The Seven World Continuum
1W First World
Begun in much the same way as the Created World, the First World is the brainchild of God. However, in response to the events that lead to the Exile, God’s anger disrupted the World and left it in chaos.
It was in this state that the Covenanters and the Tribes found it at the beginning of the first exodus. The Tribes dispersed to the far corners of the land, mostly settling near familiar terrain. However, the old restraints were lifted so many families parted ways with their tribe and struck off in new directions, either to join some other tribe or to make a life on their own.
Beasts roamed throughout the land, more ferocious and numerous than ever before. Later scholars would term this phenomenon God’s Fury, arguing that the harsh conditions suffered outside the Light of the Maker were terms of the Exile. Religious experts reasoned that during the Exile the Garden’s Children had to contend not only with reconciling themselves to God but also reconciling God to themselves. Either way, such beasts quickly reduced the number of homesteading families and encouraged strong, well-built cities.
The restrictions placed on the Gardenborn by the Fall seemed less imposing here, so that some quickly established exclusive settlements in the center of the World, near where the Temple Mount lay. Others sought homes among human cities; still more wandered up and down this strange new land.
Soon, God came back among the people. A circle of standing stones near the Temple Mount foretold this return alongside an account of the history of the Garden’s Children through the Exile. This series of passages were inscribed on the rock in a strange way. To the touch, the letters were an inlaid metal, cool and glinting. But if by night one brought a torch close to read the passages, the letters seemed to glisten with dew. In rain the letters glowed like fire. In broad daylight they seemed carved deep in the rock, but at night barely made an impression in the stone. Finally, taking a metal tool and probing the script reveals that the letters are soft and spongy.
The account inlaid on these stones described God’s parting at the Third Vigil as a split into nine equal parts. One ascended into heaven, seven were shared among the Covenanters, and one remained to walk a mortal life and die as one of the Children of the Garden. Soon enough, an itinerant holy man began to visit the cities of humankind. These visits are described at length in the Prime Chronicle.
Eventually, this holy man grew old and died. It is said that this is when God shared the First Power with the poor and needy. To the Covenanters who ruled the Created World God gave the gift of supernatural creation. The mystics and scholars who did not inherit power from this bequest seek to merge with God Ascendant and use that portion of the divine to wield the First Power. But for the poor God spilled Godself on the ground and gave the last part of the Godhead to those in need. And so the First Power became available to everyone. This was the first Renaissance of Magic.
During God’s tenure in the First World, those Gardenborn dwelling in the center of the World began to devise a way of straightening out God’s Fury. The most relevant course of action seemed to be to recreate the World with milder creatures. The Gardenborn were itching to use their share of the First Power, barred from them as long as the Light of the Maker shone upon them. Since that light was broken at the beginning of the Exile the Gardenborn tentatively began to flex their abilities in the First World. What they found was that being twice removed from the Garden resulted in an exponential increase in their power. This having been discovered, the Gardenborn felt themselves capable of fashioning a new World. Additionally, since the Light of the Maker had failed but the Maker had not yet receded from the World, the Gardenborn took special care to be cautious about exercising their newly free Power.
To be continued . . .