Alh Margaqs'n, the Great BeastIn the Saohri mythology, Alh Margaqs'n (litt. The Devourer) is the incarnation of the empty, primordial state of the world. An otherworldly, unintelligible being who seeks to consume all that exists, and return the world to nothing. The Gods have kept it from destroying the world more than once, but even their limitless powers cannot kill it completely- one cannot erase what comes from nothing.
Alh Margaqs'n is described as a monstrous beast, with thousands of legs, ten thousand eyes, a long body that coils and slithers and slides in a large, black mass of cold sharp scales. It knots itself together, buried under the earth. Harund keeps watch over the beast, tasked with pushing it back into its jail whenever it tries to escape it.
The Fate of the UnjustThere are a few legends about what fates await those who end up trapped in Alh Margaqs'n. All will suffer alone, walking the eternal maze of tunnels and streets that make up the beast's insides. The Book of Ikaron describe tunnels of rock and dirt, suffocating and weighing on those who desperately try to claw their way out. The Book of the Dead describe a limitless town with empty streets, where a black sun shines and faceless crowds drown any who attempt to fight its current.
Please, let me make amends- I don't want to die now, I know he won't save me if I die now, just- please, I don't want to be devoured!
What few legends exist that speak of Alh Margaqs'n all describe the crushing feeling of isolation, the eternal suffering of those forced to walk through the eternal maze alone. The myths and scriptures talking about the Great Beast are rare, but they are enough to frighten even the most violent criminals as they are walked to the noose.
It will burst from Matazel the Lonely and tear the world in two. It will reach for the sun and the moon, and the dead will die once more as it engulfs Ayshabiu. One by one the gods will die, until only Aher remain.
Saohri scriptures rarely talk about the Alh Thüs: only the Seeing of Iqtibon, a minor uncomplete cycle of prophecies, holds any real mention of it. Alh Margaqs'n is essentially imprisoned inside Matazel himself, and the creator of the world- if he dies, the world effectively ends. The prophecies stop when only Aher remains.
Several theories exist to explain the abrupt ending of the prophecies. Some say the end was lost, destroyed by creatures of the Great Devourer, while others claim Iqtibon could not bare to write what happened next. A few theologists, in an attempt to debunk the theories, claim that the author of the "prophecies" stopped writing when they realised it would be impossible to make sense of Aher the Green's death.
Their reasoning is as follows: all gods exist as incarnations or extensions of Matazel the Lonely, including Alh Margaqs'n, meaning they all exist within physical space. As the incarnation of time, Aher is the only god whose existence does not derrive from Matazel in some way or another. Alh Margasqs'n is bound to its way of existing, never able to destroy Aher, and so long as the god lives the world will not have ended.
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