So I got this idea last night, not sure if I’m going to write it or not, but I also kinda like it? It’s a bit iffy, as some parts seem cool, but it also feels anticlimactic, so I wanted to ask what your opinion on this is?
In the village they worshiped an ancient creature, pure hearted and believed it bestowed upon them fortune and health. Jain was a devoted man; he prayed, offered way more than necessary, and dedicated his entire existence to his god. Most left him be, viewing him as harmless, if not a little unstable. In Jain’s eyes, the measly otherings at the shrine were not enough, they didn’t hold the right value. They were disgraceful.
Enter his brother, Lore, born with the gift, he acts as a communicator for their god. He’s loved, kind hearted, and has a connection to nature, able to feel the pain of every living thing; from a creature in pain, to a flower crushed by foot.
Once, long ago, the brother’s were close. Over time, through one-sided jealously, they grew apart. Jain couldn’t understand why Lore was chosen, not him , when he’s devoted his entire existence to his god. Worshiped it. And yet, he received nothing in return.
Things take a dark turn during the yearly festival, when every villager must make an offering, and those who are most genuine will receive the greatest luck and fortune. Jain’s is denied. Lore’s shines, and is enveloped in a golden light, showing purity and in Jain’s eyes, superiority.
That night, in fit of blind rage and jealousy, he snaps and murders Lore, using the very knife he’d crafted as a offering.
Moments later, everything turns grey. The harvests rot, clouds crowd the sky, brutal winds destroy structures and wild fire sprout at random from the earth. Outside, a being engulfed in flames, with wide wings and flaring eyes appears, screeching in anger. When it turns to face Jain, it breaths golden flames that surround him.
Jain wakes up in a smouldering, rocky place, a golden glowing scroll in his hands. It reads of redemption, and the possibility of Lore’s soul… if Jain can pass through seven trials, without any failures, he will be spared and given the chance resurrect his brother, but with a catch: the last trail, the one that will have the final say, is Lore’s forgiveness.