Epic of the Lovers

A Forgotten Tale

Some of you, if not all, may be familiar with the Epic of the Magic-Bringer, and notably the Betrayal of Samara. It is, after all, the most famous work of our era. But what you might ignore, is its lesser known twin tale- come close, and hear my story.
— Thayadur Al'Jemel

The Epic of the Lovers tells the story of Mahsati, a mortal musician of great talent and renown. She was fair and kind, her skills were praised and she played at the court and parties of the most noble amongst the Danatelian Lands. But she was unlucky in love, never able to catch the eye of those she desired with her heart.

So, the musician decided to seek the Goddess of Love, and ask for her blessing. Much of the journey she follows is the same as in the Epic of the Magic-Bringer. It was a long and perilous journey, every new step challenging her wits and determination, until finally she reached the Sea of Dusk.

For a week Mahsati paced back and forth through the realm of Gods, seeking Samara the Enchantress. She went to her temple, searched through the gardens, asked the divine attendants where she could find the Goddess. But none knew how to find her, and so Mahsati kept searching.

On the 8th night, as she lay exhausted against a tree, she pulled out her oud, and sang the woes that weighed on her heart. The melody danced through the heavenly gardens, until it found its way to the ear of the Goddess Samara, who happened to pass by.

The Goddess was entranced. She tried to find the musician who played such delicate notes, who could make nature sing with her, but the melody stopped too soon and Samara could not find the one who had captured her heart. The following night, the Goddess returned to the gardens, hoping to catch the melody once more.

Once again, the crystalline music elevated through the air, and the trees and plants sang with it. Samara followed the sound, quick and fast, until through the bushes of roses she could peer at Mahsati, playing her song. The Goddess stood in silent, captured by the music. Only as Mahsati prepared to leave did Samara leave her place of hiding.
Mortal, I must know your name. Your voice has captured my heart, your words speak to my soul, my Ruwah has never felt love as strong as it does now. Please, follow me, let me take you to my home.
— Samara to Mahsati

And so they returned to the Goddess' domain, a beautiful house with a thousand interior gardens, filled with books and intriguing objects of all kinds. The whole while, Samara and Mahsati talked, and the musician explained the purpose of her visit. The Goddess promised her she would do whatever she could, and this is how Habayan came to be.

As fate would have it, the Goddess and the musician found themselves bound together, the Lovers Marks appearing on their skin and marking them as habibi. Samara was so moved by the events, that this day she forgot to work on her Weave, and it slipped out of the divine realm and into the world of mortals. That is how magic came to be, through acts of love and determination.
After having written the famed Epic of the Magic Bringer, the Nasbarin Thayadur Al'Jemel wrote a second, almost forgotten story. He never publicly acknowledge its existence, and only a handful of original manuscripts exist, hidden deep within the heart of the . Why Thayadur never spoke of this myth is a mystery, burried and forgotten under the sands of time.

Cover image: by Mohammad Ali Berenji


Author's Notes

I'd like to dedicate this myth to the one and only Qurilion, because I think he'd like it.

Thank you all for taking the time to read! I hope you enjoyed it :)

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Dec 17, 2020 03:01 by R. Dylon Elder

Ooof. That's some powerful stuff right there. My lord that final sentence has just the right amount of punch to it. I love that so much, the idea that magic was a mistake caused by nothing more than losing track if time with one you love. Masterful work!

Dec 17, 2020 09:58 by TC

Oooh :'0, thank you so much for the kind words, they mean a lot!!

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Dec 17, 2020 10:06 by Sailing Ocelot

This is a very beautiful myth. Great work :)

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Dec 17, 2020 10:15 by TC

Thank you <3!

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Dec 17, 2020 10:12 by Angantyr

The played song gives the myth another dimension while it is read. I could understand why Samara fell in love with Mahsati.

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Dec 17, 2020 10:16 by TC

The song is amazing, and I'm very glad it adds to the article! Thank you <3

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Dec 17, 2020 20:50 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I much prefer this myth of how magic came to be. Makes me happy. I wonder why the author wrote the second myth, and why he didn't publish it like he did the other.   (Yay for the Eurydice song!)

Dec 18, 2020 10:32 by TC

I think everyone prefers the second myth hahaha, I mean it is a lot nicer ^^ (and yay for the song :D!). Thank you for the comment <3!   Because Thayadur is a Nasbarin, my own theory is that either the goddess sent him several visions, or a single one he interpreted several ways. Whats for sure is that both epics were transmitted to him through dreams, but as to why he didn't publish it well... thats a mystery I haven't solved yet :')

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Dec 18, 2020 23:54 by Michael Chandra


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Dec 19, 2020 12:44 by TC

Thank you :)!

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Dec 23, 2020 18:34 by Dani

And thus magic "became"--because love--is excellent. Great tale! <3 Perhaps the writer's heart was broken, and thus the truth of the myth too precious to release into the world at the time?

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Dec 23, 2020 18:53 by TC

Thank you for the kind words <3   Thats a good hypothesis! I don't I'll actually ever find an answer as to why that version of the tale was never "released", it'll just be one of those unsolved mysteries (though I do have my own theory)

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Dec 23, 2020 18:57 by Morgan Biscup

I adore this.

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Dec 23, 2020 18:59 by TC

Thank you <3 !

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Nov 1, 2021 22:31 by Stormbril
Nov 2, 2021 11:40 by TC

Thank you so much :'0 !

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Nov 3, 2021 01:37

Whyyyy are you so good at writing love stories??? ;o; <3 This is beautiful, TC!

Dec 1, 2021 10:01 by TC

Aaaaah shit I never replied I'm so sorry :'0 thank you Naelin!! And it was an honour to be nominated by your side <3 get ready for even more love stories hehe!

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Jun 26, 2022 01:14 by Lilliana Casper

What a beautiful story. And a mystery to go along with it! This sounds so interesting.

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Jun 29, 2022 10:46 by TC

Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it :D

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