Gazetteer – 01d – Age of Titans
Age of Titans (AOT1 – AOT1000)
With the death of Räyädis and the absence of Cora, the elves went into a period of uncertainty. Never to be rash, the elves reflected on events and took a less active role in the shaping of the world. The dragons were not much of a threat anymore and the lands were at peace. Many elves turned somewhat academic in their endeavors and began to write and document things in a language they created which is now known as Elvish. The elven language was a runic language, but these runes had nothing to do with Book of Creation and were created by elves with otheris related to communication (see Races of the World of Atlas for more about elven otheris). Two elves with communication-based otheris emerged from this time as the leaders of the elves, Färenlas and Anglaril. Färenlas’s otheri focused on the understanding of weights and measures coupled with setting standards for all sorts of important ideas including commerce, crime and punishment, and construction of fabulous towers, castles, and manor houses. Anglaril’s otheri led him down the road of diplomacy where forging relationships was paramount and the concepts of honor, loyalty, and justice derived. The two elven kings were friends, not rivals, and the elves flourished under their rule in veritable peace.
Outside these two kingdoms, the world was unwatched for the most part. The runes still churned the history of the world fueled by the original writings of Cora in the Book of Creation. The two runes created by Mith, however, were unaccounted for in this book and it was the giant rune that caused an unforeseen change in the world’s dynamic.
The giant rune is a hungry rune and those with it are rarely sated. It takes a lot of energy to sustain a giant body and in Mith’s haste to satisfy Cora’s demand for his precious dwarves he did not fully understand the ramifications of the counterpoint he created. The hungry giants were a menace for the rest of the creatures of the world. They walked around the world eating and eating. Certain giants developed a hunger for a certain type of rune or rune creature. These giants would seek out creatures filled with that rune to eat and their bodies would compensate for all this consumption with an increasing power in the counterpoint rune. Thus were born the Titans and they threatened to devour the world until they turned on each other. So great was their hunger that each titan wanted to consume the titan of their counterpoint. Life Eater battled Death Eater, Earth Eater battled Air Eater, Peace Eater battled War Eater, Law Eater battled Truth Eater, and so on. The winner of those battles saw the world shape more into the realm of the winner’s counterpoint as the winner then continued to consume the rest of the world’s counterpoint rune. Some sages and scholars spend their careers trying to figure out which titans won these battles. It is generally accepted that Fire Eater defeated Water Eater due to the prevalence of oceans and seas in the world and it is known that Truth Eater defeated Law Eater; Truth Eater is Atlas. The victorious titans now were unopposed in the world and threatened to destroy the world with their continuing hunger.
Mith investigated the titan threat. He was without ideas on the matter since the world was not his creation and Cora was no longer there to help guide history, but he did dissect the titans to see that they were primarily instinctual creatures so he looked to creatures of thought to determine a means to combat them. The creatures of thought determined if they devoted themselves to a powerful member of their group that they could aggregate their strength and create a champion that could then battle a titan. This aggregation was named prayer and the champion was given the name god and thus divinity was born. These gods proved successful in curbing the appetites of titans, but again introduced a new element into the world that Cora had not scripted in the Book of Creation. Cora and Mith were Primal Powers and didn’t need worship to gain power, they were power incarnate. Titans ate things to get their power, so they didn’t need worship either. Gods gained their divinity solely through worship which made some of them become covetous, vain, and petty. Wars were fought between religions to gain more worshippers or “sacrifices,” a despicable way that some gods learned to increase their power instead of solely prayer.
During this time, a thought rune creature named Jukal left his tribe called the Grables in eastern Oklos and journeyed all the way to the western lands of the elves. There he met the elven king, Anglaril. Anglaril was shocked with how similar the creature was to an elf and named the race, Adan. This Adan named Jukal was also as inquisitive as an elf so Anglaril taught him the history of the world. Jukal soaked in this knowledge like a sponge and thanked his elven host for enlightening him on the world. He felt somewhat foolish on how apish he had behaved before his time with the elves and vowed to bring culture back to his people, but first, he had a desire to read the Book of Creation. He asked Anglaril where Cora might have left it, but Anglaril had no idea, and was impressed that Jukal had thought of such a thing instead of an elf. He decided to aid Jukal in his quest to find the book.
They found the book in the hoard of the first dragon, Lohicarmix. This massive creature had read the Book of Creation and dabbled with creation, itself. It fused fire and the dragon rune to make red dragons, storm and the dragon rune to make blue dragons, death and dragon to make black dragons and so on. It had dabbled with other runes independent of the dragon rune to create all kinds of monsters. Despite these monstrous creations, Anglaril and Jukal proved victorious over the first dragon forcing it to flee its lair and its hoard leaving the Book of Creation behind. There in the darkness of the cavern with nothing but a lantern light to guide them the elven king and adan adventurer read the Book of Creation together. The power in this book was overwhelming and the two began to fear the pages as they read further. This knowledge was not for any other than the Primal Powers to know.
Anglaril feared it more than Jukal, however, and Jukal read much more of the book than Anglaril did. As Anglaril communed for guidance with the stars about it, Jukal delved deeper and deeper into the book until he learned about all the runes of creation and something of the grammar with which they could be manipulated with. He also learned that most creatures are combination of all the runes arranged in different orders. To communicate this to Anglaril he offered an example from language. Take the two words “may” and “I.” The sentence “May I” has a much different meaning than “I may” and this significant difference occurs with just a simple reordering of the two words. The same is true with a creature where the relationship between life and death, instinct and thought, earth and air, can all be manipulated to create a new creature. The grammar Cora created determines how these arrangements will be expressed in the world. The fate rune locks them in place so they can continue on for generations.
When Jukal finished telling his elven friend about the book, Mith appeared. Anglaril had communed with him for guidance and Mith came to take the book and decide what to do with it. When Mith read it, he began to fear the book as much as Anglaril. Only Cora knew her grand plan for its power and she had left for some reason without a word of instruction to Mith or anyone else. Mith decided to destroy the book in a faraway star and let the fate rune determine what happened to the world that was created and its creatures without his interference.
This left Jukal and Lohicarmix as the two most knowledgeable beings of how the world worked. Lohicarmix fled to the north where he enslaved the Adan there and thought about ways to gain revenge on Anglaril and Jukal who had stolen his hoard and denied him further research into the Book of Creation.
Jukal traveled the world confirming the knowledge he learned in the Book of Creation. He not only learned about how the runes fit together, he also began to master them. The first rune he learned to master was the life rune which made him immortal like the elves. Given this immortality he then set about mastering all the other runes. When he turned to the fate rune and mastered that, he learned of a counterpoint to fate that Cora had not used in the Book because it would cause her to lose all control over the world. This counter rune was Chaos and he mastered it as well, but told no one of its existence, a secret he was able to keep for an age.
When he mastered all the runes including the chaos rune, he returned home. This homecoming marked the end of the Age of Titans and the birth of a new age.