Lore:The Marya

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Our wisdom flows so sweet. Taste and see.

TRANSMIT - Initiate ankh signal - RECEIVE - Initiate scarab frequency - KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN - initiate the sentinel syntax - FIGHTS INFECTION AND PREVENTS FUTURE OUTBREAKS - initiate the Tutankhamen Proclamation - WITNESS The Marya.

Entry 1
Scorched Desert, (533,174): Next to a gate in the wall.
The jackals and vultures sing the ancient stories. Carrion eaters have deep memories. They drink the past in congealing humors. What is time to us? We stand outside. Everything has happened. Everything is happening. Entry 2
Scorched Desert, (578,445): Next to a tent and the Marya recruitment flyer.
In the Long Ago, there is a boy king. His eyes hold burdens a child should not carry, the brutalised corpse of his mother caught in the glassy reflection. She, Nefertiti, had gone to his father, Pharaoh Akhenaten, and begged him to cast aside his obsession with the dark god Aten, to cease his blasphemous pursuits and his abuse of his country and people. She begged him to return to the light. He embraced her with murder. Entry 3
Scorched Desert, (884,294): In a tent, behind the curtain.
The boy named Tutankhamen holds his mothers's cold hand. We come to him in that moment, and his eyes see the Ka of his ancestors. He makes us offerings of milk and honey. We sing to the boy. Inspired, he makes us a vow. Entry 4
Scorched Desert, (516,360): On top of the defensive barrier on the south side of al-Merayah.
Initiate the secret histories.

The boy king sent out a call. Philosophers, magicians, warriors, and priests of Amun answered, and they formed the Marya - the Young Warriors. They saw their country defiled, their deities feasted on by a parasite-god, and they made a promise, on their dying breath, to free their home from the mad tyrant and the ruinous entity he served.

Entry 5
Scorched Desert, (615,458): Outside the walls of al-Merayah, to the northeast.
Such promises travel through time-space on quantum codes and cannot be reversed.

The boy king led with grace beyond his years. The strength of the Marya outweighed the blinding insanity of the Aten cultists. A final battle ensued. Quantifying slaughter on that scale is difficult, sweetling, but there are places where the sand is still stained red.

Entry 6
Scorched Desert, (809,229): Behind the wall at the Anima Well.
The Aten cultists lay slain, deformed bodies rotting in the desert sun or sealed in crypts and condemned to black forevers. Akhenaten, now twisted into an undying atrocity, sealed himself inside the pyramid he had build. Entry 7
City of the Sun God, (402,39): Near the Council of Venice vendors at The Breach
Sand, stone, and rubble caved in on the valley. The Mayra (sic) placed mystic wards in the hopes that it would hold back the buried corruption. But what is hope in the eyes of forever? It stretches so thin on the eternity line. Entry 8
City of the Sun God, (491,204): At the end of a fallen wall in Ain Al-Shams.
Caretakers had to be chosen, the burden passed on through the years. The fiercest of the Marya, former vizier and high priest Ptahmose, took that burden. His family swore their lives to guard the valley.

Time passes. Three thousand years, and still Ptahmose's descendants serve as sentinels. The Young Warriors fight on. Youth is a form of energy that burns in the dark, sometimes the only frequency to disrupt the forces of old and evil. Marya soldiers die, but they pass on their training, make their youth eternal.

Entry 9
City of the Sun God, (945,367): In the Primordial Catacombs, in the room with the Tortured Villagers freed for The Sad Song mission.
Initiate the now. The dark days.

There is a leak. The centre cannot hold. The Valley of the Sun God is unearthed, and Aten's curdling influence spills out. The modern revolutionaries of the Marya must stop the flow, must give their lives to a promise made by their ancestors and a boy king. Will it be enough? Ask us, secret worlder. Ask us if it will be enough.

Entry 10
City of the Sun God, (106,70): On top of a wall in the Herald of Aten ruined city.


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  • Entry 1 - Tutankhamun is a real-world Egyptian Pharaoh that in TSW was responsible for founding the [Marya]
  • Entry 3 - Nefertiti was the mother of Tutankhamun
  • Entry 3 - Akhenaten was the father of Tutankhamun. His original name was "Amenhotep IV", but changed it to Akhenaten after he started the worship of Aten
  • Entry 3 - Aten is the sun and in Egyptian mythology was originally an aspect of Ra, but Akhenaten made it a deity in it's own right and worshipped it as "the creator"
  • Entry 4 - Ka is one of 5 parts of a persons soul. The Ka is their "vital essence", that which makes them alive
  • Entry 5 - Amun was a major god in Egyptian mythology, and eventually came to be considered in some sense the god, of which the other gods were an aspect of him. Except for Aten, worshipped by Akhenaten to draw power away from the priests of Amun
  • Entry 5 - Marya is a real-world variant of the word Mar, which is a title of respect meaning "our lord" given to saints or bishops. In TSW, it is the name of the Marya faction that defends against Akhenaten, the Black Pharaoh and the Aten

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