The Shifting Effect
Wolf Shifters, the new craze in the world today right? Still, no matter what anyone says or believes they are not the original shifters. Where life began is also where the first changeling or shifter was created. Supernatural beings were created by five goddesses, the Moon, the Sun, the Light, the Truth, and their mother Lilith, or Mother Nature. Now, by no mean did they create humanity. That was the good Lord herself, but the evil that tried to infect her creations began to outnumber her Angels. So she imbued Lilith, the first wife of Adam, with the power and immortality of Angels.
She had four daughters, Mazikeen, Tamar, Lilim, and Ariel. Now these four women have been demonized throughout history as evil. This was because of Adam. He wanted a woman he could command but Lilith was his equal. Ariel, Tamar, Lilim, and Mazikeen’s father was none other than Samael, or as the easily manipulated call him the devil, but there is nothing evil about him, Lilith or his children. Now Mazikeen, Tamar, Lilim, and Ariel are what people call Nephilim, half human and half Angel, because Lilith was once human.
Mazikeen became the moon goddess. Mazikeen had pale flawless skin. She was breathtakingly beautiful. She had long hair white hair that flowed like a waterfall, green eyes that sparkled like gems and curves like a river. She was indeed beautiful. Then there was Ariel, who was named after her Uncle Uriel. Again, she was another beauty. Her skin was the color of obsidian and eyes that danced with literal fire in them. Her hair defied gravity as it reached towards the sun. She was the tallest of her sisters with a curvy muscular frame that exuded femininity. Tamar, the good of Truth was Mazikeen’s twin. They were exact physical replicas of each other and differed only in eye color. While Mazikeen had green eyes Tamar’s eyes were a blinding silver. Lastly, the youngest and most mischievous is the goddess of Light, Lilim. She was short, pleasantly plump and blessed with a myriad of curves. This is why every shifter female has such great figures! She had beautiful brown almond shaped eyes with sun kissed skin. Long flowy red hair that had fire red highlights throughout. The children of Lilith were as beautiful on the outside as they were on the inside.
The Sun Goddess created the Dragons or Dragoni in Yoruba. Fire ran through her veins. The first dragon was an exiled woman. She was victim of rape. She lay on the ground beaten. Her slender ebony body beaten and bloody as she fought for each breath she took.
The Sun Goddess asked, “What ills you warrior? If you have the energy to cry then you can get up and walk!” She thundered.
The woman responded, “I am lost. No one would listen. No one felt pity for me. My family will no longer have me. I am lost.” She was further victimized by her family when they choose to side with her rapist. No one would listen and no one cared because her rapist was the prince.
The Sun goddess became enraged. She asked, “Warrior! What would bring your soul peace? The woman said, “Fire. I want them all to burn. Not one soul should be spared. I want to set the kingdom ablaze.”
The goddess asked, “And what of the children? Would you sentence the innocent to the same punishment? What is your name woman?”
She said, “Aso, like the wife of Anansi. The children are innocent.” She thought about what to do because she indeed wanted them all, especially the prince and her family, to burn. She remembered the legend of the dragoni and then decided that she wanted to use fire to only punish the evil in the heart of those who would allow the harming of the innocent.
The Sun goddess realized that the warrior could assist her family in their fight for humanity against the Darkness.
“You will become a Dragoni, the first. You will have two forms and both will be strong. You will not be able to breathe fire or ice while you are in human form. Still, no weapon made by humanity will harm you. What will you call the first Dragoni Warrior?”
Aso named her dragon, “Ola. Ola was the name of my grandfather. He was the captain of the warriors for 50 years. Thus the first were dragon was created.
The Moon goddess heard of the warrior that her sister created and realized that this was a smart move. They needed help stopping the darkness that preyed upon the mortals. She then decided to create a warrior of her. She then became the creator of the werewolves. After a battle with demons from the ice north, she came upon a warrior who was injured trying to save her people from a corrupted Chief and the Chief’s evil council. She was beaten and left to die. The Moon goddess asked, “Who are you and why are you injured child? What harm has befallen you?
“I am Wimba a Lakota warrior. My Chief is evil to the core and hurts his people. He cares nothing about his tribe. The women who are not warriors are raped or forced to be prostitutes by the council. Our men are emasculated and treated like animals. They are forced to fight each other to entertain the Chief and his council. Out of arrogance, I made a mistake and challenged the Chief’s ability to rule. I was confident that he would fight me one on one.” The warrior scoffed as she continued her story. “I was a fool to think an unscrupulous man would have honor and accept the challenge. He instead sent his footmen to my home. Where my children and my husband slept and took their lives. My babies are gone and I am alone in this world. All I want to do is die.”
The Moon goddess heard the sorrow in her cries and went to her. Wimba to a deep breath and looked up to the Moon Goddess and plead, “Please save my village! They are being slaughtered at the hands of our Chief. No one is safe. I tried to fight for them, but I was not strong enough. Please help us.”
After hearing her tragic story, she looked up and saw an old female wolf watching them. The wolf, Nyaay, came looking for an easy meal when she smelled the blood, but instead heard the story of the warrior. She too was a warrior for her pack before she became the leader. Nyaay knew she did not have much longer as leader and instead offered her strength as a wolf to the fallen warrior.
Then there is the Truth Goddess who created the were bears. She was tracking a vampire and demon nest when she came upon an old man sitting next a bear. There was no aggression only peace. The goddess asked, “What are you doing? Why are you not attacking each other?
The man stated, “I have raised her since she was a cub. But now I am dying and I want to say goodbye to my longtime friend.”
The goddess asked, “How did you become this bear’s father?”
“I was in my garden when I saw two bears fighting. One was smaller than the other so I assumed that the smaller was a female. Turns out I was right. When I when to inspect the bear she was dying but still breathing. She was looking at a little bundle of brown fur that was shivering in fear. I went and I picked her up and I told the mother bear that she could let go because I will be there to watch over her daughter. She is my child, the flesh of my heart. And unfortunately I will have to leave her alone.” He said with a sob as he looked as he looked at the young bear with adoration.
The goddess then asked, “What is the one thing in this would that would make your life complete?” The old man took several moments to think about what would make his already happy life even more complete. He looked up and told her, I want my child to live happily. I want to leave this world knowing that she can live forever.”
“I cannot promise that there will be light every day of her life, but I can promise that it will be short lived. Go in peace. Your soul will reincarnate one day and she will recognize your soul. You will be an elder among your people. What is your name?”
“My name is Gen He Qu.” He replied.
The Truth goddess took the old man’s life bead and he passed away. The bear cried out in sorrow so heavy it was tangible. Yet as she mourned the goddess transferred the old man’s life bead to the bear.
“Speak child, what is your name?” asked the goddess.
The woman looked at her and wondered how she was to speak when she is a bear. The Moon goddess laughed. It sounded like water lightly light tapping glass. She responded, “You are no longer just a bear. Your father gave his humanity to you. Because he was such an amazing man I granted his wish for you to be immortal. As long as you live your life with kindness and truth your immortality will always be yours.”
“He always called me Lin Shan Liu, willow forest, because that is where he found me.” Shan Liu said. She wondered why her voice was similar to the goddess’s voice.
The goddess listened to her thought and laughed. She then said, “I like the sound of my own voice. You even look like me. Your outer appearance is a combination of human father and me. Look in the water.”
Shan Liu went to the lake and saw that she did favor the goddess and her father. Her tanned complexion was because of her father. But she had his half-moon eyes that sparkled like stars. The goddess continued to talk as Lin Shan Liu continued to look at herself.
“There is also a voice with you. There will forever be two parts of your psyche. There is the human Shan Liu and then there is your bear. What will you call her?”
“Lipin that will be her name because it just means bear. Hello I am Shan Liu. It is nice to have a forever friend.”
“Hello Liu’er, I am happy to be your forever friend.” Lipin replied back. The first were bear was created.
Lastly was the Light Goddess. She saw that her sisters chose the best women of humanity that was best to protect the world. Still, she knew that she could not just choose anyone. A decision such as this could result in the destruction of the world. It took the Light goddess 1700 years after the first shifter was created before she found someone who met her standards. She was a warrior, a mother and an outcast. She held no anger or resentment towards the people who made her a pariah. She fought for them and protected them. Her children watched as she worked tirelessly and never received a thank you. When she fell in battle a tiger carried her to the Light goddess.
“Who are you child? Why are you in this state?” she asked.
“I am Sujana. We are at war and I was overcome. I fought and died like a warrior. But my children, they are alone. No one will care for them.”
“Why would they not take care of a warrior’s children?” You fought for their freedom.”
“My tribe calls me a cursed woman. My husband died after our two twin daughters were born. I tried, I tried so hard to overcome that shadow. I took up his spear and fought alongside my brothers and other men of the tribe. It was not enough. But my husband would have been proud. I would have accepted this fate with no complaints if they had not dragged my body back so that my children would see what they did to my body and blamed it on the enemies. They proved that they really are beasts!”
The Light goddess listened to the cries of her children and knew she found her warrior. The Light goddess sent the panther to bring the two children to her that night along with two more female tigers. The Goddess took the spirit of the panther and put it in her warrior and her children. The first were cat was created.
When Lilith found out that her children had created warriors to battle the Darkness she became very proud. She called for them all to meet her and their father Samael. The goddesses would go to the home they grew up in, which is now modern day Ghana. Their home was a castle. Yet it held the warmth of a cabin. It stood six stories tall and was made of red clay bricks. When walking onto the property a trail leads you to the front door. The trail however, is in the jungle. Big shiny green leaves fan you towards the propter. Flowers of every color kiss the leaves that are further into the trees. The trail is made of smooth grey stones. As you get closer to the castle the jungle disappears and a manicure lawn with jewel tone grass appears. Bright blue and snow white peacocks strut around the grounds. Evenly cut bushes with purple flowers line the perimeter of the property. Baobab trees that stood over a thousand feet tall lined the walkway. Clipped gardenia bushes welcomed them at the front door with Lilith and Samael.
She wanted to bestow a gift to the warriors in thanks for their service and future sacrifices. They will lose children, grandchildren, lovers and friends. But this gift will that she has for them will make every hurt bearable and give them the strength to fight harder. As usual the first to come is Ariel and her warrior dragon, Aso. Next was Mazikeen with her warrior wolf Wimba. Followed by Tamar and Lin Shan Liu, and last, Lilim with her warrior cats Sujana and her children.
Lilith watched with pride as the group stood in front of them.
“My daughters, you have done me proud. Darkness spreads so easily and is so hard to contain. You chose the gems of humanity in fighting back this evil. I do not dare disregard the hardships you will face in the future and the love you may lose because of this never ending war. However, Samael and I have decided that no soul is completed without the other half of it. You will each find a soulmate. This person will love you, will fight with you and will die for you. No one will ever catch your attention because you will be whole.” Lilith paused and looked at their surprised faces.
“Each warrior will form their own groups. Those who wholeheartedly want to fight for you will become a thunder, a pack, a claw, or a sleuth. They too will experience the joy of having a soulmate. So will our daughters.” She smiled once again at the outrage on Ariel’s face. Her other daughters looked hopeful. She thought to herself, “This will be interesting.”
“However, with this blessing, you will not be the only supernaturals to have a mate. So will those in the Darkness. This is because a soulmate will make the light stronger and weaken the Darkness. Aren’t we smart?” She asked with a smirk.
“Mother, I understand the warriors having soulmates, but we have work to do and love will get in the way of us being successful!” Ariel spat.
“The idea of soulmates came to us because of you my love. You are the most loving of all of us, yet you put walls up with your sisters and even your mother and father. Love will weaken the walls and you will be happy. It has been seen.” Lilith said earnestly.
Ariel, still not happy, but the prospect of love and being happy pacified her for the moment.
“However, if you are your warriors reject the soul mate that we have blessed you with then you will be punished. That person will find a second chance mate, but you will not. You will feel pain each time they are intimate with their new mate. Now if you reject them, not because you want someone else but because they have a low moral point, you will not feel this pain. With you warriors being the first, you will have immortality. Your direct bloodline will also experience immortality, but they can succumb to weapons made by humanity. Only a goddess or God himself may take your life. Those in your tribe will live lives of 500 years” Lilith continued.
“Your goddesses will set rules that you will follow for each group. They are your leaders and your true protectors. That is all, you may leave. Ariel you stay.” Lilith said as she and Samael walked out of the room.
Samael sat back and watched his mate and his children with pride. God gave him this woman and he thanks him for her every single day. She is more than beautiful to him. Her onyx skin and silver eyes are stunning. Full pouty lips and a curvaceous body that he takes pleasure in everyday he can, has him addicted. He felt that he was indeed a blessed man.
“Father, please tell me you did not cosign this ridiculous idea of me being a wife and a mother! There is so much to do and I will not be dominated by some man who wants a little wife to bear him children and fix his dinner!” Said an enraged Ariel.
“Fire, what have always to you that will make you stronger? Asked Samael using the nickname he gave her when she was born.
“God is love and love will always make you stronger, never weaker.” She replied back.
“Then why would your mother and I, the people who love you most, wish for your unhappiness? Why would we give someone to you so that you can become weak? You have been out in humanity so long that you only see the few relationships that were wrong. This is because they chose the wrong person for them.”
“So I have no say in who I love. That is what you two are saying to me. You will pick someone for me because I need to be complete according to you. What am I lacking now? I have love! I have my sisters, my parents and my warrior. Where am I lacking?” She said out of breath.
“Baby girl, you are not lacking. But your soul is lonely. I see it every time you look at a happily married couple. Your mother and I came up with this idea because we want that envy wiped away from your heart. Who knows you better than your mother and me? Please give this a try. If the partner we choose is not your heart, then we will take that person away.”
“Please Ariel, try.” Lilith pleaded.
“Ok mama.” Sighed Ariel as hugged her mother.