The Aramil grew strong and their civilization prospered. More cities took root along the ocean shore, connected by the forking streams of the river delta. It was time to officially declare Siyanna's covenant with the Aramil by the gifting of the elemental treasure of Fire. The first god metal sword was frozen in time with the sealing of Aladoon, so she had a new sword made in the volcanic forges of the gods. Arashii, it was called; the Blood of the Sun. It was the goddess' promise that light would always be renewed following a solar eclipse.
Siyanna was confident in the stability of her
nation and felt it was ready to stand on its own two feet.
She left behind Aratsu Rahishna to be her avatar in Arama’at and
herself ascended in to the sky. The Aratsu, or Living Sun, resided
in the Pyramid of the Sun, but she was not alone in the temple.
The two ranks under her were held by the Aranudra, or Daughter of
the Sun, and the Ararudra, or Son of the Sun.
temple was split in two in honor of Siyanna’s two faces. The
Aranudra watched over the half of the temple dedicated to the
Creative Sun, and most of the clergy living in that half of the
temple were female. The Ararudra watched over the half of the
temple dedicated to the Destructive Sun, and most of the clergy
living in that half of the temple were male. At the center of the
temple stood a tall statue of Siyanna in the likeness of a bipedal
feline with long black hair, and by either side of her stood
statues of Akireli and Kumbayeli, the Lions of Siyanna.
there was one part of the temple only the Aratsu could enter, and
it was dedicated to the awesome third face of Siyanna – the Dark
Sun. This was a chamber carved after the great war between the
Aramil and the Annukai, and consisted of a circle of torches
meeting at a harrowing image of a raging goddess. Each year a new
torch would be lit, until the trail of fire made it to the icon,
and when that happened, the Aratsu would know that it was time to
hold the festival of the Dark Sun.
festival was also known as Blood of the Sun, and celebrated their
identity as the chosen people of Siyanna. It commemorated the turn
of the tide in the war against Suknuru and the Annukai, and how
their blood was set ablaze by their goddess’ transformation,
affirming their bond with her. And to this day, every time the day
of an eclipse came, the Aramil would gather in the plaza outside
the Pyramid of the Sun and wait for the ecstasy of divine
communion. They would then proceed to mindlessly attack anyone
around them. The streets ran red on the festival of the Dark Sun,
but such a holiday was needed in their otherwise Utopian society
in order to keep the population fit and healthy.
visitors made sure to stay clear of the
the Aramil had built a civilization similar to that of the Tashari
Empire, they did not share in the Tashari’s boundless ambition.
Their nation stayed compact, centered around the delta of the
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