The Soul of the World

In the Alarian understanding of things, the cosmos (Fyrtorria) is a living organism with a mind of its own. It is also in their understanding that the cosmos, alive as it is believed to be, is inherently sentient and sovereign, from whence the idea of an immaterial soul.

It is this cosmic will the Alarians had nicknamed “the Soul of the World”. Over the ages, scores of Cuperators – the Alarian counterpart of our “scientists” – have widely debated the nature of Fyrtorria’s cosmic soul, from its core constituents to its very existence. While most Weavers have publically renounced all manner of belief in it, the Guilds of Seers and Scribes have chosen to “act as though it exists”.

The Weavers have received extensive criticism for their disbelief in the Soul of the World. One of their darkest deeds includes their attempts to “weave Creation under their absolute control”, thus parting Being from free will in the process. Many claim that the Weavers’ tight control of the cosmic Pattern has made reality lazy. For hundreds of cycles, they have weakened the Soul of the World, by playing gods with everyone’s fate. Others claim the Weavers have tempered with the natural order of things, and in doing so, they have weakened reality.

In Alarian scriptures, the Soul of the World is partially synonymous with the Soul of the Cosmos. Scriptural claims exist that the Soul pertains to Creation itself – whose breath is Kaalà and flesh is Æbe’trax – and that anyone “speaking” to its Soul will be heard and given aid. Alarians, however, were very careful to phrase that only Alarians can speak to the Soul of the World. Not only are humans (middlings) unworthy of interacting with this personified Creation, but also incapable of wielding its breath, Kaalà, which is imagination itself.

- Louise Blackwick

Advent 2018