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The Santo-Dominian Fables are a big collection of legendary stories and folklore that were first told during different times, eras and periods of Santo-Dominian history. Throughout the times, these stories have survived, some because of popularity, some because of extensive records, and all because of how good they are. Now, Visit Santos-Dominius has partnered with the Santo-Dominian Institute for Arts, Humanities and Culture to release these stories in the form of this collection. Be ready to enjoy Santo-Dominian fiction and folklore at its finest and most presentable.

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story #1

[santosia and dominium]

Long, long, long ago, before the first humans settled on the islands we now call Santos-Dominius, the islands were inhabited by a group of gods living there. These were the powerful gods who descended from heaven to create the Santo-Dominian archipelago. There were seven gods, and they were: Saxilon, god of creation; Palatina, goddess of fate; Arlancia, goddess of happiness and nature; Ubuntinius, god of hate and destruction; Oporil, god of weather and the seas; Rechs, the god of war; and Santosia, goddess of love.

Every day, the gods were living on the islands, nourishing and cherishing it. As the years flew by, however, the gods were beset by loneliness, and the gods met to discuss Arlancia's proposal of creating fairies to help them manage the archipelago. Ubuntinius enthusiastically supported the idea, given that he could create hate between the fairies and gods, bringing him great fun after years of creating boring hate between the gods themselves. Rechs too announced his support, for he could have new playthings to create war between.

Unsurprisingly, Palatina, Oporil and Saxilon all disagreed with the proposal. Palatina feared that she would not be able to handle the increased workload, as she had already been tired by years and years of determining the fate of plants, animals and nature all over the world. Oporil stated that since the fairies would live on land, he would therefore be equally lonely regardless of the creation of fairies. He refused to support the proposal unless mermaids were created instead, a counterproposal which Arlancia rejected as that would bring her loneliness.

Saxilon ultimately decided against the proposal, citing the reason that the creation of fairies would take all his energy and powers, and cause him to permanently lose the status of a god. With three people in favour of the proposal and three people against it, the deciding vote was held by Santosia. She agreed to the proposal, saying that she would be honoured to create love and romance between more creatures. And so, the fairies were created in Santos-Dominius.

Years after, on one fair day, Santosia walked on the largest island in the archipelago. She had always admired the beauty of it, from the beaches to the mountains. She was attempting to create a little shrine as a gift to Arlancia, who created the island, when something bumped into her. She turned around, and was mesmerised by the most beautiful fairy she had ever seen, a handsome male called by the name of Dominium.

Both of them knew it was love at first sight. Santosia believed that Palatina had blessed her and led her to the love of her life. From that day onwards, the goddess of love fell terribly in love with the fairies she promised to introduce romance to. They would play island-hopping. They would befriend animals and listen to the whispers of plants. But in the eyes of the gods, Santosia had made a big mistake. To fall in love with a creation of your own self, the gods thought, was a most unforgivable sin, one that would call for harsh punishment.

Santosia was summoned to a hasty meeting of the gods. She was angrily reprimanded by Oporil, who held the belief that the gods were superior to their creations and therefore must not indulge in romance with them, which would - in his opinion - diminish their superiority. She was warned that one more romantic encounter with Dominium would result in Palatina giving their relationship a terrible fat. Santosia lashed out, calling out the gods and angrily storming out of the meeting.

After the meeting, the goddess of love was haunted by her inability to go to her own lover. She yearned for the chance to see him again, and when the gods set off on a trip and left her alone on the biggest island, she flew to Dominium. But right after they finally reunited, the weather rapidly darkened and the waves started growing more and more violent. As the couple was about to share a kiss, a thunderous bolt of lightening struck Dominium, instantaneously turning him into a pile of nothing but glowing ash and dust. The waves crashed against the shore, sweeping the ash forever out to sea, where Santosia could not reach at all. He had been killed by Ubuntinius' lightning and Oporil's waves.

Santosia was distraught. She tried to have Saxilon, Arlancia and Palatina, who were sympathetic to her, to revive Dominium, but it was out of their control. Palatina explained that once she had set the fate of someone, it was impossible for anyone - even her - to change it or take it back, for that was the nature of fate. Santosia decided that if she could not get her lover back, she would remember him in spirit. She named the biggest island "Santos", after herself, and named the southern archipelago "Dominius".

Santosia also repaid the sympathy and support of her fellow gods. When Saxilon created humans to apologise for deciding against the proposal to create fairies, Santosia had the first two ancient city-states, Saxilonia and Palatinium, named after Saxilon and Palatina respectively. The beautiful city of St. Arlaine, nestled in the northern part of Dominius, was named after Arlancia, who tried her best in vain to obtain Dominium's ash from the seas. Rechs, who failed to help her, did not get anything named after him, and neither did Ubuntinius or Oporil.

And this tragedy, one that happened thousands and thousands of years ago, is rumoured to be the reason why Santos-Dominius is named so. Today, Saxilonia and Palatinium have become Sasslen and Palain respectively, while St. Arlaine has survived throughout the ages, something superstitious citizens claim to be as a result of divine protection from Arlancia. Nobody knows if this fable is real or not, but it is certainly one that has survived through the ages, earning it the right to be called a Santo-Dominian fable.

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