Gemènyo

Gemènyo (Mènyo) was a courier of the Shimusògo clan. He was best friends with Hyonèku and Desòchu. He smoked a pipe almost constantly ever since he got it as a gift from a grateful customer.

Early Life

On Gemènyo’s first successful courier run by himself, he was given a gift of a stone pipe. At that point, he had never smoked nor had anyone in the Shimusogo Valley done so. He honored the gift and learned how to use it, quickly becoming addicted to smoking weed. Ever since, he had carried the pipe with him and only put it away when he was doing long-distance running.

He never accomplished much in his life, but he had a talent with children. Many times when the younger ones needed a subtle encouragement, the clan would look to Gemènyo to dole out wisdom.

Sand and Blood

Gemènyo’s dark-skinned form welled out of the darkness. In the lantern light, the clan courier was a blot of shadows except for bright teeth and the whites around his eyes. Smoke rose from a pipe he held with three fingers. In his other hand, he carried a half-full bottle of what appeared to be fermented milk, the strongest alcoholic drink in the valley. He was slightly taller than Rutejìmo, with curly black hair. Unlike many of the other adult men in the valley, he kept no beard along his brown chin. He wore a pair of trousers but no shirt, his usual outfit for wandering along the valley. The trousers were a deep red, one of the two colors of Shimusògo.

Gemènyo’s role of trying to subtly guide the youth of the valley was well established by the events of Sand and Blood. He interrupted Tejíko when she was beating Rutejìmo for trying to steal ashes.

Rutejìmo’s grandmother let out an exasperated sigh. “This is none of your business, Gemènyo.”

“I just wanted to make sure the screams of a little child were for a good reason.”

“He tried to steal Byodenóre’s ashes.”

“Oh, did he succeed or fail?”

“Failed, of course.”

Gemènyo waved his pipe in the air. “Then I agree, a beating is appropriate here. Please, go right ahead, Great Shimusogo Tejíko.”

He was also one of the clan elders who went with the teenagers during their rite of passage and watched from a distance.

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Secondary Sources

0100-00 Sand and Blood 1: Rutejìmo Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 2: Confession Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 3: Morning Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 5: Decisions 0100-00 Sand and Blood 6: Heading Out Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 7: Middle of the Trip 0100-00 Sand and Blood 8: The Morning Sun Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 21: From the Shadows Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 29: Rescue 0100-00 Sand and Blood 30: A Year Later 0100-01 Sand and Ash 1: Running Alone Referenced 0100-01 Sand and Ash 2: Decisions Made 0100-01 Sand and Ash 4: Corrupting Influence 0100-01 Sand and Ash 5: Leaving the Cave 0100-01 Sand and Ash 7: A Lending Hand 0100-01 Sand and Ash 17: The Wrong Words Referenced 0100-01 Sand and Ash 20: Waking Up Alone Referenced 0100-01 Sand and Ash 25: Mikáryo 0100-01 Sand and Ash 28: Second Thoughts 0100-01 Sand and Ash 30: Shifted Opinions 0100-01 Sand and Ash 32: Forbidden Words 0100-01 Sand and Ash 33: Cremation 0100-01 Sand and Ash 34: Unshed Tears 0100-01 Sand and Ash 35: His First Words 0100-02 Sand and Bone 24: Declaration of War Referenced 0100-02 Sand and Bone 26: A Long Night 0100-02 Sand and Bone 33: Pabinkue Mikáryo Referenced