THE HIVELING STORYBOOK

TABLE OF CONTENTS - FOLK TALES OVERVIEW

 

Collecting together a selection of the vast store of mythology and folklore surrounding hiveling apparitions, this tome also offers a glimpse of the diversity of storytelling that can be seen across Caelereth. With stories from two continents, at least three races, and several different compendiumists, the editor’s admittedly fruitless attempt to distil from these stories a single overarching truth falls by the way as unimportant, and indeed emblematic of the mystery that pervades the very existence of hivelings.
 

The Book of Blessedtales

COMPLETE BOOK: 41 PAGES Download text

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ALTARIO SHIALT-ECK-GORRIN
The Trial of Ugrahadze 3 Download text Read introduction Read text
ATHVIARO SHYU-ECK-SILFAYR
The Founding of Ciosa 3 Download text Read introduction Read text
SETH GHIBTA
Ballad of the Headless Hiveling 5 Download text Read introduction Read text
Dronomin and the Losthane 3 Download text Read introduction Read text
 
Ewyn'ine and the Aek'ash 3 Download text Read introduction Read text
 
Naule and the Ancestors' Song 7 Download text Read introduction Read text
 
The Nohopuku 6 Download text Read introduction Read text
SHABAKUK ZEBORIUS ANFANG
The Bee's Gift (or: The Boy Who Was Good For Nothing) 9 Download text Read introduction Read text

 
The Headless Hiveling
BALLAD OF THE HEADLESS HIVELING 5 PAGES
WRITTEN BY SETH GHIBTA Download text Read text

This Nybelmarian traveller’s ballad is often heard, in various different forms and fragments, sung on merchant wagons and inns throughout Nybelmar. It originates with rumours and myths prevalent among those few traders who have to brave the passage across the desert wasteland known as “the Bucket” to the north of the dreaded Venlaken Enclave. It seems to describe a hiveling formed of pikewing moths, a rare apparition at best, but unheard of this far north of the marshes and jungle with which the moths are associated. That said, among hivelings abnormality is something of a norm, so there might be some substance to the tale. Return to the top
 

The Bees' Gift
THE BEES'S GIFT (OR: THE BOY WHO WAS GOOD FOR NOTHING) 9 PAGES
WRITTEN BY SHABAKUK ZEBORIUS ANFANG Download text Read text

The tale of the “boy who was good for nothing” is known all over Sarvonia. It provides a mythological account of how humans learned to keep malise (honeybees) in hives, so as to collect a regular harvest of honey. Among scholars of mythology, the tale is famous for the prominent role played by the hiveling, a creature who summons a swarm of insects to form a temporary body for itself. - It is not thought polite to tell this story in the company of nobility, as its morality is suspected of being slyly subversive to the feudal social order. Return to the top
 

Dronomin and the Losthane
DRONOMIN AND THE LOSTHANE 3 PAGES
WRITTEN BY SETH GHIBTA Download text Read text

This obscure, mysterious myth is believed to be a fragment from a far more in-depth account of the lives of the Titans, the four warlike children of the gods Jeyriall and Armeros. Various evaluations of it suggest it follows on from an account of how Etherus deceived the titans into the belief that they must fight to gain power over one another, and would have in turn been succeeded by other accounts of the specific enmity of each Titan for its brothers, and eventually an account of how they were finally subdued. Return to the top
 

Ewyn'ine and the Aek'ash
EWYN'INE AND THE AEK'ASH 3 PAGES
WRITTEN BY SETH GHIBTA Download text Read text

The roots of this story are lost in the bitter and longstanding enmity between the Kuglimz people and their orcen neighbours, the Losh-Oc. Similar tales, with many variants, abound throughout Northern Sarvonia, but are largely concentrated in the Kuglimz territories. Though each version is different, twisting the tale to give the best portrait of the people telling it, (a possible exception being the Ashz-Oc version, which seems simply to portray both Kuglimz and Losh-Oc as foolish and thoughtless) the version told here is unique for its ending not with a noble, self-sacrificial death, but the intervention of a third party. Whether this makes it more likely to be true or less so is debatable, but it is quite possible that this myth has basis in truth – even if it is too much to expect to be able to find the truth of it under all the ingrained hatred between races and tribes. Return to the top
 

The Founding of Ciosa
THE FOUNDING OF CIOSA 3 PAGES
WRITTEN BY ATHVIARO SHYU-ECK-SILFAYR Download text Read text

When the Glandorians came down from the Kanapan peninsula, under the leadership of Troi Ciosa, they were shipwrecked on a reef at Gebl's Nose Cape, leading them to scuttle the ship and remove the supplies. In this story, stranded in a foreign country, with no more than a few score men, women and children, Ciosa prays to the Goddess of the Sea to show him what to do. He receives a vision and sets out to found a city. Return to the top
 

Naule and the Ancestors' Song
NAULE AND THE ANCESTORS' SONG 7 PAGES
WRITTEN BY SETH GHIBTA Download text Read text

This mullog myth concerns the silverwood bug hivelings which occasionally occur in the Silvermarshes. Like many mullog myths and legends, it forms part of a complex and interconnected web of stories making up the vibrant oral culture of this secluded race. Concerning the popular hero Naulé, this myth focuses on the ancestors and their relationship with living mullogs, giving it great significance to the mullogs, who worship their ancestors as sources of sacred heritage and wisdom. Return to the top
 

The Nohopuku
THE NOHOPUKU 6 PAGES
WRITTEN BY SETH GHIBTA Download text Read text

This myth of the 'Vikh people is generally held to be something of an origin tale; explaining the strange apparitions they call "Nohopuku", meaning literally "I will not speak". Nohopuku are an extraordinary phenomenon in themselves – a hiveling composed of the dangerous needlefly, and one of the only kind of hivelings held to be universally dangerous – they will consume any creature which offers them an entrance – usually, as this myth illustrates, an open mouth. Return to the top
 

The Trial of Ugrahadze
THE TRIAL OF UGRAHADZE 3 PAGES
WRITTEN BY ALTARIO SHIALT-ECK-GORRIN Download text Read text

This is a Remusian tale concerning the Ice tribes’ hero Ugrahadze, and his encounter with a hiveling composed of deadly Fisah-eck-Shanno insects. As with many hiveling myths concerning dangerous creatures, the hiveling turns out to be a good deal less vicious than the insects which make it up, serving aptly to illustrate the Ice tribes’ belief that man can, with the help of the gods, master his environment, however hostile. Return to the top
 

Folk tales written by various members