If religion occupies the center of Hrulgatharian lives, their pyramids are the center or all their rites. These temples made out of stone and richly adorned with both man-made carvings and sculptures and nature-grown plants. They are an astounding work of engineering perfection, skilled craftsmanship, and feverous belief. Given the complexity and cyclical-ness of life for the Hrulgatharian, the temples are positioned, planned, and built to observe the movement of the astral bodies, recording the passage of time. The immense sacrilege of the calendar not respecting their designers cannot be fathomed by the zealot leaders of the faithful! Despite coming in different forms and – seldom but existing -, different shapes, the pyramids respect the important numerology of the Hrulgatharian creed. Eath number is revered with the fervor their meaning commands; as so, their holiest of places of worship must abide by these numbers.
– Number 3: The Cycle of Living
The number Three is a core number for Mankind. Mortal being, they can only enjoy a finite time on this land of Yiopli. Men breathe for the first time. Men grow. Men fade into the nether realm of Yiochapl. It also represents the three spheres of the universe, Huno’oxitzaj: the celestial home of the gods of Nyanapl, the domain of the mortal of Yiopli, and the underworld of Yiochapl. Each sphere is deeply intertwined with one of the cycles of Man’s life. From a construction perspective, all but the smallest pyramids are built in three layers, called third-parts. The too-small ones tend to be triplets, so the sacred number is respected.
– Number 4: The Aspects of the Gods
The number Four derives from the Chak‘s, the God’s, story and existence. A God is revered for its Arise – how it freed itself from the nothingness -, its Might or power, its Gift to Humanity, and its Purpose – the true destiny of a Chak is to lay its life in the defense of the universe they have created, and rely on its believers to grant it strength to return from dreamless, timeless nights.
In pyramid construction terms, with the number Four, things can change significantly. Smaller pyramids tend to favor the division of each third-part in fours, to keep the pyramid lower. For larger pyramids, where the division of each third-part is in sevens, number Four is highlighted in different ways: four sculptures, eyeing the cardinal directions; four panels with the tales of a creator.
– Number 7: The Main Divine Rites
Man is a flawed creature. Man sins. Man heresies. Man is not appreciative of the creation and gifts of its creators. It is then crucial for the faithful to follow the well-defined seven steps of the main rites to offer penitence, be purified, offer their servitude and renew their vows, accompany their brethren in honoring the Creators, sacrifice something of value for them to show beyond any doubt of their commitment, to be able to commune with the Makers and adulate them in religious rapture. Only through these rituals can Man shed its imperfection, if only for a brief moment, and be one with the godly powers from Nyanapl.
Similar to what happens with the number Four, things vary with number Seven. The more imposing ones always split into sevens, really driving its height. On the other hand, smaller pyramids tend to favor the division of each third-part in fours, to keep the pyramid lower. In these cases, the number Seven is referenced in other ways: seven trees; seven skeletons of fallen warriors and priests; seven seals with precious stones inlays.
– Number 23: The Hrulgatharian Pantheon
Twenty-three are the creators. Twenty-three Chak’i, or Gods, who escaped the void of the cosmic Emptiness of Siwajixöq, and lead their ships to a place where they erected the Universe of Huno’oxitzaj, the three-part sphere. Their deeds and greatness, but also the dangers they shield the mortals from, remind us of why nothing but absolute devotion and worship is acceptable.
The number Twenty-three can be seen represented in several ways. The most common one is seeing each Chak represented, either as an individual sculpture or as halves of one of the four cardinal-points sentries on each third-part of the pyramid (with the patron of the city having a full one for itself). Smaller pyramids tend to cram representations of the numbers Seven and Twenty-three to maximize space usage. However, this philosophy was not at all followed when the ancients erected the Pyramid of the Landing of the Sun, in Manthos Agaria. The tallest pyramid has indeed twenty-three steps per fourth division per third-part. That means a total of two hundred and seventy-six steps, with a standard step sizing seven inches. For the mathematically curious, this means the sacrificial altar towers at almost fifty meters tall! It is naturally a soaring behemoth, one no sight can gaze away from.
Hrulgatharian Flag commissioned to Falkberg’s Space Opera House
A great example of all this feature is the Hrulgatharian flag, a symbol recently adopted to mimic the outsiders’ habits and reaffirm in the outsiders’ own words the dominance the Hrulgatharian hold on their reclaimed lands. In a green background, a pyramid stands tall, observing the glorious Sunrise. The temple is divided into three parts, as per the cycle of mortal men. Seven parallel lines – of which the final level is included -, act almost as steps towards the altar on the very top, representing the seven main rites required to commune correctly with the creators. The mighty sun, shining over the land, with its four concentric rings, is a callback to the four godly aspects; sheds its twenty-three rays of light and heat onto the world, one per each godly maker of the universe of Huno’oxitzaj.
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