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Yar Bone Gavels

 

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A revered Yar elder, sitting in judgement

 

     “Wisdom is born of a strong mind. It is more practical than philosophy, agh goes beyond mere knowledge. It is the ability for right living, common sense, wit, resolution of life’s problems, agh success beyond material gain.” - From The Contemplations of Malog, V. 1

Acquisition

    Since its founding in Anthos, the Yar Clan has been respected for its pursuit of wisdom -- understanding of life; acquisition of truth; soundness of judgement. As such, no weapon could better symbolize the virtue of Orcish wisdom than the Yar Bone Gavel. As the name would imply, these are hammers made of bone. In the Yar Clan, bones are regarded as a symbol of uprightness, integrity, and honor; however, not just any old bones will do for these instruments. Even among Yars, no orc will waste his time on a purely ornamental weapon. They must be strong and hard, taken from great beasts. 

 

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     Furthermore, these gavels must be earned. A hammer made of bone being carried around by some fresh Yar recruit will not be recognized as a true bone gavel and is heavily discouraged, as doing so is comparable to boasting over nonexistent achievements. When a member of the Yar Clan is recognized by his Wargoth as an orc of wisdom and experience, he is granted the right to create his own gavel. First, he must find a suitable source of material. No delicate or brittle bones will do, so only creatures of great size and power will prove adequate. For example, mammoths, trolls, or mighty jormun basilisks would be considered viable options.

 

    When a desirable target has been chosen, the Yar must either hunt the beast himself or take part in a group hunt for said beast. Regardless, he is not permitted to send others on his behalf. To use the bones of a creature he neither killed nor assisted in killing would be a colossal disgrace worthy of nothing less than the Yar Rite of Harrowing. Yars may not be so well-known as the Lurs for their hunting prowess, but bone gavels are for those willing to undergo the perils to earn them.

 

    Now, while the Yar in question must acquire the bones by his own effort, not all orcs are gifted in the arts of weaponsmithing. He may craft it himself, if he possesses the talent, or he may seek out a smith of any clan to craft it for him. Either way, a Yar’s gavel must reflect the user. For example, Clanfather Malog’s hammer, the cunning workmanship of Mûrak’Gorkil, is designed to simultaneously inflict pain on both the opponent and the wielder.

 

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Cultural Significance

 

    More than just a weapon, the Yar Bone Gavel is a clan symbol surrounded in ritual.

 

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Judgement and Enumeration: As a clan which values wisdom, a good Yar must have good judgement. He must be able to discern right from wrong and guilt from innocence. When the Wargoth or an elder of the clan sits in judgement on such matters, he will naturally have his bone gavel present as a symbol of authority and wisdom. When the clan or an individual from within the clan has been wronged in a number of ways, the banging of the gavel will commonly be used to count the crimes of the accused. These may not always be formal events, however. One who has made himself known as an enemy of the Yars may find himself woken in the middle of the night by the dreadful thud of a gavel against his bedpost, as an offended Yar stands over him, counting his sins…

 

In De-boning: The highest and most severe punishment the Yar Clan hands down is the ritual of de-boning. As one may expect, this form of torture is a very involved process, requiring a number of tools. It comes as no surprise then that a bone gavel proves excellent for breaking bones prior to their removal from the still-living flesh of the accused. 

 

Oaths: “Duplicity is dishonor.” These words were taught to the founder of the Yar Clan by one of his teachers in Anthos; Buubztik’Lur. Duplicity is also listed as one of the seven great dishonors in Malog’s Contemplations. As such, one’s word is taken very seriously in the Yar Clan. To show the gravity of an oath, one may swear upon a Yar’s gavel. Be warned, however, as such vows are viewed as sacred. To break an oath sworn on a bone gavel is to incur the wrath of the entire clan.

 

In Shamanism: Among shamans, symbols often hold very real power. As Dom once told her brother Gorkil, “Everything has power.” Bone gavels are no exception. To a witch doctor, for example, they serve as an obvious symbol for justice or judgement. As such, they may prove useful in a ritual intended to attract such spirits. For a lutauman, the gavel of a departed Yar would make for an obvious boon in reaching the spirit of the deceased in the Ancestral Plane.

 


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A Yar Clan shaman, participating in a traditional Death Wail, during the funeral of a clan brother, likely hoping to invoke some curse on the one responsible

 

In Bone Boxes: The funerary rites of the Yar Clan are loud, bloody, and complicated. Among the many steps involved in a Yar funeral, one of the most important is the extremely careful removal, storage, and protection of the entire skeleton of the deceased. While the flesh is cremated on an altar-pyre, and the ashes stored within a sandstone sarcophagus in an underground tomb, the bones are reverently deposited into a dark oak bone box. These holy ossuaries are treated with great sanctity, sometimes even being set up as shrines to the spirit of the departed. Shrines or not, they are taken with the Clan wherever they may go. Should yet another great cataclysm threaten the current continent, the Yars will always make the security of the Clan’s bone boxes a top priority, and take them along during the migration of the descendants. In death, a Yar’s brothers and sisters will carry him on their backs, no matter the distance. Naturally, therefore, an item as prized as a bone gavel will be stored with the skeleton of the one who bore it in life, along with that orc’s bone mask.
 

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Hearing the news of Gavels becoming a sacred weapon and ornament amongst the Yars, Murak felt proud to construct and forge the first for their Clanfather

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Good shiz, can tell yal put a lot of thought into these, and I look forward to seein yal rp them!

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