The Assigning of Dreams and Nightmares

The Assigning of Dreams and Nightmares

In the Dawn Times the other gods, except the mad god, came about in day or night from the dance of either Pelor and Beory or Nerull and Beory. One night there rose from the dance of Nerull and Beory: The twins Incabulos and Aislin.

Nerull had always been less attentive to the duties of the new gods and had a habit of vaguely informing them of their tasks. This was partly because he always sought more time before dawn and partly because he wished those born of night to have an element of chaos and unpredictability. On this night it was because he, like the other gods, had felt the distant stirrings of the mad god…who resented the presence of other life.

So the new twins were informed that one was pleasant dreams and hope and one was nightmares and fear; but without saying who was who. He sped off to seek his brother’s counsel as the dawn broke. The twins looked at each other, soon it would be dawn and they needed to know their place by then.

Incabulos said, “I suppose the best place to start is to see what they need. After all these things go on without us…just…dangerously.”

So Incabulos and Aislin watched the dreams and nightmares of mortals.

“It seems,” said Aislin, “that dreams comfort them…let them hope.”

Incabulos frowned, “Make them weak, more like it. Keeps them from doing things because they think magic will do it.”

“Well magic does do it, in the end…depending on your definition.”

Incabulos was silent as they watched more. They were defining their aspects very well and although Aislin thought that dreams brought hope and Incabulos thought that nightmares taught better lessons; they saw the value in the other’s view. This continued until they got to the dreams of children.

“You’ll agree,” said Aislin, "that children should have more pleasant dreams than nightmares because it helps them hope and wonder and bring about change in the world. Their dreams should be filled with hope and "

“Childhood,” said the obvious nightmare lord, “is the time when they need nightmares the most. To teach them what to fear correctly. To avoid dangers. To learn respect and awe of the world and the powers in it. No, sister…nightmares should fill the dreams of children.”

They were silent together until the rays of their uncle lit the sky. Pelor had watched as they debated and he agreed with Aislin more. But he was silent.

“Well,” said the Lady of Dreams, “it seems we know our roles.”

“But what do we do, sister?” asked the Nightmare Lord, “We disagree. I do not wish to battle you constantly.”

“We will do what we must,” she replied,“I will not protect all children from nightmares.”

“And I will not send them to all as an army.”

“But,” added the goddess, “I will protect some…at my choosing.”

“And I will teach some fear beyond words, at mine. At these times, we will see I suppose; what must be between us.”

Dreams and Nightmares assigned they retreated to their realms. But Pelor allowed a wandering of the mind in the day where a mortal may wrap themselves in imagination and hope without sleep. And he knew that he must allow fears, even in the light…at times greater in the light.

So Pelor began another dance.

The Assigning of Dreams and Nightmares

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