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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.
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
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