The Everbright cult is a small, but growing, group of people who revere who they believe to be the most powerful fire mage who ever lived. Known as Anilya the Everbright, she lived in approximately 2200 b.S. The following myth is one of many told about her. Mar'malog was a great sea dragon who terrorized the coast of what is now known as the province of Manthria. When Anilya heard of the people's plight, she wasted no time in confronting the dragon in a contest of wits and magic.
Prevalence. The myth is known throughout mostly the western coasts provinces of Southern Santharia, primarily Manthria, Sanguia and Xaramon. Active Everbright cults preach the story as a means of converting new converts to follow Anilya's teachings.
The myth of the dragon's destruction by
Anilya probably originated
centuries after her death. It is believed the story began to be told in the
years afterwards by her cult of followers. There was a vaguely documented
instance of Anilya battling
and defeating a group of lesser drakes
who had drawn too close to Ximax. Sages agree
that the incident probably grew larger in scope upon retelling. Anilya also is
said to have made many journeys throughout the western half of the
Santharian kingdom during her lifetime.
She taught and attracted many followers, so her cult claims. Lastly, the
Manthria have a folktale about a
who lived in the Gulf of Maraya. However, legend tells that it was slain by a
group of elven archers and mages, not
Anilya. Some accounts say that
Anilya assisted the elves, but
did not destroy the dragon alone. Despite this, the
cult claims that Anilya slew
the dragon alone using her extraordinary powers.
Importance. The myth is one of the most important ones that are taught to all who venerate Anilya. It is a story that demonstrates her power, courage and compassion. The story is one of the most popular about Anilya as her cult speaks of it often. After all, there are not many heroes who can claim that they faced down a dragon and lived to tell about it.
Story. The story of the Sundering of Mar'malog the Sea Dragon is told as follows:
The Sundering of Mar'malog the Sea Dragon. Word reached Ximax that a great blue dragon of old was
terrorizing the Gulf of Maraya in a land far to the south. This beast, a
grand blue and black drake, came from below the deep waves and burst
forth, spewing wave upon wave of water crashing along the coast. Fishing
boats were lost and coastal towns drowned beneath the drake's onslaught.
Many lives were claimed as the dragon feasted on men, women and children
for many days. The people gave name to this beast, "Mar'malog" (Styrash
lit. "Beast Water").