The Four Treasures

December 18, 2008

Sorry for the flurry of brainstorm posts, but this game is bursting out of my head.

Reciting the chronicle requires a set of implements, the minimum for which includes the so-called “four treasures,” one key implement for each master representing a given nation. The four treasures are:

The argent pittance is a handful of small silver coins insufficient to buy passage to the Silver City on the moon. These are placed before the master that sits to the North, representing the Nation of Doors. Among the common people, specie of any kind is often substituted, including worthless slivers of tin crafted just for the purpose of reciting the chronicle.

A revel chalice is a wine vessel raised in celebration during the summer carnival at the great capital, Njaluwe-in-Dreams. This implement is placed before the master that sits to the South, representing the Nation of Dreams. Among the common people, a cup or bowel is often substituted, though even the most vulgar storytellers ensure that the implement can be distinguished from other drinking vessels on the table.

A gilt trowel is the ritual marker of a monk or nun from Most Beautiful Cage, the monastery of ghosts. This implement is placed before the master that sits to the West, representing the Nation of the Dead. Among the common people, a hand trowel or spoon is often substituted, though the most esteemed storytellers refuse to use any implement that has not buried at least one stubborn ghost.

A witching stave is the primary tool of fate workers, used to follow and untangle the lines of possibility that lead to the future. This implement is placed before the master that sits to the West, representing the Nation of Fate, the keepers of the sun. Among the common people, a cleaned wooden stick, writing brush, or pen is often substituted.

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