The Goddess in the Soil

When the goddess fell from the heavens, the incredible weight of her body caused a deep impression in the earth. The trees splintered under her, the soil parted like water and even the rock beneath the soil cracked.

Millions made the weeks long pilgrimage to view her entire body. Her magnificent face was too large to be taken in from any one location. Her golden hair stretched for a mile beyond the canyon she had created. It shined so brightly in the sun that the first men to arrive to view her were blinded. Some cults insisted you start your pilgrimage at the head, others insisted you start at the feet. Sometimes violence broke out between them.

Every part of her body was a paragon of beauty except her hands. Each hand had six fingers which seemed to have incredibly long, curling nails. However, a closer inspection of the fingers revealed them to be arms. In fact they were perfect replicas of the arms they were attached to, each with six arms for fingers themselves. These arms, too, ended in six more arms and so on, spreading in hydra-like infinity until they were too small to be seen.

Some hypothesized that it was this monstrous part of the goddess that caused her to be cast down from the heavens, but it was this part of her that caused the most interest among humans. Many set up camp there at her hands, never continuing their pilgrimage any further up or down the length of her.

The goddess herself never moved from her bed of soil and rock. Whether this was due to the crushing force of gravity, the immense task of circulating blood and oxygen through her earth bound body, or perhaps just the pain of her fate will never be known. She lies there still, the beating of her heart walking plates off dinner tables and the occasional whispered moan shaking the entire continent.