Realm of the Moon
Spooktober Prompt: #1 Moon
The Moon (Elven name Jeala) is a celestial body that orbits Totania. It is a large satelite made of rock, or so it appears on the surface. Within is much more, as the Moon is also the Heavenly Realm of the Elven Godess Selene.
The Outer MoonThe surface of the moon is covered in craters. To the naked eye, it seems nearly entirely barren save for these craters and moon rocks. This is note entirely true, as there are other naturally occuring structures on the surface. One such example are dead volcanoes, long dormant and empty. Some say this was Selene's attempt at replicating the heat of Izanagi's sun, which the Moon was a direct copy of. Others say this was simply something Selene believed would be cool, while others still question why they can't just be natural.
Moon RocksIt is said that the rocks on the moon contain a special property. If ground up, some people believe that they can be used as healing powder as potent as some of the best healing magic. Others say they are used for different purposes, like breaking the known laws of physics. The truth is, no one knows if there is anything special about them, as no one has been to the surface of the moon.
The Inner MoonSome prophets have claimed to have visited the inner layer of the Moon, the Heavenly Realm of Selene, and said that she calls her realm Jeala, which is where its alternate name comes from. The interior is quite fancy, especially in comparison to the outside, as Selene supposedly covers it in illusions that make it appear to be a beautiful palace in the woods. However, it is also said that a large part of the Moon is actually a one-way-mirror, of which Selene and those in her Realm can see out of, but people on or outside of the Moon cannot see into. With this, Selene is said to watch over the Realm of Man from above, jealously envying the possessions of mortals from above.
ParadyseThis is where it is believed good Elves go after they die, their spirits joining Selene up above the clouds and into the Heavens themselves. The followers of Selene say that Elves that follow her codes will find themselves in a land called "Paradyse." What other religions call "Great Moon Hoax" is the foundation of Elven afterlife theory. That Paradyse exists within the moon. Paradyse is a land of trees, oceans, and beaches, where animals like Unicorns, goats, and bison reside alongside the Elves. This area is supposedly watched over by Yangos, humanoid creatures with bat-like wings, which are supposedly Selene's version of Angels. These Yangos reward the Elves with a lavish lifestyle that can only be found in Paradyse and the richest of High Elven society.
Studies and DoubtThe Moon, as such a prominent celestial body, is the subject of much study and debate, both magical and scientific. Most people that study magic and the Heavens agree that the Moon is likely Selene's realm, and that Paradyse most likely exists. Even Elven scientists stick by this as fact, saying that there is no reason to believe anything that Selene's Holy Text says about the Moon is wrong. Dwarven scientists, however, beg to differ. There have been many Dwarven scientists who have devoted their lives to disproving the existence of Paradyse, though many non-Dwarves see this as an inferiority complex. Dwarven Heaven is not called a Paradise, nor is it observable from outside of Heaven, so it is said that Dwarves wish to tear down the visible Heaven to lift their own spirits. There was once a prominent Dwarven scientist by the name of Ilgrop who said that the entire premise of the Moon being more than it was on the surface is ridiculous.
SeleneThe Jealous Goddess of the Elves, Selene's main domain is that of the Moon. The Moon also serves as her Heavenly Realm, with the interior of it being another plane of existence entirely that watches over Totania directly. Selene is known for stealing things from other Gods. When the first ocean was created on the southern side of Totania, Selene grew jealous of it and stole the concept, creating a new ocean in the North and drowning a continent that was once there. The most notable concept she stole, however, was that of a celestial body that orbited Totania. Izanagi created the Sun as his domain, and in response, Selene stole the idea of the Moon. Her other domains include illusion and love.
YangoYango are the angels of Selene. While many angels of other Gods share outrageous skin colors, like the metallic skin of Hadur's Angels, Selene's share normal skin tones, from the lighter tones of Northern Humans, to the darker tones of Shafaians, and even the greens of Orcs. Only the highest ranking angels have metallic skin, like her head angel. This is due to jealousy of what other races can look like, as her people cannot be green like Orcs and Goblins, or Blue like Nereids, or any other crazy color of Zavese or Jinn. The Yango reside in Paradyse within the Moon and reward the souls that have made their way to them. These angels serve not just their Goddess, but also the souls in this realm of Heaven.
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