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Chisaia the Bardu-T'chaillish Goddess of Truth.  She is depicted as a young girl clad in mist and carrying a quiver full of arrows.  Her misty garments show that truth is often illusive and rarely seen clearly.  Her arrow represents truth's ability to pierce through falsehood.  She is variously considered to be the the patron goddess of historians, judges and other lawmen due to her concern for determining facts.  She is sometimes sarcastically called the patron of gossips and courtiers, because of their penchant for obfuscation.

Chisaia is probably Daara-jin in origin, and is possibly a personification Krijaar, the sandstorm.

MythsEdit

According to the T'chaillish, Chisaia was the daughter of Cern and a mortal princess named Fhaira (probably a variant of f'hor meaning fog).  Fhaira was a beauty and her her father's favourite.  He loved her so much that he declaired that she would be allowed to choose her own husband.  However, constant competition for her hand had made Fhaira vain and she found fault with each and every one of her suitors.  Many of these men turned to Cern for help, praying that the god would make her fall in love with them.  Cern became curious about the mortal who had provoked so many prayers and came from the Godsrealm to observe her.  He found himself smitten and decided to make Fhaira his own conquest.  Three nights he came to the girl disguised as a mortal prince bearing gifts - a golden bow, a quiver of silver-tipped arrows, and a silken robe - and three times she refused him.  On the fourth night, overcome with lust, he revealed him godhood to Fhaira, who exclaimed that she had known the truth all along, but that she had been waiting for the god to reveal himself.  Angered by Fhaira's presumptuous behaviour, Cern cursed the girl: she would give birth to a child who would utterly consume her.  The child would become stronger as Fhaira wasted away to nothing.  Unheedful of the curse, Fhaira gave herself to Cern, who bedded her and returned to the Godsrealm.  Thus she became pregnant with his Chisaia and sealed her own death warrant.

More bawdy versions of the myth sometimes include a second curse: the chaste princess would find herself plagued with lust for any man who came near her.  Many of her former suitors became her lovers, and her father, not realizing that she was pregnant by the god, eventually locked her away with a host of female servants.

Chisaia TiraumEdit

Some Bardu refer to the telling of leii as chisaia tiraum or binding Chisaia.  The sense is that by restricting oneself to facts, one renders the truth artificially hard and thus brittle/weak.  Telling telen is called chisaia masaium of praising Chisaia because tales get at the truth in a round-about way.  The listener arrives at the truth gradually and must find it amid the plot points.  They believe that this allows the listener to arrive at deeper truths and also mimics the truth's vapourous nature.

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