Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The matlapallicoatl worship the mixkoatl, a powerful group of gods from the northern skies. Among these their strongest deity is Tezcatlipoca, the god of the northern skies, of the night, of rulership, and divination. He is also referred to as the black tezcatlipoca to distinguish him from the white tezcatlipoca known as Quetzalcoatl. After the creation of the current sun, the gods instructed the white and black tezcatlipocas to bring order to the world of men. They brought fire and knowledge to men and all was well, for a while. Eventually though, men sought Quetzalcoatl more than Tezcatlipoca and Tezcatlipoca distanced himself from these new beings and returned to favor creatures of previous suns as well as the few men who still followed him. Among these creatures from other times were the matlapallicoatl, the winged snakes who survived the destruction of the last sun.
In the land of men Quetzalcoatl's favor among them would not last forever either. As men became more ambitious and war and discord began to plague the land it was Huitzilopochtli who became the most worshiped and revered god. Huitzilopochtli, the blue tezcatlipoca is also the god of the southern skies, the sun and war. As Huitzilopochtli's influence became stronger so did the discord between the matlapallicoatl and these new creatures called men. The former stood with the black tezcatlipoca and the northern skies and the later with the blue tezcatlipoca and the southern skies. To the matlapallicoatl and the few men who live with them in Coatmixtitlan the vast majority of humans are a plague that will bring nothing but suffering and destruction to the land. Coatmixtitlan is heaven, a center of great and ancient knowledge to be kept safe from the all grabbing hands of men.
The men of Coatmixtitlan are powerful priests and sorcerers, as well as erudite scholars and scribes. They are also great merchants and traders who will not hesitate to enslave the common man to work in their homes, cities and mines. These merchants have something revered and envied all throughout Itza, flying merchant caravans, and during times of war they rule the skies and hold unequal air superiority. Their scholarly ways does not bar them from being great soldiers on the ground and while not being the best foot soldiers they enjoy some of the support available, the fearsome K’i’ix Kaan. A race of blue flightless lizard men who excel in the art of war. These fearsome creatures stand between two and a half and three meters tall (7 to 10 feet), wear bone and stone armor on their upper torso and carry a powerful Macuahuitl as a sword. As if that was not enough their strong tail is usually equipped with spikes or a flail which they use to create a safe perimeter to their sides and back. Together with men the K'i'ix Kaan form a formidable army that defends the treasures and secrets of Coatmixtitlan.
As the jewelled fowl Tezcatlipoca takes the name Chalchihuihtotolin. In such a shape Tezcatlipoca is a powerful sorcerer who can control human minds, set them on a path of self destruction or as easily absolve them of guilt and cleanse their spirit. Shamans who follow this path gain powers of mind control, insight, dream control and nightmares, illusion and even greater powers of divination. Their power power can be so great they can even help men overcome their fate. This is the most sought after power by the shamans followers of Chalchihuihtotolin. The power to rewrite the very fabric of life in Itza, destiny and fate.
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