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PostSubject: Stories Thread   Stories Thread Icon_minitimeWed Dec 07, 2016 1:20 am

Every culture has its own traditions and the fairytales, myths and legends that are attached to them.
This thread is there to collect songs and stories that can be brought up in-universe.

Anyone can contribute!
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That having been said, here's the current mythoreligious and fictional canons, in order of precedence, for each group.

1. The birth of Fahari from Nolwandle, mother of oceans, and his conquest of his brides, who were the four corners of the earth.
2. The birth from the East and the signs of the Two Brothers.
3. The Tale of Two Brothers.
4. Stories of the rule of Jeuri over the Manati horde.
5. Stories of the evils of Manat.
6. Stories of the time when the faith of Manat merged with another monotheist cult and got worse, such as the tale of how Juhudi gave sorcery to the Manati.
7. The Concealment of Ash-Shallal.
8. Stories set during the hunt for that pride, which explain the social structure and the warlike nature of Fahari as well as expressing sentiments of anger and bloodlust.

1. Jeuri stories, relating the virtue of conquest.
2. Sanura stories, relating that she is a daughter of Mshindi and Ngawira, and telling of various misadventures in which the goddess of youth learns a lesson and becomes a little wiser. Always cheery and safe and occasionally musical, kind of like a kids' show.
3. The birth of Nonhlanhla, goddess of luck and water, and how she was given to Fahari's people as a bride. Plus other stories where her favour gets various heroes out of trouble.
4. Stories about proud or overly hubristic heroes and their journeys in an effort to complete some kind of set of three tasks and develop beyond their egocentrism.
The Cycle of the Beautiful Lion, for example, tells about a lion who challenged the moon and lost his mind and sight for his presumptuousness. Stories after the first are about him learning virtues to eventually become worthy of sight and the favour of the moon. Generally, these stories have the goddesses of relation, Nobuhle, Nothando and Nonjabulo, as the setters of the tasks in disguise. In some versions, the hero takes the task-givers as wives at the end. There are stories about the children of these unions, who are often heroes in their own right. You can elaborate on this theme endlessly and add to the corpus of saints!
5. Nolwandle stories, generally framing devices from the viewpoint of the sea for social commentary on Fahari affairs. A more or less reliable transmission of actual history.
6. The Cycle of Bhekisisa and Nqobizitha, using the lives of the gods of war and hunting to illustrate when it is appropriate to have a hunter's virtue and when a warrior's.
7. Mcebisi stories, morality tales.

1. The creation of the world by Manat, in a span of twenty-eight days, and the caveat that she could not imitate her own radiance and create a sun and moon from nothing. Creation of lionkind from clay, grass, sand and stone, symbolizing the habitats lions can be found in. Beginning of the First Age.
2. The creation of the sun and moon from two lionesses of great virtue, and the birth of twin sons to Manat.
3. The (Manati) Tale of Two Brothers. Worth noting that in some versions, either each of the lunisolar sisters favours a different brother, or their piety is contrasted: Mtamu offers prayers to Manat on behalf of all creation first, as a good Manati boy should, naming all the creatures beneath the sun and moon as beneficiaries. Mshindi begs selfishly for individual gain.
4. Stories of the persecution of the ancestors of Ash-Shallal under Jeuri, and of the heroes who gave their lives to uphold the safety and honour of the pride.
5. Stories of the miracles of Manat.
6. Stories of the time when the faith of Manat was tested.
6A. Tales of the arrival of the People of the Unnamed God and the gradual peaceful merging of the two groups; the beginning of the Second Age.
7. Tales of the Three Trees, in which there are originally four, but the fourth is symbolic of all that is ill and destroyed by lightning. Derived from pre-Manati religious observances of the non-Unnamed-praising group; the trees were once gods named for trees that eventually became conflated into... yeah, just trees.
8. The Concealment of Ash-Shallal.

1. Stories of the Sun and Moon during their time as lionesses; generally virtue stories, but also important in that they highlight that it's fine to be different: the Sun, Nashwa ash-Shams, was forceful of personality, loved the people and was skilled in leading, which was why she shone so brightly when she ascended. However, the Moon, Najwa al-Qamar, was subtle and beautiful, with great emphasis on her quietude and the passivity of her observation. That she had a magnetic hold over others nonetheless is given as the reason why tides exist, for even the sea is still moved by her presence.
Another theme in these tales is that both Sun personalities and Moon personalities were and are necessary for the survival of the world.
The final story in these sets often has Manat descending personally to inform the sisters of the potential utopia created by the light they could give to the world, and the pair each selflessly agreeing but attempting to dissuade the other four times. Each time, Manat replies "it will be provided for", and indeed, every reason the sisters name is given a counterbalance. This is the origin of the four times of day: dawn, dusk, day and night.

2. Cycle of the Beautiful Lion; in these versions, he insults Najwa four times, and it is Nashwa on whose advice the fourth time is the last. The sun lends strength and cunning to the moon, because this is familial obligation at its finest, and together they give him the task of looking at the moon all night. When he fails, it is a flash of light from the sun roaring behind the moon that blinds him.

3. Series of saint-and-hero stories that may follow the same patterns as Fahari's, albeit without divine involvement -- Ash-Shallal's heroes solve their problems on their own.

4. Stories of various messengers of Manat descending to teach things to the new Ash-Shallal: Juhudi bringing proper ritual observance and composition, Ngawira bringing patience and forethought, etc. You'll notice that Fahari gods are recast as something like angels.

5. Scriptural parables detailing aspects of Manati religious law and why it's important to obey it. Used as teaching tools for new Speakers. When a Speaker ascends, they can be thought of as a son or daughter of Manat if they recall these parables and the scripture and swear to act by them. In the case where the Speaker is nonbinary, the term is "child of the house of Manat". Although that term has its origins here, referring to a genderless or nonconforming lion as neither son nor daughter but a "child of the house of" their parent has become commonplace in Ash-Shallal.

6. Speaker stories, which are a form of social satire. The individuals featured herein might be just or unjust, have integrity or be corrupt, but the general focus is Speakers doing things unSpeakerly. These traditionally begin with "In the time when x was king/queen", because they tend to grow out of the deeds of one specific Speaker.

Barely relevant due to the current closed status of this character type.
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PostSubject: Re: Stories Thread   Stories Thread Icon_minitimeWed Dec 07, 2016 7:31 pm

honestly still busy screeing re: Nash/Naj
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PostSubject: Re: Stories Thread   Stories Thread Icon_minitimeSat Dec 10, 2016 7:31 am

Group: Ash-Shallal
Origin: Lost to time.
Type/place in canon (optional): Hero story, morality tale. Four felines seeking life, love, personal growth and luck; very heartwarming? I guess?
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PostSubject: Re: Stories Thread   Stories Thread Icon_minitimeTue Dec 13, 2016 9:35 am

Group: Ash-Shallal
Origin: Based on the myth that marriage as an institution was created because the Sun and Moon wished for mortal lions to have the same bond that they did. They then called up the very first Speaker and told him to tell them which kind of cat (they meant male/female) occupies which sister's niche in the relationship; the Speaker was confused and brought forth his companion Isaac to be the Sun to his Moon, because he thought about this in platonic terms (everyone did in those days). And that's why Ash-Shallal is so open to homosexual partnerships.
Type/place in canon (optional): Children's game; the story it's based on is not canonical to the scripture because it implies that the first Speaker was alive when the sun and moon first rose, which contradicts at least three different more important teachings.
Story example:
A children’s game, originally a qOrowa concept and one of the few such ideas appropriated by the lions of Ash-Shallal.

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