The Thirteen

In the place before worlds, there was only Palyth the All-Mother. When she grew tired of her loneliness, she nested in a nearby star, bore thirteen children and granted each power over an aspect of the world they would build together:

Nemne, the firstborn, became lord of void. He studded the darkness with stars, flooding it with cold light.

Solus claimed creation. She forged passing stardust into stone, laying the foundations of the world.

Jealous of her sister’s power, Gralo chose destruction. She tore great chunks from the world and threw them into the void, creating the planets and moons in the sky.

The two fought viciously, raising mountains and cutting trenches in their wake. Joru stepped forward with a compromise — as the master of change, he set the world in constant motion; Solus and Gralo could build and erode the world forever as they saw fit.

The sisters were not convinced. “What if,” asked Solus, “I were to tire? Gralo would quickly undo all my work.” Cusia offered balance to temper the change. She split the world into the four elements, each keeping the others in check.

Solus and Gralo, finally satisfied, set back to their work. The world as we know it began to take shape. Water filled the world. Fire pushed up through the seas, allowing earth to take hold. Winds blew, wearing mountains down to grains of sand. Despite such beauty, Esmerach felt a great longing; would not even more variety suit this place? She seeded the world with life.

Soon, every inch of the world teemed with life. The land and seas were choked with a green, hungry mass. Moloch created death, giving each life a limit to ease the burden.

The world blossomed and bore fruit; new and spectacular forms of life arose, and minds began to grow. Mortilus reveled in the suffering of these new creatures as they struggled to survive.

Ythona taught the animals to care for their young and each other, and brought compassion into the world.

Garm introduced the first predators to conquest, and they took what they desired. Teeth and claws tore flesh from bone.

Teramus countered, teaching creatures the ways of protection. Shells and heavy scales kept teeth at bay.

The creatures’ minds grew sharper. Soon they began to learn from their experiences, and Iomur granted them true knowledge.

Keen predators require wilier defenses, and Circe brought the world deception. Camouflage and mimicry evaded capture.

The Thirteen

In the Dust of This Planet JeremiahVanderMark