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The Lexiconne  (Topics: 5 - Posts: 38)
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B - being the second letter of the alphabet.
Posted by Cowboy Dec 7, 2006, 20:30

Bassarian Sea, The


The body of water in which our lord Bluron has seen fit to raise the island on which our great and glorious city-state rests, is known as the Bassarian Sea after the Bassarian Empire, the greatest military and economic power on the continent of Cha'hesnu and second only to our own nation in civilization and sophictication - although, of course, a distant second. By use of Agorascopia, our people alone have managed to accurately map the Bassarian sea, and understand its dangerous waters and its treacherous weather conditions thus allowing us almost complete dominion of this watery realm. The water of the Bassarian sea is, indeed, our nation's lifeblood.

The Bassarian Sea is our city-state's most important resource. Not only for the fishes, which it has in abundance (especially our people's beloved Bassarian Sea Herring) and its many pearl-filled oysters and the plentiful amounts of amber that it continues to wash up upon our shares. No, all these pale in significance compared to the rich trade tariffs that we impose upon merchants sailing here, that they may be safe from pirates knowing that they are protected by the mightiest and most technologically superior fleet of war-galleys on all the seas and oceans. Particularly our famous Fenandzan Fire Quadremes strike awe and terror into those who would prey upon honest traders in the Bassarian - or those who wish to refuse us our fair pay for our zealousness in keeping the sea safe.

See also:
Agorascopia
Cha'hesnu
Fire Quadremes, Fenandzan


Posted by Monika Dec 7, 2006, 21:17

Bluron, Church of


The institutionalized religion of the majority population as well as the minority Hobling population of our city state. The divinity materialized itself by the rising of the lord Bluron from the Bassarian Sea and offering fish to the local population, the disciples of Bluron the Crusader. They were thus annointed and became the first Bluron priesthood. They formed a mystical sect that later gave birth to the Church of Bluron.

The consacration ceremony of annointing young men of the majority population as well as Hoblings of all three sexes with fish is practiced until this day.

The Arch-Pontifex of the Church of Bluron is called the holy Gaaa which means "oh mama" in anicent Ceh'o and issues encyclicas containing all current truths of faith and anathemas. An encyclica is valid for 34 years. Then a new Gaaa is elected from the community of priests in a conclave lasting 34 hours corresponding to the recitation of 34 Bluric prayers. The Gaaa also issues the Ann which is a coin of crucial economic, symbolic and spiritual importance in our city-state.

The Church of Bluron is engaging in neverending disputes with the Zaah patriarchs about the nature of the universe and the origin of the Bassarian Sea.

Ann
Bassarian Sea
Ceh'o
Gaaa, the Holy
Hoblings
Zaah


Posted by Carduus Dec 8, 2006, 17:40

Bluron


The god that walked among men and founder of the City-State of Bluro-Fenandzio also known as Bluron the Crusader.
The legens says that "the divinity materialized itself by the rising of the lord Bluron from the Bassarian Sea and offering fish to the local population", but historical sorces now belive he was born at the small island of Il on the coast of Bluro-Fenandzio by a human mother.

The child god preformed wonders such as call on the fishes of the ocean so the starving island population could get fed even thou the boats where wrecks after a storm.
He left the island as a young man, his morher is said to have warned him from showing his real self but when he came to the port of the nameless village that later become Bluro-Fenandzio and saw the hunger and powerty he called upon the fishes of the ocean and they followed him up on the shore. After that he claimed it to be a wonder and stated that he was a man of luck and all his life he tried hard to be seen as a man but his disciples, mostly clerks from the fogloitc tribes that had become soldiers to fight with him against the Machine Gods worshiped him from the day he become thier leader.
His disciples later found prof for his divineextraction, using alchemic rituals.
After Blurons mystical disappearance and sightings of a shining parade carriage rushing over the ocean sky they founded the Church of Bluron to preach the way and wisedom of Bluron.

See also

island of Il
Church of Bluron
fogloitc tribes


Posted by Igelkotten Dec 8, 2006, 18:48

Bledobe


The Bledobe is a semi-mythical beast that once inhabited the fair isles around the Bassarian sea in great numbers, but is now believed to be all but extinct.

In common folklore, the Bledobe was a terrible beast, a big black bat-like monster, the size of a large dog or small pony that devoured cattle, men and hoblings alike. It was described as being "of black countenance, with thick leathery wings of great span, issuing forth a series of gibberous, nay, squamous, shrieks of the most unholy nature, being also the source of a stink much filthy, as from a rotten sewer" by an anonymous hobling chronicler-therapist.

Especially the Hobling population feared the Bledobe, telling stories of how they descended in great numbers on their poor victims, beating them senseless with their trashing wings and then devouring the eyes, tongues and sometimes supposedly even the brains (through the ears) of their victims. Similar stories were told by human rustics, too, as well as those of academia who should know better, but wished to pander to the base fears of the uneducated in order to further their own gloria.

The Bledobe being supposedly a creature of great evil and chaos, it could not suffer to be in any place of goodness and just order. Therefore, the hobling population built their houses with so-called armalic windows, windows that concentrated the light of the star Neb´kehla, which was considered a source of good and divine purity. Indeed, the starlight thus concentrated was reputedly strong enough to set the beast on fire with holy flame.

It is this last phrase that contains the key to solving the mystery of the "terrible beast".

The Bledobe was nothing else but a certain species of moth-bat, native to certain habitats on the islands surrounding our great City-State. It was adapted to a life mostly in dark caves, but not in the fashion of most animals dwelling in like habitats. Most animals living thusly soon abandon sight as unsuitable, and gain instead in other senses, such as hearing or smell. The Bledobe, however, developed a hyper-sensitive sight, able to use the faintest trace of light. They also had large wings, for flying -or rather, gliding, but also for an unique purpose: All evidence points to the Bledobe being able to control the pigmentation and colouration of it's wings, as a means of communication with other Bledobes, much after the fashion of an octupus, as reported by the great naturalists who have made it their calling to study the life maritime.

The alteration of the colouration of it's wings apparently demanded a certain effort on the part of the little Bledobe, and apparently taxed the supply of essential salts in their body. Thus, the creatures were constantly on the hunt for saline water to drink, in order to replenish their salts. They therefore liked to drink from the tear-ducts and corners of the mouth of cattle, and probably also from sleeping peasants and the like, thus giving rise to the tall tales of them devouring peoples' eyes.

When the Bledobe was struck by strong light, it's hypersensitive eyes were blinded, and easily enough permanently. It also appears that it's wings were so sensitive to strong light, that they grew exceedingly brittle in the presence of it, and tore themselves to pieces. In the process of doing so, the wings released their store of essential salts and light-sensitive compounds as they broke down, giving rise to fantastic patterns as the salts splattered in their death-throes.

This was also to be their undoing. These fantastic patterns were noticed by scrupolous merchants, who callously decided to make use of them for monetary gains. In fini, they suspended Bledobes over sheets of sea-silk and then shone various strong lights at them, killing or maiming the bledobes terribly, and producing marvellous and macabre patterns on the fabric, which was then cut up and sold as ladies' shawls and sometimes even undergarments, something that was very much the height of fashion some seven or eight decades ago. ( see also the article Dress and Fashion ) The fashion-craze for the patterned shawls led to an extensive and merciless hunt for the Bledobes, never numerous to begin with. Soon, the harmless moth-bats were hunted to extinction. There have been later reports of Bledobe sightings, but none confirmed.

A sad reflection on the power of vanity and superstition, not just among the common classes, but also among those who ought to know better.

See also:

Armalic windows

Dress and Fashion

Neb´kehla, the star

Sea-silk, fabric


Posted by Monika Dec 9, 2006, 17:17

Brasq square


Brasq square in our famous city is well known for its miraculous fountains, materializing and disappearing at random. The record high number of 34 fountains existing simultaneously has been noted some years ago. Usually you can count on observing 2-3 fountains on the square. They sometimes change color and in particularly windy weather a soft melody can be heard from some of them.

The scriptures of Zaah describe their pattern of materialization and desappearance as not random at all, but following the mystical rythm of the Bassarian sea, symbolized by the hunting cries of the Bledobe

Bledobe


Zaah


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