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 Gods

At the dawn, the Kornorak lay open
In the first light, the world was fresh
Thus came life, ruled by none
Vakkar and Makkaru, equal but divided
One the wielder of weapons
One the bringer of supplies
At the mouth of Polrannu
Did they join and did come the old clans
Names long lost, but first of blood
From the froth of young and new
Came Yazarammun, young-eater
Slithered Yazarammun, world-breaker
Against it roared the rage of Vakkar
Against it narrowed the eyes of Makkaru
Against it the Callers did battle
On the Xkracka Slopes and within the rocks
Along the Koyladu ridges and over the sharpness
Pursuit was kept in earnest
But finally, the great-snake fell
At last, the great slitherer writhed its last
And the drink of godhood was taken

The Rise

With the death of the god-snake Yazarammun, the consorts in victory Vakkar and Makkaru drank the spoils of its form. The blood of the god-snake was immense, racing with Zammoc and much else. Their forms grew great, the Eronidas beneath their care grew great, the greatest Dar being forged and thrown in the hunt against the other beasts of the homeland.

But their power could not remain contained for long. They continued to grow in form, but sought to shed some of this immense might in the formation of forces to aid the world, and bring them mutual joy. They joined and from them came the Elements and Death, offspring of godly potential and one already of strength considerable for the death of a god-snake was their impetus to power.

But all offspring will be restless and demand greatness in some form. For perhaps the nature of their birth, each was given a piece of the dead god-beast, and for Death it was cunning and revenge. In the end, it mattered not for beyond the power of the Eronidas who surrounded and worshiped their fathers, the Elements and Death worked in trickery.

In trickery, they beguiled their fathers into a land of nothing, a land of death, to which Death held the sole gatehouse. What came after was the rise of the Element sons, and Death, for now alone and not made to serve the needs of parents, did the offspring grow as much as them. Yet the Elements were disquieted with Death, though she cared not and focused on her own realm.

The Eronidas came to follow them, and all was well. But the god-serpent, while long dead, had inspired others to rise up against the Eron people. The Rakhvvar emerged from their great mounds, and took to slaughtering the Eronidas in the name of a god-fire-bird. They would take them, and kill them at first light, and feed their entrails to her for power.

The Eronidas knew of their weakness, and so sought strength. 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, to defeat the enemy. It would be a millennium 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 Vakkar 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 Elements
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
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”
  • Xkracka = Aridity/Barrenness
  • Koyladu = The first valley in the world
  • Polrannu = The first river in the world
  • Zammoc = Lightning, but also sometimes translated as Magic
  • Dar = Spear
  • Rakhvvar = Eronidas term for the Avarr
  • 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 the Avarr
  • 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 Aaltaar Bok
  • Lug-Fousso = A term for a particularly large Aaltaar Bok, 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 07/30/2022.

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