Cathedris Themesong

He'an's Return

A myth, or a promise

One shall be ended, and thus bring about the end. In turn, the new beginning shall commence, only to once more be ended by the return of the One.
— Coded scroll found in The Comprilith
  He'an stands out from the rest of the God-husks -- not only in reality, but also in myth. Some of the most popular stories and legends told by citizens all across Cathedris are about He'an; many talk of He'an when they were alive, while others refer to what would happen to the favoured god in the end. One of the most talked about legends is the legend of He'an's Return, which states that though He'an now resides in space, that is not their final resting place -- one day, He'an will return to the planet, and bring about a new change once more.  

The Rescuists

Because of the large amount of varying theories and stories of He'an, and because the God-husk is locked in space where it's harder to observe them, followers of He'an have fractured into two main groups. The largest of the two groups, the Rescuists, follow the legend of He'an's Return above all else.

Supporting Data

  The Comprilith is a mythical tower, built eons ago by the gods of space, knowledge, and time. It contains secrets from the present, past, and future -- including tales of He'an and the prophecies surrounding them.
  Strangely, stories and information can be found that both support, and debunk, the theory of He'an's return. While some tales found in the Comprilith may spell out steps for their return to Cathedris, others detail the many reasons why space is the natural and fitting location for the God-husk.
The end will never be the total end. When They are lost, so too shall we -- but we will survive.
While They are gone, we will change and we will experience hardships -- but we will survive.
For thousands of years They will be lost to us, and we will have to find our own way -- yet still we will survive.
Finally, when we have toiled alone for long enough, we will gain the power to return Them to us.
  And we will thrive.
— He'an's Return


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Jul 13, 2021 19:40 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

It makes sense that there would lots of story about He'an's return. It's really hard to think that all the gods are dead when there body are still around and can be interacted with. Does those story say anything about what would happen to the rest of the gords once He'an would come back? would they return to life once again or would He'an take his revenge/deal somehow with the one who killed them?

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Jul 14, 2021 22:25 by Stormbril

That part is really up to interpretation, as the myths and tales all seem to end at the point of He'ans return! Some people think He'an isn't actually dead, and thus when They come back to the planet, They will take care of humanity again.   Others think that if He'an being sent to space nearly ended the world, setting humanity on this new and weird path of survival and advancement, then bringing Them back should reset things once again -- putting things back to simple, just the way it should be.

Jul 14, 2021 20:46

I always admire how you manage to give hints of an overarching story in your articles. Very cool.

Jul 14, 2021 21:15 by Avalon Arcana

I, for one, can't wait to hear about He'ans return and this is a wonderful teaser. Great article :)

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Jul 20, 2021 05:13 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

"Finally, when we have toiled alone for long enough, we will gain the power to return Them to us." Ooh, that gave me chills. If humans gain that power, they can bring all the Gods back I would think. It makes me wonder if the world the Gods would return to is a world still suitable for Them. That is, if the prophecy is based on truth.

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Jul 20, 2021 06:15 by Stormbril

The one thing a lot of them never seem to think about is what'd happen when He'an crashes back down into the planet though :O That, or a lot of them don't care about the damage they'd cause from He'an's impact into the surface, as all they want is Their return!   So I'm sure many hope the prophecy is false.   Thanks for the comment! :)

Aug 13, 2021 22:59 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Is it just me that feels a bit uneasy about the idea of a return? I feel as though it wouldn't be as great as everyone is thinking, even though He'an has always been portrayed as a nice god.

Aug 13, 2021 23:03 by Stormbril

That's sort of my position on it too! Not only do they not know how He'an would act right now (even if they're alive/husk form), one would have to imagine that the largest of all 14 God-husks crashing down from space into the planet would do significant damage D:

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