While the Chiropolene canon of storytelling is incredibly vast, there are certain key elements that come up time and time again in the classics. One of these would be the setting of Thesopole, a legendary city that was said to have sat on the edge of the Iphigene Sea before a powerful storm swallowed it up, and pushed the earth up into Chalisto’s Belt. Though there is no evidence that it ever existed, archaeologists tend to go digging every few decades, hoping to find proof of where it sat.
Many of these stories serve as reminders of how to behave, warning listeners of the dangers of acting out against the will of the gods or entering dangerous relationships. Some common stories would be The Poison Boy, The Hungry Mask, and The Song of the Monsoon–though you may hear different versions depending on what region the storyteller is from, or what theme they are looking to explore most closely.
Also notable to Chiropolene storytelling is the Galene Period, an artistic renaissance wherein many of the old pagan stories were revived into the canon. Many of the main characters were animals in these early stories, and have taken on human forms in the revival. Take for example the story of Livellou:
In the oldest version of the story, a dragonfly named Livellou lauds her beauty over a plain black spider, mocking it for its ugliness. The spider, being the symbol of both intelligence and madness, pleads with the gods to even the score. The gods agree that Livellou’s behavior is unacceptable, and tell the spider to weave a web to catch her. As the dragonfly is caught in the web, the gods whisper to her that she actually is a spider, but with the deformation of horrible, hideous wings. Distraught, Livellou chews off her own wings and tail, and dies stuck to the web.In the modern story, Livellou is a beautiful girl who cruelly mocks lepers and amputees, who then plead with the gods for justice. The gods poison the girl’s mind and, depending on the story, she either sees everyone as disfigured and therefore finds her beauty ugly, or she sees everyone as beautiful and her own body as disfigured. Either way, eventually the dissonance becomes too much and she mutilates herself, which results in her death.