Creation

Over the course of Ildd'Eshthar's history, numerous religions and creation myths have cropped up. Depending on whom you ask, the world was created in numerous ways, with different deities and entities involved.

Feudal Era

During the Feudal Era, a fair number of religions cropped up, but three major Churches ruled the West, for the East had yet to be explored and was shrouded in mystery. The Human Kingdoms in IlddRenn's Northern reaches were largely under the influence of the Dwarven Sanctum. The Orcish Realm in the frigid South followed the The Order of the White Stag, arguably the most sophisticated of the Churches. On the western coast, the pacific nature of the Seafolk gave rise to the Church of the Tides.

The Sanctum

To the Dwarves and much of the Human population, the world rose from a heated argument between the two primary gods of the Sanctum's pantheon. Vierae and Viari are the two principal gods of the Sanctum. The brothers sprung into existence within the realm of Sanctum, and for a long time, simply existed within the marble halls in contemplation of their existence. However, at some unknown point in time, the two had simultaneously asked whether there was anything outside of Sanctum. Upon their investigation, however, the two found that all existence stopped at the threshold of Sanctum.

The two were quick to descend into an argument about whether or not anything could exist outside of Sanctum. To prove a point, Viari unleashed a power he'd never known before which coalesced into an enormous earthen sphere far in the distance in the void. Puzzled yet at the same time insatiably curious, the two brothers wanted to travel to the sphere, but having no means, had to create one. Not wanting to be outdone, Viarae similarly created a rocky bridge to the sphere, but it quickly fell apart. From that point on, their roles were set, Viari being the creator, and Viarae being the destroyer. Neither of them were malevolent, however.

From there, the brothers created all the earth and the lesser gods of the pantheon.

The Order of the White Stag

In Orcish faith, in the beginning, there was only the void, the sun, the moon, the Stag and the Eagle. The Eagle perched upon the Stag's immense antlers that spanned all of creation. Around the two, the sun and the moon spun, giving them much needed warmth in the bone-chilling cold of the void. While the Stag was a creature of solitude, he appreciated the company of the Eagle. But the Eagle wanted more companionship. Before long, the Eagle had brought into existence a clutch of eggs. While the antlers of the Stag served fantastically for a perch, they weren't very good at holding eggs. Soon after, the Eagle watched helplessly as the eggs plunged into the abyss below them.

The Stag was discomfited by this, for as much as he loved solitude, he was quite interested in seeing what the eggs contained. So when the Eagle was able to lay another clutch, he lent her advice and told her to put the eggs on his back. As soon as they moved, though, the eggs rolled off and they were left alone in the void yet again. The Stag then counselled the Eagle, use some of her feathers to create cradles for the eggs. It worked for a time, but some of the eggs rolled off. Some of them hatched, and from them came the first of the IstEristur, the Children of the Stars. Both Stag and Eagle were delighted, and soon, the Stag's antlers were filled with feathers and nests. Over time, they formed the world, the oceans were pools of the Eagle's cerulean blood that she shed whenever she accidentally struck herself against one of the Stag's sharper antlers.

The IstEristur eventually became the guardians of the world, with some of them taking their place with the sun and the moon as bright shining lights to watch over it.

Church of the Tides

The IstAttha elders tell the tale of the beginning of the world, passing it down as entirely oral tradition. While the tenets of the church are written and are taken on every ship, the creation myth of the IstAttha is expressly forbidden to be written down, lest it be forgotten. All children are required by the Faith to know it.

According to the myth, in the time before time, the world was filled with nothing but endless ocean. The ocean was bountiful and was teeming with fish. However, at some time unknown to anyone but to the Mother Ocean, a Sea Serpent arose from the abyss. Its appetite was boundless as its gluttony. Entire swaths of fish vanished in the wake of its passing, having been devoured. Before long, the Mother Ocean was empty, and the Serpent swam to no avail, looking for food.

It died, starving. But its carcass was so bloated that it remained at the surface as it rotted, its flesh creating the land, the folds in its skin creating the valleys and the bones of its spine creating the mountains. Its eyes became the great lights in the sky and its scales became the stars that followed the moon in the night. The IstAttha rose from the fish that returned to the ocean after the Serpent died. Their journey inland, however, severed them from the Mother Ocean. They had gotten themselves lost and could not see the waters of their birth. Dry and on the brink of death, the breath of the Serpent blew in and brought the rain that filled the minor oceans and seas, saving the Seafolk. To this day, it is their quest to find the waters of their birth and to return to them.

Dominion Era

During the reign of the Human King Ornnë, the Urállë, the forerunners of the IstFet invasion arrived. With them they brought a new religion, the Faith of the Nine. Many of the coastal cities traded happily with them, and the Urállë, measured up the people of the land while they did so. A handful of cities were fast to convert, but a radicalised Sanctum, under Ornnë and the Dwarf-King Merin via'Nolden, whose reign saw an immense rise in the power of the Viarate, was quick to denounce the new Faith as heresy. The forerunners declared war and soon after the IstFet Armada arrived and the centres of the Sanctum faith were destroyed.

Averë Nenn

The Averë Nenn, Faith of the Nine in the Tretalleri dialect of Elledynni, is ruled by a pantheon of nine gods, or three, depending on the sect. Generally, the IstFet regard all nine gods in their trinity of trinities as separate entities. The Maiden, the Mother and the Crone; the Father, the Warrior and the Smith; and the Shadow, the Light and the Stranger make up the nine deities that the IstFet worship.

In the Darkness beyond existence, before time began, there existed the World Pillar, the Nine and the Primals. The Primals were born of the void, and existed solely to return the darkness to the void. The Nine, however, were begotten by the Pillar, and they were its guardians. For eternity, the two sides were locked in war until the Mother and the Father created the first of the Elves. This turned the tide of the battle, and slowly the Nine began to push back the Primals. With the help of the race of Elves, the battle was won and the Primals were slaughtered.

The Nine tossed the corpses of the Primals across the Darkness and where they landed, they sent the Elves to make sure that they would never return to life. The rotting corpses of the Primals created the earth. Their spines created the mountains and their blood the seas. Their ribs created the underworld where those who failed to follow the Nine were sent after death for an eternity of bleak, meaningless existence.

Accord Era

For three hundred years, the reign of the IstFet went pretty much unchallenged. However, things were different from the time when the Urállë and the Fleet of Bones first arrived in IldRenn. Any cities, and even whole kingdoms, that peacefully ceded sovereignty to the pale invaders were treated fairly and were allowed to keep relative autonomy, provided they swore an Oath of Fealty to the Ivory Throne. With the coming of the High Elves aboard their Akkyllian ships and abreast the Abilssë winds, the IstFet returned Dominion lands to the Races of Man, with the exception of ancient forests and other old parts of IldRenn. With the Elves came the Druidic Faith and the worship of the Triple Goddess.

Ovyrë Ohyrda

During the primordial age, there existed nothing but the Mountains of Mist and the Triple Goddess in her three incarnations. Sleeping in their massive pearl that hung above the misty mountains, the Triple Goddess dreamt the world into existence. Forests, rivers, seas, plains, mountains and oceans sprung from the void and the Elves were conceived to tend to all of Her creations.

It wasn't long until The Nightmare, The Raven Goddess began to creep her dissonance into the world. From the depths of the Mountains, their lamentation warped the world around them and from the rock awoke terrible beasts known as the Ikkarna. Their sole purpose was to create chaos. The Elves that lived the closest to the Mountains of Mist were transformed into something different, but their hearts remained true and while cruelty spilled into them, they did not stray from their original task and moved away from their ancestral homes to avoid further corruption.

Meanwhile, the Ikkarna continued their rampage, creating the Deadlands around the Mountains. Waking from Her slumber to face the threat to the very existence of the world, the Triple Goddess called upon their combined powers for the apotheosis of nine elves to fight the Ikkarna. These nine succeeded and proceeded to become deities in their own right, raising other elves into power as the Triple Goddess returned to slumber, waiting for a time when the Raven Goddess threatens the world again.

Enlightenment

A decade or so after the High Elves landed in the West, the harsh, cold winter that the Abilssë promised to bring was delivered and the entirety of the Tretalleri Dominion and all the lands of the High Elves as well as all the domains of Man were plunged into the dark and bone-chilling freeze. After 83 years of bitter winters punctuated by an occasional two or three months of summer every year, the Kervullë emerged into the world from the far North, bringing with them the first hot winds of a turning season. They were driven south by the North being locked down in absolute frost with no promise of letting up. Three years later, the summer returned and with it were the Syllithë — introduced to the West after the winter in the far eastern territories of the Dominion thawed and those colonies were finally able to send ships to the West — distant relatives of the Kervullë but sharing similar cultures and myths. With them they brought what can only be described as a shamanic, animistic system of belief.

Averë Inanimmë (Kervullë)

To the draconic people, the Kervullë, the world rose from the dreams of the Great Spirit Errukk, fully formed with all manner of creatures, amongst these the Kervullë themselves. However, to create this world, the Great Spirit had to sacrifice his life force, and his soul was fragmented into countless pieces that embedded themselves in the world. To the Kervullë, all things are a part of the Great Spirit and worthy of reverence, regardless of how beautiful or disgusting they may be. The Great Spirit giving his soul to the world changed the course of history forever, because it gave all the creatures of the land the ability to think and to act upon these thoughts.

Greed was one of the oldest things that emerged from this, and it was quick to wreak havoc all over the world. Creatures created in whimsy and with light within themselves, were slowly corrupted by the darkness of their thoughts and soon, the Great Dark Spirits emerged. Furious that his creation had been defiled, the Great Spirit using the last of his strength, as well as the collective will of all the people with hope in their hearts, banished the Dark Ones into the Black Beyond.

Averë Inanimmë (Syllithë)

The basic story of creation for the Syllithë is in many respects identical to the Kervullë, save for the fact that the Nine of the Tretallë became the Nine Great Spirits of their faith. In Syllithë religion, there were also Nine Dark Spirits, anathema and antitheses to the Nine. However, according to their mythology, one creature was raised above all the others to watch and listen and remember all that happened from the beginning until the end of time. This creature they call the Chronicler and it is said that the Syllithë are all descended from him.

In order to banish the Dark Spirits, the Chronicler had to look back through the eons, and discovered that they could only be banished by the Great Spirits and creatures with hope in their hearts. Armed with this knowledge, the Spirits and Men of all races banded together and hurled the Dark Ones into the Beyond.

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