and great armies clashed by night in the ancient war between good and evil. The overarching story is built around a good and evil theme, which serves as a human-scaled metaphor within a complex structure of myth and allegory.
Samson, the carnival's dwarf manager, sets up the show's mythology with a prologue in the pilot episode, talking of "a creature of light and a creature of darkness" being born "to each generation" preparing for a final battle.
By the second season it is established that Ben is a Creature of Light and Brother Justin a Creature of Darkness.
Other than through the characters, the show's good-and-evil theme manifests in the series' contemporary religion, the Christian military order Knights Templar, tarot divination, and in historical events like the Dustbowl and humankind's first nuclear test.
As the Pitch Document states, Avatars draw their talents and powers from the same pool.
These abilities may vary in type and strength, and include but are not limited to the manipulation and transfer of life force, spiritual healings, telekinesis and telepathy, and granting small measures of powers to a mortal.
The first Prophet in the mythology of Carnivàle is the Alpha.
This creature is never mentioned in the series, but Knauf described her as a female who lived before the Flood and whose story was lost with the destruction of the Royal Library of Alexandria.The Avataric Blood travels within families forming a dynasty.The first-born son of an Avatar receives a so-called mantle at birth that manifests him as an Avatar of a new generation; whether the new Avatar is Light or Dark is chance.Knauf left fans a production summary of Carnivàle's first season two years after cancellation.This so-called Pitch Document, originally written to give HBO and Knauf's co-writers an overview of the intended storyline, backed up and expanded upon the assumed mythological rules.Accessing this plane of pure truth is given as an Avatar's birthright and can be improved through study and practice.