Again, I wasn’t entirely certain what to do for this post. Lionheart would be an obvious choice except I already had J is for Jester. Hmmmmm.
So I decided to write a short article on Lunthea Maly, the City of Fragrant Flowers in the Noorhitam Empire.
Which, most of you probably don’t even remember.
Lunthea Maly has a significant role in Veiled Rose, but only gets a brief mention in Heartless. It is one of the many exotic places Leonard claims to have visited during his jester years. As he lovingly says, “I dwelt four years in Lunthea Maly, the City of Fragrant Flowers, which indeed is as fragrant as squashed daisies left rotting in the bottom of a wheelbarrow on a summer’s day.” Charming.
Of course, we have no idea how true this may be. Leonard the Jester will say anything for a laugh. Is the City of Fragrant Flowers truly so foul, or is it merely strange to Leonard? After all, anything that is different may be weird to us. I remember a time when I could not stand the smell of curry or saffron . . . they were such horrible, pungent odors, strange in my nose, which was more used to basil or oregano. Now days, I can scarcely think of scents I love better than the scents wafting from my kitchen while my husband makes me authentic Sri Lankan curries and saffron potatoes over rice.
We tend to like what we know. When we allow our knowledge to grow, our likes grow right along with them.
Anyway, that’s about as much as we know of Leonard’s travels to Lunthea Maly. We know the emperor dwells there, one Khemkhaeng-Niran Klahan, for whom Leonard performed at some point in time. And we know Leonard was given a peacock, which was required back from him soon after. Otherwise, his visit to that land remains an enigma.
I hope you will pick up Veiled Rose and journey with me to Lunthea Maly for a short sojourn soon. And I do hope that one day I’ll have a chance to make a longer stay there, for mysteries abound in the City of Fragrant Flowers which we have scarcely begun to sniff out!
After all, it was in the east that Leonard learned how dragons might be fought . . .