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Lands of Exiles

In pastoral England, a plaque marks where an imaginary community addressed the problem of combat mortality. 


Created by Geographer-at-Large Eames Demetrios, Kcymaerxthaere is a “parallel universe that intersects with much of our linear Earth, but with different stories, creatures, peoples, even laws of physics and qualities of existence.”  It has been likened to a novel with every page in a different place. What makes the Kcymaerxthaere project particularly interesting is that Demetrios installs informative markers and historical sites at the locations in our world that connect to his world, creating real world intersections with his imagined universe. For the months of August and September, 2014, Demetrios acted as our first ever Geographer-in-Residence and his Kcymaerxthaere locations continue to be featured all over the Atlas. To learn more see our introductory article here

Off a beaten walking path, down the road a piece from a small town in Oxfordshire, you will find a marker that tells the story of the Lands of Exiles. It is part of the parallel universe project called Kcymaerxthaere.  

This area across the center of what we call Britain once was home to the Exile gwomes, an area of constant war and much diversity between the different cultures who had unsettling differences. After a great flood swept though the land a truce was called and an agreement was made to not kill one’s opponents, but instead to put them in utter exile by using silcane-like tranquilizers and mourn them as dead. Anyone that attempted contact with those in exile would have their whole family slaughtered.

Some people hear about this solution and think of it as bucolic because of the Silicane and the non-lethality of it. However, another way to see it is that this area consists of a group of gwomes so committed to the continuation of warfare that they will reduce fatalities only in order to have the satisfaction of causing more.

Kcymaerxthaere’s Geographer-at-Large reports that he has not had many reports of this installation for several years, so posting of any recent images would be much appreciated.


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Just off a walking path in the village of Wardington.

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