Roman Imperatorial Silver Denarius of L. Hostilius Saserna, Possibly Depicting Vercingetorix on the Obverse
This silver denarius was struck at the Rome mint in 48 BC by the moneyer L. Hostilius Saserna under the rule of Julius Caesar. It displays the head of a Gallic captive (Vercingetorix?) with a chain around his neck. He has flowing, long hair and a long, pointed beard. There is a Gallic shield behind him. The reverse shows two warriors in a galloping biga, one is driving while holding a whip in his right hand and the reins in his left. The other is facing backwards, holding a shield in his left hand and brandishing a spear in his right. The name L • HOSTILIVS is written above and SASERN is written below.
Caesar’s Gallic War Coins:
A series of coins celebrating Caesar’s victories in Gaul appear in 48 BC. It was in this year that Caesar began hostilities against Pompey. In the previous year Pompey had released coins proclaiming his naval power. Caesar’s coins might be seen as a response. These coins were not minted by Caesar himself, but by two of his supporters who became moneyers in this year. One of these was L. Hostilius Saserna who released the coin above. The bearded male on the obverse of is often identified as Vercingetorix, the chieftain of the Arverni tribe, who united the Gauls in a revolt against Rome. Putting his face on a Roman coin is a strong symbol of the victory over and subjugation of the Gauls.
Why did Toei feel the need to censor this Longleg Lady and her glorious bare legs?
I was so annoyed by this while I was watching the episode.
I think showing off their overly developed legs and tattooing their thighs might be a cultural thing or tradition among the Longlegs (like this lady or Blue Gilly and maybe even Smoothie, although it hasn’t been confirmed I think she might be half-Longleg; Tamago doesn’t count because he seems to be an atypical Longleg), so why take that from them?
this day in 1890, the Native American Lakota Sioux chief,
Sitting Bull, was killed at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Formal peaceful relations between the Sioux and
the United States
government began in 1868 upon the signing of the Fort Laramie
Treaty. However, the discovery of gold in the Black Hills - which were in Sioux territory - in the
1870s led to a torrent of white prospectors invading the Sioux lands.
The numerous Sioux tribes united
under Sitting Bull’s leadership, and initially secured some
victories over American forces. The most famous battle of the Great Sioux War of 1876 was the Battle of Little
Bighorn, where Sioux and Cheyenne warriors defeated the famed General
Custer. Sitting Bull then led his people to Canada, only to come back to America in
It was around this time that he joined Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West
Show, but he soon returned to
his people to protect the rights of indigenous Americans. Sitting Bull
was killed on the Standing Rock Indian
Reservation in 1890 by U.S. troops, who were trying to arrest him under fears
would join the Ghost Dance movement.
“I would rather die an Indian than live a white man”
Very rare and perhaps the finest known specimen, this stater was struck in the late 2nd to early 1st century BC by the Celtic Parisii tribe. The obverse shows a male head (probably Apollo) surrounded by beaded filaments, a star amidst his swirling hair and a cross on his cheek. The reverse has a horse with a curvilinear design, thought to be a wing (like Pegasus).
The late Iron Age village of Lutetia, located at the site of modern-day
Paris, was the capital of the Celtic Parisii tribe. Its main
settlement was on the Ile de la Cité on the River Seine (Sequana). With the Suessiones, the Parisii participated in the general rising of
Vercingetorix. He was the chieftain of the Arverni tribe, who united the
Gauls in a revolt against Roman forces during the last phase of Julius
Caesar’s Gallic Wars in 52 BC. During
the Roman advance in 52 BC the Celts burned their city, and the bridges
that linked it to the banks on either side, but after Roman dominion
was established it was rebuilt and named Parisii.
A United Nations investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has called on the US government to return some of the land stolen from Indian tribes as a step toward combatting continuing and systemic racial discrimination.
James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said no member of the US Congress would meet him as he investigated the part played by the government in the considerable difficulties faced by Indian tribes.
Anaya said that in nearly two weeks of visiting Indian reservations, indigenous communities in Alaska and Hawaii, and Native Americans now living in cities, he encountered people who suffered a history of dispossession of their lands and resources, the breakdown of their societies and “numerous instances of outright brutality, all grounded on racial discrimination”.
“It’s a racial discrimination that they feel is both systemic and also specific instances of ongoing discrimination that is felt at the individual level,” he said.
Anaya said racism extended from the broad relationship between federal or state governments and tribes down to local issues such as education.
“For example, with the treatment of children in schools both by their peers and by teachers as well as the educational system itself; the way native Americans and indigenous peoples are reflected in the school curriculum and teaching,” he said.
“And discrimination in the sense of the invisibility of Native Americans in the country overall that often is reflected in the popular media. The idea that is often projected through the mainstream media and among public figures that indigenous peoples are either gone or as a group are insignificant or that they’re out to get benefits in terms of handouts, or their communities and cultures are reduced to casinos, which are just flatly wrong.”
Fans of “Until Dawn” might appreciate this post, as does one of our writers whose favorite monster is in fact the Wendigo.
Wendigos, or sometimes Wendigoags, are creatures with an insatiable hunger from Native American lore; it is largely tribes within the northern United States and Canada who mention this monster. Wendigoag are said to roam the forests in the North, and those who become lost within the forests are said to have been eaten by the beasts.
Wendigo, in a rough translation, means “the evil spirit that will devour mankind” the wording is very specific as this is a monster who is said to come about in order to encourage cannibalism, and the Wendigo themselves have an insatiable desire to consume human flesh, although regardless of how much they eat, they always remain hungry.
There appearance is reflective of a beast plagued by starvation. They are deathly thin with gaunt features, often they are extremely tall, depicted as being anywhere from 9 to 15 feet tall, and they have yellowish decaying skin, with thin matted hair; their sunken in eyes are said to glow and the possess big, sharp teeth, and an overly long tongue. In drawings Wendigos are often depicted to be part deer or moose, as their feet are hooves and they possess antlers and in some depictions, the entire skull of a deer. Whatever a Wendigo looks like now, is far different than what it started out as; Wendigos are spirits who possess those who have committed extreme sins, usually cannibalism, and the monster you see was once human.
But even evil spirits come from somewhere, right? In legend the first Wendigo came from a Native American warrior who sold his soul to the devil in order to save his tribe.
There are some people who believe that the person still exists inside the monstrous Wendigo, specifically where the heart should be. That being said there is no cure, no way to reverse the transformation, the only solution is death. Whether you want to save the person, or simply kill the Wendigo, you cannot kill one without killing the other, as their souls are connected. In the game, “Until Dawn,” its noted that it may be safer just to keep Wendigos alive, but imprisoned, as killing a Wendigo sets the spirit of the master free, and just creates the chance for a new person to be afflicted.
Believe it or not there are several real-life occurrences of people being possessed by the spirit of the Wendigo, and whether or not you want to believe in the supernatural side of it, the condition of “Wendigo Psychosis” in which a person with reasonable access to food becomes overwhelmed by the need to consume human flesh.
Here are some examples of real life Wendigo possessions:
- In 1878, a Cree man named Swift Runner, slaughtered and ate his entire family, which consisted of his wife and their 5 children, in the middle of winter, despite only being only 25 miles away from the Hudson Bay Company’s supply post. No one in the tribe knew of the killings until winter had ended and the snow had dissipated, in what was perhaps an attempt to cover up his crime, it was in fact Swift Runner who went to the police to tell them that his wife and committed suicide and his children had died of starvation during the harsh winter. However the officers noted Swift Runner didn’t look underfed himself. Suspicious of the story the police went to investigate and eventually found the remnants of a campfire with bones and human skulls piled nearby. The bones were described to be dry and hollow, even empty of their marrow. Swift Runner was sentenced to death for his crimes.
- In 1907, two Oji-Cree men named Jack and Joespeh Fiddler was arrested for killing over 14 people with his brother, because they thought they were all Wendigos, or about to transform into them. Peter Flett, their other brother, was killed himself after turning Wendigo when the food ran out on a trading expedition. However for a long time it wasn’t an unusual occurrence for Jack or Peter. Friends and family had before asked them to kill relatives who were very sick and “about to turn Wendigo.” They weren’t arrested until 1907, because it was actually 2 non-tribe members who made the arrest, two Canadian mounties; the tribe was well aware and even accepting of what had happened, as they feared the spirit of the Wendigo.
- From the late 1800s to the 1920s there were a bundle of Wendigo reports in the town of Rosesu, Minnesota. Each time there was a Wendigo sighting a mysterious death would follow shortly after. After reports of the sightings stopped, so did the deaths.
- As recent as 2008 there have been reports of Wendigo possessions. On the Trans-Canada Highway on a Greyhound bus, a man named Vincent Weighing Li stabbed another passenger 40 times, before slicing off his victim’s head and gutting him, he them proceeded to store parts of the intestines, nose, ears, and mouth in a plastic bag. He was later accused of having eaten parts of his victim as well. As the attack occurred the bus driver as well as the other 30+ passengers fled the seen and called the police. Li was described as being robotically calm throughout the entire incident, only seeming to realize what he did after the fact. In court he remained silent and spoke once only to say, “Please kill me. This was a completely random attack.”
All of these events follow the same pattern. Successful, well-mannered, quiet, seemingly-normal individuals with jobs and family suddenly snap and commit horrible, gruesome murders, and indulge in cannibalism. They can never quite explain why it happened, what led them to it, or explain what happened in the moment, and often to them its like it never happened at all.
(As always sites we used to help us write this piece can be found under our references tab)
Hello everyone! It’s World Book Day today, so I figured I’d do another Character Spotlight. For this post, I’ll be focusing on some of the most important green-skinned humanoids in the history of Enis. Do you remember last Character Spotlight where I said most wouldn’t be that long? I was right, this one’s quite longer. Most of these don’t exist at the same time and place as each other, and some are hundreds of years apart. Nevertheless, these orcs are important to the world they live in, for one reason or another. I hope I get these in chronological order.
Without further ado, the Orcs of Enis and the surrounding lands.
WARNING: Long, contains slavery, oppression and bad art at times.
-By the time the adventurer returns to the Waking Sands, Minfilia has already received the report of what happened in Mor Dhona from the Companion, who has been sent off to a local healer in Ul’dah to have his wounds taken care of. Minfilia again reiterates that they’re no threat to the Empire as they are, and still hopes to see the city-states and tribes united.
-The adventurer goes off to investigate an area in Thanalan after hearing rumors of a wandering prophet. Urianger makes his first appearance, spouting the prophecy of Mezaya Thousand Eyes, and asking the adventurer to pledge themself against the coming chaos. In spite of agreeing to do so, Urianger believes them tainted anyway, any decides to test their resolve.
-Urianger wasn’t originally an Archanist in 1.0. Rather than keeping a tome, he had some contraption which he carried around on his back, and he summoned familiars in the form of the raptor (bottom panel), without the aid of an object. You were placed in an instance where you had to fight several of his familiars to prove yourself, all of which had very normal appearances and characteristics.
Hoo boy. Buckle up, because I’m about to post a huge wall of text. I wrote a massive synopsis of the Archanean lore (FE1, FE2, FE3, FE13, and FE14 indirectly) a couple years ago, so rather than write everything up again, I’m just gonna copy and paste it here:
First things first, everything here applies strictly to the Archanea series (Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon, Fire Emblem Mystery of the Emblem, Fire Emblem Gaiden, and Fire Emblem Awakening) as the other games take place in a completely different universe with completely different lores. They use the same terminology like “manakete” and a deity named Naga, but they are completely different.
Anyways, the dragon tribes (divine, earth, ice, fire, flying, and mage) ruled the land that would become the modern day continent of Ylisse. The tribes were separate with their own rulers and such, though Naga was the “queen of queens” so to speak; the divine dragons were the leaders of the other five tribes. Each of the six tribes possessed a unique trait, like divine dragons are lethal against other dragons (hence the wyrmsbane ability on Awakening) and mage dragons were extremely resistant to magic. It’s because of the divine dragon’s racial ability that they were the dominate tribe even though their numbers were small. Humanity was more or less still living in caves when discovered by the dragon tribes. The dragons saw the potential humans had so they uplifted them, however the dragons had ulterior motives. While things were good and prosperous for the dragon tribes, the way they ruled completely alienated humans and treated them like second class citizens and even slaves. Humanity had not been uplifted by the dragons for the sake of helping another sentient species prosper, rather the dragons wanted to have slaves that were intelligent enough to comprehend their language. Not all dragons treated humans this way, though; enslaving humans and violating their human rights were illegal under Naga’s laws. The other tribes paid no heed to her, though. While the divine dragons tried their best to enforce the laws their numbers were simply too small to control every other dragon.
As with all great civilizations, The Great Dragon Empire eventually reached its climax and began to crumble. It was all started by one major event that forced the dragon tribes to take their dragon transforming ability and store it into dragonstones (thus permanently changing them from dragons to manaketes). They had no other option or else they’d go insane and be reduced to feral beasts that killed everything in sight. This was referred to as “The Great Catastrophe” and happened about 3,000 years before Awakening. The Great Catastrophe only affected dragons; humans were completely safe from it. Naga took notice of this and, along with the tribe elders, devised a solution: stop being a dragon. The elders managed to come up with the idea of removing your dragon side and putting it into a dragonstone. While this gave them a human form, they were still able to tap into their dragon sides temporarily by using the dragonstones, so other manaketes followed without question figuring it was better than decaying into savages. Other dragons that were a bit more… stubborn. They claimed they would rather become feral than become even remotely related to humans, so the term “manakete” was devised. Still, the earth dragon tribe led by King Medeus refused to do this since they still believed being even remotely related to humans was a fate worse than death. The problem with this was they were extremely numerous causing them to rival the divine dragons in power even with their wyrmsbane ability. Naga knew what this would lead to so she gave them an ultimatum: convert to manaketes or be killed before they degraded into beasts that would threaten all living creatures. They refused and the war between the divine dragons and the earth dragons had begun.
The flying dragon tribe also refused to become manaketes, though they were not reduced to savage creatures. Instead, they were reduced to modern day wyverns. They didn’t become feral killing machines presumably due to their below average intelligence (low enough to the point where they were barely considered sentient). Being wyverns made them lose the ability to revert to a human form along with many other thought processes, essentially becoming similar to horses or dogs with above average intelligence.
The ice dragons also refused to convert to manaketes, though their insignificant numbers made it so they didn’t pose that much of a threat; at least, not on the scale the earth dragons did. Eventually, every last ice dragon was hunted down and killed as they all slipped into madness.
Anyways, as the war between the divine dragons and the earth dragons raged on, the flow of battle gradually shifted. What was once a steady series of victories for the divine dragons started to change as the earth dragons become insane (aside from Medeus, who changed into a manakete without his tribe’s knowledge) and started killing everything in sight. Losing the ability to reason made them savage fighters that were unable to feel pain. Having no regard for their own lives made them able to fight until they were utterly destroyed. Countering creatures like this proved to be almost futile as they slaughtered countless humans and manaketes. As the divine dragons were the frontline troops against the feral dragon’s onslaught due to their wyrmsbane abilities they were nearly brought to extinction. During the internal struggle while the manaketes were fighting against the incredibly powerful, feral dragons, humans took advantage of the chaos. They began murdering manaketes, enslaving them, and torturing them.
The earth dragons were unstoppable, and when all hope seemed to be lost, Naga finally thought of a solution. She created the Shield of Seals (or as it’s known nowadays, the Fire Emblem) and used it to lock up all the earth dragons in the Dragon’s Table (you know, where Grima was summoned). Contrary to popular belief, the Shield of Seals possesses only two abilities: locking away the earth dragons (more or less like a key to a chest) and preventing Tiki from succumbing to the Great Catastrophe, even though she became a manakete. Once you became a manakete, you would be safe from the Great Catastrophe as long as you didn’t spend a gratuitous amount of time in dragon form. However, being the daughter of an extremely powerful dragon, this wasn’t enough to save Tiki even after she became a manakete. Her reverting to a manakete was enough to slow down the degradation long enough for Naga to devise this solution but it was not enough to completely protect her the same way it did the others. With the Shield of Seals’ protection, complete with all five gemstones, Tiki was supposed to be safe. To protect herself, Naga “killed” herself. She didn’t actually die, of course, rather created some sort of realm for herself to exist in. That’s why Naga isn’t there in person on Awakening, but rather as a spirit.
Sadly, this solace did not last for Tiki. The Shield of Seals was eventually stolen by a man named Adrah who removed the five gems, sold them, and used the money to raise an army that continuously grew until he was able to unite the scattered remains of the Great Dragon Empire. He named his new kingdom the “Kingdom of Archanea.” Since the Shield of Seals was gone and its five gemstones (Azure, Vert, Gules, Sable, Argent) were removed, Tiki began to succumb to the madness again. If Tiki withered into a feral dragon, her strength would rival Grima’s. While Naga was no longer walking amongst the people she had not left the world. She took notice of Tiki’s condition and decided to put her into an eternal sleep. It pained her to do so, but her only other option was to kill Tiki, an option she refused to choose. While she decided an eternal sleep was better than death, she was not naive enough to deny murder may become the only solution. Using one of her fangs, she created Falchion, a weapon that would be strong enough to kill a powerful dragon should the worst happen. She entrusted it to Gotoh, a high ranking bishop and one of the eldest survivors of the divine dragon tribe, and assigned him the task of watching over Tiki and protecting humanity.
So the Great Catastrophe was finally over, with all the dragons either manaketes or dead (or in the case of the flying tribe, wyverns). Their powers were put into dragonstones and could be used to transform into dragons. However, if they stayed transformed for too long, they would start to succumb to the Great Catastrophe since it didn’t simply go away, it just ran out of victims. This is also why Nowi tells Nah in their supports that prolonged use of the dragonstone is really bad. The Great Catastrophe does affect manaketes differently than it did when they were still dragons, however. Instead of making them go insane it just flat out destroys their brains and kills them. This fate is easily averted by simply avoiding prolonged time in dragon form.
Humans were now the dominant race and had empires of their own. Many manaketes were suffering through a holocaust at the hands of the vengeful humans. After approximately 500 years of struggle, King Medeus, the sole-survivor of the earth dragon tribe, finally managed to unite enough surviving manaketes from all different tribes to create the Dolhr Empire (about 2,500 years before Awakening). Now, with a formal army of their own, they were able to efficiently protect themselves from the humans and start the rebuilding process. Having hundreds of years of wisdom and experience, they were able to rebuild a powerful empire once again. This time was different, though. Their empire was not nearly as large as before and it was no longer the dawn of man; they had finished evolving and were now prospering. Rather than try to live in peace with their new human neighbors, the manaketes wanted vengeance for what the humans did during their retaliation. The rapidly expanding Dolhr Empire began a genocide against the humans, once again enslaving them. The conditions this time around were far more brutal than they were 500 years ago, with the goal being to work the humans to death.
After the manaketes had once again reclaimed dominance, a group led by a man named Anri (of whom Marth is a descendant of) gathered an army and rose up to disband the Dolhr empire. Wielding Falchion (of which he stole), Anri managed to killed Medeus. The death of the king did not completely disband the Dolhr Empire, though as part of the post-war treaty it was reduced to a puny little nation. The intent was to not completely disband the empire; the humans did not want the manaketes to be forced to integrate into their society nor did they wish for the complete extinction of the manaketes. As much as the humans hated the manaketes, they did not wish for a sentient race to be wiped out. By allowing them to keep a tiny nation of their own it ensured the manaketes would have a place to live entirely segregated from humans while being too small to pose a real threat to the humans.
Some time passed and things were relatively peaceful, aside from some political struggles. Some kingdoms were created and others were divided. One of the most prominent divisions was when Anri’s kingdom, Altea, was split into two nations (Altea and Gra) due to an issue over inheritance when he died. Eventually, a group of scholars were experimenting with magic when a man named Gharnef became corrupted by a dark spell. No longer the intelligent, sane student he once was before, he went on to resurrect Medeus. Using his position as a human he was able to help Medeus discreetly build up the Dolhr Empire which eventually started aggressively expanding and wreaking havoc again. When the Dolhr Empire finally reached Gra and Altean soil, they stood together to face the invading manaketes. During the Dolhr invasion, Gra betrayed Altea in an attempt to gain control of both of the countries, killing King Cornelius (Hero-King Marth’s father) and stealing Falchion in the process. Marth was exiled from the nation along with a small army of loyalists which prompted him to travel from place to place building up his army and uniting nations under his command until he had an army strong enough to defeat the Dolhr Empire. Using the legendary treasures he had acquired from the various nations he had united (including the now-reclaimed Falchion and the Shield of Seals) he repeated history by impaling Medeus with Falchion, effectively killing him once again.
Gharnef managed to survive this encounter by temporarily storing his soul in the Fire Emblem gemstone darksphere (also referred to as Sable, the gem held by Plegia) and soon returned about ten years later. At this time, the amount of kingdoms that had encompassed the Continent of Archanea had been reduced to only two: Altea and the Kingdom of Archanea. The rest of the countries chose to be permanently annexed by Altea under the rule of King Marth. Gharnef managed to instigate a war between the two countries (and close allies) by using darksphere to corrupt the soul of Archanea’s emperor, Hardin. Eventually Marth and the Altean army learned of this and, after exhausting their options, were forced to kill Hardin. Altea and Archanea went on to kill Gharnef who had managed to resurrect Medeus yet again. This time Medeus was not an earth dragon, the last of his kind, but rather a twisted monstrosity referred to as a “shadow dragon.” Marth used Falchion to kill Medeus once again and while he was dying claimed that he could always return as long as there was evil in men’s hearts. Archanea then chose to officially join Altea under the rule of the hero-king Marth who saved the world from Medeus not once, but twice. Marth became the “king of kings” as the entire continent of Archanea was united as one massive country under his control.
Centuries of peace then went on, lasting for over one thousand years. It was then, 1,000 years before Awakening, that Grima came to be. The earth dragons had not simply disappeared inside the Dragon’s Table, rather they… festered. Nearly 2,000 years being imprisoned in the Dragon’s Table stewing in their own corruption made them slowly merge into one massive, evil entity: Grima. (This is where a great deal of ambiguity arises in the lore as lots of things were left unspecified, including how Grima was released from the Dragon’s Table for the first time. Either way, he was.) Naga, taking notice, took the current ruler of Archanea and renewed the strength of the Fire Emblem and Falchion through the awakening ritual, effectively creating the first Exalt. The (unnamed) first exalt defeated Grima and resealed him for another 1,000 years. It was then that everyone agreed that the newly revitalized Fire Emblem was far too powerful to be guarded in one piece by one man. This was referred to as the Schism; Archanea was separated into three different countries (Ylisse, Plegia, and Regna Ferox), each tasked with guarding one of the gemstones. To further balance things, they sent one of the gemstones overseas to the Continent of Valm where it became guarded by Chon’sin. They gave the final one to the daughter of Naga herself, Tiki, who was finally able to live freely even though the Shield of Seals lacked all five gemstones. After 2,000 years Naga had finally built up enough energy to place a blessing on the Shield of Seals that was strong enough to keep Tiki safe even without the gemstones.
A lot can change in a thousand years, however. The three countries began developing their own traditions and cultures and gradually drifted apart even though they were once the same. Eventually, one power-hungry ruler decided to invade one of the other countries in an attempt to gain more power. Of course, this was the “holy crusade” Chrom’s father launched against Plegia. Prior to this, the Grimleal was little more than a tiny cult, but since Ylisse was using their exalted status and faith in Naga as an excuse to justify the invasion, more and more Plegians joined the cult to “oppose the goddess that would send an army against them,” eventually resulting in it being the major religion of Plegia. It was after this “holy crusade” against Plegia that was ended by the death of Chrom’s father that the events of Fire Emblem Awakening happened.
As a side note, after Marth became the “hero-king” and the “king of kings,” the manaketes integrated into mainstream society. It would still take time for the wounds between manaketes and humans to heal, but Marth had proven that the two could live together in harmony. While many manaketes chose to fight for their king, Medeus, many chose to resist him and fought alongside Marth (such as Bantu and Tiki). The thing is, there were also many humans who fought for Medeus, whether as slaves or people who were promised power. It showed that they weren’t so different after all and simply acted by whatever they thought was right.
There is one more story that happened during this series, however. Sometime between the events of Shadow Dragon and Mystery of the Emblem, the side story of Fire Emblem Gaiden took place on the continent of Valentia (which became the modern day Continent of Valm).
When the Dolhr Empire was first stripped of its power, many manaketes had moved to Valentia as the people there actually worshiped manaketes as paragons. While some manaketes probably went for the hero worship, many went because they knew they could live there peacefully, exhausted from the seemingly endless conflict between humans and manaketes back on the Continent of Archanea.
Regardless, it was during this time that the two countries of Valentia went to war. The northern country, Rigel, revered the god Duma and the southern country, Zofia, revered the goddess Mila. Though the two gods are siblings, they disagreed over how humanity should led. Duma believed humanity should work towards progress and gaining power and Mila believed humanity should strive towards peace and pleasure. This resulted in Zofia being too laid back and Rigel being too strict. This made both countries start to crumble even though they were on the opposite ends of the spectrum. To try to earn victory, Duma created a Falchion of his own (Yes, there is more than one Falchion. Three to be exact.) with the intent to seal Mila in it. Though his followers were successful in defeating Mila and sealing her away in the Falchion, Alm managed to seize control of it and proceeded to defeat Duma. As both were sealed away within the Falchion and defeated, they both fell into a great slumber, one they have not awoken from yet. Before they they slipped away, they concluded that humanity needs a balance of both work and pleasure to grow great and their religions were merged into one. They entrusted Alm, the new king of the Continent of Valentia, with deciding its fate.
It seems a bit redundant to summarize the plot of Awakening as I’m sure you all know what happens there, so I’ll leave that be.