On the Sixteenth Day…’Q-16 and the Eye to All Worlds’ by A.A. Jankiewicz

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Q-16 and the Eye to All Worlds
Excerpt from the History of the Four Forces

By Puc Thanestorm

Ogaien

The matriarchal nomadic beings from the world of Salaorin known as the Ogaien are not a force to be underestimated, despite their limited use of weapons and technology. They should instead be as feared as the Minotaur of the Four Forces. They live in clans spread throughout the world, the largest conglomeration being in the Yasur Planes.
Ogaien stand between five and six feet tall. They are generally slender and humanoid in shape, but this is as far as their resemblance to human beings goes. Each Ogaien is covered in scales varying in colour depending on the region (mainly yellows, oranges and reds spilling into brown, though there have been other colorations such as green and purple). Their faces are reptilian, with large cat-slit pupil eyes varying in shades of green to gold and thick straight black hair worn in a variety of styles grows from the tops of their heads. Their life span is generally one hundred and thirty years, though there have been accounts of some Ogaien living up to two hundred, though these are rare, especially in times of war. It is far more honourable for an Ogaien to die in battle than of old age.
Upon maturing at age thirty, each Ogaien male and female is subjected to the Visium, a vision quest which is meant to show the subject what their weakness is, the logic behind this being that once one becomes aware of their weakness they will strive to overcome it and thus will not be overrun in battle because of it. This is done by entering the Temple of the Dragon Goddess located on the Yasur Planes and going into the cave tunnels, where one ingests the fumes of the mountain, being put to sleep in the quest. Upon waking and emerging from the cave, the candidate then carves a personalized spear from the core of an Ignibrite tree to commemorate their journey and to remind them of the lessons learned.
The Ogaien are a matriarchal society, each clan being looked over by a single “Mother,” all of whom are under the command of the Great Mother and high priestess of their chief deity, Tiamet. While both males and females coexist within the society, males have no say in any meetings, and can only advance as far as acolyte within the temple. Their primary roles are breeding partners and hunters.
Ogaien are also known for their breed of horses with flaming manes called Aiethon. Aside from their spears, this is their other most prized possession, and what made them a feared sight within the Four Forces.
The Ogaien believe themselves to be the children of the Goddess Tiamet, which is generally represented as an enormous red dragon with great bat wings. Their belief system states that they were born after Tiamet was wounded by the god Pioren, represented as a being made of clouds wielding a sword of thunder which he uses to pierce Tiamet’s belly. This is also the reason why females hold a higher standing within Ogaien society, females being believed to be the ones who hold the ability to give life, and so everything begins with them.
Education is overseen by the mother of each clan, and should higher education be desired by an Ogaien, they travel to the Temple where they can enter the priesthood to either remain at the temple upon completion of their training, or return to their clan as a healer.
Ogaien Map
Find out a bit more about the author…
A.A. Jankiewicz (known to most as Agnes) hails from the city of Pickering, Ontario. Her debut novel Q-16 and the Eye to All Worlds was published as part of her thesis project at Durham College as part of the Contemporary Media Design Program. Prior to that, she graduated from York University with a BFA in Film Theory, Historiography and Criticism. When she’s not busy plotting the next great adventure, writing, doodling, tinkering in the Adobe suite programs or mellowing out with her friends, she enjoys walks with her four-legged companion Meesha. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Q-16 series.
You can find out more at her Website or get in touch for a chat on Facebook and Twitter.

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3 Comments
  1. Ellouise 2 years ago

    Ogaeien peeps carving memorabilia knives n’shit after Viseium mission accomplished then riding off into the sunset on their rad, flame-headed horses.

  2. Kelly Marsden 2 years ago

    They carve a personalised spear from the core of a special tree.

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    Echo Fox 2 years ago

    Ellouise, congratulations!

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