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The Ouroboros. It is the symbol of infinity and relapse, of an eternal never-ending cycle, and is an extremely ancient symbol, dating from before the time of Ancient Egypt or Norse, perhaps from the time when the first religion was beginning to form. Legends said that the serpent devouring its own tail because of either greed or hunger, though regardless of telling, it's supposed to represent some sort of sin. Never understand why its engraving would be worshiped and revered by the dragons though.
Carl Black.

The Ouroboros Dragon is an ancient pre-existential primordial entity that appears as a cosmic serpent or dragon which is depicted as eating its own tail.

Overview

Ouroboros' True Form (Art by Erica Anderson)

The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a dragon or a serpent that endlessly swallows its own tail to form a cycle. Ouroboros is often interpreted as a representation of the perpetual cyclic renewal of life and infinity, the concept of eternity and the eternal return, and represents the inherently cyclical nature of life, death and rebirth, leading to immortality, similar to the Phoenix. In Gnosticism, this serpent symbolized eternity and the soul of the world. It is said that the Ouroboros lives by feeding on its own regenerating tail and was called the invincible snake.

It is a very important religious symbol over the ages, prominent in both Greek and Egyptian iconography, and the western mystical tradition as a whole. It was also widely utilized in alchemy, where it is a purifying sigil. The myth of the Ouroboros is not dissimilar to other myths of cosmic serpents, such as the Australian Aboriginal myth of the Rainbow Serpent, Ananta Shesha and the Leviathan. The image of Ouroboros crossing itself into an infinity symbol is a modern idea, but one that retains the meaning of endlessness.

Appearance

Like its fellow pre-existential entities, the Ouroboros lacks a true physical form and the form it utilizes is the form that its consciousness has chosen to manifest in. Its true form in size and scope encompasses entirety of everything, being completely incomprehensibly large. The form it usually takes is of a giant white serpent with varying features. Sometimes it'll have wings, sometimes it'll have legs; even the color of its body has been different.

Personality

Powers and Abilities

The Ouroboros is hailed as one of the strongest existences in the entirety of Creation.

  • Nigh-Omnipotence: As the Primordial Personification of Absolute Infinite, Ouroboros possesses the power to do absolutely anything it desires, possessing infinite and unending power, far surpassing that of the Cosmic Entities and the Elder Gods. The only beings that are able to harm or surpassed it are God, Khaos, Azathoth and Ayin. It is capable of rivaling fellow Pre-Existential Entities such as Vitriol and Father Time
  • Immense Strength: As a Pre-existential Dragon God, the Ouroboros is one of the strongest beings in Creation, whose strength exceeds every dragon in their prime combined (excluding one), with Razie stating its power is infinite. A normal slap from the Ouroboros can cause destructive results, sending a yeti flying. The Ouroboros in its prime would be equivalent to Vitriol and Therion. However her powers are still inferior to her older siblings.
  • Immense Durability: Being an embodiment of infinity, the Ouroboros' durability borders on the point of near absolute invulnerability as shown when it was stabbed by the Spear of Longinus itself, an immensely powerful weapon capable of even slaying primordial entities, and was completely unaffected, Raziel even stated even stated that the Ouroboros did not even shed a single drip of blood. On the other hand, she was easily defeated and mortally wounded by Ayin, forcing Khaos to safe her.
  • Shapeshifting: The Ouroboros is a true shapeshifter, able to alter her size, apparent age, physical attributes and characteristics, and even it physical sex. It can also perfectly recreate the voice of any being.
  • Blessing: Similar to its colleagues, the Ouroboros can 'bless' people, granting them certain advantages and abilities, having no negative effects on them unlike demons. Its blessings made the one chosen more compatible with Dragons; increasing people's luck, in addition to letting others tap into their potential.
  • Telepathy: The Ouroboros can read the thoughts of others as well as mentally communicate through the minds of others.
  • Dimension Travel: The Ouroboros can travel to other dimensions and universes at will.
  • Dimension Breaker: It can summon a gigantic amount of energy and release a huge explosion around her which is powerful enough to destroy a entire dimension or black hole.
  • Flight: As a dragon, the Ouroboros can fly, but unlike other dragons who use their wings or divine energy to do so, it is capable of flying without the use of wings or no apparent effort. The Ouroboros can simply float in midair without effort.

History

During the beginning of existence, the Ouroboros and Vitriol were both born from the Cosmic Egg that appeared in the endless abyss. It is the featureless chaos, the disordered primal unity that existed prior to matter and energy becoming manifest and creating universes. When it had awakened, it became lost and confused in the empty abyss where it wandered until it found one of its older siblings, Khaos, who then raised the Ouroboros as its child.

Shortly after the creation of everything, Ouroboros attempted to replicate what Life and God did, and create life by creating its own souls. The results were less than savory as it ended up creating horrifying eldritch beasts, similar to the Old Ones, known as the Levians. After witnessing them rise up and engage in a war that nearly ended the young Creation, God descended and Ouroboros effortlessly banished and sealed them in Sheol, much to the Ouroboros' accepting annoyance.

Myths and Legends

The Ouroboros often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end (compare Phoenix). It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished.

It can represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting before any beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished. The Ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the alchemist's opus. The circle is the symbol for infinity, because the circle is endless, and may be considered a polygon with an infinite number of sides.

The ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the alchemist’s opus. It is also often associated with Gnosticism, and Hermeticism.

The name originates from within Greek language; (oura) meaning "tail" and (boros) meaning "eating", thus "he who eats the tail".

Plato's Idea

Plato described Ouroboros as a self-eating, circular being as the first living thing in the universe, an immortal, mythological constructed beast. This living being had no need of eyes when there was nothing remaining outside him to be seen; nor of ears when there was nothing to be heard; and there was no surrounding atmosphere to be breathed; nor would there have been any use of organs by the help of which he might receive his food or get rid of what he had already digested, since there was nothing which went from him or came into him: for there was nothing beside him.

Of design it was created thus, its own waste providing its own food, and all that it did or suffered taking place in and by itself. For God conceived that a being which was self-sufficient would be far more excellent than one which lacked anything; and, as it had no need to take anything or defend itself against any one, the Lord did not think it necessary to bestow upon its hands: nor had it any need of feet, nor of the whole apparatus of walking; but the movement suited to its spherical form was assigned to it, being of all the seven that which is most appropriate to mind and intelligence; and it was made to move in the same manner and on the same spot, within its own limits revolving in a circle.

All the other six motions were taken away from it, and it was made not to partake of their deviations. And as this circular movement required no feet, the universe was created without legs and without feet.

Quotes

The Ouroboros is an ancient primordial entity that appears as a cosmic serpent or dragon which is often depicted as eating its own tail. To speak of Ouroboros is to speak of the infinite, in every sense of the word. A serpent that embodies the very concept of infinity and its variants. In a way, you could say that everything related to infinity is only an aspect of itself.
Well goodbye, you stupid reptile. You and your annoying father can just leave or cease to exist like your brother and sisters.
Ouroboros to Atanti.
The ill omen I felt has come true. Humans have appeared to ruin this land... There is a price for disturbing my heart... You must pay it. There is no need for humans to make the pilgrimage to the holy shrine of I, Ouroboros Maia... Prisoners of matter cannot reach it!
After all, the empty infinity cannot be undone... Humans, of limited life and limited power, do you believe you can rule over we demons? Can you overcome our endless power?
Humans see the infinite dream from their cradles... Awaken from that dream and behold your frail, children's bodies. Humans... A lamentable mistake birthed by the waters of life. I shall return you to the particles that flow through empty space. Break apart, you sinful clumps of matter!
Ouroboros in a weakened state to a bunch of humans.
Ouroboros
How old am I? I'm as old as God. We're kind of like twins in some sense.
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Carl Black
So are you and God siblings? So... does God have a daddy or... a mommy?
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Ouroboros.
Oh no, no. God has no father or mother, we are siblings in technical terms, as opposing forces that complete each other. He being the End, and I the Endless. But well, I technically have a parent, since I was born from an Egg, me and Oblivion. Maybe whoever laid that egg there is my parent. I can't say.
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Trivia

  • The current mathematical symbol for infinity may be derived from a variant on the classic Ouroboros with the snake looped once before eating its own tail, and such depictions of the double loop as a snake eating its own tail are common today in fantasy art and fantasy literature, though other conjectures also exist.
    • The nickname "Ouroboros Dragon" refers to Ouroboros ophis (Greek: οὐροβόρος ὄφις, lit. tail-devouring snake), the Infinite Snake first appearing in Egyptian and Indian mythology. Its Norse counterpart is Jörmungandr, the serpent son of Loki.
  • Ouroboros and God share a special relationship. Their relationship is based on the actual myth of Yahweh and the Leviathan. The Leviathan is the only being that was not created by Yahweh and represented the "watery chaos" of non-being that existed prior to God's creation of the entirety of existence.
  • The image of Ouroboros eating its own tail vaguely resembles the illustration of what a Big Crunch looks like. Ironically, an Ouroboros devouring itself eternally is similar to a universe eternally being born and dying in an endless cycle.
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