Lyssa

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Ancient Ascalonian mural of Lyssa.

From out of the darkness, there stepped a child into the campfire's light. And she said, "I am Lyssa, and I have come to teach you what is illusion and what is truth."

But the soldiers there did not believe her. They laughed and said, "If you're Lyssa, then show us your beauty, for we can surely use it on this dark night. We have lost hope that this war will end."

The child approached, and her smile held divine grace. "Share your food with me, and in return for your kindness, I will show you beauty the likes of you will never see again."

And so the kind soldiers did, and the child ate with ravenous hunger. When the last bone had been tossed aside, and the last bean swallowed, the child began to skip around the outside of the campfire.

She touched each man on his head, one at a time, as they laughed and jibed her until, one at a time, they fell into a deep slumber.

Each man dreamed a different dream, but each dream was a vision of the life they would lead once the war was over—wives, children, riches, open air, health, and peace.

And when they awoke upon the morrow, the child was gone and the enemy had arrived. They fought joyfully, with all their might, because they all remembered their dreams and knew they would win the war.

Each man put his heart and soul into the battle, and each man, one at a time, was slaughtered.

— Parable of Lyssa

Lyssa is the dual-faced goddess of beauty, water, and illusion. She is in actuality twins, Ilya and Lyss, who are often depicted being intertwined. Usually, however, they are spoken of as one entity. While the twins' individual names are known, their origins are not. She was greatly celebrated in Vabbi before the second rise of Palawa Joko, having a festival dedicated to her, the Festival of Lyss. She is considered by most to be the paragon of all beauty and many young men have glanced at her statues only to be entranced and die of thirst days later. She is also considered to be related to chaos and non-specific elemental energy; she was only openly tied to water after the death of Abaddon in 1075 AE.

Before The Cataclysm, Orrians worshiped Lyssa at the Cathedral of Eternal Radiance.

Scriptures[edit]

And it was, that a stranger came to the village of Wren seeking shelter and employment. Though young in years, her body was stooped and twisted, her flesh eaten by disease. "Ye have the mark of plague upon ye," said the citizen named Gallrick. "Leave this place lest you sicken our people."

"I've lost my family and my home," cried the desperate woman. "Have you no heart?"

Yet each person, in turn, did look away.

Then from the crowd came a young woman, Sara. She looked upon the woman with pity. "If you need help," said Sara, "I will give it." And Sara did approach the gnarled, bent woman and did offer her a helping hand.

Then the sickened woman pulled from her body the robes of plague, revealing Herself to be the goddess Lyssa.

The people of Wren fell to their knees, begging Lyssa's mercy. But lifting Sara gently, saith She, "True beauty is measured not by appearance but by actions and deeds. Many have eyes, but few have seen. Of all here, you saw the beauty behind the illusion. And you alone shall be blessed with My gifts."

— Scriptures of Lyssa, 45 BE

The two who are one, Issa and Lys,[sic] brought with her the hope and beauty of humanity. While the other gods focused on building Arah and beginning a new future, Lyssa gave them joy and helped them forget the past.

For a while she lived, veiled and hidden, in the village of Wren. When the building of Arah was completed Lyssa was commanded to join the other gods, though her tears fell like rain among the western road.

Orrian History Scrolls, The Six, Volume 4—Lyssa: Goddess of Beauty and Illusion

Notes[edit]

  • There are exotic pistols named after the twins: Ilya and Lyss. The skin shared by these weapons is called Lyssa's Gaze.
  • Early concept art for Lyssa's statue shows her wearing a mask similar to those of the largos.[1]

Trivia[edit]

  • Lyssa is also referred to as the Lady of the Mirror.
  • In Greek mythology, Lyssa is the spirit of mad rage, frenzy, and rabies in animals.

See also[edit]

Associated items
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kekai Kotaki's Tumblr