Casildo's Lament

Historical Details

Background

Casildo Imam was a geologist working in a ravine north of the Rinzeremel Mountains at the edge of the Muioqa Desert on the day of The Cataclysm. The ravine saved him from the initial blast, but the seismic shock opened up the ground beneath him creating a chasm nthat widened almost contantly for weeks with seismic activity. Such activity is recorded by a journal kept by Casildo as well as records kept by the Pewamro who were also caught in the chasm.   While these individuals were spared death in the initial blast, the radiation and fallout from the blast tainted water and began making changes to their DNA. These changes resulted in rapid mutations, particularly after a wound had healed. Over time, the mutations were such that survivors were misshapen, with skin ranging from flaky and dry to having a leathery or reptilian appearance.   Those who survived the blast also had to manage their resources very carefully, working through the The 30-Year Winter and its cold on the surface and avoiding the roiling lava flow at the bottom of the chasm.   Casildo wrote this letter to his wife as a farewell. It is unlikely she survived the initial blast.

History

The letter was given to one of the Pewamro by Casildo before he died. He asked them to hold onto it until they saw someone from the surface. The promised him to do so, and the letter remained in their possession until nearly 700 years later. At that time, explorers from the surface came upon the chasm by accident. The Pewamro gave the explorers the letter, although by this time its history was lost to them.   The letter was returned to Orsholon City, and is now kept in the Royal Archives. Occasionally, it is brought out for the Festival of Tonoos, in remembrance of those who perished in The Cataclysm.

Public Reaction

Most see the letter as a last outreach from a husband to his wife, a missive written to express his grief and fears, and his longing to be with her. Of course, there are the cynics who point out that if he had stayed home, he would not have ended up in the chasm, but this is usually discounted as unnecessary cynicism, as he would also have perished with her.
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Text, Letter
Medium
Paper
Authoring Date
3394 BTG
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22 Jul, 2021 18:06

Ok, first. This is so good! Loving this to pieces. You cover so much in so short a block. I need a "jusrtight" emote here.   Now for feedback and things I saw:

  • "creating a chasm nthat widened" ... looks like you've got a stray 'n' on 'that' in that sentence.
  • personal preference here... "chasm nthat widened almost contantly for weeks " I would have said "chasm that widened steadily for weeks" but that's just me.
  • "While these individuals were spared death in the initial blast, the radiation and fallout from the blast tainted water" me? I'd drop the second use of 'blast' to have a sentence with a harder punch.
  • That's really all I have! I mean I just love this, Kahuna! I rate it a solid 5 slabs of Dwarven Bacon!

    — The wolf of Tales of Justice, Creator of Legends of Elohey, Star Wars: Shards, Fiven Chronicles and more!
    23 Jul, 2021 15:07

    Awesome feedback! Seems I need to spell check...ergh. And some great suggestions as well. How was the letter itself?

    Kahuna the Elder aka Leo - www.kahunatheelder.com Creator of Arnathia
    23 Jul, 2021 15:17

    Honestly? Fantastic. Just fantastic. The historical account of the article is good and really sets the stage. The letter itself was just riveting for me.

    — The wolf of Tales of Justice, Creator of Legends of Elohey, Star Wars: Shards, Fiven Chronicles and more!
    23 Jul, 2021 18:02

    Oh, gosh, thanks!

    Kahuna the Elder aka Leo - www.kahunatheelder.com Creator of Arnathia
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    Laura VanArendonk Baugh
    5 Aug, 2021 01:50

    Aw, this is sad and sweet and intriguing all at once. Good work. :)

    12 Aug, 2021 14:23

    Thank you so much! Since that's what I was going for - I'll call it a success!

    Kahuna the Elder aka Leo - www.kahunatheelder.com Creator of Arnathia
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