Weaver

Weaver was a Child of Lith who had a profound impact on the Children of Knowledge.

Early Life

Weaver grew up in the Chillwater Valley, in what would become the Falkadwen Province of the Klindrel Empire. Her mother taught her to weave and her father taught her to fight.

The Vision

When she reached womanhood, Weaver received a revelation from Kashram, the God of the Lith. Women would need to fight demons, too, and Kashram wanted women to learn to fight as well as men.

One tradition holds that Weaver’s message was for other women, that Kashram wanted her to remind women of their place in the eventual war against the demons. Another tradition holds that Weaver’s message was for her male-dominated society, that Kashram wanted men to treat women with more respect because women would have to become warriors, too.

Among the Klindrel

Some say that Weaver gained several followers in the Chillwater Valley and then left to spread the word. Others say that her views were so unpopular, she was forced to leave. Both versions are probably correct.

Weaver left the Chillwater Valley and went to the Klindrel Valley, which was the major population center of her people at that time. The priests found her views unsavory. In 818, she was banished from the Klindrel Valley and cast out to wander through the wilderness.

Among the Sharadrel

Weaver’s message finally found a home among the Sharadrel. These Children of Lith lived in coastal villages and hunted whales along the Lithward Coast. They had forgotten the commands of their creator and had given their souls to the nature spirits.

Weaver reminded them that they were created as warriors to fight off armies commanded by the demons. She taught them forms and combat techniques which they had forgotten. Scholars debate whether Weaver had learned these forms from her father or whether they came from Lith himself. Regardless, the Sharadrel now view these forms as sacred.

Among the Children of Knowledge

Following her success among the Sharadrel, Weaver took a boat to Hicho, arriving at the Academy in 821. As the only Child of Lith in the city, she was very interesting to all of Hicho’s citizens and they were quite interested in what she had to say (even though she had to say it through an interpreter).

Weaver used this attention to interest people in her martial arts forms. She began training selected people in hand-to-hand combat.

By the time of her death, she had established a sub-culture of martial artists in Hicho. All Children of Knowledge who study combat trace their techniques back to her.

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Religions Implications

Among the Children of Knowledge, Weaver met no resistance to her ideas of gender equality. Nor did she need to remind people that they had an obligation to the deities.

The important idea that came from Weaver’s teachings was that Children of Knowledge might be expected to do more than just guard the knowledge that would be used to stop a demonic incursion. For the first time, Children of Knowledge realized that they might be called upon to physically fight.

Mainstream culture found this idea ridiculous, but those who believed studied ardently, and this devotion has been passed down through the generations.