The Wooden Horse

A memory of the past

This seemingly normal toy wooden horse is actually one of the most precious artefacts in the Seruic royal vault. It belonged to Robert Elenasia, one of the children the first settlers of Serukis lost during the Crossing.   The horse was carved for Robert when he was born by his grandfather, Henry, a tavernkeeper from Stillcross in Kaien. It is made from a single piece of wood and is quite rudimentary in shape. It has not been painted or decorated in any way, but it is still clearly a horse.   In 3830 EA, Robert Elenasia was ten years old when he embarked on the Crossing with the majority of his village, including his grandmother, parents, and younger brother. One month into the two month journey, Robert froze to death during the night, a fate that became sadly too common as the trip continued. Robert's parents were distraught, and terrified that they would lose their younger child as well. The wooden horse was kept close by his father, Reth, for the rest of his life.
Although, over a thousand years later, the emotional connection to the wooden horse has dimished for the Elenasia family, the toy is still kept in the vault with the rest of their greatest treasures. It serves as a reminder of the past and of the sacrifices their ancestors made for them to be where they are today.


Cover image: by Aditya Vyas

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27 Jul, 2021 22:25

Aw that's really sad! Poor Robert. The ancient settlers sacrificed a lot for their descendants to have better lives! D:

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28 Jul, 2021 01:23

Thank you! They really did. :(

28 Jul, 2021 01:34

Oh, so sad. Sweet too. I like how simple the article is, it's very easy to read.

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28 Jul, 2021 01:40

Thank you! <3

30 Jul, 2021 18:01

This is so sad, but I love the history of the item, and the different take on the prompt :)

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30 Jul, 2021 18:49

Thanks so much <3

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E. Christopher Clark
4 Aug, 2021 22:30

I adored this article. Feels like the perfect item and story for a Summer Camp-length article. Though I'm sure you (as author) may find things to correct or add to over time, I think this one is already pretty close to "done" (whatever done means for us author-types, who love to fiddle and fiddle and fiddle some more).

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5 Aug, 2021 09:58

Thanks so much, Chris <3

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
5 Aug, 2021 11:24

That's a really sad story :( nice of the family to keep it and still remember the story though :D

5 Aug, 2021 11:29

Thank you <3

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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
18 Aug, 2021 05:22

This is such a touching story. It is wonderful to see that after so much time past the toy horse is still kept as a family treasure.

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18 Aug, 2021 10:36

Thank you! <3

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R. Dylon Elder
25 Aug, 2021 22:51

Ohhhh. You got me with the kids... sad day. Oof. I cant even imagine. I definitely would have kept that horse and equally consider it a treasure. Oof. That hit hard. Well done.

26 Aug, 2021 22:52

Thank you! It hurt to write. :(

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