BOOK OF ORIGIN
The Book of Origin is the holy text of the Origin religion which proclaims, "Hallowed are the Ori." The Book weaves religious doctrines into simple, fable-like narratives with characters that are meant to be identifiable with a common individual. The parables teach that meditation on one's worth and significance is the path of righteousness toward a state of higher being. Followers of Origin are taught that the path to enlightenment is laid out in the Book of Origin, and all one need do to achieve ascension is follow its teachings. The text is written in the language of the Ori, also the language of the Ancients. Daniel, as an authority on the Ancient language, has studied the Book of Origin extensively, and is able to quote from it fluently. Following are a few quotations taken from the Book of Origin:
- Make yourself one with the path, and the journey will lead you to eternity.
- Those who seek the path to enlightenment must not be led astray.
- Truth eludes he who does not seek it with both eyes wide.
- Aroden then took off the mask and revealed his face. "Your appearance matters not," he said, "only the truth of spirit in your heart."
- And those who are prideful and refuse to bow down shall be laid low and made unto dust.
- Then did Tyolus say to the people of the low plains, "Seek not wickedness amongst your neighbors, lest it find purchase in your own house."
- He spoke to the sky and said, "And the people shall deliver unto you the wicked for your divine judgment, where their sins shall be weighed in the balance of all that is just and true."
- So it came to pass that Ver Omesh was gripped by a great famine. So Markon went to the prophet Articus and asked to go to the forest for food. The prophet bade him be patient, for the Ori provide for all who have faith. But Markon did not believe. So the prophet drew a line in the sand and told him, "Step across and you may do as you wish." So Markon did, and left the village, and feasted on wild berries. But the food was bitter and did not satisfy him. He longed to return to the village, but found that the line had widened to a great chasm. He called out to the prophet in fear, but the prophet said, "The line has not changed. It is you who have changed. Step across if you truly believe." So Markon prayed for forgiveness and took the first step. And the hands of the Ori enveloped all those who welcomed him back.
Line in the Sand,