Sensing the imminent victory of Exterminis, and the impending destruction of all of creation, Gaila, the High Goddess of Balance and Life, sacrificed herself to become the mortal realm. Her love formed a veil around the mortal realm, separating it from both the Celestial and Infernal realms. She would die, but life itself would survive within the mortal realm, protected by her love. The other gods, fearing for their very existence, fled into the mortal realm and began to create a new world.
Mensana, Goddess of Magic, Science, and the Laws of Nature, read from the Holy Book of Laws, and her words became the laws of the universe. Next, Athora, Goddess of the Moon and the Stars, reached into her bag of elemental dust, and scattered it throughout the universe, creating the stars, planets, and moons.
Ahto, God of the Oceans, Seas, Rivers, and Lakes, shed his tears over the land, and created the waters. Kaleda, God of Mountain and Stone, struck the world with his battle hammer, and forged the mountains as he lowered the valleys. Kaupoli, Goddess of Nature, filled the wilderness with plants and trees and vegetation of every kind. Finally, Aretamas, Goddess of Animals, Hunting, and the Circle of Life, populated the world with animals and set the great Circle of Life spinning.
Three races were brought from beyond the veil to worship the gods in the mortal realm. Kulittan, Goddess of Arts, Poetry, and Music, brought forth the elves from beyond the veil so that they might worship her and delight her with their artistic revelry. Kaleda, God of Mountains and Stone, brought forth the dwarves from beyond the veil so they might worship him and delight in the treasures under the earth. Hedonus, God of Lust, Greed, and Indulgence, brought forth the humans from beyond the veil so they might please him with sins of flesh and conquest.
As three races were brought forth from beyond the veil, three races were created to dwell within the mortal realm. Tirath, God of Honor, Courage, and Bravery, created the mighty ferals to be stewards of the land and protectors of nature. Aretamas, Goddess of Animals, Hunting, and the Circle of Life, created the kucheri to live among the animals and serve as the bridge between the sentient races and the natural world. Finally, Enshari, Goddess of Darkness and Trickery, created the peri to be the scourge of the other races and to conquer the mortal realm.
The elves and kucheri retreated to the wilderness areas, and existed peacefully with the natural world. The dwarves carved the mighty kingdom of Thornhelm deep under the mountains, while the cruel peri carved a kingdom out of ice at the top of the world. The powerful ferals moved into the cold wilderness of the North and forged a peaceful and honorable society.
No race felt the desire to explore and migrate more than the humans. From the cradle of civilization at Bloodshire, the humans spread across the mortal realm in all directions, creating proud kingdoms, free city-states, and other nations as they went. Some nations, such as Calimshan and the Ahriman Empire, were dedicated to the gods, while others were developed around trade opportunities or the collection of natural resources.
For ten thousand years, the mortal races lived in relative peace and prosperity. Nations, and even entire civilizations, rose, warred with each other, and fell into obscurity, only to be replaced by stronger nations and even more prosperous civilizations. The mortal races flourished, and the world remained unchanged.
But at the bottom of a hellish pit of pain and suffering, Exterminis, God of Chaos and Destruction, raged in his prison and plotted revenge. Peace could not last forever.