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Blessing of the Storm

When Kahiga awakes

And then the sky shall unfold, as it hath done when life arrived in world,
Kahiga the Great shall awake, as he hath done when water came to land.
Islands like Ironfoot shall behold, as the portal opens to netherworld,
Then we shall see the mountains quake, as the judgement of our good comes to end.
The Awakening of Kahiga, holy text of the Shrine of the Mountains

Summary

Parched Earth of Zarmina
Once, thousands upon thousands of years ago, our world was created by Tukod, Builder of Worlds. He created the innumerable stars, the two moons in lockstep orbits, our crimson sun, and the terra firma beneath our feet. But life did not spring up on this world he created. No, this world was too parched, too thirsty to sustain any of the things that we take for granted today. It lacked the most holy of substances: water. One hot day after another passed by, and it seemed the world would forever be this way: parched, inert, and devoid of life.   However, that was not to be. One day, the massive Conflict of Demigods came to an end, and now the bruised, shattered remnants of the lesser gods arrived at the land that was this world. They saw it, dry and utterly devoid of life, and were unhappy at the terrible conditions on a world they had traveled years to reach. Nonetheless, these were not ones to give up; no, these exiled gods had no other choice but to use this planet. And so they stole from stars the light, the liquid life: the water! The holy, sacred water!   They took that which they had stolen and laid it upon the planet. But the pummeling of water from the stars awoke Kahiga; Kahiga the Great. Kahiga wanted peace, peace to sleep, so He filled the oceans, and then went back to slumber under a mile of rock. The lesser gods, terrified of the power the gods had, quickly left the area, abandoning their plans to claim the planet their own. Tukod the World-Builder and his sister Kali, Donor of Peace, were pleasantly surprised that life could now blossom on the desert planet, and so they carved their intent, their standards into the rock that all mortals shall be judged against when they return.  
The First Rain
So stay faithful, and do not stray from the guidelines which the gods have given us that let us maintain the gift of peace in an age of war. When Tukod and Kali return, they will judge us not on our morals, but on our actions, and on how much we have tried to maintain the peace and ease our mortal suffering. And always remember the blessing of the storm, the rains that they have left as a gesture of their kindness. For when even that gift dries up, you shall know the judgement is near. Remember to do your good deeds daily, and remember, always remember, the gift of peace.

Historical Basis

Why does magic exist? Why is there no evidence of life, no fossils below twenty meters of digging? Why are oral legends from peoples hundreds of miles apart almost completely the same? Needs further investigation.
Historian-Lieutenant Amesire
 
  • The current residents of Ironfoot live in an archipelago within the Seas of Steel, which is itself on the planet 82 Eridani e, about twenty light-years from Earth.
  • Approximately a million years ago, humanity immigrated to this planet after a massive interplanetary war. However, they found it uninhabitable due to lack of water.
  • However, they were too far from Earth to turn back: they decided to use their mothership as a gravity tractor to bring icy asteroids on collision courses with the planet. However, that awoke Kahiga, who wanted to sleep without asteroids pummeling his planet, so he created the Seas of Steel and went back to sleep.
  • The humans, scared, decided to dump their flora and fauna onto the newly-terraformed world. They also put hundreds of memory-wiped humans in, to re-witness the evolution of their species. Then they left for the planet's L5 point.
  • Now, a million years later, the humans have evolved somewhat. They are still identifiable as modern-day humans, and have built medieval-level cities, but some have evolved to exploit the luck-fluctuations from the sleeping Kahiga.

Acceptance
Near-universally accepted.
Type
Creation Myth
Date of First Recording
~5,000 B.U.
Date of Setting
~2,000,000 B.U.
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Seas of Steel Dedication Page
Dedication of The Seas Of Steel by ElementalShrike

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Cover image: Cloud over Yucatan, Mexico by Sensenmann

Comments

Author's Notes

I wanted this creation myth to be kinda quirky, somewhat grounded in actual science, and to incorporate a god of worldbuilding. Hope you enjoy!


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23 Sep, 2018 14:47

This article has a couple of "woah wait what?" moments, for sure. XD   To start with: wait, what, people in your world are actually from earth? They used space-craft and super-science to terraform the world?   Don't get me wrong, those are *fascinating* ideas, but it feels like the rest of your world doesn't incorporate any of this stuff... Which is a shame, because I think you could craft an incredibly interesting world out of all of this! Are you planning on writing in this sort of stuff into the rest of the world? Ancient space-craft, out-of-control super tech.. Anything like that?   It's a bit jarring to go from creator gods and demigod conflicts to "20 lightyears from Earth": I really didn't see that coming. It isn't necessarily a bad thing, as I think there's some really interesting stuff you could do with it all. I look forward to seeing what you will do with it! :D

23 Sep, 2018 14:59

Yep, I'm going to incorporate the gods and the humans with super-tech into this eventually. Right now, my world is set in the middle ages, so not much is going on. When they go into space they will have a big WTF moment when they realize there is a satellite at L5 point. And yes, eventually Kahiga will awake. That will be fun.

23 Sep, 2018 15:06

I really liked the creation myth that began the article! however, I think it could use an attribution, either to a person or a myth. The world itself seems very interesting

23 Sep, 2018 16:46

Attributed it to Tukod, World-Builder. Thanks!

23 Sep, 2018 19:39

This is a very complete article. I really like the reaction of the traveling humans to water being created out of nowhere. I also really like the differences between the myth and reality, how the lesser gods were actually spacefaring humans. Is this a magitech world? Because I honestly love it and I hope to see more of it!

You did mention there are variations between sects on this myth, however, are there variations between countries, cities or cultures? What do they think about the myth? Do they focus on the three gods or do they create other gods entirely? Also, are there any small sects or cultures that reject this myth?

Great job, keep it up! :D

23 Sep, 2018 20:32

There should be, I'll edit it in eventually. They mainly focus on the three gods, except for the Order of the Silver Sail, which basically says gods are a scam and the real holy thing is the water. They're probably the closest to rejecting the myth. As to whether this is a magitech world, one of the reasons this world was created was to document the interactions between magic and technology from the early middle ages through the industrial revolution. So, yes, I guess this is a magitech world.

24 Sep, 2018 02:17

I actually did really enjoy this. You seem to have included all the parts of what makes up a creation myth. I did have questions after reading the myth itself, but those were answered while reading the historical basis. I thought their use of trying to bring water to the planet was very creative. I also liked how the humans were creeped out by the sudden presence of water, lol. Are they able to see the greater gods at all? (Just curious.) I'm definitely interested in reading more about your greater gods as well. Definitely a great creation myth to add to your world. I can see how the sentient species would find it believable from their point of view. :)

24 Sep, 2018 21:39

A very detailed creation myth, I really liked the twist that the inhabitants are actually descendants from humans. However, I'm a bit confused. In the beginning, you say there was no water because "Exceptions had to be made" for Kahiga's bed, but later on he just goes "back to sleep in the depths of the ocean" as if nothing happened. How was the water a problem in the first place or why isn't life a problem anymore?

25 Sep, 2018 00:39

Heh, he just wanted to sleep and life does have a tendency to wake up sleeping giants. Then when he awoke, he didn't really want to kill the lesser gods/humans (Kali would have his head), so he just took the course of action that would lead to him going to sleep the quickest.