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Origin Story

In the beginning, there was harmony. Then, by its own nature, uncertainty and certainty split creating Chaos and Order. Order saw all things in time and space and made the different realms. The final realm she saved to be a showcase of the best of all other realms, establishing all things material such as the rocks and the gems of the ground, the water cycle of clouds rain water, and all the solid realities of what we have interpreted as science. Chaos however, forever unpredictable, created the world's uncertainties. Starting by releasing streams of her own essence. We today interpret them as inspirations that the Wizards and Bards use to construct their spells. However, while only the most magically attuned can use these inspirations to wield power, everyone experiences these inspirations in forms of creative outlets. These inspirations wove around the material, but unable to influence anything without the help of a medium, the inspirations withered.   Seeing her inspirations suffer without purpose, Chaos then created light, spreading its warmth and everlasting presence to all corners of creation, revealing to her all that Order had created. This light continues on today as a critical influence in Tashalha. Not only does it dictate quality of life throughout the world, it also spawned the powers of Helio and Umbra who provide powers to Clerics, Paladins, and Druids who take up the active or passive causes of Helio and Umbra. The light allowed the Inspirations to paint themselves across all reality. Today we can see them most prominently by seeing. The colors of the sky and the grass, the water and the rocks, and even ourselves. Sometimes when you look at a color and feel the warmth of happiness and feel the urge to create, an Inspiration has taken upon itself to be your muse.   Chaos, now seeing the works that Order had created, the different realms and the material things, grew jealous of all that her sister had accomplished. Traveling to the Material World, Chaos gathered up several stones and metals and imbued them with her power. These stones resonated with magical ability and were scattered throughout the material world. Angry that Chaos has disturbed her creations, Order lashed out at Chaos and the two did battle. From this battle were spawned all life, as creations of both Order and Chaos. All the living creatures and races of Tashalha were created and populated the world in a time of immense violence and beauty. People's clashed, loved, and created more races between them, but there was yet any death or change to influence people's hearts, suffering was the life many lived. While Chaos and Order did battle, Umbra and Helio both vied for power over the creatures spawned on the material plane and in their course of battle made creatures to act as their servants. Helio, using their power to feed life into the world, created the trees, plants, and all living things that the creatures on the material plane grew to rely upon. Umbra created the elementals, shadow creatures, and creatures that only existed in dreams.   Their world in peril, the creatures on the material world selected among themselves champions to fight the creatures of Helios and Umbra. Gathering up the stones of magic that Chaos had scattered about, these champions made war against the invading creatures. Locked in an endless battle, the peoples of the material world knew that the only way to defeat the creatures and earn their freedom was to combine everyone's powers. Not all agreed, and those who didn't slunk away to become the eldritch creatures who lend their power to the world's Warlocks, but a large group of people all came together and crafted large pillars of power and decorated them with the magical stones. In formations across the world, these towers activated and a massive release of energy decimated the servants of Helios and Umbra. Fearing the power of the pillars, Helios and Umbra left the Material Plane, and inhabited the surrounding planes instead. The Feywilds, the Shadowfell, and the Elemental Planes are now teaming with the spawns of the creatures Helios and Umbra saved.   Now their attention turned to the never ending battle of Chaos and Order, the people of the Material Plane made a sacrifice to try and lock the two apart. With another surge of magical power, the pillars with the magical stones separated the two battling sisters, locking them into stars on either side of the planet Tashalha. This great act of magic had consequences though, and the pillars were destroyed, their collective power seemingly lost to the universe. Day and Night died, releasing Death and Change into the world. While these two now moved throughout the world of the Material Plane, people's lives changed and evolved. Death bringing to some the release they so desired from the battle between Chaos and Order, and Change brought relief to the rest. Thus the world moved into it's second era, the time of discovery.

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