Way of the Wicked
The Lords of Light and Darkness
Two antagonistic forces in nature have, to varying extents, meddled with Gaïa’s business since the beginning of time. Their true origins are unknown. The first record of their presence dates back to the end of the War of Heaven, where both battled until they practically erased creation.
They are known by many names, but they are most usually referred to as C´iel and Gaira – the Lords of Light and Darkness. What they are is beyond explanation. They do not correspond to our concepts of gods or demons; their power lies far beyond what we call “divinity.” Neither belonged originally to our reality. In fact, they do not belong to any reality whatsoever. They never become personally involved in Gaïa’s business. As a matter of fact, they have not intervened in the least since the War of Darkness. Both are worshipped as deities by many and are often represented in the shape of two huge dragons. This has eventually given rise to their common name – the Dragon Gods.
C´iel and Gaira incarnate Light and Darkness respectively, and this is to a great extent determined by their own will. They have chosen to represent all of the principles and ideas these concepts imply. “Good” and “Evil” are simply not suitable terms to refer to them. They have remained true to the notions closest to their own personal philosophies.
C´iel is associated with the light, the element that represents man’s most positive emotions – such as love, happiness, and hope. It is a feminine entity; this is why many people call it “the Lady of the Light”. It is often depicted as a golden-eyed human or elven female of breathtaking beauty, although its most extended representation is that of a colossal White Dragon with angelic wings. Hundreds of symbols are connected to it in different cultures, but the most common are probably a silver eye with a reptilian pupil and a winged hand. Its philosophical principle is the pursuit of equality for all of Gaïa’s peoples, in the hopes that one day, order and prosperity will be achieved. It stands for life above all, and it is against taking people’s lives under any circumstance.
Nevertheless, C´iel has a negative face too, and at times it does approve of measures that almost betray the very ideals it stands for.
On the other hand, Gaira is in consonance with the Darkness and many of man’s most torturous behaviors and feelings. He is the Dark Lord, the three-eyed Black Dragon whose shadow can swallow the world. It usually takes the appearance of a Duk´zarist or a human with a third eye on its forehead and long white hair spreading in the wind. The symbols most commonly associated with it are a black pupil or a labyrinth of chains ending in hooks. It’s ideology stands for Gaïa’s evolution, development, and stability – even if the path to achieving this is a terrible one. Pain, sorrow, even hatred and strife are only nuances that need to be overcome to reach progress and finally, happiness. From its standpoint, the most powerful individuals must become leaders for the rest. The strong rule over the weak; this is the law of existence. Gaira and C’iel are in strong opposition to one another, but neither one wishes to start an open conflict. Actually, they feel they lack a true motive; they need each other underneath it all.
Next to them rise a number of entities that have been with them since the beginning of times – the Shajads and the Beryls, generals of the armies that collided in the War of Heaven. There are seven on each side. They partake of the natures of C´iel and Gaira, although unlike them, they have intervened actively in the world. In a way, they need to feel integrated in Gaïa and have always endeavored to find a place in existence to claim for their own. For thousands of years, they have operated secretly through agents, cults, and religions, pursuing a variety of ends. None of them have a material identity, although they have made appearances in the form of avatars or divine incarnations.