"Once upon a time, there was only darkness, and there were monsters vast as worlds who swam in it. They loved the darkness because it concealed their hideousness. Whenever some other creature contrived to make light, they would extinguish it. When stars were born, they swallowed them, and it seemed that darkness would be eternal.
But a race of bright warriors heard of them and traveled from their far world to do battle with them. The war was long, light against dark, and many of the warriors were slain. In the end, when they vanquished the monsters, there were a hundred left alive. and these hundred were the godstars, who brought light to the universe."
"'My people understood that time is an ocean, not a river,' she said to them all. 'It doesn't flow away and pour itself out, done and gone. is simply is*--eternal and entire. Mortals might move through it in one direction, but that's no reflection of its true nature--only of our limitations. Past and future are our own constructs.
'And as for myths, some are made up, nothing but fantasy. But some myths are true. Some have already been lived. And in the drift of time, eternal and entire, some haven't.' She paused, gathering up the words that would make them all understand.
'Some myths are prophecy.'
A race of bright warriors heard of the nithilam and traveled from their far world to do battle with them. These were the godstars, who brought light to the universe.
And the rest of them knew two things at once: who* the bright warriors were, and what* they were.
The 'what' was simple, though no less profound for it. They were the godstars, who in the swim of time had not yet come to pass.
And as for the 'who'?
The silhouettes were light drenched, magnificent, and...familiar. They saw themselves*, each one of them, from Rath the Dashnag boy who was no longer a boy, to Mik, the violinist from the next world over, and Zuzana the puppet-maker. To Akiva and Liraz, who would never lose their longing for Hazael to be among them. To Ziri of the Kirin, lucky after all, and even to Issa, who had never been a warrior before. And to Karou.
Karou who had, a lifetime past, begun this story on a battlefield, when she knelt beside a dying angel and smiled. You could trace a line from the beach at Bullfinch, through everything that had happened since--lives ended and begun, wars won and lost, love and wishbones and rage and regret and deception and despair and always, somehow, hope--and ended up right here, in this cave in the Adelphas Mountains, in this company.
Fate took a bow, so neat it all was, but still it stole their breath away to hear Scarab, queen of the Stelians and keeper of the Cataclysm, say, with a fervor that sent tremors up every last spine, including her own: 'There will be godstars. And they will be us.'"
[Both quotes pulled from Laini Taylor's book: Dreams of Gods and Monsters]
Okay! I finished and turned in my Artful Dreaming project, and this is it☺️😄
( prototype here: wolfwindwaters227.deviantart.c…
One Hundred Spires of Hope
In my English class, we are doing this "Artful Dreaming" project, which is essentially the taking of a piece of literature with an interpreted "dream" and make some sort of art project out of it. ☺️
I chose the book Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor, and if you haven't read it, I strongly** suggest it!! I named it for the one hundred godstars, or their representive (word?) one hundred golden spires in the original Astrae (capital city of the seraphim). The godstars are part of the seraphs' theology. (The myth is the first quoted passage).
There was a vision that the prophet Eliza released to the characters, showing that the godstars were not infact a myth, but a prophecy. And that they were the godstars--or that they would be, one day. In the vision it showed a number of the characters, "bathed in light," so I got the inspiration for this piece.☺️ It is an acrylic painting and the dream catcher I've made separately and laid it over the painting. The black up at the top is to represent the Cataclysm (the "vast dark devourers") trying to consume/destroy the two worlds, Eretz (the side with the two moons, Ellai and Nitid) and Earth (the side with the single moon, Luna, and Earth). The godstars are placed to represent the unity between the several races (chimaera and all their sort, the Misbegotten, the Stelians and other misc seraphim linages, and the humans), and so that the light pouring off of them will look like it is pushing the darkness back in their battle and protection of the rest of the worlds.
Also, I added two stormhunters because, honestly, they're just too awesome to not.
The dreamcatcher I've made is several small plastic wishbones that I glued together, and into a brass ring. There are four black feathers I also glued to the bottom of the ring. I have a black leather cord that I strung through the ring and tacked to the back of the canvas. I didn't mean for it, but my friend pointed out after my presentation that he thought I had made the dream catcher in reference to Eliza's nightmares. ... Hm. It works. I like that.😂
For those of you who know the series, the characters from left to right are:
Virko, Carnassail, Bast (even though I know she shouldn't be here I just really like her I'm sorry.😂), Scarab, Eliza, Karou, Akiva, (Tangris and Bashees low center), Issa, Zuzana, Mik, Liraz, Ziri, Haxaya, and Emlyon (will check spelling later).
Anywho, I hope you all enjoy this. Im rather proud of it(:
Characters/story/book/quotes (c) Laini Taylor
Artwork (c) me