The long War Rising
Great Saint Ashihara
The Great Saint Ashihara, Everchosen of the Gods, Champion of Light. The Great Saint was a legendary figure from the War of the Gods, no one knows from whence she came nor even what race she was. What is known was that in the last decades of the war is that she was chosen by the gods of light and good and imbued with much of their power to lead the efforts against the dark gods. So terrible was her power at its peak it is said she could slay an ancient dragon with a single blow.
She handpicked four disciples and imbued them with great power, to sow life in her wake. They waged a long and terrible campaign against the dark gods which ended in a final climatic battle in which the Great Saint Sacrificed herself and slew the dark gods. When the dust settled all gods were either dead or missing. Only the four disciples survived. They went on spread the word of the Great Saints sacrifice and founding the Circle of the Saint worshipping her teachings.
There are many depictions of the Great Saint across all continents and nations. She has been depicted as human, elf, dwarf, even some goblinoid depictions. No one knows her true origin, but the ubiquity of her depictions and her story cannot be understated.