Deva

Fact or Fiction?

The first major instance of someone calling the existence of the Devas in question occurred in 141 YD by a Naran scholar named Joseph Ravengrasp. None of the original generations that had witnessed the Devas’ existence remained living, and Ravengrasp protested in his article, “The Great Lie,” that there was no sufficient evidence to prove that these fantastical, logic-defying beings existed.

Joseph Ravengrasp, “The Great Lie,” 141 YD (adapted to modern Common:)
“We have bound ourselves to the worship of a long-enduring falsehood. So potent and pervasive have the attempts of our ancestors been to deceive us that our reason has been clouded for the last century, but now you must see clearly: there is no way these creatures, who supposedly transcended the mortal barriers of capability, and yet disappeared without a trace of their passing being evident except in the pathetic homage that we pay them, could have, and indeed would have, taught us everything our society knows today over the course of a generation and then left us. Open your eyes and witness the preposterous.”

Ravengrasp was both denounced as a heretic at the time and rejected by the academic community. But four hundred years later, in 564 YD, Elise Diamond, famous historian and adventurer, re-initiated the debate.

Basic summary of academic debate:

Pros:

  • Scientists and Geographers cannot come up with an adequate theory to explain Reyn’s bizarre land formations. Notably, islands seem to be scattered at random instead of appearing near mountains/areas of high elevation, and are not always found near peninsulas.
  • There was definitely a point in time, archaeologists claim, when humans coalesced into a single area for a period of approximately 100 years. When they finally began to re-disperse to different regions, it was clear that the human race was fundamentally changed. Written language simultaneously appeared in every known ancient culture (and each culture used a similar set of symbols), and all of these cultures began worshipping a pantheon of twelve nigh-omnipotent beings. While these beings’ names varied from culture to culture, they all were similar in pronunciation, and likewise in terms of the mythological stories told about them, to the twelve Devas that were worshipped by early Nara.

Cons:

  • One major blow to humanity’s fidelity and belief in the Devas was the appearance of gnomes, elves, and dwarves. The Devas never mentioned these races, nor, according to the other races’ beliefs and mythologies, interacted with them. The Devas had purportedly altered landscapes, created written language, invented society, and allowed magic to be mastered, but all of these races had these things without the Devas’ intervention!
  • It is known from the historical records that, while the Devas were quite powerful, they were not omnipotent. A number of humans in history have reached the pinnacle of physical and mental capability, but none have been able to duplicate many of the feats that the Devas are said to have accomplished, leading scholars to believe that they are not physically possible, and thus that accounts of the Devas have been either exaggerated or fabricated entirely.

Deva

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