Lore Spotlight: Assard Cultureby Taosym | Leave a Comment
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Assardi live in a stretch of country that covers most of the southern daylight hemisphere. While their civilizations are sparse, and Assardi themselves are still very primitive, they are one of the most populous races in the world.
The language of the Assardi is fairly simplistic, and their alphabet is entirely pictographic. The meaning of these pictures have been known to change over time, and are often interpreted wildly differently from settlement to settlement. Every Assard carries with them a journal to record their lives, draw the sights they’ve seen and mark the challenges they’ve overcome.
With hammer, chisel, paint and sweat, the first parents of Under-Great Peca left their mark in the belly of Great Peca, leaving a history that can still be read today. The greatest stories are immortalized forever. It is a great honor to have one’s stories be etched into the wall, to be remembered by ‘The Storytellers’ for the rest of time. It’s the job of the Storytellers to read the tales of eras past to the younger generation, to impart to them them the genesis and history of the Assard, and teach them Assardi morality, ethics and faith. Perhaps most importantly, they give the inspiration to their students that one day they too can be a part of the wall and join their ancestors.
A long time ago the world was smothered in heat unlike any felt in the present day. Whatever life was left on the planet had all but turned to sand. The gods, unable to bear the heat despite their power, seeded the land from the heavens and brought the various Assardi tribes a mushroom, which they took deep underground where they would be safe. From then on the Assard have always cultivated the mother mushroom, and its children called “spores of heaven” are the source from which all of the other mushrooms in Under-Great Peca are grown. The great fungi illuminates Under-Great Peca and are even the staple of the Assard diet.
Every Assard child knows this story. It’s been told to them a hundred different ways by a hundred different Storytellers. In time some of the Assard children will become Storytellers themselves and tell these stories to the next generation.