ARMAGEDDON, THE END OF DAYS
1. Human denotation for the supposed End of Days (elvish: "móh'dainías", lit. "Darkness of Days"). Depending on race, tribe and belief there exist various different myths on this topic and to mention all of them would fill whole books. Several minor and major religions, which have preached Armageddon (especially those which were common at the end of the first millenium of the Santharian Calendar) have vanished altogether in the course of time. But the idea and fear of the world being torn assunder by the will of the Gods (as the priests claim) or the force of elemental powers (so say scentists) still has its place in the heads of all races.
|Picture description. Avá, Dreamer of the Universe, awakes from Her supposedly eternal slumber. Image drawn by Enayla.|
The most renown as well as mysterious myth in this context is the legendary
twelvth chapter of the elven myth of creation,
This chapter has a major impact especially on dark elven beliefs, but also plays
an important role in the concepts of human
sects deriving from elven lore, e.g. at the
Blood Sisters of Sanchentour, who are supposed to still practise dark rituals in
the sewers under Nyermersys. The
Cárpa'dosían chapter is titled
somewhat irritating "Of Naught". Even the title suggests that this chapter may
be fake and not contained in the original myth, a possibility, which experts
also seem confirmed in the slightly different style used in these passages. But
as it is unsure where and when the
Cárpa'dosían myth was written down (and if it contained all chapters from
the beginning on), the assumption of the fake chapter can neither be confirmed
nor denied. However, it is a fact that the chapter was lost for many centuries
before it was re-discovered, but only to pose new questions, which remain still
In a very early chapter of the Cárpa'dosía it is written that Avá saw Coór the Shaodw Himself as the reflection of Herself in the world and that She had the wish to awake from her Dream. Avá then pondered upon the thought that She couldn't awake, because She might realize to be just the Dream of another. There's only one very vague hint indicated by Avá's last expressed thought that this other might be Her supposed creation itself - a paradoxon. Thus it is interpreted that whenever the Goddess awakes the Dream will end. The world will tear assunder and Avá will lose Her identity. Many artists have tried to capture these moments of Armageddon in their pictures, one of the most famous interpretations of this topic you can see above - note that also the androgynous features of Avá's face are intentionally drawn by the artist.
In Chapter VIII this early notion of Avá is intensified, but the thought is moved away from the High Goddess to another level the author calls the "Naught". There exist many different speculations about the real meaning of the Naught and whole generations of philosophers still work on uncovering the riddles. However, the main idea the myth contained in the chapter tries to convey seems to be the complete destruction of the picture given in the mentioned prior passage. Time is reduced to the moment of creation and in this very moment lies as well its own destruction, not only as a seed but as its consequence. Birth and Armageddon are one, because the Naught knows no time. The Naught is Life and Death and it is the essence on which being is based on, not being itself, it is the essence of Avá's slumber. The Naught is completely different from Avá and nothing can be said about it. But in the same way the Naught is Avá and nothing can be said about Her. With this paradoxon ends the weird last secret chapter of the famous Cárpa'dosía. - Modern Santharian interpretations following the School of the Sensuals founded by Athiost identify the Naught with the Xeuá, a very daring thesis, but which opens complete new perspectives on the re-interpretation of Cárpa'dosían myth.
2. The ultimate legendary wizard's spell said to be capeable of destroying the whole world within an instance. The existence of this spell of course is only of theoretical nature, but it is interesting and sometimes of even striking co-incidence that many different cultures seem to share the knowledge of the spell's existence, yes, even the orcish shamans up north, the Uon'kh'al'on of the Losh'oc tribe, have their own legend about casting Armageddon. Most myths have in common that a long ritual is necessary, which unifies all tidal forces of life itself, of darkness and light, good and evil, law and chaos and all contradictions within the barriers of reality in order to focus them back into the Void. Often it is mentioned that at this unique ritual powerful sorcerers of different races are necessary to execute it, a detail, which is obviously strongly influenced by the elven myth where the races sprang directly from the elements.
Well, what exactly will happen when Armageddon is cast, nobody knows, not even the myth, but maybe this all has its unknown purpose. Therefore let us conclude here with the wise words of the only recently deceased philosopher Aumounor, who always had a tendency of hitting the nail on the head, even while speaking about the most unexplainable things: "There exists no real reason at all to cast Armageddon. Does that mean that Armageddon will never be cast? No, it doesn't. There be must another reason, and I have the strong sentiment that it is unreal..."
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