Entry #060

The Wind (part 1)

Though largely forgotten nowadays, the Wind’s Mark was an important symbol often used to represent the Wind itself.

Once upon a time, the Wind was the basis of all avin culture. Supposedly, the belief in the Wind as an ever-present, self-aware entity existed since the Ancient Days and it was carried over when Avia was discovered, persisting for many eras to come. The Wind was honored and worshipped as a being, if not at least a force, that dictated the course of existence of the entire world, always flowing through all things living or otherwise.

The old religion of the Wind described it in its two forms – the physical, such as the gentle breeze that delivered its kindness, or the violent whirlwind that imposed its fury. Bringer of weather, both good and bad. It was also the air all living beings breathe, allowing it to become one with us as an ethereal being, before leaving and returning to its external self. This way, it was said the Wind kept all avin connected as one.

The Wind was not depicted as particularly benevolent or malevolent, but rather as a harsh, but fair entity that dictated the course of life. Day and night, life and death, miracle and tragedy, they were all said to be brought upon by its will. As such, its worshippers saught to be on its good side, not to be opposed, but be thanked for giving them life and a world to live it.

The Windborn were the primary practitioners of this faith and the ones who promoted it amongst the avin. They described themselves not as beings who could bend the Wind against its will, but rather vessels through which the Wind could protect avinkind more directly. This was back at when the Windborn, more than just rulers, were seen as the rightful protectors of Avia and were highly revered as such.

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