While not often available to humans, this story of creation is taught in many elementary schools across Elocia. Reminding the children of the gods' influence in their lives though it may seem minuscule. While most consider this to be the most accurate recounting of the events as told by the gods there are some researchers that believe a more romantic tone was use to tell this story. Either way, most creatures in Elocia still use it as the definitive story of our creation.
In the beginning, there was nothing, as there always is. For every something must come from nothing. In this vast expanse of endless absence emerged thirteen beings, shapeless, ageless and all powerful. The thirteen gods of our known universe. When this occurred nobody can quite say, for how can there be time when there is nothing to keep it.
For millenna they did nothing, simply floated in this vast expanse in which they suddenly found themselves. They gave each other names as they discovered their independence, and as they spoke they created. There was finally something from the nothing, and the space became their sandbox.
From their words a universe was created, then galaxies, solar systems, stars and planets. One of these planets would come to be known by some as Earth, our home. It is here that the gods settled down and began to fine tune and experiment with their power. They were fairly new to their abilities of creation and wanted a place where they could discover just how much they could do.
Ainsley began with the sun, our sun. They placed it in the open expanse of a galaxy where it should rest mostly undisturbed. Combining their power they placed planets at certain intervals away from the sun. Mercury was much too close and poor little Pluto was far too isolated. Earth was the last of the planets placed, somewhere between Venus and Mars, and the gods knew it was perfect.
It was Tasi who covered the world with water, their tears large and salty as they splashed against the globe. Dian followed them, pulling the earth from the depths in an attempt to stay dry, creating land masses in their wake. Steph traveled the land and found it much too boring, so they pulled up the land to impossible points and dug down below the surface in search of adventure. Dorji fell in love with their creation and gave it a heart that warmed it's core and set the lands in motion. Lavern gave it something to love and created the moon. Sonam desired the moon for them self and in their desperation pulled the ocean with them, creating the tides and waves that crashed against the shores.
Wherever Ime ran they left trails of water that fed into one another until they reached the ocean. The faster they ran the more violent the water was. Sometimes they would jump, and send the water cascading to the ground in a magnificent waterfall. When Aran rebelled against the gods their anger sent up a cloud of smoke that covered the world, and when Aran cried for forgiveness the clouds rained down on the terrain below.
Kiran saw the brown and blue earth and realized it needed something more than just water and sewed into the ground seeds, and roots and plants that sprung up and covered the landscape like a blanket. Young isolated the world, giving it layers that surrounded it and protected it from the motion of the universe. Hall surveyed the land, and seeing how it had come to form gave it but one thing, a place where all the gods could call home.
All that was left was Dara, who had yet to add to their creation. They were stumped, for everyone had added such wonderful things. It was only one day, thousands of years after they had settled into their home, that Dara looked down on their world and realized what was missing. Us. Well, not us per-say, but change. Real change. Not the kind they had now with moving but unvarying pieces. With the help of Steph, Dara set out to create life. They drew inspiration from their companion's creations, taking water, earth, fire and air, and imbuing the essences into a single grain of dirt. Then, splintering off a fraction of their soul, Dara added the final piece to their creation. Steph leaned over and whispered:
"May you have the ability to transform into something new."
Proud of their creation Dara showed it off to Tasi, who laughed at the minuscule item, and promptly tossed it into the ocean, where it sunk to the ocean floor and was lost. Not much is known about this time, as the gods refuse to speak about it, though most people speculate that a battle broke out among them, which was eventually resolved. We do know, however, that it was Sonam who discovered that the creation of Dara and Steph was not in fact lost. Instead, it had done exactly what they had wanted it to do, change. The ocean was suddenly filled with tiny micro-organisms that moved with the tides, and each contained a fraction of the soul that Dara had splintered off to create them.
The gods watched in wonder as the these beings slowly transformed, and grew larger and larger. As they filled the ocean and, eventually, crawled out of it and began to explore the land. Kiran was the first to make use of Dara's creation. Early on they stole a fragment of Dara's soul and dispersed it among the trees and plants, and suddenly they too began to grow and change. New trees emerged and flowers began to bloom different colors.
Each god wanted to play a role in the creation of what would come to be known as life, and each split off fragments of their own soul to create new species to roam the lands. Elves, fairies, dragons and all sorts of creatures populated the land, each created in the perfect image of their god. But it was what would eventually become the human race, the slow moving, perpetually evolving species that served as the blueprint for many of the new species and Dara was proud of themself.
However, nobody knows of Dara now. Or at least, not in the way they should. They has been missing for centuries and nobody quite knows where they're at. But the earth continues changing, evolving. As do all the races and species the gods put upon it. We must learn from their mistakes as we must also learn from ours. For we would be doing the gods a disservice if we were to stand in the same place tomorrow as we are today.
No cover image this week unfortunately. School has started and is already in full swing. I hope you liked this story! I figured it's only fitting that the first one I post is the creation myth for Elocia as there is no better place to start than the very beginning.