With the Heir for the Sundered Crown due for release in the Summer I thought I would share with you some of the world building I did for the book. Once a week I will post one part of the brief history which will be included at the back of the book.
Part 1- Creation and origins (2,000ABT- 1 year OM)
This period is also known as the age of myths, none of what follows has been proven to be real aside from the tale of Danon.
In the beginning of the universe there was nothing but darkness. Sitting alone in the empty cold was Aniron the first of the Gods. She floated throughout the blackness, sad that she could not see. Boredom was her nemesis and so to entertain herself she clapped her hands and created the stars. With light she could see, but still she was not impressed. So she decided to create the worlds. For eons she flitted from world to world marvelling at their wonders but still she was not impressed. So she decided to create life. If she could exist, then why couldn’t others? She wanted to share what she had made. So she took a part of her essence and gave birth to other gods to keep her company.
For a while the new gods played and were happy amongst the stars and worlds that Aniron had created, but one, her eldest son grew sad. Vectrix grew jealous of Aniron’s creations and wished for the power to create as she had done. One day when Aniron was walking on the world of Esperia, her favourite, Vectrix came to her.
“Why can only you create?” he asked of his mother. ‘I too want to create, I want your power, for I have visions of such wonder and beauty that it would make you weep.”
Aniron smiled at her son. She took his head in her hands and kissed him deeply. The two made love on the surface of Esperia, their lovemaking creating life in the process. After they were done Aniron held Vectrix in her arms and whispered; “Look what we have created, new life that is not god, but beautiful nonetheless.”
Vectrix watched in awe at the life that had appeared. Beasts of all kinds roamed Esperia, the oceans were full of fish, the skies of birds and the land flourished with flowers and beauty. He wept.
“This is beautiful indeed.’ He said ‘but it is not mine. This is your favourite world.’ His voice grew louder, creating the winds, and his tone grew angry creating the mountains as it cracked the land. “You tricked me into making life on your world, the power is still yours!” he cried.
Angry at Aniron’s betrayal he reached down and snapped off the top of the tallest mountain. With all his might he hurled it at his mother striking her down. In his rage Vectrix stole his mother’s power; the wounded Aniron was powerless to stop him. He absorbed her until there was nothing left but her voice on the winds. Realising what he had done Vectrix fled Esperia and cowered.
The Heavens war
When the other gods discovered what Vectrix had done they wept. Their sorrow was replaced with rage and greed. Aniron’s power was up for grabs, if Vectrix could take it for himself then what was stopping them from acquiring it from him?
God slaughtered god, as each battled for the right to kill Vectrix and take their mothers power. The universe which Aniron had created was torn asunder as worlds were destroyed and stars extinguished. Finally, after eons of fighting only three gods remained.
Vectrix, Rindar and Esperin were the final gods left standing. Vectrix had not been idle during the war. In his hidden sanctuary of the world of Vectra the god had been busy using his mother’s power. He created the void, his own universe which housed beasts of his creation. Instead of being beautiful his creations were twisted and evil, his rage having corrupted his mother’s power. He used his monsters to enslave the other worlds until only Esperia remained.
Rindar and Esperin defended their mother’s world from their vile brother’s hoards but they were not strong enough to oppose him. The three gods battled in the skies of the world until Rindar was struck down. To stop Vectrix the god of Light came up with a plan.
“We must become one to defeat evil” he told his sister. Esperin was the goddess of darkness and despite her powers she was no match for Vectrix. She joined with Rindar, light and dark merged into one to become Chiaroscuro.
The new god battled Vectrix, wiping out his monsters and casting them into the universe between, the void. However, despite their combined might the new god could not destroy Vectrix. It was a stalemate.
To break the deadlock in their struggle the two gods met on Esperia. There they agreed to a challenge. Vectrix lent some of Aniron’s essence to Chiaroscuro.
“I will prove to you that my creations are worthy of life.” Vectrix said. “Use the power I granted you to see if you are worthy of this gift you seek. Seeing no other way to break the deadlock Chiaroscuro agreed.
Vectrix created the Necrist. Millions of the hideous creatures burst from the dead things of the world.
“I bring life from death” Vectrix boasted.
Chiaroscuro thought for a long time at what to make. Finally the god created something that combined the essence of both light and darkness. Man.
The first men were tall, strong and embued with power. To give their new creations the power to defeat the Necrist Chiaroscuro granted them some of its own power in the form of magic.
Man waged war with the Necrist. Using magic the first men destroyed the Necrist banishing the beasts to the Void. The war had taken a heavy toll on Chiaroscuro’s creation. Out of the millions that had been created only two men remained, Niveren and Danon. Niveren was the embodiment of Light whilst Danon was of the dark.
“We have won the challenge brother.” Chiaroscuro said. “Too much death has resulted from this war. Instead of killing you we will allow you to slink to your own creation and remain there till the end of time.”
And so it was that Vectrix was banished to the Void and Chiaroscuro became the one god of the universe.
Niveran and Danon
As reward for their victory against Vectrix the two men were showered with gifts from their god. The most important being the creation of women to keep them company and to ensure that Mankind would last. Niverin was given Esma as his wife whilst Danon was given Cliria.
A few years after the war the two men settled down. Niveren raised a family and prospered but to Danon’s dismay he remained fatherless. Cliria was sad that she was unable to have children, both of them prayed to god but no answer came to them. Niveren meanwhile had founded a city on the top of the mountain which Vectrix had snapped in two when he killed his mother. The city was named Sunguard and the children of Niveren prospered.
“Why have I been forsaken? Did I not fight as well as my brother?” Danon cried to the heavens. “Why has my brother been blessed and I have not!”
A woman appeared behind him. Her long dark hair snaked its way down her dark skinned body which glistened in the sunlight. Her eyes were black; no white could be seen at all. Danon felt fear and yet felt an affinity to her.
“Have no fear Danon, I am Esperin, the goddess of darkness.” She purred. “My brother does not know that I can separate myself from him. He has embraced the one God completely, I have not. There will always be a need for darkness. You are my champion Danon, the Champion of Darkness; I will grant you what you wish but only if you serve me in all things.”
Danon fell to his knees.
“I will serve you always.”
Sure enough Danon and Cliria had their first child, but to their horror it was not a child of beauty but a monstrosity. Darkness enveloped his family; they all grew bitter, twisted and angry at Niveren who continued to prosper at Sunguard. Esperin taught him the dark powers and gave him the knowledge of black magic.
The Goddess resented being trapped as Chiaroscuro, she planned that if she could show that darkness was stronger than light than the one god would have to break apart as before and she would be free once more.
Danon became a necromancer whilst Cliria became the first witch. Both of their powers were massive and their deeds were darker than their souls had become.
Danon and his malformed brood attacked Niveren and his family. Dark magic overpowered the light and once more war raged on Esperia.
The light side of Chiaroscuro realised what was happening, he couldn’t understand that somehow his dark aspect had freed itself. In his current form the one god was unable to bring balance to the world for he was not the embodiment of either power. The forces of Danon swept over the world until only Sunguard and Niveren remained.
Niveren appealed to his god but no answer came. He appealed to his brother to end the madness but was ignored. In a bid to give the light a chance Chiaroscuro forged the sword Asphodel .
The power of the blade gave Niveren the power to drive off the darkness. In countless battles Niveren drove back the evil of his brother until at last he plunged the holy sword deep into Danon’s blackened heart. The light had won the day, Danon’s soul was cast into the darkest recesses of the world and the deceitful Esperin was forcibly rejoined with Chiaroscuro, never again would the dark god be free.
The first Niver men
After the war the sons of Niveren spread across the world of Esperia. Kingdoms were formed and cities built. Technology and science came into being as finally man was free to prosper. The danger from gods and evil had passed. Wars still occurred as the essence of man was still both light and dark but balance was restored.