1Once, four sailors walked near one of the repurposed places of worship they inhabit, and saw that “BASK” had been written upon it. 2The first sailor doubted that this was a word. 3The second thought it was, and that it reminded him not to over-work, and to bask in the sun. 4The third said that it had been written by a diviner and that it was a reminder of the sailors’ main task. 5The fourth remained silent.
1It has been recorded that the three visiting voids said: “The wisdom of the ages is written on our skins”. 2We found this same text emblazoned on an abode we reuse for our worship.
3. primordial edicts
1Three visiting voids spoke primordial edicts. 2These dour siblings spoke the edicts and our diviners wrote them down. 3We sailors petition the diviners for the edicts. 4Though they cannot now be spoken, there are references to them in the crypts of our realm. 5The edicts were wordless texts of wisdom and we say they were spoken by voids of valence.
4. canyon of dark repose
1On a hill near our town lies the ruin of a pagan place of worship. 2Under the hill lies our canyon, the canyon of dark repose, to which placards point the way. 3Dark breath emanates from the mouth of this canyon and foreshadows the atmosphere within. 4Courageous sailors, venturing far into the canyon, attest to its name.
5. cave sopor et focus familiaris
A sailor chanced upon a derelict building. 2
Although overcome by malaise, he felt compelled to explore the building, for he had an intuition that it contained valuable texts, amongst the detritus of an early and repressive age. 3
A sign on the building read “CAVE SOPOR ET FOCUS FAMILIARIS”, which meant “Beware of sleep and the family hearth”. 4
The sailor fell to his knees and exhorted the three voids
to watch over him as he explored the building. 5
He feared that once inside he might not be able to retrace his steps and find his way back.
It’s reported that the snow mother offered three kinds of provision to sailors passing through our alpine town of agalia
The first was a rich and hearty vegetarian stew. 3
The second was a dry non-food wafer. 4
The third was a sacred prostitute. 5
Sailors in our hanging valleys set up signs showing the way to the snow mother.
7. incomparable triviality
The same four sailors who had encountered the word “BASK
” visited the snow mother
She was holding audience in a disused crypt in our alpine town of agalia
On the wall behind the sailors she had written “INCOMPARABLE TRIVIALITY OF OUR AFFAIRS ON THE EXQUISITE TERRIBLE MOTE OUR EARTH”. 4
The sailors bowed their heads in reverence. 5
The tops of their hats were faced with a yellow fabric.
8. acanui fluens, acanui stans
In her store in the alpine town of agalia
, the snow mother
offers provisions to passing pilgrims. 2
This store was once a place of worship for the bureaucratic sect that ruled in our realm. 3
Now she supplies pilgrims – diviners and sailors – on their journeys to the black rock and the snow-covered peaks of our land. 4
The snow mother stocks placards, sought after by diviners in their arcane pursuits. 5
A placard she once had said “acanui fluens, acanui stans
”, and this referred to two different but concurrent experiences of the child-goddess acanui
9. where the dark winds ever blow
Far beyond agalia
, on a high saddle, there is a place that sailors come to. 2
Deeply wearied by their journey, and only partly aware of the reason for their travel, they pause on this saddle and eat provisions purchased from the snow mother
Invariably they become aware of dark winds that blow incessantly over the saddle. 4
The winds chill them, yet they become further intent upon their pilgrimage. 5
A placard at the saddle reads “WHERE THE DARK WINDS EVER BLOW”.
There is a mountain pass by which our sailors must journey. 2
Some sailors have seen acanui
there, in her fleeting, or fluens
, form. 3
One said she trailed a placard reading “kenotic
1On his journey in the alpine region of cerebria, a sailor became disoriented. 2He took a path that led to a place cleared of snow. 3Here was a shelter, built in a time of obscurity. 4On the shelter was painted the word “EXILE”.
12. shied, abjured
“look for me in your next breath or your last”
– acanui speaks (after thunder perfect mind)
, in doorways, glimpsed then gone. 2
Waif-form ever moving.
Adept of elisions. 4
But for the curious, unseen. 5
Bereft, by losing all knows the vessel of all. 6
In windows of a shopfront in agalia
, placards reading “SHIED” and “ABJURED” were raised to her.
“how acanui is an unmoving pivot,
a weight that perpetually swings” – bridge to enchantment
“nuanced glittered luminous
clouded lunar feigned” – nocturne (for acanui)