To write the history of the world of Airtha-Eyrassa — in which The Ruon Chronicles takes place — I started anew with some changes to the creation of the “World Beyond the Veil”.
Yeah… basically I stole from the Bible
I ended up going with a kind of “in the beginning there was nothing, which exploded” (thank you, Pratchett!) kind of creation story and then zoomed in on the planet/world of Airtha-Eyrassa. In this creation story, the planet with its waters were created first, after which the sun and moon is created as well as the Four Stars that points north, south, east, and west.
You’ll see that the exact details aren’t given — this isn’t hard sci-fi, for instance, after all — and I wanted to keep a bit of a creation myth feeling. But without breaking eggs or an ancient cow licking rime. Or brains for clouds, for that matter… Which is why I say that I stole from the Bible, specifically Genesis.
In this sequence, however, light and dark is created first, before anything else. (By the way, The Genesis Enigma by Andrew Parker is quite an interesting read.) I didn’t want to go into that much detail with the Airtha-Eyrassa creation story because I’m already afraid of Worldbuilding Sickness. Rather than focus on the whole universe, I wanted to stay in my little corner and describe the creation and start of the Diminishing as it would have been noted if seen from the planet itself.
So, basically, this is what I came up with:
The creation of Airtha-Eyrassa
In the beginning, when there was only the void and Agrai, the world of Airtha-Eyrassa was created. Agrai, called the One by the peoples of Airtha-Eyrassa, created the world and then gave it one sun and one moon. Then Agrai kindled four great stars from which all other stars in the night sky are descended. These four stars Agrai created to show the people of Airtha-Eyrassa their way by night. And they were the greatest and brightest in the night sky.
Then Agrai looked towards the world of Airtha-Eyrassa, and the world was entirely covered in water. With a single word Agrai parted the land and the water, just as the sun and the stars had been kindled.
Agrai then created the plants and animals, filling the land and the waters with them. For an age they grew and lived and, once they had thrived and filled all the lands, the Age of Twilight dawned.
Of course, you need to have the moment the Diminishing starts as well…
(Insert creation of the people called the Airus.) One of the Airus, however, wished to create his own world apart from that of Airtha-Eyrassa, but found that he could not. This angered him greatly and he flew into a rage, cursing Agrai and swearing to forever stand against the Creator.
He took to calling himself Nasjand — which means ‘saviour’ — and told the other Airus that they were mere slaves and pawns to Agrai’s will and that, if they wanted to become free, had to follow him and not Agrai. Nasjand promised them that they would become free of the fetters of the world, creating their own, better world in its place where they would be the supreme rulers.
These Airus left the towers and gardens where they had lived and sundered themselves from those they now deemed to be slaves and lesser than themselves. They trekked across the Rhager Mountains and made a new home for themselves, hewing it from the red rock.
Other stuff happens
In-between there are some bullet-pointed notes which I still need to flesh out more, but, basically, the murder of one of the Airus loyal to Agrai – Leralia – takes place. This is the first murder in Airtha-Eyrassa, committed by Nasjand himself.
The Battle of Redfield
After the death of Leralia and of the elders, Leralia’s son, Eamund, rallied some of the Airus and led a counter-attack against the Khaldun. They met on the plain known as Redfield, where only stunted trees and grass grew. This came to be known as the Battle of Redfield and was the first battle of many between the Airus and Khaldun.
Hogtan marched into this battle at Eamund’s side. The fighting was fell that day, but the Khaldun retreated after Eamund slew their captain.
To keep the AIrus from following them, the Khaldun set fire to the grass and it burned so fast and hot, driven by dry wind that the Airus narrowly escaped with their lives. This is why both sides claim to have won the first battle.
Anger burned within the Airus now as their dead were burned on the plain and could not be recovered. And it was said that their spirits were unable to cross through the Veil into the immortal world for many years and that they were doomed to fight the same battle over and over again. And for many years none dared to walk upon Redfield for fear of the ahyané-lifa, the ‘living ghosts’ and Redfield became known as Ahyané-argan — the ‘Plain of Ghosts’.
In the end it was Hogtan who begged Agrai to give the slain rest, saying that he would give his own life in return. Agrai did not take his life, but all the spirits did pass into the immortal world thereafter.
Worldbuilding history and myth
In this early history of Airtha-Eyrassa, I wanted to have a lengendary, almost mythical, feel to it. That kind of feeling where you read something and you wonder did it really happen exactly like that? Of course, that’s where the Knowledge Stone comes in *evil laughter ensues*.