Thursday, April 11, 2024

Three Faiths, One Prophet


The Dualists

There are two deities, Atrion and Heptros. This is obvious.

Some say they are playing a game, others say they are fighting, but all agree that there will one day come a time that either Atrion or Heptros wins, and the world as we know it will come to an end.

Atrion is order, control, structure. His symbols are the crystal, the gear, the orrery. If Atrion wins the great game, the universe will be cold, silent, and still. All creation will be transformed into an endless, beautiful pattern, stretching across the whole of reality.

Heptros is chaos, entropy, spontaneity. Her symbols are scribbles, fire, and rust. If Heptros wins the battle, the universe will be a never ending explosion of creation and destruction, with no permanence or solidity. All will be subsumed into a fluid, writhing mass of endless variation and change.

Neither of these outcomes are especially desirable.

The world must remain balanced. There must be a certain amount of chaos in the world, lest Atrion win, but at the same time there must be some stability, lest Heptros be victorious. Thus, the best way to live one’s life is to be tempered and moderate in all things, weighing options equally and choosing the middle ground.

Total solar eclipses are an especially holy time, as one can see evidence of the great struggle in the very heavens above.