El Dorado is one of the worlds that are participating in The Game. It is based on various Mesoamerican mythologies and is named after the legendary city of gold of the same name.
Its exile was Quetzalcoatl.
El Dorado is a world surrounded by golden walls. Within these walls holds a deep jungle as well as a city covered in gold.
The world devotes everything to the golden sun, and its inhabitants are sacrifices for this sun. Everyone born in this world is a soldier trained since birth to dedicate their lives to an endless war. They believe that they have to keep fighting in order to gain more worthy sacrifices. The most worthy of these soldiers would be honored by being sacrificed to the sun above all. Those that become sacrifices feel only one thing: the great joy of becoming one with the bright one.18
What a "sacrifice" entails can be interpreted loosely, as shown by Itzamna who refuses to accept the self-harming practices of his people. Instead, he chooses to sacrifice himself through arts and culture to all the people of the world, prioritizing educating others over his own well-being. Despite his efforts to give his students a choice other than sacrifice, however, they would all fall to sacrifice in the end.13
Representative and Exile
The World Representative of El Dorado is Tezcatlipoca. In true adherence to his own world's faith, he had sacrificed his entire body, now existing as nothing more than an illusion of smoke and mirrors. He is also described to be the Black Sun, the one most high in El Dorado. As his physical body is long gone, he can use the smoke that comes out from his own Mirrors to create illusions of his body, seeming as if he can shapeshift. Hombre Tigre describes his true form being that of a dragon.19
The exile of El Dorado was Quetzalcoatl who wielded the ability to cut the ground. He was a shining, feathered dragon seen as a carbon copy and eternal rival of Tezcatlipoca—a false sun in other words. Itzamna describes him as tempestous, never expressing his own thoughts favoring actions over words instead. He was described to have drifted beyond the golden boundary, falling from the edge of the world upon his exile.18 1913
Conflict between Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl
The origin of the system stemmed from the two deities Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl. At one time, they each interchangeably held both roles of the representative and the exile of this world. They live to fight one another and what they lost in the resulting wars were praised by the people and gave power to El Dorado.
This all changed when Quetzalcoatl developed a reproachful view toward the act, likely inspired by Itzamna's struggles and Xolotl running away from his own sacrifice. During Hombre Tigre's sacrifice on the altar, he and Tezcatlipoca would fight a great battle, seen as a fight between two suns. While Tezcatlipoca seemed to enjoy the battle, Quetzalcoatl wanted to ask his brother why he was doing what he was doing. In the end, Quetzalcoatl would commit the greatest sacrifice possible: erasing his entire existence along with any and all proof in the world that he had ever existed. Hombre Tigre notes that Tezcatlipoca had won, establishing him as the true sun of El Dorado. He should have been happy, but instead he was left alone, looking sad and mourning the briefness of the battle.1318
|Transients of El Dorado|
- The transients of El Dorado are derived from multiple Mesoamerican myths and legends: