For the entirety of her life, the deity that would later adopt the name of “Mireya” served as a “Goddess of Nature” for a certain world in the far depths of the universe. Though many religious cults state that it was a god that created life (her own worshipers believing so themselves), the truth was significantly different. It was not the goddess who created the people; it was the people who created her.
Most gods that share her type of existence are the same. Sentient beings start to believe there’s some sort of divinity controlling one or all aspects of the world around them and eventually create a cult around it. There is no such divinity there to begin with, and for a while, their prayers go unheard. But with the growth of their conviction, their wishes and their honest beliefs, their minds finally end up giving birth to a “god”.
Mireya was the only deity of a world that worshiped nature, and thus, she became the one to be in charge of all nature. The birth of animals, the growth of wildlife and the way the world treated human society: it was all managed by her. People would pray to her and she’d do her best to help them. Once in a while, the view her believers had on her would change: from a kind motherly figure to a savage god of conflict, and from a savage god of conflict to the distant-yet-fair eyes of justice. Though her role never changed, her overall demeanor and even appearance did; she’d act the part humans gave her, whether she wanted to or not. At times she was calm, at times she was wise, at times she was strict and at times she even punished those who did what she didn’t like.
A maiden, a wolf, a tree, the sun, the moon, female and male… even though she changed many times across time, her role remained the same, and her followers did as well. All in all, her life was like that of any other god: a slave to mankind, one that couldn’t take the path she wished to take, but one that, despite everything, could feel happy with her own position.
The lifestyle that should have been hers’ until the day she was forgotten came to an abrupt end. It was New Years’ day, a day when the New Year Festival was celebrated in her honor. The only daughter of the priest’s family had gone missing, and thus the festivities had been delayed until she was found, both because of her role in the ceremony and because they couldn’t just drink and sing while knowing that one of them could be in danger. Feeling worried on her own, Mireya decided to help by checking every nook and cranny of the world, in hopes of finding where she was.
It all happened too fast. Out of sudden, the world had begun to be consumed by darkness. Having never seen such a force before, Mireya rushed away to the borders of the world in order to repel the threat. But she wasn’t fast enough: by the time she got there, the people were already suffering, having their lives extinguished one by one. The goddess fought, using the prayers and the wishes of her followers to her advantage, but the attacking force was too strong, and as if they had been prepared to fight her, she was temporarily sealed away in her own temple.
By the time she got out, she was only able to see darkness all around. None of her followers stood, not even the animals of the land. For a moment, she lost all hope and damned herself for being unable to protect anyone. But then it hit her: if everyone had died, then she would have ceased to exist as well, as she needed people to remember and believe in her to live.
After a few seconds that felt like countless years to her, she was able to find two survivors: the first was the missing daughter of the head priest, and the other was the youngest son of the main guard’s family. She took their limp, almost lifeless bodies in her arms, and as she floated away, escaping the darkness, she filled three crystal spheres with the prayers of the deceased. Each sphere was able to fulfill a single miracle.
Mireya, for the first time in her life, made a wish: “Please let me reach a place where these children can be safe”. The power of the orb granted her wish, transporting her to a world that would welcome the two lost souls.
This world was “Traverse Town”. It was a place that only appeared to those that were in the need of shelter, perfect for her and the two survivors. However, the world was currently in a realm called the “Realm of Sleep”, where the “dreams” of people gathered, and thus only connected by a thin thread to the “Realm of Light”. Why had she been brought to that place?
After inspecting the souls of the two survivors, she understood: the darkness had greatly damaged their souls, and they needed a place where they could “rest” without interruptions, without being exposed to great amounts of darkness OR light. The Realm of Sleep was perfect for them. Each of them would begin to live in a different “instance” of Traverse Town, deep in slumber, waiting for the time their hearts and souls had healed completely. And Mireya didn’t need to think twice before deciding her own course: she’d remain there as well, keeping watch over the two of them, helping them adjust to their new reality from the shadows while preparing to guide them once they had finally returned to the Realm of Light.
Though she intended to “keep watch” over them, the goddess was also forced to enter a deep sleep once she made her decision. She was only allowed to “watch”, not interfere, how her lives played out, just like a dream.
And after a year, she woke up. She was in an unknown land, quite different to the scenery she had gotten used to. Had the hearts of her children finally healed? Her connection with them was still strong, so it was easy for her to check their current state. Indeed, they had healed… but they still dreamed in the Realm of Sleep. It seemed that the Realm wasn't willing to let them go. Seeing no other alternative, Mireya used the second of her orbs to bring them back to the Realm of Light. She transported her conciousness to them, briefly explained to their souls the truth about what had happened to them, and then saw as they departed to different worlds.
And now she simply watches over them as they live, while trying to find a new reason to exist in this new Universe that embraced her.