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Today I will be discussing the four first created races on the planet. Before I start let me just clear the air for those of you who might be worried about this (I know I sometimes am.) These four races do not represent the first creatures on the planet. Bacterial, animal, plant, and other sorts of life such as that were created along with the planet itself. These races were born, given enough knowledge to build and create, and have a full happy life.
The initial four races are known as the primes. They were the ones specifically called by Creation and Destruction, built into the very creation event, spoken into existence. To aid them in their life, they were granted the nature of one of the four major elements – wind, water, earth, and fire. I will talk about all four primes in separate posts. To start things off, I will begin with the first created race: the humans.
Creation created humans and gave them the nature of water. Freedom, power, and exploration are in the hearts and minds of every human living on the planet. As with any race of humans, those living in Dramoth Gilead are just your typical humans, complete with a wide array of height and weight, hair and eye colors, natures, dreams, skills, and flaws. The best thing that Creation gave humans was their nature to unite. In fact, without humans, it’s quite possible that the entire population of Dramoth Gilead would have quickly descended into war, murder, and genocide. It’s human nature that permitted the (sometimes) peaceful coexistence of the three other races.
The humans in Cathemega (the main continent of my stories – I’ll get to geography soon) are, for the most part, relatively pale-skinned – the equivalent of the European continent if they were from Earth. There are desert dwellers south of the major cities who are darker skinned, but they’re still quite pale. A pseudo-human race called the Mesan live in the desert as well, and they have even darker skin – but they have white hair, gold eyes, and an innate, never-failing sense of direction, plus they’re not actually humans at all, they’re one of the races birthed by the planet itself.
That is not to say that all the humans in Cathemega would appear to be of European descent if they were stuck on Earth. There is the race known as Freeworlders, whose ancestors came from the ancient and forbidden lands outside the continent of Cathemega. These Freeworlders have very dark skin – African descent so it would appear. They get discriminated against, distrusted, and thought to be bad-natured. The Freeworlders are, however, just as hard-working and loyal as any human.
Humans are highly reactive to magic. While they are not as sensitive to it as elves (who can feel ley lines underground) they have powerful innate magic abilities. Humans can be born with such an innate reaction to magic that they are able to sense spirits and ghosts. Girls born with these abilities can see and communicate with ghosts, while boys born with these abilities can hear them (which is scary for a five-year old boy.)
Human culture is entirely trapped within the Medieval European fantasy trope. Music and art is varied to the artist and the ear or eye enjoying it. Their festivals are based around seasonal or historical events. Religious humans mostly follow the Church of Creation, although there are others who follow local or elemental deities.
Unlike the Medieval European trope, humans do not view women as a “weaker sex.” They are given full rights and responsibilities and granted every opportunity to succeed that men are. In the history of some of the great kingdoms (which are mostly representative monarchies) there have been equal representation of men and women on the councils chosen by the people. Some of the greatest heroes and legends are also women.
With that, I’m done with the first of the four primes. Next I will speak of the second, the elves.
While worship of Creation is the most popular religion, there are other types of religions as well. These are where the lesser deities are present. While I’m going to present a brief description of them now, I may explain more about some of them in the future – cause a lot of these deities have interesting stories.
There are three specific groups of deities: elementals, elder dragons, and local gods. None of these are physically gods, and are weaker in body than the actual gods, but they are worshiped all the same.
The first group I’ll describe are the elementals. To understand the elementals, you must understand the elements. Dramoth Gilead doesn’t have the same four elements as other worlds (sometimes five, sometimes eights.) Dramoth Gilead actually has twenty elements (which makes things confusing for wizards.) They are separated into five categories – light and dark naturals, light and dark ordinals, and the foundations. These categories represent the order that the elements are found on the ley lines (I’ll talk about those later) with light natural furthest from the source of magic, and foundations closest to the source of magic.
Each of the elements has a being that protects it – it is these beings that are known as the elementals. They can be summoned by the sem (human-animal hybrids) at which point they take on a physical form known as a sentinel. When not in these sentinel forms, they can appear as thoughts or in dreams – usually in a form familiar to the one who they’re speaking to, although others take on a form they’re more happy to take. Because they are little more than the essence of magic, they are technically immortal beings. However, because summoning them is draining on the summoner they do not spend enough time in the physical forms to be truly called “alive.”
They are usually worshiped as more of a lip service. They’re remembered in festivals and in arts, but never more than being a helpful spirit to the majority. There are those races – like the gnollen – who worship the elementals, but they do not necessarily worship all twenty – only really the ones that help them.
The Elder Dragons
Dragons do not live in Dramoth Gilead. A long time ago they would travel between the different planes and appear before the masses – hence the use of dragon tongue for many different words. However, they left a long time ago. There are lesser beings resembling dragons – the drakes and the wyverns and house dragons (which are basically large lizards with wings) – but as far as anything called a true dragon, there are none.
Except for the elder dragons, that is. There were eight dragons that never left (technically six, but we’ll get to that explanation at a later date too.) These great beings live throughout Cathemega, choosing a life of rest and peace. Their true age is hard to tell, since they never really exist at any one point in time – planar travel tends to mess up perceptions of time and space.
The elder dragons are primarily worshiped by the tallis (which makes sense cause the tallis are draconic humanoids – so why not worship one who is like you?) The tallis themselves have a group of warrior priests who reside in great temples dedicated to each of the elder dragons. They made the temples in hopes that the elder dragons would come and live and speak with them, but none of them do – it’s always more comfy in caves and in nature than in a stuffy stone temple. The only others besides the tallis who worship the elder dragons are those who are interested in that culture, or who have been raised in that kind of environment.
The local gods are worshiped by different groups of cults or by races who do not agree to the more popular deities. They do not actually exist as far as the gods or elementals or elder dragons – but there are often times that some idea or some spirit is trumped up to a status of worship. Sometimes it’s a charlatan posing as a god, other times a spirit of nature gets bored and decides to spread a little bit of mischief. Overall, these gods are only odd beliefs held by a small portion of society.
There are a few other forms of belief system not related to gods or deities at all. Some races worship their ancestors’ spirits, or nature, or something of that sort. It’s rare to find an atheist or agnostic in the world, seeing as there is an actual physical presence of a deity who can be heard, touched, and seen. Of course there are those who deny that Creation really is a goddess, thinking her to be just some girl brought into the temple and raised into a belief system of being a goddess.
Next time, I’ll talk about the four races – humans, orcs, elves, and tallis.
Speak them into creation: the sun, the seas, the stars.
Speak them unto destruction: the moons, the fires, the void.
Bring upon its soils: the humans to wander like the waters, to trade, to make peace, to unite.
Bring upon its soils: the tallis to work metal, to bind the elements, to create technologies.
Bring upon its soils: the elves to protect the land, to aid nature, to hold true natural order.
Bring upon its soils: the orcs to wander the land, to command its wealth, to fight and conquer.
The elements together, the spirit of the living, the souls of the dead, the creator and the destroyer.
Together we cry, the world of man, come forth and be legend.
With those words, the world of Dramoth Gilead was called into existence, fully formed with all its living creatures upon it. The two speaking – Creation and Destruction – are two of the three gods of the world. This blog will detail a wide array of things; legends, histories, science, biographies, geography, deities, and other things I feel like speaking about in relation to the stories I hope to publish one day. If nothing else, this will assist me with having an actual place to put down my thoughts and solidify my ideas. As my first post, I’ll explain briefly about the pantheon of the three gods, however brief it will end up being.
The pantheon consists of three members – Creation, Destruction, and Unity. They once existed in supernatural forms – power beyond everything that could be imagined. Together the three built up the world of Dramoth Gilead (aside: Dramoth Gilead is a dragon tongue phrase meaning “World of Men.”) After the creation of the planet, the three beings were ready to rest for eternity – except that Destruction had its own ideas.
Destruction is the agent of – believe it or not – destruction in the world. Without some things ending or being destroyed, creation would be meaningless. While it is not evil, Destruction is opportunistic. When Creation and Unity sought eternal rest, Destruction was ready to take the chance to lead the world as its supreme lord and ruler. Creation fought against Destruction, but its abilities weren’t strong enough and Destruction was poised to win. Unity stepped in, however, and used its own abilities to place an everlasting spell on the three beings.
The three great beings would lose the majority of their powers and live as spirits forever trapped in the bodies of living creatures. While still incredibly powerful – they lost their very godhood. Both Creation and Destruction can, however, convince others and call to their aid those who would be ready to help them. When any of the creatures who are filled with these spirits die – the spirits transfer to the next born being fitting their specific parameters.
Creation skips forever between the bodies of women. Creation never is aware of her own existence within these bodies, but there is one woman who knows who Creation is. The first of these women started a small religion that blossomed into the single largest religion in the world. She serves as the High Priestess, and when she is ready to die she transfers that position to another in her order. The High Priestess alone is aware of who Creation is born into. Creation is brought to the temple in Seiis and raised under the order’s watch.
Destruction skips forever between the bodies of men. Upon becoming appropriately aged, Destruction becomes aware of his abilities. It is at this time that the being makes a hard decision. Live as one of the great evils in the world and have unbelievable power, or die to save the world for another generation. Those who bend to the power of Destruction lose their essences and become the being responsible for the deaths of many millions of people. Those who kill themselves are freed, returned to the planet, and are born again usually to take on the roles of great heroes.
Unity, as the last and most powerful of the spirits, skips forever into the bodies of unknown creatures – sentient or otherwise. Unity is never aware of its own godhood, and none are ever aware of Unity’s presence. There is a set time and place, however, where Unity will again remember who it is, and at that point the world will face its final hours.
So forever they skip between the living and return to the earth to be reborn into other beings. The cycle nearly endless, and one point in the far future, everything will end.
My next blog post will likely be about the other lesser members of the pantheon.