The Tale of Love & War

Once, the realm of mortals was a unified landmass surrounded on four sides by ocean. Here the chief goddess Umtau let her young creations run wild and free; through the jungles, over plains and upon hills. And over time they learned all there was to know of the land, and they lived blissfully and in harmony with all breed of flora and fauna for which the goddess provided humanity.

And after tens of thousands of years, mankind played to their hearts’ content, never searching for some higher purpose, some deeper calling. Never imagining that their world, or within their hearts, there may be something far greater or far worse.

A beautiful dawn came then to the southern shores, and the people praised the goddess Umtau. And Umtau and her children smiled and glowed upon the land in their celestial forms.

Yet one young woman admired one moon more greatly than the others, even as his light began to fade in the brightness of day, remaining to be seen in the sky. Halia was her name, and Vuseos was his. Both blushed as their glances met, and it caused Vuseos to fall from his mount when he did. His celestial form melted off and he appeared as a man, however, he was unharmed in the descent.

Halia and Vuseos met, and they began a happy affair. They enjoyed each other’s company through the day and all through the night, and fell in love. Thus all of humanity learned love.

All of the gods approved of their union, save one. Unimpressed by Vuseos’ decision to remain in the land of the mortals was the goddess of the Great South Seas: Separ. Separ and Vuseos long had a union together, and she became jealous of Halia.

Separ complained to her sister Umtau, and threatened that were Vuseos not punished and returned to his place in the sky, she would wreak havoc with the tides, and make the waves rampant. Umtau replied that should any harm come to humanity in such a manner, she would punish Separ.

In a rage, Separ knocked Halia off of the shore and into the ocean. Halia cried for help, for neither she nor any human had learned to swim. Nor did man have the ability to sail.

Vuseos pleaded with Separ to spare young Halia. To spite him, Separ washed Halia further out to sea where she would surely drown. Vuseos tried to enter the waves, but every time, Separ would force him back to shore. Thus all of humanity learned war.

But Halia’s love for Vuseos was so strong, it gave him the power to rescue her. Using all of his might, Vuseos fractured the earth beneath his feet, and pushed the island for miles, until he was close enough to pluck Halia out of the ocean.

Umtau punished Separ, who was now also the goddess of war, for her vindictiveness by filling her with islands. Among those islands was Halia (off the coast of Vuseos) whom Umtau turned into the goddess of love. She also told Vuseos, that on the condition that he be in the skies in the dark of night, he may return to Halia every day.

Beholden were the humans who saw Halia and Vuseos reunited, and grateful were Vuseos and Halia to be. So they gave Umtau much praise and thanks. Then the goddess Umtau explained that she had no choice. Now that mankind knew love, they knew war. For the two concepts were inseparable, like Separ and Vuseos' new lover. Love and war walked hand in hand.

The End

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