Talanor, the Bright Tower
History - Of Creation and the Greater Spirits
Of Creation and the Greater Spirits
by Enasilaor, the Keeper of History for the Aleamitore House of First Elves
Out of the void came thought and it gave life to the universe. It took no form but was aware and began to revel at its own existence. In time, individual thoughts took their own shape and became the Ealintaine. We know them as the Greater Sprits. It was these spirits that created what we now know as the world. As they each became conscious and self-aware, they took a name that has meaning only to themselves. I shall endeavor to explore each of these spirits and give you an understanding of their thoughts.
The first to enter the ether and take shape was Amus, the Elder. She created Time and is its master. Following her, came Calledrym, Celestri, Gaeruhn, Kiravor, Selefahn, Teysura, and Vra'lithe. With them, came the powers of divination through the clouds, bones, water, flesh, death, earth and fire. The seven powers they control have domain over our world. They are divine. They are the Divinium.
Of Amus and the Beginning of Time
Amus, the Elder was the first of the Greater Spirits to gain consciousness. She marveled at her own thought and spent an entire age alone in the void. She could hear the thoughts of the other Greater Spirits but they knew only themselves and would not respond to her. At long last, she gathered all thought together so that she may hear them all at once and she understood. As the knowledge of each thought grew, so grew her own thoughts, and she felt power for the first time. The universe sprang to life as all thought became energy. She named this energy, the Ether, and she drank her fill and stepped out of the void and into the Ether.
Through the next age, Amus watched as each thought took shape and form in the Ether and gave birth to her siblings. She loved each of them and let them grow as they willed, discovering their thoughts and desires. Amus did not interfere with her siblings as they explored the Ether, and she did not dissuade them from their desires as they learned to use the Ether to mold the Material Plane.
The first of her siblings to take shape was Teysura, followed quickly by their brother Kiravor. From those first moments, the younger siblings opposed each other's will, and Amus took it upon herself to make their thoughts coexist within the Ether. While Teysura wished to follow Amus and create life, Kiravor desired only to destroy it. Not wanting either to feel impotent, Amus brought forward a new thought, and it was Time. As Teysura made life, Time would slowly impose Kiravor's thought of death, and the life would begin to fade. Then, from death, life would spring forth again.
For a time, the younger pair were fascinated by the circle that Amus had first thought, but soon, Kiravor became unsettled and desired for death to reign over life. He sought to break the circle and destroy all that Teysura thought to create. But, Amus was the elder sibling and understood the Ether more deeply, and so, she kept the balance. Angered by this, Kiravor withdrew to the void and was not seen for a time…
…It was during the time that Amus first thought of mortal life upon the world, that Gaeruhn came to her and showed her flesh and with that thought, flesh became man.
Of Teysura and the Making of the Known World
Out of the void, a thought took shape and it was the life. So did Teysura, the Sacred Mother come to be. She took the Ether and made the world, creating every stone, every plant, every bird and every beast. She was the Great Mother to all the world.
Teysura came after Amus and the sisters bonded in the Ether as they created form and substance to their thoughts. Teysura delighted in the universe that Amus had made and there she took the Ether and formed it in her hands. The energy grew bright as it took shape in the Material Plane and became our world. In the depths of the world, she set iron and steel and gems of all sizes and shapes. She carved the mountains and leveled the plains. Upon the world she gave life to the plants, birds and beasts.
She is the Sacred Mother and strives to protect the world and those that live upon it. She does not take vengeance upon those that seak to detroy her creations as she knows that time will heal all wounds and the world will not die…
Of Kiravor and the Ravanging of the World
When Amus called out the Ealintaine and coaxed them out of the void, Kiravor, the Harbinger of Death hesitated. His heart desired power and destruction, but he feared the ethereal realm for he had little control over it. But when Teysura ventured out to see what Amus had found, Kiravor followed her and he took delight in what he saw._ Kiravor felt the ether enter him, and he felt its raw power. The ethereal energy radiated with power, and he felt it swell within his being. In a magnificent burst, Kiravor's desires took form as pure force energy. Amplified by his hatred for all things living, he destroyed all the Teysura had first envisioned. For a time, the goddess did not reimagine the world, but she bid her time until Kiravor grew weary of the ethereal realm and returned to the void where he sought out his brother, Gaeruhn. Believing that Kiravor would not return, Teysura smiled and shaped the Known World from her visions and awoke the first elves… …Soon Kiravor and Gaeruhn returned to the ethereal realm and saw what Teysura had made. The brothers laid waste to the world and its first inhabitants. Kiravor drank the life of the elves, and watched as their soulless bodies come to life to do his bidding while Gaeruhn feasted on their still living flesh… _…It was Calledrym that finally put an end to the tyranny of the brothers. The mighty god called forth, his friend, Mylesar from the ether and together they taught the first elves to take arms against Kiravor. They fashioned bows and stung Gaeruhn with their power for the first elves drew the ether into each arrow. The elves would have defeated the Flesh Eater had Kiravor not given him an amulet to protect him from the missiles. Gaeruhn continued his feast for another 100 years before Calledrym and Mylesar heard the elven pleas to intercede. The two great gods came forth again from the ether and defeated Kiravor and his younger brother, sending them fleeing into the void…
Of Calledrym and the Defeat of Kiravor
Calledrym, the Whispering Wind_ was the fourth immortal to have emerged from the Ether when the world was first made. He looked down upon the world and marvelled at what Teysura had done. He smiled at the Mother and said, "I shall encircle your world and cool her days with my breath and wash her with my tears. The clouds shall be my embrace, the thunder my voice and the lightening shall be my wrath." Whether Calledrym said those words upon first seeing the world, we shall never know. However, we do know that he claimed dominion over the skies when the Great Mother, Teysura, brought the land into being. He is the most powerful god in the Ether, and, as such, receives homage from all of the Immortals. In the ethereal realm, the will of Calledrym is second to none. Calledrym is the god of the sky, and he perceives all that happens upon Esteparon. He sits in judgement upon us all. It is said that the priests and priestesses of Calledrym often hear the voice of Calledrym upon the wind. The voice, soft as a whisper, will deliver the god's edicts and proclamations to his followers. Only the devout shall hear his voice. The unworthy will hear only the wind but his judgment shall bind all. _When the gods first took to war upon Esteparon, before the birth of the mortals, it was Calledrym that led the armies of good against Kiravor and his blackened heart. When Kiravor was finally cast down, it was Calledrym that other gods heralded as their king. While many of the gods continue to swear their allegiance to him, their priests see Calledrym as a tyrant who rules the other gods by force rather than will.
Of Celestri and the Hallowing of the Seas
While Kiravor hid in the void, Celestri, the Vengeful followed her brother Calledrym into the ether and bore witness to all that had been created. She marveled at the forests and mountains that Teysura had made upon our world and she delighted in the animals, birds and especially the elves. She was the first of the Ealintaine to cross the shadow that lies upon the ether and enter into the world as a physical presence. She walked among the elves and loved them._ She taught the elves to speak and to sing having learned the craft from Veavys, the Dreamer. They crafted the first instruments of sound and created music with her inspiration. As Celestri led the elves to explore and see their new world, she came upon the great oceans and its wonders. From the ether, the seas had looked nothing more than an empty place of deep blue, but as she stood upon their shores and listened to the sounds of the surf, Celestri began to covet the seas and forsook the elves for a time. She entered the seas and swam among the creatures of the deep, learning all its mysteries. Celestri grew lonesome as she swam to the depths of the oceans and rode her currents to the ends of the world. She felt lonely and desired the company of the elves whom she loved. She sang to them to from the surf and bid them to come join her. Many of the first elves did and were not seen again. But many remained and stayed upon the land and under the stars under which they first awoke… …Celestri has only rage and wrath for those who would harm what she loves. The only one permitted to destroy what she loves is Celestri herself. After the titanic battle between her and her two brothers, she called upon her brother and lover, Calledyrm to come to her and help her wreak her vengeance upon them. But he did not come and would not come until Faenithol taught Solithol to pray because the King of the Gods could not forgive the elves for the faithlessness of his Queen. _When she realized that he would not come to her, Celestri went to the Rynin Sea and hallowed it. It is said that she stayed there in a sulk until Calledyrm created an avatar and reconciled with his lover. Yet, despite all of the misery the expansive nature of her love has caused, Celestri still possesses a wandering eye. Woe to anyone loved by the Queen of the Gods because if she does not destroy them, Calledrym certainly will.
Of Vra'lithe and the Burning Sun
When the world was first created, Vra'lithe, the Everflame did not come into the ether but rather stayed in the void and listened to the voices of the Docti as they reveled in what Amus and Teysura had created. Finally, he succumbed to the emotions he felt and came to the ether. His thoughts could not penetrate the ether and come upon the world to behold it. His desire grew and the energy burst from Vra'lithe in a radiant burst of light. The energy burst through the barrier that separated the world from the ether and formed the sun. Vra'lithe's power is set about our world and flows from the fiery orb that circles the universe. Through it, his power is felt for his thoughts do not come…_ …During the Godling Wars, Vra'lithe grew angry with Gaeruhn, for the evil god had consumed the sun that Vra'lithe had set in the sky. But the guile of Kiravor was too much for Vra'lithe to comprehend. Kiravor convinced Vra'lithe that the other gods had been to blame for his inability to control the ethereal energy within the material plane. Kiravor unleashed the fury of Vra'lithe who erupted as fire upon the world, burning much of Esteparon. When he grew calm again, Vra'lithe saw the destruction that he had done. He left the world and returned to the void in a self-imposed exile… _…When Daysra was killed by Gaeruhn, Vra'lithe returned to the world taking the form of the Avatar of Fire. The other gods, seeing Vra'lithe's glory as he walked upon the world, followed him and took arms against Kiravor and Gaeruhn…
Of Gaeruhn and the Feast of the Known World
Of the Greater Spirits, it was Gaeruhn, the Flesheater and his older brother, Kiravor that first brought hate and jealousy out of the void and into the Ether. When Kiravor retreated from the Ether and Amus, he found his brother, Gaeruhn, in the void and opened the younger's mind to the Ether. After a time, they came out of the void and saw the power that those spirits held. They coveted their power and conspired to take power rather than create it. Gaeruhn found that each spirit was comprised of energy made from the Ether and that he could consume their energy with little effort rather than gather the energy from the Ether…_ _…Gaeruhn went to Amus with a thought of flesh. He thought to make the energy of the ether a living being upon the world.
Of Selefahn and the Ether
After most the Divinium had come out of the void and wrought the world, it was Amus who desired someone to live in the world and experience the passage of time. The greater spirits only existed in the ethereal realm, they did not come into the prime material plane and walk upon the world. Amus then created humans to live and experience the world. Since she made them, they are the race that best feels the passage of time. The are born; they live; and they die the fastest. Selefahn, the Herald comes last as she ushers the energy of the ether back from the material plane to the ethereal plane; converting what has died back into energy.
Of the Docti
From the void, then came seven spirits. They each had a thought, and in that thought, they gained the knowledge of a single truth about the ether. They are masters of that knowledge. They are Thaedymar, Lorrynor, Grahlithe, Faenithol, Korlez, Veavys and Dasyra. They are the learned._
In time, Teysura took comfort in thought. She new the world like no other spirit and sought to give knowledge to the others that had come from the void into the ether. Seven thoughts she had, and as each thought took shape in the Ether, they became as she was. They were her children and to each she gave a name; Elanil, Faelynn, Jhaeros, Miravynn, Mylesar, Raloryss and Valthyra.