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Tarot: Queen of Coins

A bare-breasted older woman sitting in the crook of a tree, looking out with a broad mischievous smile. She has a cloth sarong wrapped around her waist and a neck ornament made out of a chain of coins. Another web of coins hangs down from her waist. She has long, prehensile toes, red-orange hair in dreds, and she's holding an ornamental staff.
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T'noui is an elder of the Tirothi, a shapeshifting people from Karn. Their other form looks something like a triple-jointed lemur with fangs. They live on woven platforms high up in trees in the jungle. They're known for their gemwork and craftsmanship of all kinds, their love of sweet fruit, and their constant chatter.


This has been brought from the [personal profile] shashigai, the storytellers of Karn.

T’noui told us this story:
At one time the Tirothi had only the mother tree, and it was enough, because the Tirothi had no enemies. But the tribes became bigger and bigger, and the fruit trees did not increase, and people began to fight and do bad things to each other.
The elders of the villages did not know what to do, because many times one man would kill another, and say he had not done it.
At the same time, the tirothi discovered caves in the jungles, and in the caves there were all manner of things that were shiny and glowed when light was on them. These things were soft metals and gems, and the tirothi made many beautiful things, but they fought over them too, and one man would kill another and take his gems.

There was one man who was very greedy, and he killed many men, but no one saw him do it, so the elders could not control him.
This man followed a cave digger to his cave, and when the cave digger had dug up some gems, Sai’weree killed him and took the gems. And among the gems there was a crystal that was blue, and glowed blue even in the light.
The elders guessed what happened to Sai'weree, because some tirothi found him later, next to a young tree, and the tree and Sai'weree both had shards of the blue gem embedded in them.
Something Sai’weree had done caused the gem to explode, and Sai’weree was killed when the shards penetrated his body.
The elders said the gems and the tree were cursed, and that people should stay away from them. But two other men, their hearts hard with greed and their fangs full of poison, went to the tree to pry the gems out.
They were found by the tree the next day, frozen in the midst of a fierce fight. They were biting and clawing each other’s throats, and lust and greed was still visible in their eyes.

The elders had the men removed to the mother tree, and after much discussion they declared the tree to have judged the men on behalf of the mother.

After that men were given a choice regarding wrongdoing. They could confess, try their case with the elders, or spend the night in the judgment tree. Only the pure of heart and the innocent would survive – the greedy and the guilty would be found the next day, dead and frozen.

The tree lives to this day, and from time to time a branch breaks off, and it is found to contain a shard of the crystal. These are made into pendants for the elders and the holy ones, for it is said that when one is not worthy to lead, the pendant will call demons to judge them and send them to the mother tree.


Aeclectic.com on the Queen of Pentacles (Coins).

 

Comments

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avalon_storm
Jun. 8th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
The card is very beautiful! And thank you for sharing the story; may it be received as it was told.
pyraxis
Jun. 12th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Oh I really like that blessing. Thank you!
arielmn
Jun. 9th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
Very lovely
pyraxis
Jun. 12th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
:)
livejournal
Aug. 27th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
The Sky Alone My Partner
User shashigai referenced to your post from The Sky Alone My Partner saying: [...] for one of the characters I thought would be a minor character. Even before painted T'noui [...]
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