How Troglodytes Came to Be

Before any happenings among our kind there was merely a deep slumber of the mind.
Before any happenings among our kind we slept waiting for the right moment when the world beneath and above us was readied for our arrival.
Before any happenings among our kind, our food animals, the plentiful Lizardfolk, Serpentfolk, Vishkanya, and also the numerous jointed-legged beings, came into the world and out of their sleep.
Before any happenings among our kind, the ground beneath us taught itself to warm and cool, to ebb and flow, and to bring water to within our reach.
Before any happenings among our kind, the terrible sky from which all evil things have always come learned a modesty and wore a great cape of earth to stay away from us.
Before any happenings among our kind, darkness began her warm reign.

At the first moment of our kind, our kin-animal awoke from his sleep and waited for our activity.
At the first moment of our kind, the warm river bathed the rim-rocks in silt and carried to us the spores of other places.
At the first moment of our kind, [red-planet] gave a jolt, and fire flowed like water.
At the first moment of our kind, the great gods below gave to us their written word: it echoes from Creation on the very rocks of the world.
At the first moment of our kind, ancient Serket gave us a skin strong enough to guard against the biting of her children.
At the first moment of our kind, ancient beings from beyond the proper resting places of mortal souls made to our kind an obeisance: we give them our souls in death, and in life we are empowered with shamans above all other mortals.
At the first moment of our kind, all members of our kind awoke as one from our slumber.

In the first minute of our kind, we learned to hunt.
In the first minute of our kind, we learned to share the best of our hunt with our kin-animal, and the next-best with the beings from beyond life.
In the first minute of our kind, we learned the taste of sentient flesh.
In the first minute of our kind, we learned how some among us would live longer than others—indeed, longer than even the so-called long-lived of the far-above.
In the first minute of our kind, we learned to build the shrine.
In the first minute of our kind, we learned to cull the weak.
In the first minute of our kind, we learned to call right right and wrong wrong.
In the first minute of our kind, we learned to speak, and to remember what was spoken.

In the first hour of our kind, we acted, building the twelve great shrines without name.
In the first hour of our kind, we acted, finding the great warm ledges.
In the first hour of our kind, we acted, gathering the greatsmoke from the vents.
In the first hour of our kind, we acted, killing the three Dragons which stood in our way.
In the first hour of our kind, we acted, eating the Lizardfolk of the brass ledge.
In the first hour of our kind, we acted, eating the Serpentfolk of the gold ledge.
In the first hour of our kind, we acted, swallowing the waters of the silver lake.

This was the first hour of our kind.
- Troglodyte Tale of Origin.

How Troglodytes Came to Be

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