Distant Lands

Distant Lands

Inspired by the Earliest Historians at the Edges of the Known World
Inspired by the Earliest Historians at the Edges of the Known World
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Hyperborea

Hyperborea

         From a land beyond the home of Boreas, across the land of the one-eyed men and the gold-guarding griffins, and across Scythia, Macedonia and Thrace - young twin sisters traveled as emissaries to the Archipelago Nation.  Arriving at the sacred shrines of Delos, an island purged of graves where death and birth had been forbidden by the Delphic Oracle, the sisters came to the isle of Apollo's birth to honor Ilithyria, midwife to the Mother of the Sun, bringing olive trees to plant in her honor.

         The sisters never left the island, never left Delos or the Aegean, never saw their homeland again.  Hyperborea.  They themselves were the tribute, and the sisters remained to serve the sanctuary.  Years later when they died, all the youth of the island wrapped locks of hair around spindles, and planted them in the grove of olive trees grown full in the sisters' years of care.

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