ESH #32: Makai Wiki: Goddess of Light

If you have played any of the previous Arcus Plume games, you may already be familiar with Makai Wiki, the arcane repository of knowledge located somewhere in the mysterious realm of Makai. Basically any sufficiently skilled mage can edit the Makai Wiki articles, which is why they may be biased or contain inaccuracies or even outright false information. Even so, it’s better to know something than nothing at all, is it not?

The following Makai Wiki article will appear in Eleanor’s Handmaid. It’s a piece of background lore, hardly a spoiler, but I hid it behind the “Read more” button in any case. Click the button… if you dare.

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Theia Goldeyes, also known as the Goddess of Light, is one of the Four Goddesses who created the vast extradimensional space known as Makai. She is the ruler of the Realm of Light in Makai as well as the leader of the Covenant of Light, a massive religious organization devoted to the Sun and herself.

Theia Goldeyes was originally a human mage hailing from the desert queendom of Edrina. Thanks to her tremendous talent and single-minded devotion to magic, she became the Grand Sorceress of Edrina at the young age of 37. Being one of the first mages to succeed in prolonging her lifespan indefinitely, she served the royal family for many generations while using all her spare time to study magic. She was 172 years old when the then monarch of the country, Queen Neilyope VII, tried to displace her–with an assassination attempt. However, the would-be goddess was already so powerful at the time that she barely had to lift a finger to fend off the attackers. But she could not let such an insult go unpunished. She marched to the palace, incapacitating a small army of royal guards on her way, and gave her ultimatum to the queen and the rest of the royal family: they would publicly swear allegiance to her or face death. Theia Goldeyes became the queen of Edrina and the entire former ruling family her consorts.

During her long reign as the monarch of Edrina, Theia Goldeyes became acquainted with three mages–later to be known as the Dragon Queen, the Lady of Night, and the Mistress of Souls–who had similarly become nigh immortal as well as achieved a deep understanding of the weave of magic. Over the centuries, the four great mages met regularly and devised a spell to create an entirely new realm of existence: Makai. A realm where space could be manipulated freely. A realm that would allow near-instantaneous travel between any two locations hosting a magical device called a portal. When the preparations were finally complete, the four mages connected their minds and began casting the Grand Spell that would create Makai. Decades later, when the spell was finally complete and introduced to the rest of the world, the four individuals capable of such a feat were widely considered to have ascended to godhood. The Four Goddesses were born.

Some historians claim that the signs of the upcoming conflict were evident before the casting of the Grand Spell had even begun. By the beginning of the Great Abyss War, it had certainly become evident to the entire world that the Four Goddesses were not exactly of the same mind about who controls Makai and how. The long and dramatic war started off as a battle royal and culminated in the final battle between the Union of the Three Goddesses and the Mistress of Souls, where the unstable soul-fueled battle constructs of the Mistress coalesced into the Amalgamation of Souls that nearly caused the collapse of the entire Makai. The goddesses haven’t openly waged war with each other ever since, resulting in a centuries-long period of relative peace.

In the contemporary era, the Goddess of Light rarely leaves her grand palace in the Realm of Light, preferring to act through her followers–sometimes quite literally, by using a possession spell. The Divine Mother, as she is often called by the members of the Covenant of Light, has thousands of descendants, many of whom are very powerful in their own right and hold positions of importance in the Covenant. Although the Goddess of Light still commands one of the most powerful armies in the world, she discourages her followers from using violence unless strictly necessary. She favors love and sex as means to influence people, her white-and-gold-clad priestesses trained to make use of both.