Friday 29 September 2023

Hex Crawl 23 #257: Meadows of Nahlu

Seven hexes northwest, five north of Alakran.

 In these fields, having passed through heights and downward courses from its precarious existence in the eastern plain, the river Nahlu-Galal becomes steadier, richer, better supplied from a wide watershed, and prepares to receive its downstream name of Kathithi as it passes between the gods and the human rulers of the Petitioners of Fate.

This is a pleasant stretch where the river floods in the rainly season and waters abundant grasses, much appreciated by the herders who sally forth from the eastern suburbs of Eryptos and from the village of Kin-Yan. As we have learned, livestock tend to be spooked by the great colossi. But the herders around here know another remedy. If a young beast is taken to the water as it flows between Hurru's feet and those of the mighty god-emperor Hurzak, and drinks from it, it will have no fear of any of the giant. Thus in lambing and kidding season the herders make of the rite a week-long festival, with stalls selling food and drink, and jocular contests of rivalry, verbal and physical, between those dwelling east and west of the Petitioners.

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