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Vawk (Goddess)

Vawk the Huntress was a Goddess shaped like a giant bird of prey, who the Kroot believe gave birth to their species and she is a key figure in the Xenos' faith.[1]

According to the Kroot, Vawk existed before the dawn of the cosmos and wandered alone in the emptiness of space, known as the Nothingsea. As she flew, Vawk spent her time devising what she called the Great Plan, which would cause the birth of the heavens and bring life to the cosmos. However, after countless ages of traveling, Vawk met another god named, Gmork the Destroyer in the Nothingsea. After being alone for so long, Vawk was delighted to meet another god and and approached Gmork with an offer of friendship. She suggested to Gmork that they should work together to discover other gods, but the Destroyer laughed at this idea and attacked her instead. Thus began the Battle of Nothingsea, and the blows they threw at each other were so powerful, that the Nothingsea began to tear and stars and worlds began to be born. This delighted Vawk, as it was in in accordance with her Great Plan, but Gmork sought to destroy the newly born universe. A despairing Vawk tried to stop him, but they were evenly matched, until in a great rage she plunged her beak into Gmork's neck. The Destroyer's god-blood filled her gullet, and while the goddess spat most of the repulsive blood out, a drop managed to go down her throat. This caused a great sickness to spread throughout Vawk's body, but it also gave her Gmork's strength and she defeated, the Destroyer. After banishing Gmork to the regions of the Nothingsea still clad in darkness, Vawk realized that his god-blood had fatally poisoned her. With her life coming to an end, Vawk singled out the world right at the center of her Great Plan, called Pech, and landed on its surface. Before the goddess died from the god-blood poison, Vawk used her final breath to vomit out a great flock of eagles into the sky, which gave rise to the Kroot.[1]

The Kroot tracker Dahyak Grekh told this creation myth to the Rogue Trader and Xenologist Janus Draik, who researched the battle. According to Draik, the name Vawk, or one of a number of similar names, is used on several of the Kroot's homeworlds.[1]