Sailor Farewells

Don't get eaten by a dariga
— Common sailor's farewell
  As it is to be expected, sailors conform a big portion of the workforce in the Haan Archipelago.
These hardy people travel from island to island as merchants, traders and fisherfolk, transporting crews of migrants, tourists and workers, keeping or putting at risk the safety of their country's coasts.
Over time, the archipelago's sailors built their own culture around their shared life experiences and their similar hardships.   A big portion of it circles around the dangers of the sea, with sailors being unfortunately all too used to losing friends and coworkers to the maws of the water.   In response to this life of danger and comradery, all across the islands' seas they share and respect traditions, superstitions and ceremonies to avoid these dangers, and to honour the folk that still fell to them.

Preparing for the voyage


En Route


Farewells to the lost ones

Dariga by NaelĂ­n

Titan of the sea

The dariga, the biggest living creature known to societarians, is one of the sources of terror in the seas.
The impressively big creature is known to shoot itself out of water, jaws open, and fall on the decks of smaller ships to tear them apart and eat crews out of their wooden guts.
They have even been known to team up to take down bigger ships on an effort that seems disproportionate to the reward.   As such, darigas are sometimes used as a representation of the seas' cruelty on itself, and are featured in many of the sailor's rituals surrounding death.

Cover image: Dariga by Naelin


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