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Temporal Bindings

"...and the things they wrap themselves in. It boggles the mind. It's the sort of thing you'd see in a top-rated house of ill repute - or so I'm told - and yet they walk around as if it's the sort of thing any decent person would do."  
— Extract from Travelling To Victory: An Exploration of Victalis System
by Peacekeeper V'Kly


Temporal bidings come from a story popular within the Clebveth Pantheon. It's not clear how true this story is, but it's a nice tale that explains some of the cultural relevance.  

The Story of Time

There was once one who knew they were only one. They looked out at the world and saw many and knew that they were only one and could not face many. They watched time fly by and feared the speed with which it travelled and the obliviousness of it to the plight of one and others like one.   It was then that the God of Soon saw the one. They took pity on them and spoke to them. "You do not need to worry about the speed at which time passes. I am the God of Soon and that is my area to worry about." Then they gave one some rope. "Tie this around you and it will help keep you in Now." Then the god left.   The one wrapped the ropes around them and tied them tight. They focused on the ropes and the feel of them biting into their skin, and it stopped them from worrying about the future and time and everyone else.


Bindings of this kind are designed to protect the Clebveth from their own thoughts and the anxiety that comes from experiencing an existential crisis. The following are the most common among the Clebveth:  
  • recognising the insignificance of their own existence in the face of an infinite and ever-expanding universe as
  • facing the futility of life when placed in the context of an invariable and inevitable death which will always come sooner than anyone wishes
  • understanding of the slow and steady passage of time which marches ever forward without consideration for those forced to move with it
  They wrap the bindings tightly around either a part of their body or their whole body, usually under clothes, almost to the point of pain. They believe it ties them to the here and now, protecting them from worrying about anything that their immediate situation.

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Culture Clebveth, Clebveth Pantheon, Peacekeeper
Locations Celebrate, The Victalis System, Peacekeeper Territories
Item type
Religious / Ritualistic


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