The Thirteen Candles
The history of The Thirteen Candles is one that’s not very well known or well researched. It is said that in the time before any of the world’s nations came to be (which would mean at least 11,000 years ago) two deities who had death as their domain – Pharasma and Urgathoa – laid claim to the soul of a powerful cleric. This cleric (no name has ever been definitively been giving to him or her, but most popular versions of the legend claim the cleric to have been a man named Ako) served no particularly deity. Instead, he served “death itself” and is said to have been a master at raising the dead and bringing the undead back to the world beyond. As he only served “death”, Pharasma and Urgathoa each held a claim to his soul. To challenge for the soul, Urgathoa devised a strategy based game that involved the use of thirteen candles. What exactly this game was is never detailed in any known telling of the legend. Regardless, most stories say Pharasma won after tricking Urgathoa with a loophole, winning the soul of the cleric. Enraged, Urgathoa flung the Thirteen Candles to the Material Plane. Whether this was on purpose or arbitrary is unknown; most versions of the legend claim it to have been at random in her fury, but some say that she did so in hopes that those Thirteen Candles, plagued by death’s hands, would corrupt whatever mortals came across them. Their current whereabouts are unknown, but some believe that a secret order keeps them hidden from potentially dangerous entities.