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Behind the Scenes: Neban Religion

To help me keep things organized, I have a huge notebook of information about Nebe. It might be helpful to share it with those of you following along with the WIP. 

Any culture’s foundations are set in its myths. So, I’ve chosen to start there…

ImageAccording to the Doxa (the official religion of Nebe), Azed lived in the time of chaos. He ordered the elements, creating the world and all that inhabits it.

The first men were the Unhallowed, and they had no knowledge of Azed or what he had done for them. To rectify this, Azed sent his six sons to Nebe to teach man his ways. Each son was a piece of himself and had the knowledge of a specific domain.

After sharing their knowledge with all, each of Azed’s sons took a wife and settled in a different part of Nebe. According to the Doxa, this is how the six Strongholds came into being, as each is known for a different skill.

Alban, the builder, taught the Unhallowed how to mine and lumber. The Unhallowed learned how to build homes for themselves and temples to Azed. He is associated with the Stronghold of Hrundl, in northeast Nebe.

Amir, the farmer, taught the Unhallowed how to cultivate the land and its animals. The Unhallowed learned how to grow crops and domesticate animals. He is associated with the Stronghold of Feldeen, in west-central Nebe.

Abrien, the scribe, taught the Unhallowed to write. The Unhallowed learned to put their words to stone or parchment and keep records. He is associated with Rana, in southeast Nebe.

Arlind, the metalsmith, taught the Unhallowed to identify and use precious metals. The Unhallowed learned to shape metals to their needs. He is associated with Taksony, in southwest Nebe.

Adet, the shipwright, taught the Unhallowed to craft ships that would sail the rivers and ocean. The Unhallowed learned to navigate and fish. He is associated with Vustania, in east-central Nebe.

Abiel, the priest, taught the Unhallowed how to praise Azed. The Unhallowed learned the laws that Azed wanted them to follow. He is associated with Agralax, in northwest Nebe.

Thousands of turns after Azed’s sons died, man forgot their father and the connection between the sons. Instead, each isolated Stronghold honored its specific son as the true god, and much fighting occurred between the lands. Azed spoke to the prophet Wasa, who reminded the people of Nebe that their gods were all incarnations of the almighty Azed.

Though Wasa was killed for his teachings, a small faction of believers continued to preach Azed’s message. This is how the Doxa came into being, though it took many, many turns for it to become the official religion. The servants of Azed are now known as wasals in honor of the prophet.

More on the Nebe, the Strongholds, and the realm’s history to come…



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I is for Itherther

ImageItherther is a god from the Kabyle tribe in Algeria, Africa who took the shape of a buffalo. Itherther is central in the Kabyle creation myth.

Itherther lived in Tlam, which was located below ground. He wanted to live in the sun, so he made his way above-ground with a female calf named Thamuatz. The two bred, and had a son and daughter.

Their son, Achimi, had a bit of an Oedipal complex. He discovered a tribe of men, who tried to capture and domesticate him. A wise ant told Achimi that the animals should work for man, but Achimi was obstinate. (The ant is often a creature of helpful insight in many African myths.) Achimi wanted to remain free, rather than bowing to man in exchange for food and shelter.Image

Upon his return home, Achimi mated with his mother and sister. Itherther became enraged when he found out. The two fought for power. Achimi overpowered his father, and the defeated Itherther wandered the world alone.

Itherther missed Thamuatz greatly. Every time he thought of her, he would spill his semen on the ground. His seed was warmed by the sun and begat all game animals (except for the lion).

Sources:Leo Frobenius and Douglas C. Fox. African Genesis: Folk Tales and Myths of Africa. (1999)

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