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The Seven Day War

The brutal end to the time before; the origin of the God-husks

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Allow me to introduce myself... I am Gideon Hale, professor of History at the University of Russin. I've dedicated my life to studying the time before the God-husks, and in particular, the moment of their creation. What follows is the result of decades of research into the Seven Day War -- the cataclysmic war that nearly ended humanity, and ushered us into the dark new future within which we make our lives.
— Gideon Hale

The War at a Glance

Starting off with a brutal surprise assassination, the Godly Civil War lasted a short but violent seven days. The fighting caused a collapse of life as it was known at the time; bringing about an era of darkness and suffering, with effects still felt even to this very day.   While historically the war is confirmed to have happened, with the God-husks as living proof, the true myth of the event comes down to the motive behind the fighting. Unreliable ancient eye witness accounts and thousands of years of speculation have produced a variety of theories on the war, detailing things such as why it occurred, what it means, and whether or not it was something good for humanity. Some see it as the keystone event to humanities age of suffering, while others view it as the spark that light the flames of progression.

Sourcing of Data

Most historical research is conducted within either The Comprilith or the Archives around it, but the data found in these places is often unreliable.   The research into the Seven Day War aims for accuracy by cross referencing information found in The Comprilith with local histories, tales, and geographical features such as the Sacred Land Scar: Blasted Peak, in Hansun.  
Those funding my research has requested that I clearly state that the following recounting of the Seven Day War is merely my opinion, and not the de facto account of this brutal myth.
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The First day -- The Assassination of He'an

It begins, as many things do, with murder.   In every tale of the war, in all documents and sacred texts written at the time of the battle, it is clear -- the war begins with the death of the most beloved He'an.
— Gideon Hale
  He'an had something many of the other gods envied; the unwavering love of humanity. We can thus assume there was much jealousy towards the gentle He'an, which helps provide motive for what started the war. While this covetous impulse is where most theories on motive end, there's another more likely reason for He'an's death.   The gods each had their own view of humanity in their mind, of what humans were good for, and what they could achieve. Among the 14 were two extremes standing in opposition of each other -- He'an's belief in humanity's perfection, and Qur's believe in humanity's potential.   The former home of He'an and current home of Qur, the continent of Apathae, used to be one continuous land mass -- yet today is split in two. Geological records show that this split occurred during the time of the War, and when historical documents containing the arguments between Qur and He'an are taken into account, it becomes obvious who the assassin is. Qur murdered He'an over their ideological differences, and to hide his crime, blasted their body into space.

The Words of Gods

A theorized account of what the gods may have said before the end.
You coddle them. You hold them back. Because of you, they are dolls, they are playthings.
— Qur
And you would bring about an era of suffering and pain, the likes of which will scar them for eternity.
— He'an

The Second Day -- Accusations and Escalations

The first to react to He'an's death are naturally the god of Victory, and the Goddess of combat. Both of them see an opportunity, and yet both of them merely add fuel to the soon to be raging inferno.
— Gideon Hale
  As the ash cloud from Qur's brutal act begins to encompass the entire globe, the next step of the war occurs. Gone are any semblances of noble motives for humanities sake, as the pride within certain key gods comes to the forefront. Miyu, moving in pure reaction without thought, heads towards the once continent of Apathae. Along the way she meets the goddess Rak'tos, and instinctively believing Rak'tos to be the killer, slays her on the spot.   Qur and He'an were not the only gods to hold long standing disagreements. Some of the gods held each other in contempt, holding grudges that often teetered on the edge of hate. Qetzel and Avartarian were the strongest example of this; sharing a continent, but barely able to stand being near to one another. As He'an's body rose into the night sky for the very first time, Avartarian acted on impulse and ended the eons long grudge he had with Qetzel.

The Words of Gods

Eheh, here for another assured victory, my friennnnd? Or just time to play?
— Qetzel



Today is the end of your life AND THE BEGINNING OF MY GLORY.
— Avartartian

The Third day -- The Burning of the Witness

The third day is when things really get set in motion. A witness to the original murder comes forth, and the previous reactionary violence gets criticized. If there was ever any real hope of stopping the conflict, it would be gone by the end of the third day.
  The third day of fighting is thought to have contained two separate battles -- one is viewed through geological evidence on the newest landmass upon Cathedris, while the other is told of through the increasing number of eye witness accounts referring to colossal arguments centered around one god in particular.  

Caed's new Island

Left in the now gaping hole in the middle of the two halves of Apathae lays a newly formed Island, of which Old King Caed is the only modern inhabitant. Around him the ground is smooth, melted that way by powerful fire. His location, his scorched face, and the glassy terrain around him leads one to believe that Caed witnessed He'an's murder, confronted Qur about it, and then met a similar fate.

Miyu takes her second

The people of Hansun have many legends and myths regarding Miyu's aptitude for combat, and tell of a time when she stood firm and fought off multiple accusers. They say the scarred land around her provides proof of the fighting. Not far from where she stands in modern times, Tatete came to rebuke Miyu -- but as with all things during these short 7 days, it escalated, and turned bloody.

The Words of Gods

You know not of the minutia of what occurred. Your view is limited. What I did was necessary. What I did will help the world.
— Qur
Nay, what you did... you have brought about our end in a way that only you could have done. You've doomed us all.
— Caed

The Fourth day -- The Time of Blood

As we pass the halfway point of the war... things get complicated. They get messy. This is believed to be the day with the highest death count, with the most gods involved as well.
— Gideon Hale
Much of the evidence regarding the combat and deaths on this day comes from local tales and legends. Some geological evidence can be found however, mainly stemming from the brutal fighting between Xiuthan, Codod, and Farad.

Miyu and Dimiti
With Tatete gone, Dimiti, the god of balance and only other god remaining nearby, attacks Miyu in an effort to end her brutal rampage. Yet Miyu was waiting for him, and he's easily outmatched -- fatally stabbed in the back by the now out of control combat goddess.
Xiuthan and T'kalia
The rapid escalation of violence between gods begins to impact Xiuthan, the goddess of growth and decay. So much divine death has upset her and her mind begins to unwind. T'kalia, always supporting of Xiuthan, attempts to calm her. In an act of love, he leaves his spear behind with a vow of non-combat. Yet as he's leaving, Xiuthan hurls the abandoned spear in a fit of rage, and it impales the leaving T'kalia.
Codod and Farad
The duo of the winter giants, the only other gods that have paired off personally, are shaken to their cores by the death of T'kalia at the hands of the one he loved. Believing Xiuthan to now be an entity of pure evil, they track her down, working together to bring about her end.

The Fifth day - A tragedy among friends

It soon became clear that there was no stopping the carnage. No relationship nor shared history was enough to halt the bloodshed, as every god began to fear the motives of their peers.
— Gideon Hale
  By the time of the 5th day, it's thought that only 6 gods remained. Qur, hiding after killing his only witness, would likely be watching the fighting play out as a direct result of his actions. Avartarian is reveling in the freedom of ruling a continent by himself, after his victory over Qetzel. Miyu, fresh in the passion of battle, is awaiting her next opponent.  
Yet it is with Sharenskus, Codod, and Farad where the days blood is shed. The trio of gods had always had a close relationship, and it is this closeness that Sharenskus had hoped to use in order to convince the other two of Xiuthan's innocence.   Fully convinced that their slaying of Xiuthan was the right thing to do, and now doubting the eons old friendship they held with Sharenskus, Codod and Farad attacked Sharenskus, but using his superior reach and lengthy sword, Sharenskus beheaded his two former friends.

The Words of Gods

She was not of her right mind; you are not right of yours.   Her blood is on your hands; I fear yours shall be on mine.
— Sharenskus
She was corrupt. You are corrupt.
— Codod
We shall fix what the broken have started.
— Farad

The Sixth day -- One final combined effort

The final two days of the war are the most well recorded of the entire event. Motives for some of the remaining gods became crystal clear, and actions were taken in the hopes of ending the fighting that was causing devastation across the entire planet.
— Gideon Hale
  Near the end, most of the remaining gods all agree that Miyu's rampage must come to an end, though theories on motives vary wildly. It's thought that Sharenskus wanted to end Miyu because of her kill count, Avartarian wanted to claim victory over her, and Qur had at this point decided that none of the gods should remain alive.  
Avartarian realizes that there's only 3 gods other than himself remaining, and sees an opportunity. He intercepts Sharenskus in the heart of Russin, and after grappling together in the city center, breaks the smaller god's neck.
Qur reaches Miyu first, and finds himself immediately under attack. His cleaver is no match for Miyu's twin spears, so he's forced to drop it -- instead firing a blast through Miyu's chest and the mountain behind her.
Even this is not enough to stop the goddess of combat, as the gaping wound begins to stitch itself together. Yet she is weakened, slower, and when Avartarian arrives, he is able to use his massive sword finally end Miyu.

The Words of Gods

A theorized account of what the gods may have said before the end.
The chaos she sews is proof that none of us should exist. The death she causes stretches far beyond that of the gods. We cannot leave her alive. We cannot have her be our legacy. We cannot remain.
— Qur
You're right. Mostly.
— Avartarian

The Final day -- Qur ends the world

And then there were two. One with a wish to end it all, the other with the desire to be the victor.
— Gideon Hale


It is time for the end of gods. It has now become the time of humanity.
— Qur
The final day of the war is the single most referenced day in all histories across all of Cathedris. In nearly every case, aside from local legends from Artazia, the final two gods are presented as hero and villain; the brave Qur and his valiant attempt to stop Avartarian.   Yet it is Qur's often unreported goal of freeing humanity from the gods that is the main drive for his final act. With one climactic explosion, with his head pressed firmly against Avartarians, Qur ends the gods, ensuring that humanity can grow and adapt at their own pace without godly intervention.

I'd much rather end you, and bring about THE ERA OF MY VICTORY.
— Avartarian

Cover image: Godhusks by Stormbril, background photo by Tim Mossholder


Author's Notes

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Dec 6, 2021 20:49 by Catoblepon

This is so cool! I love the god's quotes and how its layed out as if its a book.

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Dec 6, 2021 20:57 by Stormbril

Thank you Cato! <3 I set up the God-husks on the edges first, and it felt like they were there inspiring me to write the rest as it came together :D

Dec 6, 2021 21:35 by Simo

This is excellent, Stormy! It was so exciting to finally read the complete story of the God's war. I love the quotes and the in world chronicle. The images of the gods on the sides is such a great idea and works perfectly to bring the scenes to life.

Dec 6, 2021 22:51 by Stormbril

Awwww thank you Kros! :D I'm very happy to hear that <3

Dec 7, 2021 00:14 by Dani

This came out SO AWESOME! I love the design and the format of course, but all the little bits of lore points of view, from the basics laid out, to the assumed quotes, to Hale's educational interjections, just make this leap off the screen. If I were to attend the University of Russen I suspect I would never be bored--especially if there was delving to do into the Comprilith to try to discover more "truths" about what happened. :D Cathedris's godhusk-creating war lives in this, for sure! :D

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Dec 7, 2021 17:11 by Stormbril

Omg thank you so much Dani! :D All those little tidbits are often my favourite things to add, they're so much fun <3   Now that you bring it up, I kinda would love going to that University too! *Notes it down for future articles* xD   Thanks so much <3 :)

Dec 7, 2021 02:47 by Morgan Biscup

So excited to see this written out! Beautiful job, as always. The quotes were a great touch.

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Dec 7, 2021 17:11 by Stormbril

Thank you Solar!! Feels like article by article, I'm slowly approaching the 1.0 of Cathedris I set out to complete so long ago when I made all my initial stubs :D <3

Dec 8, 2021 15:58 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

You've done such an amazing job with this! <3 I like how Qur is sometimes seen as a hero even though he started all of this.   I love the art of the God husks on the sides of the screen and the fact they change as you flip through the story.

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Dec 12, 2021 03:46 by Stormbril

Yay! Thank you Emy! :D I try really hard to make most, if not all, of the God-husks be seen as having both good and bad qualities -- they do bad things for what is thought of as good reasons, and stuff like that :D   Thanks so much <3

Dec 8, 2021 21:45 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Great article! :D It's very nice to finally see all the different motives and account of the events, though very sad to see all the love and friendship being sacrificed during the war :( I really love how all the gods came to live through this.   Seeing interpretations and in word comments from the scholars was also nice. I can't help but wonder at the end with Qur's words if anyone actually heard and recording what he said or if the scholars are being very generous with their assessment, given how well humanity is positioned in te future of Cathedris according to Qur... I guess that if this is a common opinion about him, people must still like him despite his alleged killing of He'an?   Design notes: I really love the animation you have with te gods appearing on the side. On my browser though I had to zoom out to be able to see them fully. Not sure if you can change the scale or just add a note to zoom out? Everything was still clearly readable despite the size so it was only a minor problem.   Another thing I'd like is to have a small reminder about who were some of the gods since you haven't written all the articles yet about them and so we don't have the excerpt appear to quickly summarise who they are.

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Dec 12, 2021 03:51 by Stormbril

Thank you! It feels so weird, after so long of just kinda mentioning them, to finally have artwork and the ability to bring them all together into a single article :D   There's written documentation of Qur's words, but a lot of it seems to be fiction, rumour, or not entirely accurate. I'm hoping that the impression after reading the article is that the scholar writing this "history piece" kinda put things together and added his own flair to it xD I think a lot of people do value where humanity is at now, even if it meant losing the one that loved them the most. Kinda like they were being held back before -- it's tough now, but they're also accomplishing great things.   I might add a note about that... with screens that aren't wide enough to show the sides, they definitely don't appear all that much :( Zooming out sometimes breaks stuff too though haha. It's a tough problem!   I always forget that non-finished articles don't pop up excerpts, I might just go add tooltips to them for now!   Thanks as always for the exceptional comment and engaging questions <3

Dec 8, 2021 22:42 by Soulwing

Wow, a war shaking up all of reality with a climactic finale to end an era on a high note with a double kill of Qur to ensure the rise of a new era; the era of mortals.   Such a great article and with the gods popping up at the sides such a neat gimmick ^^ I love it ^^

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Dec 12, 2021 03:52 by Stormbril

Thank you Soul! It was a blast to make such an important one :D

Dec 11, 2021 02:07

I said so in the discord, but I'll say it again (also I need to live up to my challenge of commenting on every article I'm notified about xP), I love the visual reference of which God-husks were involved on each day. I also love how while the tone is not overtly melancholy, the implications of the actual events recounted are so sad.   I will say that the "dialogue" between the God-husks being purely hypothetical seems ever so slightly contrived, but it is absolutely worth it for the element it introduces.   Possibly one of my favorite articles of yours. It's awesome that such an important - and good looking - article was produced during WorldEmber. o/

Dec 12, 2021 03:53 by Stormbril

Thanks Winger! :D (That's quite the challenge, don't go burning yourself out by commenting yourself to exhaustion!)   That's some very high praise, thank you so much <3 I'm really very happy with the article :) And I think I'm okay with the dialogue being seen that way xD It's supposed to read as the scholar putting in his own interpretations of the gods' words into his piece, so it works out well in the end :D

Dec 11, 2021 13:47

I haven't even read it and it looks so good!

Dec 12, 2021 03:54 by Stormbril

Why thank you! I hope you read it and enjoy it too! ;)

Dec 16, 2021 17:45 by TC

I like this idea of Qur as some ambivalent character trying to free humanity from the influence of gods a lot. This myth is absolutely wonderful, and has so much depth and flavour to it- I love it! And of course the layout is just *chefs kiss* as always. Inspiring work as always!!!

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Dec 31, 2021 06:36 by Stormbril

Thank you so much TC! He had what he thought was a good motive in mind, but sort of fumbled the execution of it I suppose xD   Apologies this took so long to respond to, it's been a bit of a "December" :P I'm so glad you liked it so much, and thank you so much for a wonderful comment :D

Jan 2, 2022 16:37

This was an absolutely amazing read and a great account of the facts.   I have to mention something about Cathedris in general: I have trouble reading stuff at home because I have a lot of difficulty focusing, but all of your articles are laid out in such a way that it makes it super easy for me to follow, with small pieces of text broken into easy to follow bits. Your writing style, as well, is fantastic for me to understand and keep reading.   Now, regarding this article itself - It took me a bit of time to figure it out, but I loved the way you used colour vs greyscale to indicate the outcome of each day. Clever!   Qur is such a controversial figure. I cannot forgive him for murdering He'An, but all this makes me wonder at which point in the war did it stop being just a matter of removing He'An and dealing with the consequences and started being a realisation that humanity's potential could not be achieved with gods around... if that idea is true at all!   I did not expect Xiuthan to impale T'kalia just because. Did Xiuthan have a reason, or was she too upset to think straight?   The last phrase of Avatarian is just... such an Avatarian thing to say hahaha   What a trip. I enjoyed it a lot, and I loved the use of spoilers to divide the read into small bits. Definitely helps on keeping the attention and suspense!

Jan 5, 2022 00:05 by Stormbril

Omg, thank you so much Nae! I really try hard to make things readable and laid out in a clean way, and it makes my day to know it works and it makes things easier to read!   I've been thinking of adding a red 'X' over top of the deceased gods as well, I might play around with that a bit and see if it works or is too visually busy. Because I agree, it's not immediately clear, especially as some gods are already mostly grayscale :P   I think you're pretty spot on with that Qur theory! I think there was significant premeditation before his deed, but it was still mostly a "heat of the moment" style thing, followed by mayhem, dealing with repercussions, and realizing that this outcome was likely inevitable.   Xiuthan likely didn't intentionally impale T'kalia, but she wasn't in her right mind, so it's really hard to tell. I like to think it was a "here, take your stupid spear back!" and having it accidentally impale him sort of thing D:   Thanks again so much <3

Jan 5, 2022 02:54

I think the greyscale is way "cleaner" than a big red x, but an additional cue could be useful to distinguish on the mostly grayscale gods. Maybe adding a black gradient coming from the top so that the top half of the body looks darkened could do the trick? Or a desaturated red gradient from the bottom if you want a more visible cue.

Jan 6, 2022 21:54 by Stormbril

Ah! I really like the black gradient idea! I'm gonna try that later, thank you <3

Jan 11, 2022 03:55 by Stormbril

:O   Aw, thank you Nae <3

Jan 4, 2022 21:17

Wow, this is so gorgeous. Your CSS wonders never cease to amaze me, and even more this time. From the gods on the side turning grey the day of their death to the way the pages turn, I love it all!   So it was Qur that started it all. To be honest, I felt he was the most capable god to send He'an husk into orbit. But his desire to wipe out the gods completely, drastic. I wonder what humans have had felt this week, witnessing their great gods slaying each other.   I love the last words of the gods too, incredible work!

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Jan 5, 2022 00:08 by Stormbril

Aw, thank you Rumengol! :D I had so much fun setting this ancient story up, and adding all the moving bits, so I'm very happy to hear that!   Qur I think was absolutely one of the strongest of them, and I suppose that means he also had the strongest opinions on the natural order of things, even if that meant mayhem and carnage for the planet as a whole! I think humans during that period, the ones who survived at least, would've known only terror and sorrow as their world burned down around them D:   Thanks again, very much :D

Jan 6, 2022 03:17

There's so much information and flavor here that I'm caught between being overwhelmed and being fully immersed. This is amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us! :)

Jan 6, 2022 21:53 by Stormbril

I hope this article carefully walked that very fine line! xD   Thank you very much for reading and commenting :)

Jan 7, 2022 13:29

I just can't comprehend how beautiful not only the article is but the whole war itself. And I'm still crying about our beautiful He'an. I love the whole idea of God-husks with followers all around them, dead and trapped in their own, doing what they are doing. Great work! :)

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Jan 7, 2022 23:43 by Stormbril

Thank you very much Eddie! Poor He'an :'( But humanity lives on and thrives!

Jan 8, 2022 00:10 by Aster Blackwell

This is incredible. I don't know if I can find anything else to say other than that. Incredible.

Jan 8, 2022 02:13 by Stormbril

Why thank you very much :D

Jan 8, 2022 03:13 by Aster Blackwell

The entire concept for your world is incredible! And the art and styling you've put into the site really sets the mood. Just fascinating work from all angles.

Jan 11, 2022 03:56 by Stormbril

That makes me so happy to hear! I love working on this, and comments like that give me so much creative energy :D <3

Jan 23, 2022 03:33 by E. Christopher Clark

I just love the page-turning mechanic and the way that it keeps this epic story manageable for the reader.

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Jan 25, 2022 16:59

Your CSS is incredible! The way you pack contents into pages is fantastic.

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Jan 25, 2022 17:52 by Stormbril

Thank you! I admit, CSS and content have become intertwined for me, they're too much fun to mix xD

Jan 26, 2022 07:58 by Janelle

WOW! That was so intense! I found myself enthralled and clicking and clicking to finish the lore! Came over from the Sacred Land Scars article and wanted to know what the war was and just- *insert all the mindblown gifs*!   I really love the narration and the setup of the quotes interspersed within the mini articles as it was being retold! And while we're talking about mini articles-- I love how this had different pages for each day! :D It was an excellent choice of layout that kept me engaged and clicking through! Ugh, loved it so much!

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Jan 26, 2022 21:05 by Stormbril

Thank you very much! That's exactly what I love to hear, makes the creation of this so so worth it :D   I'm so glad to hear the layout worked too! I'm absolutely going to be exploring using this layout for other big articles in Cathedris as well. Thanks so much for reading and commenting! :D

Jan 30, 2022 07:54 by Maybe Stewart

This is stunning, Stormy. Truly. Your design is, as always, breathtaking -- but your story telling is the real star. The use of quotes really added to the story, and I especially loved the framing device of Gideon Hale. Beautiful work!

Feb 2, 2022 17:14 by Stormbril

Thank you so much Maybe! <3   I have so much fun making the CSS and design of the page, but it's the writing/story being good that really makes me happy, so thank you again! :D

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