The crematory rite involving the Horse People mentioned in the Royal Mace-Bearer’s description of the procession is not the only historical reference to these strange people. According to the high priests of the Pumice Cities, the Horse People originally were normal people who fished for a livelihood in the Gulf of Trusiern, long before the advent of the prophet Naimbo. Thaillus of Maydron writes in his Commentaries on the Horse People, Book III that Naimbo warned these ancient fishermen that all purple sea horses were sacred; when caught in nets, the sea horses were to be returned by the fishermen to the waters, unharmed. Under no circumstances were the sea horses to be eaten.
Almost as though it were foreordained by an evil force, the fishermen of the Gulf of Trusiern not only ignored these injunctions but actually developed an unholy appetite for the purple sea horse, and its flesh was relished by the young and old. Thaillus of Maydron writes:
10. This cremation occurred in the ceremony honoring Holmeek.