The Summer Heroes
Staff of Prophecy
The Staff of Prophecy
The Miqra’Chen—more commonly known simply as the Staff of Prophecy—is the legendary artifact from the myth of the God Who Knew Too Much (henceforth, TGW). Hardly any knowledge remains about TGW, and what does remain is constituted mostly by the legend of his destruction; most scholars consider TGW’s legend to be an instruction or warning against the quest to acquire too much knowledge. This view is generally reinforced by the fact that the divine portfolios of prophecy, fate, and other related matters are not currently within any one god’s purview. Even Auravandil, the god of knowledge, limits his knowledge to the present and past, and generally discourages attempts to pierce time’s veil.
In the myth, TGW is beset by the combined forces of two different gods (the gods attacking TGW can vary in some myths, though the motivation of being hostile to TGW’s monopoly over knowledge is always present) and descends from his divine plane to defend his followers, who are besieged in the Katumvir, the Great Library of All.
The myths diverge into two distinct strains after these general patterns: In the first tradition, the Miqra’Chen is a powerful artifact that TGW had previously forged in order to aid him in the battle (that he knew was coming). In this tradition, the final assault on TGW at the Katumvir results in the death of TGW’s followers, the sacking of the Great Library of All, and TGW’s demise. The god’s death shatters the mountaintop on which Katumvir resides, and the Miqra’Chen is broken into three parts and scattered across the world. The shattering of the Miqra’Chen kills the majority of the followers of the two gods assaulting the library-fortress, as well as their two patron-gods, and in the cataclysm the final resting places of the pieces of the Staff are not observed by any (mortal or immortal).
In the second tradition, the Miqra’Chen is an artifact of tremendous power that TGW forges prior to the assault on his plane and his followers. TGW pours much of his power and essence into the artifact, a process which leaves him significantly weakened. He then deliberately breaks apart the Staff and scatters the three pieces across the world. TGW’s motivations for doing this are usually unclear in the myth, but his reasons are usually broadly given as a) the desire to deny his enemies the possibility of capturing his power and b) the possibility that re-building that staff could, in fact, re-constitute the god himself (albeit in a much lesser state).
Following his hiding of the artifact’s pieces, TGW is beset by, again, two gods. TGW leaves his divine plane behind, littered with traps and snares to capture and bind his attackers, and descends to the Katumvir to defend his followers. Once again, the battle is lost, but the two gods and their followers are destroyed in the process, and TGW dies. This tradition conspicuously lacks the cataclysmic shattering of the mountaintop where the Katumvir stood, and has the most variance regarding the names of the gods who assaulted TGW (since it insists that the gods died in the attack, and so it is unclear how their names were passed down when TGW’s was not).
The existence of a literal Miqra’Chen is not and has not been taken seriously by a majority of scholars throughout civilized history—most prefer instead to understand the Staff as a metaphor within the TGW legend as a whole. In such an interpretation, the Miqra’Chen is symbolic of the devastating consequences of any being attempting to achieve omniscience. Some scholars have attempted to delineate between the two (i.e. TGW was real and the Staff was not, or vice versa), but such an interpretation is generally unpopular and is considered largely academically untenable, given that the Staff is mentioned in nearly every myth that involves TGW in the first place. A handful of scholars have taken the existence of the Staff seriously, but in light of the lack of non-textual supporting evidence this view rarely gains any traction in scholastic circles.