The History of the Gods
By Father Logue Colton of Kharach, Shoring MIX
In the beginning
In the beginning, Sidhe existed, and summoned his powers to create the Heavens of Elysium. Yet, despite the wonder of the place, it was empty. So he thought into being six children, and each would have its own portfolio within the Pantheon of the Gods.
To Logan, he gave the wild places, of nature both wild and terrible and also calm and friendly.
To Githor, he gave the realm of Life, both healing and perfection.
To Kharifus, he gave Death, both quick and painful.
To Abrowa, he gave Battle, both the bloody slaughter and the noble sacrifice.
To Rogal, he gave Wealth, of trade and knowledge and possessions beyond imagination.
To Serelda, he gave Fate, luck and quick wits and quicker words.
For himself he retained truth, justice and keeping the balance between things.
The Creation of the World
Sidhe then created the world on which we live and asked Logan to help create the wilderness, and the creatures who live in it. Logan then created the Alshanti to shepherd the peoples and teach them the ways of the gods.
Sidhe, Logan, and several other of the gods created the peoples of the world. Humans, dwarves, elves, Halflings were created neutral, so that they would have the free choice to follow whom they wished.
People started worshipping the gods, but just as there are good and evil people, there are lighter and darker sides of the Gods, with the exception of the All Father, who was balanced and neutral.
Those worshipping Kharifus quickly split into two factions. Some worshipped Kharifus as the god of the dead, one to be venerated as the merciful Lord who gathers and protects the souls of the dead. Others chose to worship him through bloody and violent sacrifices, where the dying were to be tortured over days.
In truth, Kharifus was both of these, with each faction worshipping him in their own way. Eventually, because mortals are flawed, war started between the two factions of the Church of Kharifus. Brother fought Sister, and the Church tore itself apart. Those caught in the middle ground were recruited, or killed.
And with the other Churches similar happened. Followers of Abrowa fought over the right to Slaughter and the right to Protect. Followers of Logan fought over the dispute between the balance of the cycle and the ideal of survival of the fittest. Soon, all of the Churches were in dispute.
And then Sidhe, in his wisdom acted. He could bear it no longer that the followers of his children fought due to the perceived failings of their choices. And so he smashed the great artefact, the Mirror of the Heavens, and where there was once one, there were now two.
Kharifus became Kharach, God of the Dead, and Bequwifus, Goddess of Pain and Suffering.
Abrowa became Abraxis, God of Slaughter, and Crowa, the Goddess of Battle.
Logan became Longstor, God of Nature, and Krygon, Goddess of Corruption.
Rogal became Rolbor, God of Trade, and Fygol, Goddess of Greed.
Githor became Githas, God of Vanity, and Vleybor, Goddess of Healing.
Serelda became Sereklan, God of Lies, and Tralda, Goddess of Luck.
The First Holy War
With the split between Light and Dark, the followers of the light Gods lived in peace, but the followers of the Dark Gods travelled to the Lands of the Konn and began to dominate the people there. For many years they slaughtered and enslave the Konnish people before a powerful scholar learned that the Gods pulled their powers from the fabric of Arda. He learned how to do the same, and taught his followers the same. The First Holy War ground to a halt as the two sides became balanced.
These Konnish, noble in their fight against the followers of the Dark Six, were the descendants of the demon worshippers that plague the region of the world today. Such is the price of power beyond the Gods.
The Second Holy War
Slowly, the followers of the Darkness became jealous of the peace and harmony enjoyed by the followers of the Light Gods, and so the second Holy War started. During this time, the Six Light Children of Sidhe cemented their divine portfolios, becoming the Gods we know today.
The followers of the Seven fought united, whilst the followers of the Dark Six fought each other for dominion over themselves, and so eventually the Light triumphed over the Darkness.
The Imprisonment of the Dark Six
With the Dark Six defeated, Sidhe asked the Gods of Light for their opinions.
“They must be destroyed,” said Kharach, “for others will raise their banners and follow them.” Others said the same, and soon only Vleybor was left. “No father,” said Vleybor “I hate them but I can not kill them. But this evil must not be allowed to rise again.”
And is his wisdom Sidhe decided that the Dark Six should not be destroyed. For what is the Light without the Darkness to shine against?
And so the Dark Six were instead imprisoned in the Heavens, and the All Father took from all mortals the knowledge of the Dark Six, although the Alshanti were allowed to retain this knowledge. Knowing that their brethren the Elderkin did also, they hunted down their brethren and killed them, the survivors scattering into the deep woods, thus ending the Second Holy war.
And for many years, the Seven ruled in the Heavens and the mortals went about their business in Arda, praising the Gods of Light and defeating the demons of Sharda.
And in the year 0, the Pact was re-signed in Saleem. Whilst there are no recorded signings of the Pact before this time, there is evidence that the Pact signed M years ago was not the first.
This Pact is a contract between the Gods and their eternal enemies, the demonic denizens of Sharda, subjects of the Demonic Emperor of Sharda. The Pact ensures that neither God nor Demon can travel to Arda of their own power, although both can have agents on this plane. Therefore the duty of all those who follow the Light of the Seven is to root out and destroy those who conspire with the foul demons.
The Nameless One
From the time of the Imprisonment of the Dark Six, there have been only a few who knew of the existence of the Dark Gods trapped in their Prison, foremost amongst them the Alshanti.
During the year DCCCCLXXXVII, a figure appeared, calling itself the Jester. This creature, who we now know to be Sereklan, led the tribes of Llamanisu to raid and conquer Ithron as a prelude to breaking the Dark Gods out of the prison in which Sidhe had placed them in. Eventually four Gods escaped and merged together to form the Nameless One, a being of evil divine power.
And so the Nameless One and it’s new followers caused much woe. For never before in the last thousand years had the people of Ithron faced such a threat as the followers of this new Dark God.
The Pact is signed again
As the year DCCCCLXXXIX came to a close, it was discovered that the Pact would have to be re-signed. As a result, the Nameless One was split once more, and the other Dark Gods were freed, as only the full thirteen Primates of the Gods could sign the pact. Anything else would break the Pact, and war of a scale not seen would descend upon the plane of mortals.
Thus the Pact was signed by the representatives of the thirteen Gods and the demons of Sharda on the fields of Haddingsbury. Thus Ithron became the Holy Land.
The War of the Gods
In the year MVIII, Bequwifus was judged to have broken the Pact. Her crime was to strengthen her followers with the creation of a great eye above her Catherdral near Fernham, and her punishment was the stripping of her power for a year and a day. The Keeper of Seven Secrets commanded this act, and it was carried out by a demon powerful enough to kill the Gods.
Whether this sparked the War is unclear, but the Gods have now been fighting for many months, their armies in the Heavens slaughtering each other. On Arda, Heretics and Faithful alike have been fighting to gain ascendance over the other, and wounded servants of the Gods fall to Arda as falling stars.
And during all this, Sidhe waits, keeping the Balance and not wishing to show favour over one group or the other.
It now seems that a Holy Communion is required, that a meeting of representatives or ‘Paragons’ of each of the Gods are required to meet during the last days of Shielding. And during this meeting they shall find ways to agree a ceasefire, or surely all shall be lost as the Heavens themselves are brought down.
As of this date, the IXth Shoring MIX, there is much hope that the War in the Heavens can end. For now, Lord Kharach has commanded that we continue the fight, that we kill and Lay to Rest any Heretics that we can, and that Light should succeed over Darkness.
Praise be to the Lord of the Dead,
Praise be to the Seven
Father Colton of Kharach