Copyright © 1988, 2000, 2001 Chris Gonnerman
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From the Celestial Book of the Beginning, Chap. 1:
In the beginning there was only Light, and the light was
Luminar. After a time alone, He decided to create the Wyrld. Air,
Earth, Water and Fire did he create, and put them in their separate
places. Time came next, but to create Time He had first to create
Darkness, for all was still in Light.
So Luminar, who is Creation, created Duskur, who is Destruction.
Luminar saw that this was necessary; but Duskur refused to serve.
To Luminar he said, "You have created me, Luminar, but now I am
Your equal. I will do what the Wyrld requires, because that is my
nature, but I will also do as I will, not as You would have me
Luminar was saddened; but He did not destroy Duskur, for Luminar
is Creation. He created the Great Barrier, to protect the Wyrld, so
that Duskur might not enter it; but neither may Luminar enter the
Wyrld, lest he break the Barrier.
Then Luminar created lesser servants, who could enter the Wyrld
without breaking the Barrier; but Duskur whispered his evil to
them, and the tenth part of them joined him, partaking of his
Darkness for their power. These servants of Duskur are called demons,
and they also may enter through the Barrier.
Luminar saw that the Wyrld needed Life, so he created the first
pair of every creature and the first seed of every plant, sending
them to the Wyrld in the hands of his servants. Last of the First
Life were the Dragons, which He created shining copper, bronze,
brass, silver and gold, and to them He gave dominion over the
Wyrld. Thus do they call themselves Wyrm, the First of the
To these did Duskur's minions go, and whispered evil in their
ears and in their hearts, and so powerful were these servants of
Darkness that even those Wyrms who remained on the side of Light
crave wealth and treasure as no Man could hope to understand. Those
Dragons who joined the minions of Darkness changed, their very skin
color being altered, so that they no longer shone like precious
Luminar was saddened. After a time, He chose to create a meeker
creature, the Gnome. Short of stature and quick moving, they were
of little interest to the Wyrms, who thought them useless even as
prey. Short lived as they were next to the Dragons, yet were they
fruitful and soon they covered the land.
Those Gnomes living in the forests soon wished to have longer
arms and legs, and better ears, to aid them in their arboreal
lives. They prayed to Lunari, he of the White Moon, and Lunari
prayed to Luminar, and their request was granted. Thus were born
Duskur's minions whispered evil to the Elves, offering them
longer lives in turn for service to Darkness; the Elven King
Malathar Weah Samilar was seduced by these promises, and he agreed.
After a time of evil among the Elves a new King arose named
Kalidaan Wel Selestrahar, who prayed again to Bar for forgiveness
for the Elven people. Luminar heard his plea and granted it, then
took Kalidaan to himself as a new servant.
Other Gnomes mined precious metals and gems, trading them for
protection or territory with the Dragons. They prayed to Bar, the
Elder, first of Luminar's creations after Duskur, who prayed to
Luminar, and their request was granted. Thus were born the
To these also did Duskur's servants whisper, and they began to
covet the treasure they mined for the Dragons. They began to
withhold tribute from the Dragons, and in fury the evil Dragons
drove the Dwarves below the ground, there to live for all time.
Those Gnomes left living in the open places soon fell to
bickering, as the minions of Duskur put evil in their hearts. One
Gnomish King, Orcus, prayed to Ruoss the Despiser for power to
defeat his enemies, and Ruoss gifted them with greater stature,
strength, and fecundity, that they might outnumber and overpower
their foes. This gift of Darkness twisted their souls, and the Orcs
were born. From them over time have all the evil humanoids arisen,
from Goblins to Ogres.
Orcus was given powers above those of his fellows and eventually
joined the ranks of Duskur's minions.
His armies attacked the other Gnomes with vigor, until only one
nation, Man, was left. King Soromar of Man prayed to Galara the
Earth Mother for power to defeat evil, and Luminar granted this.
Thus were Humans born.
Luminar looked upon the Wyrld and was saddened. It came to pass
at last that the only remaining true Gnome was dead; when Luminar
saw this his sadness turned to anger, and he unleashed his anger on
the Wyrld in the form of Giru the Reaver.
For seven years Giru raged across the Wyrld, which was beset by
storms and floods; it ended with the Sundering of the land into two
continents. Then Luminar relented, seeing that the children of the
Gnomes were repentant.
Thus ended the First Age.