After the Gold Rush
“Today was hot. Tomorrow was dry. If we’re lucky, we’ll get a day that’s hot AND dry. Maybe then the Gods will take pity on us.”
Alexander Vanhorm, also known as the tragic historian, is often regarded as one of the most prolific and talented writers of his time. Alexander was born in the city of Pueblo, growing up in a very poious, very religious household. In young adulthood he became a chapel priest, and spread the word of Pelor throughout Pueblo. However, when the moisture drought hit the area surrounding the city, the citizens found themselves struggling just to get by. Alexander was no exception, and was forced to relocate to the town slums. He watched as the poor and desolate killed and stole from one another, only to stay in the same situation they were before. His beliefs in Pelor was somewhat shaken, and instead, Alexander started studying the morality of human beings as something beyond good and evil.
His writing career began in his early 30s when his first book, “A Post Sundering Isperia, and the Proof Behind Our Gods.” Was released in the city of Virgil. It was there, with the large artistic population, that he gained fame for his views on religion and the belief in a higher authority. Throughout his writing career in fact, he continued to comment on radical and confrontational ideas and philosophies, often disguising them as dark humor.
In his late 30s, Alexander started to abandon his writing duties, and instead, traveled Isperia as a “priest of truth”, one who confronted those who believed in a higher divine authority and questioned the confidence in which they had in their God. Of course, he was met with much hostility, and so, he always carried a shotgun with him which became something of an iconic image. As fellow writer, and friend Cy’all Loogasi, put it; _“When the “priest of truth” came into town, there was always an air of irony about him for a shotgun was slung across his shoulder” _Alexander lived to be only 42 years-old. His death came as he was ambushed on the Obelisk Dawn road, which connected Puebloto the late city of Damascus. It is believed that the group of people who committed the murder, had been irked by Alexander’s “heresy”, and possibly had pther personal reasons for their actions. He was discovered several days latter by a passing caravan as a naked corpse, devoid of any possessions except his shotgun.
Alexander’s writting has been very influential on modern philosophical thought in Isperia. His doubt in the existance of God, and his questioning of sentient life’s morality made his work uncompromising, however, quite insightful to those who wish to take in his teachings. His literature is standard in most extended educational schools, and most modern day “pessimist” scholars and philosophers owe thanks to Alexander as an influence in their work. His memorial was erected on the ceremonial Vanhorm Ridge in Pueblo, which was consisted of a large obelisk memorial, and a plauqe adorned with the art of Ennio Bri. The ceremonial plaque shows a shotgun crossed with a Pelor Preaching Book, and a quotation from Alexander himself, which reads: When I leave here I will be gone. But only when my books are burned, will I be forgotten.