Flames of Justice Immortal
Garuyda the Great Phoenix is the mother figure of Garuda and its eternal guardian and caretaker.
Birth of a Land
In the beginning, Ishvana created Tikor , its surrounding area and then her first children. Garuyda was among the first of these gods born onto the land. Though the supreme creator did not craft them as simply as she had the world. She birthed the first generation in various ways, with Garuyda, for example, being in the form of a swirling burgundy colored egg. Garuyda knew that she wanted this child to have a special tie with the land. So Ishvana entrusted the egg with the Elementals to care for until it hatched. She instructed them that this child was especially warm natured and to make its hatchery in the midst of a recently created volcano.
Birth by Fire
As instructed, the Elementals deposited the freshly laid egg deep within the volcano that would be later known as Mount Olenga. It's there the egg bathed in the warmth of the volcano's blistering heat. After three days a violent rumble could be heard from deep underground, and the Elementals gathered around to witness the event. With a fiery explosion of rocks and ash, the Phoenix came screaming from the volcano, its feathers dripping in bright, molten lava. The Flame Elemental looked up at the grand bird and asked it, "What is your name, bird of flame?". The Phoenix cried out with a volcanic shriek, "Garuyda the Great."
After her fiery birth, the phoenix flew across the vast land, soaking in the world that had become her home. Her mother, Ishvana, had wanted this place to be as her own. The land was new, and yet burgeoning with potential. The first generation of gods on Tikor such as Garuyda were especially powerful, with the ability to create life as well. The emberbird also wanted to create her own children. Ones who would be able to live and utilize the world that she had fallen so in love with. Her first creations were deities of the land, not yet named Garuda . Karu legends say that Garuyda flapped her wings and thousands of feathers flew across the land. Where these feathers landed is where a deity was born.
Together with her deities, Garuyda began to craft the wild landscape into something that all types of creatures could habitat. Valleys, mountains, streams, and forest were all given life as the divine class set to work making Tikor a true paradise. Eventually, it was time to create the mortal beings that would truly inhabit the land. They would be less powerful than the Garuyda's first children, but they would be bountiful with the ability to use the land in ways the gods can not. So with that, The Karu , See'er and Dihoma people were born from the Phoenix. Each different from the other, but all of them her children. The Great Phoenix instructed the deities to watch over the fragile mortals as if they were not her children but there own.
Garyuda and The Wretched Ones locked in battle
Harmony Until Dawn
For a time, things were good. All the pieces of the world worked together in harmony, the deities, animals, and humans all in unison. In the background, you had the divine entities and elementals shaping the underlying balance of the world with Garuyda as the leader. The peace was shattered when the dark shadow of Xavian the Withering King arrived. The divine entity of corruption had sensed a nubile world fresh for the picking. During a distracted moment between his fight with Ishvana , Xavian stole a handful of Tikor's Elementals. Garuyda herself watched first hand as Xavian ripped them from the world with his cosmic power. She could only watch in horror as her dear friends and allies were kidnapped as part of a war between two titanic gods. As she watched Xavian enclose her kidnapped friends into a sun-like prison, she knew they wouldn't come back the same.
The second sun exploded with a cry as nightmares on wings spew from the incendiary womb. The Elementals had to be morphed into anthesis of their makings. Once emblems of nature and bastions of their power, now they were symbols of horror and bringer of disasters. The Wretched Ones, as they would be named, descended upon the world. If Xavian couldn't beat Ishvana head on, then he would make her world destroy itself. Corruption in the form of treason. The worlds defenders, Ishvana's children, all rose to defend their world. In the land that would be Garuda, three of the dragon horrors set down, disaster spreading in their wake. Where once were lakes now lay pits, just by their foul presence.
Hear me, my old friend! Wake up! I know its still you in there, the Earth Elemental of Tikor. Remember our sacred duty! Remember the time we all spent here. Remember what you once were.
Thirteen Flames, Two Dragons
In front of Garuyda stood a trio of Wretched. The former Earth Elemental, now known as Ryuujin . The former Flame Elemental, now known as Yobida. And lastly the former Sky Elemental, now the vile Inkyaban. It pained her to see her longtime friends morphed into such horrible visages. She called out to them, to appeal to their former natures, but to avail. The trio of fiends attacked the ember phoenix, ending any hopes for a peace. The three dragons proved far too much for the Phoenix, but Garuyda wouldn't stay down. For every time she took a sundering strike, she would burst into flames and ash, only to rise again. Tikor itself was behind the Great Phoenix. Something stirred inside of Ryuu'jin with each resurrection, the heartfelt love for the earth began to crack his reprogramming. As the battle seemed all but lost as Garuyda came back slower with each death, the former earth elemental turned. Her heartfelt devotion had reminded Ryuu'jin of who he once had been.
With the dragon, Ryuujin betraying his newly formed pack, the battle shifted. He fought with a fervor one could expect from someone who had stolen and brainwashed for nefarious purposes. His memories continued to come back as Ishvana and he fought side by side. Together the two of them were able to subdue the great beast, imprisoning them somewhere where they would never be free again. After the battle though, the fiery bird of creation informed Ryuu'jin and her flock of the best news. The battle had left her weak and vulnerable, barely able to hold a tangible form. With the safety of the land resting on her children, the emberbird returned to where it all started, Mount Olenga. Where she would sleep in its warmth until she was whole again. As a way for her children to still feel her presence, she left a bit of her flame left in a cauldron. The Eternal Flame, as the Karu call it, is a piece of Garuyda's lifeforce, as it used to this day to show the validity of a king.
Justice, Truth, Flames
Tenets of Faith
For Garuyda and those who follow her, the ultimate tenets are caring for the land and caring for your fellow creatures. As a Divine Entity, Garuyda holds a special place in the hearts of many. Like her mother before her, she was willing to sacrifice her life for the betterment of those to come. The beliefs she left in her wake reflect that principle.
Nurture the Land
For Garuyda the land isn't just something you stand on. It was created by her mother and perfected by her hand and her children. Tikor carries a special bond or symbiosis with its people, regardless of divine or not. The great phoenix above most, understand this and sought to spread that knowledge to all. Forest can easily be abused, and the soil can be polluted, therefore everyone must make a conscious effort to do right. The forest divine can be made allies when respected as well.
Water the Soul
Sometimes The Divinity speak as if Garuyda knew that darkness was coming. For she would often strive for her children to find a strength within. That no matter the temptations of life that the answers came from within. Garuyda especially beileved in the power of the her human children, she found their capacity for emotional range to be a boon. Her words are often repeated by The Divinity in times of turmoil. The dangers of Xavian's Touch is always in their minds, and mental stability is the key to warding it off.
Hawken is Garuyda's son and that is basically all that is known about their relationship. Hawken does not talk about the Great Phoenix at all. Nor does he discuss his time in Garuda before he founded his own nation of Hawklore.
Garuyda's Human Form
- Divine Classification
- Divine Entity
- Divine Entity
- The Divine Order of the Phoenix
- -5000 - -3000 (Died 2000 years old)
- Circumstances of Birth
- Garuyda was born from an egg placed in the active volcano, Mount Olenga by the supreme creator Ishvana
- Circumstances of Death
- While not truly dead, Garuyda expended the last of her fire in the fight against The Wretched Ones. She currently sleeps deep with the place of her birth, Mount Olenga
- Aligned Organization
- The Eyes of Garuda
- Related Myths
The ruling class of Garuda deities. The founders of Garuda and The Divine Order of the Phoenix
The Divine Order of the Phoenix
The devout organization of worshipers that govern the affairs of Garuda and its Divine.