Mythology Part 4: A Divine Mistake

“Good. There is one final matter to attend to, Rebellious. Before I send you back to the realm of the mortal, you must have a new name; a name that is fitting of a god such as yourself.” After some contemplation the goddess proclaimed, “You shall now be known as Sonafeit, the messenger god. You shall be my prophet to the people. In my language, the language of the divine, it means ‘Son of the Fight.’ A fitting name, I believe. Do you agree, Sonafeit?

 “Yes, my lady. I shall cary it well,” he replied in a somewhat defeated tone.

 “Very well. Then away you must go.”

 Sonafeit was expecting to once again endure the suffocating blackness before returning the battlefield that he had left only a couple of hours prior, but instead he found himself instantly transported to where he had previously been standing. His men started and were silent until he spoke.

 “The goddess, Ce has given me what I desired! I am no longer Rebellious, the man who was so like a god and not. I am now Sonafeit, the messenger god! I am obliged by the goddess to keep the peace. Men, you must all go back to your homes, but first we must give back what we have taken. The goddess has granted me only minor abilities compared to what she can do, but I must use what I have to pay back my debt. If you so choose, you may leave and go back to your homes, but if you follow me and help me, I and the goddess will repay you.

 Many of the men left then and there. They had shared the bloodlust that had caused Sonafeit to begin his campaign against Fortune’s Hand in the first place. Many followed him, however and as they backtracked through the defeated cities, it became evident that his new abilities made him very powerful and helpful. Some of his men had been left behind in the cities for various reasons. Some had been wounded too severely to continue, and some had been stationed there to maintain control. Sonafeit was able to discern whether they would continue to follow him, leave or fight back before he and his traveling men even reached the cities. He and a small group of his most trusted warriors would enter the city by night and kill those who continued to threaten the peace or convince the remaining soldiers to follow them. As punishment for his rebellion against the peace, the goddess, Ce had prevented Sonafeit from harming another person in his new form as a god, but he was still able to command and defend his men with his heightened abilities which gave them a profound advantage. Over time, they were so successful, that Sonafeit’s warriors became his followers and began to worship his divine nature.

 This was exactly what Sonafeit had hoped for. The goddess had given him the abilities she had because they had seemed benign. She understood his nature and knew he would not turn wholeheartedly to a peaceful way of life. She did not foresee however, that in making him a god, she had passed on some of her own divine qualities that she valued no more than a human values their ability to breathe.

 In giving him the ability to open his mind to herself and others, she had unintentionally given him the ability to close his mind so that she could not read his thoughts. He realized this as he was taking back cities that he himself had captured, and he constantly worked on a mental defense so that she could not break through his barriers. By the same principle, he realized that he could also cut off her control over his body and abilities.

 She had also inadvertently given him the subtle power of influence. This he realized, caused people to share his sentiments, to an extent, and made it far more likely that people would turn and follow him. He realized this as well, and worked to strengthen this power. He did this while trying to cut himself off from the goddess, which made it more difficult for her to realize what he was doing. He eventually gained the ability to take over the minds of animals, and of course he realized with more work, he could do the same with humans.

 The goddess had unfortunately made one final mistake. She had looked over a quality that belongs to the mortal and the divine. She had allowed him to maintain the ability to adapt. This he realized meant that without her influence, he would be able to learn and cultivate new abilities.

 Over the course of two years, Sonafeit recaptured the cities he had once seen fit to destroy, and helped return peace to the land which was still under the control of Fortune’s Hand. He then personally pledged to them that he would always seek to maintain the peace, as the goddess did. At first they did not entirely believe him, but then who would be daft enough to defy a god?

 Over the next several years, the people of the land enjoyed prosperity and peace. Sonafeit was finally able to completely cut himself off from the goddess and had begun to develop new powers of his own accord. The first ability he chose to work on, was the ability to manipulate fire. This was fairly easy for him to perfect, as he was already impervious to fire, and so he understood its qualities. Next, he decided to work on the ability to manipulate water and air, as he already had an understanding of aspects of these elements from the abilities the goddess had given him. He eventually realized that he could even manipulate darkness and by association, light energy. He was soon a force to be reckoned with.

 As he perfected these abilities, he used them to help as many people as he could with anything that was particularly troubling for them in their everyday lives. He directly stopped crime but always refrained from killing and did whatever he could to make people believe that he was powerful, forgiving and genuinely cared about the people he was helping. He even read their minds and discussed personal matters with them, which made some wary, but made others even more trusting of him.

 He did all of this for two reasons. The first was to win over people who would worship and obey him without question. The second reason was to convince the goddess that his intentions were entirely good and that she should not punish him for cutting her off so he could develop more directly helpful powers, although eventually he realized that she could do nothing to him at this point anyway. The final power he developed was the ability to protect his followers from the wrath of the goddess. She had promised that they would not be punished for turning from her, but he had more dangerous intentions than simply winning over worshipers for himself.

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