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Gift of Serenity

From the writings of Foundation Apex, archivist to Ledaal Visaren of Tuchara:

According to the White Words Codex, when the Immaculate Dragons created the race of Man, each of the Five Maidens granted a single gift to the mortal race. The gift of Venus was that of Serenity; by her gift, mortals knew the pleasures of happiness and contentment, and all other joys that are unique to humanity. As with all of the Five Gifts, the Gift of Serenity manifests in a series of physical loci wherein one's own Essence flows generate the relevant sensations. During the reign of the Shogun Daidamo, the healer-thaumaturges of the Iatic School dubbed this sequence of loci the "Erudian Circle," a sobriquet which remains in use to this day.

The so-called Hours of Suffering, yet another product of the Oblation Period, stemmed from the efforts of the Deceiver named Quiet Flame to stymie his wife's dalliance with another man. For close to two days, the Gift of Serenity was revoked; neither mortal nor Exalt knew joy nor contentment, nor any other of the things that make life worth living. Thousands of mortals took their own lives in the Hours of Suffering, and the Solar Deliberative condemned Quiet Fire to a thousand years' durance in the demon prince Jugurtha's palace of pain.

See Also:

- Quendalon