Moischa, a man of Arcadia, had one ambition that surpassed all others: to have a family. Consistently, he prayed to Kempe, the god of civilization, for his wish to be fulfilled and often fantasized about the joys of parenthood. His request was eventually granted when he was blessed with a son he cherished more than anything else. Moischa dedicated himself to teaching and preparing his son for the obstacles life would bring, instilling in him the core values of hard work, honesty, and kindness.
One day, Moischa received a vision that commanded him to ascend Mt. Hermes, the second-highest peak in Arcadia, reputed for its treacherous cliffs. Despite the danger, Moischa was determined to fulfill the vision and chose to bring his son along. The climb was arduous, but Moischa was prepared to confront any challenge with his son at his side. However, on the journey, he experienced a second vision that asked him to do the unthinkable – sacrifice his only son, the very thing he had always yearned for.
Moischa was in a dilemma regarding the prospect of sacrificing his beloved son, but eventually, he decided to obey the vision. He and his son prepared for the sacrifice on the mountain peak. As he raised his dagger, a hawk suddenly appeared and was struck by it. The hawk’s intervention saved Moischa’s son, a sign of Kempe’s endorsement of Moischa’s devotion. As a reward for his dedication, Kempe offered Moischa a ram and a yew tree.
Moischa’s journey on Mt. Hermes was not futile, as it taught him a valuable lesson concerning the relevance of devotion and sacrifice. He returned to his family with a newfound appreciation for the gifts he had been granted and a deeper understanding of the god’s will.
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