The cornerstone of thrall belief is the exaltation of nonexistence, personified as Ybris, which manifests in various ways: visibly, in a thrall’s rejection of even the simplest technologies—buttons, homes, even manufactured tools—and philosophically, in a thrall’s tendency to indiscriminately murder and destroy everything he deems to too lavishly venerate Nyue in its existence. Indeed, a thrall lives only the simplest life required to ensure others may die.

It was thus a surprise when sage Cuardas returned with an account of various thrall rituals which seemed to indicate a greater sense of civilization than was previously ascribed to thrall culture, such as it is.