PROLOGUE - GODS AND THE FORCES OF THE UNIVERSE
The gods were brought into being by higher powers to serve as custodians for the universe. Assigned tasks, purposes, and responsibilities were to maintain their areas and ensure that the Balance was kept.
When not performing their duties they often played games with one another. For power, for prestige, to ward off boredom. These games are often times highly structured competitions. The Rules lain out in advance, agreed upon by all parties.
After all, what fun would it be to cheat?
The gods are close enough to being eternal that these games can be played for dozens of millennia if limits are not set.
Countless worlds and mortal beings can be wrapped up in games so large that a dozen generations will live, propagate, and die off before a single move is even contemplated by these higher beings.
And so, the games are played. Oftentimes with disastrous and fatal results for the mortals within their confines. The lives of mortals are of no concern to the gods after all. Why would a boot concern itself with the ant?
However, there are greater powers than the gods. And greater powers than those powers in turn. All of these powers and divine beings are interrelated in a diagram of balance. Relying upon one another to continue existing. Continue to play their games.
Why would gods kill each other for power after all? Not even a god can perform all the actions that take several of their kind to maintain reality. And even if they could, it was more fun to play their games.
As reliant as these beings are on one another, there stand two that exist outside of the Design as a whole. Two that observe from a distance, maintaining the very fabric of reality and the existence of these gods by their mere presence.
These two entities are parts of the same coin. Neither front nor back, but intertwined on such a level that none but themselves can comprehend their relationship.
One whose purpose is to bring about life, being, and continuance.
One whose purpose is to bring decay, death, and an ending.
These two have existed since a power even above themselves brought them into being and gave them a single, all-consuming command. A single edict that was marked into their very structures. A single Purpose.
Balance this universe and all in it.
The gods have played their games for an unfathomably long amount of time. Existence and Entropy have balanced their actions, ensuring their actions did not unbalance or destroy the natural cycle.
However, the god’s games grew in number and in frequency. Existence and Entropy found themselves stepping in more and more often to correct the balance that was the result of their immature actions. Whether the gods knew it or not.
Existence and Entropy began to become frustrated with their dismissive actions, the games that caused so much damage to their Design. To their Purpose.
And then, the gods made their mistake.
Their games had become boring, monotonous in their scope and scale. And so, they gathered together in a great Moot to discuss this problem, forsaking their responsibilities and roles.
This great Moot of the Gods came to a single conclusion: The Two higher beings were restricting the gods to the point their games could no longer continue. So a decision was made.
A decision so heinous, so blasphemous, in the eyes of Existence and Entropy that they had no choice but to step in directly when they discovered it.
The gods rebelled against their purpose. They assigned their own roles, responsibilities, and projects. They split the universe asunder. Tearing it into Realms in order to start their Great Game. A game of survival, with stakes that had never been wagered before.
The god’s very existence.
The god’s war against the balancing forces of the universe started ...
... and the tapestry of Existence and Entropy began to unravel.
- Bumbler of Magic
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