Myths and Legends of Lorata

Lorata is a world full of legend and old tales.  The dragons, elves, and fae live by the old legends, and all four deities have their own canon.  I have started writing down the creation myth as it was written by the followers of Jenh.  Here are the first four elements, according to that lore.  You’ll notice that earth and water are both broken into two aspects, each with their own elemental.   This is how the people of Lorata view Jenh’s pantheon, and I made it this way largely to be different from Terran traditions.  After all, why not take a unique perspective on things?

I will post more of the old legend as I write it.  Can you guess which element will be next?  Happy reading!

At the dawn of all time, when there was naught, and Lorata was naught, there came to this part of the vast and eternal æther a goddess. Hers were the gifts of all the elements, and in her heart was the longing to create and to shower her creation with her love. She though first of the surface on which her creations could live, and so brought forth the mighty and firm earth. It was rocky and strong, high in some places and low in others. The rock shone with metals and sparkled jewels that ran through it like veins, and she knew that it had in it all the wealth that it might ever need. And she set upon this earth a being who could watch over this element, and gave him the name Tezanth.

Yet for all of its vastness and strength, the goddess’s sphere of earth was barren and lonely. The goddess then thought to take some of the rocks and crumble them, and in time she blanketed the rock with soil. Within this soil she placed seeds, each one an ovum of some thought or imagining of something that could grow. And from those seeds there came forth flowers, and after them all the grass and trees and vegetables that colored the planet, and it was filled with color. The goddess set upon these plants the being Neemie, so that she might foster the seeds and help them grow.

Tezanth loved Neemie at once, and she him, for they felt as though they were part of one another, and they lived in harmony together. She flowered for him, and he supported the life that she brought forth.

In time the grass did thirst, and the trees felt weak and dry. The goddess under stood what they needed, and traced though the fields and hills a great number of rivers and lakes, streams and ponds. Water tumbled down from the highest of mountains, and coursed over the land to nourish and refresh it. As the plants drank gratefully of this water, the goddess set Myrri to swim in the rivers and look after the lakes.

The waters grew in their vastness, filling up the places where the land was lowest, and grew immense. Great oceans formed, soaking up the crystals of salt from the earth, and stirred with he pulse of the goddess. She saw that these waters were different from the small streams that coursed the land, and knew that another being was needed to oversee them, She gave to the seas Yaz’Zei, and bade him to ensure that he waters did not flood the land, nor should they drown out Neemie’s plants, nor overtake Myrri’s waters.

Yaz’Zei was please with his goddess’s decree, and swore at once to uphold her wishes. He guarded the oceans with great might and will, and kept harmony with Myrri. For he grew to love her as well as Tezanth and Neemie loved one another, and their union made the goddess smile.

About Legends of Lorata

Eleanor Willow is the author of the high fantasy series Legends of Lorata, which takes place on a medieval-style world filled with elves, dragons, and faeries. There is also a fourth race, one that is rare and magical: the angelic Starr. Lorata is a distant planet watched over by four deities: good, evil, elemental, and celestial-- and there are plenty of legends about them all! One of the most important ones is the prophecy of Jenh's champion, Loracaz, who is promised to return to the realm whenever evil threatens to take hold. There are currently three books completed, and the first one can be read online. Book four is currently being written, and a fifth will most likely be in the future.
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