Aurya ir-Aessus

A severed family

 
You stay close to me, they won't notice it
— Aurya
  Aurya is a middle aged makarid belonging to the lineage of Aessus.   In their community in southern Kithanda, they were a renowned artisan and miyik specialized in wooden carvings and in the recording of the clan genealogy in carved walking sticks.   Seven years ago, while expecting their second child, they were captured and enslaved with all their family including their human husband and their toddler.   Despite their attempts at hiding the newborn and the lack of resonance ability of their spouse, first one, then the other were sottracted to them and sent to an unnknown fate.   Pushed by the desire to spare the remaining child from a life in slavery and the hope of finding their loved ones still alive, they started to secretly save fragments and dust of Nezil and include them inside rudimentary weapons built out of scrap material.   This went unnoticed to the eyes of the mining company supervisors, but not to those of the fellow resonators, who started to help in their effort of collecting the fragments and any broken utensil that could have been repurposed. Soon, what started as a single person plan to escape slavery, became the seed of an armed rebellion among the makarids trapped in the Sphatikhana mines.   Aurya, with the help of other miyiks from various clans, in secret taught the Dragon's chants to every makarid in the mines and built enough magically enhanced weapons to arm all the adults among them and most of the oldest children.  

A fight for freedom

 
Keep the children behind!
— Aurya
  In the summer of 1373, the 78 Resonators of Sphatikhana mines started chanting speed enhancing litanies instead of their basic detecting ones and charged towards the exit of the mines sparing little mercy to those on their path.   Keeping the children in the middle of the group, Aurya and the other miyiks led the rebellion towards the promised freedom.   They found little resistance until the exit where they were confronted by the company's mercenaries and three of them fell dead, while about 30 were recaptured to be sold back into slavery.   Wounded at an arm, Aurya was last seen escaping the scene of the battle with their child, but they disappeared from the records of any makarid house from that point onwards. Their whereabouts are currently unnknown, but it's assumed by many that they are in hiding under a different name to escape potential revenge.   The legacy of their intuition of using the shared knowledge of the makarids families and their resonating abilities, carries on in the numerous revolt attempts that are currently spreading in the whole continent.
Aurya
by Simo Mereu with Artbreeder
Children


Cover image: by Thom Milkovic

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This article is in response to TJ Trewin's prompt #46 from his 400 Worldbuilding Prompts


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18 Jul, 2022 13:31

Amazing! I love the detail of recording of the clan genealogy in carved walking sticks, too :)


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18 Jul, 2022 18:21

It is something I have planned to write more about and it's very crucial in the cultural environment of the makarids. I think I might use the tradition prompts to introduce it.

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LexiCon (WordiGirl)
15 Aug, 2022 05:26

Hi there! You may not know me, but I am the sponsor of the Great Leader of Their People Summer Camp Prompt this year! Since you wrote this article, I would like to know, would you mind me reading it aloud on my Twitch channel this week? I have a lot to get through so it helps to do it live while people watch. I've scheduled to go live at 8am and 8pm Eastern Time every weekday. If you join and comment, I can go over your article right then and there! If you'd like to coordinate a specific date, let me know. If you aren't able to make it (or don't want to be present live), you can also always watch streams after the fact on my YouTube channel   BUT, if the answer is NO because you'd rather I not, it's okay! Not agreeing to be streamed definitely does not put you at any disadvantage for winning in my eyes. Please respond swiftly by replying here (make sure to click REPLY under my comment or I won't be notified), message me on my World Anvil profile page, Discord, or anywhere else you find me online.   Thanks again! Whatever you choose, God bless and much success! <3

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18 Aug, 2022 22:20

Hi! Sorry I didn't check my notifications for a few days. I can't promise to be able to catch you on stream because I'm on holiday and my schedule is all over the place and depends on what the family chooses to do any given moment. If you need material, anyway, feel free to read my article. I'll try at least to catch up on some episodes on youtube. Good luck!

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LexiCon (WordiGirl)
19 Aug, 2022 02:27

No worries. Sorry you won't be able to make it live but I appreciate the response and the permission! <3 Have a blessed holiday!

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LexiCon (WordiGirl)
19 Aug, 2022 15:05

Hi there. I pray all is well. I went over your article today. Here's the link for the replay if you'd like to take a look. If not, no worries at all. Please note that I almost accidentally started reading the next article but then I actually went back to talking about your article, so you may want to stay tuned for a moment after I get done reading because I almost forgot to give feedback on it! Sorry, I got distracted and I had quite a lot going on, but I pray it was helpful advice though a bit delayed. I apologize for that but thanks again for allowing me the honor! Have a blessed one. <3

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