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The Great Betrayal

Summary

The first creature that The Scholars met on Everfall was The Navigator. It was trapped within the systems of the world. In many conversations, The Scholars learned much from this entity, and eventually came to trust it. Once The Scholars had brought life back to Everfall, and each brought some of their people to live with them, The Navigator, whom they had come to trust, betrayed them. It sized the world systems of Everfall and threw it deep into the great emptiness of the sky. After this betrayal, The Navigator told The First Scholar that their imprisonment within the void would only end upon the The Day of Arrival. Upon that day, life on Everfall would end.

Historical Basis

As far as modern historians and theologians can discern, this myth is heavily rooted in actual events. Though the details have been lost to time, the vast majority of the story is corroborated by historical records.

Spread

The Great Betrayal is very wide spread. Most peoples in Everfall believe it to be historical fact.

Variations & Mutation

There is little variation in the telling of this myth, though it does have a few variations. One version common to members of infernal cults casts The Navigator as a tragic figure, one who must do as is in their nature, but does not do so lightly.

Cultural Reception

This legend is the primary basis of the most common view of morality on Everfall. In Everfall, evil is thought of as apathy rather than malice or ill intent. This comes from The Navigator's callus indifference to the welfare of the people of Everfall. Because of The Great Betrayal, The Navigator started to be seen as the ultimate evil, and so a more negative view is taken of evil done in the name of pragmatism than that done in the name of passion.

In Literature

The Great Betrayal is a common subject of stories in Everfall. There are many books and poems based around the story. There is also a very famous theatrical tragedy called "Of Trust and Treachery" that takes a strangely sympathetic view of both The Navigator, and the peoples it trapped within Everfall.

In Art

There are fewer paintings relating to this story than one might expect. One particularly prevalent work, entitled "Cast in Stars" which depicts a highly stylized imagining of Everfall clutched in the fiery hands of a massive devil winding up to throw.
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