Tefnut arrived at an exquisite lake that seemed to have beckoned for her. The cool water in the lake comforted her; and the mysterious power within enchanted her. One day, she found a glittering gem under the lake. At the time, she did not know that the gem contained Ancestral Elements. She merely sensed a power originating from the gem surged into her body, running throughout. From that day onwards, she could stand on two feet and speak Human languages.
Excited to have experienced such a change, Tefnut could not wait to demonstrate it. She openly walked into a city, and witnessed all fleeing at the sight of her. She had forgotten that she was half-cat half-Human, not a complete one of either, so she failed to understand why the Humans were scared.
Just then, she felt as if someone was approaching, and the sight that she saw when she turned startled her. A crowd approached, nets in hand, frightening her into running. At the moment, the weather experienced a shift, as rain took the place of the sun.
Tefnut dashed forward without looking back. She jumped on walls, and crossed dark alleys like she had done when she was still a cat. However, she still could not shake them and instead, the number of pursuers increased! Almost entirely encircled, Tefnut could feel panic overwhelming her. The rain became heavier as if it manifested Tefnut’s mood. Finally, Tefnut was trapped in a dead-end with pursuers closing in with bats and nets...
Trapper: Hurry! Hem it in! Don’t let it get away!
Tefnut: Don’t come any closer! Leave me alone!
A gigantic net dropped onto Tefnut, snatching away her freedom. The more she struggled, the tighter the net wrapped. When the Humans cheered their successful capture, the sky and Tefnut herself cried desperate tears.
She was later sold to a circus. Since the circus crew knew she could speak, stand, and walk like a Human, they ordered her to pretend to be Human in her performances. If Tefnut refused, she would be whipped. Freedom had left her, and she felt the power she had was little different from a curse...
Depressed, she felt her life was hopeless. She had never thought that during one of her performances, incessant rain would cause nearby rivers to flood, bringing rush waters to their camp. Panic-stricken, the audience started fleeing; the circus crew, too busy claiming fees for the show or packing their valuables, was distracted and paid no attention to her. Tefnut seized the opportunity to escape.
Since her enslavement by the circus, it had been a long time since she had roamed freely on all four legs. The farther she ran from the terrifying place, the calmer she became. No longer occupied by the thought of escaping, Tefnut finally realized that the rain had stopped. All the dark clouds broke; the sky had finally become clear again.
Seizing her opportunity during the chaos, Tefnut had stealthily escaped from her captivity at the circus. However, the circus owner soon found out and started pursuing her. The circus crew were skilled in hunting animals, so they quickly back onto her trail from her scent and tracks. Tefnut was forced to hide in a forest to avoid capture.
Tefnut had her entire body pressed on the floor, her breath gradually slowed. She hid in a bush, and her eyes were peering into the surroundings. Potentially being discovered was terrifying to Tefnut, and the thought of being brought back to captivity was horrifying.
From gaps between leaves, Tefnut saw the circus owner and his men nearing. She held her breath, as the sound may reveal her location. Just then, heavy rain started pouring, suddenly collapsing the ground beneath her pursuers’ feet. In a split second, they were flushed into the river. The sight startled Tefnut, who hurriedly walked out from the bush.
Tefnut: ‘If they die here, no one will chase me ever again...’
The Humans tried to swim back to the coast to no avail. The current was too fast for them to swim as usual; drowning under the river was merely a matter of time.
Tefnut: ‘They are lives after all. How can I watch them die?’
Tefnut: Elves of Water! Please save them!
With much effort, Tefnut successfully carried the circus owner and all his men back to the shore. Panting, each tried to mentally recover from their near death experience. Bemused, the circus owner looked at Tefnut who was lying beside him:
: I treated you like that...and yet you still saved me...?
Tefnut: Though you’re a bad person...you are still a living creature...If I didn’t save you...I would be a worse person than you are...
The owner could not help laughing. Since his childhood, he had been ingrained with a belief: animals are mere money-generating tools. He had never imagined that someday, not only would an animal save his life, one would also teach him a principle of life.
Tefnut: Don’t come after me anymore! Or next time, I’ll let you die!
With that said, Tefnut journeyed on without looking back. The owner’s men became nervous over Tefnut’s diminishing figure. When they hurriedly rose to their feet and to give chase, the owner blocked their way. Although he valued money much, he still knew to repay kindness. The circus owner then left with his men. The sky turned clear again; pleasant sunlight shone on the path Tefnut traveled down, as if blessing her on her journey.
Since escaping from the circus’ hunt, Tefnut, guided by the power within her, had been proceeding towards an unknown destination. Learning from previous experience, Tefnut now only journeyed at nights, and would rest at secluded places during the day.
Against her better judgment, Tefnut helped a lost woman; however, this led to yet another chase. After some time, Tefnut met Shu and Seth, guardians of Ancestral Elements, by happenstance when she hid in a shrine.
Later, Shu decided to leave with Tefnut and together, they embarked on a journey around the realm. It was during this trip that they met Ra, who shared a similar goal — creating a “Utopia”. The idea resonated with Tefnut, who later decided to help him create the ideal accommodation.
Utilizing Ancestral Elements in Shu’s possession, they created a home where only beasts were permitted — Spiritual Civilization; and afterward, they stored the Ancestral Elements in a shrine.
Tefnut, Shu and Ra all agreed to select a priestess from the Civilization to serve as a bridge between them and their creations. The individual would also be responsible for guarding both the shrine and the Ancestral Elements inside. Ra assigned the duty of selection to Tefnut, believing that her objectivity and benevolence would help choose the most suitable candidate.
Tefnut: ‘The chosen priestess has to be one with a resolute mind and gentle heart.
Tefnut: Only then, would they not be tempted by the powerful or be negligent to the weak.’
Tefnut: Of all the candidates, only your mind has never faltered, and only you were willing to help other candidates.
Tefnut: Step up, individual! From now on, you shall be the priestess of this shrine, and deliver our will to your kind.
The black cat’s determination and kindness attracted Tefnut’s attention, prompting Tefnut to deem it the most suitable candidate for priestesshood. After a complicated screening process, Tefnut selected this black cat as the first priestess.
After ascending to Spiritual Civilization’s priestesshood, the black cat was responsible for relaying the Gods’ messages, divining for the tribes and guarding the shrine with the Ancestral Elements within. She enabled the tribes to avoid numerous crises.
Later, the priestess had a divination, predicting an upcoming raid by unknown creatures, which would throw the tribes into chaos. However, the prediction slipped quickly out of its as the beasts had always enjoyed isolation from others in the realm, never meeting other creatures. But, a Demon army did indeed invade.
As the black cat had not informed the beasts to prepare for the attack, their final victory was pyrrhic...Since then, black cats were deemed a sign of misfortune. The black cat did not only lose its status as a priestess, it also became an object of scorn to others.
The Spiritual Civilization thrived and developed into various tribes and species. They had lived in harmony, but gains in knowledge walked hand-in-hand with the growth of greed. Later, a tribal leader became deranged because of its innate frenzy factor. Its tribe members either died of its claws or fled.
Tefnut wandered in the lands deserted by the tribe. The sight stirred her heart: she had never thought that all they had built and protected would have ended shattered, left without a trace...
She walked to the center of the deserted lands and closed her eyes; views of the tribes’ past prosperity replayed in her mind. For a moment, it was as if she could once again hear the joyful laughter of tribe members playing, and perhaps the warm smiles of peaceful life. However, it was all history now. She sighed before sitting down in meditation, thinking back to her aim and experience...
Tefnut: ‘The beasts were able to stand on two feet and speak like I did in the first place.’
Tefnut: ‘Later, we shared myriad knowledge with them. It was not until then did the tribes truly start to prosper.’
Tefnut: ‘The first war of the beasts...Their close collaboration and mutual trust led them to victory.
Tefnut: Though it was pyrrhic, they successfully protected their land.’
Tefnut: ‘However, since then, the war cost them their innocence. Evil and greed began to surface...’
Reminiscing about the past, Tefnut finally found the exit to the maze of confused thoughts — “Utopia” had never existed; natural selection was a part of life. The true meaning of life was to unleash one’s potential and advance through incessant competition. Over-caring would merely hinder development; only through moderate pain can growth continue.
Tefnut adopted rain as her incarnation. Raindrops were her eyes, helping her monitor the scattered beasts; the falling of rain was her silent blessing and protection, guarding over the Spiritual Beasts.