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The Beginnings

Before there was Eirethune, there was a single solitary force.  Some modern scholars believe that this force was nothing other than a vast source of mana from which all other forces and creatures were built.  However, the ancient sagas find more form and direction in this force, and consider it the entity Eiraga, All-Father.  Eiraga was said to be the single power in this part of the universe.  Perhaps he had other siblings, but they never involved themselves in what became Eirethune. 

At some point, Eiraga divided himself into two forces, Eirasil and Thador.  To many, they represent conflicting or competing forces of nature.  They are not direct personifications of good & evil or of law & chaos, although those metaphors often are associated with them.  It is said, however, that Eirasil and Thador created forces and perhaps planets and stars throughout the heavens.  However, the greatest of Eirasil’s creations and his last creation was Eirethune.

There are many creation myths of Eirethune pertaining to Eiraga, but there is a common thread for these myths which was sung by the great bard Ezathus, who lived in the first millennium of the Second Age. 

Long away, long away, Eiraga All-Father!

You spoke to none and none could come until you were no more!

You took your eye and threw it far and it looked back with glee,

You took your leg and threw it far and it could jump and flee,

You took your hand and threw it far and it waved as if a friend,

And soon you gave up half of you but created instead two!

And thus became the sons of all, Eirasil and Thador,

They would sing for many ages creating songs of yore,

To each other gifts they’d make and treasures to amaze,

Until the time when Eirasil made all that we now know,

Until the time of Eirethune which Thador could ne’er behold!

 

Eirethune, oh Eirethune, a world to fill all time,

You became the cause of the strife, or horrible sibling sign,

Thador could not bear to see a gift so great so fine,

And grew to hate his hand, his eye, his leg, his soul, his kin!

 

Eirethune, oh Eirethune, you had the soul of Eirasil,

But yea the husk of Eirasil was still beyond your reach,

Thador came with anger all and turned that husk asunder,

And Eirasil was made to be the void of nothingness!

 

Asgorath, oh Asgorath, the discard husk of Eirasil,

Asgorath, oh Asgorath, the void where none shall tread,

Asgorath, oh Asgorath, Eirethune is your brother,

Yet Asgorath, oh Asgorath, in darkness forever horror!

 

Eirethune still with his soul, begat its own defense,

The first to come were children to guard each corner fine,

Life, Water, Air and Earth the guardians of nature came,

And they would shield Eirethune from Thador and all his jealousy.

 

Eirethune still with his soul, begat its own creation,

The next to come were children to live and breed together,

The Kanthune were their names and so fine and clean were they

For all would work together e’er and grow the world anew.

 

Thador saw and was driven to destroy his brother’s work,

The Kanthune were too perfect so he tore them into two,

Chaos bred throughout the ranks of the races he created,

And so was formed Khalid-Ka and Madur separated.

 

Manorn, Sylvana Aluriath and Govord,

The Guardians Eirethune made,

Would not allow the hate and jealousy of Thador stayed,

Instead they tore him up as he did to the Kanthune,

And cast them down into the dark to govern and watch and learn.

 

And so Thador was no more, yet more were in his place,

Osahn, Ahrahth and Seybok grew and watched from the dark space,

They watched and learned and saw that there was no time for destructive haste,

And so these gods of darkness rose to help our world grow fast.

 

Although these gods were parted from Thador their great whole,

The jealousy of their parent was bred inside their souls,

And so the brethren trusted not each others whims and goals,

The dead would be divided as in their lifetime roles.

 

For time eternal The Dark Three would challenge each other’s hand,

When Eirethune bore new gods upon her pristine land,

The dark ones took these children and kept them ever close,

And none would be unclaimed, none without a host.

 


The Guardians saw the dread of gods fighting on the land,

Each god could be the ruin of beauty Eirethune planned,

And soon the war began and devastation wrecked the glory,

And so the Guardians fought back to end this frightful story.

 

The gods aligned with The Dark Three tore at Eirethune,

The war continued with misery, the peace was ever hewn,

And then they saw the terror, a peace needed they agreed,

And Three and Guards laid down their arms, for a moment or maybe three.

 

The children gods of Eirethune broke ranks from the Dark gods,

Yet never would they free themselves completely from their sight,

They went away across the world, from their parents they took flight,

And created followers here and there alone against some odds.

 

And so the gods of Eirethune were spread far and near,

In darkest realms the three remained from there they’d always peer,

Throughout the land the children gods found secrets where they’d disappear,

And Guardians ever present here would always persevere.

 

 

And on goes the saga of Ezathus.  Eirethune is the embodiment of the soul of Eirasil, yet since its creation, Eirethune has only gained in power.  As Eirethune has created gods and beings, those beings have grown in power and have fed Eirethune itself with a portion of their own power, making the living planet more powerful than the god which once created it.

Asgorath is the void which Thador made from Eirasil and represents the antithesis of Eirethune.  It is said that Asgorath exists primarily in the heavens beyond the reach of Eirethune, but there are places where Asgorath does exert power on Eirethune as well.  These are the places where the Guardians and powers of Eirethune are weakest.

Thador himself was torn apart and became the three Gods of the Underworld: Osahn, Ahrahth and Seybok.  In the dark of the Underworld, the three gods live in realms which are actually built from the corpses of the Kanthune which Thador created when he destroyed them in the Schism of the Khalid-Ka and Madur.  Although each governs the dead, the three dark gods also have their own foci. 

·         Osahn is the Lord of Harvest, Harmony, and Tranquility of Order. 

·         Ahrahth is the Lord of Ancestry, Weather and Fatality. 

·         Seybok is the Lord of Warfare and Competition. 

Although Seybok personifies competition, the three dark gods often fight amongst themselves.  When Eirethune began to create the Children Gods, the Dark Three influenced them to fight for their own causes.  In this early time, a god-war was fought where Eirethune was ravaged by these gods, leaving areas of the world desolate and many of these Children Gods confused, hateful and forever wounded.  Once the Dark Three saw what it was doing to Eirethune, they worked with the Guardians to cease the violence and stop the warfare between the Children Gods.  Although Eirethune was saved, the Children Gods would forever be untrusting of the Dark Three.

Guardian Gods

The Guardian Gods were created by Eirethune itself to watch over and protect it; each representing a collection of elements of the world.  Manorn is the Lord of Seas, Lakes, Rivers and Oceans.  Sylvana is the Lord of Forests, Swamps and Jungles.  Aluriath is the Lord of the Air and Space.  Govord is the Lord of Hills, Mountains, and Fire.  Each has his own realm, but none of the realms exist in isolation.  For instance, consider mountain-tops.  Obviously, Govord rules the mountains, but the tops are also the realm of air and space so Aluriath is quite strong there.  Storms are quite commonplace on mountain-tops so Manorn is often present.  For this reason, the druids of Eirethune most often worship all of the Guardian gods of Eirethune as they recognize that most of the elements of nature will be present in any one spot on Eirethune.  This crossover of the guardians in different environments in Eirethune permits the guardians to work together to protect those areas more fervently.  Those areas which are governed predominantly by one guardian are the most dangerous to explore.

Children Gods

The Children Gods of Eirethune represent the greatest number of gods present in the pantheon of worship.  Although they are children of the Eirethune and of the Dark Three, some are extremely powerful without compare.  These Children Gods are somewhat aligned with the Dark Three, although they rarely pay them respect, let alone homage.  Some of the Children Gods are downright hostile to the Dark Three and seek their undoing.  There is a general feeling amongst all of them that they were used during the Great War of God-Time in the battles between the Dark Three for control.  Here is a short list of some of the Children Gods and their foci:

Deity

Dark Three Parent

Focus

Lovaxa

Seybok

Mistress of Pain, Torture & Sadism

Thakune

Seybok

Lord of War

Girkahd

Seybok

Lord of Demons

Hermax

Seybok

Lord of Merchants

Sapayo

Seybok

Mistress of Games and Hunting

Latila

Seybok

Mistress of Love

Lasipa

Seybok

Mistress of the Sun and Moon

Mata

Ahrahth

Lord of Knowledge and Magic

Hadokahn

Ahrahth

Lord of Thieves

Mardank

Ahrahth

Lord of Devils

Apasta

Ahrahth

Lord of Song and Dance

Sapahn

Ahrahth

Lord of Conscience and Remembrance

Mahgmank

Ahrahth

Lord of Gluttony and Acquisition

Thadaok

Ahrahth

Lord of Storms

Palio

Ahrahth

Mistress of Assassins

Thopila

Osahn

Mistress of Harvest

Posaniath

Osahn

Lord of Fishermen

Dagilian

Osahn

Lord of Law

Kaelia

Osahn

Mistress of the Hearth

Hramit

Osahn

Lord of Construction

Astoda

Osahn

Lord of Valor

Esada

Osahn

Mistress of Spirits

The God-Time is not measured in years per se, but eventually the presence and activities of the gods began to fade and the powers of the children of Eirethune, the Khalid-Ka & Madur began to rise.  As the sentient mortal creatures of Eirethune rose and organized, so began the First Age of Eirethune.

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