Sielik

Sielik was the first Kibwengo gifted with godhood by the All-Mother. In addition to being the patron god of the Kibwengo, she is the Goddess of Endurance.

Sielik, yet to reach her twentieth birthday, was a passionate dancer who spent every spare moment practising her art much to her parent’s dismay.
Sielik’s tribe was attacked by Gorghasts controlled by a mighty Panghast, the self-titled Prince Pzgraluk, Whirling Lord of Destruction and Damnation. The tribe was gathered in Pzgraluk’s throne room and told they must choose half of their number as tribute. Half of those chosen would be used as the main course in a feast he was planning and that the other half would be dancers and living statues to entertain his guest.
Sielik, having heard stories of the arrogance and pride of Panghasts and full of youthful arrogance and foolishness herself, stepped forward and challenged Pzgraluk to a contest. If she could dance for longer than he could, he would release her tribe. If not, rather than taking half the tribe, he could take the entire tribe. The other members of her tribe howled in dismay as Pzgraluk smiled and accepted her terms. Their protests that she didn’t have the right to speak for the tribe falling on deaf ears.
Sielik and Pzgraluk danced for a full day and a half without rest or fluid before she stumbled. As her hands reached out to break her fall, they were caught by a man of divine bearing who spun her back to her feet and back to the dance. She felt energy and hope flow into her from his hands and she danced more passionately than she ever had before. Pzgraluk growled at the interloper and started to shout about the contest being null and void. The interloper, previously having the typical short stature of a Kibwengo, grew to rival then exceed the panghast’s three metres of height. Revealing himself to be The All-Father, he calmly stated that the contest rules said nothing about outside interference and that Pzgraluk could either continue the contest or The All-Father would simply place the Kibwengo tribe under his personal protection and fight for their freedom. Pzgraluk, though arrogant, was not foolish enough to believe that he had more than the slimmest of chances against The All-Father in a fair fight, acquiesced. They danced for three more days and nights before Pzgraluk finally staggered and fell to one knee.
The All-Father spoke and was heard by all Kibwengo in existence. He praised Sielik’s determination of spirit and body and proclaimed that the All-Mother had ascended her to godhood, naming her Patron of the Kibwengo and Goddess of Endurance. He then granted her the title The Dancer.

Sielik

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