Wednesday, August 4, 2010

An iron sun, the forbidden circle

"Dream for us, Grodd!" said the Pointy-Stick People. "Give us a mighty dream, for tomorrow we hunt!"

"Certainly", said Grodd. "Which animal shall I dream?"

"Not of cave lions," said the People. "You are nothing but trouble after you have had the Cave-Lion Dream. Seek the pastures of the horses and the aurochsen, for it is them whom we shall hunt."

Grodd took his fox-skin pouches of ground ochre and of charcoal. He climbed the mountain-side to the edge of the pine forest to gather the red-caps, the sons of thunder, then
[several lines erased; possibly describing the preparation of the mushroom]
and in the deepest womb of the cavern he went traveling to the dream pastures.
Surely Shiplap the Father of Shamans had heard Grodd's prayer, for his dream was good, with a quarter-moon of animals, mares and auroch-cows and bulls, white shining silver studs with their nose in flames, more than Grodd had ever dreamed before. He opened his pouches of pigment, and with the brush of morgellon-fibre that had been his teacher's before him, by the flickering gerbil-oil flame of a wick alight in a spondylus shell, Grodd painted what he had seen.

But what are all these circles? Grodd certainly had not seen them in the dream, but they showed up everywhere in the painting. He was puzzled. The odd thing was that exactly the same thing had happened last time.

"I shall call them 'orbs'," Grodd said.

9 comments:

merc said...

May it be so.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

It's a mountain, it's a black horizon.

The Great Gazoogle works fast.

P.S. Grodd certainly had not seen them in the dream, but they showed up everywhere in the painting. He was puzzled.

Don't I know it!
~

J— said...

And of course, with the birth of the artist came the inevitable afterbirth, the critic.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

OT, some of us are making a mess over at Bastard's while he's away.

We found the liquor cabinet and his Limoncello, so it would be better if the NZ contingent stayed away.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

...although we are trying to break B^4's internet, so perhaps the participation of Team Riddled would be helpful.

For certain unusual defnitions of "helpful"

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

"Some of us" means primarily me and Von.

Just so we're clear.

Smut Clyde said...

The Great Gazoogle works fast.

A second-place Google hit is not enough. We shall not rest until Riddled is referenced in XKCD.

merc said...

And so it begins.

humatere, funny bro.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Blue Orbster Cult