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Rising of the Ghelyrns

Taitung, Taiwan

In a park on Taiwan's rugged Eastern coast, a marker celebrates a glorious sight from the fictional Kcymaerxthaere. 


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

When you make your way to Seashore Park, contiguous with the charming Taitung Forest Park you will find the Taitung Centennial International Landmark, a pavilion marking the many paths of the Austronesian disapora in our linear world. If you go up to the main level, looking towards Green Island (conveniently marked in the concrete), you’ll see, part way to the beach, a green serpentine stone near some trees.

It is a marker from Kcymaerxthaere and it tells the story of a truly spectacular display that would have unfolded above your head in that universe. For the stone marks a place, more or less (it was actually a bit higher in those times), where one could lay back on the ground and watch the rising of the ghelyrns–huge dirigible-like vessels filled completely with water which nonetheless floated overhead.  

The passengers on the ghelyrns were the rabansg, playful dolphin-like creatures who got tired of swimming around the continents and instead invented the ghelyrn to float overland as a shortcut.  In Kcymaerxthaereal times, crowds of people would stay here for hours and watch the massive translucent shapes float overhead, their shadows like clouds on the ground. 

Know Before You Go

Basically, look for Taitung Centennial International Landmark (the more or less spherical pavilion) and it is in some trees on the ocean side of the road/path.

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