Do you feel ready to make your first addition to the family chest, little goat? Your dad and I made it when we moved to Aseli.
A common tradition amongst the dwarves is to keep important keepsakes in a chest, which are kept for generations and generations. Over time, and with continued care, these keepsakes become relics which can help their families in small but not insignificant ways.
How many chests?Families often have several chests, accrued over time and relating to the migration patterns their families have seen through the ages. Families which have scattered and then reunited (decades, hundreds but sometimes thousands of years) will have many chests. Families who have seen few splits in their lines, or for whom few have ever returned to the family homestead will have few chests. When people move away from their clan and family's homestead, it is customary to give them at least one family relic to keep them safe and in good luck. Thus, even the newest chest holds important relics.
If you ever wanted to go back, little goat, you will take the chest with you. You should see the chest collection we have at home... So many memories inscribed on their walls!
A tradition beyond DwarvesIn most areas of Tiel where Dwarves are a majority, they are often not living in isolation, but rather, in companionship with the other Tielian races. In these areas, it is not uncommon for the other races to adopt the custom of maintaining a chest to place their families' keepsakes. Often, the strict dwarven adherence to making a chest of one's own is not kept, but rather a beautiful chest is bought.
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