The Mile Stelae (Petrichor 365)

21 May, 2023

Before the Empress began the GodsWar and overthrew the gods and the old Empires, there were many great empires, most supported by one or more of the gods.  However, even their names have mostly been lost to history, though occasionally remnants of them can be found.

On the route out of Port Imperial, placed every old Corisan mile (roughly 1.1 Imperial miles), is a stele starting with one marked with the deeds of King Herniv III “the Builder” and with the number sixteen.  As almost no one reads old Corisan only the number is of note to most who pass it by.   The stele stands nearly six feet (1.8m) tall and is of a hard, dark grey stone that shows very little ill-effect from time or weather.

There are fifteen of them in total, numbered sixteen through thirty-one (twenty-nine is missing).  They parallel the new Imperial road, reciting great deeds of a dynasty that almost no one recalls and even fewer can read.  They have become places to stop for a moment of rest.

No one has chosen to vandalize them and the Imperial road builders made sure their bases were shored up and the surfaces clean.  For being over a thousand years old, they remain in good shape.

Notes: Just a remnant of the past, something old enough that it no longer challenges dragonrule so it can be preserved as art.

Petrichor 365.  Previous entry:  “Sir Folly” Next Entry:  The Water Mill

Image photo of The Nestorian Stele of Xi’an, found on Wikimedia Commons and is in the Public Domain.

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