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The Empire of Nagoda

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Beginning of Nagoda

 

Like many peoples, the Nagoda have a creation myth that makes them the children of the gods. The Nagoda homelands were created when the gods Tyinasu and Tyeusursti stood on the bridge of heaven and stirred the waters of the ocean with a spear. The tip of the spear fell from heaven and created the lands. The two then descended and raised the spear as the centre pole of their house. Tyinasu and Tyeusursti had children. Their first-born was Aelaeriadeu, the Sun Goddess, but like all families they had problems. Being gods, they had god-sized problems: Tyinasu slew his second child, the Fire God, who had caused his mother, Tyeusursti, enormous pain when he was born. Tyeusursti fled into the Underworld in grief at this killing. Yaralsuir, their other son, was given to fits of temper. His violent behaviour included throwing thunderbolts across the sky, and he even threw a dead horse at Aelaeriadeu, forcing her to hide in a cave. With the Sun Goddess in hiding, the world was plunged into darkness. The sight of her own beautiful reflection in a mirror and a necklace of precious jewels eventually tricked Aelaeriadeu into coming out of her hiding place.

 

Yaralsuir did eventually make amends by slaying a great serpent with eight heads. The serpent had a taste for young maidens and this, along with an equal appetite for wine. Yaralsuir used both to lure the serpent into a trap, then slew it once it was drunk! In hacking it to pieces, he discovered a sword embedded in its tail which he then he gave to Aelaeriadeu. This was the Calda-bolgr or “Grave Song.” From almost the first moment of Nagoda history, there was a sword, and a sword with mystical powers at that. As the first born child, Aelaeriadeu inherited the earth and in time, Aelaeriadeu sent her grandson, Sythathens, to rule Nagoda. She gave him three gifts, the mirror, the jewels from the necklace and the ‘Grave Song’ to make his task easier. These gifts from heaven became the Nagoda Crown Jewels. The throne eventually passed to his grandson, Tyidaidru, who was the first earthly Emperor of Nagoda. He took the throne in 723BC on 30 August, a date which is still celebrated with a public holiday in Nagoda. The current Emperor is actually a lineal descendant of this first Emperor.

 


 

In around 200BC, Emperor Aethenu and his son Prince Seothe (later Emperor Keiko) are the agents of an important change in Japanese history. The nation at this time was composed of many clans, of which the strongest was the Imperial Seothe family. The Seothe (named for their home province of Seothen) were one clan amongst many – but they claimed the right to rule because they were descended directly from the Sun Goddess, Aelaeriadeu. Aethenu was the first Emperor to appoint four generals to deal with rebels in his realm. Each general was given the title of Rhakun (which can be translated as “Commander in Chief” at this point in history). Seothe Aethenu is a figure partly of myth and partly of history. He was the prototype of later Aelam heroes: a skilled and noble warrior harried and hunted down by his many enemies who — although he comes to a tragic end, has a worthwhile death.

 

*Aelem is the Nagoda word for champion

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