Greetings, my fellow historians. It is I, Flavian Duchas, here once again to share the past with you. While my popularity has risen and fallen depending on the whims of the elites, I have not stopped my work. It is important that we not lose our history, for without knowledge of the past we are doomed to repeat it. In the spirit of this notion, let us explore one of the earliest and most common stories of our time; the origin of the world. While it is very safe to say that any individual who reads this is well versed in the story, for completeness’s sake, we shall cover it here. The Origin of the World in its most basic and crude form is thus:
When man first opened his eyes he was met with the gaze of the Creator. This Creator was named Somorat and had created man for the purpose of taking care of the world It had made. Man was worried at the prospect of caring for a world so large, so the merciful Somorat bequeathed on man a counterpart, wo-man, who would aid man in the task granted by the Omnipotent Titan. Man was so elated by this that he decided to name the world he had awoken to Deseray, which means joy.
From this basic structure, many variations of the story appear throughout the world. The Bello people of the Ferminon for example believe that Somorat descended to the earth from the Sun while a particular tribe of Jibu known as the Ras Tribe claim that Somorat came from the outer reaches of the heavens beyond the stars. Some think woman was created before man and so on. As diverse as the stories sometimes become, they do share a few common threads. For example, the man or woman’s eyes opening to the visage of their Creator as if waking from a deep sleep. Another example, Somorat’s decree that man and woman act as caretakers of Deseray which Somorat had made. These commonalities and more can be found in records going back to the very farthest reaches of time immemorial and are a sort of through line from which we can trace the history of our world.
While human civilization has been around for ages, the earliest writings of mankind tell of an age before cities, when man lived peacefully as one with nature. In these distant ages far from our own time, man was little more than an intelligent beast. Gods roamed the face of Deseray. Monsters and other ghastly creatures stalked the mountains and jungles and deserts. Even the colossal creatures of today dwarf in comparison to these magnificent beasts of legend, whose remains are littered across Deseray.
We have been oral creatures for most of our existence and it was only relatively recently that we picked up the habit of recording our history, our stories, and the minutiae of day to day living. Yet the crude writings of early record betray a hidden complexity, as though written language had already been a well-used tool in practiced hands, hinting at a lost history that has yet to be recovered. Regardless, it is not a controversial thing to say that Man is an ancient race. Ancient even as the aquatic Skirminoans who often boast of being the first to walk upon dry land. There is little evidence to suggest that the Skirminoans existed for any longer period than mankind, though it is not in dispute that they birthed many an advanced civilization while man still scraped by in caves and huts.
Skirminoan creation myths differ from our own, but the fact that as alien a race as they have their own Creation stories is a fascinating revelation. Their Mother of the Sea bears little resemblance to the Somorat of Church doctrine, but the few similarities are striking and have caused quite a stir in philosophical forums for a good century or more.
But the stories have changed since they were first recorded which the Church is quick to remind us every chance they get. They have their own interpretations and understanding of the story as illustrated by the official Creation passage written in the First Book of the Saint. It is too long a work to delve into and a great many more qualified persons have already done so, so for the purpose of this work, here is a small excerpt:
And the world fell through the endless void adrift a sea of stars, cold and brittle and lifeless. And lo, when the Kings and the Emperors of the Heavens had gathered to the formless Deseray they bickered and argued over the fate of the mote of dust that is our home. Some believed a lifeless world to be the proper state, for surely the rest of the universe was a beautiful and pristine sight, without grubby little things running all over the face of it. But the others scoffed, saying that the universe was not yet complete, that life had to exist on all levels, on all planes, including the very basest of them, the material realm. Over this, they argued for many a century until Great Somorat, Creator Titan of All, came to a decision. Somorat would shape Deseray into a microcosm of the universe. A fractal piece of a greater whole. And so Somorat made the mountains and rivers and oceans in the manner of the sea of stars and cultivated the plants and the birds and the fish to mirror the great gods and spirits of the cosmos, perfect in form and function.
Then Somorat created man from the very earth itself and shaped him in the Titan’s form so that he could rule all the land as Somorat does the Heavens. Thus did Somorat decree when man first awakened that Deseray would be the dominion of man and man would continue to shape the world just as Somorat had done with the universe.
Here we see the similarities and differences in stark contrast as well as the obvious voice of the Church in the text. Man’s place in the universe and on Deseray is obvious. In the greater whole, we are mites picking away fruitlessly on a mote of dust in the universe. But on Deseray we are lords of the world, towering over the other creatures that the rulers of the heavens viewed as “grubby”. The paradox of our existence, being so important and yet not all at the same time, is a source of great consternation within Church walls and many an eminent scholar have gone mad trying to correlate these two disparate pieces of the text.
We can leave such philosophical matters for others to debate. Instead we will shift our focus to a later era, when the Titan returned to our world. True to form, the Ancients had been warned of this arrival for some time by astrologers and mathmegicians the world over of the Titan’s return, but nothing was done to prepare for it. We squandered our chance and when It did arrive and saw what our world had become, It was not pleased. We will leave that discussion for next time when I cover the Burning of the World.