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My prophecy frightened the gods because it brought to mind the hero twins, the very first godborns. Their mother was Sh-keek. She was from the underworld. And some say she was part human.

Pacific in The Storm Runner

Ixkik’ is the Mayan goddess of the Blood Moon.

History

After the Lords of Xib’alb’a sacrificed Jun Jun’ajpu’ and displayed his severed head on a calabash tree, Ixkik’ went to investigate. One of those lords, Blood Gatherer, who sickens the blood of people with Flying Scab, was her father. She was curious at the strange skull-shaped fruit, when instructed to reach out and take one Jun Jun’ajpu’ spat on her hand causing her to become pregnant with two sons. Six months afterwards, the Lords of Xib’alb’a sentenced her to death as she did not know the man of the skull. Their messengers managed to keep Ixkik’ alive after they tricked the lords with a heart out of tree sap.

Ixkik’ sought the protection of Xmucane, the mother of Jun Jun’ajpu’ and her own mother-in-law. Xmucane knew her sons were dead so she devised a test for the maiden as proof of their lineage. If she could go into the garden and return with a sack full of corn, she would be accepted. Even though she only found one stalk of corn, Ixkik’ was able to pass the test by invoking two female daybearers related to corn (Ixtoj and Ixq'ani), and then plucking the corn silk from the ear which transformed into corn, thus filling the net sack. Xmucane initially responded angrily to Ixkik’'s success, but after seeing the impression her net had left on the ground in the garden, she was convinced of the truth of Ixkik’'s story. She was accepted into the household and gave birth to her sons alone at the mountain, they were name Xb'alamkej and Jun'ajpu'. Unlike many other divine moms, Ixkik’ had a direct hand in raising her sons, the hero twins.[2]

Rick Riordan Presents

The Storm Runner

Ixkik’ was mentioned by Pacific regarding how the birth of the hero twins inspired jealousy in the Mayan Gods, resulting in the Sacred Oath where no godborns would ever exist again.

Trivia

  • Ixkik’ can also be referred to as Xquic.
  • Ixkik’ was not spelled with an apostrophe on ReadRiordan.

References

Storm Runner series
Books: The Storm Runner | The Fire Keeper | The Shadow Crosser
Main Characters: Ah-Puch | Brooks | Hondo Obispo | Hurakan | Rosie | Zane Obispo
Minor Characters: Mrs. Obispo | Mr. Ortiz | Antonia Caballero | Muwan | Pacific | Jazz | Jordan | Bird | Quinn | Saqik’oxol
Mayan Gods: K’ukumatz | Ixkik’ | Ixtab | Bakab | Yant'o Triad | Nakon | Ixkakaw | Ixchel | Itzam-yée’ | Camazotz
Mexica Gods: Tlaltecuhtli
Creatures: Demon Runner | Nawal | Alux | Demon | Giant | Hellhound
Related Content: Jennifer Cervantes | Rick Riordan Presents
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