Cairn

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There are cairns located in all but one room on the Road of the Sun, the outermost road in the northeast quarter of the city of Djelibeybi.

Each cairn is also accompanied by fresco on the wall next to it.

Description

A cairn looks like this:

A small cairn has been built here to honour the glory of <Deity>.  It is made of a number of well-chosen stones formed into a pyramid, leaning against the frescoed city wall.  Disturbing the structure is likely to incur the wrath of the deity whom the cairn is dedicated to.

Searching

Searching can indeed be dangerous, often all you get for your trouble is:

In searching around the cairn you incur the wrath of the Pharaoh.
A bolt of lightning flies from the sky and strikes you.

If you disturb a cairn during the daytime you will get hit by a lightning bolt.

This can do up to at least 1000 or so hitpoints of damage, although the exact amount varies somewhat.

The damage is nearly completely absorbed by a plague of assassin bugs, leaving only about 20 hp of damage.

This also damages any hat you are wearing, seemingly even if the damage is otherwise absorbed.

It also counts as an attack against Chrenedict's Corporeal Covering, adding to the count before it breaks even though it doesn't seem to absorb any of the damage.


Or you can get a boon in the form of the effects of a Bless ritual:

In searching around the cairn you feel somehow closer to Preema and the Djelian pantheon.
You feel the benevolent attention of a higher being.

Searching the same cairn and getting another bless from the same God extends it:

In searching around the cairn you feel somehow closer to Yay and the Djelian pantheon.
The benevolent attention of the higher being has been extended.


Sometimes it just does nothing.

You search around the cairn but find nothing.


What outcome you get might possibly be influenced by some faith skills, your alignment versus the deity's preferred alignment, the closeness with the time of day depicted in the fresco or possibly nothing but randomness. research

Cairn gods

These are the gods that have cairns on the Road of the Sun, starting from just northeast of the Ephebian Embassy off the Square of Ancestors near the Palace until just before the crossroads by Djelibeybi's Harbour Gate.

Pharaoh

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

Spanning the entire length of the city wall from the palace to the Hubwards Gate, a long fresco adorns the inside of the city wall.
At this part of the fresco, the pharaoh of Djelibeybi can be seen silhouetted against the skyline of the Djel river valley performing the Invocation of the New Sun.

Preema

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

Spanning the entire length of the city wall from the palace to the Harbour Gate, a long fresco adorns the inside of the city wall.
Here, the fresco depicts Preema, Goddess of the New Dawn as She sings in the dawn.  Her enchanting suprasoprano audible only to the birds, who join in the morning chorus as the sun rises over the Circle Sea.

Aakt

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

Spanning the entire length of the city wall from the palace to the Hubwards Gate, a long fresco adorns the inside of the city wall.
The fresco here depicts Aakt, the Ibis God of the Morning as He carries the sun across the sky.

Yay

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

Spanning the entire length of the city wall from the palace to the Hubwards Gate, a long fresco adorns the inside of the city wall.
At this point in the fresco, the sun is depicted as it is described in the Book of Staying in the Pit as the Eye of Yay, toiling across the sky each day in His endless search for his toenails.

Thrrp

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

Spanning the entire length of the city wall from the Palace to the Hubwards Gate, a long fresco adorns the inside of the city wall.
Here, the fresco features Thrrp, Charioteer of the Sun, steering His celestial chariot across the morning sky.

Nesh

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

Spanning the entire length of the city wall from the palace to the Hubwards Gate, a long fresco adorns the inside of the city wall.
The fresco here depicts Nesh, in whose sky bubble the world is contained.  The painting is of the world from the inside of the bubble looking up at the sky, seeing Nesh through the soap bubble and the sun as a hole in the bubble through which can be seen Nesh's fiery realm.

Jeht

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

Spanning the entire length of the city wall from the palace to the Hubwards Gate, a long fresco adorns the inside of the city wall.
The fresco here is of Jeht, Boatman of the Solar Orb steering the barque of the sun across the sky.  The sun is here, pictured in its least round state of the whole of the fresco.

Gil

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

Gil, the Mother of the Sun, is pictured in the fresco here, tears falling down Her sorrowful face, as She watches Her precious charge float away across the sky towards noon in its basket of tar and reeds.

Room with no cairn

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

The frescos along the Road of the Sun depict many varied and contradictory aspects of the belief systems of the people of Djelibeybi.  The image here has to be the most outlandish and hardest to believe of them all.
The sun is painted as a mass of incandescent gas orbiting the world.  The world is shown as a colossal disc, which rests on the shoulders of four elephants, which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle swimming across the cosmos.

Scrab

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

The city wall has been covered in plaster and had a fresco painted on it while the plaster was still wet.
The fresco is of a Djelian skyline with the sun, high overhead, being rolled across the sky by Scrab, Pusher of the Ball of the Sun.

Sessifet

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

The city wall has been covered in plaster and had a fresco painted on it while the plaster was still wet.
The fresco at this point depicts one of Djelibeybi's younger deities, Sessifet carrying the sun across the sky, balancing the great celestial orb on Her head.

Ptrik

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

The city wall has been covered in plaster and had a fresco painted on it while the plaster was still wet.
Here, the fresco is of Ptrik, the Grasshopper-Headed God of Entertainers.  The upper half of Ptrik can be seen beyond the edge of the world, juggling the sun, the moon and stars and keeping all the heavenly lights in their rightful place.
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Nept

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

The wall has been painted with an extravagant fresco.  Here, the fresco has just one subject, the Sky Goddess Nept whose body forms the sky.  The sun, moon and all heavenly bodies are painted onto parts of Her colossal anatomy.

Vut

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

The fresco here is of Vut, Dog-Headed God of the Evening, standing on the cliffs on the south side of Djelibeybi calling down the sun from the sky.

Teg

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

The fresco painted on the city wall at this point is of Teg, the Horse Headed God of Agriculture as He reaps His daily crop.  The sun is shown as the head of a flower, which Teg is in the process of cutting down with His sickle.

What

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

On the city wall has been painted a large fresco of What, the Sky Goddess in the process of eating the great orange sun as She does every evening in accordance with the scrolls of Knot.  The scrolls also tell that What saves one pip in time to grow a fresh sun for next morning.

Khefin

The details of the fresco of this deity looks like:

Khefin stands, one face facing northwards towards the pale blue frescos of the sun in the day's sky, and the other face facing southwards where the fresco is painted with a dark night sky and beyond that the Harbour Gate of the city.

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