650 SA (not the year known to our people) The Turning
This date is based on my grandfather's records of our ancestors. The Turning
is the time when our people first realized that the world had changed. We
considered that "the wheel" (nature) had "turned" in a way that none of our
ancestors had ever known. The plants and animals all around our villages
(there were three) had changed. In fact, there were very few animals at all.
It appeared that only our own immediate surroundings remained the same. I
suspect now, having learned some things about the natives of this land, that
there were shamans involved, and that this is all part of the battle between
the Broken Wheel and Eru the Maker.
Our people were confused that the day never ended. It was never night.
Great fear seized our people because we feared the great wheel had stopped.
It was much time before my people could begin to understand this new place.
The new world of the long light caused our people great confusion. Our priests
prayed continually to Eru for understanding. At last the priests concluded
that the Broken Wheel had "turned" in a new direction. Our people took this as
a good sign; the favor of Eru the Maker. They supposed that Eru's light would
now shine on them forever, and that there would be no more darkness.
The fact that there were no more Gargun (what the natives call Zun) was more
evidence that perhaps Eru's long light had come as a blessing to the Chelni.
No more darkness; no more Gargun.
It was not long, however, before my people found the Gargun. It seems they
too had come to the land of the long light. But there were not many, and we
quickly learned to avoid them. We also returned to cultivating the earth.
Somehow the earth did not dry out in those days. None of my people could
ever explain that to me.