As the majority of the group finished their tea and cookies, Hex began to user her wings to gently fly about, while Free observed the cat, but kept quiet for the time being as the ladies talked. Though he was clearly a guy with guy-like interests, seemingly board with the conversation, he behaved for now.
Medeia's question was a good one, as both Temperance and Grandma took an interest. Temperance knew the tale, as any Umbra Witch born in the coven knew. Much of it fell into lore and myth rather than truth since its been so long. Still, it was important. Grandma let out a deep breath as she realized the importance of the tale. "Ah, the history of the Umbra Witches is a long and ancient one. I doubt there are many who are among the original but I shall tell you what is told." she said as she raised a wrinkly finger to a bookshelf.
From it-- where Hex flew, the book shifted and flew into the air. "MREOW!" Hex gasped as the book surprised her, and Free laughed as the cat spiraled head over heels in t he air.
Softly, the book landed before Temperance, Medeia and Grandma. The pages soon opened to reveal ancient illustrations drawn in the yellowing pages. "The history of the Umbra Witches, is as old as the tales of light and darkness itself. Back when the world was young and man still had not grown beyond mere animals in ingenuity or magic, the world was constructed by 3 powers-- light, darkness, and chaos. Naturally, the world we live in now is the world of chaos. No one can say who truly pulled the strings in that time, but the clans had yet to be. There were rumors that a god who oversaw this world-- looked to humans with adoration. Or perhaps, gods in this case. " Grandman explained and gently willed the pages to fold, revealing a bright light-- and two gems. "Man was young, but full of untapped potential, but lacked free will-- so a great conflict occurred with the powers above, and the result entrusted two treasures. "The Eye of Light", and the "Eye of Darkness". Both of these treasures were blessed to each of humanity's instincts, and we began our first true steps to prosperity."
The next picture showed, revealing two groups of people, one with violet clothing, and ones with white and golden colors, each head of them reached out holding one of the two gems. "With the birth of the gems, the shackles that held back humanity's free will was forever severed, but the guardians to these treasures-- the gems that could not only define history but create it as well-- were held by two clans. These clans became known as the Umbra Witches, who held the eye of darkness, and the Lumen Sages, who held the eye of light. "
"At the start, both clans cooperated. But with free will, came greed, distain, envy, and a lust for power. No one is sure how or why this happened. Perhaps the Lumen sages grew fearful of the Witch's sworn nature to the darkness, or perhaps the angels to whom the Lumen Sages sworn alliegance with were disatisfied with the covenant to the dark and the sages were forced to act. But even though the two clans were forged with the best of intentions to safeguard humanity's future-- it was soon shattered and war broke loose between the two. "
The next page revealed a depiction of the wars between the witches, sages, angels and demons. "The clans exchanged blows many times in history, each one losing sages and sisters alike. Eventually, the bloodshed stops but still skirmishes still existed. Regardless of that, the true purpose between the clans existed... to safeguard the world from those beyond, and from itself. Can you guess why, such a task was given to both the forces of light AND darkness?" She asked, looking to Temperance.
She knew the answer all too well. It was what motivated her and what she learned as being a fledgling Umbra Witch. "Because people can be corrupted by light, just as much as anyone can be by darkness. Evil isn't exclusive to one or the other. The purpose of the two was to preserve balance in the world." she answered.
Grandma gave a sage-like nod. "Indeed, little one... " she said as she looked up in rememberence. "I myself lived during that time of bloody war. Even the midsts of it all, I remembered the parts in which I played. Still, I never forgot that reason. Some witches either didn't see the same, or considered it self defense. Either way, the treasure each clan holds, is why the other tends to aim for their throats. Both sides, to some degree, lost sight of the true history we had been charged with. " she explained.