Kuvari

Many know the folk legend of Azifix and Ohm -- the sleeping dragons that form the volcanic peak and crystal spring peak of Eyr, but there is another dragon legend of Eyr which mystifies and captivates the mind, and that is the legend of Ku'vari...

It all began with Yue, Lunar goddess of the night sky, ruler of emotions and tides -- and sister to Ame.

In a fit of jealousy, Yue killed Ame’s first children, the stars in the night sky, and watched in contempt of her sister’s tormentous and dramatic display of retaliatory creation. What better way to enact revenge upon your jealous sister, thought Ame, than to create a thousand times as much life and land, while she watched, night after night, impotent.

Yue eventually came to regret her bitter actions while watching over Ame’s creative theatrics, whilst her own ability to create life had been fruitless. On a night when she was at her fullest and largest in the sky, Yue’s grief and guilt consumed her until eventually she overflowed, and one by one she shed her tears. She was not fiery and hasty like her sister, but slow and persistent.

Every single tear that fell to Eyr seemed a tiny inconsequential droplet. But Yue had an eternity of sorrow within her heart and as every tear that fell soon became a small puddle, and those puddles became streams at the highest mountain peaks, and those streams cascaded down into waterfalls and waterfalls all fed into a rivers which emptied into the sea. That sea would come to be known as the Baleful Sea, for it is fed with the tears of Yue herself and filled with the waves of her emotions.

When Yue could not shed another tear, she paused to take stock of the rivers, streams, waterfalls, lakes and sea she had created and to her tremendous excitement, out from the largest of the rivers leapt a fantastic serpent, gleaming in her moonlight and streaming water down his fine azure scales. And what fine shining scales they were, for upon closer inspection Yue saw that every single scale on his body was indeed one of her tears, and so, she named him Ku’vari, literally meaning Tears of Life.

Yue brandished her delight before Ame and every month as she waxed in the night sky, she called to her water dragon, begging for him to rise up and greet her, and so he did, and the banks of the river would swell and rise and the tides of the baleful sea would grow taller to greet Yue’s shining face. He twisted and writhed joyfully, and defiantly carved away swaths of Ame’s land to his own will. The water dragon took his time, patiently driving the soil and rock away to his whim and Yue was elated that she had at last succeeded in creation of her own, and pleased that he freely yet passively manipulated Ame’s creations.

Ku'vari’s story doesn’t end there - it is only the beginning. The water serpent that held all of Yue’s emotions, sadness, torment, and ferocity would play out daily in the thrashing of the waves, the encroaching tides, the rushing rivers, and wallowing lagoons. For Yue, he would claim all that lie below Ame’s making, the watery depths and its inhabitants, protecting them as his own and overseeing all that resided there. And so, Ame ruled above; Yue ruled below. The folklorists say that while Ame created life from the fire in her belly, Yue created it from the tears of her heart.

And create, Yue did! Having unlocked the secret to life, Yue brought forth the fishes and corals, the aquatic folk and the water nymphs, from the tiniest of crabs to the largest water dragons. She literally poured her heart into bringing life to the waters. Ku'vari was commanded to protect and oversee the watery depths, and all that resided there. Omnipresent and ever vigilant, Ku'vari would deal out retribution to those who dared disgrace Yue’s domain, and he commanded the great floods into the river basin, the deadly tidal waves of the Baleful sea, and whirlpools that could swallow ships whole.

Like Ame, Yue’s creation balanced life and death. Where the waters were the source of life, they could also take it away. Ancient campfire tales point to Ku'vari as the culprit for mysterious drownings and flash floods that swept away unsuspecting victims, and they weren’t entirely wrong. Eventually, the creatures of Ame’s mountains and jungles would come to respect and even fear Ku'vari, and in time, a give-and-take balance between the realms was struck. Whenever the balance had been tipped, Ku'vari would ensure that the force of Yue’s heart would push back. And so, the aquatic folk rallied behind their serpentine demigod, vanguard of the depths and totem of the moon goddess, and all that he touched was ordained sacred.

Sometimes, it is said, on a full moon night, every decade or so when the moon is at its closest and largest in the sky, you can catch a glimpse of shining blue scales slithering and glimmering in the river, impressing the goddess Yue in a showy display of sapphire light - a brief flash of the legendary Ku'vari.