Creation and the Overgods

Creation & the Overgods

We present the tale of creation as told by the Adept Olagra Fleshpress, a contemporary of the Heroes, which was supposedly inspired directly by the Gambler herself :

“In the beginning, there were two, male and female. There was nothing else, and in an eternity of oily black, it took them little more than an instant to tire of the other’s company. Boredom clung to them in the infinite emptiness, and so — like many couples do today — chose to try a great many things to strengthen their Universal bonds.

First they tried to create a home together, a place for them to be, thinking that in it they could be happy. And so the world was brought to be. Yet they could not agree on how to decorate, and so they were forced to compromise. The planes which weave their way into and around the world were created to satisfy their differing whims, but neither was left happy as the planes warped against one another. He, in his clockwork majesty, could not keep his reality in order while the rules which his creations imposed kept her from being purely free.

And so clearly to them the next step was children. If together they could care, together they could be content, or so went their erroneous thought. They agreed that he would create form, and that she would create life. He created first the plant and fungus, bringing them to her pleased in his creation and certain that she would see the genius of their existence.

He was wrong. Have you ever watched a plant grow? She obliged him in giving them life, for he did truly care for them, but demanded that he go away and bring back another child that they could together enjoy.

He set to work, and the whole plethora of animal-kind did he return to her. He had even imbued them with the power to think, to strategize, to adapt to situations by the rules of logic. He was certain they would prove interesting enough for her…

And she was intrigued. She gave them life, and for a time, she was satisfied. With her satisfied, he was for a time at peace with the laws of the universe he had created.

But her favorite children would be his undoing, as she gave to them more and more of the power of mind. Soon they were not following rules of logic, but making leaps and mistakes. He tolerated this for a time, until soon they were experimenting with creation of their own which threatened his finely tuned machine, and he felt the need to stop them. With his power over form, he changed them to decay until form could sustain life no more — and so death began.

She commanded that he could not unequally penalize their children, and so death spread to all of life. He so loved his creations however that he could not bear to destroy them all, and so gave them the power to reproduce their forms and pass life on. Birth began.

Her favored children could create very little in their own short lives, but what they did create they could pass on, and again they threatened his clockwork universe. Damning her commandment, he wiped them away — all but four, to whom she chose to give her own life-giving power. These four are the Undergods, and with their new power they spread into the world.

Vengefully, he planted opposite ideas into these sons of his, turning them against each other. She loved them all and could not pick one over the other, and so in their immortality they battled. Though they spread the power of intelligent life into the many races that walk today, they were suppressed by war — and so it suited the Father as a unique mechanic of his universe. Now the Mother feuds against him, hoping that one of the intelligences beneath them will someday be ultimately victorious — she cares not which — and his universe will again begin to fall apart.

It isn’t a game of cards. It’s a suggestion that sometimes divorce is the best choice."

We know from readings of her journals that the Adept was in a very unhappy marriage with several unhappy children.

Creation and the Overgods

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