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.
1: There was a time in which the known
universe was naught but a sphere
of singularity. At once,
the one became many; matter
poured from the sphere into timeless
expanse of space surrounding. Time
was a construct not yet in ex-
istance. There were no beings around
to hear the sounds of creation.
10: Matter now traveled out in all
directions from the center of
Omneutia. Collisions between
matter were abundant during
this immeasurable amount
of time. Matter kept growing in
size as it gathered more mass from
collisions. After passing time, the
matter began to form around
the singularity, which in
turn drew more matter towards it
as a gravitational pull
developed. Time continued to
pass unmonitored as matter
coalesced around this point of
singularity. Matter flew
into each other often as
it released from the origin.
28: What remained was pulled inward by
the growing gravity of the
center of the universe. These
collisions at first created
more pure matter, but soon these forces
procured an entirely new
form of matter: the thought. Initial
thoughts congregated around the
point, neither attracted nor pushed
from the other forms of matter.
Initial thoughts were few, until
they were plentiful, numbering
in the millions. When higher than
any known number, they became
a new entity of matter.
43: This entity which grew outside
the singularity grew both
outwards and in towards itself.
In time, the singularity,
the mass outside this point would merge
into a new existence of
form. The matter which had since formed
a sphere around the entity
began forming a body then
sprouting limbs and a head. This form
too, grew outward and limbs stretched and
found that the point at which matter
came into the universe could
be moved through each limb. This was
surprising. Surprising? Yes. The
entity remembered, it had
been formed by thoughts. It could have them.
60: It thought at first, where am I? Then,
what am I? These questions were not
to be answered. It had no sense
of touch, sight, or hearing; these were
fixed as soon as they were thought. The
entity’s head split open down
through its neck and stars emptied from
the cavity to present what
appeared as a head. Hands and feet
had grown, giving the body a
basic shape — it could now see that with
its eyes. It held up one of its
arms and opened a palm; matter
appeared from the hand as it willed.
Whatever shapes it thought of, the
matter would form into the thought.
76: But, who am I? A question that
could still not find an answer. The
universe was empty aside
from this entity, as far as
could be seen. It wanted to see
the edges of the universe;
before it could think another
thought it grew so large that it could
touch the far edges of the known
universe, not pushing them the
same as the entity grew. I
am a father, a creator.
Of this. The entity returned
to his original size. He
desired to see himself now
that he knew who and what he was.
What he wanted was answered. Once
he thought of seeing himself, a
reflective surface appeared in
front of him. When he desired
to see other sides, more mirrors
appeared around the entity.
98: I thought of this and it appeared.
I am … creating these things. Yes.
Creation. Once he had knowledge
of his physique, he took stock of
everything that he had figured
out so far. He was created
along with the universe, but
was also the creator. Edges
of the universe could be sensed,
touched, pulled; the universe could be
shaped to his liking. He was sure
that he knew more, but could not quite
place ideas into any
definitive thoughts. Awareness
that he knew. Yes, I am Aster;
father and creator of the
universe. In my dominion.
1: And so it was. Aster: father.
Omneutta was, is his. From now,
he could create as he saw fit,
he was a king of Omneutta.
No, he was more than just a king
who ruled an empire only
as far as one 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, rule over
everything? I will be a just
ruler. But why would he need to
rule Omneutta? He was born with
the universe and would create
anything to be ruled. Was it
not enough for me to create
Omneutta? 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 Omneutta
as I create, and I will let
living creatures exist in peace.
29: 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 this home, easily.
39: Aster reached in all directions
among the sprawling masses of
the universe until he could
reach no further. Positioned in
Omneutta centrally, he coaxed
a small fire from within the
singularity inside him
and the fire grew so large that it
would enveloped around itself.
48: He had to make a home on this
fire, this star but first he would
need to make land for his home. The
star would keep him warm among the
cold expanse of Omneutta, 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 lay in
orbit for eternity. He
moved to the continent, feeling
the heat of the star at his back
as he stood on the edge. He strode
in to the land and created
as he saw fit, leaving nature
and hills behind. Once satisfied
with the land, he chose a spot to
build his home. This would become a
grand place, fit for a Deity.
Towering columns of white rock
rose from the ground at his command.
Piece by piece, he constructed his
grand palace, this was now his home.
72: After a time, Aster became
disinterested of what he
found occupying his time and
returned to Omneutta. It was
expansive in each and every
direction; so surely I will
not become disinterested
in the act of creation. As
he went on, day by day, and year
by year he would make plenty of
mistakes. Aster felt the landscapes
he was making were not 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 he would ultimately
find a finished product worthy,
but this effort was not fruitful.
97: He had to create something to
fix his mistakes, somehow. Despite
his efforts, he could not create
something that destroyed. Frustrated
with this too, he traveled back home.
Perhaps a nap would help calm my
agitation on the matter.
104: When he awoke, he found himself
facing himself. Except, this was
not Aster. It could not be me;
he was not staring at a
reflective surface. “Who are you?”
Aster spoke. “I am Extiru,
you created me to destroy your
imperfect creations.” Aster
was satisfied with this response,
as though some part of him knew this
to be true. The two would travel
together for the longest time
measured yet, and when Aster was
unhappy with his creations,
Extiru would break it into
innumerable pieces. Gone.
120: After he created living
creatures, Aster became annoyed
at their existence, pleasantly.
They add beauty to Omneutta,
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 this ability
led to overpopulation.
Aster decided that at some
point, creatures must die, 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 the strain
of overpopulation. The
concept of death had been begat.
Soon, he was overwhelmed with death
in Omneutta as well as life.
141: Aster was thus determined he
would create another version
of himself, a third deity.
He held images of himself
and Extiru within his mind,
trying to focus on what was
similar between shapes of the
two Deities. A Deity
called into existence, a third
came from the singularity
and appeared 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 had run
short, he would make sure they met death.
But in time, a sole deity
devoted to death was not enough.
159: Davoto requested a fourth
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 forward from within
Aster. Haket could converse with
those who had passed on, enabling
the two to handle death dually.
Davoto dealt with each aspect
leading up to death, and Haket
with matters after creatures’ death.
176: Years passed while the four Deities
took care of Omneutta and all
was peaceful. Creatures continued
in their cycles of life and death,
as Omneutta grew in mass as
Aster created more stars and
land further out from Omneutta. The
four Deities realized at once
that they required someone to
make sense of all they created
and allowed to flourish. Aster
wanted a Deity with more
intelligence to make sense of
creation. Extiru wanted
curiosity to ask why
some of Omneutta was saved and
other parts destroyed. Davoto
wanted fire to be spread, to
raze ecosystems that at once
expired. Haket wished for a
penchant of organization.
Holding all of these ideas
within him, Aster crafted a
fifth Deity in his image—
Porrair: first female in power.
201: Porrair possessed a red hot thirst
for discovery and knowledge.
She wielded fire seeking to
purify the different known
elements of Omneutta. In
her experiments, she often
became so focused that she would
travel between stars and land in
the process of experiments,
leaving flames behind in her wake.
The other Deities quickly
grew tired of tending to her
mistakes, and within a year’s time,
Aster knew that he would create
another Deity to keep
up with Porrair’s constant missteps.
218: 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
She would have plenty of patience
and love within her. Quarrnyl could
be called a druid, someone who
knew the woods and grasses. Quarrnyl
could easily keep up with all
of Porrair’s quests and understood all the
intricacies of ecosystems to
restore them properly in the
aftermath of Porrair’s many
experiments and their results.
233: Yet something was missing. Aster
felt an imbalance throughout the
universe, 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 methods and forms of
work. Extiru had recently
discovered how to destroy rock
over time through space by sending
it hurtling through Omneutta.
One of these sped by Aster’s home
with a bright trail flowing behind.
Distracted for only seconds,
Aster looked back to his chamber
of creation expecting a
new Deity but instead found
two. They looked similar, but one
was male, and one female. They were
twins, but not identical.
258: He would come to call one Taruthe
and the other Sham’ayn. She was
a handful, even for Aster
after what had been years of gained
wisdom and power. The two were
mischievous and young; together
with their varied abilities
Aster found them often out of
his control. When their antics got
out of hand, Taruthe appeared to
Aster with enough patience and
honesty to explain every
situation. He was honest
to Aster whether the blame fell
on himself or his sister, though
usually the trouble was caused
by the actions of the later.
275: Sham’ayn soon realized that her own
abilities afforded her
opportunity to cast spells
and curses on the creatures of
Omneutta, along with living
elements of the worlds, like plants
and crustaceans. Aster became
aware of Sham’ayn’s antics and
promptly took her ability
to remove the effects of her
magic, leaving her able to
only place these curses. Aster
hoped that one day she would mature
and be his Deity of just,
fair punishment in Omneutta.
290: Taruthe however was never
far behind his sister, cleaning
up her messes in whatever
capacity he could as well
as reporting the truth of their
situations to Aster. Due
to his perseverance, Aster
decided to gift Taruthe with
the ability to truly
perform magic. He was burdened
with alleviating victims of
her curses, but he could also
now use small portions of other
Deities’ powers. He would not
be able to master any
of the seven magics he was
granted; the magics were not his.
307: Counting himself, there were eight of
the Deities. Surely, this would
suffice. All was at peace within
Omneutta, with each of the Eight
watching their respective tasks and
portions of space, stars, land, and life.
Omneutta expanded further
with time, as each ecosystem
renewed and adjusted to the
growth. This is perfect the way it
Aster was pleased with his own
creations, in addition to
what those in his image had done.