This is my first time EVER writing anything fictional, it's usually just essays and reports for uni. So, if you think it's bad, please let me know! The formatting is a little off, as it was originally written in a blog format. The first part is the creation of the universe whilst the second is the creation of the mortal races. Hope you all enjoy!

The Creation of the Universe

In the Beginning, there was the Void. The Void had no light, had no form, and had no age. The Void knew only loneliness, sadness, and despair. In its almighty melancholy, it ripped itself apart into two new beings. Luxiana and Myrkur, light and dark, had been born.

Madly in love, the two primordial beings created children out of the remains of their creator. Luxiana created time, so her love could measure the time they spent together. Luxiana loved time, and she named him Temporum. Myrkur created space so he could hold the woman he loved. Myrkur loved space, and he named her Geimura. Luxiana then created the sun and stars so they could better see each other through the darkness. Myrkur created the planets and the moon so they would have room in which to live with his beloved family.

Temporum soon realized that his parents' had created more life along with their gifts. Along with his sister, they traveled to the sun to retrieve Aldys, the god of the sun and knowledge. The trio migrated to the moon to retrieve Yldas, the goddess of the moon and love. With the four siblings united for the first time, they return to their realm to rest with their family. Temporum and Geimura never slept, as they were content to observe the primordial chaos of the newly formed universe in motion.

Luxiana and Aldys were the first to awaken from the centuries-long rest. The goddess of light was the first living being and had grown tired of life. She granted Aldys the title of god of light and slit her wrists on a planet that she named Telluria. From her body, a stream of blazing ichor flowed into the ground below. The ichor soon took form, and Igna, the goddess of fire, was born. Luxiana's corpse, now drained of all ichor, became the continents. Igna retreated into the mountains, making many of them her home. Today, Igna's homes are known as volcanoes and erupt every time she decides to move to a new one. As time moved on, Aldys grew tired once again and returned to bed.

Myrkur and Yldas awoke soon after Aldys returned to sleep and were alarmed to see that the earth had taken form. Myrkur looked around for his wife, and, upon finding her corpse, slit his wrists as well after naming Yldas the goddess of darkness. His ichor, a deep blue, became the oceans, lakes, and streams. From his corpse, a new god was born, Muhit, the god of water and oceans. The salt in the oceans comes from Muhit's tears every time a life is taken. Yldas too returned to sleep shortly.

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As time passed on, Aldys and Yldas realized that they would never get to see the other when they are awake. To ease their sorrow, the siblings created Somnius, the genderless deity of twilight, sleep, and dreams. Through Somnius, they could commune with each other even whilst asleep. Somnius' messages are delivered twice a day, once in the morning (dawn) and once in the evening (dusk). To the other gods, the time in which Aldys is awake is the day while Yldas' time is the night.

Temporum, Geimura, Aldys, Yldas, Igna, Muhit, and Somnium are all known as the Elder Gods, as they were the first of the gods to have a hand in the creation of the universe. The beings that came before them are known as the Ancient Ones. The younger gods are called the Gods of Life for their role in creating mortality. Gods do not always agree, for many left the congregation and did not sign the Edict of Life. These gods are known as the Shay'in, or demons to modern mortals.

The Spark of Life

The gods were not content to simply sit idly by as time carried on; they were impatient. Their impatience knew no bounds, for they had no entertainment to keep them occupied. By this time, more gods had been born, whether attempted or accidental. One had been born of beard clippings, another born from the meeting of Igna and Muhit at the seashore.

The land of Telluria, once dark and barren, was now full of plants, animals, and everything in between. They were wonderful, but there was no one to fully enjoy the gods' creations. Temporum and Geimura called a meeting of all Tellurian gods, which would be held twice a day for one hundred years so that Aldys and Yldas could participate through Somnium. In the congregation, the gods decided that they needed to create sentient races to appreciate the beautiful planet they had cultivated.

Although the gods agreed, they did not agree on how to approach the situation. Borealus, the god of the forest, thought that the race should be one with nature, learning from it and shaping it. Exelon, the god of magic and wealth, was convinced that the race should be superior to all, living or otherwise. Umberth, the god of smithing and metals, thought that the race should take what they needed from nature but never overdraw. Pristis, the god of war, believed the race should fight each other for what they needed, killing whatever stood in their way. Caleta, the goddess of emotion and imagination, wanted a compromise: the race should combine the traits of each belief. Other gods disagreed with the procession and left the Tellurian pantheon entirely. Known as the Shay'in, they do not consort with any of their brethren remaining in the pantheon.

After watching the younger gods bicker for eighty years, the Elder Gods decided to speak for the first time. They proposed that each god's race would be allowed to exist as long as they were given free rein of themselves. The race could worship their patron and receive blessings, but no direct interference would be tolerated. The races were also not permitted to become immortal outside of acts of heroism that saved the lives of countless people. Interbreeding between the races would be allowed, however, interbreeding between the gods and mortals would result in the erasure of the godhood of the offender. The younger gods agreed to this pact, now known as the Edict of Life.

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Once the Edict was signed, the gods began work on their creation. Umberth's race is now known as the dwarves. A hardy race, they are skilled in metalworking as their father is. Exelon created the high elves, a fair race proficient in harnessing the magical flow of the universe. Borealus morphed many of his trees into the wood elves, a hawkeyed race that is one with nature. Pristis birthed the orcs. A nomadic people, orcs live for conquest but are not inherently evil. Many a king has been an orc throughout history. Caleta, seeing many qualities that she admired, borrowed them to create the humans, a peaceful race that is known for learning and their ability to love.

The Elder Gods watched the creation of the mortals, and they approved. Muhit siphoned water from his oceans into the bodies of each race. Aldys gave them each a brain in which to think. Yldas gave their hearts the ability to love. Geimura gave them the sense of touch, so they could better feel what they do in the space around them. Somnium gave them the ability to dream so they would enjoy the sleep that he brought upon them each night. Igna gave the mortals the gift of flame, to keep them warm during the cold winter nights.

The gods then looked upon their creations and set them off into the wide world. Temples were built, wars were fought, children were born, but, above all, the gods loved their new creations.

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