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Valtirian or Lycene mythology is the whole set of myths and beliefs that belong to the culture of Sabia and Verona and particularly its region of Lycem. It concerns their gods and other deities, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practice. It is one of the most significant aspects of the culture of Lycem and Sabia and Verona as a whole. Through prose and poetry, alongside oral tradition, Valtirian mythology tells the story of the world from its creation.
Valtirian mythology is explicitly embodied in a large collection of narratives, and implicitly in representational arts, such as painting and poetry. Valtirian myth attempts to explain the origins of the world, and details the lives and adventures of a wide variety of gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines, and mythological creatures. These are all together in compilations stored in texts by royal libraries in Lycem. The mythology of Lycem, which was later assimilated by the rest of Sabia and Verona, has been crafted during the trajectory of Lycem as a nation and then as a region. Rituals, music and other aspects of the culture of Sabia and Verona are based in its mythology.
Valtirian mythology doesn't find its roots in any particular existing text, and doesn't take elements from any other mythology. After Lycem's annexation by Sabia and Verona, most Lycene mythological texts were translated into other conlangs of Sabia and Verona, such as Sabian and Spanish. Over time, Lycene mythology became deeply ingrained in the culture and traditions of the rest of the Kingdom, and so it has been traditionally accepted that "Lycene mythology" should be known as "Valtirian mythology", to reflect its pertinence across the entire Valtir Sector".
- 1 Origins
- 2 Gods and deities
- 3 The Naxer Kingdom
- 4 The end of the world
The Senitaru ("Saga of Time") tells the story of how the three main gods of the Valtirian pantheon were born: as children of Father Širva and Mother Midra. The texts do not speak about the times before Father Širva and Mother Midra; the Senitaru begins with the phrase "Only Time knows it all, and Time is blind, deaf, and mute. Time is eternal and constant; Time was, is, and always will be". In the myth, in the beginning there was nothing but darkness, an endless abyss of vacuity. There was only Time. Time felt lonely, and from the insides of its cold womb It gestated Its divine offspring: twins Širva and Midra. The twins also felt lonely, for their mighty progenitor was, unlike them, devoid of form.
In the vast nothingness they only found solace in each others' company, and at the dawn of the first eon, they lay with each other in loving embrace. After the act, Midra was thirsty, and so Širva cried a tear to quench his sister's thirst. Midra then gave birth to Sidu, who, as a gift to her parents, created the vast primordial ocean. Another eon passed, and the twins lay together once more. This time, Širva felt cold, and so Midra bled from her insides and gave birth to Darmo, who as a gift to his parents, created the great primordial flame. On the dawn of the following eon, Širva and Midra again lay together, and now they both felt the desire to know all there was to know, the history of the past and the unwritten annals of the future. Širva tore off his right arm, and Midra her left, and they joined their severed limbs to create Nañvo, the black snake of clairvoyance, who looked past the great nothingness and saw the days to come. Nañvo whispered into the twins' ears, and they became enlightened.
With their newfound knowledge, Širva and Midra erected Bašorasorga, the jade-forest-upon-the-mountain, and declared it would henceforth be known as the domain of their children, the Princes of the Universe, who will give birth to the stars and the planets. Darmo, Sidu and Nañvo all produced offpsring with each other: Darmo and Sidu gave birth to six children: Odri, Satxi, Bikħo, Mago, Idro and Vesro. Nañvo and Sidu had other six children: Elinn, Kalinn, Sinn, Naga, Sadra, and Kosra; while Nañvo and Darmo produced four children: Gioro, Iño, Saħro and Usro.
The three main gods, Darmo, Nañvo and Sidu, fought for absolute control of Bašorasorga. They fought for forty-seven bloody years, and in the end, Darmo defeated his siblings. As a sign of victory, he took Nañvo's left eye and Sidu's right eye, and he incrusted them in the palms of his hands. Darmo then built Ñemonħret, the palace of the thousand doors, and was thenceforth known as the aiħretakrí, the Great Keep Master.
In Vyghana Desrochers' Tennotaru, the creation of the Earth happened in three stages, starting with the Affront. In the Affront, the god Satxi, one of Darmo's nine children with Sidu, dared to say he was superior in might and status to his father. The fire god was livid, and unleashed his wrath onto Satxi, turning his body into a burned black boulder. Darmo then demanded Kalinn, his niece and Satxi's wife, to take her disgraced husband's remains out from Bašorasorga and to dark, cold, deserted badlands in the corners of the Universe, where she was sentenced to cry over her fallen husband for the rest of her existence. Thus began the Formation. Kalinn's tears filled every nook and cranny of Satxi's remains, creating a never ending stream of water. Kalinn decided to hide inside Satxi's hardened rock-corpse, becoming a heart of pouring water.
After millenia, Satxi and Kalinn had been forgotten, the sole mention of their names being a punishable offence in the Ñemonħret. It was then that the third stage of creation, the Birth, began. The Birth began with Nagaír, who was a bastard child of Altir (son of Elinn) and Vigana (daughter of Sinn). Elinn and Sinn disapproved of Altir and Vigana's affair, seeing as they were both romantically invested with their respective offspring. As such, Nagaír was despised by two of the Bašorasorga's most powerful gods, who were determined to have Nagaír expelled from their domain.
One day, Sinn had her son Valio put one of her combs by Nagaír's side while the latter was sleeping. Then, she accused Nagaír of stealing her comb to Darmo, who declared the servant guilty and had them banished from Bašorasorga. Distraught, Nagaír begged their parents to defend them, but Altir and Vigana opted to look the other way despite knowing their child had been framed. Nagaír was exiled, doomed to roam the dark ends of the Universe for all of eternity.
After wandering for ages, Nagaír found a large scorched boulder from which water appeared to flow. They scrambled their way into the boulder's inside, until they found the heart of water that was once Kalinn. Nagaír told their story to Kalinn, who felt sympathy for the disgraced deity, as they reminded her of her disgraced husband. She embraced Nagaír with warm water, allowing them to take refuge in the heart of water. From there, over the course of thousands of years, Nagaír gave birth to the first soul, a marudargo, or spectacled bear, who became the King of the Night.
The King of the Night's crown was the moon, and his cape was made of stars. He shone his dim light and lighted the large dark boulder, allowing for the first plants and fungi to be born. The new plants were small and pale, but they were nonetheless beautiful, and Nagaír was pleased with his son, and Kalinn was happy, so she sent rainclouds to keep them alive.
The Sun and the Moon
The Night King's dim light was soon noticed by the gods of Bašorasorga, who went to Darmo to tell him what they'd seen. He ventured into the peripheral badlands until he reached the young earth, which was prospering, full of primal life. He recognized Kalinn's waters and Satxi's scorched corpse, and declared thus that the Earth was his domain by right. He saw the Night King's dim light and scoffed, as such a small and weak light was no match for his great primordial flame.
Darmo took off his right eye, and hid it in the Surdronbarisorga, the great mountain of the hundred white peaks. With his severed eye he would see all that transpired in the young earth, his newest domain. The King of the Night, defensive and wary of Darmo, sent pale monkeys to eat the fire god's eye, but Darmo saw the Night King's intentions and sent his daughter Vesro to protect his right eye. Vesro, armed with a sword of fire, killed the pale monkeys and carried her father's eye into the sky, where it shone a bright light that reached every corner of the earth. Fruit grew on trees, and the seas and rivers became warm; from them came the animals. Nagaír emerged from their cavernous lair, and upon feeling the warmth on their skin, they gave birth to the first humans.
The spiteful Night King, challenged Vesro to a duel to decide who was to rule the earth's skies. Thus, they entered an eternal dance. During the day, Vesro carries Darmo's eye through the sky, and the Night King lights the sky at night. Once every month, the Night King will visit his lover, Saħašo, and so he will be happy and the moon will be full.
Humans were born alongside plants and animals from Nagâir's divine warmth after they were presented with the light of Darmo's red eye. Originally, humans were like Nagaír: genderless and immortal; they sprouted out of the ground from Nagaír's divine warmth, as fully formed adults, and lived as such forever. The only way beings could die was through violent means, and only a god could take another being's life. This was until the gods Sinn and Naga, hearing tales of Lord Darmo's new domain, went to see the earth with their own eyes. The humans, unaccustomed to greater gods visiting them, were unsure how to properly receive the divine beings, so the gods felt offended they were not given a proper welcome by the creatures of the Earth. Deeming them inferior and uneducated, the siblings invoked their progenitor, the serpent god Nañvo, and asked them how to punish the humans for their insolence. Nañvo meditated for a while, and finally decided humans were not worthy of inmortality. The divine serpent copulated with their own children, and they gave birth to the death spirits, who would take care of keeping the humans mortal. Nañvo also declared humans would no longer sprout from Nagaír's warmth, instead they would reproduce as the gods did. Sinn gave half the humans wombs, and Naga gave the other half testes.
Gods and deities
Among the greater gods, the most important are the Ohekelorevesy, the Princes of the Universe. They are the three children of Father Xirva and Mother Midra, and the second generation of gods who inhabited the universe.
- Darmos: originally known as Daemon in Lycene, Darmos is the god of all fire and warmth. He is the arriakrij of the Niêgamonarrij, having defeated his two siblings in the struggle for dominance over the fortress. Darmos was the creator of the great primordial flame (aisidios ramunija), and has fathered most of the greater gods that inhabit the Niêgamonarrij. He also rules the Earth through his left eye; early sources disagree on whether Darmos' eye, called suurioniin caemijegoq ("red eye of fire") in Lycene, is the sun or not. Latter texts confirmed the eye was indeed the sun. He is described as a hot-headed, ill-tempered tyrant, who is feared by all other gods and is prone to sudden bursts of rage, that often end with a lesser deity harmed or killed. He is married to his daughter by Sidu, Ídenor; however, he often engages in relationships (both short and long-lasting) with other greater deities, and even lesser deities and, in rare occasions, humans. Physically he is described as being large and imposing, with long dark hair and a severe face. He has dark wings and eyes on the palms of his hands, which he took from Sidu and Nanvos when he defeated them in the fight for control of the Niêgamonarrij. As ruler and chief of all gods, inferior only to the universal parents Father Xirva and Mother Midra, he assings other deities their roles and attributes.
- Sidu: known in Lycene as Suii, Sidu was a goddess of primordial waters. Firstborn of Xirva and Midra, Sidu crated the vast primordial ocean (iethaigourê ramunij) to quench Xirva's thirst. Sidu embodied the primordial waters that ran in and out of the Niêgamonarrij, and she was the guardian of the golden lake in which all gods and goddesses bathed. She was killed by daughters Kosra and Sadria, who were jealous of Sidu's close relationship with her son (and Kosra and Sadria's brother) Naga. In early Lycene texts she is described as having been eaten by a jaguar sent by Kosra and Sadria, for which the two sisters were later punished by being forced to eat one another alive by Darmos. After her death, the position of guardian of the golden lake and goddess of the waters passed to her daughter with Darmos, Kalinn. Physically, she is described as having been beautiful, having the spitting image of the Mother, Midra. He long hair fell to the ground as a waterfall, and her eyes were clear as a heavenly pond.
- Nanvos: patron of knowledge, wisdom, clairvoyance and wit, Nanvos is known in Lycene as Nanavamon and has been also spelt in Sabian as Nanâvos. They take the form of a large black genderless snake; their left eye was severed by Darmos when the three ohekelorevesy fought for control of the Niêgamonarrij. They have the ability to see into the future and is omniscient. They are highly distrustful of Darmos, who also feels threatened by Nanvos' endless knowledge, so the black snake often spends time on earth, away from the Niêgamonarrij. They often take the form of a human, and interacts with mortals for their own amusement. They can speak the arcane tongue of the mother and the father, which gods are forbidden to speak and that will drive humans insane upon hearing it. Unlike Darmos, who has fathered many children, Nanvos only procreated twice, once with Sidu, producing six children (Elinn, Kalinn, Sinn, Naga, Sadria, and Kosra) and once with Darmos, producing four (Gioro, Idrio, Zahêro and Usêdro). Nanvos' children with Sidu are described as the most hauntingly beautiful entities in existence, while his children with Darmos are described as terrifying beasts, elemental monsters who guard the entrance to the Niêgamonarrij.
The arripeliosar are gods who descend from the princes of the Universe, through their children. Among these, the sons and daughters of Darmos are considered the most important. The Niêgamonarrij is divided into a strict caste of gods organized by order of birth; those closest to the original princes of the Universe are higher in the caste system than those who were born later. Those in the top are the direct offpsring of Darmos, Sidu and Nanvos with each other, among which are particularly relevant:
- Maghos: god of the winds, Maghos is the son of Darmos and Sidu. He was his father's second-in-command and favorite son, having great sway over the other gods and owning many servants. He was initially god of abundance, and organized great feasts and dances in the Niêgamonarrij. However, his father came to distrust him as he was becoming too powerful, so he sent him to earth to become the god of the winds. He became resentful, and he deeply dislikes humans, considering them impure and inferior for their mortal existences, for which he often makes strong winds rise to destroy human settlements and anger the waters. He is considered responsible for most natural disasters. Maghos is married to his twin daughters, Riova, goddess of music, and Niava, goddess of restlessness and disruption. In Lycene he is known as Meerion.
- Kalinn: daughter of Sidu and Nanvos, Kalinn is the goddess of all water bodies: seas, lakes and rivers. Kalinn was Sidu's successor as goddess of water, she became guardian of the golden lake of the Niêgamonarrij upon her mother's death. Kalinn is described as being hauntingly beautiful and mysterious, traits she shares with her direct siblings. She is mostly known for her pivotal involvement in the creation of the earth; as the wife of her half-brother Siaxin, she was banished from the Niêgamonarrij and cursed to deposit her disgraced husband's corpse away from Darmos' domain in the dark badlands. There, she formed the oceans, rivers and lakes on Siaxin's body, which became the earth. She also indirectly created mortal life by nurturing and embracing Nagâir upon his banishment from the Niêgamonarrij. She is known as Cali'i in Lycene.
- Elinn: also known as Élemos in Sabian or Liimin in Lycene, Elinn is the god of feelings and emotions. He always wears masks, only few gods know his true appearance. Elinn is said to live more on Earth than in the Niêgamonarrij, as he finds humans and earth creatures more interesting and enjoyable than gods. Humans, initially devoid of feelings, were granted emotions by Elinn, who poisoned the mushrooms humans ate in order to infect them with his venom. Elinn is described as zealous, passionate, dramatic and unstable, being prone to cathastrophic mood swings. He has one son Altir, god of chaotic beauty and irrational love, whom he fathered by self-impregnating. Altir and Elinn have a conflictive relationship; they are, for the most part, lovers, but every fortnight they will fight and create great disruption among the gods. During these periods in which they are apart, Altir will often have affairs with other gods and humans, fathering many children whom Elinn despises.
Tempeliosar (sing. tempelios) is a god born on Earth, unlike arripeliosar who were born in the Niêgamonarrij, or Ohekelorevesy who were born before any lands existed, tempeliosar are younger gods who often interact with humans, and are often assigned patronage of earthly things like mountains, rivers, lakes, trees and waterfalls. Many tempeliosar live in underground cities made of human bones, where they exist in a rigid caste system similar to that employed by the arripeliosar. Groxi Vej the Elder subclassifies tempeliosar into four different groups:
- Veisérethar or "old spirits". They are highborn and noble tempeliosar who precede the other earthly gods in order of presedence. Among them is the Rexa Grej, who rules over Sahoranag, the largest and foremost of the underground cities. The Rexa Grej rules with the help of three sisters known as the Anefaly, who council him and traditionally have more influence than him.
- Aksérethar or "blood spirits". They're the inhabitants of the underground cities. Most of them pledge allegiance to one of the several spirit clans that exist in the underground cities. They often travel to the overworld where they interact with humans and other creatures. They became more reclusive after the arrival of Árigo and the foundation of Naxer, avoiding as much contact with humans as possible.
- Jarasérethar or "free spirits". They are tempelionar who either never went to live in the underground cities, ran away or were banished from them, or were born outside of them after their creation They interact with humans and overworld creatures the most, and will often mate with humans to produce half-spirit half-human hybrids.
- Geshérethar or "servant spirits". They are the lowest class of tempelionar and by far the most numerous one. As their name indicates, they serve higher veisérethar, the aksérethar, and in rare cases, jarasérethar and even Naxerin royalty. Sometimes, geshérethar are freed from their existence in service in a ritual known as bouxêgêxett.
The Naxer Kingdom
The Naxer Kingdom (Naxerexin) was a royal state built around the divine city of Naxer, which was founded by Árigos Apasorios, son of Darmos with his the demi-goddess Élinor. The city was built in a plateau nestled by five black mountains: Surbanikara, Sejêkâry, Sennajáfarin, Velisêkârane and Omsogârane. In the 2014 Lycene paper Lax Reeghasar ei Reeghenisar nae Naaxar ei Taaxir Ataariteniqon Ataariar (On the Kings and Queens of Naaxar [Naxer] and Their Mythological Stories) was released, further explaining the lineage of monarchs of Naxer, known collectively as the eight dynasties (jero lidasy).
First Dynasty, Apasorios
The first dynasty (raxikê lidesê) was the Apasorios dynasty (lit. "Sunfire"). The age of the Apásorios rulers was known as the Age of Fire. They were, through Árigo, first King of Naxer and founder of the dynasty, descendents of Darmos and Élinor. Árigo was born in the Niêgamonarrij, and was sent to Earth to found the city of Naxer, and create a kingdom for his father on Earth. "Naxer" meant "chosen land" (from the Dozenal Sabian nəš).
Reign of Árigo
Árigo was the son of Darmos and Élinor, who was Darmos' granddaughter and one of the earliest demi-goddesses. Élinor was a warrior princess, known for her strength and power (traits she inherited from Darmos) and her remarkable beauty and intelligence. Árigo was born in the Niêgamonarrij and was sent to Earth as a child to become ruler of the world and devoted servant to his father. There, he rallied the people to build Naxer, the sacred city that would become the capital of a large, ever-expanding empire. Naxer was built with bricks of a mysterious moss-green stone that was said to come from the Niêgamonarrij itself. The humans of the earth were marvelled by Naxer and its high walls, and pilgrimaged to the sacred mountains to visit the city and pay their respects to their divine king. The human tribes and clans of the area all pledged their allegiance to Árigo, except for the Irin-to clan and the Udoa tribe (the former, according to Desrochers was native to the Naxer valley area, while the former was a tribe of the Bagirakugor (lit. "blue northern sea", the Caribbean). These rebellious clans were crushed by hordes of demons invoked by Árigo.
Árigo married a woman named Xia, and granted her the name Axrin, to fit the naming customs of the Gods. They had five children; his firstborn daughter, Hirie, would ultimately become his successor. Over the years, Árigo's wife and children grew older; Axrin became an old woman and their children became adult men and women. Upon Axrin's death of natural causes, Árigo asked Nanvos to confer onto him mortality, wishing to die like his human wife. Árigo's funeral pyre was lit atop the Surbekaraniro mountain, and burned for nine years, shining bright through night and day.
Reigns of Hirie, Sior and Nahro
Hirie, Árigo's first daughter, became Queen of Naxer after his death. Her reign was long and peaceful, and she lived for nearly two centuries. Hirie is credited as being the inventor of the miaasa toobosu script of the Lycene language, an archaic script now used for the Pahunist liturgical language of Pahdur. She is described as being avid in the traditional arts: painting, poetry and songwriting. She was succeeded by her daughter Sior.
Queen Sior began the expansion of the Naxer kingdom's domains beyond the Naxer valley area, and started great wars with the low kingdoms of the western and southern mountains. Sior was married to a man named Gušori, but had through her life a lasting affair with a free spirit called Kumironu, with whom she had several children. Having never produced offspring with her husband, she legitimized her children with Kumironu.
- Nahaeron the Peaceful: Second son of Xiera and her consort Zaeron. He ascended the throne when he was already in adulthoold. He married a noblewoman named Sirea, a member of the Tannok Clan, a supporter of the rebellious clan that led the uprising against Nahaeron's mother. This act secured peace between the Tannok and the Crown. With economic problems rising in the colonies his mother had established and facing war, Nahaeron preferred to retrieve his troops from the invaded lands in order to prevent major losses for the realm. Although this was seen as an act of cowardy by Nahaeron's court, with time he was soon regarded as a wise king and the Kingdom prospered under him until his death. He dies childless, and his wife survives him.
Reign of Dímero
- Dimerion the Cruel: Only son of Baerion, Xiera's third son. He took the crown as Nahaeron's closest living relative. A lustful and impatient man, Dimerion was given the posthumous name of "axRhiceloq", the Cruel, for his actions in the war against the savages of the north, but it applied to his personal life as well. He married three young women, between the ages of 13 and 18 at the same time. While poligamy was a common thing for the Naaxari, it was seen as an inappropriate for the King to do. The three young queens, Anixoca, Etenis and Vighana (unrelated to the goddess Vighana, paramour of Sinn) jumped from a tall waterfall on their wedding night. The waterfall later became known as Cooreeghenisiitucaaesii, "three queens cried". Dimerion died soon after, childless. It is said he was assasinated. He had no funeral, and was mourned by no one. Dimerion died as the last King of the Sunfire Dynasty.
It is known that after the death of Dimerion, some parties involved in the Dark Five Years supported Princess Neerva Sunfire, a distant relative of Dimerion and member of the Elinorean branch of the Sunfire Dynasty (named so for being founded by Princess Elinore Sunfire, eldest daughter of Aerigon the Great). However the Elinorean branch had distanced itself too much from their royal relatives and their claim to the throne was weak. Neerva further declined all relations to her supporters in the war. The last full-blooded Sunfires were Rhaegon Sunfire, son of Neerva, and his sons Erigon and Taeriq. Erigon and Taeriq died alongside their mother Livana during the Dark Five Years. Rhaegon later ran away to the mountains with his lover Amexe, to be never heard of again.
Following Dimerion's death, a civil war for the throne sparked between the clans of the Kingdom, known as the Dark Five Years (Aghamiqeerivoxonii). It is described as being the bloodiest conflict the Naaxari had witnessed. The Rhexin Clan came victorious. The Rhexin Dynasty was the shortest of Naaxar ruling dynasties and is only counted as one because it was blessed by Daemon as the true successors to his progeny. It was known as the Poor Dynasty and its ruling age was known as the Age of Stone, for Azeron of the Stone, its first King.
- Azeron the Victorious: Leader of the Rhexin Clan, Azeron of the Stone (later known as Azeron the Victorious and Azeron the Unholy among the religious entities of Naaxar) won the civil war that emerged after the tragic end of the Sunfire Dynasty. He was crowned King of Naaxar by the God Daemon himself, who recognized Azeron's bravery in battle. However Azeron's rule was characterized by the "Human Betrayal" (Nagacosuuri). His politics drifted apart from the Gods' world, and he began the secularization of Naaxar. In one particular event, known as the Tragedy of the Ninety Daughters, Azeron ordered the arson of a Temple in honour of Daemon in a place called Oruugaasu afoot Zaavoennoxeervon. The temple was inhabited by ninety Daughters of Daemon, an all-female order of nuns. When Azeron's troops ordered the Daughters to leave, they refused, and after three days and three nights of waiting, they set fire to the temple anyways. The ninety nuns perished in the fire, but the temple didn't burn at all. Azeron's sister, Jeva, had a daughter with the god Vaaelon, Dinara. Dinara and her husband Saalion fathered Liin, who founded the Airujasin Clan that would eventually rule six generations later.
- Sailon the Mad: The second son of Azeron, Sailon became Heir to the Throne when his brother Ulion married a Merighaniin Seenionar woman named Tisara and left for the snowy tundra of the Annasiiqoxervii. Not very bright and mentally unstable, Sailon fell into insanity as his reign passed. His madness became especially aggravating when his oldest son, Aze, died as a soldier fighting against a rebellion that had just sparked in the norhteast. Sailon, haunted by his father's hatred towards the Gods and torn for his firstborn's death, attempted to wage a war against the Nhegoxacuuriarari. But his soldiers deemed him crazy and didn't follow his commands, instead placing a nobleman known as Teeomon of the Sinsai'i Clan in power. Ignoring his lack of any support, he insisted on attacking the Gods' palace, most likely unaware that the place wasn't even on Earth. He died when he fell from his horse.
The Sinsai'i Clan reached the throne through Teeomon Sinsai'i who was placed in power after Sailon the Mad's death. Teeomon was known as "the Resourceful". The Sinsai'i Clan was known for being exceptionally wealthy and during their time in power (known as the Age of Gold) Naaxar thrived and prospered. For this it was known as the Good Dynasty. After Teeomon died his first son Ghilon ruled. He was known as the Tactician and he reassured the Kingdom's claims in the region. Ghilon married Anixoca (unrelated to Anixoca Sunfire, wife of Dimerion) and had Viirion and Derina. Viirion ruled after Ghilon. He was known as "the Unpredictable" and his reign was particularly cathastrophic compared to his predecessors. He ruled for a short time before accidentally dying of poisoning. His young daughter Etenis succeded him. Unlike her father Etenis ruled for a very long time until she was old, and even after her death she was praised and loved by her people, hence she was known as the Undying. She was succeded by her only son Axtar, who protagonizes the famous legend of Axtar and Nir.
Known for being an excellent hunter, Axtar the Hawk was said to have fallen in love with the rama Nir (who now appears on the coat of arms of Sabia). Nir lived in an enchanted lake of the mountains. Axtar attempted to impress Nir with the skin of a jaguar he had hunted, but Nir felt offended the King had dared to hunt in the Lake Spirit's domain, so she drowned him in the lake. When the men of the Royal Guard searched the highlands for the king's body, they saw the lake in which he had drowned had turned red like blood. By common tradition he was to be succeded by his cousin Videgon, but the young prince disappeared hours before the coronation and the Sinsai'i Dynasty came to an end.
The Airujasin Clan was founded during the Age of Stone by Liin Airujasin, granddaughter of Jeva Rhexin, Azeron Rhexin's sister. After the fall of the Synsai'i Dynasty, Atoq Airujasin was chosen as the most suited heir to the throne by supporters of the relatively small clan. Atoq, at first reluctant to assume any sort of leadership (being the third son of a second son himself), eventually came around and dedicated his reign to restoring the cult towards the Gods in a pantheistic fashion, opposing the Daemon-centered religion that had been practiced in Naaxar so far. After his death he was known as the Restorer. He was succeded by his firstborn son Daeooron, who wasn't popular among the Eiseetrionar. At several times during Daeooron's reign the Naaxaris were almost at war with the Tmuujin Ree. The tension declined when Daeooron died suddenly in his sleep and was succeded by his first son Zaeron. Zaeron is often compared to Nahaeron Sunfire, since he relented many of the Kingdom's lands to the Eiseetrionar in order to appease them. He is known as the Bland. Zaeron's only sond was Baerion, who after a few years of his father's reign exiled him and took the crown. Baerion the Certain was succeded by his daughter Alina, the Taciturn, who ruled for twenty years before giving up the throne to her only son Xerion. Xerion was the father of Thar, who was known as the God's Lover.
Thar was succeded by his daughter Divedrin, who was known as the Graceful. She was the daughter of the goddess Sinn and not her father's wife, Xiera. However since she was a divine child she still had a right to the throne. Divedrin was generally looked up to and loved by her people. The Kingdom prospered under her hand, and it was said her reign had been blessed by the Gods. Many wanted to marry her, but she gracefully declined all of the proposals. Unaware to her, one of the men who had asked for her hand was Oriman, a revengeful god, who took the rejection very personally. For not accepting his hand, Oriman cursed Divedrin and dried her womb, so she would never have a child. Divedrin, infuriated, asked her mother for revenge. The gods, moved by Divedrin's situation, smashed Oriman awry. It is said that after that, Divedrin only menstruated once again, and when she bled, a seed came out. She planted the seed and a tree with red leaves grew out of it. The tree was named Divedriniin Naavaq, "son of Divedrin" and that is the Lycene name of the red milker tree (Euphorbia cotinifolia). Divedrin was the last Airujasin ruler.
The Esir Clan came to power through Elinor Esir, who married Saerion Airujasin, the last full-blood member of the Airujasin Dynasty (belonging to the Divedrian branch of the Airujasin Clan descending from Divedrion Airujasin, younger brother of King Daeooron the Snake). The Esir Dynasty had a prosperous and peaceful age known as the Age of Rivers, and the dynasty itself was known as the Tranquil Dynasty.
Elinor was succeded by her first son Jeevon, known as the Farmer. Jeevon ruled shortly before giving up the crown to his second son Rhaegon after his first son Toosiron died of a fever. Rhaegon was known as the Just and his reign was long compared to his father's. He married Mitana and had Njaava, who took the lead after he died. Njaava was known as the Unfortunate. His first two sons, Jeevon and Teedre, and his eldest daughter, Saleona, all died in a fire. He was succeded by his son Teghon, who became popular as a young prince for his charm and gentry and was known as the Gallant. He married a low-class woman named Sirna and had Anixoqa. Anixoqa became Queen in her adulthood and against her coucillors' wishes she refused to take a man. Instead she married her servant Lix, and the two women ran away to the Cieeon Lox.
The Seelotuq Clan claimed the crown after Queen Anixoqa left for Cieeon Lox. In order to avoid another civil war for the leadership of Naaxar, Axaron Seelotuq married his childhood friend Leena, granddaughter of King Njaava. The Seelotuq Dynasty came in power during a turbulent time in the Kingdom and their age was known as the Age of Steel. Four of the six Seelotuq rulers were women, so the Sixth Dynasty was known as the Daughters' Dynasty. Following the early death of King Axaron, Leena Esir took the crown as a Seelotuq. She was succeded by their first daughter Daleonis, who is commonly compared to Xiera Sunfire. Daleonis was known as the Tigress and is said to have been especially strong and strict. During her reign a narrower feudal system was implemented in Naaxar. However she had no luck with her offspring. Her first child was stillborn and her second son, Airuj, died of a young age shortly after inheriting the crown. His cousin Senna, daughter of Xervon Seelotuq became Queen regnant. Senna drew ties between the Náaśaris and the Setraacsionar. She was to allow them into the Kingdom's cities and in exchange recieve military help from them, but she died before she could complete her plans. Senna's daughter Daegana suffered a similar fate as King Airuj. She was known as the Last Daughter.
The Altiraq Clan was created as a cadet branch of the Cēlotuk Dynasty by Aerigon Altiriin. Aerigon was the son of Xervon Seelotuq and younger brother to Queen Senna. During the Last Daughter's rule the god Altir, son of Liimin fell in love with prince Aerigon. Altir made Aerigon pregnant, and used his divine status to place the prince in the throne. Aerigon renounced his clan's name and became Altiriin, and arranged for his descendents to be Altiraq. He was known officially as "Aerigon the Second", as he was the first King of Naaxar to have the same name as a predecessor, but he was also commonly known as "the One Who Gave Birth". The Altiraq Dynasty's age was known as the Age of Light and the clan was known as the Fair-Blooded Dynasty. Aerygon was said to have been made immortal by Altir and taken to the Nhegoxacuuriarari. His daughter Mirna became Queen after him. She married Ghesir, a claimed distant relative of Saleon Esir. Ghesir and Mirna had four children, who would be known as the Peeghoniin Vaaitosy, the Heads of the Dragon: Dhigon, Xervon, Vaasa and Hira.
When Mirna died unexpectedly, preparations were made for Dhigon to be crowned. However Xervon intended to usurp his brother's crown under the pretext of him being too weak to assume any responsibilities, and with the help of Vaasa he gathered an army to seize the royal residence. Hira took Dhigon's side and making use of her charisma she managed to get many of the Kingdom's largest clans in her favour. At the beginning of the first rainy season following Queen Mirna's death the war for the throne began, and soon it extended its claws throughout all the Kingdom. Nanavamon, seeing war coming and predicting a disastrous outcome, poisoned the rivers and lakes and made the water confuse the horses and soldiers, rendering uncapable for battle. Then he sent snakes to kill the four brothers, effectively preventing the war. After a short regency the crown was taken by Miraagon, son of Sirca and Aeron, children of Xervon and Vaasa respectively.
Miraagon was known as the Green, for his reputed abilities as a gardener. He married Zaaria and was succeeded by his only daughter Vaarina. Vaarina was known as the Engineer, and not unlike her long-gone predecessor Xiera Sunfire she had her eyes focused on the sea. However Vaarina succeded where Xiera failed, and she managed to build steady boats that would resist the fierceness of the sea. She sailed north and with her troops managed to reach land to the Islands of the Turtle, the Island of the Pearl and even further north to the Daughter Islands, but their settlements never lasted long. She died old of age before any of her colonies could become large enough to remain on feet. She was succeded by her eldest son Xirnaj, who was known as the Artist. He was famous for his paintings and his sculptures, and devised new writing styles for the gods' languages, improvements of the ones made by Daemon the Wise. He married a woman named Leina, who was said to be a long descendent of the godess Cali'i. Leina bore Xirnaj only one daughter before being taken away by the fevers. Carin Altiraq, the Night-Haired, became Queen of Naaxar on the Night of the Thousand Flying Stars, and it was said her reign had been cursed by the Aghamiin Reeghas. It was said she bathed on the forbidden lakes of the Annasiiqoxervi'iin Daeoorghon, and she prayed to the Aghamiin Reeghas on the nights of the full moon, pleading the Odargho to keep her young and beautiful. She reigned for a thousand days and a thousand nights before dying peacefully in her sleep, childless and unmarried.
After Carin's death she was succeded by her nephew Esson, son of Sidea, daughter of Leesaj, second son of Vaarina. Esson was the son of a setraacsion prince who was said to be distantly related to Mireon of the Merighaniin Seenionar. When the young king became twenty years old, his father snatched him away only to retun five years later. By then Esson had changed, and had little patience for the formalities of the royal court. Shortly after having returned he went back to his father in the forest, and placed a series of regents to take care of the royal matters. When the news came to the royal palace that Esson had died, pierced by a spear on a petty fight, leaving no heirs behind, the high-ranking officers of the realm decided they had to act fast before another war started.
The Eighth Dynasty
The rulers of Naaxar following the fall of the Altiraq were not, in fact, a Dynasty. Following the death of King Esson, a Plenipotentiary Council (Kaasjevootir) was established by the ministers of Esson's regency. The Kaasjevootir was composed of representatives from the Kingdom's major clans, and its leadership rotated every twelfth full moon. This was known as the Age of the Condor Feather Kings, as since the Council's temporary leaders were not allowed to wear the former kings' regalia, they wore condor feathers on their hair and clothes as a sign of their status. The Kaasjevootir ruled for three decades before cathastrophe struck in the Kingdom.
Thirty four years following the establishment of the Kaasjevootir, on the day the 31st Condor Feather King was supposed to be elected, Daemon made an unexpected appearance before the members of the Council, something he hadn't done since the times of the First Dynasty. Daemon complained to the astonished Kaasjevootir; he explained how he could see the people of Naaxar worshipping other gods instead of him. He complained the honour of his son, the late King Aerigon and his descendents had been stained, and the Kingdom of Naaxar could no longer be called so, since it was not the chosen land anymore. He demanded the Kaasjevootir do something about it, and gave the Condor Feather King a period of one year to fulfill his godly wishes. Otherwise, Daemon promised, there would be fire and death in Naaxar.
The Kaasjevootir elected the delegate from a western clan, the Airusiilo Clan, as the 31st Condor Feather King; Vaador Airusiilo, a young cousin of the clan's leader, Aighon. Vaadon, a skilled tactician and charismatic military leader, formed a secret police force known as the Aghavoolar, which he employed to neutralize religious leaders promoting the worship of gods other than Daemon. Thus began the Divine Terror, as it came to be known. Death squads massacred whoever was suspected of worshipping the wrong gods, and whoever didn't adhere to the cult of Daemon would be executed. Vaadon also created a unified army composed of men and women he knew were loyal to him, as he knew he couldn't count with the loyalty of the clans' arms if it came to conflict. During the year of Vaadon's reign, it is said at least a fifth of the Kingdom's population was executed. New temples were commissioned On the twelfth full moon of his reign, when Vaadon was supposed to step down, he seized the Royal Palace with all of the Kaasjevootir inside. His Aghavoolar killed the delegates, and he went on to declare himself Emperor of Naaxar (Reeghasariin Reeghas nae Naaxar).
That night, Daemon never came. Vaadon waited anxiously for the god's judgement, but the deity never graced the Earth with his presence, and not a word came from the Lord of Fire.
The end of the world
The Iixataari (story of the end), narrated by Nanavamon, states the world will end when the moon falls from the sky and the sun darkens. Fire will become white as snow, and it will burn everything from the great peaks to the oceans and lakes. The rivers will become snakes made of ivory-coloured fire, and they will destroy everything they find. The gods will all become statues made of ash, and the Nhegoxacuuriarari will fall to the ground as if it was made of leaves. Only time will be left; and from time, Father Xirvaa'oqu and Mother Minnvha'aqu will be born again.
- Siunaq axVaaxaon miinuroo, taaxir nisixion siraton Atoq ei axAghamiin Reeghas iisinoo, diq oqu axSelooceon axApa ei axAtaaxi rhaqsoo. Annaon teevo druuj axSuurion eentiroo, diq ocegioo oqu axEerivon Xeervon aqu axAixocar Suiiar etacxoo. Lindrar nae nileeron suurion noojar eentiroo, diq vex rha nhegox vaelariin laegim oocegioo taaxar aljoo ziveroo. Seervar nae suurnijann axPeelionar eentiroo, diq teevo deexrar axNhegoxacuuriarari aqu thiruu rhaqsoo. Xendraon finaton amaaroo; diq vex Xendraon, Edan Xirvaa'oqu ei Misaa Minnvha'aqu cieenoo.