The Water What Became Man | E. Christopher Clark

The Water What Became Man

“Dab La Estda Kín,” roughly translated from the Moldése as “The Water What Became Man,” is a Kíndallan creation myth. The story is best known outside of Kíndallan societies as the foundational text for the militant group The Cult of the Lord.


In the beginning, there was naught but The River Without End and the barren strip of desert it encircled.


In time, the River grew lonely and sought for a companion. But the sands did not answer when the River called out to them, so the River swallowed a mouthful of sand into itself and filled the dead stuff with life.


And it was in this way that the first plants were made. And they grew and they grew, until there was no room in the River anymore and they pulled themselves with their vines onto land.


But still the River was lonely. So it tried again.


This time, it took into its mouth the whole of creation—everything that had been there from the beginning, and everything the River had made in the time since. But it was all too much, so the River coughed the land back out of itself almost immediately. And yet, even in the small time the River had held everything in its mouth, new things had been born. And so, the beasts and animals of the world were born.


But still: the River was lonely.


And so, this time the River tried something altogether different. Instead of taking the land into itself and trying to make something better from that lesser thing, the River gave a piece of itself over to the land instead. And thus, the children of the river—the Kíndalla—were born.


And the River was not lonely anymore.


But its children were.


And so, the Kíndalla took it upon themselves to create all of the other peoples of the universe, each people another attempt at doing what the River had done—creating a worthy companion with whom to travel a lonely universe.


And they are trying still.

Historical Basis

The high concentration of The Waters of the River Without End inside kíndallan bodies suggests that the species is more closely tied to the River than any other, but there is no evidence beyond that.

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Jan 16, 2021 01:14 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

What an interesting creation myth. I can imagine it making a really good picture book!

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jan 16, 2021 18:46 by E. Christopher Clark

Ooh, that's a great idea. I might have to try that.

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