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Twisted Confessional | Hazaril

Haztory

Prehistory

When the Celestials left, they gave each stella* five gods to act as their stewards. Each god was given the responsibility of one of the elements. On the shores of each stella, beyond the planets, is the Opik, a cloud of frozen creation. It is in these etheric foams that comets are born, and occasionally gods.

In our home stella, Hazaril, the first gods were set. Nyx was given the night; Rhayn the air; Vond the waters; Daregar the earth; and Kelytos the fire - and the responsibility for stoking the sun (which, like all stars, burns with the fires of creation; a mirror to the Opik). Five siblings, each inseparable, they created life on all the planets. Vond's masterpieces were the seas; Daregar the land; and Rhayn the beasts that fly. The others dabbled in life (Nyx created the insects), but their true talents laid elsewhere.

They claimed the largest planet, Irenon, the gargamel**, as their home. Each god took one of its moons, and in its core, they built a citadel full of glory and wonder.

An age passed, and the Five Races were brought to Hazaril. Kelytos embraced these new charges, choosing to become their champion. Vond remained uncertain, dis*** moods changing like the tides. Rhayn was merely curious, watching them intently. Daregar was unconcerned, and went about business as usual. Only Nyx was displeased by these new arrivals - de grew cold and distant from the others. And soon they began to fight over the paths that these people would take - they fought until they grew weary of fighting, and still the people chose their own paths.

Eventually, Nyx stumbled across a new god - one born in the ethereal foam. This god said dis name was Beleth. De was a slippery deity, feral and wild, tempestuous. Beleth learned the wonders and joy that come from nightmares, and the things that go bump in the night, and fell in love with storms. Beleth discovered how to have children with The Five Races, and bred the Great Spiders.

Refugees

In another stella, a war was raging between its gods. Where the gods of Hazaril grew weary of fighting, the gods of Nonlemor continued their struggles. One of theirs, the newest, Zareth, was a vengeful and jealous deity - feeling that all should worship dei. Eventually, one of their number, Phelan, their deity of Air, grew weary of the war, and came through the strands, for some reason choosing Hazaril as a destination.

Away from the battle, Phelan started founding universities on the inhabited planets of Hazaril, encouraging the pursuit of knowledge. Phelan had always been intrigued in the creation of life, but wanted to know more about its mechanics. So, de claimed the Twenty-three Realms (the moons of the second-largest planet), to perform experiments. Since then, dis planet has been known by dis name.

The next refugee from the war of Nonlemor was Lasia, their deity of Water, following Phelan. Kelytos was immediately smitten when Lasia arrived, and almost immediately, they coupled. Their children are the Dragons.

Sadly, while civilization started to grow in Hazaril, the war continued in Nonlemor. The next god seeking refuge was Charisha, their deity of Night. Much like Kelytos and Lasia, de found a soulmate in Rhayn. Their children are the Urgoi.

The war in Nonlemor ended decisively: their god of Fire, Thakanae, caused the star of Nonlemor to explode. De brought dis lover, Arista (of Earth), through the strands, along with a handful of Nonlemorean loyalists (Kaanans). The god responsible for the war, a 'new god' like Beleth, was named Zareth, and believed to be destroyed in the nova. Zareth's loyalists, the Zarenes, similarly were believed destroyed.

The last straw, what caused Thakanae to abandon Nonlemor, was the rape of Arista by Zareth. Zareth wanted Thakanae to bear dis heir, but in the end settled for Arista. After coming through to Hazaril, Arista left Thakanae's side to the more comforting arms of Daregar. This left Thakanae burning with jealousy and resentment; Phelan was there with calming winds. Soon, this pairing parted.

In Hazaril, at the time, the nations of the world of Logrim had broken into the ether, and had discovered the moonless, icy world of Taros. Thakanae further distracted disself by encouraging the conquest of the Tarosi by Logrim. Egged on by Thakanae and dis Kaanan followers, the Logrim carved out huge swaths of territory of primitive Taros, in the name of the Circle of Nations. The Logrim colonies grew prosperous, at the expense of the natives of Taros, who were not nearly as advanced as the Logrim. It was a great time for gods and the Races alike - even conquered, the people of Taros provided many ideas to the Logrim, and contributed much to their combined advancement.

But the Golden Age was not to last. For Thakanae was working behind the scenes, having grown bored with the imbalanced conquest. So, de broke the Circle of Nations, and began the Two Heavens War. As the nations of the Circle battled, the colonies on Taros were drawn into the conflict, declaring alliances or independences or falling to war within themselves. The war devastated both worlds - the first and last of its kind, fought with magic and technology that was lost with Logrim. From all descriptions, the battles were devastating.

And throughout the war, Thakanae and Kelytos manipulated and battled, their followers opposing each other, the Nations of the Circle bound in twisted alliances. This feud is probably the greatest reason the battle had stretched on into the next year, and the year after, despite the meat grinder the battlefields had become. As the death toll rose, Thakanae cackled in glee, and Kelytos looked in vain for some way out of the nightmare.

After six years of war, an armistice was finally signed in Mahuatl, ending the most deadly war in recorded history. Neither side was triumphant, but Kelytos had sued for peace, and Thakanae's warriors knew they would not hold for much longer. Many of the veterans were given land on Taros, put out of sight in hopes that the memories of the war would fade from the Circle of Nations. Those nations who fought for Thakanae were punished severely. Everyone thought it was over.

It was also during this time that Vond and Nyx came together. Their children are the Dolphins.

Deicide

The fastest thing in the cosmos is light. The only way to travel any faster is to apport - such as by traveling through the strands that connect the stars. So, when the light from the explosion of Nonlemor arrived, more than a hundred years after its destruction, Thakanae snapped.

Thakanae attacked Kelytos directly. The two struggled between Magmal and the Skystone (the first two planets). The struggle finally ended when Beleth blinded Kelytos with a flash of lightning, allowing Thakanae to throw den into the sun.

The death cry of Kelytos was heard across Hazaril. The sun itself flared hotter, blazing much brighter than ever before. Having just watched dis soulmate perish, Lasia felt consumed with grief, and in anger cracked the world of Logrim, shattering it into a million shards (these pieces can still be seen in the sky around the sun, known as Lasia's Tears). The screams of uncounted hordes of innocents dying smothered the love Lasia once carried with guilt and death; Lasia fled to the Skystone, and took refuge there, inhabiting its moon, tending to the masses of dead.

At that point, even Thakanae realized things had gone too far. With remorse, Thakanae took over the responsibility of stoking Hazaril's star. The ice of Taros began melting under the newly hotter sun. Two new deities showed themselves as Kelytos perished. One was Tristan, a former scholar and devotee of Phelan - seemingly, one of her experiments bestowed divinity onto her. To this day, she is continuing to search for that secret, working in the laboratories of Irenon.

The other deity was Mahuatl, formerly the spirit of the greatest city of Logrim. Somehow, Mahuatl managed to survive, consuming enough scattered city spirits, as well as some of the divine spark of Kelytos. Mahuatl and Tristan found themselves in a strange alliance; both unwelcome, unexpected newcomers. Though they never loved each other, they came together; their children are the Outsiders.

The stress of seeing Thakanae go mad caused Arista to release the seed of Zareth, bringing the savage Trolls into the world. Since then, Arista has been barren, unable to create children - and so Arista and Daregar have adopted the children of the world, becoming gods of the hearth. As the progenitor of the Trolls, Arista has been attempting to soften them, but the mad savageness of Zareth remains evident.

Trek

The world of Nonlemor, Kaan, had a moon, like Logrim once did (Eris). And like Eris, this moon was inhabited - mostly by the followers of Zareth. And when Thakanae caused Nonlemor's star to explode, Zareth shielded the moon from the brunt of the explosion.

What happened next is somewhat perplexing, but apparently this moon was hurtled in the direction of Hazaril, possibly through the machinations of Zareth, who knew where the gods were escaping. And Zareth shielded the moon from the brunt of the star's explosion - which pushed Zareth's essence into the core of the moon. Even now, Zareth is trapped in the moon, and dis influence does not extend much beyond it.

Since souls need to go somewhere upon death, Zareth extended dis protection to all who lived on the moon. Souls beholden to Zareth are 'saved' - allowed to stay in the core of the moon, in dis protective embrace. Even now, this arrangement continues - many Zarenes consider the hot world of Vax to be a punishment.

The explosion of Nonlemor also birthed a new deity - Chiro, born as the fires of the exploding sun washed over its Opik. The nature of Chiro is almost unknown to us now, though de was known as The Golden Calf, and the Shepherd, for de carried the moon on its trek to Hazaril. Those beholden to Chiro were also allowed into the welcoming arms of Zareth.

Unfortunately, when crossing the Opik of Hazaril, Chiro split, becoming Unwyn and Ilyskn. The people of the moon had lived with only two deities for so long they felt abandoned with the disappearance of Chiro, although Uwyn and Iyskn shared Chiro's memories. The church remains divided.

It was slightly more than 500 years ago when Zareth arrived.

From the Ashes

Here, history splits.

Timeline - a blending of the two histories into a single timeline, mostly focusing on the time after Kelytos was slaughtered.


  *stella: 'star system'
  **gargamel: a gas giant
  ***the language of Hazaril has a separate gender for deities; I am trying to keep to that, as (most) deities have no gender

Deities

Original

  • Beleth (opik)
  • Nyx (night)
  • Rhayne (air)
  • Vond (water)
  • Daregar (earth)
  • Kelytos (fire)

Nonlemor

  • Zareth (opik)
  • Charisha (night)
  • Phelan (air)
  • Lasia (water)
  • Arista (earth)
  • Thakanae (fire)

Other

  • Mahuatl
  • Tristan
  • Chiro
    • Unwyn
    • Ilyskn

Hazaril Stella

  1. Magmal
  2. Vax (the Skystone)
    • Most of the dead come here when they die
  3. Lasia's Tears
    • an asteroid belt
    • Formerly Logrim
    • Inhabited by survivors from Eris and Kali, its once moons
  4. Taros
    • The otherworldly moon Eloi now sits above Taros
  5. Phelan
    • a large gas giant, 2nd largest in the stella
  6. Irenon - a supergiant
    • the 'castle' of the gods
  7. Arrulant
    • Formerly a gas giant
    • Now a part of Lasia's Tears
  8. Qalak (the Unblinking Eye)
    • fire planet
  9. The Opik

Dwellings of the Gods

Irenon

  1. Moon #1: Nyx -> Nyx/Vond
    • When these two paired, they chose a single dwelling.
  2. Moon #2: Rhayne -> Rhayne/Charisha
  3. Moon #3: Vond -> Mahuatl
    • when Vond left this moon, Mahuatl was given leave to inhabit it
  4. Moon #4: Daregar -> Daregar/Arista
  5. Moon #5: Kelytos -> Kelytos/Lasia -> Lasia -> Tristan
    • Kelytos left the moon mostly empty, until Lasia; then time was spent between Lasia and the Sun; once Kelytos died, Lasia left the moon abandoned while tending Vax; eventually, Tristan needed a place to rest, and felt too estranged from Mahuatl, so Lasia gave her leave to stay there.

Of course, some gods don't have dwellings orbiting Irenon

Other

  • Lasia - the moon of Vax, which bears dis name
    • Lasia now dwells the moon of Vax, tending the life of the dead
  • Phelan - Phelan
    • Phelan dwells in the center of the planet that bears dis name
  • Thakanae - Sun
    • Thakane, having no reason to go anywhere else, dwells in the old quarters of Kelytos in the Sun
  • Beleth - Kali, the inner moon of Lasia's Tears
    • Beleth loves the Tears - life there is such a struggle, it showcases the extremes of The Five Races.
  • Ilyskn and Unwyn - they live on Eris, the outer moon of Lasia's Tears
    • As parts of Chiro, they live together.
  • Zareth - Eloi
    • Zareth's being is intimately entwined with that moon