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Legends of Venârivè — The Târensten and the Weirding Wood

A great megalith called the Târensten crowns the south end of a great hill just across the Shârl River from Zýna, in northwestern Lédenheim. It stands about thirty feet high. In attendance about its base are four smaller standing stones, each standing just a bit taller than a man.

The great stone's name was given by the Ivínians who first immigrated into the area in the TR390s and means either 'kings' stone' or 'royal stone'. This name may stem from the faint rings of light which are faintly visible about its crest on clear nights of the new moon. The rings are at their brightest on the 30th of Savôr, the Long Night.

It is possible, though, that the name is simply a translation from an older Yârla tribal name, in which case it might refer to an ancient ruler of the region who caused the five stones to be erected atop the Long Hill. It is likely that centuries ago there was a hill fort located where Zýna now stands, although any evidence of its existence was long ago destroyed during the construction and subsequent reconstructions of the thran and its wallhouse. [Read more...]

Tára: Chapter 3 - The College

TrepûraLádo College, Trepûra, Shôrkýnè; 11 Ilvín TR709

“Bookworm!”

Tára looked up from the rutter she had been examining, and saw a handsome young man standing on the other side of the long table she at which she was seated.

“Do you ever stop reading, bookworm?”, the young man queried.

Tára scowled.

“Hêral, do you ever read at all?”, she replied.

“Not if I can help it”, Hêral quipped.

Tára shook her head. Hêral was an excellent sailor, and had a natural talent for navigation by sight, but he seemed totally uninterested in the scholastic aspects of pilot’s study. Tára wondered why he had been sent to the College at all. [Read more...]

Night People

Priest of Navéh

Wandering rural travellers, the Night People are well-known, little understood, and widely hated or feared. The night people travel in family groups in black wagons festooned with brightly coloured flags and painted images. Periodically, they stop to trade with local villagers, and occasionally they tarry for a while, hosting nightly revels until the authorities drive them on because of an increase in local crime.

The night people are known for their strange powers. Usually there is a seer among them, and they are great gamblers, dancers and tellers of tales. It is considered bad luck to kill a Night Person; the murderer is almost always found dead within a short time. Common folk look upon the Night People with a mixture of fascination, dread, and loathing. Landless and unprotected, they are the lowest of the low, yet the possess strange powers and always have thrilling tales beyond the local area. [Read more...]

Márden's Tale (PDF Download)

Márden's Tale

It has been a great year at Keléstia Productions. As a special thank you to all our customers, we are pleased to be able to present an illustrated PDF version of our short story "Márden's Tale". This story, and the developing stories of Captain Márden's crew, provide an introduction to the forthcoming Maritime Series set of publications.

We look forward to providing you all with more material for HârnWorld, Venârivè, and other locations across Kèthîra in 2011.

Tára: Chapter 2 - Finding the Search

Starlight

Janôra, Tríerzòn, 7 Savôr TR706 (Day after the Kesémè)

Tára looked up at the roof of the temple’s massive main hall. It was studded with countless jewelled 'stars', interwoven with metallic patterns that were so complex that following them often led one to confusion. She had often considered these patterns, and wondered at the work that had gone into them, as well as their meaning. [Read more...]


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