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Inspirational texts

Post by Infragris » Sun Mar 22, 2015 4:31 pm

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There are two types of people who are called heroes - one is called so justly, the other falsely. The word “hero” comes originally from the Aldmeri “ല്ലാത” whose meaning means most closely “son of god” or “godlike” [note: “first irreversible degradation past all natural perfection” is slightly more accurate]. From this means the true meaning of “hero” - one who is divinity made flesh. The famous 1st era Pelinal is perhaps the best example, being an avatar of Talos. The second, false, “hero” is a mere mortal whose deeds place him above his ilk. Although these often represent favorable qualities, they are by no means divine and should not be worshiped as such. Deifying morals dilutes our knowledge of our true gods.

It is dangerous, also, because these “heroes” are often nothing more than insertionist fantasies. Consider for a second all the “saints” that arose immediately following the Alessian Rebelion. Agdistra, Losha, Niisa, al-Khered, Andrea, an-Tasha, and countless others: each tribe has its own savior figure, often little more than a recontextualization of the Slave Queen. Each tribe wanted its own claim to fame, its own patron saint. The rise of human nobility only made the phenomena worse: now each family needed to have a demigod hero to be the source of their divine blood and their divine right to rule. From these needs arose a great many culture heroes, some of which remain little more than hearth-side stories. The others however have risen from obscurity to worship or outright divinity, and have been sloppily grafted onto the true histories of the Divines. Sed-Yenna is an excellent example of such a “hero,” a woman who likely never existed but who has been raised up in connection to Reman and is now worshiped in the north as a deity of women, children, and fate.

Source Although folk tales of silver-skinned Kothringi had been prevalent since the late 1st era, the modern notion arises primarily out of an archeological discovery in 2E865 by Augustus Plongian, who has since been discredited and largely forgotten. Plongian had been excavating Ìitsha, a Kothri village just north of modern-day Soulrest, when he discovered a mass grave, remarkably preserved in the bog. Like all mummies, the bodies were a dark gray color. The high mineral content of the slick, watery ground gave the bodies a glister. Plongian used this as ‘evidence’ of the Kothringi being silver-skinned in an attempt to preserve the near-mythical significance he had attributed to the tribe. His books, which are now rightly seen as fiction rather than science, painted the Kothringi as a peaceful and educated people, obsessed with astronomy and theology, who brought civilization to the previously savage marsh.

The source of the original myths which fueled Plongian’s obsessions have proven harder to track down. Excavations around the Topal Bay have uncovered a remarkable number of silver artifacts attributed to the Kothri, and they are known to be one of the first makers of scale mail (likely inspired by their Argonian neighbors). Of particular interest are the intricate silver masks found in upper class burials - contemporary accounts describe Kothringi nobility as clad in head-to-toe in fine cloth, with only their face showing. It could be that the silver of the mask or the scale armor was mistaken for skin by the historians.

"Silver" could also simply be a mistranslation of the Mesonedic (c. 1E 800-1500) iisirbró, which was used to describe the luster of the moon and carried a distinctive connotation of holiness. Since many Kothringi embraced the Alessian Doctrines, it could be that their whole race was called moon-like and holy in praise.


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