Known as the lesser deities of the Kuglimz religious pantheon, the Vir'togz (lit. "Great Ones") are still highly regarded amongst the tribe that worships them. While there are no written records or myths, Dro'go Minar'ian has made an attempt to start having the priests learn to write and to record the myths of their Vir'tog. However with such a strong oral tradition, this is not something easily done. It has been recently discovered that the mythical Vir'togz were based on several incredible men that led Mynian refugees into a new land. Many of the Kuglimz have taken their names from the Vir'togz that led their tribe.
|Picture description. The Kuglimz All-Father Sur'tyan and All-Mother Lier'tyan. Pictures drawn by Faugar and Quellion.|
The Vir'togz myths seem to have sprung up after the myths of
Sur'tyan (lit. "All Father") and
Lier'tyan (lit. "All Mother") and are more based on
historical situations. There is no connection between the Vir'togz and the star
myths that are associated with their creation myth. In fact it is said that the
celestial beings of Sur'tyan and
Lier'tyan came down to the world in the
human forms of
Surian and Lierya to rule a
human empire during its golden years. The
darkness though that had so threatened them in the star myths came to the world
in the form of "The Year of Darkness" and the chaos of invading
orcs. So loving their people they stayed and
died an earthly death protecting them,
until they had to go back into the great sky and watch their people from above.
It is said that in one of the final battles at their great capital an arrow imbued with all that was evil pierced the fair form of Lierya and caused her celestial blood to flow from the wound. Ten drops of her blood made their way down her arm and fell to the ground at her feet. Coming to her aid Surian he removed the arrow. Seeing the drops of her blood upon the ground he went to them and imbued them with a bit of his own essence. Thus with the blood of Lier'tyan and the essence of Sur'tyan ten men sprang up full grown in their manhood.
Surian bade them to take all they could find and take them away to unclaimed lands, protecting them along the way. Being so charged, they went. Each one gathered people to them and made their way southward to the Celeste Lowlands over the course of several decades until they made their way to where they are now. Battles, wild animals, and unearthly occurences created difficulties during all of the travelling. Hundreds of people died along the way. The groups of people that each man gathered to them would become a seperate tribe of the Kuglimz.
Pantheon. There are ten aknowledged Vir'togz, rumours of an eleventh fallen Vir'togz are whispered as well. This is the supposed Vir'togz of the Ash'mari. The ten worshipped Vir'togz are listed below along with some of their traits.
Helvet, "The Brave"
Known as the brave for many of the acts that he comitted in the saving of his people and bringing them to their current state. It is said that he so loved his charges that he took one for his wife and she bore him three daughters. The people he led took his name for their own and became the Helvet'ine, his daughters names became the names of their cities.
Matiu led his people all of the way to the shores of the Dark Sea. It is said that he taught his people the ways of the water and how to master the sea around them. The myth goes that he became so enamoured of the sea that he took some people with him on a journey to find the other side. No one from that journey has ever returned, and thus he has earned the name Trk (lit. "lost").
Known for being the most steadfast of all of the Vir'togz, he led his people to the Celeste Mountains as they could be the most protected there. He came to love the mountains and taught his people to delve deep in search of fine metals to be smelted. Through his leadership his people, the Fird'Gormz Kuglim have become the most adept miners.
Teimor, "The Brash"
Easily the most brash and other tribes would say reckless Vir'togz. His most famed act was to single handedly kill a Cartashian bear. It is rumoured that one of the members of his tribe, Lyr'Teimor challenged him to lead them and that is how he ended up being in charge.
Jorik was the last to lead his people to their lands and settle them down. Apparently he led them all throughout the Celeste Lowlands, Mynian Plains, and Celeste Mountains before finally deciding upon his tribe's current location. This has made him become known as the most indecisive of the Vir'togz, and his tribe known as the Fal'cone (lit. "last people").
Probably the least liked of the Vir'togz by the other Kuglim since he is considered weak and truly not even all of his own tribe worship him. It is a sad truth, he is in fact considered weak because he could have had the better lands of the Lyr'Teimor or even the Helvet'ine, but conceded to the other groups and moved to the lesser lands that the tribe now holds.
The first of all of the Kuglimz to settle down along with the legendary speed of his mount caused him to be known as "the quick". In fact his name is the base for the Kuglim word tyr (lit. "fast"). In fact his people, the Cur'tyr, are still well known for the skills and speed upon their lighter mounts.
Sik was a man who led the Sik'weir Kuglim. He is known as "the cunning" and used his wits to keep the people with him alive. This allowed him to elude an orcish army and move the tribe to the far north and some of the best pasturage that could be found. His cunning has also transferred to his tribe and they are thought to be some of the best barterers of all of the Kuglimz.
Probably the most mundane of the Vir'tog, if any can be said to be so. He is regarded as thus since he is the most easy going and calm of the Vir'togz. Some of the priests of Lier'tyan though actually believe that Porag was a female. This is something strongly denied by the men, and is now lost in the mists of time. Most of the members of the Ger'ak Kuglim are fairly calm as well, and women have the most rights here. At times this is very frustrating to other Kuglimz as they are much more eager and active. This makes the Ger'ak actually the least warlike of any of the Kuglim.
Little is known or said about this Vir'tog, this is partly due to the rather close mouthed ways of the Mei'vor. It is said that Zorim has always been the most distant of the Vir'tog and has kept his people that way as well. Some would say that this adds mystery, while others would just say that they are unfriendly.
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