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12.5.13 The Aerinewild
At the beginning of Time, when the forests were being created, Gaia looked at the job She had to do and created a Celani named Demeter. Demeter was assigned to take the fledgling forests and teach their spirits how to care for their charges. Demeter looked at the task and created another forest in which the nine sister spirits could grow unhindered by the rest of creation. Thus came about the Aerinewild. When the nine forest spirits were nearly grown, a great elemental imbalance threatened to undo all of the natural world as Gaia had created it. Fearing for the safety of the forest spirits, She came to Demeter and asked for her help in sealing the Aerinewild by a magical spell. This was necessary because the Lord of Elements, Agatheis, had previously been transformed into a unicorn, and was unable to control the growing imbalance in the elemental fields. Demeter, realising the urgency of the situation, relinquished much of her essence to Gaia, and the spell was cast to bind the entrance of the Aerinewild for eternity. At the departure of the Earthmother, the magic binding the Aerinewild faltered. Solely supported by the dreams of the sleeping Demeter, the forest had continued to prosper inside the seal. As the seal got weaker and weaker, the forest spirit which the sisters had created was unable to sustain it. Finally, with a great shake, the seal collapsed and the forest was revealed. When the sleeping Celani was awakened into a Goddess, She brought forth from Her being a spirit to watch over the Aerinewild. Called Eupheme, she was created in the likeness of Demeter and thus able to support the sacred place where all of the forests stemmed from. The forest remains unspoiled by outsiders, and it is said that the entrance to the ancient temple of Demeter is hidden within its tangled vines and ancient trees.