As told by Kurakan a Rijom
We Rijom have an ancient tale concerning the first appearance of the Star Key. When the land was young, there was nothing but the sea of green, the sea of blue and the wind that danced across them. From this, the five tribes were born. The Sseki, the Rijom, the Jhadra, the Mherrin and the Voicu.. each tribe birthed from one of the five animas of the land."
The wind created the Rijom.. she danced across the sea of green, plucking leaves of grass and earth to weave into dolls. She made the beasts of the plains for us to hunt and herd. Our animas is wind. The Sseki were the spirit, the Jhadra sprang from the ocean waves, the Mherrin shaped from stone and the Voicu birthed in flame. For ages, there was naught but the tribes and the land.
The Sseki became the enemies of all of the Korun, for at that time we were one people. They became corrupt, grasping for souls to serve them in the spirit world. Sacrificing even the children and the unborn in their lusts for more strength for their dreamers and their tribe. But that is a dark tale for other times.
The story of the star-keys starts with the Rivakorun. Perhaps they were always here, our legends do not speak of their origins. The Rivakorun, what you would call the Old Ones in your tongue, were beings of power unlike our animas and totems. God-beings who graced the land with new tribes. The Frontacians, The Psycians, The Elves. The tales speak of the Rivakorun seeking to create a people of their own, that the first tribes and the new tribes were not the vessels the Rivakorun sought to bless with their powers and knowledge. Some of our shamans learned at the feet of the Rivakorun, returning with the knowledge of magick. Other shamans learned of this gift and discovering its power knew fear. For it was a terrible gift we were given.
They believed the Rivakorun only shared a portion of their power with each of the tribes, for the shamans could see that the Frontacians and the Elves were like a hunter of many seasons to the child that was us. They used the knowledge gained to create protectors, the tribe you know as the lhuminor.
The Lhuminor are the Muatana-al now. Those that were not changed were all trapped with the Foe in the octagon, according to legend"
The tales speak of the moon rising above the first of the lhuminor, that when the moon's light first touched the first of the lhuminor the Rivakorun Knew. And they sensed their Doom. The moon and the stars went dark that night, a sign of the darkness to come. The Rivakorun made plans for their coming Doom. Every night for the next week, a star fell from the sky. A gift from the Rivakorun.
After the stars fell, the dreams came to those chosen to Seek.
We Rijom do not worship the gods you do today. We revere the land, and the animas that walk it. Your gods are a different power, but a power nonetheless.
The dreams spoke of the Gifts of the Rivakorun, their knowledge and their power. But such gifts are not to be given lightly or freely. The Rivakorun devised a test. The star-keys. For the Seekers could only find the star-keys, they could not use them. The star-keys would not awaken for those who first claimed them."
It was not just my tribe that was tested, all tribes were tested as the Rivakorun believed all of the tribes to be their children. Though not the images of themselves, they were created by the Rivakorun.
The Seekers must choose the one to bear the star-keys they found.For the Rivakorun's Gifts would create gods, and a god must have followers. The star-keys would awaken only for one a Seeker had faith in. One the Seeker believed to be worthy of the Gifts of the Rivakorun. The tales speak of the star-keys being found, of warriors and kings attempting to gain control of one of the star-keys for their own.
Greed, it is the root of all sins.
The tribes are still children in many ways. But, the Seekers did find the ones they had faith in. The seven Chosen who would be given the Gifts of the Rivakorun.
According to legend, once a star-key awakened to someone could it be passed on once again. There are tales that speak of one star-key that the Seekers found twice. The first Chosen was lost on the journey to the home of the Rivakorun. Another Seeker found the lost star-key and chose another to bear it.
But if the Chosen can give up the burden ... This the tales do not speak of.
The seven Chosen journied to the Rivakorun's hidden land, some traveled together like the two sisters. Others used hidden ways for they were hunted. But other than the one who was lost, the Chosen found the home of the Rivakorun.
The tales speak of the home of the Rivakorun as having seven doors, one for each of the Chosen and their star-keys. Once the last of the Chosen had entered the Rivakorun's home, they received the Gifts of the Rivakorun. An age passed while the Chosen learned all that the Rivakorun would teach."
The Rivakorun then gave the Chosen their task, to guide and protect the tribes against the Doom that came for the Rivakorun. The Chosen ascended to the heavens, returning their star-keys to the skies.The Rivakorun's land was once again hidden from the tribes, some talespinners believe they dwell their still. Others say the Rivakorun passed into the stars themselves. But one thing is certain, the Rivakorun spoke to the tribes no more.
Methoss says to Kurakan, "But the Rivakorun, you said they were Frontacians, Elves.... They are still here"
Kurakan says, "The Rivakorun made the new tribes."
Methoss asks Kurakan, "So the Chosen, the ascended to the heavens and became... gods?"
Kurakan says, "The Frontacians, Elves and others were not the images of the Rivavkorun they sought to create. Some tales speak of the dragons as the tribe created in the Rivakorun's image, but those are cradle tales told to children who will not sleep."
Kurakan nods to Methoss.
Methoss says to Kurakan, "But the doom that was to come wasnt stoped."
Kurakan says, "The Doom came, and after great cost was snared."
Methoss asks Kurakan, "But then what caused the star-keys to fall again?"
Methoss asks Kurakan, "Should we assume that the Doom threatens us again?"
Kurakan says, "The sages do not think the tales of my tribes are 'history' for we still tell them rather than put them in books to be forgotten. The star-keys were the catalysts that awakened the Chosen. Either the Gods seek to pass their gifts on to others, or they seek to have the home of the Rivakorun opened again in hopes it will let them touch the land again as they are sundered from it."
Methoss asks Kurakan, "But, then why would anyone seek to destroy the keys?"
Kurakan says, "You are the people of the gods, my Dreams do not speak of them."
Kurakan asks Methoss, "Have you seen a dam before?"
Kurakan says, "The dam holds the river back, but the dam must have gates to allow the river through at times. The river flows more easily and swiftly through seven gates than it does through four. Or none. The Nightmare Lands opened when the Gods were sundered. Should they return, the Nightmare Lands would close. The shamans of that land seek to keep it open."
Methoss says to Kurakan, "So it would seem that those of us living must seek to find the home of the Rivakorun"
Kurakan nods to Methoss.
Methoss asks Kurakan, "And, did the Chosen have to do something to awaken the keys? Or simply receive them?"
Kurakan says, "The Chosen simply *Were*. Something in each of them made the Seekers decide to pass on the star-keys. Perhaps it was what each Chosen came to stand for."
Methoss says to Kurakan, "Times are more confusing now, I believe who the chosen are might not be so clear"
Methoss says to Kurakan, "One key is awake, three asleep and three destroyed. It would seem we need to hurry before more are taken"
Kurakan says to Methoss, "Two are awake, but one of them is denied by the Chosen."
Saakaar asks Kurakan, "you did say that those that have found the keys are not the ones who can awaken them, no?"
Methoss asks Kurakan, "Two?"
Xarus blinks at Kurakan.
Xarus asks Kurakan, "Denied?"
Methoss asks Kurakan, "I know only of the one denied. Who is the other Chosen?"
Kurakan says to Xarus, "There is one who does not wish to bear the burden I have been told. The other awakened heard this tale tonight. I could hear it sing."
Methoss says to Kurakan, "Oh... But that chosen passed it on as well"
Xarus asks Kurakan, "If this one does not wish to bear the burden, what will happen?"
Methoss asks Kurakan, "Wait. The other awakened you speak of, are they still here, or have they left already? All this is confusing me"
Kurakan says, "There is one nearby, but it still slumbers. The one I ould hear the song upon has left."
Kurakan says to Xarus, "That I have no answer for other than if the shamans of the Nightmare Lands obtain it, they will destroy it."
Methoss asks Kurakan, "One more question... How are we to know where to take the keys to use them, and when?"
Methoss says to Kurakan, "Or, how are the Chosen to know that is"
Kurakan says to Methoss, "The star-keys speak to the Chosen the tales say. I believe the star-keys will guide them."
Methoss says to Kurakan, "Let us hope that the other two Chosen will be found quickly then. Though I fear one Seeker might not be willing to look"
Xarus asks Kurakan, "If one seeker does not look, what will happen?"
Kurakan says, "Perhaps the Chosen must accept their burden before the path is revealed. Or perhaps the Seeker plays a role as well. The tales do not speak of such things, only the journey of the Chosen."
Kurakan says to Xarus, "One less open gate in the dam."
Kurakan says to Methoss, "As does the river when it must."
Xarus says to Kurakan, "You spoke that the star-keys fell again because the Chosen wished for their to be new Chosen, or they wished for the lands of Rivakorun so they could touch the lands again. If the Seeker does not give the star-keys to the new Chosen, what will happen to the old Chosen?"
Kurakan asks Xarus, "The old Chosen? Do you speak of the Gods?"
Xarus nods up and down.
Methoss says to Xarus, "Like all tales this one must not be taken absolutely literally. The Gods have always existed, I would view the original Chosen more as guides. Guides that allowed the ancient tribes to know the Gods..."
Kurakan says, "That I do not know, but the star-keys are not aligned to a particular God. They were all created by the Rivakorun, the tales speak of them as being identical."
Kurakan says to Xarus, "Since three of the star-keys have been destroyed and the seven Gods appear to still exist, it would seem if the Seeker does not Choose or the Chosen does not take the journey it would not banish the god."