The Ontautt (pn. on-tah-U) are also known as the Eight, or the Deities. They take many shapes and sizes, and are the founders of The Known Universe. The Ontautt usually appear in their most pure form, the incarnate, from which the Sentient Species‘ appearance was derived. However, there are many other forms that a Deity can appear in, including forms that look exactly like their Sentient Species, as well as a shared form between all Eight.
Main Article: The Ontiba
The Ontiba is split into eight sections, one for each Ontautt. The first section covers etiological myths; the creation of both Aster and the Universe in its first chapter, and the second chapter delves into Aster’s creation of the other seven Deities. In summation, the first five non-Aster Deities were created to solve specific problems, whether that be the erasure of mistakes, curbing the overpopulation of the universe, ensuring that lessons learned in a mortal life were passed on, cataloguing all the knowledge of the universe, and making sure the universe doesn’t burn down (both literally and metaphorically). The final two were created at once, as Aster felt he needed one more, and instead created two.
A physiological description of Ontautt will always be vague at best. The Ontautt’s biology is difficult to describe as a whole, since each Deity takes on several different forms. Not much is known on how the powers of the Deities function ex: Do Aster’s powers come from within the singularity and use his body as a vessel, or does he store power within the singularity and use it at will? Because each Deity takes on multiple shapes and sizes, what works for one Ontautt may not work for another. The pure, Incarnate form of each Ontautt is what each of the other Sentient Species were based on, and is one of many forms, including Original, Wrath, and Eternal.
The Shared Form of the Ontautt resembles Aster’s pure form, with small derivations for each Deity. Overall the shared form is tall and lanky, around 10 feet (3 meters) tall. Each body has a floating head that is a swirling black cloud with small lights resembling stars. On each elbow of the long arms, small growths of material sprout, differing for each Deity.
Ontrett (pn. on-tre-U) is composed of circles and rounded lines to form symbols that represent single letters, along with a few letter combinations. Most of the English language vowels and consonants are accounted for, with some letter combinations representing sounds for letters that have multiple, that way Ontrett letters are able to have one sound per letter or combination.
There are two versions of Ontrett that is written out depending on the medium that Ontrett is being written on. When being written on parchment or other script based materials that are to be distributed (like the Ontiba) the Full Script is used. Lined Script is used when writing Ontrett on murals, wall carvings or on statues– things that are stationary with little chance of bleed or wear over time since Lined Script takes much more time to write out.
Relations with Other Species
After the Timekeeping Reset, the Deities made a pact immortalized and recorded within the Ontiba that they would leave Omneutta to the mortal species to do with what they see fit. However, over the centuries since the event, there are widespread rumors of several Deities appearing, whether as statues, animals, monsters, or in disguise as a member of their Sentient Species in order to manipulate events.
Though it is highly unlikely that the Deities would find the need and time to create their own music, music has been composed to represent the sound of Divine Forge, and in many cultures to represent their parental Deity.
Main Article: Astran-Space
Unlike each of the Sentient Species, the land occupied by the Ontautt does not carry their name—with the exception of implication in the alternative name of Divine Forge—but carries the name of the dominating figure of the entire section of space: Astran. The large star-planet is not only the largest star-planet in Omneutta, but also renders much of the section of space inhospitable to mortals, even Poria.
Main Article: Astran
Astran was created by Aster, partially with the help of the other Ontautt. It serves as their home and place of birth, though it has been remade several times over since the birth of the Deities according to the Ontiba.