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Deigenesis

In the churning maelstrom of the Elemental Realms, entities are continually created and destroyed. Nothing has a fixed form and the idea of place is meaningless. Such was the nature of the entire knowable cosmos until this ceaseless swirl produced conscious beings with the will to perpetuate themselves.

The deities, demons, and primordials were created simultaneously from the separation and recombination of the elements. Each wields power over all nine elements, but each is especially strong in three.

When the deities and demons coalesced, good and evil were born. The deities wielded forces of Creation, while the demons attacked them with forces of Destruction. The two sides would have destroyed each other had the primordials not intervened.

The primordials were neither good nor evil. They sought to keep Creation and Destruction in balance. They combined their essences into a system of laws, creating the world as we know it. The primordials are sometimes known as the nine great nature spirits. Their laws are known as the Laws of Nature. These natural laws represent an additional order that the primordials impose upon the metaphysical laws of the Elemental Realms.

In creating the world, the primordials ceased to exist as nine beings. They became one. None can exert power individually. For as long as the world exists, the primordials must work in concert according to the rules they have set down.

The deities and demons remain free to act, but they are separated from each other. Thus, the world is sometimes likened to a wall between good and evil. The wall keeps the demons from attacking the deities. The deities are restrained by their desire to preserve the world.

Each deity has his or her own realm, called a heaven. Each demon has his or her own hell. These are special enclaves within the Elemental Realms where a single being holds absolute power.

But no being holds power over the world. The demons seek to destroy it. The deities seek to preserve it. The laws of nature simply are. The primordials cannot be said to have power over the world because they gave up all power to call it into being. If they assert any power, the world will cease to exist. Thus are the primordials bound by the laws they created.

Elements

Everything in the world is made of elements in some combination. Each element is close to its own particular Elemental Realm. In this sense, the world is a place where the nine Elemental Realms commingle.
The nine elements are:

Matter

Earth: Earth is the predominant element in all solids.

Water: Water is the predominant element in all liquids.

Air: Air is the predominant element in all gasses.

Most objects have a mix of elements. For example, rocks are lighter than metals because they contain Air. The amount of Water in ice becomes apparent when Heat is applied to destroy the Earth. Clouds are made of Air and Water.

Any object, whether solid, liquid, or gas, may contain some measure of the energetic and spiritual elements as well.

Energy

Motion: Anything moving has Motion.

Light: Light flows into the world from the moon, the sun, and the stars. It flows quickly toward Destruction.

Heat: Heat flows into the world from the sun and from an unknown source under the earth. It flows slowly toward Destruction. Some of those who resonate with elemental Heat claim that the element is part of every object. Others claim that some objects have Heat, but some objects have Cold. Some people are able to sense Heat only in warm objects. A few claim to be sensitive only to Cold.

Spirit

Thought: Thought is the element that allows people to speak and reason. It is rare in the world. Plants and animals require only a tiny bit of Thought for existence. On the other hand, some nature spirits are almost entirely made of Thought.

Life: This element is essential to all living things. In fact, it is the distinguishing factor between living things and inanimate objects. Dead living things may also retain Life for a time. It seems to flow toward Destruction at the same rate that Heat does.

Emotion: Emotion distinguishes plants from animals. Plants have very little, while animals have it in abundance. Emotion is required for any action. It is the means by which Thoughts are translated into Motion. Emotion means more than just feelings. Emotion is the dominant element of the will to act. As such, it can become part of the action itself. Some nature spirits are almost entirely made of Emotion.

A person’s soul appears to consist of Thought and Emotion. Either element may dominate. Life is essential for keeping the soul tied to a body, but after death, the soul persists. It may remain in the world as a spirit. Alternatively, it may be drawn to a heaven or to a hell.

Origins

No one knows how the cosmos began, or even if it had a beginning. The elements were all in place before there could be conscious beings to perceive them. Thus, no explanation for the origins of the cosmos can be considered factual. But here is one theory:

In the beginning, the cosmos was nothing.

Nothing existed, and the entire cosmos was one great nothingness. The nothingness and the cosmos were one.

So really, the cosmos was one thing, and this one thing was nothingness. The cosmos began when this nothingness split into two.

Half the cosmos was pure Creation, pure substance, infinite in extent, flowing from a limitless source. The other half was pure Destruction, the end of all things, a sinkhole into which all created things must flow.

So in the beginning, the cosmos was two things, Creation and Destruction, layered one atop the other like air above water.

But if two things exist, then they must be separable, else they would be one. If the entire cosmos consisted only of two separable things, then there must have been a boundary between them. This boundary was a third thing.

In the beginning, the cosmos was three things: Creation, Destruction, and the boundary between them.

No one knows how long this state endured. Perhaps it endured forever. Most of the cosmos is still in this state, a vast sky of Creation above a vast ocean of Destruction, with the knowable cosmos only a tiny fleck of foam bobbing on the ocean swells. But because this fleck of foam contains all conscious beings, that is where we shall focus our attention.

How did the knowable cosmos come to be? It began when substance split into three. The limitless flow of substance from Creation to Destruction spontaneously differentiated itself into three modes: matter, energy, and spirit.

The instant this differentiation was accomplished, the boundary became a gap. It was no longer an abstract demarcation. It became the only place in the cosmos where substance could exist as multiple things.

In the infinite Creation, there is only one thing – one continuous, infinite, undifferentiated substance. In the infinite Destruction, there is an infinity of things, but each thing has been disintegrated into an infinity of pieces, like silt on the seafloor. And so Creation and Destruction are alike in their homogeneity.

But in the gap between the two, substance split into three modes. And each of these modes split into three elements. Then the elements split and split and split and recombined, forming the chaotic storm of the Elemental Realms.

Such was the cosmos when the deities came into being.

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