The Tapestry

The Tapestry is a legend told by Karhulaulu the Haltia

Long ago there was a Seamstress who spends all of her time weaving tapestries. She gathers the finest threads around and sews the most wonderful tapestries. But one night, she's looking out at the mortal world and sees the lit-up sky.

"How lovely!" The Seamstress says, "The sky up there dances with lights! If only I could capture the dancing lights in my tapestry!"

So the Seamstress gathers her finest threads and for seven days she weaves and dyes and works. Fifteen tapestries she goes through, but none of them are quite right. Casting aside her failed tapestries, she climbs a nearby mountain to think. There, she encounters a Wind Spirit.

"Oh Wind Spirit!" she beseeches, "For seven days I have tried to weave a tapestry to match the lights in the skies of the Mortal Realm! But none of my efforts have bore fruit! None of the colors seem right! You must tell me if you've seen anything here I can use!"

The Wind Spirit thinks, and then speaks. "I have seen the feathers of Raven Spirit dance and glimmer in the sky. Perhaps you could convince him to part with some of his feathers." Thanking the Wind Spirit, the seamstress goes to seek out Raven Spirit.

'The Seamstress climbs down the mountain and enters a forest. There, she finds Raven Spirit preening himself in a tree. "Raven Spirit!" the Seamstress cries out, "I beseech you! Let me have some of your feathers so I may weave a Tapestry like the night sky in the Mortal Realm!"

The Raven Spirit looks at her and scoffs. "I cannot part with any of my feathers! I need them to keep warm when I fly through the valley! The Ice Spirit there always keeps his valley so cold!"

The Seamstress thinks. "What if I could get Ice Spirit to not make his valley so cold when you fly through?"

The Raven Spirit nods happily. "If you could do that, I would happily give you some of my feathers for your Tapestry!"

The Seamstress leaves the forest and enters the valley. She pulls her fur cloak tight around her as she searches. Soon, in a crevice at the foot of the mountain, she finds Ice Spirit.

"Ice Spirit!" The Seamstress cries out, "I beseech you! You make your valley so cold that Raven Spirit must keep all his feathers! Can you make your valley warmer when he flies by so I may weave a Tapestry like the night sky in the Mortal Realm?"

'The Ice Spirit scoffs. "I must make it this cold! Otherwise Stag Spirit will come here and eat all the grass I lay my frost on!" The Ice Spirit motions towards a field of grass kissed with a layer of white frost.
The Seamstress thinks. "What if I were to get Stag Spirit to graze elsewhere?"

The Ice Spirit nods. "Yes, if you can do that, I will make it warmer for Raven Spirit! I'll even give you some of my frost for your Tapestry!"

The Seamstress departs the valley and enters the field. There, she sees Stag Spirit, digging at the ground with one of his green horns.

"Stag Spirit!" The Seamstress cries out, "I beseech you! Can you graze elsewhere and Ice Spirit's grass alone so I may weave a Tapestry like the night sky in the Mortal Realm!"'

Stag Spirit scoffs. "Leave the grass alone? What else am I to eat? Mammoth Spirit eats all the food here as it is!"

The Seamstress thinks. "What if I convince Mammoth Spirit to leave some food for you?" The Stag Spirit nods happily. "If you do that, I will not have to go to Ice Spirit's Valley! I will even give you part of my horn for your Tapestry!"

The Seamstress departs the field and climbs up a hill. There, she sees Mammoth Spirit with dark blue fur chewing on some food.

"Mammoth Spirit!" The Seamstress cries out, "I beseech you! Leave some food for Stag Spirit so I may weave a tapestry like the night sky in the Mortal Realm!"

Mammoth Spirit scoffs. "I would not even be over here if not for the Salmon Spirit! She has laid her eggs in the river and will not let me cross to the fields on the other side!"

The Seamstress thinks. "What if I convinced Salmon Spirit to move her eggs?"

Mammoth Spirit nods. "If you do that, I will be able to graze on the other side of the river! I will even give you some of my blue fur for your Tapestry!"

The Seamstress departs the hill and goes down to the river. There, she sees Salmon Spirit swimming to and fro.

"Salmon Spirit!" The Seamstress cries out, "I beseech you! Move your eggs elsewhere and let Mammoth Spirit cross so I may weave a Tapestry like the night sky in the Mortal Realm!"

Salmon Spirit scoffs. "I cannot move my eggs! This is the only safe place for them! Sabertooth Spirit will catch me and make me her meal if I go elsewhere!"

The Seamstress thinks. "What if I convinced Sabertooth Spirit to leave you alone?"

The Salmon Spirit nods. "Yes! I would happily move my eggs then! I will even give you some of my red scales for your Tapestry!"

The Seamstress departs the river and reaches a cave. There, she finds Sabertooth Spirit grooming himself.

"Sabertooth Spirit!" The Seamstress cries out, "I beseech you! Leave Salmon Spirit alone so I can weave a Tapestry like the night sky in the Mortal Realm!"'

Sabertooth Spirit laughs. "I care not of your Tapestry! If Salmon Spirit comes down here with her eggs I will catch her and make her my dinner!"

'So the Seamstress takes a branch from a nearby tree and drives off Sabertooth Spirit, knocking one Sabertooth Spirit's yellow fangs out in the process. The Seamstress smiles and takes the fang. With the fang in hand, the Seamstress returns to each of the spirits, telling them of her success. Each agrees to meet the requests of the previous Spirit, and gives what was promised for the tapestry.

With all the new materials in hand, the Seamstress weaves them into a tapestry that perfectly matches the night sky of the Mortal Realm. The Seamstress shows her tapestry to each of the Spirits before hanging it on her ceiling so she may fall asleep beneath it each night.

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