“The Creation of the World”

In the beginning there was darkness, and in the darkness, lights dawned. The Lights were there before the darkness and reigned supreme, as one. They are called the gods (danen).

From the void they formed the stars, the moon, the sun, and the planets. From nothing, they formed the circle of the earth and set all heavenly bodies on their course. From nothing, the Light created life—plant and animal—and filled Varda with every green thing.

From dust, fire and water they created the first elves, Lumas and Luvé. From the same, they created the first of man, Homar and Ivé. From other things they created the dwarves, the rokahn, and every sentient thing. It is said that each Light created a race for itself.

The Lights walked the earth for ten thousand years. At the end of this time, they saw that helpers were needed. From star-fire and sun-fire, earth, water and air they created servants for themselves, the Abollaren, and the greatest of these was called Sémas. And by Sémas they were betrayed.

The Abollaren, thinking themselves the equals of the gods, were led by Sémas into a great rebellion. A battle followed, so great and terrible that the lands broke apart and the islands and continents were created. At last the Lights and the Abollaren agreed to leave the mortal world, leaving only a deputy—a Hand—in their places. The Light cursed the Abollaren and sent them into a world of fire and burning heat—it was called Abollon. The Light retreated into a world of paradise and fresh water, Danda—that is, Heaven. Other worlds were created by the Light—Avenda, the world of the fey, and Ninda, the gray world. The Abollaren left their curse behind on this world (Varda), a curse of violence, pain, and evil in the heart of every man and elf.

Thus the first age began, the Age of the Elves. The war between the gods and the demons continues to this day.

Danthai the Highborn, Head Historian
Compiled and Reviewed at the Library of Danarion
Composed 170 A.H. (Xani Vardoren)

Handwritten note: By human reckoning, composed in year 146 before the Empire.

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