the gods died
The young world was cracked and shattered
Smashed like a Pakta-Yazgar egg
And so the gods died
The old world ended
And Yazgar lived
But so did Vakgar and Makosh
She was furious to find their hiding place as the new sun rose
She was furious to see the blood trail into the newly growing brush
And so the Call began

The Rise

Yazgar had hunted her prey across many rivers, many jungles, and many mountains. In that time, she had seen nothing but the Eronidas multiplying, and her chief prey evading her. From their spawn, she was beset, poked and prodded by the crudest Dar. She did not slay them, for they were not her task. But, as time continued, she knew she had to stem their tide. If not, even the fall of their remaining gods would perhaps not be enough to end their presence.

Thus, she nested as she had done in the beginning, and the first Rakhvvar emerged. From their great mounds, reaching the heavens, they took to making their cities her nests, and took to slaughtering the Eronidas in her name. They would take them, and kill them at first light, and feed their entrails to her for power in the struggle that was to come.

The Eronidas knew of their weakness, and so sought strength. As Vakgar and Makosh were united, so too must their kind be bonded together. They sought out the Aranark, the brick-builders, and became masters of the defense. They sought out the Gosran, and learned what little of the hunt they could. All were joined, and united.

And so began the war. The war to honor the Call, and to defeat the enemy. It would be a millennia before the Eronidas were to truly unite for their great journey.

Grakklarmosh and the Sumu

Grakklarmosh was born strong to the Tuerak
When he emerged, his cry spurned the Spogytor into flight
And awakened the snoring Shoiru with a squeal
He who would surmount Chief Urkadak
Was born with a warcry into this world
At the age of five, he entered training
And toppled his teacher to the dirt in the first days
He was lauded, groomed, and beloved
Yet he only sought out challenges worthy of his skill
And so by the age of ten, he was a master of Panlomoc
The Sumu of Avgar, prized Lug-Fousso of the Tuerak broke free
It carved through the camp, it flattened the storehouse
It gored those who came against it, and it was unstoppable
But Grakklarmosh stepped behind it, and he was joined by Malkur
Together, the pre-men each grasped a loin of the beast and flipped it
With a thunderous crash, the Sumu of Avgar lay on its back
It struggled mightily, and Mt. Makronoc shook mightily
But Grakklarmosh maintained his pin, and his grasp was like iron
At last, the Sumu breathed its last, and all beheld the triumph
Grakklarmosh was celebrated, and Malkur came to know him

The Voyage to the East

The ships were vast, their build quite strong
And so the thousands boarded
Mighty Eos sat in the center
And so the vessels sailed
The ships came to Protak and the first threat came
A beast as dark as night, and as fast as Zammoc
Eos walked into the open and threw a perfect Dac
And so the vessels sailed
The ships came to Glykrak and the second threat came
A smell most sweet and mouthed plants the height of warriors
Eos brandished his torch like Vakgar and burned the eating vines
And so the vessels sailed
The ships came to Kagonon and the third threat came
The land was bare, and the people starved
Eos dove into the ocean and wrenched forth Karshariac
And so the vessels sailed
The ships came to Apokomoc and the fourth threat came
The land was jagged, sharp and deadly
Eos raised his warhammer and battered the points smooth
And so the vessels sailed
The ships came to Tekekton and the final threat came
A cunning beast who hid among the cattle, who slept with the sows
Eos called those loyal to him, and he smote the still form
And so the vessels came to Daen

Glories to Eos

All glories to Eos, all glories to the Great Anaxon
Beloved of legions, conqueror of thousands, uniter of all
Descendant of Grakklarmosh, inheritor of the blood of Tuerak
Crusher of Othkak, final victor from the Field of Othstak
Eos, driver of the livestock of Negeb
Eos, enforcer of the Call and ultimate child of Vakgar and Makosh
All glories to him, the victor of 10,000 battles
All glories to his last command
Go forth and conquer, in the name of Eos' way
Defeat and enslave all from the new land
Make the Great Anaxon forever live in the blood spilled in the way of the Call
All glories to Eos, all glories to the Great Anaxon

Gorrus and Val

Gorrus raised an Estate of mudbrick by the river in the fifteenth year
Val raised an Estate of sticks by the forest in the fourteenth
Gorrus went abroad to seek rewards
Val remained and focused on his land
Gorrus returned with mates and slaves
Val eyed them from afar
Gorrus went abroad to seek the beasts
Val remained and took both the mates and slaves
Gorrus returned to an empty house
Val now had a full and lavish one
Gorrus broke down the fence between their fields
Val was slain by Gorrus in the fields
Gorrus reclaimed all taken from him
Val was slain for seizing foolishly

Translation Index

  • Kornorak = The first world, literally translated into Common as “cradle”
  • Zammoc = Lightning, but also sometimes translated as Magic
  • Xkracka = Aridity/Barrenness
  • Koyladu = The first valley in the world
  • Polrannu = The first river in the world
  • Pakta-Yazgar = What is known in Common as the Ollivear
  • Dar = Spear
  • Aranark = Supposedly the builders of the first ancient Eronidas cities
  • Gosran = Supposedly a group of hunters well known on Guldar for having the best tactics (such as they were)
  • Poklatrak = Synonym for Yazgar, but also used to refer to her and the Rakhvvar collectively
  • Tuerak = An ancient clan of Eronidas of legendary size and strength
  • Spogytor = A species of small bird from Guldar
  • Shoiru = What is known in Common as the Bathogg
  • Panlomoc = A unique term for war, combat, and fighting together as a concept
  • Sumu = What is known in Common as the Wooly White Bison
  • Lug-Fousso = A term for a particularly large Wooly White Bison, essentially, the alpha of a herd
  • Field of Othstak = A legendary battlefield on Guldar
  • Karshariac = The Eronidas term for shark, but also “seabeast”
  • Anaxon = The Eronidas term for King

Trivia

  • The Eronidas' journey from Guldar touched far more than five islands, but most scholars consider the ballad to have symbolic meaning; each of the five islands represents a basic situation that the Eronidas encountered over their long voyage and across multiple islands.
  • “Gorrus and Val” is sometimes taken with quite a different meaning than two Eronidas fighting each other. Some suggest that it is a metaphor for the Nelfin and Eronidas fighting, for while one fights, the other tills the land, and where one is overtly brave and powerful, the other is sneaky and underhanded.

Accreditation
Writers HydraLana
Processors AlphaInsomnia, FireFan96
Last Editor HydraLana on 07/28/2021.

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