To the Red Silken Fist,
Below is our research outline with attached detailed documents on each portion defined. Please note this is an in-process research project for the Temple of Serapis. We have gotten past our brainstorm stage and are conducting full research. As we update information we will update it here with the appropriate date.
It should be noted at the beginning of all of this that the original sources of these myths and cosmology have been lost to time. Even our oldest current religions would have been considered brand new in the time of the Suma Creation Myth. The Suma Creation Myth forms the basis of this treatise, hereafter referred to as SCO (Suma Cosmological Outlook)
No one who served in this research was able to find facts through anything but lost accounts, scattered records, and sometimes just guesswork and experience using multiple translation of sources. No current research follows these old religions and cannot verify the veracity of these claims. However, we noted many similarities between these beliefs and two other creation myths from older cultures, giving it a little more veracity based on shared experiences of cultures.
Below are the definitions for known items/concepts involved in the SCO. We then will address any lengthy myths/legends/etc. on these definitions after this section.
- Amar-Utuk (the Smith): The creator of the universe, but not the original god. There is references even in the myth that he was a child (possibly of Titans) and that there is more information from before.
- Parents of Amar-Utuk: Unnamed, no details found yet but possibly Titans.
- Beletili – Wife of Amar-Utuk, who helped the founding of the original gods. Helped seal up the Three in the time of need with her key
- Nergal (god of the corrupted dead)/The mockery: Plague lord, one of the “new children” of Amar-Utuk.
- Lilitu (goddess of shadows)/The devourer: Goddess of shadows, one of the “new children” of Amar-Utuk
- Xaphan (lord of the infernal)/Infernal Prince: Paladin of the Return, unknown who he served at this time, someone higher up from accounting.
- Corellon Larethian, known as the First of the Seldarine. Leader of the elven gods.
- Lolth, Fallen First Wife of the Seldarine. Leader of the Drow and Queen in the Abyss.
- Gruumsh, Lord of the Orcs and possible Seldarine
- Tanith/Meania/Nanshe, hero who sealed away the Three.
- The Children/First Gods – The original children/gods born to Amar-Utuk and Beletili. These consist of the old and mostly lost gods. The subsequent gods are not referred to directly as the First gods, but they are still considered the Children. All of these are said to originate from Amar-Utuk and Beletili.
- The Seldarine, the origin of the elves. Not created in this plane (contrary to the myth), but rather travelers from an earlier location they arrived as immortal beautiful creatures but through their own machinations led to the “dimming of the Seldarine light” and making their subsequent children’s children mortal. Even if they deny it.
- The Titans, the story quotes Titans as children of Amar-Utuk, however research indicates he might have been a Titan and that his parents and “those before” were titans. Research still ongoing on this.
- Eldar Race Gods, a generic term for old gods not related to the Seldarine but were of the same age or older.
- Three Sisters, the mothers of “The Three”. Referred to as cursed and deformed, but full of power and thus would be the ones to propagate more children for Amar-Utuk.
- The Three, (Nergal, Lilitu and Xaphan the second generation of children from Amar-Utuk), responsible for the war and for slaying Amar-Utuk.
- Celestials and Celestial Plane, known as “angels” or other celestial terms, they are the gods and servants surrounding the Common Plane and religions (although some secular). Generally, they fall into all non-evil alignments.
- Infernals and the Celestial Hells, Fallen “angels” known as Devils and where they live, who still abide by almost the exact same set of codes/rules as celestials, just with a different worldview focus and a different address.
- Abyssals and The Void, these are made of either natural abyssal creatures or castoffs.
- Castoffs are the creatures who have either been cast off from the anvil, cast out from even the infernals or through other various cruel practices are cast into the void from other cultures and races. This is the majority of Abyssals and most of their Demon Princes.
- The Naturals are different, born of the void they are true darkness, from a time before they are the most loyal followers and pets of the three with the darkest hungers.
- Anbar The Black Forge, the forge of creation by Amar-Utuk was used to create most of the common planes and is made of the metal also called Anbar.
- The Broken, Amar’s attempted solo creations on the anvil and cast into the abyss.
- Disposal Pile (the Abyss), the void/abyss is said to be the item/location/concept from the prior times. The abyss is the source of the anbar metal, it is the source of Abyssal creations and is the disposal pile of all creations cast out by Amar-Utuk
- Beletili’s Key/Forge Key, a piece of the forge given to Amar-Utuk when she was betrothed. Used to seal away the Three.
- Darkness and Cold of the Void, a reference we believe for the Abyss.
- The Multiverse, a reference and map of how the different planes are associated to each other in the cosmology
- Basic Primer: Order to Chaos and Back, basic idea that the world’s balance isn’t on Good vs Evil, but rather on Order vs Chaos, darkness vs light, stability vs entropy, still vs growing (more detail to come).
- Suma Myth of Creation, an ancient myth imposing a set of creation beliefs.
- The Time Before and the Fire of Creation, the time referenced in the creation myth before Amar-Utuk found the forge and recreated creation (more detail to come).
- The Anvil’s creation of Things, just a generalized overview of how Amar-Utuk used Anbar the Black Forge to create those in the common planes and the new gods (more detail to come).
- The Castoffs, what happens to the failures that were created on the forge, cast into the darkness to seek out life and light and to consume it. Also, a reference to Abyssals since they are the loyal ones to the Three (more detail to come).
- Legends of the Three, any referenced tales of the three New Gods (more detail to come).
- Fall of the Seldarine, Stories on infidelity, lost faith and the casting out of a third of the Seldarine to be cursed to the Abyss (more detail to come).
- Houses of the Celestials, Cosmological makeup of the gods and their servants. Contrary to popular belief this can be good or evil, it refers mostly to the idea of Law/Order with a commonly believed “good” viewpoint (more detail to come).
- House of the Celestials: Infernal Origin, the fall of celestials and their need to still have Law/Order. The flip side of Celestials, commonly called “evil” they still unite behind Order/Law (more detail to come).
- Abyssal Lust and Hunger, A Primer. Chaos in its pure form is not growth, but consumption. A brief paper trying to explain the details that elude us even now (more detail to come).
- The Pride of the Eldar (elven written)– The fall of the city of dreams and the first invasion of the infernals and shadow-kin.
- The Folly of the Mountain’s Heart (elven) – The fall of the Dwarven Empire, the second invasion of infernals and shadow-kin.
We will update these documents with new information as we uncover or confirm it. It is a pleasure to do this research for you