WORLD SHOWCASE Cosmogony

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RiverNotch

Sanguine Bile, Troll and Boy
#1
I - Creation.

Nocteus and his brothers, Manneh and Partheh, emerged from chaos and created the world. Out of this creation sprang He, the allmother, who was not born but also arrived, and her two brothers, Set the painter and Sef the musician. Nocteus then married He, and renamed himself Arda, the allfather.

II - Cycles of Birth.

Manneh and Partheh, protectors of thought and memory, leave the world to create their own. Thus Arda retired from the world, and out of the sea sprang Proteus, the artificer, to finish what Arda started.

At first Proteus created demons for assistants, six of whom were chief: Sarge, Mog, Tahge, Berhart, Dock, and Pons. Sarge and Mog set the rules of the world, with Sarge creating magic and Mog creating dreams. Tahge and Berhart set the ethereal components of life, with Tahge creating the spirit and Berhart creating the soul. Dock and Pons set the material components of life, with Dock creating beasts and Pons creating plants.

Then Proteus created four sons, to shape this primeval work: Mons, Mobius, Larissa, and Lemna. Mons, the eldest, worked on the realm closest to Proteus' heart, the sea. Mobius, the youngest, worked on the realm farthest from Proteus' heart, the underworld. Larissa, the eldest daughter, worked on the wilderness; Lemna, the youngest daughter, worked on the city.

Pons one day saw the two daughters, and attempted to seduce them. Only Larissa accepted his advances, and when the two were discovered by Proteus, he was forced to marry Larissa. Thus Pons became the consort of Larissa, and Larissa was the first of the children of Proteus to have a consort.

III - The Children of Arda.

Manneh and Partheh, before their exit, prophesied: the children of Arda shall be the destruction of his household. Thus Arda, in fear, swallowed his first two children, the twins Dana and Elisef, as He produced them from her womb. When she bore her third child, Crum, she devised a plan: in Crum's place she would produce a stone, while Proteus sported the babe to his household.

The plan worked. Yet Crum grew up in Proteus' house a strong and volatile child, preferring the company of the demons over the company of Proteus and his three children. This opened him up to the machinations of three of the chief demons, Mog, Tahge, and Berhart, who plotted not only against him, but also against Arda, Proteus, and the rest of creation.

One day, they revealed to the boy the full details of his heritage, as well as his immediate destiny.

With this knowledge Crum grew impatient, or perhaps proud: he demanded from the three the prophesied tol by which he should save his siblings.

The three demons would grant him his wish, they said, if Crum and his siblings, once freed, would allow them to touch their work with Proteus.

Crum accepted. Thus the three demons tricked Sarge, the eldest, sagest, and yet most distant of the demons, to produce the Thunderbolt, and when Crum received this weapon, he immediately flew to heaven and challenged Arda, with the resulting battle destroying all of heaven. Crum was triumphant; he freed his two siblings by tearing nigh in twain his father's body.

After the battle, Set and Sef were tasked with recreating heaven. Set, the painter, affixed upon its center a great, glowing orb, akin to the extinguished light of Arda: the sun.

But Sef, the musician, did not want heaven to remain static, as it had in the former rule: he set it to follow the cycles of his music, creating day and night.

Set responded by painting into existence another orb, this time merely reflective, so that the night would not be plunged into complete darkness: the moon.

At last, the two brothers, having finished their magnum opus, decided to retire, capping heaven with a like realm, upon which they set thousands of little lights: the stars.

Afterwards, Crum crowned himself prince of the heavens, Dana king of the sun, and Elisef queen of the moon. Out of gratefulness, he also rewarded Proteus with the hands in marriage of his two siblings; Mons accepted, while Lemna refused, declaring her desire to remain a virgin. Thus Mons became the consort of Elisef, as Lemna was recognized as a virgin goddess.

* * *

Proteus had long wished to create one last intelligent form of being, fundamentally tied to his creations, such that they should become actors upon the world, and the caretakers of his world. For this, he asked for aid from the children of Arda. Crum worked with the basest element, earth, to create the Dwarf; Elisef worked with earth's slimy cousin, water, to create the Ogre; Dana worked with the opposite of water, fire, to create the Gnome; and Proteus himself worked alone with the element that surrounds us all, air, to create the Elf.

The demons under Sarge, Mog, Tahge, and Berhart then possessed these newly created beings, with only Sarge having Proteus' permission; according to their vow with Crum, the demons under Mog entered the dwarfs, those under Tahge entered the ogres, those under berhart the gnomes, and Sarge the elfs.

Thus began the Golden Age, governed by the eldest of the children of Arda, Dana.

IV - The War of the Gods.

This Golden Age ended when Set and Sef retired to the realm of the stars, and prophesied to Crum the end of his reign and the end of the entire world. Crum, distressed, disappeared, which Mog, Tahge, and Berhart took as a sign.

* * *

Out of the corpse of Arda, which after his battle with Crum fell into the sea, arose a new goddess, Hela. And as Pons wooed Larissa, so too did Hela woo Mobius, and succeed.

Beneath his realm she, like Set and Sef, affixed another, which she named after herself. Seeking to populate her realm, she petitioned all throughout the world to help her in her purpose. Only Sarge accepted her offer, wishing to escape the bothersome appeals of his more devious brothers.

But Hela liked neither Sarge nor his experiments -- she allowed him to reside in her realm merely as part of her grander plan. She reached out again to Mog, Tahge, and Berhart, and struck a deal: she would channel all of Sarge's spent energies to them if they would make her realm their base of operations.

This deal allowed the three to gain enough power to war against the gods. Dreams became nightmares, or vacated the sleeper completely; the spirit was sickened with despair; and, over the soul, discord gathered like a storm. The various demihuman races followed suit, according to the domain of demon that possessed them. The dwarfs refused to take part, both on the side of the gods and on the side of the demons; the ogres sided with the enemy at once, hungry for death; and the gnomes were divided between the gods, the usurpers, and the fear or impudence of neutrality. Only the elfs, whose bodies were created by the most experienced creator, and whose souls and spirits were commanded by an utterly apathetic party, remained in worship of the gods.

Yet even the gods and demons were divided, though not, at least, to the point of joining their enemies. Dock remained neutral, seeing through his brothers' folly. So too Mobius and Pons, though more by the influence of their spouses, and not by any reasons of their own. And Dana relinquished his leadership to Elisef, for she was the general between the two of them.

Thus war was for ten years waged.

* * *

At the last year of the war, when things looked most desperate for the gods, He appeared before her daughter. She prophesied that the war could only be eneded with Crum's intervention, but that the only way to find Crum was to read the signs born upon her entrails.

At first, her children refused, but eventually she convinced them, and as Elisef held her down, Dana cut her open.

A funeral was held; afterwards, while Elisef led the gods in battle, Dana followed the signs to an island grown on the spot where Hela emerged. There, he found Crum, now much older, half-blind, and hanging upside down from a tree. Cutting him down, Dana learned why he had disappeared: to figure out how to stop the end of the world. He was just about to figure it out -- nevertheless, he thanked his brother for the warning, and sprang into action.

The enemy was swiftly defeated. To the treacherous demons, hell became a prison, each now receiving a punishment according to his evil. Pons also was punished, for in secret he supported his brothers: his form was made bestial, both to the delight and disgust of his wife Larissa. Finally, the dead dwarfs, gnomes, and ogres were also cast into hell, though not all receiving punishment, the judgment belonging to Hela. The dead elfs, meanwhwile, would be sent to the bosom of Proteus, for them an eternal paradise.

V - The Arrival of Mankind.

The ashes of He were also cast into the sea, and out of this marriage was born the goddess Winthra, as well as an island. Proteus retired to this island, tired of his creation after all the chaos of the last war; nevertheless, his aid in creating the very final race of humanity, Man, was deemed necessary by Crum, so that Proteus, helped by Winthra, returned to the world for the last time.

Here, Proteus would act only as guide. Dock was the first god to work: based on his experience working on beasts, he provided the framework out of earth, the stability of man. Elisef contributed water, the virility of man. Dana contributed fire, the intelligence of man. Crum contributed air, the life-giving spirit of man, as passed onto him by Proteus.

The other gods, too, offered their own contributions. Mons gave man a love of adventure; Mobius, a love of wealth; Larissa, a love of the wilderness; and Lemna, a love of order. Hela was not invited, but Dock snuck her in, knowing she was necessary to complete man: she granted man all their vices, all their imperfections. At this, Crum grew mad, and cast Dock out of the venture, then chained him to an island where he should be forever punished.

Proteus, however, remained calm, and asked his caretaker Winthra to provide the final contribution, one to counteract those of Hela. She provided man the greatest of his virtues, faith, hope, and love, thus completing the new race. Afterwards, Proteus returned to his retirement, but asked Winthra to stay with the gods, as he knew humanity would need far more care than him. In his position as artificer, he was replaced by Severina, the daughter of Mons and Elisef.

* * *

Man was released to the world by Crum. The first wave took to the earth, disappearing with the dwarfs into the depths. The second wave took to the water, breeding not only amongst themselves, but also with the elfs, the dwarfs, the gnomes, and even the ogres. This second wave angered Elisef, who took under her wing the third wave, training them to pass her judgment like an inferno. At this, Winthra intervened, sparing the household of Pyrius and Noelia, then sending the fourth and final wave to Dana, who would teach them the ways of air, of artful culture and peaceful civilization.

This peaceful civilization, however, also proved quite proud. As the first wave dug deeper and deeper into the earth, Hela intervened, getting them so lost that they returned to the surface, and to their fellow man they passed on the knowledge of the dwarfs. With this knowledge, mankind attempted to reach the heavens, building a great tower. Crum, seeing this hubris, called for Tovonin, the son of Hela and Mobius, and as his thunderbolt destroyed the tower in one magnificent stroke, Tovonin divided man by inventing all the world's languages, and confusing mankind's tongues.

Thus began the Bronze Age, when mankind ruled the earth, and Crum ruled mankind.

VI - Javeth, the Mortal God.

(Here my copy of the Cosmogony grows sparse -- I resort to summarizing summaries. Nevertheless I've heard that a complete copy has been recently discovered, if I remember right in the archives of some distant monastery...)

A chronicle of the house of Aran, detailing
1) the migration of Aran, and his covenant with Crum;
2) the tale of his two children, and the banishment of the elder for the younger;
3) the search of a wife for the younger child;
4) the two grandsons of Aran, and their conflict over inheritance;
5) the birth of Elisefa to one brother, the birth of Sinon to another, and the two falling in love, getting married, and reconciling the two houses;
6) the reconciliation leading to Hund, enemy of the elder brother, attempting to destroy both brothers, and in fact the entire household;
7) the birth of the twelve sons of Sinon, who attack with a vengeance;
8) the birth of Mara, their sole daughter, who is married to the last living son of Hund, Linus, in order to restore the peace.

Mara gave birth to Javeth, whom Linus believed was his son; in fact Javeth was the son of Crum, who one night visited Mara in the guise of Linus.

Linus taught the boy, but grew more and more resentful of him, as he began to realize that the boy truly wasn't his son; the boy's stepbrothers, meanwhile, abused him, resenting their newfound relation with their most hated enemies.

Eventually, Linus beat Javeth so hard that Javeth was forced to retaliate, tearing Linus into pieces. At this, Javeth's stepbrothers grew mad, and betrayed the house of Aran, murdering eleven of the twelve sons of Sinon, then doing unto Mara what Javeth did unto their father. Again, Javeth retaliated, but this time under a far greater frenzy: not only did he slay his stepbrothers, but also the remaining elders of the house of Hund, and any of their allies he encountered along the way.

Belona, the last and youngest of the sons of Sinon, managed to tame Javeth, and taught him the arts of ritual and poetry, in the hope that this should give the boy some measure of peace.

For this, Javeth was grateful, eventually establishing an entire kingdom for his uncle; in turn, Belona offered Javeth his daughter, whom Javeth married. Yet under another spell of madness, Javeth murdered his wife, and for this he was exiled from his uncle's realm, until he should perform penance, supervised perhaps by one of Belona's allies.

This Javeth did: the twelve labors of Javeth.

After these twelve labors, Belona forgave Javeth, and welcomed him back into the realm, though never again would uncle and nephew have so warm a relationship.

Within Belona's realm, Javeth found his dearest friend Agon mourning the death of his wife, Commelina, after she offered her life to Death in place of her husband. Javeth vowed to descend into the underworld and bring her back to life; not only did he fulfill this vow, but he also brought back to life his own former wife, Belona's daughter, whose death had dissolved their bonds of marriage, as well as discovered the fate of Mara, who had been blessed after death by Crum to herself become the divine caretaker of Proteus. Afterwards, he left not only Belona's realm, but also all of civilization, in order to fully reveal his divine nature.

On one of his adventures into the wilderness, he reached the island of Dock. There, Dock had discovered the complete solution for stopping the end of the world, and had decided to reconcile himself with Crum. Recognizing that Javeth, as the acknowledged son of Crum, had practically the same authority as his father, he petitioned Javeth to free him from his bondage. This Javeth did, and Dock returned to the heavens and whispered the solution into Crum's ear -- all according to Crum's plan.

* * *

Eventually Javeth returned to civilization, and as he passed through the various kingdoms of man, sign after sign revealed him to be the son of Crum. Nevertheless, one of these kings, none other than Penirus, the beloved son of Belona, denied his divinity, and even disrespected him as he made his visit; for this, Javeth made mad the mother, daughters, and female servants of Penirus, such that one night, they took him to the wilderness and tore him apart.

After this vengeance, Javeth claimed the kingdom of his uncle for his own, and married Regina, supposedly the daughter of an ally of his uncle's. Yet this ally, it turned out, was a former enemy, and had a longstanding grudge against the house of Aran, especially against Javeth himself, who had killed many of their sons on Javeth's decimation of the house of Hund. Thus, Regina proved to be his end: one night, she called for her remaining brothers, and did unto Javeth what he did unto Penirus, what he had done unto Linus. And, in fear that he should immediately return to life and wreak his vengeance upon them, she took the body parts and cast them into the fireplace, believing that ash would be far harder to reform than flesh and blood.

But her act was the final act Javeth needed to become a god, and by burning away his flesh, she also burned away his mortality: with the smoke of the fireplace rose the spirit and soul of Javeth, now become a god, who joined the rest of the pantheon of the gods as the god of heroes and poets. Here, he was married to his final wife, Thorn, the daughter of Larissa and Pons, and the goddess of agriculture and the seasons.

Thus began the Iron Age, when Javeth ruled jointly with his father, Crum, and when the last generation of gods were fully assembled.

(This is the age we live in, and the age prophesied to be the one that should last until the end of days: man is prophesied to take after Hund instead of Aran, growing worse and worse until even our newborns are grey-haired and wrinkled, and we have all forsaken not just the worship but also the justice of the gods. At this point, Manneh and Partheh shall return, heralding the end of days, while Crum shall enact his plan. Then, some say, the souls of those mortals who were pious and virtuous shall find a home among the stars, while a new world is created below them.)
 
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RiverNotch

Sanguine Bile, Troll and Boy
#2
A rough and gradually diminishing sketch of myths

I. A Confusing Collection of Creation Myths

In the beginning, there was nothing.
There was fire and ice, which met in this gap,
which uncovered earth, the first element,
and created water, the second element,
from which sprang vapor, the third element.
The fourth element was fire; the fifth element was ice,
which was nothing, which was the beginning.


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In the beginning there was nothing: to the north was great cold, to the south was great heat. The cold and the heat met, and formed water: the water formed streams, which snake-like encircled the world.

2
In the beginning there was nothing: to the north was great cold, to the south was great heat. The cold and the heat met, and formed Hedda, the snake. Nocteus and his two brothers, Manneh and Porseh, fought Hedda, and defeated her, and out of her corpse came the world.

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In the beginning there was nothing: to the north was great cold, to the south was great heat. The cold and the heat met, and formed Hedda, the world. Nocteus and his two brothers, Manneh and Porseh, arrived at her doorstep. Hedda, amused at the sight of men, invited them in, fed them, played games with them. Eventually, she fell in love with their chief, Nocteus, and married him. After the marriage, Manneh and Porseh left, in search of worlds to call their own.

Nocteus changed his name to Arda, the All-father. Hedda changed her name to Heh, in submission to her husband.

4
In the beginning there was nothing: to the north was great cold, to the south was great heat. The cold and the heat met, and formed water: and out of this water came Proteus, the creator.

Proteus created three trolls: Sargeh, Magneh, and Tanneh. Sargeh is mind and magic; Magneh is reason and dreams; Tanneh is sensation and passion. These trolls were his thralls, assisting him in his work as creator, especially in his work as creator of man.

Then Proteus had four children: Mons, Larissa, Lemna, and Mobius. These four gods became the caretakers of man, bringing them gifts such as language, agriculture, civilization, and metalworking.

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Before they left, Manneh and Porseh prophesied that Arda's children would mean the death of him. As such, whenever Heh gave birth, he ate the children whole.

Heh gave birth to six children: Elisef, Mons, Larissa, Dana, Lemna, and Crum. Arda managed to eat the first five; when it came to Crum, Heh substituted a stone, whisking her youngest son away to Proteus. Here, Crum grew in power, receiving a mighty weapon from Proteus' three thralls: the thunderbolt. In exchange, he allowed the trolls to have a hand in the later creation of man.

With his thunderbolt, Crum cut his father's belly open, releasing his five siblings, then stretched his father's corpse like a canvas over all the earth, creating the sky.

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With his thunderbolt, Crum cut his father's belly open, releasing his twin siblings, Elisef and Dana. Crum then stretched his father's corpse like a canvas over all the earth, creating the sky, and he declared himself the lord of the sky. His twin siblings then plucked out Arda's eyes, creating the luminaries. From the left eye came the moon, Elisef's dominion, and from the right eye came the sun, Dana's dominion.

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Nocteus changed his name to Arda, meaning All-father. Hedda changed her name to Heh, in submission to her husband. And out of the remains of her name, the Da, came Thorn, the Dawn.

With his thunderbolt, Crum cut his father's belly open, releasing his siblings. Crum then stretched his father's corpse like a canvas over all the earth, creating the sky, and he declared himself the lord of the sky, taking Thorn as his queen.

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Thus there are seven planets, and seven principal gods. Elisef [in our terms, the Moon] is the goddess of magic and the hunt, and she is married to Mons. Mons [in our terms, Mercury] is the god of travel and the sea. Larissa [in our terms, Venus] is the goddess of fertility and the wilderness. Dana [in our terms, the Sun] is the god of music and the arts. Lemna [in our terms, Mars] is the goddess of war and the law. Crum [in our terms, Jupiter] is the god of storms, power and wisdom. Finally, Mobius [in our terms, Saturn] is the god of wealth and the underworld.
 

RiverNotch

Sanguine Bile, Troll and Boy
#3
II. The Wars of the Gods

1 - Titanomachy
Crum returned to his father's household with the thunderbolt, intent on releasing his siblings then taking his father's place. The first, he accomplished; the second, he was stopped by something Arda whispered into his ear, something which greatly troubled him. Once he and his siblings had retreated, Crum quickly disappeared, commanding his siblings find the thralls of Proteus for help.

And here, Dana took the lead, making another fateful deal with Sargeh, Magneh, and Tanneh: in exchange for their help, Dana would set the three thralls free. Meanwhile, Arda summoned the four children of Proteus, Mobius, Lemna, Larissa, and Mons, invoking an oath their father had sworn to him to fight by his side. Thus, the two sides of the world's first ever war were assembled.

With the full force of Mobius' dominion by their side, Arda quickly gained the upper hand. But Heh, angry at her husband's treatment of her children, summoned Dana, telling him that from her entrails were to be found a map towards Crum. Dana's crime of slaying his mother led to the diminishing of his power; yet through his act his sister did find Crum, who had hanged himself from the World-tree.

Elisef cut Crum down, and the two returned to the fight. Crum, with his thunderbolt, managed to castrate his father: and from the union of Arda's testicles and the sea came Thorn, goddess of the dawn, while from the union of his blood and the earth came the Giants.

With this blow, however, the fight only devolved into a stalemate. The gods, wearied of the war, decided to negotiate a peace, which was cemented by a wedding: that of Elisef and Mons, the heads of either side.

2 - Gigantomachy
From Heh's corpse emerged three goddesses: Winthra, the goddess of motherhood; Domna, the goddess of fresh waters; and Hela, the goddess of death. The three goddesses together continue the work of Heh in determining the fate of the world; individually, however, Winthra is the caretaker of the now old and feeble Proteus, while Hela is the consort of Mobius.

After the war, Crum decided to create mankind. He barred the three trolls from helping in the work, against the oath he had sworn in exchange for the thunderbolt; nevertheless, Sargeh, Magneh, and Tanneh imbued us with the qualities that make us men, for better or for worse. Sargeh gave us a mind (and also pride), Magneh gave us reason (and also dreams), and Tanneh gave us sensations (and also desires). In anger, Crum slew Magneh, and bound Sargeh to a fate worse than death; Tanneh disappeared, but later on various creatures in his likeness appeared in the world, delighting in the grief of mankind.

Four ages of men then proceeded, mirroring the four ages of the gods. The first age disappeared into darkness, like the primordium which the gods entered. The second age was one of great mirth and merriment, built on the bones of the age that preceded it. The third age was an age of decadence, destroyed by a devastating war. The fourth age was an age of relative quiet, with mankind steadily building up wisdom and knowledge to rival the gods --- against which the younger gods were sent to intervene, Tovonin with his spear, Severina with her hammer.

This fourth age proved to be a mirror to the very cause for which man was created. Right after the fourth age, Crum came to earth, taking for his consort a mortal, Mara. This mortal gave birth to Javeth, the man-god, who proceeded to slay his vile stepfather, Linus; to learn under his kindly uncle, Belona; to marry his beautiful cousin, Commena; to murder his beautiful cousin under a mysterious rage; to resurrect both his deceased mother and his deceased (at this point, former) wife Commena; to go into a pilgrimage, in order to come fully into his godhood; to release Sargeh from his bondage; to slay another cousin, the arrogant Peneirus; and to be slain by his second wife, Regina, who was the niece of Linus.

Crum had learned from his ordeal on the world-tree that the gods would win against the giants only if they had someone who was mortal on their side; Javeth sufficiently fulfilled this criterion, and when the giants had finished amassing their forces, the gods easily defeated them. After this war, Thorn was given to Javeth as his consort, while man proceeded on to the fifth age, the ruinous age we now toil in.
 

RiverNotch

Sanguine Bile, Troll and Boy
#4
III. A List of Gods and Goddesses

The seven principal gods

Elisef
, daughter of Arda, goddess of the moon, goddess of the hunt, goddess of war, the god watching over humanity the most carefully

Mons
, husband of Elisef, son of Proteus, god of the sea, god of travel, god of language, god of law

Larissa
, daughter of Proteus, goddess of the wilderness, goddess of agriculture, goddess of fertility, goddess of love, creator of all plants and animals

Dana
, son of Arda, god of the sun, god of the arts, god of music, god of war

Lemna
, daughter of Proteus, goddess of civilization, goddess of industry, goddess of law, goddess of war

Crum
, son of Arda, chieftain of the gods, god of the sky, god of storms, god of royalty, god of wisdom, god of poetry, god of war

Mobius
, son of Arda, god of the underworld, god of caves, god of metals, god of wisdom, god of magic, god of death

The elder gods

Sargeh, god of cunning, god of fire, god of pride, god of fate, god of the human spirit

Magneh, god of sleep, god of dreams, god of death, god of luck, god of determination

Tanneh, god of soul, god of love, god of foolishness, protector of thralls and father of trolls

Pan, husband of Larissa, god of the wilderness, god of fertility, god of madness

Thorn, goddess of the dawn, goddess of the seasons, goddess of medicine, goddess of magic, goddess of maidenhood, the physical embodiment of the earth

Proteus, the creator-god

The younger gods

Winthra, mother of the gods, goddess of hearth and home, protector of women and children

Domna, a river goddess

Hela, goddess of the underworld, goddess of the bog, goddess of magic, goddess of disease, goddess of famine, goddess of death

Tovonin, son of Elisef, god of travel, god of language, protector of outlaws

Severina, daughter of Elisef, goddess of industry, goddess of smithing, goddess of law

The mortal gods

Javeth, the man-god, son of Crum, god of heroism and the human spirit

Belona, the teacher-of-gods

Mara, the mother-of-gods

Commena, the first priestess

Regina, the killer-of-gods

The gods only remembered

Arda, god of heaven

Heh, goddess of earth

Manneh and Porseh, brothers of Arda
 

RiverNotch

Sanguine Bile, Troll and Boy
#5
IV. Signs of the End Times

The death of a god, as announced by Pan, the harbinger

The sun will be snuffed out, and the moon will be red as blood

Manneh and Porseh will return, and so will the Giants
 

RiverNotch

Sanguine Bile, Troll and Boy
#6
Cosmogony revised, with the names made more Indo-European (and, in a lot of cases, directly copied from either Greek or Norse mythology)

PRELUDE: The Creation of the World

In the beginning there was fire and ice. The fire and ice met, and formed water: this water was the serpent Yemira.

From the fire emerged a god, Arda. Arda slew Yemira, and from Yemira's corpse came three beings: Yordh, a woman; Yorma, a cow; and Yormungand, a serpent.

From the ice emerged a god, Tiwestros. Now Tiwestros fashioned three trolls, whom he called his thralls: Fros, Gengir, and Tannhosir. Fros created the sky; Gengir created the underworld; and Tannhosir tamed the world in between, fathering the rest of the trolls.

Tiwestros then led the cow, Yorma, to his home, where Yorma licked the ice for its salt. Out of the ice came four beings: Nekros, Heunos, Heustros, and Naudhos, whom Tiwestros called his children.

PART ONE: The War of Arda and His Children

Arda married Yordh, and together they begat three children: Diyanna, Aliseth, and Crum. But before Yemira died, she whispered a prophecy into Arda's ear, and Arda swallowed whole each of his children as they were born. But Yordh, wise to her husband's acts, substituted a stone for her youngest, Crum, and smuggled the babe to the house of Tiwestros.

Crum grew up in the company of the thralls of Tiwestros. When he had grown older, the three thralls offered him a deal: they would pledge their service to the god, in exchange for being allowed to work on Crum's future creation, mankind. Crum accepted, and the three thralls created for him the thunderbolt.

Now Crum entered his father's household disguised as a cupbearer. He witnessed the children of Tiwestros pledged their service to Arda. On the corresponding feast, he poisoned his father's cup, and his father vomited his two siblings. Thus, Arda uncovered the ruse, but instead of immediately initiating a fight, he whispered a prophecy into his son's ear, then let his children go.

The two sides then prepared for war. Arda led the children of Tiwestros. At first, Crum was supposed to lead his siblings and Tiwestros' thralls, but suddenly he and his thunderbolt disappeared, leaving Diyanna to lead the fight.

The war lasted for ten years, with no side having a clear advantage. Eventually, Yordh disguised herself, and entered the camp of her children. She told Diyanna that the only way to defeat her husband was to find Crum, and the only way to find Crum was to read his current whereabouts in her entrails. Diyanna agreed to sacrifice her, then sent Aliseth to fetch Crum at the bottom of the world tree.

There, Aliseth found Crum, hanging upside down. She cut down her brother, and together they immediately returned to the surface. Crum castrated his father with the thunderbolt: from Arda's skullcap came Orn, the eagle on top of the world tree; from Arda's left eye came Mani, the moon, carried by one giant stag, Eikthirnir; from Arda's right eye came Sol, the sun, carried by two giant horses, Arvak and Alsvidh; from Arda's nerves and eyelids came Skoll and Hati, two hounds ever-desiring to consume the moon and the sun; from Arda's heart came Ratatosk, the squirrel that sends messages between the realms of the world tree; from Arda's penis came Nidhhogg, the serpent gnawing at the roots of the world tree; and from Arda's testicles came Thorn, who was accepted into the company of the gods.

Crum then negotiated peace with the children of Tiwestros. Crum married Heustros, and the world was divided between Crum, Naudhos, and Nekros, with Crum claiming the sky, Naudhos claiming the sea, and Nekros claiming the underworld; Diyanna, having sullied himself with the sacrifice of his mother, was forver to be under his brother's dominion, with Diyanna taking his place as god of the sun, and Aliseth goddess of the moon.

PART TWO: The Creation of Mankind

And from Yordh's corpse emerged three goddesses: Hela, the goddess of death, who married Nekros; Donna, the goddess of fresh waters, who married Naudhos; and Winthra, the goddess of hearth and home, who became the caretaker of the elderly Tiwestros. Together, the three are known as the fates, for they know the destiny of all things.

Now Crum created mankind, but against the oath he had made in exchange for the thunderbolt, he barred the three thralls from participating in his work. Nevertheless, the three thralls imbued us with the qualities that make us men, for better or for worse. Fros gave us a mind, just as he gave the world magic; Gengir gave us dreams, just as he fashioned the world of nightmares; and Tannhosir gave us passions, dividing mankind into man and woman.

Crum was angered by this interference, and tried to punish them accordingly: he slew Gengir, banishing the troll into the underworld, where he became the ferryman of the dead, the caretaker of dreams, and the master of Garm, the hound that watches over all the dead; he bound Fros to a distant rock, summoning the eagle Eitos to gnaw at Fros's liver; but Tannhosir the father of trolls managed to escape Crum's wrath, hiding among his people to this day.

Afterwards, Crum decided to slay his corrupted creation, and to start anew, convincing his brother, Naudhos, to flood the world. But two humans, Skyold and his wife Gefyon, proved to be quite devout, and so were spared by Aliseth, who commanded them build a great chest, and hide in it until the flood had subsided. When the flood was gone, and Aliseth had told her brother what she had done, Crum decided to make Skyold and his wife the instruments of his new creation, ordering them to throw rocks, from which would spring mankind renewed.

Generations passed. Soon enough, a woman named Mara was wedded to Linos, a son of her clan's enemy, settling a centuries-long feud. But Linos was as vile as the rest of his ilk, and Mara prayed to the gods that she be saved; and so, Crum descended from the heavens, took Mara for his lover, and from their union came Ingvi. Ingvi slayed his stepfather, as well as most of Linos' clan; he then went to his uncle, Belona, for refuge, and married Belona's daughter, Commena.

But during this marriage, Ingvi fell under the influence of the trolls, and murdered his wife and children. Belona tasked Ingvi repent through many trials, the last of which involved a descent into the underworld; here, Ingvi wrestled with Garm, discovered the fate of his mother Mara, and returned his now former wife Commena to the land of the living. Afterwards, Ingvi went into a self-imposed exile, while Commena became a priestess.

PART THREE: The War of the Gods and the Giants

Now from the blood of Arda, which had spilled upon the earth, came the giants, who believed they were more powerful than the gods. Another great war raged, but, with the help of Ingvi, Crum once again prevailed.

Another act of Ingvi during his exile was to release Fros from bondage, by which Fros ascended to father his own people, the Elves. As Tannhosir shaped the trolls from the earth, so did Fros shape his children from the fires of the heavens, and the elves became the allies of the gods. Fros himself, however, refused to directly involve himself in the affairs of the gods, although, like the gods, he continued to act in the world of men, revealing what mysteries he had discovered in his own bondage.

Ingvi then returned to the world of men, punishing Peneiros, another kingly uncle, when he failed to offer Ingvi his dues. Ingvi then married Regina, who, unbeknownst to him, was also of the clan of Linos; Regina killed Ingvi with a poisoned cloak, and Ingvi's subsequent funeral pyre completed his deification, turning him into Yaveth, the mortal god. Yaveth was given Thorn to be his consort.

The marriage of Heustros and Crum produced twins, Tovonin and Sovorin, who replaced Tiwestros in his role as god of poetry and god of smithing. The marriage of Hela and Nekros produced the Sylphs, spirits of the air, both fair and putrid; while the marriage of Naudhos and Donna produced the Undines, spirits of the water, whose lives are much akin to those of humans or trolls. Heunos is well regarded for introducing culture into the world of men, while Aliseth and Yaveth are both revered as gods of the seasons.

It is said that the end will come after a series of signs, which include a long winter, the triumph of Skoll and Hati, the deaths of Tovonin and Sovorin, the return of the giants. In the end, the giants will war against the gods for the last time, and it is said that those of mankind who were righteous would fight alongside the gods, while those of mankind who were evil would fight alongside the giants. The world tree will then collapse, and fire and ice would once again be the lay of the land.