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History of the Torch Holder.

Sara Bell

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Around 1250, a small group of Monk Seraph's, brave yet peaceful cave dwellers branched off from the main tribe. Tired of hiding in the dark, damp and chilly cave's, to start living above the surface and in the sun light. Having little knowledge of seasons on the surface, they ventured northward in autumn. With winter fast approaching, they decided not to turn back. "For what is behind one, should stay in the past", they said.

Near the base of a grand, ice capped mountainous range, they discovered rocky outcrop pillar's, some reaching hundred's feet high with a small cave near the top of one. The Monk's decided to stay there, high above the land surface, away from the wolves', Polar bears and surface drifters. Still a cave but at least it wasn't underground.

Although the cave was small and difficult to reach, it had fresh water with fish, crayfish and frogs to eat. The walls of the cave provided mushroom's as well. With a rope ladder, hard work and patience, the monk's laid in a stockpile of dried berries, mushroom's, vines, resin, firewood, clay, chunks of metal they had picked up along the way and began making torches. They used some of the clay to seal crack's and insulate the cave. As winter dawned on the Monk's, they were prepared and ready.

With winter blowing fierce on the Monk's in the small cave, high atop the stone pillar and to occupy their time, they used the vines and some firewood to make what is called, "Monkey Bridges". Which they intended to use to connect the other rock pillar's when spring arrived, forming a small village. They molded the clay while meditating into large vessels to help with food rot and other storage needs. Each vessel with its own unique pattern and coloring. Keeping the torch burning inside the cave proved to be a lot of work, for not only providing light but extra warmth from the freezing weather outside. With the chunks of metal and resin, they fashioned a simple holder for the torch. This made the torch last much longer they discovered. They agreed when spring arrived, they would build two enormous bond fires on the pillar's they could reach and chose a "Torchbearer". Because “a torchbearer carries the light of hope in times of darkness”.  And was of the highest importance. They further agreed to build a small separate shelter to house the torch holder and the Torchbearer. The Torchbearer would be responsible for building, maintaining and lighting two bond fire's each autumn with the torch from the holder. One bond fire to celebrate the Monk's success and the second one as a symbol of hope. The Monk's survived the winter. 

When spring finally arrive, the Monk's used the rope bridges to expand. On one pillar, they built the torchbearer's dwelling. On a different pillar, they built a Temple to honor the Torchbearer and to foster their peaceful harmonious ways. They knew that is how they made such unique earthen pottery. They built a market area to sell their vessel's to traveling merchant's. They built two very large bond fire areas on two separate pillar's and pledged to keep the fire's burning during the autumn season as a beacon of hope, that others could emerge from the darkness and live in the light of the sun.

Even to this day, while searching the Ruin's scattered above and below, metal torch holders can still be found. Which would suggest many Seraphs once populated this world and held to the belief of the importance of torches and torch holders passed down by the Torchbearer. So, if you every found a metal torch holder and pried it off from the wall, look at it again and cherish it as the treasure it is. For not all treasures are shiny and sparkly.

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