The shupeji [skeptics] will doubt me as they doubt Monad. They will measure proof of my existence and seek fallacy in my words. They will question history itself, not to find truth, but to reject it. I welcome their dissent.
Hek-Ayah was a legendary prophet, rahip, and author of Prophecies, 67th Holy Narrative of the Kitaabi. He was believed to have lived during the 300 Year Drift, between 2nd and 3rd centuries Tak-So. While nearly all modern Monadic scholars agree that the prophet is a real historical figure, his identity has become the greatest religious controversy of Perasmenos. Among his predictions was the Fall of three Great Sanctuaries, a catastrophic Famine, and the rise of a king who would unite the Hollow Hordes.
Theories on Identity
Many theories have been proposed on the prophet's identity, but none are validated. Each of the Proto Agon claim Hek-Ayah as a hero in their own legends. The Digitribe portray Hek-Ayah as an ancestral king. He is lauded for his devout adherence to Monadism, passionate pursuit of wisdom, and harem of over forty warrior-wives. He is also alleged to have received prophetic dreams during hunting expeditions. The Tech Nomads attribute the writings to a more modest character: Devorah the Desert Mother, a mediator of disputes and ascetic who united the Tech Nomad charters in 4th-century Tak-So. Although exact circumstances surrounding her death remain unknown, she is thought to have succumbed to Hollow Sickness. Some Corrupted believe that Hek-Ayah was a self-aware prediction system and prototype to the Oracle of ZEUS. The theory that a section of the Kitaabi was authored by an Automa is blasphemous in most sects of Monadism and rejected completely by the Tech Nomads. Narrators are the most zealous Proto Agon to claim Hek-Ayah within their own race. However, privately, Narrator historians argue over whether Prophecies was penned by a single author or several.
In my youth, I had a mentor who was old and wise, but not particularly revered by the Synod though he had taught many great Curates. I asked him once about the Hek-Ayah Controversy, curious to his thoughts. He gave none, only challenged me to disprove the theories of the prophet's identity. I accepted the challenge with passion. Months later, I returned to him and disproved the theories one by one. At last, I concluded, "No such person existed for hekayah itself is not a name, but simply an archaic word meaning history." He smiled at me and said, "But is History not the greatest Prophet?" I then realized that it did not matter who wrote the Prophecies. If History stood in the flesh before us, he would be dismissed by the arrogance of Mankind.