Chipping Tradition / Ritual in Cathrea | World Anvil


Chisel, chisel, chip away. Making art with joy and play! With hammer strong and steady hand, we bring our dreams to this big land!
— Kids chipping chorus

Long Lasting Street Art

Each summer, the children of Thorgea, either in groups or together with their parents wander towards the Thorgean mine entrances, chisel in hand, to grace the stone walls with new artwork.

The Arts and Crafts brought by Liberation

Chipping was first introduced into the Thorgean Culture after the Liberation from the Dryskhell Family 1104 AAP. When the queendom of Thorgea was freed from its tyrannical shackles, and turned into the country it is now, lots of traditions outside the Thorgean borders were discovered and adapted. One of these traditions, the street chalk the human children used in their spare time to draw in the very floor they walked on was fascinating to the Thorgean younglings. A few years went by, and the adapted version, the Chipping, was invented and became one of the most popular past times for kids.

They draw... a lot

Every day when walking past or into the mines, there is always at least one group per entrance, ornamenting it with their bizarre, simple, abstract, and sometimes even beautiful chiselwork. THe miners definitely don't mind the view, as they get to work every day greeted by a new set of flowers, suns, swords or shield. Some even take their breaks at the entrance to look through new artwork.

A yearly Family Tradition

Once a year, some, often traditional families will take their children to one such mine, and chip with them. During the chipping, they tell tales about the older days, the history, the hardships and the oppression suffered by the people, in a more lighthearted yet advisory manner. One you only really grasp once you're older. The bonding time during the annual Chipping is often described by the parents as almost magical, a true bonding experience.
Primary Locations
Mine/Cave Entrances
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Why we come here each year? Mainly to have fun, and maybe learn along the way!
— A father to some curious kids
Chipping Dwarf

Cover image: Chipped Mine Entrance by Midjourney


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Jul 28, 2023 10:42

Oh man, I remember chalking up the streets when I was a kid, so this definitely brought back some memories! Absolutely love how they have adjusted this weird chalk thing to something they're more familiar with and what a nice bonus for the miners being greeted with adorable artwork!   Keep up the good work! :D

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Jul 28, 2023 11:37

a truly wholesome experience :)

With the gears of the mind turning everlong, see what they produce in times old and new alike! Ignotas, Where Fog Turns Into Steam
Jul 28, 2023 19:20 by Haly the Moonlight Bard

I stopped and read this all over again because it's just so absolutely charming.

Jul 29, 2023 11:08

I'm glad you like it as much as I do, means a lot! :D

With the gears of the mind turning everlong, see what they produce in times old and new alike! Ignotas, Where Fog Turns Into Steam