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See also Myth/ScythianMythology, the sagas presenting echoes of former Scythian and Sarmatian beliefs.

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* ThePowerOfTheSun: Satanaya can will the sun to move as she pleases. Given that the Scythians did have [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabiti a sun goddess]] once...


* '''Setenaya/Shatana''', matriarch of the Narts, a [[WomenAreWiser font of wisdom]] and trickster in her own right.

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* '''Setenaya/Shatana''', matriarch of the Narts, a [[WomenAreWiser font of wisdom]] and trickster [[TheTrickster trickster]] in her own right.


** Meghazash and Pizighash in the Circassian tradition; the two end up Happily Married after a near-fatal first encounter. The happiness of their Ossetian counterparts, Zerashsha and Akhshartag, is conversely cut short by ATragedyOfImpulsiveness.

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** Meghazash and Pizighash in the Circassian tradition; the two tradition end up Happily Married after a near-fatal first encounter. encounter.
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The happiness of their Ossetian counterparts, Zerashsha and Akhshartag, is conversely short-lived, cut short by ATragedyOfImpulsiveness.


* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Yaminizh, the personification of cholera. He destroys the Narts' golden tree because it's powers were depriving him of victims.

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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Yaminizh, the personification of cholera. He destroys the Narts' golden tree because it's its medicinal powers were depriving him of victims.


** Meghazash and Pizighash in the Circassian tradition; the two end up Happily Married after a near-fatal first encounter. The happiness of their Ossetian counterparts, Zerashsha and Akhshartag, is sadly short-lived by comparison.

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** Meghazash and Pizighash in the Circassian tradition; the two end up Happily Married after a near-fatal first encounter. The happiness of their Ossetian counterparts, Zerashsha and Akhshartag, is sadly short-lived conversely cut short by comparison.ATragedyOfImpulsiveness.


* HappilyMarried: Setenay and Warzameg, who despite setbacks manage to have an intimate and enduring relationship.

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* HappilyMarried: HappilyMarried:
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Setenay and Warzameg, who despite setbacks setbacks, manage to have an intimate and enduring relationship.relationship.
** Meghazash and Pizighash in the Circassian tradition; the two end up Happily Married after a near-fatal first encounter. The happiness of their Ossetian counterparts, Zerashsha and Akhshartag, is sadly short-lived by comparison.



* LoveAtFirstPunch: Meghazash is pierced by Pizighash's arrow while stealing an apple in the form of a dove. The spilled blood he collects in his handkerchief is used to restore her health, and as a reward, [[StandardHeroReward he is given her hand in marriage]], which turns out to be [[HappilyMarried a happy one]].

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* LoveAtFirstPunch: Meghazash is pierced by Pizighash's arrow while stealing an apple in the form of a dove. The spilled blood or damaged wing he collects in his handkerchief is used to restore her health, and as a reward, [[StandardHeroReward he is given her hand in marriage]], which in the Circassian version, turns out to be [[HappilyMarried a happy one]].


** The Vainakh tradition has Pkharmat, a counterpart to [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Prometheus]], who steals fire from the gods for the benefit of humankind. Like Prometheus, he is chained to a mountain as punishment, where his liver is devoured by a falcon.

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** The Vainakh tradition has Pkharmat, a counterpart an analogue to [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Prometheus]], who steals fire from the gods for the benefit of humankind. Like Prometheus, his Greek counterpart, he is chained to a mountain as punishment, where his liver is devoured by a falcon.falcon each day.


** In the Ossetian epos, the Narts are divided into three rival clans, each defined by unique characteristics and skills: the Akshartagketta (or ''Æxsærtægkatæ'') are distinguished as renowned warriors, the Alagata (''Alægatæ'') for their intelligence and cunning, and the Borata (''Borætæ'') for their riches and cattle-breeding.

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** In the Ossetian epos, the Narts are divided into three rival clans, each defined by unique characteristics and skills: the Akshartagketta (or ''Æxsærtægkatæ'') are distinguished as renowned warriors, the Alagata (''Alægatæ'') for their intelligence and cunning, and the Borata (''Borætæ'') for their riches and cattle-breeding.

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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Yaminizh, the personification of cholera. He destroys the Narts' golden tree because it's powers were depriving him of victims.


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* FountainOfYouth: One who eats the special apple from atop the golden tree will grow younger with each passing year instead of older, among other powers.


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* HappilyMarried: Setenay and Warzameg, who despite setbacks manage to have an intimate and enduring relationship.
* HotScientist: Setenaya, equal parts brains ''and'' beauty. The story "Lady Setenaya and the Magic Apple" shows her conducting experiments in a manner resembling scientific inquiry.


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* UltimateBlacksmith:
** Tlepsh, the Narts' god of the forge, known as Kurdalægon in the Ossetian epics.
** The Vainakh tradition has Pkharmat, a counterpart to [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Prometheus]], who steals fire from the gods for the benefit of humankind. Like Prometheus, he is chained to a mountain as punishment, where his liver is devoured by a falcon.


The tales concern the deeds of the eponymous Narts, a tribe of heroes set on performing great feats. They are not only characterized by their courage and strength, but also by their virtues and goodness, and love carousing and merriment as much as battle and Among the most prominent of their numbers include:

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The tales concern the deeds of the eponymous Narts, a tribe of heroes set on performing great feats. They are not only characterized by their courage and strength, but also by their virtues and goodness, and love carousing and merriment as much as battle and glory. Among the most prominent of their numbers include:



* TheClan: The Narts are an entire clan of warrior-heroes.
** In the Ossetian epos, the Narts are divided into three rival clans, each defined by unique characteristics and skills: the Akshartagketta (or ''Æxsærtægkatæ'') are distinguished as renowned warriors, the Alagata (''Alægatæ'') for their intelligence and cunning, and the Borata (''Borætæ'') for their riches and cattle-breeding.



* JumpedAtTheCall: The Narts are given the choice between living a long life that is comfortable but without glory, or a short life filled with glory and heroic deeds. They don't spare a moment to respond in favor of fame and glory.

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* JumpedAtTheCall: The Narts are given the choice between living a long an eternal life that is comfortable but without glory, glory or honor, or a short life filled with glory greatness and heroic deeds. They don't spare a moment to respond in favor of fame and glory.


The tales concern the deeds of the eponymous Narts, a tribe of heroes set on performing great feats. They are not only characterized by their courage and strength, but also by their virtues and goodness. Among the most prominent recurring figures in the legends are the warrior Sosruko[[labelnote:*]]also spelled Sawseruquo, and called Soslan in Ossetian,[[/labelnote]], a GuileHero and [[TheTrickster trickster archetype]], and Setenay [[labelnote:*]]Satana in Ossetian[[/labelnote]], [[MassivelyNumberedSiblings mother of the Narts]], who is not only a [[WomenAreWiser font of wisdom]] but a trickster in her own right.

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The tales concern the deeds of the eponymous Narts, a tribe of heroes set on performing great feats. They are not only characterized by their courage and strength, but also by their virtues and goodness. goodness, and love carousing and merriment as much as battle and Among the most prominent recurring figures in the legends are the warrior Sosruko[[labelnote:*]]also spelled Sawseruquo, and called Soslan in Ossetian,[[/labelnote]], a GuileHero and [[TheTrickster trickster archetype]], and Setenay [[labelnote:*]]Satana in Ossetian[[/labelnote]], [[MassivelyNumberedSiblings mother of their numbers include:
* '''Setenaya/Shatana''', matriarch
of the Narts]], who is not only Narts, a [[WomenAreWiser font of wisdom]] but a and trickster in her own right.
* '''Warzameg/Urizhmag''', the "Great Nart" and husband of Setenaya.
* '''Sosruko/Soslan''', son of Setenay, born from stone, a great warrior and GuileHero.
* '''Tlepsh/Kurdalægon''', UltimateBlacksmith and god of the forge.


* FantasticFruitsAndVegetables: The two-toned apples from the Narts' golden tree, which ripen over the course of a single day. If a barren woman takes a bite of the white side, she will have a [[MysticalWhiteHair white-haired daughter]]; if she takes a bite of the red side, she is to have a [[MysticalWhiteHair white-haired son]].

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* FantasticFruitsAndVegetables: The two-toned apples from the Narts' golden tree, which ripen over the course of a single day. If a barren woman takes a bite of the white side, she will have a [[MysticalWhiteHair white-haired daughter]]; if she takes a bite of the red side, she is to have a [[MysticalWhiteHair white-haired son]]. Once a year, there is also a special apple that grows at the very top of the tree, rounder and larger than the others, that possesses powers of healing and immortality.


* DependingOnTheWriter: Setenay takes on a multitude of roles in the sagas, many of them seemingly contradictory. In different tales she may play the part of the wise woman, the distressed damsel, the seductive temptress, the rape victim, the manipulative bitch, the compassionate mother, the quasi-scientist, or the wily sorceress.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: Setenay takes on [[https://web.archive.org/web/20141211025003/http://www.aheku.net/datas/users/1-satanaya_cycle.pdf a multitude of roles in the sagas, sagas]], many of them seemingly contradictory. In different tales she may play the part of the wise woman, the distressed damsel, innocent maiden, the seductive temptress, the rape victim, the manipulative bitch, the compassionate mother, the quasi-scientist, or the wily sorceress.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: Setenay takes on a multitude of roles in the sagas, many of them seemingly contradictory. In different tales she may play the part of the wise woman, the distressed damsel, the seductive temptress, the rape victim, the manipulative bitch, the compassionate mother, the quasi-scientist, or the wily sorceress.

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