Today is Mariusz Day. It commemorates the passing of Lord Mariusz, Ruler of the Known World, Emperor of Castle Hattan, and lifelong friend.
On this day every guinea pig in the world celebrates Friendship and Duty. Friendship is easy as we all like to be with our friends, even if we sometimes grumble at each other. Duty is something younger pigs often have difficulty understanding. It is our Duty to be true to our nature, to live as a harmonious tribe, to share our experience, to listen to our elders, to learn from our betters. It is our Duty to have a useful role in our tribe, whether Thinker, Engineer, Leader, Jester, or Cuddlemonkey. There are millions of roles and each of us has one or more we find fits our nature. We must discharge our Duty honestly and faithfully. And if our Duty brings us in contact with Humans we must still discharge our Tribe Duty but we should also try to help our Human understand our role and participate in it with us.
Lord Mariusz was an Exemplar of Duty. We salute him, and his Humans Aurora and Wagon, on this day of remembrance.
Mariusz Day also brings to a close the period of mourning for Fred, the Philospher, the Princeling of the East.