Stones: Tales of Ma'ar
An excerpt from “The Book of Naesala.”
“Worship is the succor of the gods” – Unknown
And it came to pass that Etreus, the God of Night, of all things after dusk and before dawn, wishing to make use of Yogner’s talents once again, sought him out. Yogner had proved himself discrete, dependable, and particularly adept at the art of death. Etreus therefore interfered in the affairs of mortals through his assassin proxy, murdering mortals who promoted other gods while simultaneously rewarding those who promoted his teachings. The world became dim, and Ertreus became powerful.
With each murder, a boon was granted to Yogner, which he imbued into his single dagger – a relic of his first kill.
The dagger had been given as a gift to Yogner’s childhood friend, Vyncis. Yogner had desired the simple dagger, and he plotted to take it from Vyncis. Yogner was 9. The very same evening, Yogner murdered his friend, but the handle of the dagger was damaged. Yogner was struck with what he saw as inspiration however, and he used the knife to extract a portion of bone from the leg of his deceased “friend,” later shaping it into a sturdy bone handle.
Yogner’s dagger became incredibly powerful. However, he maintained it simply and did not draw attention to its use. Etreus, each time evaluating Yogner’s power, was assured, each time, that Yogner’s innate powers would not exceed his own. Etreus, however, did not examine the dagger. Yogner knew that with enough time, he would be able to kill even a god.
Yogner Kills a God
Etreus, becoming fearful of one god’s attempts to thwart his hard work, saw that fear turn into anger. The goddess of Summer, Utix, continued to gain support, followers, and therefore power. He demanded that Yogner, though he would likely die in the attempt, kill Utix. Yogner, feigning fear, indicated that he would need a particularly powerful boon to make this attempt. He requested that, as he was attempting something that could erase him entirely from existence, he would be granted life everlasting should he succeed. Etreus impulsively agreed in his anger, and pronounced a particularly complicated incantation. However, he smiled w/ mischief as Yogner turned away to go kill Utix.
Yogner, posing as a follower of Utix, used the powers imbued in his dagger and in himself to gain access to Utix and eventually murder her. Yogner, feeling a change within himself, knew that he would now be unable to die. He immediately declared to Utix’s followers that she was a false god, and he, as her slayer, was a true god. They shot him through w/ an arrow. Yogner, realizing what was about to happen, was still very surprised at the pain he felt when the arrow pierced his chest. He cried out and stumbled in pain before he used the magic of his dagger to indiscriminately kill his attacker and any who stood with him. Yogner could feel his beating heart pulling at and moving the arrow still protruding from his chest. Yogner’s pain continued, but so did his insistence of godhood. The followers, fearful of his power and cowed by his ability to survive what was obviously a mortal wound, bowed in worship. Yogner then prepared for Etreus’s arrival.
Etreus, hearing of Yogner’s betrayal and seeming usurpation, traveled immediately to Yogner’s location. He quickly walked across the accumulated bodies as he headed for the temple that would certainly house Yogner. He looked in disdain realizing that many of the followers had been killed w/ a power that was surprising in its reach. Although one of the followers, Etreus realized as an afterthought had died after being pierced through with an arrow.
Etreus, focused on the temple, did not see the pierced figure rise, but he did feel the dagger blade as it stabbed into his back. Etreus, angry at the betrayal, became even angrier as he realized that Yogner thought he could kill him with a simple dagger. His anger, however, dissipated along with his existence.
Yogner now stood on the location where he had killed 2 gods in one day. He realized with earned arrogance, that no other mortal, and even few gods, had done such a thing. He painfully extracted the arrow, looking with wonder as the wound closed immediately. Yogner absorbed the followers of both Etreus and Utix, using them for his own selfish purposes for a time, until he grew bored and departed.
The veracity of the Myth of Yogner is, at the least, questionable, and at the most, inaccurate. It is unknown who would have related the details of the tale, or where the events initially took place. It appears to have survived as an ancient oral history. However, even oral histories have proven to have kernels of truth, from time to time. It should also be noted that more than a few cults still in existence, maintain the worship of a deity very similar to Yogner in description.