The Most Elder Gods
Our own origins remain shrouded in mystery. Yet, let no mortal dream that Gods were birthed as men or even mighty Dragons are! Nonetheless, we were birthed. Our Father is also our Creator.
-From the tattered remains of the Book of Ihys.
At the beginning of all things there were no things and there was Nothing. Creator made Nothing into Something and thus made some things which are everything. But among the first things which were not made out of Nothing; that is, among the first created of Something, were those beings which men and Dragons alike call Gods. Traditions dispute widely which was first made and by what impulse Creator Created Gods, but there is a cohort who were among the first:
- Asmodeus of the black soul and Ihys of the white soul, brothers, Created in opposition. Tradition says it is from Ihys mortals learned they had free will and from Asmodeus they learned to fear divine law. Mortals retain both sorts of knowledge, although long ago Asmodeus rose up and killed his brother-god in the first act of murderous treachery among the gods themselves. Today Asmodeus judges the souls of evil mortals—including his own celebrants—and raises legions of Devils from the outer plane of Hell.
- Apsu the Waybringer and Tiamat the Deceiver, Father and Mother deities to the earliest Dragons and also parents to other Dragon gods. Draconic whispering speaks of a hundred plots by their Godspawn offspring to depose Apsu from his throne. When—after surviving such attempts—Apsu would retaliate and strike out against his sons, their mother, Tiamat, acted with deception and love and allowed her sons to flee their father’s wrath. The worship of Aspu continues among Dragonkind—particularly good dragons—to this day, while Tiamat was slain by the Human Hero-God Marduk.
- Serket, Mother of Scorpions was an early goddess who chose Scorpions and their jointed-legged-kin (Arthropods in general) as her subjects. The early Darkworms who prayed to Serket often received healing of their Scorpion-stings or allegiance of such creatures. As the needs of the gods to receive mortal offerings grew, however, Serket’s worship failed to keep pace with others’ (Scorpions have largely not developed worship) and her worship vanished from the Worlds. It is not known what has become of Serket.
- Hastur was a god born with an overpowering devotion for Ihys. While a mortal may be able to survive the loss of a loved one, many Gods remain stunted forever by such events. As Ihys was slain by Asmodeus, Hastur descended into a nihilistic madness from which he has never recovered. Today, the King in Yellow is chained to a yellow star, but his unbounded deific consciousness occasionally reaches out to mortals. It is rumored that if Asmodeus were ever slain in vengeance for Ihys, that Hastur would be freed from his star-prison. Whether the King in Yellow would be restored to sanity, however, is not included in the legend.
- The Twins were two sister-gods born near the dawn of time. Very little remains known about them.