The Opened World
The world of Alatha is actually the overlap of twelve different planes. Each plane is composed entirely of a specific type of elemental energy, thus there is a plane of fire, water, time, light, etc. Physical existence is actually the intersection of each of these planes and physical objects are composed of various amount of the different elemental energies. Thus a creature is made up of all the energies, but might have a higher level of life cycle energy, whereas a rock will probably have higher levels of earth energy. These planes are created from and ruled over by powerful beings known as Aygeema, or Aygeemya in plural (or Archons in Hightongue). Within their respective planes, they hold total control. Within the “physical” world, or “prime” plane, they are worshiped as gods.
They take various forms but most often appear as an incredible version of the race to which they reveal themselves. To the Alathans, they look Alathan, with towering crests and fins made of sprays of the specific element. To the Remnant they appear as Remnant but with wings and often halos. To the Melali, the appear as Melali, with bursts of their element in place of the typical Melali shock of leafy hair. It is unknown if and how they appear to Homonculi or other less intelligent species.
The Sacred Archons of Alatha
“When Holy Sayya, the infinite soul and eternal energy of all the universe, saw fit to establish a physical world, he split himself apart into the forces which affect the world, which he would use to create, shape, and direct the world. Each of these forces, manifesting themselves as their distinct personalities saw fit, bound together and given energy by the bonds of Sayya, created the reality of Alatha. Each manifests itself in a different plane which together constitute the world we see around us. Shah, the aygeema of air, whipped itself into a frenzy and covered reality the quickest. Khog, the aygeema of the ground, pulled into a tight rock upon which the rest of the aygeemya could stand. Wee, the aygeema of water laid itself upon Khog, nestling into every deep nook and valley. Voo, the aygeema of light shone variously across the expanses and from the depths of the waters, and drawing on the nutrients of the ground, Tehsh brought forth life, which then died and brought more life again in turn. Zihth, the aygeema of fire, finding no niche left for itself to fill, chose to appear wherever it decided, frequently pushing out the other aygeemya and aiding Tehsh in bringing lives to their end.”
- Excerpt from the Kushi Telioth, most holy of scrolls, may it ever guide us
Alathan History and Understanding: According to the Kushi Telioth (most holy of scrolls, may it ever guide us), the Aygeema, having created the world and brought about the development of the early Alathaya, decided to reveal themselves to the people. The Alathaya worshipped the Aygeemya and built shrines and altars to them throughout the islands of the world. Villages grew to great cities, great cities grew to great nations. Most of the world that is now know was discovered and settled during this time.
Then, one day the aygeemya were gone. They no longer appeared at shrines or showed up to those laying offerings upon altars. Generations passed. Nation rose against nation. Armies demolished entire islands of villages. Many came to doubt the existence of the Aygeemya as nostalgic excuses for the fall of the old world.
On the island of Mela, a band of citizens grouped together from several villages, seeking to reclaim their ancient glory. They began to rebuild what remained of one of the ancient cities, previously called Dafsohmet. Renaming the city “Ir Alatha”, literally “City Of the World”, they created a democratic counsel to settle all matters of dispute and invited any who would come, even those from far off islands to join their cause. In time, several major surrounding islands and a few minor outlying islands had joined the so called “Council of Dafsohmet” and Ir Alatha became the capital of the new world order. The Tarabolis Protectorate was created to protect its citizens against marauders and pirates and to enforce the decisions handed down by the Council. The city began sprawling past the ancient borders as more and more people flocked to “The City”. Academies were built, the open markets flourished, a library of scrolls and librams was collected the likes of which had never been seen in one place. In the rebuilding, a shrine was discovered in the ruins at the base of the city’s hill. A group of priests, prophets, and other pious Alathaya began to recreate it from what they had found and tattered scrolls from the library. After several years, a gigantic stone ring, inside of which were six circular temples, surrounded the original hewn stone circle of the shrine. At the center of the was a massive circular altar, rebuilt from altar stones from ruins around the world. Each day thereafter offerings were burnt upon the altar and priests began to perform rituals in the temples. Alathaya were even resurrected on the altar in the ways of the old rites. More began to believe in the power of the old Aygeemya. Then one day, as suddenly as they had vanished, the aygeema were there again. Each rose from the circular offering well in the center of their respective temples. Great hope flourished amongst those who heard. Countless thousands flocked to see them.
That was over three hundred years ago. The Aygeemya have brought many insights but still remain more silent than most would like. They seem to care little for the affairs of Alathaya and show no desire to rebuild the world to the glory of the time before the Age of Chaos. The Council of Dafsomet is split between those who desire to continue to urge the Aygeemya on for answers and assistance and those who could care less about them and point to the rise of Ir Alatha’s glory without them. All the same, there are few who dare pass up the mysterious blessings and gifts the Aygeemya offer, and even fewer who outright oppose committing ones self to a particular Aygeema, though for some it is merely public show.
Sayya, the infinite soul, the fabric of reality, source of all that is
Wee, The Aygeema of Water
Rising from a whirlpool of churning water and always all but melting back down into it, Wee is the most nurturing of the Aygeemya. Unlike the rest, it will frequently let those who approach it finish all they wish to say to it and seldom interrupts unless upset. If Wee seems maternal, it is at best a quite demanding mother, and becomes rather furious when disappointed. Its wrath is matched by its generosity and Wee’s bounty is frequently invoked for a blessing at Alathay feasts. Celebration of Wee often has ritual cleansings, sprinkling of water or other liquids, anointing, pouring out of drink offerings, rain-dancing, and the waving of large sheets of blue fabric signifying water.
called Hydros by the Remnant, it is represented by the virtue generosity, the color blue (tannet) and blue bewaya
Zihth, The Aygeema of Fire
Bold and seemingly always on the edge of anger, if any Aygeemya has a malevolent tinge it is Zihth. It is the most prone to being flattered and will not hesitate to demonstrate its power over the world around it. Zihth is capricious, never reacting to any scenario in the exact same way, but quite reluctant to change its mind or be pushed back from the action which it has began to undertake or demand. Many a follower has been burnt by the fiery wrath of Zihth’s power, yet most bear them with pride, for with those scars come a quite significant power. Celebration of Zihth involves, not surprisingly, burning almost anything, large bonfires, ritual branding, coal juggling, ember walking, covering oneself in ash, lighting of candles, torch dancing, and the adding of various substances to flames to produce explosions or color bursts.
called Pyros by the Remnant, it is represented by the virtue justice, the color orange (thehath) and orange bewaya
Voo, The Aygeema of Light
All but blinding to look upon, Voo seldom speaks to Alathay. Instead it chooses to communicate by showing scenes of living light and shadow, playing out its will in a photon cinema before its followers. In these it frequently represents itself as either the sun or a beam of light, each with a protruding arm. It is fairly steady as the Aygeemya go, but its words images often have hidden meanings and multiple layers. Voo loves intrigue and drama and loves to watch each play out as its followers carry out its demands. Celebration of Voo involves chanting and prayers at dawn and dusk, lighting of numerous candles, the use of mirrors, lenses and shadow puppets, covering oneself completely from light, following and/or tracing beams of light or shadows as they progress through the day, and at the height of the sun or moon.
called Phos by the Remnant, it is represented by the virtue clarity, the color yellow (goown) and yellow bewaya
Shah, The Aygeema of Air
Most fickle and lofty of the Aygeemya, Shah rises from a pillar of clouds and whisps. Difficult to see except for its head Shah is constanly changing shape, sometimes seemingly instantaneously. Changes of mood and mind seem to happen just as frequently and unexpectedly. The demands Shah makes of its followers are thus changed sometimes in the middle of completing the original task given. Shah seems the least interested in the world of the Alathay of all the Aygeemya, but frequently speaks of the other Aygeemya to the Alathaya that approach. Celebration of Shah includes copious amounts of smoke and incense, meditation on their paths, dances following similar patterns, fanning of self or others, standing out, meditating, or dancing in storms, wearing long ribbons or similar objects that will flow as one walks or catch the wind, creating steam, and cloud watching.
called Aeros by the Remnant, it is represented by the virtue purity, the color white (rohl) and white bewaya
Khohg, The Aygeema of Alatha
Steadiest of all the Aygeemya, Khohg is constantly being reformed by rocks projecting themselves through the surface of Alatha from deep inside. Massive boulders tumble from its fin back into the depths of the planet. Slow speaking and extremely deep voiced, the stubborn Khohg will seldom change its mind on anything, but is quite patient in waiting for its demands to be carried out. Celebration of Khohg includes rubbing oneself with earth, adorning oneself with rocks or various significant gems, or meditating on them, dances around pillars of rocks, sand gardens, tracing paths in dust, carrying or rubbing special stones, making stone carvings, or tossing rocks and observing their falling patterns.
called Geos by the Remnant, it is represented by the virtue fortitude, the color tan (say) and tan bewaya
Tehsh, The Aygeema of The Life Cycle
Rising from a swirling vortex in the chasm between a tomb and a giant egg in the offering pit of the life cycle temple, Tehsh is probably the most eerie of the Aygeemya to most Alathaya. The vortex it comes from continuously shows images of Alathaya being born, growing then dying. The hands of the dying reach from Tehsh’s fins and it has been known to change shape to mimic the face of someone the visitor has either saved or killed. A touch from Tehsh has cured wounds and diseases thought uncurable, given new vitality to the old or greiving, and brought on terrifying deaths to others seemingly unexpected. Tehsh has also been known to demand lives saved from those who have killed many and will even kill an approaching Alathay and ressurect him or her moments later, seemingly on a whim. Celebration of Tehsh includes plays depicting the cycle of life, ritualistic caring for the quickly developing tosish beetle, large feasts, offerings of grain, produce, or other organic matter, which is sometimes left to rot, tracing of spirals, and dancing around Tehshay staves holding the attached strings. Several rituals and traditions commonly associated with worship of Tehsh are now seen as quite uncivilized and are not practiced except by a few surviving cults. Such things include blood-letting, alathay sacrifice, and sexual fertility rites.
called Zoe by the Remnant, it is represented by the virtue wisdom, the color gray (fees) and gray bewaya
Aygeemya in this age manifest themselves fully only at the temples in Ir Alatha and at their respective flowpoints or Eyes, which act as dimensional gateways for a specific element.
Meeting the Remnant, the Alathaya came to be aware of the existence of several other Aygeemya, already known by the Remnant and Melali.
From the frozen Eye of Cryosara in the Gelidon is the aygeema of Cold, Neeva. It represents itself in jagged flowing patterns of light purple, often with light teal accents. It is represented by the virtue of resolution. The Remnant call it Cryos.
The triplet aygeemya of the three physical dimensions, Nexkhsus, Apekhs, and Vertekhs, are sometimes called the aygeemya of space. It is they who give the world its shape and hold it together. Their Eye is called Vekhtoris and lies within the tomb of Arenethka, ancient king of Nekthet. They occupy a single dimension each and are thus only three dimensional when they appear in exactly the same place. They are represented by the color green and the virtue of discipline and are referred to as one being as Nexapever or Morphos.
From the northernmost Eye, deep in remnant territory, is the aygeema of time in Aeterus. It is associated with the color red and the virtue of diligence. Its name has yet to be revealed to the Alathaya, but the Remnant call it Chronos.
Also discussed is some embodyment of all the aygeemya in their original form as Sayya, the energy of the universe, who split at the dawn of the world, making the aygeemya into their specific selves. Sayya is associated with energy, connection, interpersonal connection, clear bewaya, and the virtue of compassion.
Together they are often referred to as the twelve.
The Creed of the Synod of the 3
Sayya, energy of all, father of all Aygeemya, is the preeminent One. It is beyond all thought and speech, and is to be reverenced as most ineffible. It is the blood of the Aygeemya, and gave birth to them all in the most holy schism, though Sayya is distinct from them all. None of them are Sayya, yet they all are dependent on the One. Sayya bequeathes to them all being. Sayya allows all Aygeemya freedom, so to act as they will in their distinction.
The Aygeemya of Space, Aygeemya beyond Aygeemya, by which all is where it is. Without it, nothing has place and all is chaos. The Aygeemya of Space, Aygeemya beyond Aygeemya, is the master of its own will, and does as it wishes.
The Aygeemya of Time, Aygeemya beyond Aygeemya, by which all motion and change comes. Without it, nothing that is, could be. The Aygeemya of Time, Aygeemya beyond Aygeemya, is the master of its own will, and does as it wishes.
The Aygeemya of Cold, by which all has rest and repose, and all have freedom of volition. Without it, none have any choice and all is restlessness. Aygeemya of Cold is the master of its own will, and does as it wishes.
The 6 Aygeemya, Zhith, Wee, Voo, Shah, Khog, Tehsh, formers of creation, extension of the energy of Sayya. The 6 formed all that is, and gave birth to the Alathaya and the Remnant. The 6 are masters of their own will, and do as they wish.
The Council is the Arbiter of the will of Sayya, and the wills of the Aygeemya, and holds all authority over the children of the Aygeemya. All shall be in fealty to Dafsomet.
The eleven are the One and the twelve are the all and before them all are none.”
The Remnant have a slightly different view of the Aygeemya, or Archons, as they refer to them. Somewhat more transcendent, the Archons are seen through the far more complex and developed Remnant theology and traditions. They are together worshiped at The Hallows, the Remnant’s series of cave temples. The hightongue name for each is given above and may be used interchangeably with the more common Elothonikha name.
The Melali have a slightly different view of the Aygeemya than the Remnant and Alathaya (whose introduction to the Aygeemya came from the Remnant via Kushi’Aweh). The Melali see each Aygeema as the parent of the different forces in the world. Thus the Aygeemya are Father Time, the Fathers Space, Father Fire, Father Earth, Father Light, Father Air, Mother Water, Mother Cold, and Mother Life. Each allows their children to work in the world as spirits. When Melali pass on into senesce after old growth, they become a special type of spirit according to whichever Parent they best served. Like the Remnant and the Alathaya though, the Melali make use of the energies of the Aygeema in various ways, both as magical spells and great physical feats also thought of as spells.