Division of the Mortal Lands

What had been two deities now became seven, and though Clabdisnutsu had dominion over Waterworld, there was still the rest of the Lossi mainland to claim. The four sisters held council in the Enchanted Forest to decide how to divide up the land and its peoples.

Visna chose the fertile land to the East, populated by peasant farmers, and chained the Elemental King of Air there. Since it was here that the Great River poured forth and nourished the earth, she called it the Riverside Kingdom. She blessed her new domain with gentle showers and fresh spring flowers, but it proved to be too much work for a single deity. She took a mound of seeds, stuck them together with mud, and fashioned it into a helper deity. Visna called him Erin the Seedplanter, and it was he who planted seeds of new life throughout the Riverside Kingdom for Visna to water and make grow.

Osenya chose the rolling hills of the West, populated by skillful artisans, and chained the Elemental King of Water there. This was a gentle land that bordered the Enchanted Forest to the North, so Osenya called it the Forestside Kingdom. As she began to settle into her new home, everything in the kingdom took on the warm hues of autumn and crops ripened in the fields. Her signs were falling leaves and sweet music floating from a glade.

Taiga chose the freezing land of the North, populated by hardy nomadic hunters, and chained the Elemental King of Earth there. She called her land the Tundra, and set up her snow-frosted ice palace in its most treacherous wilderness. The land was harsh and vast, so Taiga decided to make helpers for herself. She picked up a clump of snow, and it became Volk, the white wolf spirit of snow. She picked up a ball of hail, and it became Medvid, the polar bear spirit of hail. Volk and Medvid wrapped the Tundra in snow and ice, and defended Taiga’s ice palace from intruders.

Siyanna was the last to choose a land. The only region left was the untamed jungles of the South, populated by wild woodsmen. The other sisters teased Siyanna about her lot, but the goddess only smiled, and vowed to maker her domain into the greatest civilization the planet would ever see. She trekked to the south, cleared away a few trees, and chained the Elemental King of Fire there. Since the land was hot and the sun bright, she called it the Tashar.

The goddesses sealed their covenants with the people of their lands by giving them an elemental treasure made of god metal. To the untrained eye, god metal looked like purest gold, but it was forged by the gods and contained a high concentration of lifeforce that only those of divine blood could withstand. If a mortal laid hands on it, this energy would flow through them and overload their soul, causing instant death. When kept safely in the goddesses' temples by the rulers of every kingdom, however, these marvelous gifts blessed the land with their power. This was magic far more potent than the spells which could be attached to silvery faery metal.

Visna gave the Riverside Kingdom the elemental treasure of Air: an ever-flowering branch that kept all the land fruitful and fertile. Osenya gave the Forestside Kingdom the elemental treasure of Water: an overflowing chalice which provided bountiful harvests for all. Taiga gave the Tundra the elemental treasure of Earth: a polished mirror encrusted with gems which ensured the abundance of every mineral and precious stone. Siyanna gave the Tashar the elemental treasure of Fire: a slender sword that shone with blinding light. They called it Tessara - the Second Sun - and placed it in the tallest tower in their capital city of Aladoon, where it outshone even the moon at night.

         Though they now lived far from each other, the four divine sisters agreed to never forget the bond they share by making their lands dependent on one another. Crops would be planted in the Riverside Kingdom, grow to fruition in Tashar, be harvested in the Forestside Kingdom, and the land would rest in the Tundra. Such an arrangement would spark trade between the lands and ensure that they stand united in times of crisis. Thus it was always spring in the East, always summer in the South, always autumn in the West, and always winter in the North. In this way was founded the sacred cycle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth.

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