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- Summary excerpt of various legends regarding the moons of Midchilda:
Nobody knows when the story began.
The two brother princes of the kingdom were alike and different. One brother was tall and proud, fearless and cruel, and from him we learned strength. The other brother was lithe and aloof, veiled and silent, and from him we learned magic. The brothers watch over us, even as today, and we may see their shadowed faces if we look to the heavens, but as for which brother is which, even the legends cannot agree.
The brothers were not friends, for strength and magic cannot join without destroying all they held dear, and it is not in the nature of two princes so similar to be friends; but they were comrades, and they met often in the darkened sky, illuminating it with the reflection of their Sun-Father's glory.
There was a Lady, fickle and inconstant, but few could deny her beauty and allure, and the two brothers fell in love with this princess of water and darkness. Each beckoned to her with charm and guile, and sometimes the Lady turned to one, and sometimes the other, but whether she loved either one or not at all, none could say. Even so, the brothers each vowed to win her heart, and the Lady played with theirs, as she teased them with their own reflections on her countless faces.
But there are, as in every story of this kind, those who crave the darkness, and among them there will always be a serpent. In some of the legends he is a powerful young champion, and in others a doddering old fool, and in yet others a mere mistake of cause and effect, without sentience or thought. The serpent wished to obtain the strength of one brother and the magic of the other, but he knew that if he were to confront them directly, he would be struck down in a single blow. And so the serpent climbed to the top of his tower (for there is always a tower, and the villain perches at the top of it) and whispered falsehoods into the brothers' minds.
The prince of strength knew that the serpent spoke untrue, but he could not ignore his desire for the Lady, and so he bent all his will to his efforts, plunging deep into the forbidden arts. His brother moved to stop him, but by then the Lady had seen what the brothers had done, and her heart grew cold, covering the world in frost. The prince of magic tried to use his own forbidden skills to warm the Lady's heart, but
desire poisoned the deed, and the brothers danced across the night in tainted battle, even as the earth trembled in rage and the skies wept fire.
There are many versions of the story, one for each storyteller. In a few, the brother princes reconciled their differences, and turned on the serpent who had deceived them. In others, the Sun-Father himself intervened, punishing the serpent for his insolence and burning away the ice around the Lady's heart, leaving her weak and diminished. Sometimes the serpent's tower fell; sometimes not.
In most of the legends, however, the prince of strength and the prince of magic weaved all their powers into a tapestry of discord, and cast it at the land; the loose threads becoming available to all who would seek them, strength and magic serving the twin causes of desire and destruction.
And in every version of the story, the Sun-Father, seeing his children in strife, turns black with sorrow.
The Tower Of Babel
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