Hello, my name is Jane. I've been playing on Indigon since the early days, and I've gone by the usernames Jane101, Thassa, and JaneV. In an attempt to vitalize the forums in some way and promote interest in the faction world, @Aztl and I have decided to add lore to our world and start compiling the histories of the various people and factions that come and go. This post, as well as hopefully many more to come, were written partially from the perspective of people who might have lived in Indigon's faction world, created languages, traded and quarreled with each other, and conjured up far-fetched tales to explain natural phenomena, just like in our own world. Here I am pretending that Indigon is full of early humans, those of fledgling agrarian villages or even some hunter-gatherers. Below is a tale written by the human inhabitants of Indigon, or the Indi, offering an explanation for how the world came to be. On the Origins of the Universe and of Indigon In the beginning was Aztlan, an eternal being that predates the universe itself. Aztlan is supposedly all-powerful and therefore omniscient, but like many supposedly omniscient gods, he knows not how he was created, if he has a superior omnipotent creator, or if he is living in a simulation. We humans will most likely never know and are therefore instead confined to retelling the stories of the beings and events we do know. Aztlan is the god of creation and destruction, and of beginnings and ends. Just as Aztlan created the universe, Aztlan will eventually destroy it. The only truly permanent entity is Aztlan. At some point before time was measurable, Aztlan created another deity, one named Quetzal. Quetzal, whose name in Astellan, the language of the Indi, means "space thing", is the god of space, time, and companionship. Coinciding with the creation of Quetzal was the creation of the universe, a three-dimensional enclosed area that objects could then physically occupy. After creating Quetzal and the universe, Aztlan then proceeded to create two female versions of himself, who differed greatly from Quetzal, who was not created in Aztlan's image. These two females were Aztlan's daughters, and although they were polar opposites, they always balanced each other out and kept the universe in a state of precarious harmony. Their names were Stessa and Dracôna. Stessa was the goddess of light, life, birth, fertility, and growth. Dracôna was the goddess of darkness, death, the afterlife, aging, and disease. They are constantly fighting, but if either of them vanquishes the other, the universe will cease to support life. Quetzal's children include Vilmian, god of heat, passion, and love; and Remôra, goddess of the cold, emptiness, and apathy. When Vilmian wed Stessa and Remôra wed Dracôna, they forever paired light with heat and darkness with the cold. Aztlan and Quetzal wed as well and united the family and the universe to prevent conflict. Their family, known today as the Minagoni, or "first gods", expanded, as Stessa and Vilmian created their son Carthan, and Dracôna and Remôra created their son Paloman. Carthan took the form of a giant ball of heat and light, and that is why his name is synonymous with the sun (the Astellan word carthan means "sun"). Paloman took the form of a giant ball of stone, which stood out in the night when Carthan was absent (the Astellan word paloman means "moon"). Eventually, Carthan and Paloman created another entity, a realm that smaller creatures could inhabit. This world was called Indigon (meaning "people god"). The first Indi seemed to believe that the world was a living entity that merited its own divine name or personification. Today, we see Indigon as an object created not as a living thing on its own, but as a vessel for living things later, particularly humans/people, which is possibly why we call it Indigon. Soon after the birth of Indigon came the creation of the Ancients, sometimes called the Vavashi in Astellan. The Ancients were gods (Goni) that were created by Carthan and Paloman on Indigon for the purpose of ruling and imposing divine order over Indigon. The first four Ancients were Esman, god of water; Ronan, god of earth; Vasila, goddess of fire; and Avana, goddess of air. Some of the Vavashi copulated with the Minagoni; their children were nevertheless considered Vavashi, or Ancients. Esman moved to Indigon's oceans and ruled there with the sea creatures he and his creators the Sun and Moon placed into the world. Because Esman copulated with multiple other Ancients and even Stessa, he created no further children. The other Ancients, however, were not finished having children, though each of them created beings that were not gods and instead had fixed appearances and less power. Ronan created the Olomi, or the Moles, powerful earthbenders who dug tunnel civilizations underground. Mineshafts and caves are attributed to the Olomi, although very few remain on Indigon because they were outcompeted by humans later on. Today, most of the Olomi population lives in Empîriagath, the realm of the gods, because of their close relation to the Ancients. Vasila created the Juni, or the Dragons, who firebent with only their breath and once roamed Vasilgath, the Nether, and sometimes the Overworld. The Juni were eventually hunted to extinction by humans somewhat early in Indigon's history. The last known Jun (dragon, singular of Juni) was killed in the End, also known as Quetgath. Avana created the Phazi, or the Sky Bison, the levitating first airbenders who flew around the skies of the Overworld. They were always companions of early humans, but they often clashed with Juni, and the last sky bison were hunted to extinction by fanatical Juni. Although the Ancients were supposed to be imposing divine order over Indigon, Aztlan prohibited them from interfering in the natural events of Indigon directly, unless for some reason their very existence was threatened. The plants and animals we see today are creations of various beings, some of them Ancients, and some of them the children of Ancients. The last creatures to be placed on Indigon were the Indi, or humans, who were created directly by Carthan and Paloman to give Indigon a strand of powerful, intelligent creatures who would worship them and the other Minagoni. When humans entered the picture, everything changed... ---------- Hey, you! Thanks for reading. Creation stories like this are hard for me to write because it's such an information dump. It's more like a history book than a book plot, which understandably makes it hard to read at times, so thank you for sticking with me. If you have any interest in working with me on this project, I'd be happy to add you to the team! Right now I'm still working on compiling the early history of Indigon, right from where we left off, with humans entering the scene. Although I was one of the first people to join Indigon, I don't remember all the details of the early faction-world history. Anyway, I'm also hoping to create a calendar so converting Earth time to Indigon time is easy. I will also soon post a guide to the Goni, or the gods of Indigon. Additionally, I've been working on the Astellan language, and once I'm confident about the fundamentals of it, I might post a guide to that as well. Thanks again for reading.