The first section of the Ontiba contains the first two chapters, containing the etiological myths of the known universe, along with the eight deities. The series of myths found in the first section are almost all creation myths, though they are not the entirety of In Extremis’ creation myths.
And so it was. Aster: father. Omneuttia was, is his. From now,
he could create the as he saw fit, he was a king of Omneuttia.
No, he was more than just a king who ruled an empire only as
far as he could see. Aster was a deity, capable of building an
empire as far as existed. Everything in sight, sound, and thought
would be his. Is this want he wanted, to rule everything? I will be
a just ruler. But why would he need to rule Omneuttia? He was
born with the universe and would create anything to be ruled.
Was it not enough for me to create Omneuttia? Why can I not be a deity
satisfied with the act of creation? Aster resigned and looked inward to
the singularity still inside of him. The universe flowed through
the singularity, and through him. I will take care of Omneuttia as I
create, and I will let them exist in peace.
His first action after making his decision was thus: to make
a homestead, an abode. Even a Deity needed something to be
definitively his, not to be shared with any life he would later
create. It would not be too small or large for him, and must
be in a location where he could find it, easily. Aster reached
out in all directions amongst the sprawling masses of the
universe until he could reach no more. Positioning himself in
the center of Omneuttia, he coaxed a fire from the singularity
inside him and grew it so large that it enveloped around itself.
He had to make a home on this fire, this star but first he needed
to make land for his home. The star would keep him warm among
the cold expanse of Omneuttia, but the home would give him
shelter when he desired. He pictured a long stretch of land and it
appeared, rocky and barren. He bent it around the star where it
would orbit for eternity. He moved to the continent, feeling the heat
of the star at his back as he stood on the edge. As he strode in to
the land he created as he saw fit, leaving nature and hills in his wake.
Once satisfied with the land he chose a spot to build his home. This
would be a grand palace, fit for a Deity. Towering columns of white
rock rose from the ground at his command. Piece by piece, he
constructed his home.
After a time, Aster became quite bored doing nothing in his
home and returned to Omneuttia. It was never-ending in all
directions, so surely I won’t become bored of creation. As he went
on, day by day, and year by year he made plenty of mistakes.
Aster felt the landscapes he was making weren’t quite right,
especially when he tried to create too many things at once. He
still had not yet mastered his ability to create and became
frustrated with his growing number of mistakes. Stars and their
surrounding landmasses were too big for him to destroy once
he became unsatisfied with them. He tried to figure out whether
or not he liked a landscape before he finished, but he needed to
see the finished product before deciding. He had to create
something to fix his mistakes, somehow. No matter what he tried
to create, he couldn’t create something that destroyed. Frustrated
with this too, he traveled back home. Perhaps a nap would calm my
When he awoke, he found himself facing himself. Except, this was not
Aster. It could not possibly be me; he was not staring at anything reflective.
“Who are you?” Aster spoke. “I am Extiru, you created me to destroy
your imperfect creations.” Aster was satisfied with this response, as if
some part of him knew this to be true. The two traveled together for the
longest time yet, and when Aster was unhappy with his work, Extiru
would break it into innumerable tiny pieces.
After he created living creatures, Aster became annoyed
at their existence, pleasantly. They add beauty to Omneuttia,
more than just landscape. Creatures had been given the ability
to reproduce without need for Aster’s consent so that land
could be filled with these small creatures, but within time it
led to overpopulation. Aster decided that the creatures must
have a span of life. It would be long enough to reproduce
and enjoy the landscapes he had created, but short enough
to prevent overpopulation. Aster begat the concept of death.
Soon, he was overwhelmed with death as well.
Aster was thus determined he would create another version
of himself, another deity. He held the pictures of himself
and Extiru in his mind, trying to focus on the similarities
between their shapes. Another Deity was called into existence,
emerging from the singularity and appearing within an instant.
He called himself Davoto and would oversee death for Aster.
He would keep track of all living creatures and when their life
was running short, he would make sure they met death. But
in time, a deity devoted to death was not enough.
Davoto requested another Deity to aid in dealing with
the complications of Death. Davoto had found that
many creatures were unaware of their own impending
death and had not passed on knowledge to those who
should receive it, and some simply had not reproduced
by the time of their death. With Davoto’s input, Haket
sprang forth from the singularity within Aster. Haket
could converse with those who had passed on,
enabling the two to handle death dually. Davoto dealt
with all the aspects leading up to death, and Haket
with matters after death.
Years passed while the four Deities took care of Omneuttia and all
was peaceful. Creatures continued in their cycles of life and death, as
Omneuttia grew in mass as Aster created more stars and land further
out from Omneuttia. The four Deities realized at once that they
required someone to make sense of all they had created and allowed
to flourish. Aster wanted a Deity with intelligence to make sense of
his creation. Extiru wanted curiosity to ask why some of Omneuttia
was saved and some destroyed. Davoto wanted fire to be spread, to
raze ecosystems that at once expired. Haket wished for a penchant of
organization. Holding all these ideas within him, Aster crafted another
Deity in his image- Porrair.
Porrair possessed a red hot passion for discovery and knowledge.
She wielded flames and sought to purify the different elements of
Omneuttia. In her experiments, she often became so focused that
she traveled between stars and land in the process of
experimentation, leaving flames in her wake. The other four Deities
quickly grew tired of tending to her mistakes, and within a year
Aster knew he must create another Deity to keep up with Porrair.
Needing a Deity who thought with their heart and not their head, he
crafted a sister for Porrair who knew the nature that she was
inadvertently destroying. She would have plenty of patience and love
within her. Quarrynl could be called a druid, someone who knew the
woods and grasses. Quarrnyl could easily keep up with Porrair’s quests
and understood the intricacies of ecosystems to restore them properly
in the aftermath of her sister’s experiments.
Yet something was missing. Aster felt as an imbalance throughout
Omneuttia, that there was something he was overlooking. One
more, he deduced, one more deity would be able to keep up with the loose
ends that the six of us cannot fathom. He would task this last deity
with a varied list of tasks, so they needed to be able to work on
many different kinds of projects. Extiru had just discovered how
to destroy rock over time through space by sending it hurtling
through Omneuttia. One of these sped by Aster’s home with a
bright trail behind it. Distracted for only a second, Aster looked
back down to his chamber of creation to his new Deity but
instead found two. They looked similar, but one was male, and
one female. They were twins, but not identical.
He would come to call one Taruthe and the other Sham’ayn. She was
a handful, even for Aster in his now years of wisdom and power. They
were mischievous and young; together with their varied abilities Aster
found them often out of his control. When their antics got too out of
hand, Taruthe appeared to Aster with enough patience and honesty to
explain the situation. He was honest to Aster whether it implicated
himself or his sister, though usually the trouble was the fault of
Sham’ayn soon realized her abilities gave her opportunity to
cast spells and curses on the creatures of Omneuttia, along
with some living elements of the worlds, like plants and trees.
When Aster became aware of Sham’ayn’s abilities, he took
from her the ability to take away the effects of her magic,
leaving her only able to place these curses. Aster hoped that
one day she would mature and be his Deity of justified
punishment and revenge.
Taruthe however was never far behind his sister, cleaning up her
messes in whatever capacity he could and reporting the truth of
Sham’ayn’s situations to Aster. Because of his perseverance, Aster
decided to gift Taruthe with the ability to truly perform magic. He
was burdened with the task of alleviating his sister’s victims of her
curses, but he could also now use small portions of the other
Deities’ powers. He would never be able to master any of the seven
magics he was granted, as they were not his.
Counting himself, there were eight Deities. Surely, this would suffice.
All was at peace within Omneuttia, with each of the Eight watching
their respective tasks and portions of space, stars, and land.
Omneuttia expanded further with time and each ecosystem renewed
and adjusted to the growth. This is perfect the way it is. Aster was
pleased with his creations, as well as those he had created in his image.