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The Screaming Peaks


Shush child, or you too will find yourself screaming among the peaks.
— A father to his daughter
  A Linnh tale hundreds of years old— born from Hanviehl's isolation and the resulting lack of knowledge. The myth of the Screaming Peaks seeks to answer the question: Why do the mountains of Nipinoul scream?  

On Full Lungs

The Gokh who live among the imposing mountain peaks yodel to announce themselves in battle. However, as their homeland is generally inaccessible to those outside, few in the outside world knew of their existence until recent decades.   Those in Hanviehl, especially, as they themselves were isolated until recent years, too. As a result, the Gokh's existence has yet to become common knowledge to the Linnh who inhabit the coastal nation— leaving them to wonder in fear just what may be screaming atop those snow-capped peaks.

Gokh Reactions

Seldom few Gohk have ever visited Hanviehl— those who have however, have come in contact with the myth at some point.   Their responses vary, from laughter, to disappointment followed by a lecture on their culture, or even helping to perpetuate the myth themselves.  
You have nothing to fear, for you are not the ones going into battle. Whenever you hear those screams remember— lives will soon be lost.
— A Gokh warrior

And so it goes...

The most popular form of the myth goes as follows; children who scream too loudly are whisked away to the mountain peaks by the spirits of the mountains, who enjoy the sounds of children screaming. To them, this is music to their ears, and so, captured children are forced to scream until they eventually expire.  
Be careful, child, for if I were to lose you to those spirits— I could never live with myself.
— A parent to their child

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Jul 16, 2020 19:49 by R. Dylon Elder

"A Linnh tale of hundreds years old—" gonnanjust ask if you meany over instead of of. I got confused.     Oooo the screaming mountains. I like it. I have to say, in case I didn't say before, but it's oddly terrifying to imagine a warrior charging at me, brandishing the tools of death.... and yodelling. That gives me goosebumbs.     "Those in Hanviehl, especially, as they themselves were isolated until recent years as well." Something about this one seemed a bit off. I don't know if its a run on, but I felt it might be. Just pointing it out.   I like the myths that could be just parents trying to silence their children. It could be true, I mean, this is Qet after all, but it could go both ways. Well done. I alsondig this little spinning thing that opens the navigation. I have to work on mine and i thought it may be good to ask: HOW DO?

Jul 16, 2020 19:50 by R. Dylon Elder

Not a run on, psh. U know what I mean.

Jul 16, 2020 20:05 by Grace Gittel Lewis

Fixed both of those, thanks!   Glad you liked it! It's definitely not a true tale, though, it's just explaining something unexplainable to them. As for the sidebar, I can message you on discord w/ the selectors you need!

Jul 16, 2020 20:07 by R. Dylon Elder

Doooooo iiiitttt id love that. Thank you!

Jul 17, 2020 10:13 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I just noticed your spinny sidebar thanks to Dylon's comment. I could play with that all day. Wheeeee.   I love this article. The idea of yodelling in the mountains carrying down to the people below who are like "WTF the mountains are screaming" is great. I love that it's become something that parents use to frighten their children with, and I dare say a fair number of those parents believe what they're saying.   The Gokh finding this slightly amusing is great. :D

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Jul 17, 2020 17:01 by Grace Gittel Lewis

Thank you! I'll admit to playing with it a bit, myself, even.   Glad the idea jives! I've had it as a sticky note for like, a year now— simply asking "what on earth does everyone else think about that screaming from the mountains?" And, yes, a sizable number of parents do actually believe it!

Jul 18, 2020 17:39 by Stormbril

This is hilarious and well thought out, Time! I love the myth, and I also love the Gokh response to it. The fact that some of them perpetuate the myth too is just fantastic, hahaha.

Jul 18, 2020 21:16 by Grace Gittel Lewis
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