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Edenova

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Deities > Edenova

 

This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.

-- Riddles in the Dark, The Hobbit

 

Cleric AL: Evil

Domains: Death, Destruction (Catastrophe), Luck (Curse, Fate), Chaos, Madness (Insanity)

 

Edenova is actually an event, but the concept is worshiped much as a god by some.

 

The Force of Destruction

Edenova is the antithesis of existence created when Gohdas, Feal, Vilhan, and Aleria brought Heroshi into being.  The force is separated from Heroshi by the void of space by many eons of distance, but it draws steadily closer to fulfill its inevitable fate of destruction. When it reaches Heroshi, it will subsume the planet across all the connected planes, leaving nothing. Its very lack of existence is what causes life to decay. It is responsible for aging, disease, and natural death. Some beings are more resistant to the decay than others, but only the gods are completely unaffected.

 

Dispassionate Destroyer, Vile Followers

Though it is an indifferent, non-sentient force, it is responsible for the evil in Heroshi. The death it causes creates fear, despair, and hatred in living beings. While most people are unaware of the force of destruction but for its negative effects upon them, some worship it as a god, praying for its arrival and the destruction it brings. These mystery cults often take vows of silence, dwell in darkness, and live only to cause destruction. The symbol used by these worshipers is a violet circle drawn with a phosphorescent pigment that can only be seen in the dark. Those who do not take certain vows are referred to as Breakers of the Shroud (those who live among civilization as spies) and Breakers of Silence (those who speak normally). They are pariahs to devout followers, but have their places in the cult.

 

Deafening Silence

The force of destruction is called Edenova. This common pronunciation has no ill effects (though those who know it are loathe to speak it regardless), but when mortals hear its true name spoken by a follower, it sounds like a hollow reverberation of E-DEN-OVA that takes ones breath away, accompanied by a pounding sensation behind ones eardrums. Hearing it repeatedly can cause bleeding from ones facial orifices, accompanied by deafness. Speaking the name of Edenova causes one to become mute, as though ones voice became void. Cultists are able to chant the name of the force repeatedly, but they are unable to speak for one day per time uttered upon ceasing the chant.

 

Recent Theories

The Heroshian word for apocalypse is "Edenova". Scholars have studied the gods act of creation "Eden" and the destruction that awaits "Nova". It was long held that Edenova meant simply "the creation comes to the end". A more recent theory is that "Eden" and "Nova" may be the same, and thus "Edenova" means "the beginning and end", the end of one thing and the simultaneous beginning of another. These scholars believe that Edenova has come more than once, and as part of the cycle of the universe, will come again.

 

 

 

Great Minds... I had the idea for Edenova prior to seeing the Fifth Element. Any resemblance to the Great Evil in the film is purely coincidental, and somewhat infuriating. I love the movie, but stay out of my mind film makers!

 

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