One day Challno was out partying in the modern world. He was enjoying himself amongst the people. He covered his eyes so nobody would notice he was of the gods. He made his way drunk into a town. There he noticed the people were not of Genwa. The men had short hair like himself. The men and womens clothing were separated by presentation. Challno was irritated by this. He conjured several tombs of his word.
He gathered several people within the town through commotion and sung of his exploits. The humans laughed and jeered. Many mocking. Never revealing or knowing it was him. There he noticed a human man paying serious attention. He realized upon looking at the man's eyes it was Occeair. He said to Occeair “come now help me persuade these humans in the ways of Genwa” Occeair looked around nervously. He told Challno he did not know him or of Genwa. Challno released a mighty laugh. He taunted Occeair. “It is you my brother. Do not deny Genwa” the woman with Occeair held her mouth.
Occeair whispered not above a breath. “Not here.” Challno was insulted but clever. He commanded Occeair to follow him to a restaurant. It was a long drive full of catching up, jokes and uncertainty. Occeair being in mortal form obliged. Sitting down in the establishment Challno mocked humanity. Claimed they were not of Genwa's likeness. Occeair bit his tongue. Then Challno ordered a plate of berries, vegetables and fruit. He asked Occeair three riddles.
“What moved through the skys. Pushes people. And can be created by humans?” Occeair thought for a moment. “Wind” he responded. Challno awarded him a berry. Challno held a tomato. “What sort of love creates a universe?” Occeair recognized the riddle but refused to answer. Challno coughed and threw the tomato to the ground. Soon within distant sparks the people in the restaurant began to cough, and bleed and scream. Occeair demanded an answer. Challno laughed “you failed my riddle friend.” Challno held the last fruit an orange. “What is pink, coiled and thought provoking?” Occeair sighed. “a brain. Something you seem to lack ” then Challno accepted defeat amongst the screams.
He took his arm to Occeair. “This story will be recalled and Genwa shall reign” Occeair was insulted. “We exist separately from humanity. Our world is not meant to be proven” “is it not?” Challno asked. “Are we to sit back, to humanities scrutiny, disregard, false dichotomy and prejudice” Occeair looked at him. “Genwa is not meant to be proven” Challno laughed. “If that is how you feel” he snapped his fingers and the restaurant combust fully now in flames. “Explain this to the people of the city bearing Genwas name. Occeair fell his hands in his face his breath a panicked state. “Tell then. That the gods are watching. And that disregard for Genwa shall be punished.” Occeair sighed. The authorities arrived and Occeair was held in a cell.
A lawyer arrived taking him out. Occeair was silent. He was released. “I got you off. They had nothing to hold you to the burning of the restaurant.” The lawyer said. “But I don't think it was wise to anger Challno in such a way.” Occeair blinked. Amongst the night. “Then you are-” The lawyer sighed. “Lawhue.” Occeair sat back. “It is real isn't it?” the god looked at his friend. “Yes. But you know that already.” He sat down on the curb with Occeair. “You will be asked several questions throughout the week. When it is over mention Genwa even if in passing.” “Do you agree with him?” Occeair asked. “I think not. But this event was written of before. You must have known. Genwa preserves itself in the minds of the people. However it must” Occeair sat down. Lawhue joined him. “What is fate?” Occeair asked. Lawhue responded. “Everything has a destiny. Even that of the gods. Choice of will is an illusion.” Occeair asked what he was to do. Lawhue responded “give him an offering of 7 cherries. Bury them where you can. And mention this story when questioned after some time.” “Are they to know I am Occeair?” Occeair asked. Lawhue offered his hand. “Some things can't be helped.” Occeair spoke of a secret and they shook. Every february 6th. The tragedy is known as Challnos day. In honor of the victims food is donated by followers of Genwa to those in need. While fruit and cherries are eaten by the followers and wine is essence in private.
One day the sun was feeling tired. So she went into her bedroom in Ixa. She gazed at the clouds in front of her and felt sadness. She looked for meaning. She came to her niece the earth for advice. Yena said to her “how is your wife where has she been?” the sun began to tear. Yena recoiled. Yena the earth asked the sun if she was okay. She wiped the gold from her face and spoke.
“She has been gone for thirty three nights and eighty eight days.” Yena distressed looked at her. Yena then asked where the moon had been off to. She replied with women, men, and wine. Yena understood immediately. Yena asked if she wished to leave her love. She replied she did but could not exist without being seen and she was bound to the moon. Yena told the sun to call upon Ahue. Ahue was the god of rule and order. He was of passage in essence though regardless always male in form. Yena continued to tell the sun that all matter between Genwa entities and humanity's laws were of him. The sun replied she was neither deity nor human. The earth responded that Ahue being of passage meant that she would be within his jurisdiction unless she wished to travel to another pantheon.
The sun then asked holding her hands to her chest what was the reason truly necessary to call upon Ahue. The earth Yena responded over her own existence. Power is derived within the realm of Genwa by observation and notoriety. If you are observed or within the eye the more power you as a deity or being will accumulate within your essence. The sun exists do to her relation with the moon. But if she wanted to exist on her own she must ask Ahue to give her custody of Yena in observation.
The sun agreed though saddened by such a fact. She gathered several moonstones. One for each hour of the day. She drew a square with the names of celestial spirits on each corner for protection. She evoked the wind, pointing left, the ocean pointing right, the earth pointing down and herself pointing up. Then she spun and chanted a hym. She placed a pair of scones in the center. Offerings to Ahue must be either sweet, sour, or taste of spice. After rituals Ahue’s offerings must be left out for 3 days then either be thrown away, or burned.
The sun obliged the rulings. Then she sat and mediated. If she were mortal she would have felt nothing but cold air or his presence if anything representative at all. But it is to be known Ahue always comes when he is called. He is kind and will observe even if anccident. Ahue appeared in a blaze of smoke. He appeared as a man. Topless in royal garb with gauntlets formulating into hammers for hands. His face wihout eyes yet his mask presenting one. His voice was young. His figure tall. He looked at her with patience. Asking her, her desire.
The sun held her breath. She asked for dictation over the earth. Ahue laughed. Then stoic as always responded. “I request three reasons?” And the sun sat down. She replied “I wish to be observed. For a spirits observation is their entirety in Genwa. The moon has left to wine with others leaving me broken and distressed. I wish to exist on my own” he took the gavels of his hands.
Then he took the sun's heart out of hrer body he then smashed it within the gavels. The heart broke into 12 pieces. Then Ahue took the pieces between the gavels and smashed them whole once more returning the sun her life. Ahue looked up then down. He spoke into existence that the sun would preside over the earth 12 hours every day separated from the moon. These hours would be observed different depending on location. Thus the moon and the sun would always be observed at the same time.
Ahue bowed and took the scones. He in a storm like thunder vanished. The sun cried rejoicing. She felt power within her. She knew as a result of this ritual that she would rarely reside with the moon at the same time again. Only moments to humans would allow such things. However a moment to a human could be centuries to a Genwa spirit. This is the story of why the moon appears at night and the sun appears during the day.
Occeair was bored one evening sailing on the shore of the seventh sea. Writing down poetry he called upon the serpent Anli to have a conversation. They talked of many things. One of which was the duality and mortality of the gods. This displeased Occeair. He didn't like to think of things of that nature. He asked the serpent what it's thoughts were on life.
The serpent laughed at the question taunting Occeair of the gods mortality. The gods lived long lives. But they were not infallible. They could die. They could be harmed. They could be killed. They are only immortal as long as nobody interferes. This thought paced Occeair’s brain as the crushing weight of what the serpent Anli had told him panicked the boy.
He sat down holding his chest. “you know” the serpent hissed. “they say” he paused. “that there's a recipe for immortality.” Anli slithered into Occeairs boat. “I could help you find it”. A tear paced Occeairs cheek. “you could?” “yes” assured the serpent. “I'll take you up on that”. He smiled a wide toothed grin. “can I trust you?” asked the god. “quite” the serpent smiled. Then the serpent laid out instructions for the recipe of immortality.
They would gather the tears of the void, the heart of the earth, and the dust of the sun. They would brew this mixture in a fire created from the anger of Coa the thunder god. This essence would sprout a plant and all who ate from it would live an never-ending life. Occeair wasn't sure about the creation of this mixture so he asked why the ingredients were all divine. Quick with his words golden in voice the serpent responded that the essence needed to be of divine nature for immortality was a divine creation. Satisfied, Occeair adjusted his mass and began to sail his boat into the sky. He sailed into the sun and greeted him and the moon.
They greeted him with open arms and asked what they could do for him. Occeair responded with the serpent's request. Uneasy the sun responded that he would do this for him but in exchange he must find 3 of the oceans cattle and bring it back to him. Occeair agreed and went off to the 4th sea. He took fire and whipped the cattle onto the mass of the ship. He flew back up to the sun. The sun was displeased. He had brought four cattle instead of the three requested.
He sent the fourth away with Occeair on his journey. The sun then took his long hair and a towel. He rang the towel through his hair brushing off crust. He handed it to Occeair. Occeair showed his gratitude with a bow, and took off. The moon asked before he left to be included in the concoction so that her and the sun might always shine in the sky. Occeair agreed and went back into the sea. Occeair sat in his boat trying to figure out how to reach the sky. When an idea hit him like a flash. He would sail to the outskirts of stars and greet Drena the mother void. Occeair sailed off, and finally reached the stars. There he talked to the sky as she guarded earth. “I would like for you to cry” spoke Occeair. “I cannot do this for you” Replied the void. “Why not?” asked Occeair. “Because I can't do such things on a whim” replied the void. So Occeair in a fit of desperation and impulsivity took out his trusty flaming whip and gift from Koga which he used to tie her fingers to the back of her wrist. Out of her pain tears began to pour and Occeair caught them in a vile.
The sky then grew angry and demanded Occeair release her from her pain. However when Occeair tried the whip became stuck on her finger nail. She screamed and pleaded with Occeair to solve the problem. Occeair was able to go down to Jikau and steal a branch from one of the trees there. Using it’s bark he was able to put a small barrier between her nail and that of the whip. It lasted for some time before snapping and hitting her eyes. Her vision grew clouds and she became furious.
Having done this with a clear conscious Occeair ran away to retrieve the fire from Koga. He went down to Jikau bashing his way among the guards until Koga greeted him. Koga having only met his sibling twice before, once at birth and second at a funeral asked what of his presence there. Occeair explained his scenario. Koga became angry at the notion of the serpent giving out this information and fires begun to assimilate. With a sly grin, Occeair quickly captured the fire’s in a vile and ran back to his boat.
Having all the ingredients. Occeair went to the stars and there he invited the sun, the sky, the moon, Koga, the earth, and Lise for a show. “Why have you called us here?” Asked the angry Drena. “Haven’t you caused enough trouble Occeair?” Then Occeair took out a drum with no cover and poured all the ingredients together within it. He added a lid and banged on it four times and out came a golden fluid. The serpent then explained that if put in the ground four trees would grow and bear fruit that if frequently consumed would grant immortal life every 1000 years. One of the trees would cause invisibility. One would heal. One would cause eternal youth and beauty. The last one would grant immortal life.
Now pleased with Occeair the gods argued over where to plant such trees. Each god wanting the tree within their own kingdom. Ahue settled the dispute. He never asked for for the tree and mandated order. The gods agreed and by Ahues degree settled on Jikau for it was near the earth’s core and thus the most vibrant for planting. Yena who was one with the earth could also attend to it there for Jikau was close to her heart. Occeair with the serpent then went down to the underworld to plant the mixture.
However at the last moment the serpent Anli tried to take it for himself. He quickly grabbed the drum and bit into it trying to consume the mixture. Occeair strangled him until he let go giving Koga his spine. After Occeair stopped him he was only able to keep half of the mixture untainted from the serpent's venom. Instead of four trees only 3 were able to be created. Devastated at the loss of the trees but satisfied with the one bearing fruit, the god Koga put up 7 regular trees to guard the underworld so that the tree of life and his kingdom which guarded it may not be disturbed by outsiders. After this Anli the Serpent was sentenced to a sea of salt where he may never interfere again. To this day the gods still eat the fruit from the tree of life.
When Occeair was born into the male and female form. There was an element of his breath missing. This piece grew and grew in the universe until it became its own plain of existence. This is the spiritual realm humanity finds itself in. Occeair in his essence was of a different birth than his being. Because Occeair of this Occeiar is a god of passage and things between association, with differing your gender you become known with Occeair. Thus known between Genwa and humanity. People who were born a gender different that changes in their mind or presentation is in the likeness of Occeair. While not Occeair themselves they share a key part of his transitional identity. Thus tapping these people into the spiritual essence of Genwa. These people share a key bond with the other and Occeair himself. This is why they are of a special status within Genwa.
Tano and Occeair were playing with the animals. When one day a sheep went up to them. The sheep asked Tano why the sun never seems to move in the sky. Occeair quick with his witt responded. “He is busy keeping all living creatures warm” to which the sheep complained. The sheep said that the animals on the farm were often tired. But these animals could never sleep do to the suns blasting rays. Occeair took pity on the animals. So he decided to go to the sun and speak with him about this matter.
Occeair took to his boat when a robin from his farm flew to him. The robin wished to follow Occeair on this journey. Occeair claimed it was to dangerous of a journey. The Robin responded that it could lead Occeairs boat in the misty sky. He would do this because the further you go up into the clouds, the harder it is to see. Occeair sighed and gave in allowing the Robin to follow him. On the Journey Occeair got to know the robin. His name was Noco and he came from a family of four birds being the smallest and the weakest of the lot.
The other birds had often bullied Noco due to his unnatural golden eyes. “Divinity and age can often be seen in a creatures eyes” remarked Occeair. “They must simply be jealous of you” Noco replied that it certainly did not feel that way. The two carried on conversations for 3 days, the exact time it takes to journey to the sun.
Eventually Occeair's boat made it to the kingdom of clouds known as Ixa in which the sun and moon reigned. Together him and the bird Noco talked of many things. They walked up to the guards who bowed and allowed them entry. Noco recounted that if the guards know him so well, truly he must come here most often.
The fire from the gates shone and Occeair and Noco were seated with at the table of the king and queen. Delighted to have guests the sun asked why Occeair had visited this time, for he normally wanted something. Occeair adjusted his long dress and spoke with a cough. “I was hoping you could half the time that you spent in the sky” the sun who was previously jousting and having fun at the meal became quite. “I am only allowed to see life on earth for as long as I hang in the sky with moon. Why should we do this for you?” The sun asked Occeair. Then Occeair told him of the animals and their suffering. To which the sun replied. “I sympathize but I shall not do it.”
Then Noco desperate to help his friends whispered something in Occeairs ear.
Occeair smiled wide and jumped upon the banquet table. He exclaimed “Then I challenge you to a game of Degree” stunned at Occeairs behaviour the king sun accepted and set up the board. The board was a round piece with 28 pieces on both sides. The pieces on the board moved and Occeair bested the king in a game of witts, Occeair carried the board liking the game quite a bit and as per the loss of the challenge the sun and moon would have to stay out of the sky for 24 hours a day. Halfing the time in the sky. Later this was split even further. Occeair brought the game back to the farm and the animals adapted it for fun. Noco enjoyed his time with adventures to come.
One day the human Aki was sailing his boat. His sister was playing by the mass. Soon she fell off and panicked for she could not swim. Upset by this Aki went to throw out his net only to find it trapped the girl and she drowned. Devastated the boy prayed to Koga to bring his sister back to life. Koga sent a thunderstorm and the boy knew in his heart that his sister was gone. One day and old woman passed by his house. She was hungry and a beggar so the boy Aki welcomed her into his home. Inside she noticed that Aki had a passion for drawing illustrations. There were portraits of his sister hanging among the house. Curious the old women asked why. The boy responded that sometimes it makes it feel as if she was there. The women asked if he could make her a drawing. A drawing of his favorite goddess.
The boy responded yes, wanting to please his guest. He soon collected his favorite pencils and began illustrating. Pleased with his work he handed the drawing to the old woman. The old woman looked at the drawing and was happy. She asked who the goddess was. To which the boy responded “Bia”. The old woman laughed. Then she took off her cloak to reveal that it was in fact Bia of the illustration in disguise. Stunned the boy asked why she had visited him. To which she responded that she felt pity on him for the loss of his sister. She promised the boy one favor. To which he asked for his sister’s return. Bia Said she couldn't do that for him. But instead she could grant him passage into the underworld and he could reason with Koga there. She warned him to be very careful for the god was easily angered. Pleased she led him to the entrance. The trees of the secret passage bowed and they entered into the land. Do to it being summer the land was covered in fog and mist. Soon mist filled his eyes and he was blinded while inside.
Unable to see he went up to the god begging for his sister’s return. He then reached into a bag and pulled out a drawing of the god in hopes for payment. Pleased with his art the god allowed him to take his sister but if he looked back at her she would be trapped in the underworld. Aki agreed and began walking for what seemed to be days home. One day he was feeling thirsty so he took a seat by one of the rivers in Jikau. He soon lost direction due to the nature of the water and the blinding mist of memories facing Jikau so he turned around looking for area. His vision in a flash cleared and he saw before him his sister covered in grueling worms, decaying skin and lastly she had swollen red eyes. Panicked he ran away out of the underworld while his sister cried at the betrayal.
A few days later Bia visited him disappointed. So he asked if there was anything she could do. She looked around at the paintings of his sister. She asked for his markers. She then enchanted them so that whenever a drawing was made with the likeness of a person, after they die, they may see the world through the image. This worked for laws of Jikau but that is a tale for another day. Thankful he gave the goddess one last drawing before she departed. This is why photo and illustrations of deceased beloved family members are to be held up in Genwa households.
Occeair was a god known for his emotions and deeds. Feminine in appearance and often mistaken for female he was the most insecure of the gods. Now it's true that the gods can disguise themselves in mortal form but this was not good enough for Occeair. Wanting a male form he went on a journey of transformation. One day Tano was watching his 2 favorite dogs play.
Occeair approached him. Occeair asked Tano since he held knowledge of everything how to go about changing his essence. Tano told Occeair that he must take his own heart and rebirth it in the lake of fire. There his essence would be destroyed and rebuilt in whatever form he liked. Occeair asked where he could find such a lake. Tano responded in Jikau the underworld. Occeair then journeyed down to the seventh garden. The gates to the underworld were hidden within the a rosemary bush guarded there.
The bush was protected by 7 tall and sturdy trees. Occeair told the first tree. "it is I Occeair. I command you to let me pass" the first tree bowed it's branches recognizing Occeair's divinity. Then the second tree much more stubborn and easily angered looked upon Occeair in disgust. "Why should I let you pass?" Occeair then plucked an apple growing from the tree and held it towards the wooden face. "Because if you don't I will pick you off just like this apple and then burn your seeds so you may never grow again". And the second tree bowed and moved its branches.
The third tree was to shy to speak so Occeair gave it a kiss and it bowed its branches. The fourth tree refused to let Occeair pass. So Occeair cut off one of its branches in an attempt to blind it. Fearing for its vision the fourth tree bowed its branches. The fifth tree said it would let him pass only if he could solve a riddle. "What sort of love creates a universe" Occeair whispered the answer within the trees leaves and he bowed his branches. The sixth tree was friendly with Occeair having been friends before his punishment and let him pass with ease.
The seventh tree held his guard so Occeair blinded him and haunted the tree with pain until he bowed his branches. Satisfied Occeair bit his apple and walked into the depths of Jikau.
Walking past the desert heat he found himself a small home. Belonging to 3 of the underworld’s souls.
Together they ate soup and drank wine. Satisfied with his meal, Occeair gave his signature necklace that of an hourglass to the youngests of the 3 spirits as payment. "Use this well". He then walked towards the kingdom of Jikau. The guards halted him. And asked him of his presence. "I am Occeair of Den and I command you to let me pass." the guards laughed. "and why should we?" Occeair lifted his shirt revealing the lighting scar left by Erip.
They quickly allowed him entrance. Occeair then seeked council with Koga. Koga looked upon his old friend with a saddened glance. "I'm afraid I cannot do this for you." outraged by how far he'd come Occeair demanded answers. "You have eaten the porridge of the 3 spirits and drunk their wine have you not?" "yes" replied Occeair. "Then you are now of the Jikau and I cannot offer you any assistance." Outraged Occeair took a knife and held it to Koga's neck. Quick on his feet Koga turned into a wolf to avoid Occeair's wrath but the knife slipped falling on Oceair's heart and ending Occeairs life.
Saddened by the loss of her lover, Lise was unable to leave her bed. Unable to cope with the pain of losing Occeair Yena their mother gave him a limited life. Just like each of the seasons come and go so would Occeair in life after life. When one life died he would be reborn which was a gift granted to him by the god of the underworld Koga. Koga felt guilt for the death. This gift carried on to each and every human. Lawhue and Ahue developed a system of reincarnation to sort each life after the next.
All of this was done on a condition. Occeair must not recall memories of his divinity while human less he lose his humanity breaking his cycle. For everything given something must be lost of equal value such is the rule of the universe. Sacrifices must always be made and this was the cost to be paid. Yena agreed and took Oceairs heart and sliced it in two. She placed the pieces on the tree of Jikau known as Ja. Lise cut her hair and gave it to the tree. From the tree birthed an infant girl and an infant boy thus the first humans were born. Occeair's cycle carried to humanity. Each human would have life after the next on a limited cycle like Occeair. However unlike Occeair these lives would eventually end leading them to the realm of Jikau.
They say that Occeair's robin Noco still keeps an eye on every life Occeair leads to this day.
Every 10 reincarnations Occeair is brought back to godhood for a 100 years. Temporarily remembering his life and place Then when the cycle is over he says goodbye and goes back to humanity. Every life he is knowledgeable of his past but can never remember it. Some say when the gods are forgotten Occeair will remember and permanently end his human cycle then reclaim his divinity forever. He will then stand with the gods and win victory.