jajagappa Posted March 3, 2018 Report Share Posted March 3, 2018 (edited) Some years back I started a seafaring campaign centered on Maslo, particularly the Elamle peninsula. Didn't get real far, but the recent thread on what folk in Maslo look like reminded me that I did put together some odds-and-ends of myths and ideas. Part of my vision for Elamle was around the concept of the Right Sacrifice. The Sacrifice is a communication & exchange with the world of the Spirits. The Sacrifice energizes the Spirit World and the Spirit World consequently infuses the Mundane World with Life and Energy/Magic. The superstitions of the Elamle folk are connected to making the Right Sacrifice to maintain the balance with the Spirit World. Without Sacrifice, the Spirit World is not renewed in the right way, making beings of the spirit plane hostile and malevolent, warping the fabric of the Mundane World. The following are more conceptions or fragments of Elamle myths based on the different types of Right Sacrifice. Elamle and the Eight Villages of Sacrifice In Bayahote, the Sacrifice is of a limb, which is regrown, but the Limb establishes a link of the person to the earth and the trees. The person will feel harm to the earth/forest. In Neimingu, the Sacrifice is associated with the statue of Elamle and meeting the 294 conditions of the Oath of Elamle (the sacrifice broken into many smaller parts, perhaps each corresponding to a body part?). In Olyn, the Sacrifice is that of movement where the Citizens become like trees. All goes to this ultimate sacrifice and the spiritual connection of the Citizen. In Wendo, the elves have a dock and are part of the town. Undoubtedly, there is some additional element of the Sacrifice here as well. There were four other villages, now hidden [or just not named], which marked the other Sacrifices. One is on the Edrenlin Isles. One is near the Alyss River. One rises in the heart of the peninsula--the dock of the Sky Boat. One may have been carried off to Kumanku? In Onlaks, there is no equivalent of the Sacrifice and as a consequence the Sacrifice is the ritual devouring of humans by the jungle. The Hero to unite the land must find the Path of Elamle. Dimalanta and the Sacrifice of the Vadeli In the days when the foul Vadeli travelled the world, they came to Thinobuto. Dimalanta sought to end this threat. Dimalanta went to Bulayaom and found the Feathered Serpent of the Fiery Breath hidden within the stalk of the Star Reeds [rainbow?]. There was a contest and the Hero [Dimalanta, though possibly Thakinda] Sacrificed in such a way that the foul Vadeli were withered by the Fiery Breath and consumed by the Hungry Spirits and destroyed. When the foul Vadeli returned, Hoom Jhys called up this myth again to destroy the Fleet of the Vadeli. It was not that the Fleet of Maslo was destroyed, but that they had to participate in the Sacrifice to complete the task. Hoom Jhys should have been the Hero who made the Sacrifice, but being of Onlaks, who do not Sacrifice of themselves, the Sacrifice came from all the combined support. So the Vadeli were destroyed but Hoom Jhys survived to return to Maslo. Caylaota and the Fall of Hinaduc (Light of the Sorrow or the 'Idea') When the God Learners came and fashioned Umbertal, a Hero of Olyn (Caylaota) Sacrificed following the Way of Dimalanta and called forth the Spirit of the Dragon Breath to consume the Flame of Vadel. The Dragon Breath has since guarded the site and has been warded by the Flaming Serpents. Caylaota travelled the Shimmering Path of the Reflecting Lights and the Simmering Trail of Unyielding Tears to find the Dragon Breath Spirit hidden amidst the Sundering Blade Swamp. Caylaota and the Defeat of DucDucDa The Story of Caylaota and the defeat of the evil DucDucDa who watched the Spirit World with an always burning Eye. He went on the Trail of Simmering Tears and returned with the Dragon Breath to blind the Eye. He Sacrificed his own Eye to pass the Rocks of Blinding Rays and complete his task. He immediately appeared in the Western Half of Olyn and taught all within the Secret of the Laughing Tear. The followers of Caylaota cleansed the Rocks of Blinding Rays with the Serpents of the Flame. Edited March 3, 2018 by jajagappa 4 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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