Patchouli Leaf

  • Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller

    A colorless woman bursts from an elaborate gold and ruby tent and faints dead at your feet. Soft laughter emits from the dark entrance to the tent, and the scent of musk, black fruits and incense touches your senses. Looking up, you see that the sign hovering above the unconscious woman is adorned with images of the Major Arcana’s Tower and reads:

    “Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller.
    No fate too grim, no future too bleak.”

    A tiny woman with floor-length black dreadlocks walks out of the tent, stepping over the prone body. She is clothed in deep red wrappings, and is bedecked in golden ornaments bearing alchemical symbols and charms representing eternity, chance, and wisdom. She pauses, looks you over slowly, and then flicks a tarot card at your feet.

    Red musk, vanilla bean, pomegranate, black currant, patchouli leaf and wild plum.

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  • Moons of Saturn: Hyrrokkin

    Thou didst smite the head of Keila,
    Smash Kjallandi altogether,
    Ere thou slewest Lútr and Leidi,
    Didst spill the blood of Búseyra;
    Didst hold back Hengjankjapta,
    Hyrrokkin died before;
    Yet sooner in like fashion
    Svívör from life was taken.

    Hringhorni, Baldr’s ship, was the largest of all such vessels and was to serve as the god’s funeral ship.

    When Loki murdered Baldur, the gods built the funeral pyre on his ship, Hringhorni. Hringhorni was massive, and none of the Aesir could move it, so they begged help of the Jötun, Hyrrokkin. Fire-smoked and flame-haired, the giantess arrived on a gargantuan wolf harnessed by reins made of live vipers. Hyrrokkin was able to push Baldur’s funeral ship out to sea, but the force of her strength caused the earth to quake and the rollers to burst into flame. Thor, angered by the quake and the conflagration, was intent on murdering Hyrrokkin until the Aesir stayed his hand.

    Viper-green and smoldering: smoke-swirled black pine, patchouli leaf, coriander, and sweet green vetiver.

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