All kingdoms have a law given—and there are many kingdoms. For there is no space in the which there is no kingdom, and there is no kingdom in which there is no space, either a greater or lesser kingdom. Unto every kingdom is given a law—and unto every law there are certain bounds also and conditions. All beings who abide not in those conditions are not justified. For unto all Kingdoms is this one law eternal—that all who desire to come unto Pääjumä must walk Heavens Gate.
ManifestationThough the location of Pääjuma's throne is not disputed, even by scholars (and they agree on very little)…the world is not so agreeable. After the The Great Sundering, those fearing Mahan's rage gathered those faithful followers of the Gnolaum, enslaving them. Men, women, and children were forced to labor, only gaining reprieve if they would deny the existence of the The Gods . Legend says the remaining two thousands innocents were given seven days to denounce their religious ways, or have their false gods provide a sign from the heavens. It was then a small boy stood forth and declared that a new heaven would be the sign, that the captors could not deny it. The child said this sign would accompany a day and a night and a day without darkness—but the penalty for this sign would be the lives of those who shed innocent blood, as well as those who turned their back upon the light (traitors). The captors accepted the child's words...then slit his throat. On the seventh day, when the sun retreated over the mountains, its light did not wan. All through the night, the captives prayed, until the sun rose the second day. No cock crowed, no candle was lit, and once more the sun set rolled across the sky and retreated without darkness—to the great fear of the captors. At the rising of the sun on the third day, brilliant light pierced the blue sky. Pääjumä’s throne, surrounded by new stars. Three to form the arrow pointing north…and twelve more to show the path all must walk to gain salvation. The sign given, all the captives remaining gave thanks in humble prayer. They then stood up and returned to their own lands. Unhindered. For where their captors once stood, the gods had executed justice on behalf of the innocent.
True NorthMany cultures believe that at the center of the Universe, unorganized matter is drawn forth by the power of Pääjumä—He who is Truth, Law, and Light, to organize. His domain can be found shining as the brightest star in the heavens, pointing True North. His habitation is surrounded by the arrow of light—encased further by twelve stars forming an arched door.
Uses by Culture• The Duron are well known for their attachment to Heaven's Gate. It's used as the guiding star for Seafoam in navigating the width and breath of the worlds oceans. • The Evolu of Kevä-Äri (birthplace of Lady Illandria) has a shrine dedicated to Pääjumä, pointing to Heaven's Gate. To this day, there is always a member of the village kneeling at the alter in a prayer of gratitude to the god. • The Kutollum know Heaven's Gate as 'Heroes Pass' and offer an annual sacrifice of one hundred of their finest cattle in honor of Pääjumä. Their belief is that their own fallen warriors may find a warmer welcome by the gods.
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