The betrothal march is a longstanding tradition in many parts of Ghyll. Performed prior to the announcement of an engagement, a couple consults their preferred mathematic and/or religious advisor, and has the length of their personal march defined using complex formuli and lots of guesswork.
In modern times, the purpose of the march is to test the couple's devotion by making them wait to be together while pushing them through a grueling task. In the olden days, it likely had another purpose and possibly another name entirely (but, what this name may have been has been lost through the ages).
The march is broken into three sections called tri-menths, which are not of the same length, and always involve a prime number distance. They ascend in difficulty of travel terrain and length, with the third being the most challenging, and therefore most likely to break a couple apart.
Length of the modern betrothal march depends on the time of year, phases of the moons, color of the older partner’s hair, and the name of the #27 player on the younger partner’s local Bindlet Ball team. Thus, distances can range from several steps to a great many sugro-nanit lengths, truly testing the couple’s devotion.
The original conceiver of the betrothal march is thought to have been Briorus Jan-Vanderschusen, the noted philosophy and inventor who was thought to be born around -300 EC. As records from this time are hard to decipher, little is known about him.
--Darus Ixa 15:42, 15 Sep 2004
Just pray your local team actually has a player #27. I know of a number of "uhhh... nevermind" forfeitures solely due to the drastic consequences, love be damned! --Morbus Iff 22:45, 15 Sep 2004 (EDT)
Indeed. And of course players with *27 don't count. Love is never easy. --Darus Ixa 2:36, 17 Sep 2004