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.
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 Calymstar 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.
Deep within the infernal realm, Exterminis raged. Peace could not last forever.