Gazetteer – 01a – The Dawn of Time
Cora, the God of All, had a thought. What would happen if she and her friend, Mith, the Star Forger, no longer existed? Who would remember the universe that they created? Who would remember them?
She asked the starsmith about it and he replied, “No one.”
Her friend’s bluntness made her feel lonely, cold, and sad. She decided she would create more creatures that could think.
“Would they be like us?” Mith asked her. “I forge stars and planets. I don’t know how to make others like us. When I tried, I made Grinder, and he wants to extinguish the very notion of thought and destroy everything we have ever created.”
Cora realized she had made a mistake in the past. Creation and destruction were too broad in scope for what she envisioned. She needed to scale it down to the notion of life and death. It was too late to do anything about Grinder, but death provided a limit to the power of the race of thinkers she was about to create. She also loved the idea about life and the thought of two of her creations coming together to make others of their kind through the gift of life.
She proposed this idea to Mith. In their partnership, Mith had always been the doer and Cora had always been the thinker. So Mith asked her if there should be two races — Doers and Thinkers? Perhaps it was the fact that Mith said doers first that sparked Cora’s notorious temper, “No, friend, my creatures shall do both. Get to work.”
Mith’s will to create things had always been instinctual. He rarely thought about what he did. He just did it. Now his friend, Cora, was asking him to tinker with things he barely understood. He did like the idea though and began to work on the arduous task of understanding exactly how he made stars and planets. He itemized a list of building blocks that went into their making – the details of how stars consume matter to release fiery energy to burn with fire, how planets spin and rotate around stars, and how mountain, sea, fire, and gas combine to produce a planet of complex function and proper beauty.
While he did that, Cora concerned herself with how to make her creatures. What would be instinctual or deliberate? How would life and death would work in companionship? Her musings led her to many discoveries about thought. She realized that if she did not give free will then thought would not be possible. With free will, choices could vary from individual to individual. She began to think of the notion of good and evil and the need for a soul.
She also didn’t like the idea of evil and she wanted to easily be able to identify it. So, she proposed that soul and body should be one. That way an evil creature would look evil.
This desire caused severe problems with Mith’s ability to differentiate the line between life and death in Cora’s creatures. To keep soul and body one, he would need to make those creatures immortal. His experience creating Grinder the Destroyer (see Gods of Oklos section for more details) had taught him that immortality for creatures other than Cora and Mith was a bad idea, but Cora would not listen to his protests, so he dutifully fulfilled the order and made Cora’s first born immortal.
She would create others that could think. She thought that a race of beings that reproduced other beings of their own kind who could then learn and study and pass on knowledge from generations to generations would be of great beauty within the vast darkness of the universe. She consulted Mith, The Star Forger, on how he was able to create beings that can survive and thrive through the simple consumption of energy and redirection of this energy into life. Mith thought about this problem for aeons as he mentally broke the universe down into its primary building blocks. When he felt he had an answer for Her, he invented writing and scribed runes to document each of these building blocks. The God of All took these notes and symbols and developed a grammar structure for the runes that transformed them from a list of ideas into a language. Using this language she penned a recipe book for all the things that this new race would need to reach their full potential. She called this recipe book the Book of Creation.