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The following is a description of the mythology of Fe.
Fe Mythical Elements
The spiritual experience of Fe is called Aler, which is describe more fully in this page. Aler is a psychological archetype appearing as the Hero, which is a specific mythical protagonist who endures a series of impossible challenges, confrontations with evil and is often tasked with ascending to power. Examples of this archetype include Odysseus, Hercules and Gilgamesh. In symbolic form Aler is depicted as the sun, a lion, a torch, a flaming heart and a hallowed sword which only the noble heart can wield. The Fe hero myth is one of perpetual evolution through adversity. In the most fundamental sense, the archetype represents “that which continues to evolve” or that which can transcend any and all limitations. In this mythology, the concept of the malleability of the soul is taken to an extreme, wherein Aler becomes the essence of transmutation itself, or the phoenix symbol. Aler is the principle of purification through fire, of eternal growth and ascension to divinity. The hero then comes to have power over death, as death and rebirth become aspects of Aler and the primary motifs involved in this holy transformation. In the psychoanalytical sense, this symbolism represents the very death of our character, our corrupted heart, our tarnished ego and our identity – in favor of the adoption of a new heart, a new character and identity. Those enraptured by the Aler myth will exist in a constant narrative of self-destruction and self-creation, each time chaffing away impurities as their soul is refined through the crucible into pure gold.
Light: The Savior
In its light form, the Aler myth manifests as a messiah figure, often appearing as a divinely chosen youth set to fulfill a prophecy. The hero becomes the savior of the people, the protector of mankind and takes his place as the Hero King. He is the champion of justice, an exemplar of “the right way to be” as well as an embodiment of the truth and will of God. We see contemporary examples of the light Aler myth in Neo from the Matrix films, who is prophesied to appear, is granted supernatural powers and is able to peer through the illusions of reality after undergoing a death and rebirth. We see another example of the light hero in the Jedi from the Star Wars films who adhere to an advanced moral system and are tasked with protecting the universe. Less explicitly, we also see an example of Aler in the myth of King Arthur who was able to wield a hallowed sword after being judged as noble and worthy by some supernatural force. Here the sword symbolizes divine agency and the power to wield such agency is bestowed upon those with a pure heart and a suitable character. This is symbolic of how the “right to rule” and to cast judgment on others –the sword being judgment itself– is to be reserved only for those who understand how to properly wield it and whose intentions are deemed righteous by a higher power.
Dark: The Adversary
In its dark form, the Aler myth manifests as the adversary; the enemy and antithesis to the savior. In many cases he is also divinely chosen, but veers off course along his path. Both the light and dark aspects have comparable or equal supernatural power, but while the savior is beholden to the will of the people and placed in a position of authority by his good standing in the tribe, the adversary relies on his own power and desires the submission of others to his will. Practically speaking, this can manifest in the formation of crowds and gangs which are held together through intimidation rather than trust; both of which are capable of amassing incredible power. Thus, at a fundamental level, this mythical narrative represents an ideological difference between both sides of Fe and how they go about executing authority. The narrative becomes a battle between the strength of the light hero — who is enhanced and supported by the grace and love of his kin — pivoted against the strength of the dark hero who uses fear and control to gain a less authentic power from his own subordinates. The light side takes the route of vulnerability, love and self-sacrifice; allowing himself to be wounded by his comrades but developing fortitude of character through it as well as the respect of his clan. And the dark side takes the route of self-protection, of building up resilience against the world through an ever growing emotional chasm and manipulating people at a distance.