Lore:Children of the Root

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Added links to the Dragon God and the Dragons. Changed the link for the Shadow from Sithis to the Missing God, who dies for creation's sake at the end of the story.
Atak named Kota for what it was: serpent! It put roots through the serpent's eyes. But Kota was old and strong like the root, and had grown fangs while it was away. It bit Atak. They coiled around each other. From their struggle, new things came to be. Atak learned things Kota had learned, including hunger, and so it bit Kota back. They ate and roiled for so long they became one and forgot their conflict.
They shed their skin and severed their roots and called themselves [[Lore:Akatosh|Atakota]], who said "{{Lore Link|Aurbis|Maybe}}."
When Atakota said this, the skin it had shed knew itself. It ate the severed roots and even though it was dead, it followed Atakota like a shadow.
Atakota continued to roil, and each of its scales was a world that it devoured. But now Atakota was not in conflict, and things had time to begin and end. [[Lore:SithisLorkhan|The shadow]] wished it could eat these things, but its belly was full of roots that were growing.
When the shadow could bear it no longer, it swam closer to Atakota and spat out the roots. Now that its belly was empty, the shadow almost ate them again and everything else it saw. But it had come to see the roots as its own after carrying them, so instead it told them secrets and went to sleep.
The spirits grew so desperate and hungry that they tore at Atakota's skin and drank of its blood. They ate until they broke Atakota, so that Atak remembered growing, and Kota remembered being nothing. There was conflict again, and from the spirits Atak and Kota learned about Death, so there was violence, blood, and sap.
In the chaos the spirits were lost and afraid, so they ate others and themselves. They drank of blood and sap, and {{Lore Link|Dragon|they grew scales and fangs and wings}}. And these spirits forgot why they had made anything other than to eat it.
There were other spirits that still clung to what they were and what they had made. A {{Lore Link|Y'ffre|forest spirit}} came and saw that the roots loved their children like she loved {{Lore Link|Bosmer|hers}}, so she taught them to walk and talk. They told her secrets with new words, and she sang the song back to them. The roots woke up when they heard this, and joined with the forest.