Ares proclaimed himself the Creator and called all faithful humans to rally behind him. He said two of his children had betrayed him and only his true son Cyric was loyal. Only a few thousand humans flocked to Ares. Those humans who did not flock to him sought protection from the Goddess Gaeia. She left the people promising to end the war. Soon after she left, the great gathering of people was set upon by devils from the underworld that became known to them as Demons and Dark Elves. The vile creatures slaughtered thousand and thousand before they were finally turned back. Ares' army grew as he conquered small lands. He taught the people to hate and fed many to the cannibalistic demons and dark elves.
Fate twisted the dark elves and many defected to the woods, hunted by humans and by their own kind. Gaeia returned with her lover Aros, Athena to teach the humans how to fight, and Mystra to teach them how to use magic. Gaeia turned her hands to the skies and the skies turned to metal and great hordes of dragons, great serpentine beasts, descended from the sky following the great god of dragons: Bahamut. Gaeia turned her hands to the ground and giants arose from the earth following their god Hiatea. The army of Gaeia routed the army of dark elves, demons and humans amassed by Ares.
Gaeia had mercy upon her brother and turned her armies back before complete annihilation. Cyric's rage ignited under his sister's pity. He created the chromatic dragons to rule the skies and blessed their leader Tiamat with godhood. He created the dwarves a magic resistant race that harvested metals that could be made to arm his army with sharp weapons to pierce the sharp skin of dragons, giants and humans easily. He gave them a god Moradin. He took a human woman, mated with her, and through her agonizing death gave birth to the first titan. Cyric multiplied the titan's numbers to combat the giants of his sister's army.
He created the God of Power: Odin to help him rule his minions. He created the God of Wine Bacchus. Cyric created Strife from his own nightmares and set his terror upon all creatures to give them fear. He gave a human assassin, Bhaal, godhood for his vile and treacherous ways. Cyric created the trolls; creatures that could regenerate wounds and body parts. Bhaal captured a human sorceress and Cyric imprisoned her, giving her godhood. He forced her to teach his minions of darkness magic. Cyric gave his favorite jester godhood, and Loki the god of mischievous was born.
Loki escaped Cyric's ruling hand and wandered the world creating chaos. Loki twisted the dwarves, and the kender were born; A fearless race of thieves, but their wanderlust made them unprofitable to war. Loki chased down a group of the exiled elves for two hundred years, killing most. The remaining elves were soon known as quicklings. Small creatures so fast, even a god had trouble striking them down. Loki tortured many dwarves with his own magic. The dwarves swore vengeance and learned the ways of magic. They became known as the gnomes.
Cyric's army descended upon Gaeia's recovering army. His army of demons, trolls, humans, dark elves, titans and dragons ripped through Gaeia's humans, giants and chromatic dragons. Over half the world's population was annihilated in the first two hours of battle. Odin and Bacchus could no longer endure the slaughter of innocents and turned to Gaeia's side. Slowly the humans, giants, and metallics turned the tide of the war and Cyric retreated fearful of mutual destruction. Gwydion escaped during the battle and found her lover Mystra. Together they created the Solars, a heavenly creature that despised evil. They created the shape shifters to infiltrate Cyric's army and spy on their war efforts. The shapeshifters penetrated Cyric's army, returned, and reported that he was amassing his numbers to finally crush Gaeia's army. Mystra took the shapeshifters aside and made them forget their powers. The shapeshifters lived on, unaware of their powers until hundred's of years later. Gwydion created the nymphs. A creature with such immense magical abilities they were a match for the weakened gods and goddess. She gave them to her lover Mystra. Thor the god of thunder appeared to help the forces of good. Shiva appeared bring with her the flows of ice. The oxidized dragons took up camp with the forces of good, sent by their creator Crom. Gaeia amassed her army for the final battle. The world's population was one-tenth its former glory. The two armies crashed into each other. Fire, ice, and lighting tore through the sky. The skies and ground were filled with death. Creation was on the threshold of destruction. Loki saw his own destruction and Fate, the god of Fate and destiny, twisted the mischievous god. Loki freed the Creator from his prison.
And time stood still.
The Creator's power was more immense that anyone remembered. Perhaps he was always strong enough to leave his prison. The Creator banished his children
to the heavens. He gave all his creatures free will to deny the will of the Gods, himself included. He blessed many creatures with a small touch of immortality, so
time could teach them. He forgave his creatures and removed the fear, hate, and motivation set in their minds by the lesser Gods. The great armies disbanded.
The creatures large and small began their own lives. And the creator vanished.
Written by: Crimson, ReEdited for this page by: Shadowen