Purpose / Function
When one thinks of a tuskin monolith, they think of the two sharp-angled pillars composing it. Narrowest at their top and smoothly varying away from each other as they ascend.
One-Headed PriestsTravelling priests who preach to people in distant lands on either side of the Bad Step. They are more known for conducting public sermons to small crowds, particular at the foot of a monolith. These priests are far less adorned than their higher ranked brothers; sporting no additional skulls on their hip or shoulders, save the one containing their eyes. Individual priests would often camp out near the old pillars if it is far away from an established settlement to treat with passersby and pilgrims.
Hazards & Traps
Falling FragmentsOne ever present danger are shard pieces of the structure falling off at random and impaling people below. As a result, no one is allowed to build private structures in the immediate vicinity.
FallingOne fear that has never occurred near a populated area is that there could be a serious fracture that causes the top of half of a monolith to crash onto the land below it.
Temperature ManagementThe vast majority of the step's monoliths are made up of mostly hot-rock, especially at the base. With their phenomenal property of transferring heat from some great source under the mountain, they act as an efficient heat shield to the the Cold Swamp's fridged temperatures. Dispersing the cold and making habitation possible.
Carrier CatchersSome monoliths have be retrofitted with strong lashes, anchors and hoisters to park, load and unload the carriers as operated by Oztomecintli. There is always an uproar in Hajjinis, and with practitioners of the quinametzin faith, whenever they hear of plans to deface the monoliths in this way.
Replacing heritage for inheritance
As far as we can tell, there is no intention to the monoliths' construction. However, the fact that the basic shape and outline reoccurs several times at or near the precipice of Bad Step's many summits leaves many to believe that they were somehow intentional.
Much like all times before and since, the Gods have made and remade men as often as they have made and remade the sun. With the dying of the Red Sun; Ehecatl, the Crippled One, was raised to the Violet Sun to take Tlaloc's place. And in his honor, the new men were shaped from corn and they flourished. But as before; when a sun dies, calamity strikes the earth be it fire, wind or quakes. For the end of the Red Sun Era; there was a tremendous crack across the sky which then mirrored the land.
Quinametzin PilgrimsObservers of quinametzin view it as their mission to visit the monolith closest to them.
cavern cities like with Hajjinis, Chu-Caan or Yulyult to avoid undue stress and as an opportunity to conduct other business.
Natural EnvironmentOn the other hand, certain pilgrims say that it is a spiritual journey and that the difficulty in getting there is essential. So they prioritize the smaller ones out of the beaten path.
- Carrier Catchers
- Hot-Rock Pillars
- Tuskin Shards
- Piranha Teeth
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