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On this page we provide new myths of the pantheon from BOOK OF THE RIGHTEOUS. We hope to expand this section with myths provided by readers. If you've created myths for your campaign, please email them to us at: BOTR@GREENRONIN.COM. (submission details)

New Myths for the Great Church or the Pantheon as a whole:

The Unspeakable One

The following myth, by Joe G. Kushner, helps position the Unspeakable One from the Freeport series within the mythology of the Book of the Righteous. This is a reader-submitted myth and belongs to Mr. Kushner (copyright 2002, Joe G Kushner). It is not “official doctrine,” but should be quite useful for GMs looking for a document to tease their players with the relation between the gods and Unspeakable One.

HERE are some who whisper that the Nameless One did not abandon our sphere. Rather, like a towering father who sees father than his small children, He was able to recognize what others could not. Some whisper that He beheld things not of our world or our kind; things from beyond this realm that the Nameless One had been both born into and crafted.

The strange thing about these others, these beings who paid no heed to what to them must have seemed a very young god, is that they cared nothing for the whims of man or god but held their own unknown agenda. Their visage is rumored to rarely turn towards our realm and even then, only when they are called upon. So why would the Nameless One leave our realm? Some say it is because while even mighty Kador would be beneath their notice, the Nameless One would not. His light and purity would shine like a beacon to them and draw them here.

Some say that the Nameless One set up guardians of might about the sphere to keep mortals in. I hold two theories on these guardians and wards. The first is that no, these guardians are not to keep us in, but to keep them out. However, I fear it is my second theory that is correct. They are indeed to keep us in, not because we are being punished, but rather, because we are being saved.

Such things as exist in whatever Far Realm the Nameless One has seen are not meant to be beheld with mortal eyes. These beings hold such terror that even heretics fear them. In certain heretical texts it is said that when the Nameless One told Kador of the Past, Present and Future, when He told him of these unspeakable terrors, it drove Kador further into the madness that would eventually consume him.

How did it consume him? Think well of Kador's pride. If there were a menace of such great potency, who better to face it? Of course he would need something greater than the gods of his ken, and this explains his lust for the fruit on the Tree. Still, pride is a double-edged sword and when he saw that he would not be able to mould his perfect champions due to the interference of his siblings (or children, in his esteem), he “cursed” the fruit.

The long term effects of this curse are profound if one sits back and thinks. Yes, there have been wars. Yes, there has been terror. But now instead of the div, we have the Divine Host. We have Dragons. We have Devils. We have things beyond the div. Things, perhaps, that the Nameless One told Kador we would need? Was this part of Kador's plan?

And what of the Compact; what of temptation itself? If only those souls who are worthy gain access to sit with the Pantheon, what matter if Kador uses the unworthy to gain more and ever more power? Will he not need it when he rises and challenges the unspoken things?

And indeed, what if the Nameless One's name isn't truly his own, but rather that of the denizens of that Far Realm? Is that why it must never be uttered aloud? Is that why to speak it is to invite the final doom? For it summons the Nameless One and when he comes, they follow?

And why has the fifth fruit not ripened? Is it the last weapon we have against those beings who forced the Nameless One to turn from his own creation?

I must rest now as I fear the contemplation of so many foreign ideas has distracted me from my true work, the deciphering of the Yellow Sign...

Last found note of Yamaril the Sage, found murdered by unknown cultists in
Freeport.

The symbols on this page copyright 2002, Steve Lawton

 


 
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