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Clan Sholen

The southern end of Sholo Island has a milder environment than any other island in the Afarezirs, and this has blessed the Sholen with a life marginally less hard than that on other islands. Abundant seal colonies and seasonal whale pods provide skins for clothing and rope making and bone for almost every utensil. It has allowed the Sholen to develop a greater range of craft specialization than any other Nolgind clan, especially as story-tellers and singers. They keep the tribe’s history, and carve ornaments from walrus ivory and whale bone. These carvings show events from a past that other Nolgind have forgotten, perhaps deliberately. In those carvings is a key they do not recognise to a past they should fear.

by Alun Rees




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