The First Men and the Age of Discord

When Fate entered the universe, the worlds already existed. No one knows how the universe came to be, or the exact role that Fate plays in it–if the Four Powers know, they do not say.

What is known, is that Fate created the Four Powers: Aranayan, God of Creation; Belendor, God of Destruction; Enoth, Lord of Order; Twiggle, Lord of Chaos. The Four Powers stand in opposition to each other, but they also work together, for while they have their own plans and schemes they also understand that they each have a vital role to play in the universe. To that end, they created other beings to further their goals.

The Creation of the First Men

Aranayan, God of Creation, started first. The beings created by Aranayan delighted in works of creation–they created art, music, poetry, dance, and they created homes out of living things.

Not to be outdone, Belendor created beings as well. These beings delighted in all things destruction and growth–they invented fire, they invented the theory of war and great machines to aid them (although they did not initially make war or kill), they started agriculture and created ways to improve animals and crops through domestication and cross breeding (for that is the destruction of the natural order).

Enoth, ever reluctant to change, hesitantly moved next; more to keep the other gods in line than for any other reason. The creations of Enoth strove for order and balance–they created cities for the followers of Aranayan and Belendor to meet and craft laws and agreements. They created the first written and common languange (their followers continue to push for one universal language so no division can be made through miscommunication), they created universities of learning and works of great architecture. The followers of Enoth kept the peace, and none died. It will be the followers of Enoth who create the first funeral rites, but that would be later, as the First Men did not die.

Finally, Twiggle, God of Life and Chaos, created followers. These followers delighted in every aspect of living, even to the point of recklessness. They created advances in cooking, fermenting of beverages, they planted flower gardens, beautiful structures that served no purpose other than to be interesting and worth seeing, they invented sports that had no rules and changed as the game was played, they were the philosophers and freethinkers–nothing pleased them more than to sit in the debate halls of Enoth and poke holes in the laws being created by the followers of order.

The First Men were not slaves to The Powers, but neither did they have any desire to do anything but live in harmony with the ways of the god who created them. Despite following gods of different personalities, the various “mortal” beings did not fight amongst each other–they recognized that their differences made them stronger, that the Four Powers working in accord with each other was the best way for the universe to exist.

The Fall of the Fae

Every so often, a Power would lift up a perfect example of their ways and imbue that being with greater power. They became the Lesser Gods, and had increased rule over an aspect of their patron’s Power. Gods of Art, Fire, and Laws were created; however, this was the undoing of the perfect society of The Powers.

The Lesser Gods, gaining more autonomy, grew jealous of The Powers and began to desire even more. Ultimately, many of them rose up against The Powers. Some say this was the influence of Twiggle, always meddling with the status quo. Others say that it was the curse of free will; the Lesser Gods were not content with just being in commune with their respective Power. Whatever the cause, the effects were severe. The Lesser Gods were banished to the Hollow Plane, the realm of Twiggle, and the God of Chaos was saddled with the blame and imprisoned by the other three Powers.

Before they were banished, Twiggle and the Lesser Gods–who styled themselves the Lords of the Fae–left their mark on the beings created by The Powers. New races were created; elves and dwarves walked the mortal plane for the first time.

The First Humans

The Gods’ War lasted millennia, during which The Powers did not interact with their followers. Some may have fought alongside their respective Power, but most were kept out of it.

Confused as to why their gods had turned away, the First Men searched for something to fill that void. It was during this time that they became the humans of today. Followers of Kran say the First Men turned to magic in order to fill the hole left in their hearts by the absent gods; by doing this, they fell. Others say that without the constant presence of the gods, the First Men slowly lost their divine heritage and became mortal–but they insist that magic had always been around, just less used as the First Men had no need for it. Still others say that the First Men were slaves and magic is what opened their minds and free will. Regardless, when The Powers returned, they found their creations changed. The exact nature of the discussion The Powers had following this discovery is unknown, but it was decided that they should withdraw somewhat from the mortal realm. The loyal Lesser Gods would retain their statuses, but very few would be raised up from then on.

Later Races

Some creation still followed. Nenteth created the Kithrix to look after the natural world, as he could no longer take as active of a hand. Feydor created orcs, trolls, ogres, and giants for similar reasons. The followers of each would later point fingers at which god was in the right and which overstepped and perverted the idea of the natural order.

Finally, every so often the Fae would banish one of their own from the Hollow Plane. This banished Fae would be a shadow if his/her former self, cursed and stripped of their divine heritage and mortal.

The Powers Now

Ever since the Gods’ War, The Powers have been less content to live in harmony with each other, or even to trust others–including their own Lesser Gods. This age, the age since the Fall of the Fae and the creation of humans has been sometimes called The Age of Discord.