The Obsidian Spire
MYTHOLOGY OF CREATION
This page gives a high-level summary of the common knowledge myths and legends related to the birth of the world of Creation.
Order and Entropy: According to the religious text known as the GodWall, the universe came about by an eternal conflict between these two forces. Order seeks to create and support life. Entropy seeks to corrupt and destroy what Order creates. There have been countless universes created by Order that have been corrupted, destroyed or absorbed by the Entropy. The gods are the agents of the Order and the abominations are the agents of the Entropy. The gods, led by the most powerful of them, a being named Io, brought together the remnants of fallen worlds to a place far from the Entropy; a place where they could build a new world from the ashes of the old.
Primordials: Indiginous to the Elemental Chaos, these powerful entities were initially opposed to the god’s relocation to the cosmic neighborhood. Each personified apects of the chaos and their power rivaled that of the gods. Io offered the Priomordials the secrets to “life” in exchange for their assistance in building a world. The Primordials agreed and with the secret of life, they brought forth the various elemental beings that now reside within the Elemental Chaos.
Building Creation: The gods and Primordials came together to put the pieces of the sundered worlds together into a new world. They toiled for ages, but could not get the pieces to adhere to the new space. It was when the god Bane and a powerful Primordial clashed in frustration that the secret to melding the world shards together was discovered. Once this was learned, it was not long before the worlds of Creation was born.
The Abyss: One of the gods, corrupted by the Entropy, took an entropic shard deep into the Elemental Choas and planted it. The shard rapidly grew and warped the fabric of the Elemental Chaos, creating the realm known as the Abyss; a semi-sentient region that sprung forth chaotic creatures called demons – born of the elements, but fueled by Entropy, these creatures live only to destroy and wreak havoc. Despite their origins, demons are not controlled by or loyal to the Entropy. They are loyal only to the Abyss itself.
The Dawn War: Outraged by the corruption of a portion of their realm, the Primordials broke their pact with the gods and waged war, seeking to destroy Creation in retribution. The gods sought to protect Creation from the Primordial’s rampage. Eventually, the gods prevailed and most of the Primordials were either destroyed or imprisoned.
War Against Entropy: Shortly after the Dawn War, the Entropy found where Io and the gods had fled with their world-shards and launched an attack with the intent of destroying their Creation, as they had countless times before. The Entropy pierced the protective barrier known as the “GodWall” and its Elder Evils began to flood the Astral Sea with its aberrations. The gods were intent upon saving Creation and fought to prevent the Entropy from entering the multiverse. Many gods died in the battle, but the flood of Entropy was halted and the aberrations were held at bay.
Abominations: The Entropy and gods were at a standstill, so the Entropy formed horrible abominations and once again burst through the GodWall. These beings were so powerful that the god’s servants were unable to contain them, so the gods created their own abominations and the war raged on.
Atropus and Io’s Sacrifice: As the Entropy War continued, gods began construction of a wall around Creation similar to the wall that separated the multiverse from the Entropy, to protect the precious life within from the encroaching abominations of Entropy. The god Moradin supervised its contruction. At a critical point in the war, the abomination known as Atropus, the Entropy’s greatest weapon, burst through the Outer GodWall and began the slaughtering gods, their abominations, their lesser servants and destroying their domains. Seeing no other option, Io, leader of the gods, sacrificed himself to seal the breach in the outer GodWall. Cut off from the Entropy that fueled it, the Atropus and its servants went dormant and became lost within the vastness of the Astral Sea. Some took the form of stars, others of planetoid and still others hid within the ruins of divine domains that were destroyed during the war. The loss of their Armageddon weapon weakened the forces of Entropy and allowed the surviving gods an opportunity to deal with them.
Sacrifice of Solara: While Io and the gods dealt with the Atropus, a few of the abominations of Entropy, including a being called Necreus, managed to get past the gods and to reach Creation. These beings worked to unravel the world shards from the Elemental Stew to which they were attached. The goddess Solara broke away from the war front and tracked these abominations to Creation. As the GodWall was completed, she fought to prevent one of the abominations from escaping, thus trapping it within the GodWall; cut off from the Entropy. She too was cut off from the divine after the sealing of the GodWall, and her divine power congealed into a monolithic structure, trapping her mortal remains within. Completely cut off from the remaining Entropy in the multiverse, these Creation-bound abominations were forced into an inert state.
Rise of Sola and Necreus and the War of Darkness: The goddess Solara ceased to exist when her link to the divine was severed by the GodWall, but in her place grew a vestige of her power, a semi-divine being who came to name herself Sola. Taking a human form, Sola wandered the world and brought the word of the gods to the people who were cut off from their saviors. Her words were collected by her followers and gathered into the holy book called the “GodWall” and eventually led to the founding of the Church of Soladrin and the Soladrin Theopolis. But as the word spread of the gods, the abomination she kept from escaping awoke from its inert state, took a humanoid form and called itself Necreus. This being gathered an army of darkness and waged war against Sola and her armies of light. The War of Darkness raged for years as Necreus sought to complete what he and his brethren began; the destruction of Creation.
The Sacrifice of Sola: At the culmination of the war, Sola and Necreus fought in single combat. Sola was defeated, but before Necreus could snuff her life force out, she used the remaining divine spark to imprison the Entropy Lord within his Obsidian Citadel. This sacrifice destroy Sola and freed the world from the clutches of Necreus for 1,000 years.
The Empire of Nerath: After the War of Darkness, the King of Nerath brought together various kingdoms, tribes and independent societies into a world-spanning empire, ushering in an age of peace and prosperity to the world.
The Conclave of Magi and the Soladrin Theopolis: Despite the unprecedented peace established by the Empire, tensions continued between the Conclave of Magi and the Soladrin Theopolis. Each held beliefs regarding the true nature of the world and the role mortals play and those beliefs were not congruent. These tensions would eventually lead to the destruction of one and contribute to the fall of an empire.
The Magi Heresy: After centuries of political strife, the tensions between the Soladrin Theopolis and the Conclave of Magi erupted when a young emperor ascended to the throne and took the Conclave of Magi as his advisory council, rather than the Soladrin, as had been customary for centuries before. This threatened the Soladrin’s influence and power over the empire, so the Theopolis leadership began a smear campaign against the new emperor and his Eladrin bride, claiming that he was being influenced by the Fairy Courts of the Feywild. In an attempt to quell the political tensions, the young emperor held a conference with the Soladrin and the Conclave, but the conference was interrupted by an attack from fairy beings and many influential nobles were slain. The Soladrin Theopolis used this attack to strengthen its claims that the Emperor was in league with the Fey and that the Conclave of Magi, whose leader was the Eladrin father of the Empress, was responsible for the fairy attack. The Soladrin declared the emperor’s marriage to the empress invalid and began calling her the emperor’s concubine. This outraged the emperor, who attempted to sever ties with the Soladrin, but found his subjects in support of the Soladrin and suspicious of his loyalties to Creation. The emperor had no choice but to allow the Soladrin to launch an inquiry into the fey assault or face revolution. The Soladrin created a force of Inquisitors to investigate the allegations of treason. The Inquisition resulted in a judgement against the emperor and the Conclave. The Theopolis launched a surprise attack against the Conclave and the emperor on a night that would be known as the “Night of Terror.” The Conclave’s seat of power, a mystical tower called Arcanis, was destroyed and the emperor, empress and their young daughter were reputedly slain in their castle. Shortly thereafter, the Soladrin Theopolis placed a puppet emperor upon the throne and assumed an unprecedented control over the Empire, essentially outlawing the practice of arcane magics.
The War of Ruin and the Fall of Nerath: After a thousand years of peace, the Empire of Nerath had become corrupt from within. A combination of weak-willed emperors and the conflicts of the Soladrin Theopolis and the Conclave of Magi resulted in the deterioration of strength in the Empire, allowing the rise of the warlord known as the “Ruler of Ruin.” The emperor went to war against this threat from the south, unprepared for the opposition met and the empire’s forces met many losses against the RoR. The war taxed the empire’s resources and strained its ability to manage its control over its realms. Many provinces, tired of heavy taxation, oppressive rule, and overbearing religious demands from an unchecked Soladrin Theopolis, seceded from the empire and proclaimed their independence. The Soladrin Church attempted to regain control, but political forces from within, pressure from splinter churches that wanted to continue their practices of worshipping their gods of choice rather than the whole pantheon, and strategic attacks by the Ruler of Ruin resulted in the church losing much power and influence.
Eventually the Ruler of Ruin was defeated, thanks to the efforts of a small but powerful group of heroes. Terrox was slain and his red wyrm Incindiarus was imprisoned within a volcano, but the cost to the empire was too great and in the years following the end of the War of Ruin, the empire fell apart. Various ambitious warlords sought to claim the throne of the fallen empire or to form their own independent kingdoms, but most of these efforts failed and the world fell into a new age of darkness.
The New Age of Darkness: With the fall of the Empire, the self-destruction of the Soladrin Theopolis and the loss of the Conclave of Magi, the world’s civilizations began to recede into small, independent settlements as the predators of the world, which had been driven into hiding by the power of the empire, now emerged to once again threaten the people of Creation. Once glorious cities fell into ruin. Roads and trade routes, once protected and maintained by emperial forces, are now overgrown and largely impasasble. The sections of imperial roads that were still functional are now controlled by bandits or attacked by tribes of malevolent humanoids or wild beasts and monsters. The seas, once patrolled by the imperial navy, are now a wilderness where only the bravest dare sail. Contact and trade between the continents, once open and affluent, is now shut down and non-existent. Still, a few settlements with brave leaders attempt to rebuild civilization and push back the encroaching darkness. And yet there are others who seek to rule the darkness and snuff out the remaining points of light.