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Posted: Mar 2 2007, 11:08 PM
Commander of the Hearthshire
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Here is a link to Avaris' original background for the gods. And following is the actual background (6 pages of word, enjoy)
The origins of Gaia are often debated by the warring kingdoms of the world, however, the most commonly agreed series of events is as follows, usually told in the nine chapters below.
Chapter I - Ampellicus’ Birth and Gaia’s Creation
Millennia ago, a surge of energy caused the birth of the great entity Ampellicus. Ampellicus’ powers were great, and he soon discovered an outlet for his immense energy. He used his skills to form spheres of earth, however his first attempts proved futile. He attempted to place life on these worlds, however the balance of forces meant they could not be sustained and usually the beings quickly died out and left the sphere as a wasteland. Ampellicus wept at these moments, and strived to create a perfect world. Eventually he succeeded. He painstakingly worked on his creation, keeping a constant balance of the four life forces. He kept the world’s temperature regular by placing a heat source in the centre, providing constant warmth to the basic creatures dwelling there. He covered parts of the world in a layer of water, providing sustenance for the animals. He left areas of earth showing, providing a place for the creatures to build and develop. He covered the whole planet in a layer of air, giving the animals a life force, giving them air to breath. When he saw how the creatures were living in harmony and sustaining their habitat, Ampellicus looked upon it and smiled. He had succeeded, and Gaia had been born.
Chapter II - Humankind’s Conception
He had created the perfect world, but he wouldn’t stop there. Whenever an anomaly occurred on the planet, no matter what feature it was, he could easily correct it and return Gaia to its former self. He watched as the basic life forms went about there lives, and soon realised he could use his power to create much more complex beings. He began modelling the new life forms on himself, making them complicated entities with varieties of emotions and abilities. This task began to prove harder than he had thought, and the time he took away from his world grew longer and longer. In his absence, Gaia began to fall further and further into chaos. Seeing this, Ampellicus left his current task and quickly worked to repair the damages that had been caused in his absence. He worked non-stop correcting the problems, and eventually returned the world to the balance it was created with.
Chapter III - Creation of the Elementals
Ampellicus realised he would never finish creating his perfect creation without help. He fashioned four entities similar to himself, but each having power over only one aspect of the planet. After a lot of hard work, his creations were finished. The first entity he created was Ignis, the god of fire. Ignis had control over everything to do with the hot centre of the world, and protected the creatures from any sort of fiery death. Ampellicus the created the goddess of water, Unda. She kept storms from raging across the world and kept Ampellicus’ creatures safe from drowning or their homes being flooded. Ampellicus’ third creation was the god of the earth, Terva. He held power over the lands of the world and prevented the animals from being harmed by disasters such as earthquakes and landslides. Ampellicus’ final creation was Aer, the goddess of the air. She held power over the air that the creatures breathed and protected them from events such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Ignis and Unda’s powers were direct antitheses of each other, yet the two grew close and eventually became partners, each complementing the other’s abilities. Similarly, Terva and Aer became partners for the same reasons, and together the four ‘elemental’ gods, as Ampellicus had named them, ruled over Gaia. This allowed Ampellicus to continue the creation of his race of beings. Over the many years, the world was in harmony, as everything supported everything else. Ampellicus continued creating the race of ‘humans’ as he had called them, and the four elemental gods kept Gaia in a balance.
Chapter IV - Divine Birth and the War of Power
Soon, Unda gave birth to a son, Phoebus. Following in his father’s footsteps, Phoebus wished to be part of the realm of fire. Unwilling to give up a portion of his power to another being, Ignis consulted Ampellicus on what he should do. Ampellicus told Ignis that he had always wished to provide the world with light, but hadn’t given control to any of the elemental gods, as he didn’t want the power of one to outweigh the power of any of the others. He gave Ignis permission for Phoebus to have power over a light source, and together, Phoebus and Ignis created a great ball of flame from the heat of the world’s centre. Phoebus agreed to carry this ball across the sky every day, providing light to the creatures upon the planet, yet still letting them sleep in the atmosphere they were used to. Soon, Unda gave birth to another child, a daughter this time. Aequella, as they had named her, decided to follow her mother, and was soon given power over the rivers that provided sustenance to the creatures of the world, and the weather that spread Unda’s water across the land. Soon after the birth of Ignis and Unda’s two children, Terva and Aer gave birth to two children as well. Their first child, Montis, was given power over the mountains and peaks of the world, whereas his younger sister, Nundinae, was given power over the valleys and pathways that weaved their way across the surface of the world, connecting different areas. Many years passed of caring for the world in this way. The elemental gods began to grow distant from Ampellicus, and they began to get cocky of their abilities. Just as they began to draw as much extra power as possible, Ampellicus finally finished his creation. They had the appearance, grace and wisdom of the gods, and were the most advanced race yet to be created by Ampellicus. As he placed these life forms onto the world, the elemental gods quickly realised that power would soon be relinquished from them, as Ampellicus would retake control. The eight gods didn’t want their power to be taken away from them, and each secretly began to plot against him with their respective follower, unknown even to each of their partners. Ignis and Phoebus, Unda and Aequella, Terva and Montis, and Aer and Nundinae plotted in pairs against Ampellicus, to ensure that they would keep their powers no matter what. Ampellicus called a meeting with all eight of the other gods, and each pair decided this would be the time to strike. As Ampellicus rose to speak, Ignis shouted out to him. Ignis didn’t want to lose his powers, and Phoebus backed him up. The pair threw balls of fire at their creator, who easily defended himself. Realising that Ignis had been keeping secrets from her, Unda and Aequella launched their attack, and all hell broke loose. God attacked god, and all previous ties of friendship and love were cut. Ignis and Unda attacked each other, Terva and Aer attacked each other, Montis and Nundinae attacked each other, and Phoebus and Aequella attacked each other. Ampellicus looked on in horror as his trusted friends ripped apart each other and the world he had created. ‘The Battle of the Gods’ continued until Ampellicus could behold the destruction no longer. “STOP!” He bellowed, halting every one of the gods around him. All eight stared up at him as he spoke, his commanding voice holding them all in place. “If this is how gods shall behave, then your powers shall be relinquished. A husband should not attack his wife, a brother should not attack his sister. You were held responsible for the creation of this world and look at its state now. You have ruined centuries of hard work, and for that you must pay the ultimate price.” Upon hearing this, all eight gods screamed in anguish. As one, they launched their attacks on Ampellicus, each one hitting him with their full might. The burning heat of Ignis and Phoebus cracked his skin and heated his blood. The pouring water of Unda and Aequella, soaked his clothing and choked his throat. The jagged rocks of Terva and Montis crushed his bones and stabbed his flesh. The icy winds of Aer and Nundinae froze his brain and chilled his body. The power of the attack completely destroyed Ampellicus’ perfect figure, yet his power remained. It was split into hundreds of fragments, each one showing a different facet of Ampellicus’ power, each one drifting off to different parts of the heavens. The four elemental gods were pleased that they still kept their power, but were still furious at their partner for betraying them. Each one still felt the need for the power and wanted control of every aspect of the world for themselves, but they were held in check by the power of their counterpart. So began the ‘War of Power’ that would continue for centuries to come.
Chapter V - Ampellicus Shards, Efferus and Procella
As the eight gods warred with each other, the fragments that once formed Ampellicus began to develop, and over time began to form into minor gods themselves, each still having power over the aspect of Ampellicus they portrayed. Meanwhile, the elemental gods were held in check by their counterparts; each could be easily destroyed by one of the others, so none could make an attack to try and obtain complete power. Ignis was the first to find a way to gain the upper hand over the others, as he was the first to become aware of the other developing gods. He quickly discovered the existence of a god names Efferus, who had a form of control over the wild. Ignis realised that Unda’s powers would not have such a great effect over Efferus, as he was not based on the fire element, and decided he could make use of him in an attack against his counterpart. Efferus’ attack caught Unda unawares, and it came down to Aequella to destroy Efferus. The ensuing battle was fierce, and Efferus’ power was too great for Aequella to handle. After all, she was, in essence, just the granddaughter of Ampellicus, whereas Efferus was a fragment of him. Just before Efferus dealt the final blow on Aequella, she made her move. She split her power into two separate entities, Aequor and Procella, and the two new gods surrounded Efferus. Aequor retained Aequella’s features and most of the entity’s power. Bewildered by what had just occurred, Efferus halted in his tracks. Procella used his tiny amount of power to consume Efferus, stealing his power and taking on many aspects of Efferus‘ previous form. Due to this, Procella had power over many natural things with a link to water, such as the weather and natural disasters; in essence, Procella became a cross between Efferus and his ‘sister’, Aequor. Unda was seriously damaged in her fight, and took a long time to recover. The only reason she wasn’t completely destroyed by Ignis was because of the protection of Aequor and Procella.
Chapter VI - Regenus, Caminus and Sero
However, over time, Procella began to feel separate from Unda; she was most favourable to Aequor, her true daughter, as they shared many aspects of their abilities, and were directly related, whereas Procella was just her son by default. During the time of Unda’s recovery, Procella began to befriend the air goddesses, due to the air aspect of his abilities, and grew especially close to Nundinae, forming a strong, loving relationship between the two. Eventually, Nundinae gave birth to their first child, who had many characteristics of Procella, and therefore of Efferus at the same time. They named the god ‘Regenus’ however unknown disaster was soon to strike. As knowledge of the child’s birth spread to Ignis and Terva, they realised that Unda and Aer now had two more Gods supporting them. Ignis and Terva each knew they had to stop their counterpart getting too powerful, and together with Phoebus and Montis, searched for another fragment of Ampellicus. Eventually the found an especially strong god, Caminus. He had power in the realm of creation and the smithing of weapons. The two elemental gods realised they could get Caminus to create weapons of war for them, with which they could destroy their counterparts. They taught Caminus and took him as their understudy. Unda saw this as a great threat, as when Ignis had made use of Efferus in an attack, she had almost been destroyed. Unda decided that to counter Ignis’ alliance with Terva, she would have to make one as well. She warned Terva of Regenus’ gaining power, and convinced him to help train another god for themselves. She discovered from Terva information about the fragments of Ampellicus, and decided she would do the same. They discovered one they could both easily relate to and trust for loyalty, named Sero. Sero was the goddess of nature and farming; not the wild side of nature, like Efferus was, but the encouragement of civilisation and the beautiful face of the natural world. Sero quickly gained in power and showed great loyalty and affection to Unda, a mother figure to her.
Chapter VII - Efferus Reborn and Nature’s Battle
Almost as soon as Sero had gained significant power to match up to the other minor gods, disaster struck. Regenus, having also reached a similar level of power, overthrew his family ties and roared out to all the gods; “I am no son of Nundinae, I am Efferus reborn. All shall cower before the power of the wild!” This caused uproar amongst the gods. Ignis was delighted that he again had the upper hand and that the god who had almost completely destroyed his counterpart had returned. Unda wept in fear at the prospect of facing this beast’s attacks again, and Aer wept in distress at the loss of her first grandson. However, the god most affected by this event was Sero. As the goddess of nature, Efferus completely opposed her viewpoint on the world and she could foresee future conflict. Sero was also concerned for her mentor, Unda’s, safety, as Efferus had almost completely destroyed her previously. Sero knew that eventually, it would develop to a battle between her and Efferus, and there was no way of preventing that. Sure enough, Efferus quickly became aware of Sero’s power and instantly hated her for her views on nature and civilisation. Sero began to fear for her existence, and realised that Efferus could easily destroy her, having almost destroyed Unda previously. She needed a way of protecting herself against this enemy, but knew that she would not be able to raise one of the other Ampellicus fragments, as she was inexperienced and lacked the influence she would require. Sero searched for an answer, and eventually discovered the solution. She realised that the humans, Ampellicus’ greatest and final creation before his demise, could provide her with protection from Efferus’ powers. She visited many of the leaders of the human tribes in their dreams, and upon discovery of their stories coinciding, the humans understood there was a greater power out there. Many of the human tribes people swore allegiance to Sero, providing her with sufficient power to defend herself against Efferus. However, the sly Efferus soon discovered what Sero was doing, and didn’t want her to be able to overpower him. He copied her actions, and eventually, both gods had similar numbers of followers, both with strictly opposed views, due to Sero and Efferus’ conflicting ideals. Sero realised that whatever she did, Efferus would just copy her, meaning she would never have the upper hand. She realised that the only way to rid the world of Efferus, would be to destroy him in a full forced attack. She plotted in secret for her followers to launch a daring attack on the followers of Efferus, hopefully destroying many. Then, while weakened due to the lack of power and influence, Efferus would fall victim to her personal attack. Soon, the plans had been arranged, and the humans’ attack began. This was the first war of the humans, and it would definitely not be the last. Many Efferusians were slain in the attack, and Sero’s followers obviously had the upper hand. The civilised methods of war possessed by the Serosians crushed the barbaric, wild nature of Efferus’ followers. Sero knew that now was the time to make her attack, and found Efferus’ location. She attacked Efferus with her full force, and the battle raged for hours. However, Efferus could not protect himself against Sero any longer, and was knocked to the ground by the goddess. She was just about to deal the killing blow, when Procella stepped in, and blocked the attack. Even though Efferus had almost killed Procella’s mother, he was still his son, and he could not just watch him get destroyed. Efferus had taken a lot of Procella’s power when he was born, and Procella couldn’t afford to let that power be put to waste. He offered to make Sero a deal, in which Efferus would have much of his power drained, and returned to Procella, and Efferus would work under Procella’s power. This way, Efferus could never gain enough power to endanger the lives of any of the other gods, yet Procella wouldn’t have to see his son’s demise. Content with this, Sero allowed Efferus to live, and the day was forever remembered as the day that Sero’s followers defeated Efferus’ followers. After this, very few of the Efferusians remained, either having been slain or changing their faith after discovering Efferus’ weaknesses, but many are still present in Gaia, even today.
Chapter VIII - Interitus, Veneficus and Vitanex
Having seen the power Sero had gained after Efferus had been subsumed, Ignis and Aer panicked. The understudy of both of their rivals had suddenly appeared as a great threat, and they realised something had to be done to stop it. They scoured the universe, as had been done before, to find yet another of the Ampellicus shards. Finally they came across Interitus, a god obsessed with war and destruction. They realised this was the perfect attitude to confront the peaceful nature of Sero, and began to nurture it, as all the gods had done previously. Eventually, the lesser god had become as powerful as Sero, meaning Terva and Unda no longer had the upper hand. As the War of Power continued, the remaining shard of Ampellicus continued to grow on their own. The two strongest of those remaining began to grow, and slowly absorb the abilities of other shards, making them more and more powerful. The two entities grew to such an extent that they became gods in their own right, and took on the titles of Veneficus, goddess of magic and knowledge, and Vitanex, god of life, death and inevitability. The two gods became known to the other gods, but were thought too weak to provide any threat or help to any of the four gods. The two gods, despite being very close in terms of ability and power, both had their separate domains. For this reason, neither had a direct conflict with the other, and this helped as they grew in power, as neither aimed to weaken the other. Eventually, they became as powerful as the other lesser gods, and this was the time when the elemental gods became interested. All four tried to obtain the allegiance of one of either Veneficus or Vitanex, but all failed in the process. However, having many aspects of Ampellicus, both had a great affection with humankind, and both provided many things for the race. Veneficus gave them knowledge and taught them the ways of magic, while Vitanex brought along the realisation of fate and led them to understand the cycles of life and death in the world. The domains of the two gods were a lot broader than those of the other lesser gods, and hence this made them more powerful. They were titled the ‘apex’ gods, since they had reached the peak of their power, being unable to spread their influence further, and not wanting to do so anyway.
Chapter IX - Humankind and the Gods
Having seen the power provided by the human worshippers of Sero and Efferus, many of the gods decided to do what the two conflicting gods had done, and gain followers for themselves. The elemental gods, however, cared little for the inferior humans, and cared more about the real power and protection provided by the lesser gods, raised from the fragments of their former master. However, the younger gods realised that Ampellicus’ great creations, second only to the gods themselves, provided a great source of power, and performed divine acts to make the humans worship them, be it through fear of retribution, or thankfulness for great deeds. The lesser gods grew stronger and stronger from this power, as more and more of the population began to worship them. But Veneficus and Vitanex’s favour was different. Having taught the humans of magic and the cycles of life, many humans worshipped them. But as the apex gods had less and less to teach, favour began to fall, and eventually were worshipped just by small cults of followers - such as the Death Priests of Vitanex or the Librarians of Veneficus. Within time, almost every human tribe had sworn allegiance to one of the many gods, and all were aware of every god’s existence. Gaia is at this stage at this very time, and many of the opposing tribes war with each other, coinciding with the events of the war of power. It is spoken that when one god’s supporting tribes overcome the others, that god will become all powerful and his elemental master will win the war in the heavens. This is the War of Power. These are the Warring Kingdoms.
And so concludes the story of the gods, which is as of yet incomplete. When one gets the upper hand in the War of Power, the world will most likely change for the better, with the ruling elemental’s followers being favoured more than the others. It is because of this that none of the warring kingdoms will give into those that worship another god; they fear that the opposing god will then win, and then they will be unflavoured and potentially left for dead. Although this is the most common story of the gods, there are many other ideas and concepts. The most major of these tell that Vitanex was the first god, or that he was the original servant of Ampellicus. Either way, all stories follow similar patterns, and it is generally agreed that the lesser gods are servants of the elementals.