Worldbuilding: Children’s Rhymes

Some of the best fun to be had is in making children’s rhymes for your oral culture. Children’s rhymes also have the virtue of being short, so they are easy to fit in here or there. I used the following rhyme in The Jack of Souls to help illustrate the harshness of the world and its three-moon mythos:

Red Moon, White Moon, full in the sky,

Red like a witch’s evil eye.

Black eats White,

And leaves the Red.

Krato’s Moon!  We’ll all be dead!


                                                               —Arkendian children’s rhyme portraying the

                                                                   Eclipse of the Bright Mother by the Unseen

                                                                   Moon; Arkendians call it Krato’s Moon.


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