Description: A little piece I was inspired to write after seeing this picture.
It is in the region of the Egova in which this tale takes place. There it is said that the spirits once lived, for the deep slopes of the hills and mountains are cut into hundreds of tiny stair steps which lead to grand, smooth plateaus. The plateaus are said to be where the houses of the spirits rested for thousands of years until these spirits, exasperated with humanity, destroyed their earthen residences and disappeared into the heavens – a world they created in which they could be alone and truly rest in peace.
However, it was rumored that some spirits stayed behind in Egova. These few had grown so attached to this place that they would not leave; instead they vowed to stay on Earth forever, to watch over and protect the land. The Great Spirit, who created the heavens and the earth, looked favorably on these few and blessed them with powers similar to his own. This way they could protect the earth during his absence.
Humans moved into the mountains once the spirits left, building small settlements directly into the ancient stairways. In these first days, many villagers witnessed ghostly forms strolling in the distance, circling the communities. Frightened by this, they built shrines for the spirits to show their good intentions. The visions then stopped. However, the villagers kept a wide birth from these shrines, arriving only once a year to tend to the shrines and present gifts to the spirits. Disturbing a spirit’s shrine on any other day was considered bad luck – not only for the individual, but for all the people of the mountain.
Spirit sightings had been rare since those first days. Only a certain few had witnessed bizarre or extraordinary events, things that could only be explained as the work of a spirit. Miraculous healings, massive, destructive fires… Both were considered signs of favor or disapproval of the spirits, respectively.
But seeing a tangible form of a spirit was rarely heard off. What they looked like was only known because of myths, and even they were contradictory. Some believed they possessed human-like forms, while others claimed they took form as animals.
Nevertheless, as the years passed, villagers continued to pay homage to the shrines; though, stories of spirits were always told in past tense, as if the species had died off long ago… Continue reading →