“Autumn” is the Eckian name for a short, popular poem. Though instances of it are known to exist in thirteen distinct languages, literary archaeologist Go Ledan Howzer has asserted that the earliest instance is to be found in Suel Lio’s massive salvage of poetic works, “Before We Could Speak”, dating from sometime in the three Darkening centuries before the Sundering. Howzer attributes the original Eckian-language piece to Lansing Bar Miller, a poet known only from Suel Lio’s incomplete collection, which was itself recovered from the ruins of the port city Braddock Cliffs on the eastern portion of Third Hardon’s single huge continent, Eck. The four verse piece is known in its entirety.

Warm breezes hush-hushed in the reddening

leaves of the tellander, and on the ground pumpkins plumpen and swell up their hard rinds.

The last bustle of these somber sounds,

under a broken moon it’s harvest-time, the early stirrings of winter’s stillness.

The pumpkins plumpen and swell one last time,

grind the tellander, and warm the tillis, again redden the skins of the hush-hushed.

The rhythm of living descended into the crackling beat of the hearth fire.

Having come, Winter said, now you will play my drums.

The Hardonian Primate Jal-Vayu has asserted that the “tellander” and “tillis” are outdated taxonomical references to holly pet and sugar cane. If so, this would indicate that these particular crops, along with pumpkins, would have been cultivated since before the Sundering, making them the earliest verified cultigenic plant species.

  • contributed by Shishil Doon Crow


Sealed Texts of the Sundered Age GordianPhock