The Sixth God
Perhaps you do not believe me, and that Filli, Her fathers, and Her fellow Gods are all that is needed to control the Arengold Forest. You would be a fool for saying that, but fools are needed in this realm.
The All-Mother does exist, and She will be bringing more gods to us soon. But, allow me to prove that She does exist with the Stories of the All-Mother.
The Birth of the Gods
Her boredom wasn't destroyed, however. Despite Her home full of children, the Canvas was incomplete. Incompletable. Her divine will urged Her to create one more being, one powerful and creative enough to forge a world. She made Filli for this.
Filli, the Worldpainter, is the only being creative enough to make the Forest. But that is not because the All-Mother was not creative enough on her own. Nay, that is simply because the All-Mother couldn't care one bit about the Canvas. She sees us as a diversion, justly so! We couldn't even glance at Her beauty without collapsing.
We do not worship these gods for no reason. It is for our protection. Should we defy Her whim, the All-Mother would destroy us. Thankfully, Her children are able to prevent Her wrath with stories of our incompetence and mistakes. So we dance, dance, dance! And Her children are all that is between us and our inevitable demise.
The Day The Arengold Forest Died
One day, Filli – in tears – told the All-Mother that she made a mistake. She invented a Demon, a horrible red demon that corrupts the souls of others. She told Her mother that she removed the Demon from existence, to keep safe the hearts and minds of all men. Enraged, the All-Mother took the Canvas and threw it into Ïllume's light, searing it fully. The Tree, enflamed, collapsed to the ground in a horrid light. The roots danced with fire before being removed completely. The rivers became land, the fish and Lizardfolk dying soon after.
In shock, Filli asked why the All-Mother would do such a thing. The All-Mother told her thus;
Should we all simply remove all mistakes we've made, we would destroy many beautiful things. You must learn how to learn. And for that, we must start again.
Filli, desperate, told the All-Mother to refresh the world, revitilize it and allow Filli another chance to learn. The All-Mother agreed, but on one condition; Filli must keep a record of every single mistake she made, and keep it on the Canvas. However, to keep it as far from other beings as possible, the Vault was created.
So, if you make a mistake, do not blame your creation, or even destroy it. Cherish it, remember it, for something beautiful will some day come from it.
As the Arengold Forest grows and the Gods are still able to listen to their followers, many believe that there must be a being empowering them.
Variations & Mutation
As such, the All-Mother tale always has three distinct parts:
- She cannot be seen by humans in any way.
- She created the Vault as punishment for Filli making a mistake.
- She gave birth to Filli and the Gods, and will be bringing more to aid the Arengold Forest and her children.
Other races, like Kitsune or Lizardfolk, understand that the god they worship has nearly infinite time, patience, concentration, and energy. They spurn the idea of an All-Mother out-of-hand. Counterlegends have spread about the All-Mother being Elven propaganda.
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1) Nice graphic. 2) Great myth/ legend. The hidden God behind the others with a very different view of it all from mortal and divine stances. Entertained by what the mortals do, but not actively watching...depending on stories from her children, the worshipped gods. That is just elegant.