Advances in Mythology

magnum chaos

In the beginning, the void was chaos. The chaos writhed and foamed endlessly in the darkness, in the time before time.

There came to be a wrinkle in the fabric of this foam. In an instant, the wrinkle grew into a great chasm. The balance was tipped, and Light was forever torn from the darkness.

Eons passed as the nameless ancient ones gathered themselves together from the stuff of time and space. They were simple creatures, made of simple stuff, and they knew only greed and gluttony. The more the enormous beasts consumed, the more their hunger grew. When they had eaten all that was around them, they ate each other. And then, in their madness and lust, they devoured their children.

In time, the ancient ones became jealous of each other’s size. They grew fatter and fatter still until they could no longer contain their girth. In their senseless rage, one by one they exploded, filling space with everything they had consumed.

Eons passed, and slowly, from these ashes, countless new great ones formed. The stories of these ones are too many to tell, but among them was Sol. Sol was modest among the gods, but he was the ruler of his small domain. He bore many children, and among them were the turbulent Terra and Theia. These two were inexorably drawn towards each other. Sol looked on, knowing but helpless, as they came violently together. Theia died as she gave birth to Luna. In her grief, Terra has held her daughter close ever since, though Luna has struggled ever farther from her mother. Luna turned her back on her mother, and she now spends all her days gazing outward and dreaming of adventure, hoping one day to break free of her mother’s embrace. It is foretold that Terra, strong as she is, will never allow her beloved daughter to escape, and that she will prefer to destroy Luna than to see her be free.

Terra raged at the loss of her lover for a very long time. As she was visited by water spirits who showered her with love and mourned her loss with her, and her rage eventually cooled. She learned to protect herself from the violent insults that her father Sol would occasionally hurl in her direction. In time, she became the most wise among her siblings. Sol smiled on her, and he made the waters rise and fall from the sky to wash the sadness from her face.

Terra spent her time in contemplation. Despite Luna’s cold presence, she was lonely. She had little in common with her twin sister Venus. Even though she was closer to her father, Venus felt jealous that her fairer sister Terra seemed to be his favorite. Venus has never learned to temper her anger, and she remains angry, turbulent, and caustic to this day. Her brother Mars was distant and cold, yet fragile, and he could not protect himself from Sol’s outbursts. Her other brothers and sisters were too far or too bloated with their own pride to notice Terra.

After long thought, Terra said to her father, “Father, I am tired of wandering alone. What can I do?”

Sol considered this question carefully. “You need something to care for. I will see what I can do,” he replied at long last.

Sol called to the distant dust spirits who heeded his command to help Terra to conceive. Terra commanded her air spirits to shatter the night with fire and light in the sky. Sol smiled gently on his daughter, and finally, there came to be life.

In the beginning, the void was chaos. The chaos writhed and foamed endlessly in the darkness, in the time before time.

There came to be a wrinkle in the fabric of this foam. In an instant, the wrinkle grew into a great chasm. The balance was tipped, and Light was forever torn from the darkness.

Eons passed as the nameless ancient ones gathered themselves together from the stuff of time and space. They were simple creatures, made of simple stuff, and they knew only greed and gluttony. The more the enormous beasts consumed, the more their hunger grew. When they had eaten all that was around them, they ate each other. And then, in their madness and lust, they devoured their children.

In time, the ancient ones became jealous of each other’s size. They grew fatter and fatter still until they could no longer contain their girth. In their senseless rage, one by one they exploded, filling space with everything they had consumed.

Eons passed, and slowly, from these ashes, countless new great ones formed. The stories of these ones are too many to tell, but among them was Sol. Sol was modest among the gods, but he was the ruler of his small domain. He bore many children, and among them were the turbulent Terra and Theia. These two were inexorably drawn towards each other. Sol looked on, knowing but helpless, as they came violently together. Theia died as she gave birth to Luna. In her grief, Terra has held her daughter close ever since, though Luna has struggled ever farther from her mother. Luna turned her back on her mother, and she now spends all her days gazing outward and dreaming of adventure, hoping one day to break free of her mother’s embrace. It is foretold that Terra, strong as she is, will never allow her beloved daughter to escape, and that she will prefer to destroy Luna than to see her be free.

Terra raged at the loss of her lover for a very long time. As she was visited by water spirits who showered her with love and mourned her loss with her, and her rage eventually cooled. She learned to protect herself from the violent insults that her father Sol would occasionally hurl in her direction. In time, she became the most wise among her siblings. Sol smiled on her, and he made the waters rise and fall from the sky to wash the sadness from her face.

Terra spent her time in contemplation. Despite Luna’s cold presence, she was lonely. She had little in common with her twin sister Venus. Even though she was closer to her father, Venus felt jealous that her fairer sister Terra seemed to be his favorite. Venus has never learned to temper her anger, and she remains angry, turbulent, and caustic to this day. Her brother Mars was distant and cold, yet fragile, and he could not protect himself from Sol’s outbursts. Her other brothers and sisters were too far or too bloated with their own pride to notice Terra.

After long thought, Terra said to her father, “Father, I am tired of wandering alone. What can I do?”

Sol considered this question carefully. “You need something to care for. I will see what I can do,” he replied at long last.

Sol called to the distant dust spirits who heeded his command to help Terra to conceive. Terra commanded her air spirits to shatter the night with fire and light in the sky. Sol smiled gently on his daughter, and finally, there came to be life.

Terra fell instantly in love with her pets. They quickly covered her body in a blanket of life. She nurtured them, and they grew strong, and they loved her, too.

… to be continued

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