[PDQ] The Grand Mythos Game Thread

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Melanthios 23AP, 2MP

"It would be my honour." Melanthios smiled when he heard Zareth say that. He was sure that he was near the library waiting for them. "Yesss." M'endar said. Melanthios was happy to hear that. "Good then please follow me." Melanthios began flying towards the library. He didn't see Zareth anywhere, he wondered why he wasn't there. Maybe he had decided that he didn't want to come after all?

Melanthios opened the door of the library, revealing the room inside, he turned around to M'endar. "Welcome in the library of the gods." He said gesturing around. He closed the door behind M'endar and locked it, he didn't want anyone interfering. "There are 10.000 different sections in the library, all of them filled with books. Most of the books are empty, only section 1 has written books yet. The other books are all empty." Melanthios looked around, he then gestured to M'endar to follow him, he began walking towards a nearby resting place. He had built numerous of these places for people to read together or to take a break from learning.

He spotted Zareth sitting around the fireplace, this brought a smile to his face. "So there you are, I wondered where you had gone off too." Melanthios looked at both gods and then continued. "M'endar this is Zareth, Zareth this is M'endar." Melanthios had never introduced people to each other before. It felt strange, but it gave him a good feeling.

M'endarxius - 27/30 AP, 2/2 MP

With that, where the other hooded figure went, M'endar followed. Flying through the air towards the towering structure that was the Library of the Gods. It mostly nodded to what the figure said. It was curious, for the supposed vault of knowledge of the Gods, it was filled with empty books. But that was not what they were here for. They walked to a little place with chairs and desks where another god was sitting, the flickering of the flames was reflecting all around, giving light to the darkness. Speaking of which, it felt the mud in its hand squirm, but there was something wrong about it. M'endar just clenched its teeth and turn to its own thoughts, almost missing the introduction the cloaked figure was giving. It latched onto one name, Zareth, but the name of the person who introduced them was still unknown. This irked M'endar, but the situation would be resolved with a simple question.

"And who, Knower-Of-Names, are you?" M'endar replied after briefy giving a short bow to the other one.

Seith 23,2

Seith had planted his seed in the blobulous creatures and as they landed, they would be altered, changed from their original purpose into a new, better purpose. One that could spread knowledge instead of plague, and they would know it was Seith, not his brother that gave them this express purpose. Changing their anatomy was unnecessary and unneeded, so Seith did not. They would still clean the world, but the manners in which they did would improve. They would be experts at doing it efficiently, wisely and with a passion.

Seith was happy with the life being sent. Something else was rotten in the state of Denmark however, Pentar and Vantric were arguing. Seith had seen that Vantric wanted to talk, but instead left to bother Pentar, Seith was afraid they would kill each other. He rushed into the hall and upon seeing the two slammed the door shut behind him.

He stared for a while, looking at the red skinned beasts for a moment. He had a poor impression of them, he felt them to have the same evil as his brother, but perhaps sent in a different manner, one less chaotic and more...lawful. Seith was as interested as he was disgusted and finally broke the silence. He spoke in a booming and scathing voice.

"Pentar...do you realize what you have created here? These beings though lawful, are of an evil nature! Damn it, they will seek to spread tyranny, not justice! Is this what you had intended? If it is I need to discuss something with you, if not then perhaps I can aid you in removing these...creatures."

Eldarwen - 18 AP, 1 MP

Ailish, who had helped her with the garden, came begging her for help with creating a gate to the heavens. She believed that being indebted to any of these gods was bad, at least until she found out who would be allies and enemies, so she spun her staff around and two trees formed a circle. She put a spell on it, one to stop whatever stepped through the portal from causing any harm to her garden.

"Ask and you shall receive."

Seith was wrong and she did not like him. Eldarwen left without another word aimed at him and began moving through the garden. Another god exclaimed that he would create a place of entertainment, and she moved a few trees for him to work with, not in a way that harmed the trees, but rather so his place would become overgrown and have a true sense of beauty and happiness.

The oversized rock which they called a planet caught her attention. It was possible for her to create forests on it, but why should she? It was one planet in a void with one star. How could that be considered worth wasting her precious plants on? No, it was not. They needed more planets.

The garden seemed to go on forever, and just outside of it was emptiness. It was then that it struck her, a brilliant idea, one who would solve her problems. The mortals the other gods created in their vain attempts to bring life to the planet would never be able to consume all of it. The lone star would stop burning and kill them all before it happened. She would remain, with the garden, and have the chance to do it all again. The other gods had created one planet, and now they wanted her to create a forest for their creations. Apparently, the one they were already standing in, was not enough to satisfy their greed. She did not care if she spent the rest of eternity in this garden, without ever using her powers again. The monotony of such an existence was preferable to the evolution of abominations who would destroy her children.

"Do you want forests!?" She screamed at the void with her arms stretched out, but was certain it could be heard throughout the entire garden as well. "I will give you forests!"

Eldarwen took a firm grip around her staff with both hands, before ramming it into the ground. The Tranquiline Gardens shook, violently, as if threatening to break from the impact her staff had on it and undo all the gods' hard work. The eyes of the treemother burned brightly, what had just been a faint blue spark a moment ago, was now a raging inferno as she poured all of the magic she could bring forth into her staff.

The shaking of the garden grew into an earthquake, as pieces of the garden plane broke lose and floated up into the air. The glow in her eyes had begun to engulf her body, as if she was trying to outshine the star itself. The blue fire surrounding the Queen of Nature, spread towards the pieces of her beloved garden, creating strings of magic between the source and them. They began growing rapidly.

Eldarwen raised her staff above her head. "Thus the queen maimed her firstborn, to set budding more." When she spoke sparks were thrown at the void from her mouth, as if she was spitting magic. The shaking had stopped, but above the garden several large platforms were suspended.

The original pieces had been torn away from her first creation, but these would become more than that. They would become her victory over mortals. Why should she have to fear creatures that had not entered this existence yet? They would fear her, not the other way around. Perhaps they would think that cutting trees down would be tolerated, and certainly the other gods would prevent her from exterminating any race that as much as tried, but this would be more than they could handle. Especially with the treemother around.

She only needed to throw them into the void, and watch life evolve. Her own race would benefit greatly from this, no doubt about it. The kami would be proud of her, for all of her life as their princess she had never been given the opportunity to do as much for nature, as she now did in one blow.

"Eld." The staff was swung, sending one of the platforms away from its origin, and she watched as the second born traveled through the void and grew until it became planet sized. "Arwen." The next platform moved in the opposite direction, but growing all the same into a planet. "Shizen." The third left the nest and flew away from home, to fulfill its purpose.

Those would be the three first planets, and the only ones she would name, for surely the discoverer of the remaining ones, could name them for her. It was a joy she would grant them, as she lacked the creativity to think of names for them all.

There were still many platforms hanging above the garden. None of the structures of the gods had taken any damage, but she had not intended them to either.

"Season of darkness and fruitlessness, be gone, henceforth I will be the gardener of this universe. The guardian of the fauna, when the beasts whistles for aid in their moment of destruction, I shall be there. The champion of the spirits in my own realm, come corruption, come fire, come evolution, I will not falter."

So it was said and so it would be, until the cycle had to begin anew. With a final push, she sent them all flying into the void. The planets of this universe would all have an abundance of forests and plants. They needed sunlight to grow, but once they started to grow there would be no stopping them. Technology be damned.

Eldarwen fell forward, and landed in the lovable grass. The holes left after the creation of celestial bodies, were filled with dirt and mud, but at least she could fill them with new life.

Seith 23, 2

Seith was able to multi-task quite well and this aided him in not only approaching a conversation with Pentar and Vantric, but at the same time appreciating what Eldarwren was doing. She had considered his advice and then taken it to its logical extreme. There would be forests everywhere. Seith knew he could help and add a tiny bit of structure to ensure this endeavor would succeed.

Seith could see the trees, some taller than others and while yet unnamed, they would work fine for this miracle. The sun began shining directly at them, not burning but giving them feelings, giving them hopes dreams and sentience that only Seith could bring. Their roots undid themselves and became bi-pedal ways of movement. The trees could command other plants to act in ways but were not tyrants, they were benevolent and wished to help foster care for the forest. They also knew who had given them form, and who had given them sentience. They appreciated both gods and would give both prayers. They were the ents.

Their forms were that of normal trees, but they had eyes with which to see, though not quite normal eyes, their eyes were a bright blue and luminescent. Their magics cast a glow that which was similar to Seith's own glow. The ents were a perfect hybrid between the two gods and Seith hoped they would help foster an alliance in the future, a friendship showing the plant goddess that perhaps the others could be trusted, that they wished to help and that common ground could be made.

He sent her his voice. "I am glad you chose to help. I have aided your creation as this isn't able to be done alone. Consider them a gift to help ease your discomfort with mortal life."

Zareth 30, 2

"A pleasure to meet you." Zareth nodded at M'endar. He was about to join their conversation when he was shaken from his peace by a wave of power and fury washing over him.

"Thus the queen maimed her firstborn, to set budding more."

With that he rushed from the library like a grey wind. The sight that met him was so awe inspiring it would have struch a mortal heart dead. Eldarwen Had summoned forth all of her divine power, rending her garden apart and from its fragments was forming worlds. Blue flame was engulfing her slender form as their freshly made court shook so violently it felt as if it were about to split asunder and swallow the nature queen in its death throws. This is too much.

Zareths form took on its pale light and he threw out his own will. in its rawest form, against the tide of creation, hoping to stabilize the energy before it destroyed everything around it. His efforts seemed to have the desired effect, but not in the way he had anticipated. As his energy met Eldarwen,s instead of merging with it as he had expected it seemed to clash with hers. dousing the fire of life like the sea battling an inferno.

You have doomed them. A voice that was not his rang out in his mind. You begin to understand now, don't you? You are not like the rest... you can never bring the light that they can. Such is your purpose.

And the echo faded, as if it never was. Still he couldn't ignore what he had heard... that voice. It was the one from his birth, the one that had filled him with knowledge.

The experience left him cold from head to toe but he managed to regain his senses. Seeing Eldwaren fall into the grass he rushed to her side, ignoring the newly formed planets floating overhead.

Kneeling down beside her, his ethereal form shimmered with worry. Zareth reached out, placing a hand on her shoulder. "Are you all right?"

Vantric: 23,2

Vantric knew it was childish, but he couldn't help but smile at Pentar as he spun around with a shocked look on his face. The other god was clearly upset at how his touted "Hall of Justice" had turned out, though he was far too proud to admit its failure. The dim lighting did little to hide the fact that the vaulting arches and spiked columns gave the place a feel far more sinister than its creator's intention.

"True, the hall did not come out exactly as I intended, but my effort was not completely fruitless." Vantric raised an eyebrow. It clearly looked fruitless to him. Given the nature of the building and the terrible monsters that now inhabited it justice seemed to be the last thing anyone would get here. However, Pentar gestured to the creatures next, "I've created these beings. Look into their minds and you will see that they are fully self aware, like you and I, though on a much more primitive level."

Vantric decided to test Pentar's claim, and touched the mind of the nearest creature. It seems Pentar wasn't lying, Vantric thought as he sensed the awareness in the primitive creatures. He smiled at the sensation. This was a very interesting development, useful as well, if harnessed properly. Dark thoughts flowed into Vantric's mind from the lesser creature. It was consumed with dark desires and evil things, though its mind was much more organized and focused than he would have initially guessed. Likely a side effect of being crafted by the insufferable order-monger, he concluded. "It seems you are correct." He said, turning back to Pentar, "These creatures of yours are self aware. Fascinating. You have done something remarkable, though they could use some work..."

Vantric thought back to his own creations, the beings that he would craft to populate existence. These monsters of Pentar's were interesting specimens, but they were not what he had envisioned his own creations to be. While Vantric let his mind wander, Seith entered and interrupted everything by slamming the door shut.

"Pentar...do you realize what you have created here? These beings though lawful, are of an evil nature! Damn it, they will seek to spread tyranny, not justice! Is this what you had intended? If it is I need to discuss something with you, if not then perhaps I can aid you in removing these...creatures." Seith shouted.

Vantric couldn't help but roll his eyes at this. "I object to that out of hand. You wish to destroy these creatures simply because they don't fit into your idea of being. Pentar, if you wish nothing to do with these creatures let me take them. I would put them to use in my service and look after them. Likely it's more than you would have done with them anyway."

Roe 26, 1

"Let's begin by creating a special gate in the garden, one that opens when you are lost." Ailish serenely told Roe, her hand gesturing to a small patch of green. He nodded eagerly and began focusing his mind on helping her create the gate.

"In the meantime Roe, I must seek the garden's creator for her blessing. If she can help, the heavens will be all the more open to us. I shall see you again soon."

"Okay, I'll wait here!" Roe replied as Ailish departed and then he started to explore the newly formed garden around him, dashing through the undergrowth whilst picking flowers and fruit as he ran, briefly admiring their pretty colours before throwing them onto the ground in a heap. The young god found a stick and using it as a makeshift weapon, began having an imaginary sword fight with the nearest tree. Once he'd broken off quite a few branches and worn himself out in the process he ripped out some fistfuls of grass out from the earth to make a comfy cushion to lie on, then sat back admiring the sky. He felt a little lonely without anyone-else around and hoped that Ailish would be back soon.

He saw his own planet Roe passing by, now only reflecting Niv's radiant light having had the chance to cool, a small red disk alone in an otherwise inky black sky. Suddenly the skies lit up in an orgy of creation and from the darkness emerged a number of new planets, each endowed with a generous bounty of trees and vegetation. Roe watched with wonder and decided to help make those worlds as interesting as the games he'd just played in Eldwaren's garden. He concentrated on the planets and projected onto them something which he could feel in every inch of his being, yet found so difficult to describe. If only there was a...

Chaos

The word came to him from seemingly nowhere, yet it seemed to fit so well... short, easy to say, rather like his own name. "Roe of Chaos they'll call me..." he muttered to himself as he continued to focus his mind upon the planets, assisting their creator and at the same time leaving his own unique mark of chaos upon their futures.

Nivix - 19, 1

Even with such a distance between them, Nivix still heard Eldarwen's cry. "Do you want forests!? I will give you forests!"

Startled, the god pivoted around, staring in shock and amazement at the hall his fellows had created not moments earlier. Countless chunks of earth and dirt, all with various plants and trees dotting their surface, rose from the structure, hovering in midair as their mistress commanded and named them.

Nivix could only watch in amazement as Eldarwen sent her creations hurtling out into the void, proclaiming her intent to guard and nurture them against whatever else may come. It was nothing short of inspiring, watching her hurtle her children out into the unending vastness.

It was also nothing short of infuriating.

Grinding his teeth, Nivix glared at the nature goddess across the vast emptiness, rage flashing in his eyes. How DARE she attempt to outshine his own child, his precious star?! Did she honestly think that some worthless hunks of rock and dirt would ever flare brighter than Niv, or did she think that they would be better simply because there were more of them?! Foolishness! Arrogance! Despicable!

"Unforgivable..." he growled under his breath, a thin cloud of steam rising from his trembling frame.

"Unforgivable unforgivable unforgivable UNFORGIVABLE! Brother!" Nivix roared, directing his attention to Maskelyne. "Stand back! There will be time for partnership later, but for now..." Trailing off, the deity turned back to the hall, his face now unreadable. "For now, I must do this myself."

Extending his arms, Nivix focused once more, willing into existence two balls of flame, one in each palm. Though not nearly as large as Niv, the orbs still radiated heat and light; all it would take was a bit of his divine power, and they would soon swell to the titanic size their brother possessed.

Not enough.

Another pair of sphere flared into existence, these stationed just below Nivix's feet.

Not enough.

Soon, a dozen flames circled around the god. Then a hundred. Then a thousand. Then countless points, all of them shining with an unworldly light and warmth.

So, Eldarwen sought to outdo him? Heh, she would be hard pressed to do better than this.

"GO FORTH," Nivix shouted to all the cosmos, spreading his arms wide. "GO FORTH AND BRING LIGHT TO THIS DARKNESS! SHOWER ALL OF REALITY WITH YOUR BRILLIANCE AND WARMTH! LET NOT EVEN A SCRAP OF BLACKNESS REMAIN!"

At their creator's bidding, the countless lights sprung forth, hurtling forth into the infinite void. They traveled at incredible speeds as they zipped around the planets Eldarwen had sent forth, zig-zagging their way to the very edges of reality.

"NOW," Nivix roared one last time, "SHINE!"

Melanthios 23AP, 2MP

"And who, Knower-Of-Names, are you?" M'endar asked him. "My name is Melanthios, I am sorry for not introducing myself sooner. It must have slipped my mind.""A pleasure to meet you." Zareth nodded at M'endar. Suddenly he ran toward the door of the library leaving the other 2 gods behind. Melanthios looked at M'endar. "I am sure he will return soon for now please sit." Melanthios pointed at a chair as he sat down himself. He noticed a table he hadn't made himself, there were 3 books lying on top of it. He didn't remember making those.

Melanthios grabbed one of the books, it had his name on it. The books were well made and their colors suited the god for which they were made. Melanthios handed M'endar his copy. He opened his own book, to find out that it was empty. He spotted a note lying on the table. He grabbed it and read it. "It appears these books are a gift of Zareth. Well I am sure he will be back soon, for now let's get down to business." Melanthios suddenly looked very serious, he looked M'endar straight in his eyes.

"I brought you here today for 2 things. 1 to become your friend, and 2 to forge an alliance." Melanthios leaned back a bit in his chair. "As you already saw alliances are being formed all around us, these alliances form a threat to us all. What if they decide that we are their enemies? How will we defend our selves when we are outnumbered? The answer is simple we can't. We would be destroyed or imprisoned. That is why we have to join forces." Melanthios spoke with passion, the candles around him slowly began to burn brighter.

"And you and I are similar M'endar. We are not the same being, But we are a lot more a like then the other gods. You have felt this too haven't you? And to show you how serious I am about this alliance, I will show you my true form." Melanthios grabbed his robe and took it off, revealing his true appearance.

His dark appearance was revealed, M'endar could feel the dark magic which formed Melanthios. "I am Melanthios the god of magic and wisdom. And I offer you an alliance, if we work together we could achieve anything we want. With the 3 of us nobody will be able to stop us. So what do you say M'endar? Do you want to work with me? Do you want to rule this universe together, as friends? No as Brothers?" Melanthios stretched out his hand hoping that M'endar would take it. the candles were burning brighter then ever before.

Eldarwen - 18 AP, 1 MP.

Eldarwen remained in the grass with her eyes shut, it was comfortable, a feeling of reminiscence. Seith had given her some kind of gift, and she had felt his influence on her creation. "Thank you..."

There were two other gods who had chosen to help her as well, by adding a natural end to all life to make way for new, and given nature her chaotic charateristic.

"Are you all right?"

She opened her eyes and saw Zareth standing there.

"I am but fine."

Suddenly, the darkness was lit up by stars, one of the other gods seemed angered by her creation of the planets and was trying to outdo her. She didn't care about who did the most spectacular creation, and the stars were necessary for her plants to grow, as they would give sunlight to them. She aided him, to create the vital connection between life on her planets and the suns. The trees would benefit even more this time from sunlight, than they had before.

"I did not mean to insult you, fellow creator." She told Nivix, then turned to Zareth. "Could you help him too, for me?"

Pentar 22AP 2MP
"Pentar...do you realize what you have created here? These beings though lawful, are of an evil nature! Damn it, they will seek to spread tyranny, not justice! Is this what you had intended? If it is I need to discuss something with you, if not then perhaps I can aid you in removing these...creatures."

"I object to that out of hand. You wish to destroy these creatures simply because they don't fit into your idea of being. Pentar, if you wish nothing to do with these creatures let me take them. I would put them to use in my service and look after them. Likely it's more than you would have done with them anyway."

"Both of you be quiet." Pentar commanded of the other gods. "Don't either of you forget that you are in my hall, however twisted it may be." He gestured towards the red skinned beings. "They are my creations, and I will not destroy them, let alone give them to another." He turned again to the individual before him. "Now I ask again, creature: what are you?"

M'endaxius - 27/30 AP, 2/2 MP

M'endar nodded as Zareth introduced himself and fled out of the room. It was puzzled, had it done something wrong? But M'endar shrugged those thoughts away while the newly-introduced Melanthios talked of alliances and defending oneself against the fury of the other gods. But all M'endar could think about during that segment of the speech was its own brother and his acts. M'endar simply smiled at the thought of... No, that would be telling. But all in all, he seemed like a good idea to get other gods on side and not be simply an outcast in the grand scheme of things. Then Melanthios threw the cloak off, to reveal a being made of dark magic, the candles roared as the cloak landed somewhere on the library floor and Melanthios' voice grew more excited.

"...I am Melanthios the god of magic and wisdom. And I offer you an alliance, if we work together we could achieve anything we want. With the 3 of us nobody will be able to stop us. So what do you say M'endar? Do you want to work with me? Do you want to rule this universe together, as friends? No as Brothers?"

And so M'endar was reminded of its own brother yet again. The one that would oppose him on anything and everything without rhyme or reason as to why. At least now he had another who would refrain from the tiresome game of antagonism. But, M'endar sensed something just then, a feeling that something was being created. No, a multitude of things. Stars. But they lacked something, something crucial within. M'endar shrugged that feeling off as well. Now was not the time, and the other being of chaos could help in its stead. Now, in the time of beginnings, was the time for the beginning of something. An alliance that would surely be spoken about for years to come. Especially of the future feats that awaited them.

M'endar shook the outstretched hand, "Of course, brother." Then it pulled back its hood, revealing an ever-changing face. One second it was a young girl, then an old man, then something completely alien. "As for me, I am anyone you wish me to be."

Zareth 30,2

The planets were completed. They hung in the void like emeralds, their surfaces covered in lush forests. Certainly an improvement on their predecessor world. All the while Nivix was ranting and raving about not being outdone.

"Could you help him too, for me?"

Well how could he refuse such a charming request. Zareth's own power was still radiating around him and it was an easy thing to send it out to quench the spreading fires of the growing stars. Stopping them from engulfing the nearby planets. An end to all things.The voice inside him rang out again. As his own power flowed out and touched each of the stars he felt them alter. They will all end one day, because of you the darkness will overtake them. Your place is not here among creation.

The last part sent Zareth's flowing form rippling like a storm. It took him great effort to suppress it. "Excuse me." he said to Eldarwen as he faded out of view and back into the library between the two dark gods, taking a seat by the fireside. "My apologies, something outside demanded my attention. The two of you may be interested in the change of view." He tightened his grip on the arm rests of his chair. The words from his creator voice would not leave him.

The two gods had revealed their true forms. Dark, flowing, ever changing. Was this another way he differed from the others. They had all settled on a form to define themselves, yet his form was little more than an ethereal mist and even that felt foreign to him. He was faceless and was yet to make any mark of his own. The echoes of his creator told him that his place in life was to be as life's opposite. To be a destroyer. Well he was determined to prove it wrong.

"I have a favour to ask of the two of you. I wish to be a creator, I was hoping you would help me."

Seith 23 Ap, 2 MP

This was wrong, all wrong. Seith could see little worth doing however, he felt as if something dark was going on, a later assault that would end in darkness. He needed allies and Pentar wasn't worth conversing with. Seith spoke and left, saying "As long as you direct a conversation towards me, I will be able to hear, I must go now Pentar, tell me more about the creatures when you can." There wasn't enough time but he hoped there would be another alliance worth forging with the plant lady and perhaps the scientist and the new goddess, maybe the dramatist and the prankster as well. He sent them all his voice.

"Friends, I can feel we can work together in the future. Our goals seem to coincide with either enlightenment, discovery or simply improving the lives of our creations. I feel that if we work together we could help to preserve them. Meet in my observatory as soon as possible."

In order to help ensure his fellow god's aid, he decided to help Nivix with the stars. Seith raised his hand towards them, glowing brightly he made all of the stars glow quite a bit brighter, though no hotter, they instead had the same glow of enlightenment Seith possessed. Thus anyone standing in their light would feel a glow of happiness, of easier learning, of balance and of peace. Lying within the light of these stars would prove difficult if not impossible for a mortal. Just as Seith intended. Thus, he returned to his observatory.

He couldn't find his brother anywhere, at least it would be difficult to, he wondered where he was. Seith needed to talk to him soon.

Ailish - 2, 30

"Ask and you shall receive."

Relief and gratitude washed over Ailish upon hearing those words. Her conscience felt cleared and the goddess could carry on.

"Thank you."

Her instinct told Ailish to return to Roe and tell him the good news...

"GO FORTH, GO FORTH AND BRING LIGHT TO THIS DARKNESS! SHOWER ALL OF REALITY WITH YOUR BRILLIANCE AND WARMTH! LET NOT EVEN A SCRAP OF BLACKNESS REMAIN!"

By that declaration her gaze refocused on where it came from. From endless green she found a shining beacon illuminating many colorful spheres, each sparkled like a gem of a hundred facets. The goddess felt in awe of the sight and searched for the one or ones who made this. A new idea sparked into her head. Eventually she came upon a figure that was shrouded in red and blue - possibly the creator of these things.

"I beg for your blessing. As great and wonderful these things are, the heavens are still closed to us. Would you help us please? I would be grateful if you could lend us your strength to forge that gateway... I must be going."

Leaving back to the forest where she believed Roe, Ailish could only hope he would agree. It took quite some time to renavigate herself back in the garden, but she did find herself back with Roe.

"Roe, we have recieved her blessing. We can open the gate now without fear."

Melanthios 23AP, 2MP

M'endar shook the outstretched hand "Of course, brother." Then it pulled back its hood, revealing an ever-changing face. "As for me, I am anyone you wish me to be." Melanthios smiled. He had hoped for this result. "Well I don't care much about how you look. As long as we are allies you can look whatever you want. But the only thing you can't look like is me. I don't care much for copy cats."

Suddenly Zareth appeared again. "My apologies, something outside demanded my attention. The two of you may be interested in the change of view." He looked a bit distressed. "I have a favor to ask of the two of you. I wish to be a creator, I was hoping you would help me." Melanthios smiled. "But of course brother. Now that you mention it I could use your help creating something." Melanthios stood up. "But first would you like to join an alliance? The 3 of us would make one hell of a team. And we could support each other, by helping each other to create things and such. Think it over, I will be right back." Melanthios turned around and began to walk away.

Melanthios walked into a hallway, he grabbed a book and opened it. It was titled Dues Filli. Melanthios smiled happily as he walked back to the 2 other gods. "This is the project I was talking about." He showed them both the book. It was a large green book, it seemed to have many written pages inside it. Melanthios placed his hand on the book "This book is about the ideal race, my ideal race. I wish to create these creatures and give them a place to call home. After that I want to lead them to knowledge and prosperity. So would you both be interested in helping me? I mean that would be the perfect opportunity, to show people that you aren't a destroyer Zareth." Melanthios looked at both gods, Trying to see what they thought of his idea.

Vantric: 23,2

Seith vanished after a sharp response from Pentar. Vantric glared at the spot he occupied a moment beforehand, Seith would need to be dealt with. That was a concern for a later time though, and he turned back to Pentar. The god of order seemed once more to immerse himself in conversation with his lesser monster. Vantric shrugged and made for the door. From the sound of things, something interesting was happening outside.

Vantric exited the Court and immediately threw a hand to his face. It was bright, brighter than it had been before, and considerably. After a moment his eyes adjusted and he looked to what was producing the light. He spotted them immediately. Pinpoints of light canvassing the endless darkness of existence. There were other things too, he could see spots, scattered around the lights. Wait...No, they weren't spots, they were planets. Vantric was shocked. It seemed the creation of existence had begun without him. He looked around, curious as to where the others had gone off to.

It seemed that Melanthios's library was attracting some attention, and Vantric hadn't yet evaluated some of the others. He made his way over there and knocked on the door. "Melanthios, are you in there? I'd like to come in and speak with you."

Roe 26, 1

Roe had been lying on his back watching the firework show of creation and so didn't notice Ailish until she was right by him.

"Roe, we have recieved her blessing. We can open the gate now without fear." she suddenly said from behind him.

He leapt up and brushed the grass off his flaming body, standing almost to attention for a short moment before his innate energy got the better of him and he started bouncing around the other god in a circle.

"That's good, let's open the portal now, I want to see what happens!" Roe replied, halting in front of Ailish. They made their together towards the grove Ailish had just visited, Roe running ahead through the trees and then back again when he could no longer see her. Eventually they made it to a clearing straddled by two enormous trees which towered far above any others nearby.

"This has to be the place!" Roe exclaimed aloud.

After his experience with the forest planets he thought he had an inkling of what to do. He concentrated his being, his chaos, upon the empty space around him, bending the units of nothingness into extra-dimensional shapes so that the normal law of cause and effect no longer applied. A black sphere materialised between the two trees which Eldarwen had designed for the portal and grew at an astonishing rate, within a few seconds it was already larger than Roe's head.

"What do we do now?" he yelped and stumbled back towards Ailish, he wasn't sure where she intended the portal to open at the other end.

Zareth 30,2

Zareth listened to what the other god had to say, taking a moment to think while Melanthios was away searching for a new book. He had called him brother. That had brought a warmth to the grey god's heart. To think that someone regarded him in such a way. It felt right to think of the others that way. After all were they not all born at the same time? In the same manner? He could not say if they had the same parent but right now they were all each other had and to him that constituted a family. If not of blood then of bond.

Melanthios returned, it looked as if he had found what he was looking for.

"This book is about the ideal race, my ideal race. I wish to create these creatures and give them a place to call home. After that I want to lead them to knowledge and prosperity. So would you both be interested in helping me? I mean that would be the perfect opportunity, to show people that you aren't a destroyer Zareth."

Zareth had't said anything about his fears and he hadn't destroyed anything, not yet, not that he knew of. How could he know what he was thinking? Even without a face, am I so easy to read? Still he couldn't deny that what Melanthios had found was exactly what he was looking for. He was about to say something when another voice rang out in his mind.

"Friends, I can feel we can work together in the future. Our goals seem to coincide with either enlightenment, discovery or simply improving the lives of our creations. I feel that if we work together we could help to preserve them. Meet in my observatory as soon as possible."

I'm very popular all of a sudden. Seith's offer was a pleasant one and right in line with what Zareth was looking to do, but Melanthios had made it first. He would not shun an offer of friendship and allies so hurriedly. He could speak with Seith later.

With his mind made up Zareth reached out and lay his hand across the text. "I am with you. Give the spark and I shall give it breath to become a flame. May their days be long and bright."

Ailish - 2, 30

"What do we do now?"

She could feel the magic coursing in the grove, and never had Ailish felt more hopeful. The only thing left was to create one final anchor, which she had - the amethyst tear she shed would lock onto the heavens or at the very least to him. The hard part of course would be in casting the anchor once the portal opens; anything could get sucked in, and in the worst case the gateway could lead into another soul let alone a different plane... On second thought, the goddess wondered if the tear may lead to the wrong area entirely.

Well only one way to find out. Wait... how did she know all this?

"We have done all we can, Roe. For now." she said, her face serene from the progress. "We will need to keep a distance away from the gate once it opens."

M'endaxius - 27/30 AP, 2/2 MP

M'endar enrobed itself when Melanthios pitched the idea. His ideal race, full of magic, full of knowledge... Much more impressive than the simple blobs it had tried to create. This would be a tricky feat indeed. But not one out of grasp for one within an alliance. M'endar would help him and Melanthios would hopefully help M'endar. It walked over to the balcony and watched the stars take form. There would be light of enlightenment within, it seemed that Seith was intent on driving every mortal mad with raving revelations. It held its hand out, as if to grasp some of the stars.

Best to give what was missing, the stars were altogether too ordered. Not like the original star, Niv, before it. M'endar remedied this by channeling its essence into the stats, the essence of Chaos. The cloak of chaos would protect the mortal mind from going insane. After all, finding out that you are all is a being created by a god for the sake of being a pawn in a power play is a very harsh truth indeed. But he would find something to counter that soon enough...

M'endar looked among the two allies, they seemed to be listening to something, though the message was not intended for M'endar's ears, apparently. Probably just another announcement from another god to the others. It sighed, ignoring the knock on the library door and did as Zareth was doing, and placed his hands on the green book. New text appeared as M'endar gave his silent blessing. Clever race, crafty race, chaotic race... My blessing will give you the ability to fool others. It was done. Now to concentrate on other matters. Matter involving the newcomer at the door.

Melanthios 23AP, 2MP

"Friends, I can feel we can work together in the future. Our goals seem to coincide with either enlightenment, discovery or simply improving the lives of our creations. I feel that if we work together we could help to preserve them. Meet in my observatory as soon as possible." Friends? Seith was no friend of Melanthios. The way he tried to control everyone was not something that Melanthios appreciated. Loyalty should be earned with respect, not mind tricks.

Zareth spoke"I am with you. Give the spark and I shall give it breath to become a flame. May their days be long and bright."Melanthios smiled brightly. "I appreciate your help brother. And I am happy that I spoke to the both of you. Our alliance will be legendary." Melanthios was interrupted, by someone knocking on the door. Melanthios turned around looking surprised, who would want to visit him? "Melanthios, are you in there? I'd like to come in and speak with you." It was the voice of Vantric.

Melanthios wondered what he would want here. Maybe he was looking for allies? Melanthios turned to his two brothers. "It seems like we have a guest." Melanthios placed the book in a bookshelf, making sure that it was hidden. He also grabbed his robe, wrapping it around himself. He then walked over to the door, opened it and looked at Vantric. "Greetings Vantric, please come in." Melanthios opened the door further, giving Vantric enough space to enter.

Nivix - 19, 1

Nivix panted as he watched the new stars dance across the cosmos; it would still be a few moments before he knew if they would form properly, but at this point all he could was hope. He had given them the proper distribution of elements and the spark to fully ignite, but there were still ways things could go horribly wrong...

But he didn't want to focus on that, not now. No, there was something else far more important to focus on: these were not his stars.

Sure, he was the one who had started them, who had conjured forth their forms and sent them into the void, but there was no way to miss or ignore the influence the other gods had exerted upon them. A part of him wanted to curse and belittle them for daring to interfere with his creation, for attempting to exert even the slightest amount of control over his glorious vision. But, at the same time, he was forced to acknowledge that, without their help, he very well could have failed.

There was no denying that this action had drained him far more than the birth of Niv, and Nivix knew that there was the very real possibility of failure this time around. Thanks to the others' interference, success was utterly and totally assured.

Sighing, the god fell backwards, allowing himself to recline in midair. How should he react to this? Rage at their audacity? Thank them for their aid? A mixture of the two? So many options, each with their own positive and negative aspects; how could he be expected to choose just one of them?

Then, a voice through the void. "I did not mean to insult you, fellow creator." Grumbling something unintelligible, Nivix eventually managed a noncommittal grunt in response. Eldarwen had, unintentionally or not, threatened to overshadow his creation, something that he could not forgive. On the other hand, her service was quite appreciated. And besides, there was always the chance that he could find some interesting use for her planets. Who knew, maybe the goddess wasn't too bad after all.

"Friends, I can feel we can work together in the future. Our goals seem to coincide with either enlightenment, discovery or simply improving the lives of our creations. I feel that if we work together we could help to preserve them. Meet in my observatory as soon as possible."

This one had also altered the stars with his power. And again, Nivix found that he was both grateful and angered by such an action. Hmph. Well, there was no reason to outright deny Seith his cooperation; perhaps the god would be able to offer some distraction or other.

With nothing better presenting itself, Nivix began to move towards the observatory, when suddenly: "I beg for your blessing. As great and wonderful these things are, the heavens are still closed to us. Would you help us please? I would be grateful if you could lend us your strength to forge that gateway... I must be going."

Hello. Now what was this?

Curiosity burning within him, Nivix changed his trajectory. His destination was no longer Seith's observatory, but the garden hall and the occupants that stood within. Alighting upon the grassy surface, the deity did have to admit that there was a certain impressive quality about the realm Eldarwen had created. It did not shine as brilliantly as his star, but it held an air that spoke of a different sort of power. Hmm... Perhaps these plants merited a further study.

However, that could wait until later; for now, Nivix found his attention drawn to Roe, Ailish, and their mysterious preparations.

"You said you wanted my blessing?" he began, giving a brief wave in greeting. "And what exactly do you mean by heavens?"

Pentar 22AP 2MP
The beings before Pentar finally spoke. "I am Calath, the High Speaker. And we are the devils." It said this with regal authority; Calath was clearly proud to represent his people. But despite this aura of confidence, a question escaped his lips. "We are confused. Is it you who has brought us into being?"

Pentar put on a warm smile. "Indeed I did." he said. "I've created you and all that you see around you." He swept his arm around the hall. "My power is immense, greater than you can comprehend." Pentar turned back to Calath. "Tell me, High Speaker, what do you think is the purpose of you and your people?"

A lip-less grimace crossed the devil's face. "I believe, great creator, that we are here to make deals."

"Deals? Pentar said, confused. "What sort of deals?"

The grimace got wider. "We trick others into signing something of theirs away. That's how we will gain power and prestige. It is all perfectly lawful, of course. We would never deviate from your ways of order."

"Trickery!?" Pentar boomed, flabbergasted.

"This is who we are, creator." Calath said. He looked baffled and hurt. "Does this not please you? Isn't this what we where made for?"

With out another word, Pentar turned and strode out of the hall, cape billowing behind him. The other had left while he was absorbed in the conversation, but he heard Seith's invitation echo through his mind. He through open the doors that lead back into the garden and found a tree to sit by. He closed his eyes to think.

A few moments later, he open his eyes again. Now he had a plan for how to tackle this. He briefly glanced at his shadow and found that it was much more defined than before. He looked up and saw the new stars and planets scattered through out the void. It seems the other have been at work. But Pentar had his out work to do, and so made his way the Seith's Observatory. "You were right." he said as he entered. "They are beasts of trickery, little more. But I think if we work together we can savage them, make them better. Having a race of lesser beings at our disposal could be useful, after all." Pentar stopped and remembered that he was being a bit impolite by not letting Seith speak first. "Excuse me, friend. Is there something in particular that you wanted from me?"

Seith 23, 2

Seith was waiting for the rest to arrive. Someone was making a portal and Seith was tempted to help, but figured that if he did not know its purpose, he would be better off allowing the others to partake, for his own safety. Other issues were more important anyway and Seith was willing to be patient. Balance came from patience after all. Soon Pentar arrived, which the god thought was interesting since he had not called to him specifically, but then remembered addressing him earlier and figured it had something to do with that.

"They are beasts of trickery, little more. But I think if we work together we can savage them, make them better. Having a race of lesser beings at our disposal could be useful, after all." "Excuse me, friend. Is there something in particular that you wanted from me?"

Seith smiled, Pentar had seen the creatures that Seith could feel were evil incarnate. He was glad the orderly being had seen Seith's light and was happy to work with him.

"In essential yes, but more will be arriving soon and I will wait for them to begin my major intention. It is good to hear that you see what I see and purification is always good to reach. Deception is never a good aspect but I feel that they could still be saved. I fear what Vantric would do with these creatures and his desire to use them is disturbing. He shouldn't be trusted."

Seith was getting used to his mirrors and was staring deep at his center mirror, which reflected into other mirrors which in turn would reflect into other mirrors and so on until Seith could see the whole universe in what mortals would see as nothing, but the astute eyes of a god can perceive even of the smallest changes. He stopped himself from being engrossed and turned back to Pentar.

"I feel you wish for the same goal as myself, but I warn you that while I am a fan of order in moderation, I will not stand for the tyranny it can lead to in excess and I will be quick to point out tyrannical actions. Please do not take them as an insult, balance is my goal and it always requires little adjustments, but the payoff is greater than any one force could bring."

Seith got up and began pacing.

"The mortals will be easily influenced by us and I feel abuse may run rampant. I hope you will work with me to ensure they are not abused."

Seith moved to Pentar and put his hand foward, hoping to confirm an alliance.

Pentar 22AP 2MP
"I feel you wish for the same goal as myself, but I warn you that while I am a fan of order in moderation, I will not stand for the tyranny it can lead to in excess and I will be quick to point out tyrannical actions. Please do not take them as an insult, balance is my goal and it always requires little adjustments, but the payoff is greater than any one force could bring."

Although Seith didn't say it outright, Pentar understood the message: I will not hesitate to fight you if you go against me. Seith seemed to be convinced that he knew exactly what was right for the universe. Pentar would have to keep an eye on him. Never the less, they agreed on many things, and their power would only be magnified by working together. Already the other Gods were forming their own alliances, and Pentar had no intention of being caught off guard if one of these factions targeted him. Nodding his head, Pentar gripped Seith's outstretched hand. "I will help you, brother. Let our union last 'till the end of time." he proclaimed joyously. Pentar released his hand and started walking in a circle around the observatory, examining the craftsmanship of the mirrors. "Who else are you expecting?" he asked as he walked.

Vantric: 23,2

Vantric entered and nodded slightly to Melanthios. He was surprised that the inside of the building was so much larger than the outside. Before a roaring fire were two others. One was Zareth, the other was a hooded figure he had seen earlier in the garden. "You have company?" He asked, "I am Vantric." He approached the others, offering his hand.

Surrounding the group were books. Books lining every wall, books neatly stacked and ordered. Books. "That is quite a lot of information." Vantric commented. He let his eyes wander. What secrets did they hold? Curious. After introductions, he made the note to ask Melanthios for access to the library.

Ailish - 2, 30

"You said you wanted my blessing? And what exactly do you mean by heavens?"

Her head turned and she saw the creator of worlds. Ailish's serenity replaced with curiosity.

"I did. This world we live in..." she gestured all around her. "is disconnected from our true home. I hope to open a gate back so we can return. Would you help us? Your blessing may direct our efforts back to the heavens. Our true home, and one I think we've forgotten."

Seith 23, 2

"Who else are you expecting?"

Seith was glad to at least have Pentar. Pentar would prove a reliable and trustworthy ally and as long as he was kept from going crazy with power, all would prove well. He seemed slightly off put by Seith's last statement and he did not want to make his new ally nervous. He smiled warmly and replied to the question.

"All but two. My birth brother and I must meet separately and that Vantric fellow won't belong here. I can sense a confabulation between us at some point in the distant future, I hope to gather as many of us as possible in order to ensure peace. I do not want us to fight, I feel that would be disastrous for our creations. Don't think I intend to monitor you like a hound by the way. It just is that we all have to be careful not to overstep our boundaries and if order takes over entirely, freedom is overshadowed by it. I won't ask you to follow me, just to take heed of my advice if I give it."

Eldarwen 18 AP, 1 MP

She had been laying in the grass for a while now, simply relaxing, as she did not want to rush the creation of life. Her planets were above her, in what had been a void moments ago. Eldarwen raised her hand towards the void, so much green everywhere. Her powers were amazing, even if she had gotten help from a few other gods. She would have to keep an eye on all of these planets, and even if one was tainted and destroyed, it would take great powers to destroy them all. She would have had it tough to create them herself after all.

Seith sent her an invitation to come to his observatory. Maybe it would be a good idea to show up, if others formed alliances without her it could be problematic. Could she really fulfill her role as queen and guardian of nature, while siding with others? As long as they didn't cause too much harm, she probably could. She never had before, but the creation of the stars, the planets and the garden was proof that they could work together. Well, some of them. She remembered the god who had wilted her plants, he didn't have any useful purpose it would seem and it made her think he should be watched. If some of the others wanted to take him out of existence, she'd gladly help, even if they weren't her allies.

It was then that she felt the chaos in her garden. The planets might be chaotic, but this garden was peaceful and it was a disturbance. Eldarwen made her body sink into the ground, and used the roots of the forest to find the place where someone was trying to change her plane. She teleported quickly and appeared in a flurry of leaves and flower petals, next to the portal, where she found Ailish and Roe trying to open it. Nivix was there as well, he hadn't really thanked her for her help, or anything more than a grunt, which she considered rude.

"I see that you have begun the rite. I hope this will not end badly." Eldarwen had agreed to help Ailish, and she would find out if it had been a good decision or not, soon.

Melanthios 23AP, 2MP

"You have company?" Vantric asked. Melanthios nodded "I have two friends visiting me right now. This here is Zareth, and he is M'endar." He said introducing his 2 friends. "I am Vantric." Vantric introduced himself to his 2 friends. "That is quite a lot of information." Vantric said, looking around. He seemed to be interested in the books. "Indeed, those books hold all of my knowledge. Now please take a seat." Melanthios said motioning at the fourth and last chair in the circle. Melanthios took a seat and looked at Vantric. "So what did you want to talk about Vantric?" Melanthios made sure that his robe completely concealed him.

Vantric: 23,2

Vantric gave a good handshake to the one Melanthios identified as M'endar. The figure only looked at him for a moment before returning the gesture. He took his chair between M'endar and Melanthios, creating a circle.

"So what did you want to talk about Vantric?"

He gave a slight smile at the question. So many things. However, it was best to start directly with immediate matters. Other concerns could wait until later. "At the moment I thought I'd come by and meet with you. Creation is starting to take a more definite shape and I was wondering what projects you had planned for the new existence. I thought we might help each other." Vantric turned toward the other two gods. "I'm always looking for others to work with."

Melanthios 23AP, 2MP

Vantric smiled a little bit at his question. "At the moment I thought I'd come by and meet with you. Creation is starting to take a more definite shape and I was wondering what projects you had planned for the new existence. I thought we might help each other." Vantric turned toward the other two gods. "I'm always looking for others to work with." Melanthios looked at his 2 allies.

"Well it was nice of you to visit me. And well more help is always appreciated, but first we would like to now your goal. If we have different goals then we can't work together." Melanthios looked at Vantric. He hoped his allies agreed with what he said.

The Storyteller

"What happened after the First Makings?" one of the children asked the storyteller, all ears for the continuation of the story.

The old man smiled gently at the child, "Next came the Aask, the Universe, and the First Folly."

The Aask

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"The first race to... well walk really isn't the right term. But they were the first race on Roe. It was because of them that the world managed to flourish. They are smarter than you or I, but at the same time, different. They were first designed by the Deciever, and altered by his brother to have sentience, despite M'endar's attempts to prevent it. It was because of the Aack that the world's air was purified. They devoured the refuse and dangerous gasses on their descent onto the planet. It was because of them that life was allowed to flourish."

The Hall of Joy

In the Hallowed Court, the gods were still busy, Tsauranote- the Joyous Flame- crafted a grand hall of laughter and entertainment. It is said that to be in that hall is to be filled with happiness and joy- the trees growing out of the walls, the masterful craftsman ship- it is truely awe inspiring." The grizzled old storyteller smiled as he told the story, almost as if in rememberance, "it truely is a beautiful place."

The Creation.

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"While Tsauranote made his hall of joy, the Grand Creation happened. The gods, banding together, created the stars in the sky today, and the planets that we see in the vision lenses. Eldarwen gave the universe life, Seith gave it sentience, Zareth gave them a lifespan and M'endar added randomness to the universe and the stars. Their creation was a masterpiece, only that which a group of gods could create. This tapestry of chaotic life is so difficult to truely comprehend. It just is unfortunate that it's making was followed by the Gods First Folly.

The First Folly

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The First Folly is not spoken of often, many priests say it is blasphemous that the gods can do wrong, that is was something else that made the portal. But what else was there with the power to do so? The gods tried to travel to a heaven, but they were really tunnelling to hell. Crafting the portal in Eldarwen's Garden, they opened it, thinking to find a happy place. Instead, everything came else through. First was Olek, the Eye of the Storm, who came through before everything else did. The gods thought they had made it to a heaven. Then the Seven came.

The Seven's true names are neigh unpronouncable, Akld'dali, Aweio'Lkkd, Ldaluk'ALukdj'Kjkd, KLAu;, KLUduci, KLioweur, Oiudls'Llu." The names rolled off the Storyteller's tongue naturally as his listed off the Seven, "But humanity knows them as Hunger, Madness, Darkness, Hatred, Despair, Disease and Horror. They were the first through, assaulting the 4 in front of the portal in a heavy rain of power. While the gods were able to put up a strong enough defense, Hatred managed to wound Roe, the Child God."

"When they came through, the area around the portal was corrupted and twisted. They became the Mourning Garden, and it still stands as a monument to the god's first mistake."

Alright, so everyone succeeded, even if it wasn't what they were looking for. The stats for the Seven are as follows:

Hunger: +2 Hunger, +4 Void-Creature

Madness: +4 Insanity, +4 Void Creature, +4 Corruption

Darkness: +2 Darkness, +4 Void Creature

Hatred: +2 Hatred, +4 Void Creature

Despair: +4 Despair, +4 Void Creature

Disease: +4 Disease, +4 Void Creature

Horror: +6 Horror, +6 Void Creature

From their assault on Nivix, Ailish, Eldarwen and Roe, most of the rolls were made, but Roe ended up rolling 1 point lower than Hatred. As a result, Roe takes 1 rank [+2] of damage. It will recover at the end of the age.

Also, welcome ThreeWords as Olek.

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