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The History Continues

Chapter 5 (v.1) - The Kuivess and the 'Deep Working

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THE FOREST FOLK:

 

Chapter 3: The Kuiviess and 'The Deep Working':

 

As has been said, the only three Sylvan worlds that were not affected by the karma that the Great Corruption evoked, were the Mellyrnarda. Thus it was on these worlds that the Kuiviess truly began. Others followed, but by the time they reached the point where their own awakening was unavoidable, the people of Meridea and Endar especially, and later Golshen as well, were much more advanced.

 

To some extent, this process had begun earlier, giving rise to those who were given the name 'Ya'Arye', the Ancients. These were especially gifted individuals who acted as pioneers and heralds for the age to come. An age that should have dawned for all Sylvan-kind, and is still an event for the future, once all karmic debts have been settled.

 

In essence, the Kuiviess is the cusp between physical evolution and spiritual. In hominid evolution, there is a theory that the only difference between Homo sapiens, otherwise known as 'Cro-Magnon Man', and Homo sapien sapiens - Modern Man - is the latter's ability to comprehend abstract concepts. This was shown in his belief in the afterlife, evidenced by the burial of the dead in such a way as to prepare them for the journey beyond the grave. It also shows in the appreciation of art and aesthetics, albeit on a most rudimentary level. It is believed that, from that point, mankind had developed at least a fundamental grasp of existence beyond the physical. This is the beginning of spiritual awareness, or - put in a different way - spiritual evolution.

 

All previous evolutionary advancement is essential, just as with the different memes as illustrated in the theory of spiral dynamics, as building blocks for the individual's spiritual growth. In fact the two go hand-in-hand. The more advanced the society, the greater the ability to grasp more abstract ideas.

 

Or that was the way it was supposed to happen in the case of humanity. But alas, something interfered with the process, and that was the human ego. Those who possessed the power claimed that they also had the right to dictate to the rest of the world how it was to be used, even how to obtain it in the first place. Thus they became the self-proclaimed 'leaders', and the rest of the world had to follow. But even this is a necessary stage in the evolution of civilization. It prepares the way for people to realise that their spiritual progress, or road to ascension, is their own responsibility, and that it is within their grasp. It is said that the road to eternity is narrow, and indeed it is. In fact it is so narrow that there is only room upon it for one person. Another teaching that seems - at face value - to contradict this, is that there are many paths through the forest. But what if both of these were true? Is it not possible that each narrow path, only wide enough for one person, leads in its own way to the same destination? That the lesson is not one of spiritual narrow-mindedness, but individuality?

 

The Sylvan on the 'God-Worlds' saw, in a single lifetime - even though it was one that lasted thousands of years - that the final stage of their own evolution was when each individual released him or herself from the bonds of the physical form, trapped as it were in a limited physical reality, into a dimension in which the spirit was free to explore the new plane of existence, that expanded beyond even the wildest of dreams.

 

Instead of being perceived as a form of judgement against those who had fallen prey to their own madness, the aftermath of the Great Corruption was seen as a necessary step. Just as the Ancients had gone before, and paved the way for others, by which they in turn could achieve ascension, so the peoples that were affected by the Great Corruption saw that their untainted brethren were their pioneers, blazing the trail for them to follow.

Each of the Ya'Arye were given what was called a portfolio, or title. This was known as an 'Elya', and coincided with the person's individual talents and abilities. Upon awakening, the ascended being was believed to adopt a name that described his or her calling. For example: Ysha - was 'the Great Mother'. She would be blessed whenever a child was born, and called upon to protect an expecting she-elf. Moreq was called 'the Crone', the source of guidance and wisdom, whereas Hoyeth was the father of knowledge and understanding. Sailors and seafarers would call upon Mythlann, 'Lord of the Deep' to protect them and grant them safe passage over his domain.

 

All magic was believed to have originated with one of the earliest Ancients, whose name was Hykartye. If there was a battle to be fought, those involved would call upon Eldrazyr, the Blade Master, and Ellenyr, Lord of War, to grant them victory. Whereas, if a criminal was on the loose, those investigating would ask Drokyera, 'the Lord of Justice', to help find the villain, and ensure that the fiend pays the penalty for his or her crimes. When a young couple fell in love, they would ask Athartyes, 'Lady of Desire', to bless their romance. By naming their children after the Ancients, it was believed that the one whose name was used would become the child's patron. If it was a girl-child, the parents would possibly name her 'Lilayeth', thus invoking the beauty and virtue of 'the Maiden'.

 

And so began the so-called Sylvan Pantheon. At first, however, these individuals were not seen as gods, but as beings that had achieved a higher level of consciousness than those they had left behind, or rather those who sought to emulate their example in this life. The Eya was still the only object of worship, and these Ancients the messengers and servants of the Universe, sent to bring others to their full potential. Thus, instead of worshipping out of fear, the Sylvan honoured them with reverence, devotion, and even love. They were not austere or aloof, but sought to nurture those under their charge. To teach and encourage them, rather than to mete out judgement or punish them when they veered from the path.

 

There is an ancient Sylvan adage that says: 'Noss tuon lelflyn man noss isteya quan'. This means that, at any given time we do only as well as we know how. This is not perceived as an excuse to persist in the wrong course of action. After all: 'Ta isteya alur, yesa ta tuon alur', 'To know better is to do better'. Therefore the secret is to know better, to learn from the past, to prevent repeating the same mistakes in the future.

 

It is believed that the first Sylvan to reach ascension was called Aluvatan. He was thus given the title of 'Father of All'. According to the records, nearing the end of his life, this individual found that remaining on this plane of existence was becoming increasingly detrimental, even to his health. Nonetheless, he held on as long as he could, so that his beloved could join him once she was ready to cross over with him. Eventually, it appears that she was ready, and both ascended together. She was given the title of Ya'ave.

 

The ultimate goal of all living beings, according to Sylvan teachings, is to be united with the Eya. In some mysterious way, this melding is achieved without undermining or destroying the ascended being's individuality. The thought is, that rather than the individual being diminished or assimilated, the person remains as he or she is, and this uniqueness adds to the Eya, causing this universal being to grow. In other words, rather than the Universe being ruled or governed by a being that is all-knowing, omnipresent, and omnipotent, even the Eya evolves as each of the ascended adds his or her own peculiarity to the whole. Therefore, instead of creation being static, it is ever evolving into something greater.

 

 

 

 

It was largely thanks to the Ancients that the portals were built in the first place. In turn this enabled the Sylvan to be amongst the first to inhabit other worlds. But the true Kuiviess was still to come, first on the Mellyrnarda, where eventually more people had ascended than the ones who remained, choosing to only awaken when the rest of Sylvan-kind does. As yet, this has not occurred, but it is widely accepted that the day will come when all Sylvan, of every generation, will arise together.

 

But alas, there are those who have attempted to cheat their way into the ascended, either to try and sabotage the process, or for more selfish reasons. They have done so using the Dark Arts, or even Blood Magic. The problem with both is not only that it requires acts of the most vile of sorts, but that it only works to a certain extent.

 

The truth is that the Eya, the energy of the Universe itself, is the only source of true power. Although there is no price for using this energy, there are most certainly conditions, and the first is that whatever is to be done must be achieved for: The Highest Good, for the good of all, and - to the best of one's ability - harming none. Only once every avenue has been explored to achieve these goals can one do what is necessary. This implies that Universal Power can only be used when the motive is pure, and the intent is to do good.

 

However this is not all inclusive. Many have believed that it is wrong to harm another regardless of that person's intentions. The problem with this is that it includes the defence of self, and even more so the protection of others. Using force to stop a killer from carrying out his or her evil intent is not wrong, as it is preventing harm from befalling others. As a wise person once said: 'Living peaceably with all men would be a good philosophy, if only all men believed therein.'

 

But even among the Sylvan, and the races that were close to them, there were those who sought to use the power that they had gained for far less than honourable reasons. The sad truth is that it is possible to perform the vilest of deeds using the energy afforded to one by the Dark Arts. The problem is that there is always a price to pay. This is because the energy required to carry out such acts is what can be termed 'Borrowed Power'. This does not originate from the Eya, but from another source. A source that cannot replenish itself. Therefore it demands repayment.

 

Many have used this power, only to find that they are enslaved by the originator thereof. They are forced to do things that they might even find deplorable, but their lust for power has blinded them to the consequences of their actions.

 

To understand the true source of this power, one must go back to the era before the physical Universe even existed. The Creative Centre, which the Sylvan called the Eya, has always known that true harmony exists when the Universe is in balance. Therefore everything in Creation has a contrary: The opposite of light being darkness; life - death; good - evil … The second basic Universal Law, if one wishes, is that each of these contraries have their designated place in Creation. Therefore, day has its time as does night. Even though the length differs, even this balances itself out, hence the Summer and Winter solstices.

 

Before time existed, some of the spiritual beings decided to speed up their union with the Eya by shedding the mantles of Good and Evil. This was done because they knew that the Creative Centre surpasses all. The One is neither Good nor Evil, Light nor Darkness, Male nor Female … for One transcends all of these. This is why the Universe thrives when there is balance. Nature herself teaches that there has to be equilibrium, and that any force that tips these delicate scales must be brought back, or else disaster will follow. If a single race or species is allowed to persist in disturbing this constancy, the whole natural world is in danger of collapse. But even then, it is usually only for a season, until the stability is re-established.

 

Little did these 'Baralyrnnra', 'the Gods of Darkness', realise that this would create the only thing in the Universe that does not have a true contrary, and that is Chaos. Even though, in times of change, there is a period of disorder, it is not an end in-and-of itself, merely a preparation for a new order. Chaos, on the other hand, does not seek the re-establishment of order, for then it would cease to exist.

 

Hence Chaos persists for its own sake alone. Not only that, but it desires to supplant Order and Balance. Thus the beings that support anarchy, also seek to impose it on those who would otherwise promote the other two.

 

It is upon these sources that the practitioners of the Dark Arts draw to gain the power they need to carry out their nefarious desires. The problem is that, when the so-called Baralyrnnra rose up in opposition to the Eya, the Creator cut them off from One's own energy. Thus they were forced to seek the power from elsewhere.

 

To understand this concept, one needs to grasp the idea that energy is generated from various different sources, even people. This is what the Dark Gods realised, and they began to spread their chaotic influence throughout the various races in order to garner the power, that could be gained from them being worshipped as deities. This was either done by force or by deception, the former being the more common as it is easier to rule by instilling fear in the hearts of one's subjects, than it is to maintain the lies that enslaved them in the first place.

 

By the time of the Kuiviess, these deities had gained much power, and could bestow it upon those who sought to broadcast the cause of Anarchy. This was provided that those who would make use of such energy do so in such a way that their source would have access to more. It is believed that it was such power that brought about the atrocities of the Great Corruption. This was because one of the most powerful sources of negative energy is grief, and what greater grief can there be than that which Divine Judgement can bring about? Even though it was not seen as such, the suffering and death that followed the Corruption fuelled the powers of Chaos for millennia afterwards, even to this day.

 

Those who choose to use this borrowed power are under that assumption that they can somehow stop the Kuiviess, and this is wrong. After all, how does one prevent evolution from progressing? When the Eya began the process of Creation, a ball was set in motion that cannot be stopped. Although ascension is by choice, this only applies to when the individual chooses to awaken. The actual event is inevitable and unavoidable. In a child's physical development, the choice is not whether he or she will walk or not, but when. The same applies with the ascension. Not even the influence of karma can actually prevent the individual from ascending. It can only postpone it.

 

Hence, in spite of the hardship and grief that came in the aftermath of the Great Corruption, the Sylvan still lived in hope, that once their debt had been paid off, they would indeed awaken. To use the analogy of the child: Assume that he did something that injured his legs. So much so that it negatively impacted his ability to walk. However, the damage was not irreparable. This would mean that the boy would still learn to walk, just not as soon as he would have if he had not injured himself. At the time he may despair, but he still lives in hope. The day that he will stand on his own two feet, and begin to walk, has only been delayed, not cancelled.

 

What was required of the Sylvan after the Xuntarealta was to repent of their deeds, and return to the old philosophies. This did not mean that they were not allowed to progress, but rather that their basic principles - such as their regard for all living beings, and their dedication to family and to their communities - remain the basis for their future society. This, and the acceptance, that for them, the Kuiviess would no longer be attainable in a single lifetime, would assure that it would at last be theirs. Therein was their hope in the face of adversity.

 

Perhaps the biggest difference between the mentality of the Sylvan, and that of many other races, including humanity, is that they are determined to learn from the mistakes of the past. Thus the new civilisations that stemmed from the Corruption were established in such a way, so as to avoid history from repeating itself. Many of these were upon new worlds, those included in the Second Founding.

 

There is a common thread between all of the worlds upon which the Sylvan have found their home, all except for one. This is called the 'Nura Moyety'. It is said to be a mystical force that positively changes the very nature of all under its influence. An example of this power, loosely translated as 'the Deep Working', is what sets the Firyen apart from their closest cousins, the human race.

 

Before the advances in medical technology that humanity - for the most part - presently enjoy, the average life-expectancy was between fifty to seventy years of age. One writer refers to this as man's allotted 'Three-score years and ten', and states that only the very privileged would see their eightieth year. At present, the average has been lengthened to eighty years of age, and the fortunate might reach one hundred.

 

Like humanity, the Firyen are considered by other races to be short-lived. The difference between the two is, that the former may now live to a hundred years of age, whereas the average Firyen can expect to survive for more than twice that length of time. Their life-expectancy is presently between two hundred and twenty, and two hundred and eighty years. Even without modern medical standards, they lived until between two hundred and two hundred and twenty years of age. This is believed to be attributed to the Nura Moyety, and is common to all races that dwell on these worlds.

 

As has been mentioned before, prior to the Great Corruption, the Sylvan lived for thousands of years. Even after the judgement was passed upon them, they can still survive for six centuries, and some even longer than that. Their lifespan is still the longest among the inhabitants of these planets. The next are the Drimm. They can live for up to four hundred years, four hundred and fifty at a stretch. The Merka-Tel are on equal footing with their Sylvan cousins.

 

So what exactly is the Deep Working? The truth is that no-one really knows. There are a few theories, ranging from it being a 'Gift from the Gods', to something in the environment - some illusive mineral in the soil, or substance in the water or even the air … The most common of these ideas is the very nature of the planets themselves. With the exception of Tollana and Earth, all of the other worlds are considered to be, what has been labelled as, 'Gaia Worlds'. And, if the story of the 'Garden of Eden' were true, Earth might have also been the same. That is, before the so-called 'Fall of Man'.

 

A Gaia World is basically a paradise in which life abounds. Even the climate does not vary as much as on other planets. Therefore the extremes of heat and cold are absent. Traditionally, these would have been ideal for the Sylvan as forests and jungles were plentiful, and all the food resources that they require would have been available in abundance. These are not forest worlds as such. Vast plains teem with wild animals, and rich grass covers the immense fields. Although not entirely free of natural hazards, such as volcanoes, these are few and far between.

 

Thus, as long as these worlds are maintained in their pristine state, they are more than capable of sustaining and nurturing any life-form that dwells thereon. However it could be said that Earth was once just such a planet, and yet there is no evolutionary evidence that its inhabitants ever lived for that length of time. The only record of such longevity is in certain religious records, and that was considered a gift from their Deity, rather than a natural phenomenon.

Which brings us to the most common theory. And that is that the Deep Working is a direct influence of the Eya - the Power of the Universe - upon the planets themselves. Not only that, but the effect is either enriched, or diminished, by the essential nature of the life that dwells upon each and every world. For example, a world that is in a constant state of turmoil would negatively impact the nature of the Working upon it. Whereas, a race that actively pursues balance and equilibrium, will have a positive effect on the forces that are at work on it. Therefore, perhaps the negative influence that followed the Great Corruption was not so much a judgement, but a result of the atrocities that occurred. What's more is that the same could be said about the so-called Fall of Man.


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