How My World Started

Hello all,

Forgive my absence over the past week, I’ve been in Spain on holiday so I’ve not been near a computer. After that I was catching up on things at home and interviewing at work so it’s been a little hectic.

Last time I posted I was discussing the conundrum that is whether to have gods of some kind in a fantasy setting. In the meantime I’ve come to some more solid conclusions on how I’m going to deal with it in my fantasy series and I thought I’d share that with you. What follows is a semi-notes, semi-prose description of what I’m intending and hopefully it’ll be of interest to you.

In the beginning was Morseoid, the Great Star, hung in the emptiness of the void. There was no creation yet, simply the huge star turning slowly. There is no one now alive who remembers how Morseoid came to be, perhaps no one has ever known. However, what is clear is that at some point Morseoid exploded. This event filled the universe with debris and freed the Celestials who had formed in the heart of the Great Star. Out of this debris the world was formed, and it was tiny in comparison to the Great Star that had gone before, but it was not alone in creation for there were stars also and things beyond the reckoning of man.

The Celestials were the divided spirit of the Great Star in whose womb they had manifested, in whose heart they were fathered. They were divided into three Spheres in order of their coming into being. The first Sphere contained ten of the Celestials, who afterwards were set above the others. Five were male and five female insofar as these spirits could be called male and female. Chief amongst them, the first formed, was Dagda and he was considered their master and ruler. He had four brothers and these were Elathan, Lir, Belain and Aynghus. Opposite to them were the female Celestials; Aira, Mórrígan, Dana, Étáin and Áine. These were the First Order of the First Sphere of the Celestials.

Dagda married Dana, for he felt kindred with the Earth and she with the Water. The union would be a mixing of everything below the heavens, Dagda thought, and so it came to be. The others followed in this and also joined together, mixing their power and affinties. So, Elathan, Master of the Moon, married Étáin, Mistress of the Sun, Lir of the Sea married Áine of the Heart, Belain, Master of the Sun, married Mórrígan, Mistress of the Moon, and Ayngus of Youth and Love married Aira of the harvest.

In time there was fruit from these unions, who are called the Second Order of the First Sphere. Dagda and Dana created Brigid, who is the fire of battle and the wisdom of peace. Lir and Áine created Maclir, who is found in mists and has a love of changing weather. Bres and Brea were the offspring of Elathan and Étáin. Bres loves the soil and making things grow, and Brea loves the winding rivers that irrigate the land. Belain and Mórrígan gave life to Cethlenn, who is the seer of the Celestials, able to fathom that which will be. Ayngus and Aira made Bévinn, who is the patroness of childbirth, the mixing of her father – love and her mother – the harvest.

Time again passed, and Brigid married Bres, though they were cousins, as it seemed as if they would otherwise be alone. However, soon after came another set of Celestials, called the Second Sphere, which consisted of five more males and five more females. The males were Tornach, war and thunder, Nuada, protection and leadership, Áed, whose realm is death, Ecne, knowledge, and Éthur, trees and plants. The five Second Order females were Céivinn, inspiration, Tailtiu, agriculture, Monfinn, sorcery, Sedina, animals of the sea, and Clíona, who is beauty and love.

Their appearance gave the opportunity for further unions, and Brigid and Bres agreed to dissolve theirs for wiser choices. So, Brigid married Tornach, Nuada married Clíona, Áed married Cethlenn, Ecne married Céivinn, Éthur married Bévinn, Bres married Tailtiu, Maclir married Monfinn, and Brea married Sedina.

From these unions came further Celestials. Éthur and Bévinn had two sons, Céthur and Téthur, and a daughter, Fande. Téthur followed both his parents in his love of the land, especially the animals that walked it, but Céthur was not content with agriculture, instead seeking the fire of battle. Fande was ever young and her care turned to the young and to women especially. Tornach and Brigid had two sons as well, and they were Gobann and Crethen. Gobann learned to work the metals of the earth in the fire, becoming the smith of the Celestials. Crethen’s work was with the precious metals of the earth – revelling in gemstones and gold. Ecne and Céivinn gave life to a son, Miach, and a daughter, Airmid. They both learned the ways of healing. Nuada and Clíona had a daughter, Niamh, who was beautiful beyond the reckoning of any that had gone before, inheriting her mother’s grace and her father’s will. Maclir and Monfinn had a daughter named Aibell, who loved to pour rain upon the lands to water flowers and maintain the rivers. Brea and Sedina also had a daughter, Finnula, who was as graceful as the swans with whom she felt kinship. Bres and Tailtiu had a son, Dayear, whose talent was for disguise and trickery. The last to come was Becuille, daughter of Áed and Cethlenn, and she too took something from each of her parents. For prophecy and death walked hand in hand, and yet their daughter Becuille had the power to prevent the sharp axe of doom, even as it fell. For this she was the miracle, magic beyond compare.

It must be remembered that all this took place within the Heart of Morseoid, the Great Star, and time had no real meaning there. And yet, the spirit of Morseoid was almost spent, for the Third Order came in time, but they were only four men and four women, not the five who had come before. The males were Avein, the bird lover, Lugus, the trader and light bringer, Nectain, water bubbling up through the rock, and Diaht, the wandering healer. The females were Lāssi, the fire of wine, Birowe, the wind that blows, Epona, whose love was for horses, and Cessair, the flood of wisdom and of waves.

Then further weddings took place. Avein married Niamh, Céthur married Cessair, Dayear married Birowe, Diaht married Airmid, Gobann married Lāssi, Lugus married Becuille, Nectain married Fande, and Téthur married Epona. From these unions came Aoillamain, the poet, son of Avein and Niamh, Sheone, the shipwright, son of Lugus and Becuille, Plornama, the beautiful flower, daughter of Avein and Niamh, and Anann, the everlasting flame of prosperity tempered with death, daughter of Gobann and Lāssi.

So it was that the last four unions were made, even as the Great Star began to shatter. Aoillamain married Aibell, Crethen married Plornama, Miach married Anann, and Sheone married Finnula.

As their unions were concluded, the Great Star shattered sending pieces throughout the universe. The Celestials were freed from the Heart of Morseoid, and saw that the matter that had once been part of the Great Star had changed to form smaller stars, and rocks, and all manner of other things. The most prominent of these was a sphere, where there was land and water and sky, and the Celestials went down to it, to tend it in memory of the spirit that created them. It was here they acquired their attributes and loves, though these were often misconstrued by men, and their reporting has been skewed by time and memory.

Cheers,
Nick

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