From afar, the buildings of the garden that house the dead are low and hidden from view, beneath growth and behind hills. Within the cover of the tomb structures are walls lined with descriptions of each Master’s most esteemed contributions to their nation. There is a proper pathway to walk the gardens that shows its visitors the chronological history of Talon.
The most notable grave is the tomb of Falkol I. Commonly agreed upon as the best Master that Talon has ever had, Falkol was slain in his camp by Talinari assassins in the Final War, during the temporary truce established by The Leader (Caristoss) himself.
After the War’s end, when the Talinari were defeated and banished from the land for their acts of sin, Talon was the first stop on The Leader’s now hallowed worldwide journey of peace. The funeral procession was attended by all national leaders, where Falkol was sealed in his tomb at the Garden. The grave inscription was carved by Caristoss’s own hand.
As a part of the funeral, Caristoss spoke the First Lesson, the Lesson of Death:
Death is for us all. Never forget: it is no man’s right to choose the timing of another’s any more than his own. But do not view death with only the eye of injustice. I look upon your tears and mine and see the pain, pure and terrible, it is true. Yet in those same drops I too see the light of happiness brought forth by his memory. Let his passing then be also a time for smiles. And understand this, his final gift: the sharing of his lessons, his love, his life, to all who remain. Now cry, cry my friends! For without tears there is no joy.
Priests of Talon preach the lesson to this day to all pilgrims that visit the Garden. As part of the ritual at the Holy Site, pilgrims dip their hands in water, wet their eyes, and smile as a priest teaches the lesson. Many weep for real before the end of the procession.
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