The A'qanj Enlightened Confederation is an interplanetary nation which only recently achieved interstellar travel. It is composed by the dominant race of its homeworld, the race of the A'qanj. It is an Oligarchic Theocracy, but the official religion of the empire is strongly related to scientific study, thus the rulers are also scientists who fancy themselves as "enlightened" as they possess both scientific knowledge and divine-inspired wisdom.

History[edit | edit source]

Summary[edit | edit source]

The following text is a very short summary of the history, as it is recorded by its Ma’Hari rulers

In the beginning, the onnivorous creatures known as A'qanj lived on their native world, Ain, as a savage race whose only resources were the ones granted by the planet, which, though having a suitable atmosphere, was almost entirely covered ina single, vast ocean,with the notable exception of the north and south poles, which had a thick layer of white ice.

The A'qanj evolved from their primal ancestors during the Old Times, the pre-sentient period which is only recorded in the oldest myths of the Tribes, but have been roughly reconstructed by A'qanj scientists through paleontology, genetic analysis and the comparation of historical evidence. After that period, the Tribes, the new groups that came into existence as the social structure of the A'qanj packs grew more and more complex, started to look for new seas to settle, as their nomadic lifestyle created the need for vast oceans and reefs to sustain the increasing population, while their homeland was attacked by another sentient race, only recorded as the Deep Ones, who drove the A'qanj away, in the northern hemisphere of the planet, where they had to settle the cold and unfitting depths of the southern pole, which was the theatre of a terrible exile for the defeated, who once enjoyed the warm seas they now lost. This terrible punishment, anyway, brought the necessity to invent, thu leading to further evolution.

Striving to survive, they became more intelligent, developing simple tools made of the bones of the hunted beasts of the northern sea and achieving a greater knowledge of the species able to survive in such a harsh environment. This lead to a superiority of the Tribes, who had to compete among themselves for the scarce resources of the arctic regions known as the Northern Reef. After an utterly long time, the land of the exile became the new motherland, the A’qanj adapted to the cold waters and accepted their fate, but then, in the darkness of the polar abyss, the gods talked to the priests of the villages carved in ice, commanding them to take back what they lost. Thus they departed from their new homeland to recover a promised land they had long lost and only heard of in the tales of the elders who held the secular power within the tribes.

And they came, wielding an annihilating power, cleansing their ancient, holy, reefs. The Deep Ones disappeared, although their influence remained in the cultre of the A’qanj, who learned to survive in the depths, gathered the knowledge of their defeated enemies about tha darkness below the blue sea and became the sole rulers of Ain, their beloved planet. As the gods had been grateful, the A’qanj became the keepers of the world and decided to protect every being in the waters of Ainuar, the Great Sea. The tribes built the Ninety-Nine cities, little independent nations which became beacons of knowledge in the endless water. Although a new age of growth and prosperity started, the city-states did not want to face the dacadence that condemned the Deep Ones, thus they established the caste system and the yearly pilgrimages of the Ma’Hari After these events, the Time of Ice ended, and the Time of Water began with the Age of Storms.

The new era was characterized by both a develpoment of society, language, art, culture and knowledge, and by utterly devastating wars fought with new weapons and resources granted to the A’qanj by their new settlements, eager to produce new instruments of death. During this terrible era, the Ma’Yaka, the military caste, led the cities, while the Ma’Hari, the priests, caled for peace, desperately attempting to keep the community united and to preserve harmony. The Ma’Yaka keprt using the power granted them by the priests, who led complex researches to honor the gods of life through conntemplation and study, while they granted to everyone the results of their communitary work in order to prevent the unification of the trbes, as it would have inevitably brought to the stagnation of knowledge and progress, as well as to tyranny and decadence. As the commanders grew more and more cruel and indolent, the Ma’Jiin suffered under their rule, and, once again, during the pilgrimage, the gods spoke to the Ma’Hari, who were meditatind in their icy temples and felt the pain of their people, thus deciding to remove the Ma’Yaka from their role of secular leaders, leading to the Fratricide, a terrible war between the ruling castes, which ended with the victory of the priests, armed with superior weapons and supported by common people.

The Age of Storms ended in a terrible bloodshed, with the abandon of the sacred vows of the Ma’Hari in order to prevent the collapse of the Tribes. Reluctantly, the priests took the role of the defeated knights, who accepted to serve recognising their superiority. The second part of the Time of Water, the Age of Shallows, started in sorrow, as the new rulers, their purity tainted by the Fratricide, lost their contact with the Gods, who hi in the sky, where their worshipers could not reach them.

During this Age, the Ma’Hari made it possible for the Tribes to live in harmony and peace, while the industrial society, which was growing in the settlements, and soon the population grew again, leading to the necessity to reduce the number of individuals per pilgrim Ma’Hari every year, until the priests finally resolved to found the Council, a group of Ninety-Nine Ma’Hari who represented the whole race and decided of the common policies. This is regarded as the birth of the Aqanj Conferation, ruled by the Enlightened Council, which created the White Fortress, the Beacon, the Common Laws of the Tribes and the Calendar System.

Golden age was going to begin, but the treacherous Ma’Yaka, who tricked the Ma’Jiin, led them in a terrible revolt, striking suddenly the Council and slauthering its members. Such violence created the necessity fo repression, thus the Second Council, composed by priests eager to grant vengeance to the unjustly slayed. This events brought to the Age of Tears, a time of violence and needed obscurantism that ended with the death of the rebels and the victory of the righteous ones.

After this, the Second Council was diffident about research, and remained focused on stability and internal order. Only after the end of its rule, with the ascension of the Third Council of the Ma’Hari, the glorious rulers decided to build the outposts projected by the first Council on the moons and to use the Beacon to look for the lost Gods.

Culture and Society[edit | edit source]

The A’qanj are divided in three castes Once tis division was only formal, the nit became more and more important, and now the castes are completely closed, thus, if one is born as a Ma’Jiin, he will die as a Ma’Jiin, and, of course, the same is true for the Ma’Hari and the Ma’Yaka. Although tha castes are very different from each other, there are some aspects of the A’qanj culture related to a time before the establishment of the caste system, that are shared by the three groups, including their religion, their language and their strong bonds to their community

The Language[edit | edit source]

The A’qanj, living underwater, could not use a common language like the ones spoken by the many races dwelling on the surface of planets across the universe, as they never developed the capability to speak until they achieved the needed technology. Instead, they mixed high frequency sounds with their innate ability to change their skin’s color to mimic the surrounding reef and the bioluminescence they possess to develop a complex communication technique employing light, colors and simple sounds to interact. Their wirtten lagnuage, of course, evolved directly from this technique, so the A’qanj learned how to use natural pigments found underwater in the reefs to create an alphabet of symbols with shapes representing the sounds and colors representing color and light through both the tonality of the pigment and its brightness, thus creating what are currently known as the iris caves, places where inscriptions of ancient memories were left and now shine in the depths thanks to bioluminescent pigments bred by the writers.

The Community[edit | edit source]

The A’qanj, as precedently stated, are strongly related to their community, as, through the myths related to their racial wars with the Deep Ones and the propaganda of the Ma’Hari about the need to protect the whole race and to preserve the peace granted them by the gods, in every child is inoculated this idea during the basic education. Also, the ideal community depicted by the priests is constantly celebrated during the yearly festivities for the Pilgrimage, thus this conception cannot fade, and even the more individualistic A’qanj would never do any harm to the society of the confederation, as it is regarded as holy and every A’qanj is encouraged to do his best to improve it, while the ones that act without granting it enough effort are left isolated by the rest.

The Calendar[edit | edit source]

The A’qanj year are 391 days long, and the Ma’Hari divided them in thirteen months of one day plus the last day of the year, during which great festivities take place and the three castes celebrate together the greatness of their history and confederation as well as the beauty of the infinite worlds of the universe, which reflect the greatness of the A’qanj gods. The Calendari is composed by cycles of 207 years, which is the period between to complete allignments of the moons of Ain, and it represents the mandate of a Ma’Hari council. At the end of a Calendar the greatest festivities of the A’qanj society take place, and they last for a whole year.

The Castes[edit | edit source]

The A’qanj are divided in three clsoed castes: the Ma’Hari, the Ma’Yaka and the Ma’Jiin. These three groups became more and more rigid as their society became sedentary, when the surplus of food granted to a part of the population the capability of dedicating themselves to something different than the production of food, like professional warfare or philosophy and religion. Later, the social division among the A’qanj grew more and more important, and nowadays the caste determines education, work, richness and even the lifespan of an A’qan. A description of the three castes follows this brief introduction.

Ma’Jiin[edit | edit source]

The workers, the servants, the pawns of the Confederation, as well as the majority of the population. The Ma’Jiin are roughly 75% of the A’qanj, and they live quite peaceful lives, as they are not involved in war, politics or great innovations. As they do not have access to the best technologies, their lifespan, 320 A’qanj years, is the lowest among the castes, and their great numbers make their society very heterogeneous, although some common elements are granted by their education. They have no internal hierarchy, and they are all equal in front of the law, but the free market of the caste provides great economical disparity: he Ma’Jiin include the richest and the poorest of the A’qanj.

Education[edit | edit source]

After their birth, the younglings do not study anything unitl they reach the age of ten, when they are divided in classes where a low-ranking Ma’Hari will introduce them to a simplified and idealized history of the community and to the philosophy that is prevalent in the Ma’Jiin: they will be taught to feel grateful towards the Ma’Hari and respectful towards the Ma’Yaka, learning to honor them both while leaving in teaching communities that indoctrinate them, creating en enforced solidariety that will persist for all the A’qan’s life. During this stage the basis of religion and theology are also explained and, though none is formally demanded to worship the A’qanj Gods, everybody does so, as the ones who refuse the Cult are left alone by he rest of the society. After a ten year indoctrination that is known as “Light-giving”, they are left to Ma’Jiin teachers that will grant them specialistic and technical knowledges and competences that will make full-fledged citiziens ourt of them. Even though they can actually choose what to study during their twenty yers long specialization, very few decide not to follow the family’s tradition.

Life and role in society[edit | edit source]

The Ma’Jiin are workers, merchants, labourers or even low-level administrators. They are strongly bonded to their families, which are seen as a society in the society and have to be protected and respecte just like the global A’qanj community. It is not prohibited, but very rare, that two Maa’Jiin of different economical status marry, as in that case one of them would need to abndon his family’s lifestyle. They are also very protective towards their numerous children and their fellows, as they value the community above everything. Formally, they control the economical life of the Confederation, but the truth is that they are militarily ccontrolled by the Ma’Yaka and culturally controlled by the Ma’Hari, thus they obey to a society that does not encourage free thinkers at all. They do not respect ambition or personal interest and are utterly loyal to the central government, but also ready to help each other in case of need. They are also the artists of the community, though their commissions mostly come from the Ma’Hari, who request them to produce propagandistic works, which they gladly create because of their education.

Ma’Yaka[edit | edit source]

The military caste, the warriors, the officials and the medium-level administrators, the only ones allowed to carry and posses weapons of any kind, the defenders of the confederation. Hey are roughly 15% of the A’qanj population, they are fairly rich, though there are some differences which are not even comparable with the ones of the Ma’Jiin. They have a pyramidal hierarchy, with many common soldiers and few commanders, but tha access to technologies is equal among them. Heir lifespan is generally longer than the one of the Ma’Jiin, as they have access to better sanitation and are usually richer: they can live up to 340 years. They have no privileges in front of the law, and the judges tend to be very strict with them.

Education[edit | edit source]

The education of the Ma’Yaka is very rigid, as they are taken away from their families at the age of five, when they are mere children, and brought inside schools directed by the Ma’Hari, who create the perfect environment to teach them the idealized history of the species, the very basics of science and theology and create in the young Ma’Yaka a sense of guilt that will stay with them for their whole life evidencing how they were ruthless and cruel rulers and how the Ma’Hari were merciful to spare them, as they deserved an utterly harsh punishment. After this long indoctrination, lasting for twenty years, they attend a twenty-five years long military academy, divided in five sections of five years at the end of which they are given a rank tha will probably be kept for their whole life: though technically there is the possibility to be promoted, it’s extremely rare for this to ever happen once in a lifetime

Life and role in society[edit | edit source]

The Ma’Yaka are given an incredible sense of duty, for they are the ones who once striked the community, causing violence and bloodshed, se now they must repay it by protecting its peace and enforcing law and order inside the Ninetynine Cities. They only really get to know they’re families at the age of fifty, when they are independent, so they are not particularly tied to their parents, children or relatives, but they carefully choose their partner, as he will be the only one to stand beside the for their whole life. They are also related forever to their companions in the military academy, as they are the only friend made during youth, as the Ma’Hari are very emotionally distant form them.

Ma’Hari[edit | edit source]

The ruling caste, the priests, the scientists, the judges, the high ranking administrators, the diplomats and much more. The Ma’Hari are found on the top of the A’qanj social pyramid, representing only 10% of the toal population anc controlling the remaining 90% through culture and religion. While the other castes tend to be ideologically homogeneous and economically heterogeneous, though on different levels, in the Ma’hari caste the situation is completely different, as they are ideologically heterogeneous and economically homogeneous, as the resources donated to the Confederation by the richest citiziens, often Ma’Jiin with a very high census, is equally distribuited by the council where and when it is needed by members of the cast. They have a very strict and complex hierarchy, but they can easily advance through it, gaining ranks during their life, and they can even retrocede, though this is uncommon, but not extremely rare. They are strongly tied to the whole caste just like the Ma’Jiin are tied to their families and the Ma’Yaka are tied to their partners. They are free thinkers who, though the y should not carry or possess weapons, have the best technologies of the confederation, and thus the longest lifespan, being able to live up to 400 A’qanj years. They control all the research and are the only ones to have access to the whole knowledgeof the Confederation.

Education[edit | edit source]

The Ma’Hari are left free to explore the many possibilities granted them by the community as soon as they are able to move freely, and their initial education is completely communitary too, as every Ma’Hari is eager to teach something to the younglings. This period of informal education and freedom lasts for the firs forty years of a Ma’Hari’s life, in order to allow him to develop personal opinions and ideas without being influenced by any common mindset. After this long experience, characterized by tranquillity and domestic life, he has to attend the Enlightenment School, a twenty year long academy of theology, philosophy, science, engineering and history. Their education is both complex and complete, but the most important difference between the Enlightenment School and the education of the other castesi s tha tha Ma’Hari learn the truth, and not an idealized or propagandistic history taught to the other A’qanj. They also learn many things about the customs, social structures and political situations of the Confederation. The Enlightened then must follow a second academy, with the purpose to grant them a triple specialization. This academy is thirty years long andusually the students are encouraged to study very different subjects, in order to improve their mental elasticity, although some of them decide to restrict their study to achieve a greater knowledge of specific disciplines. After this period, the formal education of the MA’Hari is ended, but they usually keep studying for their whole lifetime.

Life and role in society[edit | edit source]

The Ma’Hari are the leaders of the Confederation, thus muchi s expected of them and they always strive to satisfy the expectations of their superiors and of the whole community. They have very different, individualistic and often discording opinions and ideas on many topics, as this is necessary to keep the many debates feeding the scientific, philosophical and theological progress of their society. They are assigned to different roles and, as they have eclectic specialization, and this is seen as another way to stimulate learning and mental flexibility. They tend to establish very deep ties with their families, as they can live with them for a long time, and the same goes for their partner, as he must be the most adapt person to amuse the Ma’Hari during his whole life, an intellectual complementary.

The Government[edit | edit source]

The A’qanj Enlightened Confederation is rule by the Ma’Hari Council, a group of ninetynine Ma’Hari who take all the most important decisions fot the nation while their subordinates administer the cities locally and conduct lesser researches while the Council only follows the most importan technological and cultural developments and the most urgent policies.

The Yearly Meeting[edit | edit source]

The members of the Council usually live in the cities that they rule, but, once a year, they are summoned ath the White Fortress, the capital of the Confederaion, which is not ruled by a member of the council, in order to meet and discuss for two whole months. This is the most important event in the A’qanj culture, as most of the progressesof their civilization happen during these metting, which are an encounter of the most important thinkers of the Confederation. The meeting usually happens during the eleventh and the twelweth months, as the last month of the year is usually dedicated to preparing the last-day celebrations. All the members of the Council are warned a few days before the meeting and thus reach the White Fortress exactly on the first day of the Meeting, then they live in the White Fortress for the whole meeting and live only after the first day after its end, as it is the day of a large feast for the departing priests.

The White Fortress[edit | edit source]

The White Fortress once was a huge complex of tribal villages carved in white ice, hence the name, that was used by the ninetynine tribes as during the long exile after they were banished from their motherland by the Deep Ones. Nowadays it has been fortified with many modern structures and it has become the holy capital of the Confederation, also known as the City of a Hundred Wonders, as it hosts many imporant and secret projects of the high-ranking Ma’Hari which are incredibly more advanced then the common technology used by the normal citiziens of the Confederation, and it is the hundredth city of Ain. The White Fortress is composed of ninetynine carved substructures which housed the tribes and now are used as residences for the Ma’Hari during the Meeting. The fortress also includes an ancient common zone which is now the place where the Keepers live and where the Meetings take place, as well as many defences, both natural, like the terrible environment, the huge beasts lurking in the northenrn sea and the unpredictable waters, and artificial, like he modern walls and defensive structures recently added, the Ma’Yaka soldiers living in the fortress and the advanced technological devices developed by the council.

The Keepers[edit | edit source]

As the White Fortress was abandoned when the mythical reconquest of the motherland of the A’qanj happened, a brave group of Ma’Hari and Ma’Yaka decided to protect the holy place that offered shelter to the exiled specie sas they were banished, thus remaining in the icy regions of the northern pole to take care of the ancient complex. Although the population never increased, as resources were very scarce, the White Fortress kept communicating with the ninetynine cities untill the Ma’Hari took the power, remaining neutrals long as possible, accepting to become part of the global nation after the Ma’Hari unified the world. The order of the Keepers is highly independent and it is now ruled by the Ma’Hari as a result of the las social revolution. The members of the order ar the ones who are born inside it or the ones who spontaneously decide to join, although this possibility is precluded to the Ma’Jiin, as the order is composed by Ma’Hari and Ma’Yaka only, and it has a pyramidal structure, being led by a high ranking Ma’Hari who holds the title of High Keeper along with his rank, which usually is the same one as a member of the Council’s. Almost all of the Keepers belong to the northern sub-race of the A’qanj.

The Election[edit | edit source]

The Election happens at the end of every Calendar and is the formal nomination of a new Council, which will replace the old one. Ita happens just after the long festivities of the las year of the calenda as is composed by a globl assembly of all the Ma’Hari who completed their education and who vote for new members. The rank of the voters is not important, while the candidates are very often of the highest rank possible, bearing the title of Arch-Hierophant, although some very rare and very brilliant Ma’Hari managed to get elected with a lesser rank, also gaining a direct promotion to such an important grade in the society. The law establishes that no member of the former Council can vote or be voted and that they cannot hold any role in the administration until the end of the new Calendar, in order to grant to the pool of thinkers the possibility to renew and avoid stagnation. Also, members of the orer of the Keepers cannot vote nor be voted, even if they are Ma’Hari, although the High Keeper, their leader and grandmaster, takes part to the meetings of the Council, though having a lesser prestige than regular members and a life-lasting position.

The Powers[edit | edit source]

The Council holds absolute power within the A’qanj Enlightened Confederation, as it is allowed to change any law without restrictions at all, with the only limit that it can only take decisions when the Meeting takes place. The Council, thus, can theorically revolution the whole A’qanj society in a single year. The Council, however, must respect a single, but extremely importan, rule: it can neve deny the right to ocnduct certain researches or stop the progress of the society. This rule may seem unnecessary, as the Ma’Hari are quite open minded when it comes to progress, but it actually saved the Confederation from regression during the rule of the Second Council, as it prevented the Council from denying the study of interstellar travel and

The Administration[edit | edit source]

The A’qanj Enlightened Confederation is ruled through a complex bureaucracy, which has the purpose to allow the central government to only focus on critical matters, while lesser functionaries take care of local issues and minor problems. Theorically, each one of the ninetynine cities irs ruled by a member of the Council of the Ma’Hari, the organization ruling the Confederation, but the councilors are extremely busy with scientifical research or theological debate, thus they delegate most of their duties to a local triumvirate composed exclusively by Ma’Hari who deal with each one of the three castes and their problems, while the ruler only coordinates their work and oversees his subordinates.

Ma’Hari Administration[edit | edit source]

The Ma’Hari do not possess fixed instituitions, as any pre-made scheme would obstruct their inventive and limit their creative capabilities, while one of the Confederation’s main purposes is to allow them to act and think freely in an intellectually stimulating environment, making their nation advance faster both culturally and technologically. This policy led to the birth of countless lesser associations, with heterogeneous internal structures, which use a single exponent to interact with the member of the triumvirate who directs the Ma’Hari activities in the city. These associaions, anyway, always follow the hierarchy of the Ma’Hari, with the most high-ranking members being in charge and making most of the true research and the low-rankig ones simply studying in these extremely small centers of learning. Every organization also develops its very own philosophy and idea, thus leading to a constant debate among the associations of a single cities, which confront themselves, although the Ma’Hari abhor violence, thus the discussions are always as peaceful as possible. Associations of different cities sometimes meet and lead further debate, but the only cultural encounter involving members of the whole confederation is the annual meeting of the Ma’Hari Council, which takes place outside the cities, in the White Fortress, the capital of the Confederation.

Ma’Yaka Administration[edit | edit source]

The Ma’Yaka follow a strictly organized hierarchy, which is respected with utter devotion. They follow a complex structure of regiments with different functions, from the common law enforcers who protect the Ma’Hari and make sure that their commands are followed to groups of officials who command the large armies of the confederation. In every city there is a single Ma’Yaka who is tasked to control the whole caste in the city, and he is the most high-ranking member of his caste within the city. Usually, he teachs how to administrate the military forces to brilliant students who are selected during the first twenty years of the military academy, choosing a successor during the last five ones. The rank of this general, who is also the direct subordinate of the Ma’Hari member of the triumvirate who oversees the Ma’Yaka caste, usually is Arch-Paladin, while his designated successor is Arch-Paladin Squire.

Ma’Jiin Administration[edit | edit source]

The Ma’Jiin do not possess a strict hierarchy, thus they do not form strictly organized groups, and their internal organization is mostly dictated by the common laws established by the central government of the Confederation. Their association are usually divided by industry branches with complex internal structures which are completely elective and are composed by workers’ syndicates, dirigential councils, administrative assemblies, production chain assemblies and many othe groups which create Lesser Councils tasked to send a delegate to the Ma’Jiin council of the city, which, of course, is controlled by a member of the Triumvirate. In this way, the Ma’Hari control the global economy of the Confederation, while the Ma’Jiin only control the local administration of the means of production and are submitted to the central authority.

The Religion[edit | edit source]

The Confederation worships the Four Gods, the Kama’Shur which are the ancient deities of the ninetynine tribes who founded it. These elder belief is strongly tied to nature, as it tried to personify the wild forces of the world that the early A’qanj could not understand. As their society evolved, anyway, the tribes startedto study the planet and to learn a lot about the raw elements they once worshiped, thus starting to question both the belief and the priests. Naturally, this process started in the Ma’Hari caste, as they were the first to acquire many informations about the nature of the world because of their role of scientists, thus all the questions to the clergy came from the priests themselves, and in relatively ancient times they started to reform their religion. Nowaday, under the rule of the Ma’Hari, the A’qanj believe in metaphorical deities who embody forces of the universe and, thus, represent the various shapes of the divine enlightenment descended on the Ma’Hari, who managed to keep their power and prestige as religion and society evolved.

Es-Ainar[edit | edit source]

The Lord of Waters, the Master of the Sea, is the king of the gods, and, as the one who rules over the ocean, source of all the life of the A’qanj society, he rules over life, too. In the contemporary Ma’Hari conception of the gods, he embodies the incredible diversity of life across the universe, whie in the ancient myths he is depicted as both cruel and gentle, polite and rude, terribly evil and utterly good, as life itself can be hard, even impossible, or sweet, just like the oceans of Ain. He is mostly venerated by the Ma’Jiin

Sylana[edit | edit source]

The Lady of the Sky, the Mistress of the Stars, and the spouse of the king, is the only deity of the pantheon who does not represent anything that is strongly related to the ocean, as she s over the kingdom of the gods, the infinite sky. She is often depicted as gentle, yet distant and pragmatic, but very beautiful. The Ma’Hari believe her to be the source of their enlightenment, as she is the patron deity of scientists, as well as the Goddess of Knowledge. Naturally, she is mostly worshiped by the Ma’Hari

Huul[edit | edit source]

The Cold God, the Icy devoure, the Lord of War, is one of the two children of Es-Ainar and Sylana, as wella as the embodiment of ice. He is said to be ruthless and to enjoy games and trials, which he often used to judge mortals. He is the god of justice and conflict, and the Confederation also believes him to be the representation of evolution and natural selection, as both are harsh and only the most worthy survive them, as they are nature’s hard trials. He is the patron god of the Ma’Yaka, who honor and respect him.

Zul’Shur[edit | edit source]

The second sono of the ruling gods is the Deep Ruler, the King of the Abyss, the Master of Darkness. He is the god of death and darkness, the ruler of mysteries, and in ancient legends he is said to be very shy, frighened of the world, as death, for the A’qanj, cannot meet life, thus, he is also a sad god, as he cannot meet his divine family, which is alive. He is the keeper of the world of the dead, and the A’qanj believe him to take the souls of the deceased to make them forget everything about life in the underworld before sending them away, ready to live a new life in a new form. The Ma’Hari believe him to represent cosmic void, the impossbility to solve every mystery in the universe and, of course, death itself, the greates mystery of the whole existence. Although he is revered and feare by all of the A’qanj, none of them directly worships him, as they are alive and, thus, they cannot meet death, not even in prayer.

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