A Brief History of the Shards
The Creation Myth as told by the Pentatra
Creation of All Things
Before being, before there was anything, before time and the shards, there was silence.
silence lasted forever, but as there was no time, and no one to notice its lack,
it may only have lasted for an instant.
voice spoke, and it said “I am.”
so he was. And upon seeing himself, he recognized himself, and so he said “I
looked upon himself and was pleased. But his eyes saw only nothingness, and the
nothingness looked back upon him and spoke.
have become, and in becoming, you have ruined the perfect darkness. Little good
will come of being, so I ask you to unmake yourself, and come lie with me that
we might be as one.”
The first god, Õemag, thought upon this. He felt the cold caress of the nothingness, listened as it spoke silence, and gazed into its empty eyes.
“I am not like you. It pleases me to be. We shall ever be enemies, for cold, silence, and darkness offer me no comfort. I am Õemag, and I must make others like myself, to give me succor and companionship.”
did Õemag make the Thousand Things. They dazzled, and were wondrous. They cast
light upon the darkness, made song where there was silence, and brought warmth
to icy grip of nothing.
dark, cold silence was angered, and so destroyed and scattered the Thousand
Things. Some things it stole and hid from Õemag, so jealous was it of the first
god. Ever after this, none would be able to say what the Thousand Things were.
am forever, and all things from me shall come.” vowed Õemag.
you destroy, so shall I create.”
Õemag worked great miracles, and made myriad other things, and the darkness ate
them all, and spat their remains into the darkness.
was overcome by a great sorrow. He could create forever, but nothing was beyond
the power of the nothingness to destroy. Its appetite was endless. Nothing he
made would ever last.
thought for an endless time, and finally, he spoke.
you would destroy all that I create. But we are anathema, and you shall ever be
beneath me. In all things do I refute you, even in death. I am Õemag, and from
me all things will come.”
Õemag pierced his own flesh with his fingers. His body he rent, and threw it
high across the darkness. The great nothing chased the pieces of Õemag’s
body, but as it did so, Õemag laughed.
every piece of me you destroy, a score evade you. I am the one thing you could
not destroy, and now I am everywhere. Catch me if you can, foolish darkness. Of
myself I make my greatest creation, and from it shall be born a
the dark, cold silence searched and consumed, but as it did so, the shards
formed from Õemag’s body. His bones and flesh became the rock and earth of
the shards. The hair of his chin are the trees.
breath became the winds, and his tears became all waters.
of all soared Õemag’s joyful heart, and it came to rest in the firmament.
Yellow-white it burned with divinity, and pulsed with the First God’s
scattered life. From it fell ten drops of blood, and each of these drops became
a new god, the children of Õemag.
gods now live in the Solar Hearth, having searched the shards and those places
beyond. They brought back ancient things, and made the thinking races.
Gulmé, the Lady of Tears, was Õemag’s first daughter. She is the water-goddess, and the Drowning Maiden. Through her hands do all of Õemag’s tears flow.
Thyrang, the Storm Dragon. It is the divine beast of cataclysm and fury in nature. From its steps spring quakes, firestorms, storms, and tornadoes. Thyrang also embodies the natural order, and Law as manifest in nature.
are the Blue Temple.
the Purifier, is the fiery goddess of conflict. She brought fire to the people
of the shards, before Tieruvial taught other uses for it.
She lights the fire of vengeance in the hearts of the wronged. Chaltis is
a very proactive goddess
gentle brother is Eimag Solær, the Radiant One, who is the Steward of
the Solar Heart. He is the god of hospitality, the sun, and gatekeeper of
are the Red Temple.
the Scribe God, the Lawmaker and
Divine Teacher. He made laws, created writing, and showed those who would listen
how to make tools that their people might live and prosper amongst the shards.
He is the Thinker and the Architect. Without the aid of Tieruval, there could be
no nations or civilizations.
the White Witch, Goddess of the air and protector of travelers. She is the
younger sister of Tieruval. She is the Lady of Air and Unseen Things, and she
found magic where her brother found only stone and seed.
are the White Temple.
the Dreaming Smith, Goddess of Tieruval’s first student. She took up the tools
of Teruvial and saw that even more could be done with them. She is the
weapon-crafter, the Clever Goddess,
the Wandering Beast, the Many-Shaped, Father of Chimeræ, and Lord of all
Animals. He is the hunter and the hunted. He is nature’s cycle. Where his
sister creates form, he is formless.
are the Grey Temple.
the Protector and Avenger, Guardian of All Life. The twin of Avasha, though some
say they are closer than twins. He is called the Watchful, the Never-Sleeping
God, and the Grim.
the Nurturer, the Goddess of Plants and Healing, and the Lady of Grain. Where
her brother reaps the wicked, she sows peace and forgiveness.
are the Gold Temple.
is the trickster god, the fickle fool and the lord of fortune. He must always
walk to be one step ahead of his many enemies. Some say he is the Will of Õemag,
others say a thing of the Beneath.
is of no Temple, but those who are wise pay him a token of homage.
These are the True Gods, and they did many things, and discovered many secrets hidden among the shards. They made many races, and each god gave them gifts.
a time they watched the shards prosper, but then they grew bored. They realized
their divinity was not meant for the material world, and so they retired to
their home, the Solar Hearth. Into the world wandered their wills, clothed in
flesh that the gods never wore. These were the kageshin, and they are among us
still, though often hidden.