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“The Lost Direction,” a travelogue set in a fantasy world, by Canadian author, Timothy S. Boucher (LostBooks.ca)
“The Lost Direction,” by Timothy S. Boucher (LostBooks.ca)

44 Facts About Quatria

Many people have been asking me for more information about Ancient Quatria, so I’ve been put together this brief information sheet to help orient travelers in this land.

  1. According to Quatrian myth, the people of Anthuor escaped from the Third World by way of the tunnel of Matarax.
  2. Acho is one with the Ground of Being.
  3. After the Great War, Edward Allen Oxford claimed to have reproduced from his photographic memory the contents of scrolls of great antiquity which he discovered in a ruined temple on that supposed tropical island off the coast of South Antarctica.
  4. An Allied troop carrier was torpedoed by an unidentified Axis U-boat in the early days of WWI off the coast of South Antarctica.
  5. Ancient Quatria was ruled by what scholars call a festal government, with leadership changing throughout the calendar year.
  6. Antarctica once long ago acted as a bridge between the other continents, and was richly populated by flora and fauna.
  7. Anthuor is one of several powers which dwells within the Hypogeum.
  8. Being tone-deaf was considered a disability in Quatrian society, and people who were so affected would perform only minor speaking parts or tableaux vivant in the great Quatrian spectacles.
  9. Finding the way back to Quatria requires traveling in the Lost Direction.
  10. It is not just any ordinary ship or sailor which can get to Quatria.
  11. It is not known with certainty why Quatrian civilization ended, as any records they may have left were believed to have been lost.
  12. Legends of island with tropical conditions have been reported around South Antarctica by voyagers for centuries.
  13. Magicians in Quatrian mythology are usually depicted as shape-shifting hybrid biomorphs somewhere between human and animal.
  14. Many explorers throughout history have tried and failed to find Lost Quatria and enter the Hypogeum.
  15. Many traditional earth cultures recognized the Hypogeum by other names, including the Otherworld or the Land Beyond.
  16. Maps throughout history have attempted to place Quatria at different locations around the globe.
  17. One survivor from the WWI Allied troop carrier which washed ashore on a supposed tropical island in South Antarctica was named Edward Allen Oxford.
  18. Parades were one of the ways Ancient Quatrians celebrated the eternal return of the mythical magicians.
  19. Prehistoric quadrupedal hominids (who were the precursors of Early Quatrians) traveled throughout the globe on reed ships, establishing peaceful trading colonies everywhere they went.
  20. Quatria is an ancient lost civilization which existed before the last Ice Age.
  21. Quatria is thought to have been a geomorph, a quasi-sentient landmass which was able to change its shape and location under certain circumstances.
  22. Quatrian babies could sing before they could speak, because Quatrian parents communicated primarily in song.
  23. Quatrian culture experienced a long series of catastrophic transformations which radically changed the culture again and again throughout history.
  24. Quatrian society was centrally organized around the practice and performance of music and musical rituals.
  25. Quatrians are said to have colonized nearly the entire planet, and if the legends have any validity to them, several others.
  26. South Antarctica is thought to be one of the locations evidence of Ancient Quatrian civilization can be potentially confirmed.
  27. Survivors from the marooned Allied troop carrier reported to government interrogators after their strange disappearance a lush tropical isle which they had washed ashore on, off the coast of South Antarctica.
  28. The French Southern and Antarctic Lands are considered one of the prime locations of interest for investigating the lost culture of Quatria.
  29. The House of Life is the name for a ruin in South Antarctica given by scholars to what is theorized to be a recently re-discovered ruin from Ancient Quatrian society.
  30. The Hypogeic lands are the home of many monsters, magicians, humans, and hybrids, all of whom live in a more or less harmonious ensemble.
  31. The Hypogeum contains an artifact or place which is sometimes referred to as the Cauldron of Souls.
  32. The Hypogeum is an underground and otherworldly domain that rests alongside ours, and is often accessed via caves.
  33. The Hypogeum is only open at semi-irregular intervals throughout the Quatrian plenary epicycle.
  34. The language of Quatria (Quatrian) is also commonly referred to by experts in the field as “Quastrian.”
  35. The legend of the Easter Bunny is actually a hold-over from ancient Quatro-Kremellian mythology, which included many golek heroes.
  36. The Lost Books contain chronicles of many important mythological and historical mysteries from Ancient Quatria.
  37. The Lost Books of Quatria are fragmentary tales translated and pieced together from artifacts recovered in the House of Life.
  38. The medieval jester actually has roots in ancient Quatrian ritual performance.
  39. The mystic societies of the various schools of Quatrian minstrels organized and maintained the continuous schedule of ritual performances enacted at immortal festivals throughout the year.
  40. The office of the High Augur was responsible for observing and interpreting all signs, portents, and omens which occurred throughout the land of Quatria.
  41. The original inhabitants of the Quatrian super-continent, the Old Ones were a species of small, rodent-like mammals.
  42. The Wide Lands is a term which describes the multitude of intersecting lands and branes which manifestly enfold the meta-dimension or multi-verse.
  43. Time in the Hypogeum and in the Wide Lands do not operate in the same way.
  44. Traveling minstrels carried Quatrian songs between villages and forests, and over hill and dale.



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