Blade Maidens: The Hunt – 19
“In the ages before the light of day cast aside the night each morning, three moons hung high in the skies of Telos. Little Sister Linaya and the Night’s Mother were as present as they are now, but in those endless nights, they were joined by Sulna, The Elder Sister. For countless years the three of them watched over Telos, seeing the rise and fall of kingdoms and cities that have been lost to the ages. While Linaya and her Mother found peace in the unending darkness that swallowed the land, Sulna’s sight found strife and struggle.
The people of Telos fought to survive with no light to guide them. Campfires and torches dotted the countryside, but the flickering defiance provided little relief. Crops were scarce. Wolves, panthers, and other night-beasts feasted on terrified innocents. And an ever-present chill had settled into the bones of every living being in the land. Sulna voiced her concerns to her family but found little sympathy. Both her sister and mother enjoyed their existence, and the umbral realm they watched over. Torn between easing the suffering of those in the world below and standing with her family, Sulna made her choice. Gathering every wavering spark and burning flame she could find, the Elder Sister took them into herself, burning so bright and true that no shadow could stand before her.
The seeming betrayal of her eldest daughter broke Night’s Mother, casting her into despair. While Linaya could scarcely look at her sister without being burned by her brilliance. Sulna wanted to help the mortals of Telos, but not at the cost of hurting her family. A vow was made and tears exchanged. The day belonged to Sulna, now an ever-burning beacon, to warm and guide Telos, and the night would forever be Linaya and her Mother’s domain. The divided family sharing their eternal watch over our realm, only reuniting one night a year, which we now celebrate in their honor as the eclipse reminds us all of Sulna’s sacrifice.”
– A common Telosian myth, prone to local variants across regions.