The Last Expedition
My mo'awlar is going on his Last Expedition in two days. It has been a hard time for me. I don't like saying goodbye, and neither does my mo'awla'a. The destiny that he desires requires an early departure: He wants to see all the mountains of the Fire Ring, as well as the entire Mamnta before the end of his live, and he hasn't seen any so far. He is going to start at Dot. Tomorrow is his departure. I have collected colorful minerals for the entirety of the last three days.
For the entirety of the magmer history, knowledge was the most valuable thing ever for any magmer. Nobody knows who was the first to do so, but already in the late 300s, every magmer who makes peace with their own death goes onto his last expedition, to find a piece of knowledge that is yet unknown to the magmer population.
Choosing the DestinationWhen a magmer decides that the time has come for his last expedition, he decides on a place that he wants to go to. This place is usually a place that is extremely risky to make an expedition to, usually ending in death, since these are the places that the younger magmer usually do not want to do due to the risk of dying. Additionally, a magmer makes sure they actually die by choosing the right location to go to, if they want to initiate the farewell ritual.
Popular places are the inner sides of the volcanoes of the Fire Ring as well as the land behind the Mamnta in the West; both places that never a magmer came back alive from.
The Farewell RitualThe whole family of the leaving one collect some colorful minerals before the day of the farewell ritual. They are then drawing the birth symbol of the leaving one onto his home, as well as on the chest and backs of each other. The rest of the paint is used to write the birth symbols of all the family members on the leaving one's skin.
After that ritual, shortly before he leaves, the leaving one gets a couple of small gifts that are made by his children. These gifts are usually small enough to keep all of them in one hand, although they usually aren't, but instead are put into a box, which contains everything needed for the expedition.