Fate, Gods, Mortals, and the Universe

No one knows how the universe was created, but for time untold it sat empty, waiting. It was in that emptiness that Fate emerged. Was Fate created by the universe? Does the universe have a design for creation? Or did the vast emptiness create an energy that manifested in Fate? The answers to these questions are unknown and unknowable. No mortal, or god, understands the nature of the universe or Fate, all we have are questions and thoughts.

What comes next, however, is known. Fate created the Four Powers: Aranayan, Belendor, Enoth, and Twiggle. The powers represent different aspects of mortal morality, Good, Evil, Order, and Chaos. However, to speak of the powers in mortal terms is to misunderstand them. The Powers are of no gender, the Powers are not immortal, the Powers are not all-powerful. The Powers would not even agree on the terms mortals give to them. “Good” and “evil” are not concepts they hold to, rather they are labels that mortals have tried to apply to the Powers. Closer would be “creation” and “destruction.” We do not scorn the mill stone when it grinds the wheat into flour, yet were the wheat able to speak, it would likely deem the process “evil.” The powers guide the forces of the universe.  It is we, in our misunderstanding of them, who apply labels such as “good and evil.” However, labels can be of use.

It was the powers who created humankind. They poured their various ways into us, and so we reflect their different sides: creation, destruction, organization, disorganization. The original humans, or First Men, were immortal and few in number. Over time, the universe grew under the guidance of the Powers, and Fate took an impartial role, rarely stirring. Eventually, the universe grew so vast that the Powers, due to their not-all-powerful nature, needed assistance. They raised up some First Men to lesser god status, each Power choosing those that best represented their nature, and for a time the universe flourished.

However, given the more laborious and menial tasks, the lesser gods grew jealous of the Powers and sought to rise up against them. Some remained true and some rebelled. The War of the Gods was over in both a second and an eternity, and the lesser gods who had rebelled were cast down. Unwilling to kill their creation, the Powers banished them to another plane of existence. However, before they left, the banished gods left their mark on the First Men. Some they mated with and turned to elves. Some they cursed (or in their opinion, blessed) and those became dwarves. The rest, they broke–their immortality taken, the First Men became modern humans and knew great suffering as they first encountered death.

Imprisoned in the Hollow Plane, the banished gods re-styled themselves into masters of their own domain, each carving out a personal empire. They took names to fit their empires, names we know today, for they are the Fae Lords, and the greatest of their kind is named Lord Nelmaros.

The Fae and Elements were banished five thousand years ago. The Powers, as a small mercy, permit the Fae to return to the mortal realm at the price of giving up their divine powers along with their eternal lifespan. It is speculated that the Fae have been planning their revenge ever since. They are of a selfish nature, however, and it is likely that they often cannot see beyond their own internal quarrels. Indeed, every so often, one of their kind walks amongst us; an outcast from a society of outcasts. They have one of the poorest lots in life; cursed to walk our lands alone and marked with the scars of exile.