Four Deadly Streams Picture

Early studies/sketches for the Four Deadly Streams of Helladeas, originated aeons ago in the planet of Helladeas. They are secretly the keepers of the planet, they manipulate the Hidden Elements (listed by the Telchines as five: Orichalcum, Panacea, Rasa, Xnobius and Serapel) and shape the hydrosphere, atmosphere and simulate a magnetosphere on it, therefore defining pretty much the biosphere, through rather inner influence (i.e through relations of beings with environments through emotion) than outer ones.

Living way beyond the depths of the Helladean populated seas, they are kept hidden by the rivers of the underworld, deposits from which they use to craft their ways to influence the planet as a whole. The rivers are the traditional Cocytus, Phlegeton, Lethes and Styx, which run under the turbulent Acheron (where there are layers of populated mining colonies) and within the wide Oceanus.

There's only one point in Helladeas which goes unnafected by the streams, and that's where an accident occurred which nearly revealed them, some 60 centuries to the date. They are actually divisions of Hydros, Who came to be Water. Each incarnation of the streams is fated to, one day, cease to be and become an avatar of Hydros himself. When that happens, Chaos becomes nearer to the tactile reality then Hydros must choose new individuals to take the role and continue crafting dreams, joys, and enticing emotions from within the people.

The streams are ambiguous, but split in four:
Life - Procreation: Here it is Eros, on left, above. Maybe the first stream to be, symmetric to Chaos (scissor force of reproduction through schizo-genesis), it is about reproduction through joining and is a binding element, it is the wish rather than the will and might be enticed but never achieved.

Illusion - Dream: Here it is Morpheus, right under Eros. Similarly to the other, it is based on enticed ideals and less tactile worlds. However, it is deadly enough to lock one individual to objects, to singularities, and to itself. Its prey are all, it forges realities and limits understanding.

Sleep - Death: Here it is Hypnos, on the right, above. The devourer of will, it is both physical and mental state of comfort, and eventually of death. Turning from Hypnos to Thanatos, this stream preys on those which waste their lives too often in routines or are unable to face a world without it. Cyclical or perennial, these forces dissolve individuality as Lethes does to the soul.

Strife - Fear: Here it is Phobos, under on the right. It is the break of reciprocity, generates and comes from fear on self cause. This is the rupture of relations, when neither love, persuasion or merely communication work out. It is more an unaligned, uncontrollable inner influence rather than determinism's tell of the environment. It is all about perception and like Dream might become all too real and necessary for those affected by it.

They are kept hidden yet are way more influential than the champion Olympians themselves. Few ventured to conquer them or to reach the Mount of the Far-Seeing, where they don't touch anything. At a point in time, a certain Chthonian Triton will venture his way through their dark caves...
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