The History of the Truefolk
Creation Myth: Origins
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In the beginning, the Land was everything, a Mother rich
and bountiful. She was and still is both the Land and one of the
Old Ones. She called to the fierce denizens of the EverForest, the
old place of time and mystery. Answering her call, there came from
the forest a grey wolf whose destiny was The Mother's will. She
gave him a wife, a puma both sleek and fast. They traveled across
the plains and when they were camped near the source of the Tghigha
River in sight of a tall mountain, their first son was born. They
named him Mhoraga.
Time passed and to them was given two
more sons. These they named Brugha and Malghava, and together the
three Brothers ran across the plains and became fast as the wind.
The Old Brother of the Wood taught them to fashion bows, and they
became skillful archers. The Sister of the Plains showed the Brothers
where the wild pony ran in herds that covered the Land for miles.
They were crafty, managing to catch three of the horses, steeds
with speed and cunning. Taming the beasts, the Brothers rode the
plains astride the ponies, bonding together as comrades and allies.
Seeing the Brothers and their accomplishments,
Father Sky was wise. Drawing them together, he appeared to them
as the Wind and told them they must each go away in a different
direction, to establish households and homes. The Father bade them
be strong and fierce in protecting these households. The Mother
bade them be always true to each other, and once a year to come
together in the Trine to find agreement on all things through compromise
and shared bonds of origin.
This the Brothers did. The first, Mhoraga,
went north into the harsh territory of the steppes. He founded a
household of fierce horse warriors, with a nature both unrelenting
and fair. Members of Tribe Mhoraga were reared on snow and mare's
milk, and the hunt was everything. The Mhoraga kept few herds, merely
those necessary to supplement hunting and to make the felt for their
tents. They roamed the steppes, finding joy and strength in its
beauty and its savage nature. They traded beautifully cured skins
and the spoils of the hunt with the Malghava and Brugha for other
Brugha traveled north and east, following
the frost line on the north with the edge of what the halflings
called the EverForest on the south. He settled in a country rich
with game and with rivers teeming with the salmon and the trout.
His descendants became both hunters and fishermen, also keeping
herds of goats and sheep for their wool. From this, the Brugha made
soft, warm garments and thick felt for use in covering their round
tents or "gers".
The last brother, Malghava, traveled
south until he reached the rich, cool lands his descendants call
the Shirelands. Much of the territory was a vast pastureland, where
horses, sheep and goats thrived. The Malghava Tribe became the least
nomadic of the Trinity of the Truefolk, preferring instead to spin
an unsurpassed quality of wool, which they wove into all types of
garments. They made pottery, known for its beautiful tribal decoration.
They gathered rich harvests of grains and berries that grew in the
short, northern summer season. And they made homes by burrowing
into the hillsides, and carving warm dwellings within.