On the Founding of Tehum Oraia
On the Founding of Tehum Oraia
[SEVERAL ANCIENT TEXTS IN THE ARCHIVES OF THE CRATH WIZARD’S COLLEGE MENTION AN ANCIENT THREE-VOLUME ACCOUNT NARRATING THE HISTORY OF A DIVINE RACE CALLED “THE EUTHERIAI”. THESE BEINGS LEFT THEIR CELESTIAL HOME TO COLONIZE A REGION OF THE DARK OUTER PLANES THAT LATER BECAME KNOWN AS “THE ABYSS”. THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPT OF A PARCHMENT-SCRAP FROM A DETERIORATED SCROLL EXCAVATED FROM AN ANCIENT TEMPLE IN THE RED DESERT. OTHER SOURCES MENTION THIS TEXT UNDER THE TITLE “ON THE FOUNDING OF TEHUM ORAIA”]
… but the Firstborn of Kelestim forbade their brethren from approaching the Vethel Peak when the lamps were in Shethila. “Why do you withstand us on our sacred quest?”, demanded the Eutheriai. Flanked by a legion of holy guardians, the Lords Kelestim declared,“The Table forbids it; from always and eternally. The Table and Law do not change. The Pledge Binds us to the Table. The Pledge and Bond do not change. The Table shall always remain so. The Kelestim shall always remain so. The Law shall forever remain so.”
And so it did.
But the Eutheriai did not.
The seasons and ages waxed and waned. And the Eutheriai readied themselves. Forsaking the holy life-light of the Seven Heavens, the entered into the depths beneath Kelestia and grew their knowledge of the Great Beyond. Using every art and talent known, learned and discovered, they collected the essence of the Second Light, harnessing her power, and earning her grace, even as they carved a path through earth and stone, ever higher towards the Vethel Peak, where they waited for the apex of the ages to come again. When the lamps processed into Shethila, the peaks and valleys and even the Seven Heavens shook and cracked under the weight and tension of the light and dark lamps joining together, bending the Great Wheel back on itself. The Vethel Peak dimmed as the guardian host kept their silent vigil around her. But the Eutheriai did not come as they had before. The Firstborn sough out and watched for their separated kin, but after the coming and going of Shethila, their brethren were found no more.
The Eutheriai had forsaken the Bright Peaks of Kelestia. In their temporary underground homes they had been preparing for aeons to leap through the thinning wall of the Vethel Peak during Shethila, when the lamps aligned above and below to join the heights and depths for that brief moment before parting again at the start of the next epoch. The Eutheriai had broken free from their rigid elders, establishing a new home in the uncharted depths. They called their new colony, Tehum Oraia, the Deep Brightness, illuminated by their beloved Second Light, which they “borrowed” from the abode of their Firstborn brethren. Their ambitions flourished along with their expanding realm, which was devoted to freedom, beauty and unbounded hope in the midst of what had been formerly a bleak and infinite abyss of void and chaos.
Now it is a great quality of light that it Awakens, and there are many things drawn to lights beauty. And the Eutheriai, bringers of light to dim places, were soon reminded of the truth in an ancient proverb: ”What brings light must often suffer burning.”
[THE TEXT ENDS HERE, PRESUMABLY TO BE CONTINUED IN A SECOND VOLUME DESCRIBED IN OTHER ANCIENT SOURCES]