Who or What is Ganhook's Beard?
A great question.
After centuries of being exposed to lavun dust, magic spell chants, and all manner of weird experiences, Ganhook’s beard became sentient. Of all the odd things we’ve encountered in Dunari, the beard is the oddest. It knows everything that Ganhook knows, is immune to suffering, and has evolved a method of reasoning that beats any human mind. Ganhook often consults with it. It rarely communicates with anyone except him.
It may well be the most valuable thing in Dunari.
The first time I heard Ganhook talking to it I thought he’d gone mad.
It lacks empathy, though, which makes sense. It’s never experienced pain, fear, love or hate. So it cannot understand these things. And while it claims to be above all human weaknesses it sure gets fired up when people disagree with it. In fact, if we weren’t so wary of it, it would be fun to tease. Putting up with a know-it-all cat is bad enough. Dealing with a ball of hair that thinks it’s a mastermind is often intolerable.
It’s impossible to tell what relationship it has with Ganhook. I’ve seen them argue though. Apparently, they argued so badly one time, the beard managed to physically take control of Ganhook, and tried to tear itself free. Though nobody apart from Shinytop witnessed this, Shinytop swears its true. I believe him. Whenever the beard tries to overrule one of Ganhook’s decisions, it rises up to cover his face.
I suspect that’s why Ganhook mostly keeps it rolled up. Tied at both ends, it sits like a mini carpet under his chin. Shinytop refuses to have anything to do with it. He won’t say why. I suspect that it has something to do with his execution.
Somehow the beard keeps itself looking cool and healthy. Ganhook never has to trim, wash, comb or oil it.
That beard is just weird.