Hello there. I'm Master Courier Ignoti Marlow, purveyor of knowledge, seeker of truths, and Professor of Histories and Legend at Luxmel Academy. It is my self-sworn duty to learn everything there is about everything and nothing. Impossible you may believe, well technically yes, but also no. Let me explain. I've spent years studying antiquity and recorded histories from all of the great peoples of Teora as well as some of the lesser known beast-races. Ever met a Pord'murkan storyteller who carves ancient stories into the wood of Iornai palms, a Groaken Swamp-witch who speaks to the spirits of Groaken who've died millennia ago, or a Tsuwarit who claims to have seen the gods when they still walked Teora? Well, I have. Now I imagine the initial resistance to these stories is, "how can we trust they know what they're talking about?" Well, that's a very good question, but I think a better question is, where do all of their claims start to add up. At what point do we find a convergence of belief in that we may find the real truth of beginning, the truth of creation? This is what I have spent my years researching and I am thrilled to be able to share and teach what I've found through this book so that my findings will become timeless. Hopefully, someday all of what I've found will be proved wrong so that strange and wildly scary parts I've found will be squashed out of the worry of our peoples. Until then, we will just have to cross our fingers for a prosperous future, right? Anyways, let's start at the very beginning, where the oldest manuscripts converge.
In The Beginning, There Were Two
Nearly every legend and story of creation comes in one of three distinct forms. The first and most frequent rising accounts is that of two celestial or abstract beings that preside over all of creation. Those two being representative of the balance of order and chaos. There are many names for these two entities across time such as 'The Two Moons' to the Tsuwarit, the 'Two Wings of Creation' to the Avians, 'The Tree and it's Roots' to the Groaken, etc. For the ease of reference, we will be referring to the most common names for these entities that have arisen in Jistorii culture back to our origins in the Iornai isles as Rom the Astral Presence of Order and Vashti the Astral Presence of Chaos. These two entities are formless, timeless, and boundless. One would ask how to describe them as they are very much '-less,' but the best way to recognize what they are is what they are not. They are the underlying currents of all being. When you have stripped away every 'thing,' what is left? You have the restraint of order and the opportunity of chaos. The two bind reality and are manifest in everything while also being nothing. Try to wrap your mind around that, I certainly haven't.
The second of these accounts is the creation of a single entity. The most common you hear about are from those who follow the teachings of the Rokotisi, a rebellious prophet of sorts to the original worshippers of the two entities of order and chaos that I mentioned earlier. More on him later, but he introduced a third overarching entity that the other two are bound to. This one would become known as Omuti. Rom and Vashti would simply be the heart of Omuti being torn out of him and given free will. Therefore anything created after that would be an effect of this catalyst. This would be a point of contention for worshippers of Rom and Vashti as for as long as they had worshipped the Two Great Astral Presences they would be under the impression that there is 'nothing mightier,' which was the reason for many religious wars. This Omuti who would take a similar name from other cultures such as The Great Architect to the Karakai, and the Pythoness to Groaken, would be an unmoved mover of reality and creator of all things.
The third type of accounts we get is that reality wasn't actually created and that it had indeed existed forever. This idea of eternity may spook the common man as a story with no beginning nor ending would be quite boring really. It sucks away the idea of meaning and purpose. Why would all this exist if not for a reason? Well, the Mongoo have adopted this ideology of eternality but have embraced in a way that gives them great purpose through collecting what they call Ji'pamoi 'memories' or gifts along their travels throughout their life of which they call Gomu'dra 'the eternal river,'
All three avenues are fascinating, however, we will focus on the most founded accounts of creation and where they converge. So, in the beginning, there were two.
Order & Chaos
The two entities or 'gods,' as some would refer to them, existed in a void of absolute nothingness. As most of you could very quickly surmise, nothingness seems quite boring. Their purpose for creation, apart from just giving the two something to do, is dependent upon the belief system that the story comes from. Many believe that the two created reality as a way of manifesting themselves into a corporeal form and to experience something with meaning. The creation of this reality brought constructs of time, a creation of Rom, and space, a creation of Vashti. Teora was believed to be created shortly after and became a proverbial playhouse for the two gods and their creations. The two had created a manifestation of themselves upon the world that looked man, or at least that's what the Jistorii would say. The Groaken say they looked like Groaken, and Avians say they look like Avians. Regardless, the point is that they created a form in which they could interact with this new reality, this new plane of existence. Rom's form would become known as Tayo'ram and Vashti's would be known as Isati'vol. The residual fallout of the creation of these forms would result in the sun and the moon respectively. They would be constant reminders to nations long after where their creators first came into this world. Tayo'ram and Isati'vol would then go on to create a council of powerful spiritual beings of which numbered twenty-four. Twelve being the council of Rom and twelve being the council of Vashti. These councils would help the gods in creating the world as we know it, with its mountains, valleys, seas, and swamps. The councils were subject to the complete will of their maker and did whatever was required of them without question. They existed simply as an extension to their god. This would one day change.
Creation of Man
So this is where things start divulging as accounts become more and more separate as to what exactly happened. What can be surmised is that this point is when the major races were created including the Avians, Karakai and by most accounts the Jistorii. So, in that case, I will refer to this event as the creation of Jistorii just to keep things consistent.
The two gods created Jistorii. Those of whom bear fair or bronze of skin are descendants of Tayo'ram and were wakeful during the time the sun was in the sky. Those of whom bear pale and purplish skin are descendants of Isati'vol and are nocturnal being wakeful during the time the moon was in the sky. The Jistorii worshiped and lived among their god in perfect harmony. The end. Or at least, the end of this era. It is unknown as to how long this era stretches but we believe it is much longer than was originally imagined when the texts were written given recent discoveries of the stars and their functions. We will continue in the next lesson in The Era of Man.