Thursday, September 10, 2009

Yig, Father of Serpents; Sarterra Avatars 3 of 4

Yig is one of the Great Old Ones, their time being long forgotten. He slumbered, like the others, in a parallel realm for eons, waiting for the moment he could return to Sarterra. When the Naga began to inhabit the swamps of the southern continent, he began to stir. The ruins half swallowed by the mire belonged to ancient races long dead, but the key to Yig's return was locked in the fallen stone blocks. Whispers in the night began to speak to the Naga Shaman, instructing them to look further.

They discovered patterns and profane symbols in the carved blocks and began to decipher them, the process driving many mad. A blueprint for the city was contained in the glyphs as well as a means to restore it back to its former glory. Work began in earnest to rebuild the ruins. The city itself, once arrayed, acted as an instrument of great focus channeled through a central spire that could pierce the void and bring Yig, the Father of Serpents, back to the lands of Sarterra.

Once the city of Xochimilco was complete, the Naga focused the dark energy gathered from its heart and called forth Yig, with whom they had only learned about through interpreted carvings and half-mad dreams of the shaman. The Naga thought that they had at last found a deity to lead them, one in their own image who would understand them and take them in as wayward children lost in the storm. They were right. Yig was all that, and more. He told the Naga that it was he that saved the fallen eggs of the Naga from Bahamut and nurtured them to life.

Yig takes on many forms. When interacting with other races, or going to war, Yig becomes that of a towering mound of countless snakes, intertwining with one another to form a vague Naga shape. Individual snakes form fingers, claws, mid-section, and tail. Atop the mass of twisted snakes lies the enormous head of a hooded, poisonous snake. Yig often walks among the Naga, in this capacity he takes the form of a large, but standard looking Naga, with the exception of having his recognizable hooded head.

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