Dragon Wings, Imperial Rails
Literature and Media
The Rise of Print on Pith
The process of the Sidoan “pith fictions” had been more and more largely adopted in Quonua as trade went on. Mostly, it’s the technologies used to construct the paper and the sort of printing press used that was adopted in Quonua, and not so much the stories contained within the “piths” themselves. The Sidoan concepts of these sorts of technologies had always been above that found in the Quonupre Empire practically since the people on both sides of Gjaslid found each other, so this was not seen as a peculiar adoption, as the Quonupre Empire has always been known to borrow and improve upon when it obtains.
And they did not disappoint. The printing press had soon been revolutionized by Gimbl Apastilo, born in a gnomish state within the Dazharg Mountains, but had come to Quonua on his pursuit of extending himself as an inventor. And he certainly extended himself pretty far with this; this printing press allows the printing to come much more quickly—and more importantly, mechanically. Printing was instantly made easier, and cheaper. People all over the empire started attempting to build their own, and soon every other city had their own printing press, each with the builder’s own “improvements” to the design.
This is when pith fiction really took rise. Popular tales of various sorts were made into piths, some being no longer than a few leaflets, and others turning into long chronicles. On top of that, towns began to advance from town bulletin postings, to circulated leaflets, into what evolved into “ press canvases”, large, thin pieces of lower-grade pith paper that had town news printed upon them and folded down for easy transport.
The sorts of fictions and story-writing styles of the pith fictions carried over into the press canvases, and they were soon littered with the same stories as well as reported articles, and updates from local clerics about the well-being of the city soon appeared, and so on. It is perhaps this form of writing that the goddess Goxnam owes her rising popularity to; ascension myths were always popular, her ascension to deification been a favorite myth (due to all the intrigue and trials she endured during it), and writers delighted writing their own takes and versions of the story. She is now the favorite subject of most fictional stories written in the press canvases as well as the piths. The following is an example of a typical press canvas writing with her as a character:
“I know Castillohn, but I don’t know you.” The voice boomed from within the shining white helmet like the clanging bell of a temple, one that clanged in a way that made the people nearby shiver briefly from a deep but subconscious fear of some judgment.
Goxnam blinked at him for a moment, inquisitive. He knows Castillohn? It was, of course, Castillohn and Iulus who had given her this misery. It was because of them that she wandered the planes. Should she mention that? This person was almost certainly someone who would side with Castillohn far more quickly with her, so could he be anything more than a threat?
She decided it would be easy to fool the immortal on that note.
Castillohn and Iulus, traditionally, had always been the ones who worked against Goxnam as she rose, but the situations are always different in every publication, and even this detail is not kept sacred. Here’s a contrasting example:
Goxnam had been battered down and immediately sent into an abyssal darkness. She could not wander, for there was nowhere to wander to and from. She could not talk, for there was no one to talk to. She could not find a different plane, for there was no exit. It was here that she had developed her final defense, and it was from here that she, independently, made her glorious revival and return when she created her own exit.
Hero stories of other sorts began to make a reemergence as well. They began as cultural heroes, mythical and historical alike, but authors more and more began to make their own heroes, and these heroes became so popular that they were almost required to have their own pith books and pamphlets instead of being in the press canvas. It was from this that “pith heroes” would arise.