The Kel

The fourth section of the Ontiba contains six chapters. The first chapter tells the story of the remaining time between when the last Deities were created and the Timekeeping Reset from Haket’s point of view. The remaining chapters cover the life of the five kets: Roa, Niu, Lue, Mao, and Key.

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Chapter One

1: After Death comes Haket. In the
small details was Haket. In the
large view was Haket. In the
first times of peace after the birth,
small fissures of chaos were sewn.
Each of us Eight could not complete
our domains alone. In this act
of opening ourselves and our
creations in request for aid
we revealed our weakest points. The
worst of these were shown to Haket
by other Ontautt, and though
he did not take note they could not
be forgotten from Haket’s mind.
15: Peace was undone when Destruction
had outlasted the need for his
creation. All Eight were not to
die. We were both Death and Life, both
Creation and Destruction. As
years passed and the Eight matured, the
need for Destruction to erase
their mistakes was not a view that
endured. Maturity led to
desires of working with one’s
mistakes and to grow with and past
them. Destruction realized it was
this maturity that had left
him uninterrupted for years.
29: After Death came Haket. Passed to
Haket from Destruction was news
that Trickery had created
a death as punishment. This death
was not Death. A forgery. Still,
life outside this death could not go
on. Haket was called after Death
could not take the souls of those in
the fake-death. Haket would try to
meet with the souls of the fake-dead
and pass on life experience
as he would if Death had taken
them. Instead, Haket found himself
inside a star with Death, Knowledge,
and Nature. They were trapped inside.
44: The Unending Light robbed Haket
of the sensation of the passage
of time. Knowledge had a plan of
escape. Igniting herself in
flames, she melded with the star that
formed their prison. This too took time,
but soon the star no longer hummed
with her presence. She could take on
Destruction. In the Unending
Light, time passed, Haket was sure.
53: Haket did not notice Knowledge
in her departure, but at once
Haket was sure that Trickery
had escaped from the prison too.
He could not surmise how she had
left, though he did not know the same
for Knowledge either. The power
of fire was hers to control,
among several others. Perhaps
she wielded some unknown power
or ability in order
to meld herself with their prison
and eventually make her escape.
66: Haket had much time to reflect
on Omneutta and his past while
in the Unending Light. Reaching
into his own mind, Haket could
see the past through the eyes of those
souls he had carried on. It was
clear eventually to Haket
what Destruction had done—built a
star, and tricked the rest including
Trickery herself inside, and
sealed the planet around the star.
77: Omneutta shook with great violence
and Unending Light was torn
asunder. Haket looked out to
the star-planets and caught glimpses
of both Knowledge and Destruction
emerging from two separate
star-planet prisons. Each emerged
changed in appearance but Haket
knew the patterns of thoughts that made
up the two instantly. Once both
Destruction and Knowledge could see
their own imprisonment had passed
they fought. Violent explosions of
colliding force shook Omneutta
repeatedly. Creation, Death,
Haket, Nature, and Balance did
their best to intervene. Far from
the fray was Trickery, alone.
95: Haket saw amongst himself and
the other Ontautt changes
in form as time passed. No longer
were they clothed and bound to simple
forms by the tools of Creation.
Haket’s body soon bore wings from
his back and the interior
became hollow and flowing in
his wake. His spirit billowed out
the bottom of his cloak, though it
appeared hollow elsewhere. His wings
were long tendrils from Haket’s back.
107: It was in this time that Haket
saw each Ontautt change, that their
fighting slowly moved from central
Omneutta where they had broken
free to Omneutta’s fringes where
they pushed at the edges with their
violence. Knowledge and Destruction
chased one another around the edges
with most of the Ontautt in
tow. Creation and the other
Four sought to push away violence
from what was left of our peaceful
creations, but not far enough
that what existed beyond the
influence of creation might
be disturbed. The Creator’s sole
defense was creation. He would
not or could not wield the violence
born of Destruction and Knowledge.
126: It was ultimately an act
of creation by Nature that
ceased the violence. Wielded as its
own violence, Nature brought into
existence an entirely
new material. When the hot
violence of Knowledge was thrust on
this material it did not
break, but instead created
more of itself as the harsh and
cold environment of space cooled
it immediately. Haket
knew that Nature would seek to hold
the other Ontautt in this
manner, confident that if the
flames of Knowledge could not break free
than no violence hoisted upon
it by other Ontautt would.
144: Haket knew that if it were not
the Creator, the Nurturer
would be the most sensible choice
to rebuild Omneutta in the
wake of such a long period
of violence. Haket acquiesced
and was the second Ontautt
to be imprisoned in this new
material. This prison was
different than the star that had been
made together by Destruction
and Trickery. In this, he could
keep his mind on Nature’s spirit.
Haket was not surprised that she
had little difficulty in
capturing the others. He could
feel frustration in her and felt
freedom from Sham’ayn. Trickery
it seemed, had not been imprisoned.
163: Time passed until this no longer
frustrated Nature, but the sense
of freedom in Trickery’s self
was felt. She was holding on to
this feeling, but Haket felt it
nonetheless. The Nurturer went
about restoring Omneutta
and Haket relaxed into this
confinement. Suddenly, he felt
Nature fade. Haket strained to sense
her consciousness among the void.
174: This too took much time, and when the
Winged One had found his sister’s mind
it was strained. Barely latched on to
her body, Haket was consumed
with worry. Haket was unsure
he could reconnect her soul to
her being. Perhaps Death could instead.
181: Death! As he thought of Death, Haket
found his spirit drained. Unlike the
Nurturer, Death’s spirit was not 
separating from his body
but was shriveling inside it.
Death’s energy was running out;
Death was dying. With haste Haket
spread his wings with such a force that
he found himself no longer caged.
It could not expand evenly 
in as many directions as 
his wings could push, though he believed
it nearly indestructible 
otherwise. He would fashion a
staff from this material, but 
left it broken to remember
the division that violence had
caused amongst the Eight Ontautt.
199: Free from imprisonment, spirits
across Omneutta called to him.
Haket could just barely stand the
burden. Looking across the stars
of space, it was clear Nature had
spent much of her time rebuilding
and repopulating planet-
stars and star-planets with the life
they had in times of peace. Haket
always came after Death, and Death
had taken much of this new life
without care to their souls. Across the
portion of Omneutta that she
had rebuilt, dead were strewn about.
Many whose bodies had long since
broken apart still had spirits
tethered to what little remained.
In some cases, spirits attached
themselves to descendants’ bodies.
218: When Haket was finished learning
the lessons of the spirits’ lives,
he set out to find Nature. The
Winged One had kept her condition
in the back of his mind for much
time, but this was running out for
her. Once Nature’s body was found
Haket called out to her spirit.
The trees around the Nurturer
shed leaves and grew anew several
times over as Haket called to
her spirit. Haket knew that he
was not the strongest or smartest
of the Eight. Haket thought surely
another of the Ontautt
would break free of their prison soon.
234: Haket took Nature’s body to
the center of Omneutta as
quickly as possible without
detaching the spirit from the
body. The Orrery would be
Haket’s fastest route to Death. When
he arrived Haket found an odd
crystalline structure covering
entryway. Haket thrust his staff
into the ground and the crystals
were lit by a brilliant light from
within until they withered from
where they stood. He raced into the
cave to find Trickery in the
corner. Her spirit was weak like
that of Death. But like the crystal
door Haket did not have the time.
251: After finding the light that stood
for Death in the chamber, Haket
flew Nature to where he knew Death to
be. His spirit was drained, Death was
exhausted. The Deity was
also unwilling. Nature had
created too much life without
regard to the load Omneutta
could withstand, according to Death.
Haket slammed his staff into the
ground once more and shone a bright
upon Death. The once unwilling
relented, and the two worked to
reunite the spirit and
body of the Nurturer whole.
266: The Nurturer was not revived
a moment too soon. Omneutta
shook around them just as she stood
on her feet again and regained
her senses. The others broke free
of their prisons nearly at once
and the second period of
chaos began. It first was an
attempt at the containment of
Destruction. Pent up differences
inherent between the Eight were
exacerbated by many
disagreements over how to
contain the wanton Deity
drove all Eight against each other.
At the end of this second time
of violence, Destruction again
prevailed; he was again alone.
284: With brute force the Deities were
cast into another realm at
Destruction’s hands. This region was
blank and not unlike what Aster
had told them of the beginnings
of Omneutta. At their present
size they were impossibly cramped.
No matter how much they reduced
themselves the feeling continued.
Haket and Death were worn down from
the previous years, and the rest
were hardly in better shape. With
a combined effort the seven
Ontautt stretched the boundaries of
this realm until it no longer
compressed them into each other.
300: In this realm and in their tired
states they discussed the event of
the years since their creation. The
long-term goal for the Deities
must be peace amongst themselves and
peace in Omneutta. None of them
would be satisfied without large-
scale, long-term peace. Destruction was
an obstacle to these plans and
would have to be considered. He
had the power to remove them
from Omneutta, and pending their
return, would likely be displeased
with the majority’s desire
for eternal Omneuttian peace.
315: As it was centuries prior,
Aster was the first to find his
way back to Omneutta, bringing
the others in after him. It
took all seven of their combined
powers, abilities, and skills
of persuasion to subdue the
Deity. Eventually
Destruction was persuaded to
assume his original and
relatively powerless form.
Still, he was a Deity and
their work would only last as long
as Destruction was persuaded
to not pursue his purer form.
330: Destruction did not remain in
the confined form. Over the next
several years the Ontautt would
again and again reunite
to subdue Destruction. After
many repetitions of this
cycle, Trickery conceived of
a medallion that would bind the
troublesome Deity to the
original form and reduce
his thoughts towards removing it.
341: After six peaceful years, Aster
came to Haket and the other
Ontautt with plans to rebuild
Omneutta as it was when they
shared it before the violence. Death
and Knowledge contributed to
the records to be kept as the
Eight rebuilt from the center out.
Destruction was not satisfied
and destroyed their records hall with
a single blow. Together all
Eight rose again, creating a
paradise for each Deity.
It took them several years of their
collective power holding them
in stasis, but the completed
compound would have a section where
Destruction could rein freely and
unchecked without imparting his
violence on others. The great hall
built on top of this area
would be known Ttimeaut,
and the Deities would council
within its purpose built main chamber.
365: Aster told Haket and the rest
that their homes across Omneutta
led to their separation from
each other spiritually as well
as physically. They all knew this
to be true. Aster continued,
revealing homes for each of them
on this star-planet, surrounding
this center continent known as
Eupeaaurt. On the surrounding
continents, each Deity would
find themselves with temporary
portions of Aster’s powers to
reshape the land as they saw fit—
they could build their own ideal world
for themselves here and remain close.
381: Aster clapped his hands together
and with a thunderous boom, the
Eight were seated in the central
chamber. Each Deity sat in
a throne that suited them and their
appearance, and each in front of
a tapestry that bore their form,
associated colours, and
what each had made for themselves in
Omneutta. Trickery stood first
to the surprise of the Seven.
She proposed a vow that bound all
Eight to their promises of peace,
including Destruction. She brought
forth a cauldron from the air and
with the aid of Justice the two
crafted a mixture. All Eight, led
by Aster, let their blood and took
a vow that would bind them into
peace and cooperation. There
would be no violence among them.
402: Ninetey years passed in times of peace
and prosperity. There was space
on Ttimeaut for each of them
to conduct their activities
in and keep records of their work.
For Death, as more time passed and the
natural life began to spread the
task became too much. Creation
and Death unveiled a new species
with minds of their own—sentience—
but in the image of Death. They
were to assist the Deity
in his many tasks. In time and
to Haket’s prediction, Knowledge
was interested in having
workers of her own to assist
in the development and the
execution of new research.
420: Each of the Deities had a
Sentient Species made in their
image one by one, including
Destruction. Haket too was soon
overwhelmed with the number of
spirits needing to be removed
from their bodies, especially
in light of certain Deities
having unique preferences in
what to do with their creations.
For a year Aster and Haket
met over his species to be
called Kettlah. Haket was exact
on how the Kettlah would help him.
The five would be similar in
that they were clearly his children,
but distinct enough to be seen
as five true individuals.
438: The five Kettlah would look after
the souls of the past, look towards
the future, manage the present
Omneutta and keep the spirit
of the Tribe—Kettlah that would spring
forth from these five. They were to live
between the gates connecting the
future and the past, tethered to
tethered to the present through their
travel across Omneutta with
their parent Haket, the Winged One.
449: Once each of the Ontautt had
a species—Aster had the Eight
and each of the other seven had
their Sentient Species—Death raised
a concern. Each soul passed from Death
to Haket could count how long it
had been alive by the number
of rotations of Astran that
passed in its lifetime, but there were
no certainties contained for the
start and end of their life for the
purpose of record keeping. All
were in agreement that a form
of time keeping should be kept from
the present backwards in with the aim
of accurate record keeping
moving forward. The issue with
his concern was when to begin
the start of this record. Death put
forth the date of his own species’
creation as the beginning
with their work prior notated
in reverse until Aster’s birth.
472: Many understandibly put
forth the same suggestion for their
own child species. Years and lives
went by; generations came and
passed as the Ontautt met once
per Astran’s rotation within
Omneutta until no longer could
the solution be denied. It
became clear that when two of the
species contacted each other
through the advent of space travel,
this event was what would split what
they did before from what they would
do. What came before would be kept
in reverse and their work from this
date forward would be sequential.
488: Haket and the others made a
promise to their children that they
would leave Omneutta to them from
this point forward. They would not be
present in the lives of mortals,
though it pained Haket not only
to see the Kettlah and the Tribe
behind other Sentient Species,
but behind in their duties to
the Winged One—their father—too.

Chapter Two

1: The five were made at once to be
the wings of Haket. From his cloak
his spirit and the others did
emerge. The spirits found themselves
on a plane of nothingness. It
was here that Haket brought spirits
to see their past, but they had no
past. Haket took them from this plane
into a realm that was unlike
where they had been. In this realm land
grew high around them on all sides.
12: Other entryways to this realm
were there when they arrived to each
side. As they entered, the five gained
physical forms around each of
their spirits. They would carry the
wings of Haket on their arms. These
tendrils would move on their own and
would not give them flight. Haket’s eyes
were theirs, and they had no need for
mouthes. Their hands had a form, but would
adapt to other shapes that were
not inherently of their own.
24: Haket called to them before they
could venture from these gates. Roa
and the other four were
made to be Haket’s assistants;
their immortal lives were to be
filled by duties Haket could no
longer perform alone. Roa
and Niu—the first two—were to
each keep watch over a gate, with
Roa assigned to the gate of
the past. Lue would take care of
the light, Mao would assist in
Haket’s transfer of knowledge, and
Key would keep their spirits lifted.
38: After Haket had spoken to
them all, the Winged One and Roa
spoke by themselves, once more on the
plane of nothingness. The body
did not follow Roa’s spirit
to this plane but Roa could hear
and understand Haket all the
same. Roa would help Haket by
corralling the spirits of dead
animals and mortals that would be
brought to Roa when their forms
expired. They would be shown their
past for Roa to learn what they
had discovered before spirits
could move on. Roa would give this
information to Haket or
Mao, and it would soon then be
taken to where it was needed.
56: The work was tiring and often
laborious, but it prepared
Roa for going through the long
and complicated lives of the
mortal Omneuttians. Porrair’s
children were odd creatures, and their
lives seized less of Roa’s interest
than some of the fauna. Their lives
were repetitive and mundane.
The fauna Quarrnyl called insects
seemed more apt to compare than the
semi-autonomous creatures
Roa had grown accustomed to
dealing with. They existed for
Porrair, and though they thought about
much, they thought little. Soon, the first
xiruens would also have used
up their mortal bodies, but as
Roa was helping Haket show
their souls their pasts, Extiru came
and all at once seized his children.
78: Roa sought to speak with Haket
about the matter. Extiru’s
children were mortal creations
to die as mortals do; Haket
had word from Aster that they were
to join Extiru on his own
continent—their death was only
removal from their families. This
concept was new to Roa. The
ket had dealt with the lives and the
memories of ancestors and
their descendants for some time but
to have a family—that would
require some sentience. They
wished for a family, but Roa
did not know if they were mortal.
If they were not, would their offspring
be as well? He pressed Haket on
these issues, but answers were not
provided. Roa thought about
starting a tribe to call their own.
99: When the time had come for avocs
that Davoto was going to
allow to die—to be mortal—
Roa was ready. Their lives were
long and complicated, as was
expected. The first avoc was
difficult—seeing those they knew
ascend to immortality
was gratifying, but losing
their body, spirit, and presence
was not. The avocs that followed
were much harder for Roa to
deal with. Seeing their loved ones pass
on brought grief, and reliving those
memories with Roa brought them
many complex and new feelings.
115: Despite the repeated brushes
with grief over death, reliving
the memories of Omneuttians
as they passed introduced Roa
to the joys of life. Creating
something—a living creature—was
an unfathomable moment,
with complicated emotions
that even sentient beings could
not fully process. Roa had
desired the experience,
and resolved to start a tribe to
call their own. But Roa knew this
tribe could not exist in the deep.
Lue thought often of the world
beyond the deep. Niu spoke of
seeing events, times, and places
beyond the deep that should have not
been seen. Roa could not see what
Niu saw, and Niu could not
see what Roa saw, only that
Roa would guide spirits to the
same location day after day.
138: The land grew around them in all
directions such that the gates were
in a winding valley, but they
had explored the bottom of this
valley years ago. Nowhere but
up could they go that held any
promise of that which they had not
already experienced. Lue
was full of wonder and also
excitement of these worlds beyond,
and when Niu refused to speak
of the horrors out of fear of
altering what the future would
be—Roa’s choice was apparent.
152: Roa believed the five of them
were immortal, but with each and
every sentient life brought to
and through the gate to relive their
past Roa could feel life slipping
from the body surrounding their
spirit. Key had counseled that the
spirit of the tribe, the feeling
of life they collectively shared,
was possible because each of
them felt attached to life, Roa
however knew their attachment
was slipping. Roa must leave soon.
165: A day came without a spirit
brought to Roa, and Roa climbed.
They were not gifted physically
like Lue, but the climb continued.
Unlike Lue, Roa had no need
to climb to the tallest of the
lands. Roa was not curious,
but determined. When the mist met
the body, Roa could feel the
emotions of frustration and
anger slip away from their mind.
The agony of facing death
and grief repeatedly did not
feel as bad now, but Roa was
determined to not lose resolve.
The climb continued until the
clouds of mist were fully below.
183: New land emerged to Roa. There
were still mountains and land above,
but the mist was below. The deep
was no longer home. On this ground
Roa collapsed from joy, and from
this joy came a pain emerging
from their spine. Slow and throbbing at
first, it became unbearable
for a moment before there was
no more pain. Roa felt a new
mind in their consciousness. A child.
Roa had made an offspring, thus
began the tribe to call their own.

Chapter Three

1: The five spirits that would be five
Kettlah emerged from the cloak of
Haket into an empty plane.
In this plane was where Haket brought
spirits to see their past, he could
create at will—it was within
and outside Omneutta. We know
this by other accounts; Niu
did not know, as they were not to
be concerned with the past. Haket
took the five spirits from this plane
to the deep where the land grew out,
and up around them on all sides.
14: Haket spoke to them as a group
first, to explain to them their own
general roles to be filled. They would
compliment each other, but their
work was done for Haket. Niu,
like Roa also watched over
a gate. They were to be concerned
with the future. It would appear
before them through the gate. Alone
once more in the plane, Haket told
Niu that the gate could only
be entered, but they could not move
totally through the future’s gate.
27: Niu spoke to Haket with some
frequency, and most rarely to
the other four kets. Key spoke with
Niu in conversations that,
despite being often, were one-
sided by necessity. When
Haket spoke with Niu, each time,
the deity reminded the
ket that what Niu saw could not
be told to anyone, and this
unfortunately meant Haket.
38: Niu was left alone to bear
witness to the future, and bode
to do nothing about it. They
asked Haket often what the point
was of seeing the future if
they could not change it or even
alert others. Haket would at
times relent and let Niu tell
them a recent vision, and would
inquire about the many
sensations of traveling through
the gate and into the future.
50: Haket could at least see the gate.
In the few times Niu spoke to
the other kets, it was clear that
only Mao could see the gate
Niu watched. Niu knew Roa
had a gate that could not be seen,
and there were suspicions Mao
could see a third gate. For Haket
and Mao, the gateway was a
window whose scene changed regularly.
They could see events that would come
to pass, but Niu could enter
the gateway—mostly—and feel and
experience the events. They
could look around and view more of
the future at once; Niu felt
several senses after stepping
partially into the gateway.
68: Having to withhold foresight that
could be helpful from the other
kets—and even at times Haket—
was a tough load to bear. Niu
knew that the Winged One had picked
the right ket for the weight. Roa
had told Niu several years
after their creation that their
eyes were starting to darken; both
knew that none of the other three
had changed in appearance. Roa
too dealt every day with grief, loss,
and suffering. Yet, Roa could
at least turn to the spirit whose
past was being shown for comfort.
There was good in these lives, Roa
often told Niu. The ket saw
good rarely, and when it was seen
Niu often felt it fleeting.
87: Niu had no choice but to watch
the horrors of the future creep
toward the present. It was what
Haket needed. Niu saw each
of the other kets leave years or
even decades before it would
happen, and did eventually
prepare Haket following the
departure of Roa. By the
time Niu was the last of the
five in the deep, their eyes were dark
black. But Niu was not alone.
Of the many futures seen by
Niu was the development
of their own tribe, kept secret in
the far end of the valley last
visited many years ago.
104: When Niu was the last of the
five, the tribe could live out in the
open area of the deep,
free to develop on their own.
Niu offered suggestions for
their tribe for Niu had not seen
beyond the tribe’s existence and
their eventual departure.
Niu bode them to have a ket
be a spirit for their tribe—a
ket who saw to emotional
needs of the tribe as a whole through
individuals—so that Key’s
legacy would live on. The tribe
too saw their own futures but saw
only glimpses and flashes of
what was to come unlike Niu.

Chapter Four

1: The plane spun endlessly out from
Haket. There was nothing here, but
they were creations. Five spirits
emerged from the Winged One, we were
his children. This dimension was
for and by Haket but in this
moment it was for the five that
would become Kettlah. They emerged
from his cloak, from nothingness, just
as he would create worlds that would
recreate vivid memories
from nothing for those who had passed.
Lue was on this plane three times, each
with a different purpose. The
first was creation of the five.
16: The second time Lue was on the
plane was not long after. Haket
had called to the five after they
became Kettlah, but after this
Lue and Haket were on the plane
once more. It was yet again flat,
but this time felt different. gone was
the bleak and emptiness of the
plane. In its place was the sky of
the deep, and the ground could be seen—
it was the ground of the deep as
well yet unnaturally flat. It
was clear of objects, but in this
present it was not nothingness.
30: Lue’s final time was much later
and as mystifying as the
first. Through the valley Lue had went,
finding the edge that rose highest
before it met mist. Peculiar
it was, that the mist met different
cliffs at different heights though the deep
itself was fairly flat where the
mountains grew upwards from. On the
tallest cliff Lue climbed until the
mist took hold, grabbing at the mind
and soul. Here, the light was obscured—
not dark, but Lue could no longer
see light clearly. Lue persisted,
and after traveling through the
mist Lue climbed onto what should have
been the top. Lue stepped up to the
plane to find it blank as it was
during creation. Yet the mist
and cliff were no longer beneath.
50: Haket was the Winged One and in
the same way that Aster was the
High Father, Haket too was theirs.
From his cloak they spun out to the
endless plane Haket had chosen
it as their spot of creation.
Aster had helped in this effort,
but Haket himself had brought the
five spirits to the plane—they were
to know his power. From there, he
took them to a land known as the
deep where they gained physical forms.
62: To Lue Haket gave no special
instructions—there was no gateway
for the light—and there was no time
for Lue to keep track of. The Winged
One told Lue that they were unlike
the other kets; Lue was faster,
stronger, and more energetic.
Lue’s body stretched further, Lue’s hands
adjusted more rapidly and
tighter around objects, and Lue
at times had control of tendrils.
This displeased Haket, who had no
pressing need for Lue or their skills.
75: They took on his appearance in
many ways; the wings of Haket
grew from their arms and their skins were
each a hue of brilliant gold. Lue
shone like no other—Haket had
decreed that Lue would love the light
and Lue would keep light within the
body that would emanate from
the physical form. This was the
only gift to Lue from Haket,
and unlike the others Lue was not
asked for much in return for the
gift—just that Lue not leave the deep.
88: Haket had ensured that more than
this light but all light captured Lue’s
fascination for good. Ever
captivated, Lue climbed the walls
of the deep to get closer to
the light, seemingly just beyond
the mist. The light scattered as it
attempted to break through the dense
and ever-moving clouds, but light
made it through the mist nonetheless.
98: All of light was mysterious.
All of light was fascinating.
The light emanating from the
physical form was not as strong
as the light from above the mist—
but there were parts of the deep that
this strong light could not reach. Lue’s light,
the light from within, could be seen
by the other kets from any
distance. Their light was light, but it
was not alike the other light.
109: Lue set out to find light above
the mist. Not only to compare
it to their own, but to see it
as it was. Lue yearned to see the
light without obstruction of the
mist, without obstruction at all.
The only light Lue had seen in
this way was their own and Lue was
not satisfied by this. After
Lue climbed onto the plane, Haket
let them free onto a cliff
that met their expectation. What
Lue saw defied their previous
understanding—multiple lights!
Here, there, all over what Lue knew
to be the sky. Some were large, while
others were small, yet all were light.
126: Though Haket forbade it time and
time again, Lue climbed up to the
upper edges of the deep most
days. Haket appeared to Lue in
these moments often, and more he
spoke frequently to Lue within
the mind of the ket. They seldom
had discussions, instead the Winged
One dominated and Lue was
restricted in their movements. Lue
knew their creation was to serve
Haket, but nevertheless their
exploration would continue.
139: Haket offered nothing for Lue.
Their physical form was different
from the other kets’, and Haket
had embedded in Lue’s mind a
yearning for the light. To restrict
their search for it was an absurd
and unjust test. If Lue passed by
remaining—how ever long must
Lue remain—what would the reward
be? A task to keep Lue focused
for eternity? Lue sought this
focus from the light already.
151: With resolve, Lue spent many days,
months, years perched atop small footholds
and ridges in the walls of the
deep. Lue looked across the deep on
many climbs to the far reaches
of the valley, studying how
light cast across all Lue knew to
be home. Lue wanted more. Not more
land, more spaces to climb, or more
light. Lue wanted all of this yes,
but not personally. Lue would
share this with others that would be
made like them. More was for a tribe.

Chapter Five

1: After Haket came Mao. In the
small details was Haket, was Mao.
In the large view was Haket and
Mao followed. From the time of their
creation where the five spirits
of what would become kets spun out
from beneath Haket’s cloak in the
plane of nothingness, Mao was close
to Haket. The plane was Haket’s
realm, where the recently dead were
shown their past so Haket could learn.
12: Haket took them to a place he
called the deep—the plane was not the
realm for kets—the five were given
their physical forms. Roa and
Niu were given gateways to
look after the past and future.
Mao went with Haket after the
Ontautt spoke to the five as
a group. Each of them spoke with the
Winged One for what felt to the rest
but a moment, returning to
the plane for a conversation—
only Key came then after Mao.
25: Haket took Mao again to the
plane of nothingness, though it looked
much like the deep for this second
visit by Mao. Here, Haket would
talk to the ket about what would
be Mao’s forthcoming duties. Mao
would travel across the present
with Haket, where Mao would see the
wonders of Omneutta firsthand.
Imbued with some of the calm that
Key possessed, Mao was to see the
Known Universe and the light that
Lue chased, Mao would be reminded
of the good throughout Omneutta
and be calm. Mao would see through the
two gates of Roa and Niu
in addition, but like Haket,
Mao would not enter them. Mao was
beloved by Haket who said such.
44: Haket spoke to Mao and revealed
that these gifts were not his alone.
Haket had spoke to Taruthe—who
himself was bestowed aspects of
each other Ontautt’s powers—
and Haket wanted this treatment
for his perfect ket. Mao would hold
parts of the others’ gifts, to see
their gates, Key’s calming presence, and
be guided by the light. But it
was Taruthe not Haket who gave
Mao these abilities, and Mao
would not forget such a kindness.
57: Mao often went through the present
alongside Haket across the
Known Universe. To all corners
of Omneutta they went. Mao learned
about the magics of other
Omneuttians and how they varied
from one species to the next. Some
danced in fire, while others grew
trees or prisms of ice. Sham’ayn
had children created some time
after the two began traveling
and Mao was fascinated by
their unpredictability.
70: Despite these excursions across
Omneutta with Haket, Mao was t
old after Roa’s departure
that Mao too would leave. They knew this
to be true, eventually. But
Mao wished to keep adventuring
across space with Haket for as
long as they could; Lue’s departure
did not hasten Mao’s feelings. They
knew before Haket spoke, that they
would leave eventually, but the
Winged One bore such certainty that
Mao knew it to be true. One day,
the deep would no longer be home;
after Haket would not come Mao.
85: Almost one hundred years after
their creation, Mao decided
it was time to leave the deep. It
was the passing of Roa that
spurned this decision, though Mao did
not know it at first. Mao’s feelings
changed slowly over the years as
Haket became more insistent.
Days after Mao had resolved to
depart soon, Haket told Mao that
Roa’s physical form was no more.
Once Mao knew the five were mortal,
they knew that they must leave at once.
98: Neither Roa nor Lue had left
instructions on how to leave the
deep, Mao only knew that they had climbed
and not returned. At the top of
the cliff Mao’s senses told them they
climbed on the plane of nothingness,
but once their feet touched the ground they
were on real, solid land. These rocks
stretched out before Mao. A tribe would
be started here. But first, Mao must
ready the land to be a home.

Chapter Six

1: Key was the last spirit, but a
crucial spirit. On this plane of
nothingness the five spirits twirled
out from Haket. This would be their
home, and here the five would carry
out Haket’s tasks. For eons they
would work in harmony on this
plane, viewing the memories of
those who had passed—no. This was not
to be their home. The spirits knew,
Haket knew; the spirits moved to
Haket once more under his cloak.
13: From the plane Haket took them to
a new land: the deep, he called it.
When the spirits came from under
Haket’s cloak to peer at the deep
they emerged with physical forms.
Roa was the first that Key could
see. Shorter—though they were all short
compared to Haket—than the rest.
Haket’s wings flowed from each of their
forearms but Roa’s tendrils were
short as well, and their skin was a
deeper gold. Niu shone a strong
and bright gold, with eyes to match. Key,
Niu, and Lue were the same height.
Lue was thinner, as were all of
their tendrils and though their skin glowed
brighter than Niu’s it was from
a duller gold. Mao stood taller
than Key and the other three, but
with eight tendrils just as lanky.
33: Soon after their creation, the
Winged One called to them with a voice
that filled the deep and their heads. The
first two would watch the gates, keeping
track of what had been and what was
yet to come. Mao would join Haket
often, and Key would watch over
the other four. Lue seemed to be
forgotten—or preoccupied?
Haket spoke individually,
in the plane once more. Key did not
anticipate the discussion.
Key was to be the spirit of
the tribe—they were unnaturally
calming for the others, and this
would be needed to relieve the
stress of the tasks he had given
the others. As his singular
gift, Haket taught Key how to peer
inside the minds of others through
only touch. Haket had one last
instruction: Key would receive no
guidance from Haket and would not
report to the Winged One, and if
information to maintain the
balance of the tribe was needed,
Key would need to find it alone.
In this, Key had Haket’s blessing.
61: Roa worked constantly, though Key
rarely saw them somewhere other
than sitting in front of their gate.
Key knew that they stepped into the
gate with the souls of recently
departed fauna and mortals,
but the time inside the gate was
felt only by Roa. Rarely,
Key found Roa sleeping and sought
to see what they had seen. Sometimes,
these were happy memories and
Roa seemed to be happy with
recalling them in their sleep. But,
there were bouts of sadness that wore
Roa down even in their sleep.
96: Lue was with the others rarely,
and if it were not for their link
to each other Key often thought
there would be no clues as to Lue’s
whereabouts. Haket left little
for Lue, other than filling their
mind with light. Key thought that Lue
was given isolation from
Haket too, being the only
ket without a task, and whose sole
gift drove them from the tribe. Key
sought to remedy this feeling,
but Key could not overcome the
drive for light Lue had been given.
Key could only soothe the effects
of Lue’s absence in the rest of
the tribe, reminding them that Lue
was meeting Haket’s tasks away.
114: Mao too was often gone, though their
absence was in the presence of
Haket and thus accepted by
the tribe more readily. Still, there
were nights where the kets would gather
to eat with Lue present and not
Mao. Key could occasionally
feel resentment rising. After
long excursions Key sought details
of Mao’s journeys. In addition
to traveling with the Winged One
frequently, with the help of the
Fulcrum, Mao was given aspects
of the other’s abilities,
to be Haket’s own Taruthe. Key
now knew what emotions Niu
must go through, to know something that
would change the tribe’s morale if known.
132: Niu and Key watched, knowingly
as Roa left. Niu, and thus
Key knew that Roa would meet the
end of their physical form soon.
The five had assumed themselves to
be immortal, but those privy
to the future suspected that
departing the deep ensured their
mortality. Roa had seen
much sadness, but sought happiness
in departure, to start their own
tribe. Lue too would go on to start
their own tribe, though it was the light
that pulled Lue from the deep. Key and
the others suspected Roa’s
death following years of waning
and the eventual ending
of their mental links, but Haket’s
confirmation drove Mao out of
the deep in grief. It was likely
the first encounter with death and
sadness for Haket’s perfect ket.
154: Key too would leave soon, with only
Niu remaining behind. The
ket that watched the future had long
since become scarred; years ago their
eyes had lost colour and darkened
to the point of blackness. Niu
could still see, but Key sought no such
transformation. Out of the deep
they climbed, determined to start a
tribe of their own. The first steps on
this land brought a momentary
sensation of the plane once more,
but after it subsided Key
could tell they were a great distance
from the deep, and so were they all.
169: As years passed Key picked two young kets
from among the older members
of the tribe. They would become the
tribe’s balance. Key passed on knowledge,
techniques, and lessons to earn the
title of spirit of the tribe.
The most important task for them
would be to collect the knowledge
of the living for the good of
the tribe. Unlike the permissions
granted by Haket, Key bade them
to inform others of their work,
and obtain memories only
from willing ket participants.