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Early LifeRafael Chon'ijich was born around 1714 in K'onip, the third largest city in the Great Haruwin of the Selk'nam. His family was relatively middle class for the region. His father was a craftsman, but he specialized in pottery. Rafael took an immediate interest in pottery, and he always remembered his roots in pottery. It is said that he always carries his first notable piece of pottery with him in his bags.
In 1733, Rafael received his first commission. He was to carve and sculpt decorations for his home city, K'onip. The city had just received fortifications, and some local citizens were afraid that they would bring war, so he was to make the fortifications into works of art.
He quickly excelled at this, and went throughout the Haruwins to decorate all of the village's fortifications. He was then given a commission to design the Ona Yagich Cathedral, and began to make some impressive progress.
In 1735, he completed the work he is best known for in the Haruwin, Rafael's Pillar. It was the first major work of Western art in native Atlantia.
Life in Wales
Moving to Wales
Within two months of completing Rafael's Pillar, Rafael disguised himself as a seminary and boarded a ship sailing for Magdeburg under orders by Great Chief Cornelius Tuch'huelpe. He was to learn even more about architecture within one year, and then sail back to the Haruwin.
Along the way, however, he contacted King Arthur II of Wales with plans to make a great Cathedral in Avalon, which would soon amaze all of the Western world. King Arthur openly invited him to his court.
There was much speculation about why Rafael chose to relocate to Wales, but it is thought that he was convinced by the strong place Catholicism had in the lives of everyday Welsh people. Also, he had made at least three trips to De Mor Tir, a Welsh colony, and was impressed by the advanced technology with which he could build much more. Finally, the capital city of Avalon had recently finished construction, so he felt a great opportunity to show his skills in the new city.
Cathedral of Avalon