The Mothers and The Fathers
Lore Story: The Gods
By Rick Merriman
Not even the mighty Fire Dragon, Kalos knows where or how The One and The Other came into being, and that majestic creature knows more truth than all the combined Sages in Mernac. It is, however known that they created 20 Gods to enjoy and marvel at the wondrous world they had created. It is even suspected these 20 Gods were really their children, but only Kalos would know this for sure, and he has never spoken on that matter.
Of the 20 Gods, there were two who were the brightest and most charismatic, and they naturally became the leaders: Siberlee and Barak. For millennia, these two ruled the Gods and Mernac in unison with great mercy, charity, and order. It is thought that they may have been lovers, as one was never seen without the other. The two respected each other, and loved each other – for each of them had qualities the other did not possess and each made the other joyful. Under their combined rule, Mernac prospered and grew. All was well, until the advent of Man.
Siberlee had wanted to have children, but for many millennia this did not come to pass. It is said that being overly melancholy about her inability to have a child, Siberlee left the heavens and descended to Mernac to live with the creatures and beasts, for there were not yet races with souls on Mernac. Siberlee went to the creatures and beasts that she and the other gods created to love them, to nurture them, to try and fill the hole that was in her childless soul.
Barak was devastated to be alone without Siberlee for the first time in eternity. His loss almost drove him to leave this plane, but the other Gods who had remained in the heavens, who loved him dearly, consoled him and distracted him until they devised a plan so that Siberlee would return to them all.
The 19 remaining gods knew that the only way Siberlee would return was if
she could have a child. Though the powers of the Gods were mighty, even in those times, they did not yet have the power to create life with a soul – only the combined powers of The One and The Other could do that in that lost time. The Gods could not even ask, for The One only spoke through and to Siberlee, just as it is to this day. Siberlee had hidden herself well, somewhere deep in the jungles of the Tian Islands and her magic was so strong she could be found by none.
To overcome this, the remaining Gods determined that each of them must sacrifice a part of themselves and combine it together to create a life and the child that Siberlee so desired. Each provided that part of themselves they felt was the most important to them, which explains why The Mothers and The Fathers, even today, are each missing a part of their earth-bound bodies.
Kanola gave her ears, though music was her passion. Kala her Heart, though love was the most important thing to her, Elsen gave his legs, though wandering and running was his obsession, and so forth through all 19 of the gods, save Barak.
Barak knew that even with all the parts that the other Gods had contributed it would not be enough. The most important part was still missing. The Soul. For the Gods to be successful Barak would need to sacrifice his soul.
It is written that this is the first Decision of Good to ever be made – a decision of doing what is thought to serve a greater good, regardless of the consequences. Barak made the Decision quickly, for his love of Siberlee was great. The result was the creation of Man on Bella 1st in the first year of recorded history.
Siberlee was immediately consumed with love for her child, the Race of Man. So consumed that she barely even realized the terrible changes that had occurred in Barak. For any beast without a soul, even though it be a God, is a dangerous and needful creature. The once happy and joyous Barak became sullen and resentful. He was not evil, at that time, but he was empty, for where does one store the love and goodness that sustains life if one is without a soul? For Barak, there now was no place, and the cavity that once held one of the most beautiful souls any of the Planes had ever seen was slowly filling with dark emotions. With none of the joyous emotions that give balance to a being he quickly sank into that godless abyss of self-pity that always leads to evil.
With Gods, just as with Man, if there is one in a group with a strong emotion, the emotion spreads with the speed of tallow weeds in a meadow during spring. The strongest dark emotion that consumed Barak was jealousy. Jealousy that his beloved Siberlee dedicated so much of her time to her new child, The Race of Man. Jealousy of how much love she showed them. Jealousy that it was, in fact, his spirit which had been used for the souls buried in the Race of Man; the remnants of his soul in these strange new creatures that Siberlee really loved.
And as it came to pass, this jealousy spread, and many of the other Gods also began to feel strong resentment for this unique thing that only Siberlee had.
It is suspected by those who have studied the words of Kalos that this strife even affected The One and The Other. The One, was ecstatic that Siberlee was so happy. The Other, however, was not pleased with the fact that it was now Siberlee who was garnering all the praise and attention of his other Gods, let alone the complete adoration of any born to the Race of Man. However, The One and The Other did agree on one thing: that the jealousy growing daily among the Gods must cease.
Together, they worked through an entire moon’s cycle to create 19 more races, one for each of the remaining Gods. The completion of these creations was timed so that early in the first year of Mernac’s sparsely recorded history it would be complete at the time when not one, but both of Mernac’s moons was full on the same night. It was on this night that they gave these new races to their children as a gift. With this gift came responsibility. The responsibility of developing and protecting the souls of all those born to the race to which each God became a patron.
For over 600 seasons, each of the 20 Gods were happy and busy placing members of the race of which they were the patron or matron in different locations throughout Mernac’s diverse geography. However, even though the Gods were happy, the conflict that had begun between The One and The Other grew steadily more intense.
The conflict centered on how to best protect and develop the new races that were populating their world. The Other, felt that these new creatures should be guided and controlled, told how to best live and survive in Mernac. The One, however, believed in free will and what she called The Decision of Good, that each race must be left to their own devices and she believed that ultimately, they would find the best way to live, based on their own decisions.
The Battle of “The Matter of Choice” as documented in the Book of Tennor festered as an infected wound and the love between them evaporated into a scab of pain and resentment. To bolster their positions, both The One and The Other began to recruit the 20 Gods into their opposing camps on this matter.
All that know of this tale, know this is what led to the ‘Dissention of the Gods’ era as is documented in the Book of Govy, and ultimately led to The Other, and twelve of the Gods being cast out of the heavens on the glorious day that would be known as Libertesious, on Bella 1st 666.
It is on this day that whatever evil and pettiness existed in the Heavens was cast out, forever being chained to the depths of the underworld or to wander aimlessly throughout the harshest of Mernac’s geography. Even to this day, the Races of the Light consider the number 666 as one to be revered, and this number is considered lucky by all but the most ignorant in Mernac. The Races of the Dark consider the events that occurred on 666 blasphemous, an insult to the power and ultimate destiny of The Other to rule Mernac. It was the beginning of all the wars of Mernac that were to follow for the next 10,000 Seasons.
On the separation of the Gods, these beings came to be known by different titles. The ones remaining loyal to The One became known as The Mothers. The others that followed Barak became known as The Fathers.
The Mother of Music and Dance. Matriarch of the Faerie Race.
The Mother of Life and Light. Matriarch of the Elf Race.
The Mother of healing and compassion. Matriarch of The Fur Race.
The Mother of love and desire. Matriarch of the Merfolk Race.
The Mother of Virtue and Strength. Matriarch of the Dwarf Race.
The Mother of Wisdom and harmony. Matriarch of the Murmil Race.
The Father of all that is Evil. Also known as The Father of Darkness. Patriarch of The Undead Race.
The Father or War. Patriarch of the Troll Race.
The Father of Death and Destruction. Patriarch of the Azeman Race.
The Father of Pain and Disease. Patriarch of the Sectis Race.
The Father of Anger. Patriarch of the Dabbit Race.
The Father of the Ethereal Elements. Patriarch of the Dark Elf Race.
The Father of Revenge. Patriarch of the Wookalar Race.
The God Of Lust. Patriarch of the Dark Fae Race.
The God of Jealousy. Patriarch of the Acquill Race.
The God of Greed. Patriarch of the Ogre Race.
The God of Indecision. Patriarch of the Orc Race.
The God of Mischief and Humor. Patriarch of the Gnome Race.
The God of Excess. Patriarch of the Giant Race.