Post by Shekinah on Jan 13, 2018 12:15:41 GMT -6
E D E N
D E S C R I P T I O N
May 28th, 2015 Eden was formed.
Eden is a pack that is centered around the belief of family, tradition, hope and redemption. The pack was first created based on the principle of love, honor and seeking to please their only deity, Elohim. However upon the change in leadership from Thanatos to Shekinah, it has become heavily based on family and redemption instead of religion. However the religion is still part of their culture, but it is not expected of the members to be religious. They seek to promote the importance of family and bonding. Their goal is to form not only a pack, but a family in which everyone is a part of, and no one gets left out. Since Thanatos was adopted by Kuruk, Thanatos had believed that family is not only that one that procreates, but the one that raises as well. It will be common to see pups being adopted by Eden members and raising them as one of their own. Shekinah wants to further Eden regarding family, openness and love.
The name of Eden is an allegory to what happened in the garden of Eden in the Bible.
Relationships within Eden are seen as sacred. It's a beautiful thing, be it platonic or romantic and are to be treasured. It's a large thing within Eden, for wolves to forge relationships with each other and bond. They have multiple rituals, like the Aiyanna or the wedding ceremony and the pup celebrations, made when new pups are birthed in the pack. They are fun celebrations and every member is expected to participate in them. Overall this pack is one forged with love, passion and dedication, and every member is treated with love and care, where everyone has a chance to give their lives purpose, and a second chance.
E L O H I M
Written by Nameria for the first version of Eden. This is the belief that came with Thanatos and was taught to Eden, upon Shekinah's leadership it is more of a personal choice to believe or not. However it is expected that no one is to harass or bully another for their belief, or there-lack of.
Eons ago the earth was a barren place; the grass was brown and brittle, the waters contained to the depths of the sea and contaminated with salt. The sun burnt hot, baking through a cloudless sky. That was until a Great Spirit arrived and was deeply saddened by the poor conditions of the earth. Eyota is her long forgotten name, the mother of nature who brought rain from the mountain tops to the grasslands far and wide. Dry valleys drank the fresh water and became budding reservoirs. Streams ran down rocky mountain sides to create harmonic waterfalls that grew into lengths of rivers on the expanse of flats below. The desolate rock she had found was now a lush garden blooming with green and pops of brilliant color blossoming on the velvety pedals of flowers. It was a place fit for the Gods, for herself and her partner, Elohim.When Eyota invited Elohim, he beamed with pride brighter than the sun, although Elohim had another idea for earth. From the tiniest insect to the giant whales of the ocean, Elohim created all of life to live off of the planet that Eyota had saved. For one particular species, Elohim showed his favor - the wolf. He took great care to plant a canine on each of the continents, some varying in shape and color, but each uniquely outfitted to survive the conditions of their environment. They were inherently strong and hardworking; they had a love for family and commitment to one another. The wolf was the born ruler of all animals, but Elohim had given them enough humility to foresee their weakness as well.For thousands of years life flourished on earth and Elohim was always protectively watching over his finest creation. In turn, the wolves worshipped Elohim as their single deity and sought his happiness and favor. Eyota, on the other hand, was not pleased. She had transformed the earth as a sanctuary for the Gods and took offense to Elohim giving her possession over to mortals. Combined with His first assault of creating life on Earth, Eyota also felt disrespected. The wolves favored Elohim for their life, but without her bountiful earth the prey they lived off of would not have sustenance to feed on. Attempting to seek revenge for Elohim’s supposed wrong-doings, Eyota manifested herself into wolf form and began to teach undesirable behaviors to Elohim’s followers. She would be wanton and inspire feelings of lust. She whispered notions of envy and greed into the ears of pack leaders. She would evict her wrath upon the innocent. Eyota had even gone as far as to “enlighten” the wolves of the reality that there were no Gods, and their spirituality was for naught. For another hundred years Eyota manifested thousands of times, sewing cords of discourse across all the lands, uprooting the inborn evil in the hearts of Elohim’s prized creation.When at last Elohim caught Eyota at her tricks, the damage had already been done. There was a distinct line between good and evil on earth where before there had only been peace and harmony. Eyota’s sins and lack of shame were beyond forgivable to Elohim, and he cast her out of Elysium for eternity and stripped her of her name and branded her with Nukpana, for she was the source of all evil in their intended paradise. For thousands of years there were still those who worshipped Elohim and spoke of how he banished his mate from the heavens for her sinful ways. Though as the generations passed, fewer and fewer wolves clung to the sovereignty of a great spirit and rather looked to their worldly leaders for guidance. Corruption and hatred ruled the world, Elohim and Nukpana forgotten…But Elohim never ended his watch over the wolves. He saw the evolution of man and the destruction he caused to Eyota’s beautiful earth… One land in particular seemed to keep man at bay though and became a sanctuary for His favorite creation. Anikira. He has silently watched the rise and fall of several packs and rogue groups, the tormented lost souls and those simply existing without a purpose or a belief of the eternal happiness and fulfillment only He could grant them. That was until he had grown tired of Nukpana wickedly smiling back up at him, reveling in the discourse she had inspired. Elohim hand selected a few wolves he saw fit to renew the faith in their Father above and gave them each specific visions to guide them to a land least polluted with corruption, and to form a pack, a new family with the purpose to reignite the virtue in the hearts of those they touched.E D E N C U L T U R E & R I T U A L SOnce, Nukpana's image was a reflection of females. Now, however, that Shekinah is in leadreship she is working hard to prove that Nukpana does not reflect females as a whole.
Nukpana let evil enter into her heart and blind her mind with sinful emotions--blinded by rage, she went and caused the devastation that has left the creation separated from its creator. At first, leadership within Eden had been solely a male position. They were believed to be emotional, but more prone to using logic above emotion when it came to leadership, and Elohim gave the responsibility to the male to lead the family, symbolising Elohim himself with his Children. Now however, that is not the case. Shekinah fought hard to get her father to see that her gender did not determine her ability to lead. With her leadership, Shekinah is working to remove any bad stigma on the female ability to lead, and prove that they can do what males can. No longer are important roles in the Pack based purely on the male gender, but open to anyone that is skilled and proven to earn the role. The ranks had become more open to genders.Sadly, Nukpana's wrongdoings caused an array of sins, but there are seven particular deeds that have been the key in the never-ending battle between good and evil. For the particularly religious wolves of Eden, they believe that they should not allow these sins to enter into their hearts, no matter how good the offer seems; however, if a wolf falls down and falls into temptation, there is hope for those who walk away from the path if they seek forgiveness from the Great Spirit, Elohim.THE SEVEN SINS• LUST - Lust was one of the first sins that Nukpana tempted wolves with in the beginning. It is any intense, uncontrollable, and wild desire over something or someone. Adultery, mating before Aiyanna, or any other immoral sexual act falls into this category. This not only applies to carnal desires, but it also applies to any uncontrolled desire of any aspect; lust for power, lust for vengeance, and any other thing that someone may desire. This behavior is strictly prohibited in any Eden wolf, since in Eloism (Eden's religion,) one must wait until aiyanna to engage in such acts. If a wolf converts into Eloism, however, once they are forgiven, they are cleaned from any sin, and in Elohim's eyes, they are as pure and as white as snow.• GLUTTONY - Usually, gluttony is interpreted by the excessive need to eat and eat to the point of wasting. However, this can also be applied or renamed as selfishness. Gluttony encompasses impulsive conducts, not sharing your hunt with those less fortunate, and overall thinking about your own desires above the needs of others. Wolves in Eden are expected to eat their share of food, and let others consume the fair amount as well. They are a family, and any selfish behavior is looked down upon, unless the wolf repents.• GREED - Like lust and gluttony, greed is a sin of desire. However, the difference is that greed usually conveys an intense desire over material objects, often those that aren't your own. Stealing, trickery, manipulation, and violence to obtain any material possession is strictly forbidden in the lands of Elohim. Greed is seen as something despicable, as it can lead to an evil heart if one does not repent from such acts of sinful nature.• SLOTH - Sloth is an umbrella term that applies to many aspects. It usually means that a wolf may have turned indifferent to Elohim's calling because of any boredom, apathy, or a passive inertia or sluggish mentation or neglect towards a personal relationship with Elohim. Unlike the other sins, sloth is not a sin of desire--but one of avoiding responsibilities. It drives the wolf in question to completely ignore the needs of himself and the needs of others and replaces them by not caring at all. It conveys a lack of empathy and care towards one's brother or sister in Elohim, and a lack of self-care, ending with coldness in the heart. Sloth not only hinders the natural livelihood of the body, taking no care for its day-to-day provisions, but also slows down the mind and soul. Wolves that succumb far into this sin are prone to suicide and spiraling depressions. Wolves in Eden are expected to pay attention and take care of each other like a family, so that no one gets left behind in a whirlpool of depressive tendencies that can end one's life. There is hope for those that feel like the world has halted; in Elohim, they have a second chance.• WRATH - Wrath is characterized by uncontrollable anger, fury, and hatred, which often come accompanied by the thirst for revenge. This is the sin that blinded Nukpana, and the sin that began all this devastation across the creation. Wrath includes violence, self-destructive behavior, vengeance, intense hate, feuds, lack of forgiveness, impatience. Anger is a natural emotion, but once anger reaches the level of wanting to kill, injure, destroy or hurt someone, or when it reaches the point that it lasts longer than it should, it becomes the deadly sin of wrath. It also includes desiring the death or misery of someone out of spite and rage. Wolves in Eden should love one another, and if a dispute occurs between them, communication is key, and so is forgiveness. Loving one another like Elohim loves his creation should be enough to water down the burning flames of hatred that wrath can cause.• ENVY - Like greed and lust, envy is a sin of desire. It is characterized by the intense desire of someone else's belongings or possessions. It usually gives the wolf in question a sadness, discontent or intense desire because they covet someone else's something. That something can be their social status, their traits, their abilities, their material possessions, or anything else that they want from another wolf. Envy can be dangerous for the soul, because it can cause a desire to hurt another wolf because they cannot have what they have. Wolves in Eden have to remember that every wolf is unique, and that every wolf is special and valuable in Elohim's eyes, and there should be no reason to envy what others have.• PRIDE - Pride can be a double edged word. It can be applied positively; pride can be when one feels ecstatic and happy over one's or other's achievements. However, pride can be rooted down to almost every other sin in this list. In even more destructive cases, it is possessing the irrational belief that one is automatically and essentially better or more important than others, failing to acknowledge the accomplishments of others, and excessive admiration of the personal image or self (especially forgetting one's own lack of divinity, and refusing to acknowledge one's own limits, faults, or wrongs as a flawed being). This sin separates the wolf from Elohim, because they refuse to acknowledge that they are mere mortals with flaws and in need of salvation. Pride causes envy, causes wrath, and it is the root of the other sins mentioned in this list. Wolves in Eden are expected to be humble, only showing the healthy aspects of pride and not the macabre sin that is pride. It is very difficult for a prideful wolf to want forgiveness, since their own pride blinds them from the truth, consumed in their warped sense of self-image, but it is not impossible. Once the prideful wolf falls, Elohim and the members of Eden are there to give him or her a second chance.RITUALS & CEREMONIESEden has various rituals, from the famous Aiyanna to the Leap of Faith; each of them contain a deep meaning that gives a message to every wolf that has become one with the pack. Every wolf is expected to participate in them, whether by being the protagonist or by collaborating for its preparations.Aiyanna or Aiyana - eternal blossom. festival of marriage and love. The Aiyanna is the most loved ceremony in Eden, and it is one of the most beautiful because it does not only unite the couple that will be mated, but it also unites the pack as a whole. Once the Alpha has approved their union, hunters are assigned to kill prey in order to have a feast. In this ritual, the females and pups form a large circle in the center of which four or five singers begin howling in beautiful harmony, and the mated pair stand in the middle. The alpha male joins the circle and stands in front of the pair, and he makes a prayer to the Great Spirit, Elohim, asking Him to bless the pair, and he declares them mates. All the wolves howl in unison, the newly mated pair embrace, and they all begin to celebrate. The new pair receive gifts, often in the colors of pink, gold, and some instances white, to symbolize perfection. They eat the feast, and they guide the pair to their den so they can have their "honeymoon." They give their congratulations to the newly mated pair and they proceed to leave.Chanowk - initiated; A coming-of-age ceremony for all the one year olds born, raised or accepted in Eden, both males and females included. The ceremony basically consists of one year olds leaving the pack, in groups or alone, to take a look of the world and its earthly pleasures. For a time period of three months, they are completely free to explore, see the world and its offers and even indulge in them, and do everything that Eloism preaches against. They can even temporarily train under another pack, and use this time for their personal growth and for self-exploration. They will not be completely alone, however; from time to time, the Haimovi will send one of their most trusted wolves to check up on them without them noticing. What they do is up to the participant, and it is up to their own personal choices. This test at first seems contradictory; how could a pack that preaches against this will let their children be exposed in such a way to the world and its carnal desires? Simple. They want to teach them that serving Elohim is voluntary; after tasting the world and after experiencing Elohim's love as they grew up, they are faced with a choice. If they want to leave and follow their own path away from Elohim and Eden, they will be allowed to even if this decision will cause heavy hearts and sorrow in the pack. However, no matter their decision to stay, be it for they have found Elohim in their hearts, or outside of religion and instead strive for their family and bonds, they are celebrated. In choosing to stay, they have made Eden their home and their family, choosing love and home over the world and all of it's crevices. Upon their decision to stay, they are given the choice of selecting their desired ranks and they will be assigned a proper leader to follow; if they want to be a hunter, they will be under the Otaktay; if they decide to be warriors, they will be placed under the guidance of the Qatelaqa, and so on.Journey to Elysium - when a loved one leaves earth. There are two versions to this ceremony, but both are held with the utmost respect and heaviest of hearts. Once a cherished member of Eden passes on to paradise, no matter how old or how young, a solemn ceremony takes place and every member is expected to cooperate in its execution. The wolf that passed away is brought to its burial ground, and a deep hole is dug out by various members. The family of the wolf in question surround the burial ground and they say a few words about their loved one, and together they pray so that Elohim receives that wolf in his paradise. They howl in unison, and the wolf's family members bring in the things that the wolf loved the most and place them in the hole alongside the wolf. These things may be stuff in the wolf's favorite color, their favorite flowers, or something that the wolf may have been passionate about during its time alive. They are then buried while a white flower is placed on top of the grave.However when it is a Haimovi that passes, the ceremony is a a merge of both the non-religious and the religious version. This is so that both the beliefs of the Haimovi are respected, and that the origin of the Pack that they have come to lead is still there. The Pack wolves all say something about their leader, and everyone puts in their burial ground a gift that talks about who they thought their leader was. Then they cover the hole that they made and they spend most of the day quiet, mourning their leader until the Yuma is placed in the Haimovi's place the following day.Genesis - beginning; origin; ceremony to welcome the newborns. Pups are the most loved beings in the pack, and they are treated with the most care and passion possible. This ceremony is a way for new parents to introduce their pups to the Pack, their family. Once the female gives birth, they are given a while as a family to bond and recooperate. Later, when they are ready, they initiate the ceremony to intergrate the puppies to the rest of the Pack. A hunt is started through the pack to offer food to the new family and the family, if particularly religious, can request that the Yenene, Alo's and Orenda's bless the pups with Elohim's prayers. It's a time to appreciate the new life and to help the family be reminded of the Pack, and a way for the Pack to welcome officially the new little members.NON-RELIGIOUS CEREMONIESThe Farewell - when a loved one dies; Eden caters to both the religion beliefs and the non-religion beliefs. This ceremony is for the wolves that have died, but did not dabble in the religion of Elohim. The Farewell is to honor them as they were, with their beliefs and choices of life. In it's raw form it is not much different to the Religious ceremony - however there is no prayer to Elohim nor the belief that they journey to Elysium. Instead, the family will say their loving words and hopes, a speech about the wolf in question and what they brought with them in their life. The Haimovi will say a few words too at the loss of the cherished member, hoping that wherever they may be now, that they are happy. They do not walk with them on Earth anymore, but they are still loved as if they did. The typical execution of the start of the ceremony is that multiple members of the Pack dig out a hole for the body, and the body is placed within the hole. This is when the family and Haimovi say their parts, and flowers are presented to the grave and laid to rest with the dead. Members can choose to bring things with them that they knew that the wolf loved or were passionate about and lay them with the dead. The grave is then filled back up, and one single white flower is laid upon the grave. The ceremony will then progress into moments of silence, and then it is finished.
However when it is a Haimovi that passes, the ceremony is a a merge of both the non-religious and the religious version. This is so that both the beliefs of the Haimovi are respected, and that the origin of the Pack that they have come to lead is still there. The Packwolves all say something about their leader, and everyone puts in their burial ground a gift that talks about who they thought their leader
was. Then they cover the hole that they made and they spend most of the day quiet, mourning their leader until the Yuma is placed in the Haimovi's place the following day.
H I S T O R Y
Thanatos was the only born pup in a stable home in the island of Tas'alea. The couple loved him very much and he was very cherished in the early stages of his puphood. His mother was calm, submissive and nurturing, and his father was strong, dominant but gentle and completely in love with his mate. Thanatos grew up the first months of his life with a close-knit family that did everything and anything together. One day, when he was six months old, the happiness of his early days ended when his mother fell gravely ill and passed away, and his father, no longer able to bare with the heartbreak of his beloved's passing, took his own life by jumping out of a cliff. This moment was the one thing that began to fracture Thanatos's mind from an early puphood. A small, but tangible anger began to grow inside of the little pup's heart, and this anger would continue to fuel him until he grew up. However, his world made a 360 degree turn when he met the black Kenai known as Kuruk, who took Thanatos into his family and grew up as his sibling.
After a couple of years, the brothers grew up, and so did their adventures together, which were numerous and filled with many experiences that shaped who they are today. During the course of his life alongside Kuruk, they met a lot of wolves, but there was one who always shined the brightest--Nova. She became a pivotal point in Kuruk and Thanatos's relationship, and she would end up in a classic love triangle, loving Thanatos but thinking about Kuruk. Thanatos and Kuruk were always bickering over her, since they both shared mutual interest on her. But, in the midst of it all, Kuruk had an idea--to create a pack. Even if Thanatos was not completely okay with the pack ideals his brother had, he decided to go along with it and help him find a perfect place to call home. In one of these searches, Thanatos found a small pup, named Kiara. What stood out about her were her beautiful eyes--purple, bright and all in all filled with wonder. They decided to take her home and adopt her as their own; it was in this moment that Thanatos began to believe that the Great Spirit really did exist due to her strange eyes. One day, Kuruk left for an unknown endeavor to never come back. Thanatos tried to push back his worries, but the stress and anxiety that came with those feelings never lingered. However, due to Kuruk's disappearance, things between Nova and Thanatos solidified so much that they became mates.
It was in this time of stress and preoccupation that Thanatos had a dream: to create the pack that his brother desired. He wanted to create it in his honor, with the pack ideals he thought were going to please the Great Spirit. He began to believe in this said spirit more and more, clinging on to him as his only hope, praying to him daily for Kuruk's safe return. After some time, Thanatos found himself exploring the land of Tiayr--a beautiful paradise filled with wonder in every turn. It was in this land that Thanatos began to listen to the Great Spirit's voice and it was also in this place where he felt closer to the Spirit. He claimed the lands the next day after a vision he had, in which the Great Spirit revealed himself as Elohim in the form of a white buck. Elohim commanded him to create a pack named Eden, and once he woke up, he claimed the Tiayr to create a pack that would honor Elohim, and that would cherish the memory of Kuruk as the spark behind it all.
On 2nd June, 2017, Thanatos passed down his Haimovi mantle to his only daughter, Shekinah. Previous to this shift in leadership, the father and daughter held a reuinion as Shekinah found her way bac to Eden after being taken by humans before the move to the Southern Isles as she was sick, and they helped her return to peak health. The reunion did not remain happy, once Shekinah brought up that Thanatos was getting no younger, that his shoulder could no longer carry the world by themselves. Thanatos and Shekinah had an argument of sorts, both sides different and wanting their points to be made. Both as stubborn as each other, the father and daughter did not move on their points. Eventually, after words were thrown around and points were made, the she-wolf said words to her father that seemed to rattle both to their bones.
"I would go against every god, every creature, even you, to keep you safe. I could not keep mother safe, but history will not repeat itself."
The exchange was that of tough love and promises. Shekinah could not see her father slowly kill himself, not anymore, he was not as young as he used to be and all that he had been through was finally showing the damage it had done to Eden's Haimovi. Thanatos was not the sort of wolf to pass burdens onto another, especially his only child, he went vehemenly against his daughters words and her own passion. Like her father, though, her mind could not be swayed. With parting words, the daughter walked away from her father and thus started the time of silence between Thanatos and Shekinah. In was a mere couple of days later that Thanatos had a dream where Elohim visited the aging Haimovi and gave words of wisdom and permission that encouraged Thanatos to see that his daughter was ready; that she could handle the title and all that came with it.
"Thanatos opened his eyes, and the rain had drenched his coat, but he didn't care; he saw the light of the sun peaking through the clouds. He was confused... did Elohim approve of Shekinah leading? He felt that same peace overwhelm him once more, making him breathe deeply as he saw the sunlight become brighter and brighter. Was it truly time for him to pass on the title to his daughter? He... he didn't understand. Everything that he had built about Eden would change, but apparently, Elohim was willing to make that change and give the females a chance to shine. Regardless, he observed the scattered rain and the rays of sun that were falling upon him, and he sighed. He had to find Kina.
She had to know."
Nervous and tired, Thanatos called together a pack meeting that only he and Elohim knew the reasoning for. Wolf by wolf, Eden came together to their Haimovi's call, none of them knowing why a sudden meeting had been called to order. Amongst the wolves was the fiery and gentle Shekinah, standing as tall and bright as a burning flame. The speech that came from Thanatos was not one that anyone could have expected, but with it, everyone heard the sincerity, the love, and the complete and utter relief that seeped from Thanatos as his words left him.
“As you all can probably tell already, I haven’t felt good in a long time. Ever since I lost Nova and my unborn children, things really went south for me. My strength was and continues to be Elohim, Tala, my children, and each and every one of you, and that will never change. But things still took a turn for the worse, and I just don’t feel the same. We only get older, and once we pass, a new generation rises to continue the legacy we left behind… and be even better than we ever dreamed to be.”
With each word that left him, a piece of burden fell from his tired shoulders.
“It is why, after much thought and consideration, and after seeking Elohim in prayer and getting the go-ahead from our Creator, I have decided to step down from my Haimovi rank… and place Shekinah as the new leader. Blood of my blood, my true heir.”
The very thing that no one expected to happen had began to occur. A new chance had arrived, and with it came many possibilities, but Thanatos had not finished there. He had members to reassure, and a daughter to finish his words to.
“Love her, respect her and follow her—she is a natural leader, much more passionate than I ever was. I know this may shock you, because females were never placed in high ranks… but Elohim instructed me that it’s time for the image of the female to be given a chance at redemption, to show males that Nukpana doesn't have a say with them no longer, and that Nukpana will no longer give them a bad name. It’s their time to shine.”
It was with those words that Nukpana no longer had a hold on the females of Eden, that her tainted image washed away from all females and their rebirth was here. No longer would a bad name follow the females of Eden or females anywhere, redemption had come and so did many new dreams and chances. Thanatos had taken the power away from Nukpana, and had given the females their image back. With this, came Eden's own rebirth. Though it was new and brought uncertainty through the ranks, it was clear to see that Shekinah would not let them down. She was strong and she was
determined, just as much as she was loving and compassionate. Shekinah would bring a new life to Eden and all that dwelled.
This was the start of something new, and it was not the last. Shekinah was determined to bring a new age to Eden, and bring it to modern times with it's own twist.
For further reference and for those that wish to read the exchange between Shekinah and Thanatos, look here
For those that wish to know how the thread went with the Pack meeting and changing of leadership, look here
This will be where all the indepth, new history that needs to be recorded will go.
B A S I C S
Members: 11 - @thanatos ,
Elijah, Lemuel , Tala, @gabriel , Eternia , Ragnarok , Morgan@moonlight , @starlight , Twilight , Shekinah , Tayen , @declan2, Fiona, Taini , Nailah
Founding Member(s): @thanatos , Nova, Kiara, Leilah, Aaliyah
(Key: Those that have a
strikethrough are either currently frozen or not being played at present time.)
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GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
With life, comes death. Eden members that have lived their time walking the earth and have now gone to Paradise are not forgotten, and are still loved by all those of Eden. Here we remember those loved and lost to us, their memory living on forever within Eden.