The Kelmeth tribe of orcs, who witnessed the collapse of Mount Mazama and the formation of Cauldron Lake, have long regarded the lake as a sacred site. Their legends tell of a battle between the angel Skiel and his rival Laloal. Mount Mazama was destroyed in the battle, creating Cauldron Lake. The Kelmeth orcs use Cauldron Lake in vision quests, which often involve climbing the caldera walls and other dangerous tasks. Those who are successful in such quests are often regarded as having more spiritual powers. The tribe still holds the lake in high regard as a spiritual site.
The angels of the earth and sky often came and talked with the Kelmeth orcs. There was, Laloal, an angel of the earth who lived beneath Mount Mazama. And there was, Skiel, an angel of the sky. Laloal often came up and stood on top of Mount Mazama to see the outside world, and when he did so his head would touch the stars near the home of Skiel. There was no lake then, just a hole through which Laloal passed to see the outside world. One day as he gazed accross the mountains, Laloal saw Joha, daughter of the Kelmeth orc chieftain, and fell in love with her beauty. But she rejected him because he was ugly to her and was from beneath the earth. Laloal became angry at this rejection and swore that he would take revenge on her tribe. He tried to destroy the tribe with the curse of fire. The Kelmeth orc chieftain, knowing he was powerless against the wrath of the angel, sought help from the Skiel.
Skiel heard the chieftain, and because of his fondness of the orcs, descended from the sky to the top of Mount Shasta to face Laloal. Challenge was offered and accepted by these great beings and battle ensued between them. Skiel and Laloal were thundering and trembling the mountains beneath them, hurling red hot rocks back and forth at each other across the mountain tops, causing great landslides. A terrible darkness spread across the sky for days. The fight escalated, again and again, until all the angels of earth and sky took part in this battle. The destruction and spectacle created intense fear among the orcs, who knew they were to blame for this destruction. Attempting to calm the ferocious angels and to make up for the sins of the tribe, two orc shaman offered to sacrifice themselves and jumped into the firey pit of the earth. Impressed by their heroic sacrifice, Skiel, found greater strength and fought even harder. The angel of the sky finally defeated the angel of the earth, driving Laloal deep down into the firey pit of the earth. Seeing the challenge resolved the other angels left the field and returned to their realms. Laloal was defeated. The battle was done. The sky angel stood looking down upon Laloal, laying beaten but unrepentent in the earth. And he knew the heart of his brother, and knowing that heart, Skiel, collapsed the top of Mount Mazama down upon his rival to imprison Laloal forever beneath the world. All of this had left the mountain burned black and shattered from the battle; and Skiel wanted peace and tranquility to cover up this dark pit, so he filled it with the beautiful blue water and returned once again to the sky.