Friday, April 13, 2018

Keeper of the Clocks - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

Keeper of the Clocks
16 x 20 - Pencil, acrylic, and ink on paper
© 2018 Christopher Burdett

Time has always been a tricky concept for me. Existing outside the effects and limitations of time has left me disconnected to it. Now that I find myself living side by side with so many cursed by entropy I struggle to understand and perceive it. My disconnect goes beyond just understanding that the ‘past’ can never be experienced again, ‘now’ is gone after it is perceived, and the ‘future’ cannot be known until it is ‘now.’ It seems that my mere physical presence causes disruptions in the effects of time to those around me who are bound to it. I have witnessed many unexpected events when in the company of mortal beings. Some have withered and died in the time it took me to greet them. Others seem caught in a loop repeating actions or words that did not end until I moved away from them. It is not lost on me that some of this could be my own perception of those living in linear time. I could have remained motionless for a beings lifetime as they studied me or I may have been moving so quickly that I simply was fixating on a particular motion or sound, repeating it. Needless to say, now that I dwell in a plane of existence whose beings are bound to time I must make my peace and try my best to experience it. To this end, I have had clocks created so that I might understand how those around me perceive the passing moments. To use an analogy I once heard, the clocks are to me like a lighthouse, and I am a ship, something to give me reference and perspective. Unfortunately, the creation of the clocks was no simple accomplishment. My presence seems to affect non-living objects as well. The clocks apparently would function erratically, some moving too fast, some too slow, and some altogether breaking the moment they were started. Yern Relliort, 6th High Chairman of the Construct Guild, was tasked with the job of creating the clocks and I observed her age greatly during construction. Nearing her death Yern decided to take a huge risk, and might I say an ingenious leap of faith, and had her brain installed in the clock’s workings. Not only did she stabilize the clocks but also gave rise to the Yote. Many of her team, family, friends, and even some pets joined her in the transformation and installation into the clock. These proto-Yote communicate with each other and keep the clocks functioning without degradation. I thought to look further into how this actually works, but I figured my unnecessary proximity to the clock’s workings could cause unintended side effects. Also, as I have learned more than once, sometimes things are best left alone because a prying eye can break the magic that holds the world together.

Ethra VanDalia

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