Author: weirdwordsofjoeljenkins

Why Does a White Ape Cast Its Young in the Snow?

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There are treatises in the archives of the Technopriests which actually speak to this subject and project that this is a survival mechanism for weeding out the genetically weak among the progeny of the white ape. However, to the vast majority of Muvari this remains an enigma and so the phrase ‘why does a white ape cast its young into the snow’ has developed to signify an unknowable answer.



Seniority of Wives

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Traditionally, greater heed and weight is given to the council of the elder wives. The further down the chain a wife is in seniority, the less say she has in deciding family matters. For this reason, desirable women (those exhibiting beauty or martial prowess—or preferably both) will sometimes reject suitors who already have many wives, because they desire to have more influence in guiding the family than is being offered them.


Mushroom Petals

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Some varieties of fungi bring forth colorful blooms which are presented much as a bouquet of flowers might be gifted on earth. These are displayed in homes and last much longer than a typical bouquet of cut flowers might. The danger is that some of these blooms are extremely poisonous so they cannot be displayed where toddlers might be able to reach them and perhaps taste them.


Golden Skelks

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These are a hold-out from the pagan worship of earlier Muvari days when they had strayed from the worship of the All Father and his one son. One popular sect worshiped the image of a golden skelk which sat high upon a marble obelisk. This image was said to be of solid gold and three feet high and six feet long.

On days of festival, which were thrice yearly, the worshipers would bake cakes and leave them about the city for the skelks to feed upon. They carved little skelks made from the stem of certain fibrous varieties of mushrooms and presented them to each other as gifts. The wealthier worshipers coated the carven skelks with gold or silver and presented them to each other to gain favor and position and the even wealthier of the worshipers would cast them entirely from molten brass, iron, silver or gold. It was a sign of devotion and wealth to have many of these skelks about one’s abode and said to bring favor from the Great Skelk Who Dwells Beneath the Earth.

Though there are none among the Muvari who still worship the Great Skelk the tradition of presenting each other with gifts of skelks to gain favor has lingered on.