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Theme: Father of the Gods, Creator of Life.

Symbol: the world
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AO - The Creator

Commonly acknowledged by almost everyone as fact is that AO is father to the gods. Beyond this little is known about him, although there is much speculation and many theories about his origins, few claim to know anything for certain.


Perhaps the most popular theory is that he was the first. Before everything there was AO and his was the only existence. Out of his consciousness grew the recognition of self and the concept of un-self and this concept he explored for an eternity.

At the conclusion of his thoughts, AO created form to illustrate the concept. And with the creation of form he created space; the space not inhabited by the form and the space between forms. And thus AO came upon the concept of movement, from the placing of one form as it changed in its relation to another. With movement came the illustration of the eternities that passed, each marked by the differences in relations between the forms that moved together and apart.

And from out of the awareness of the movement of forms over time came the concept time, the measurement of eternity.

Immeasurable time passed and AO explored the possibilities inherent within his creations, the boundaries of his discovery. In time AO became curious and observing the limits of the reality he had created, he desired to study others within its bounds. Thus is was that AO came to bring forth from creation his first offspring: Rokoon, Tharandil and Bhaal.


Another theory, held to be heretic by many, is that the ancestors of the gods are the much feared Old Ones. According to this theory AO is the offspring of the being many fear even to name, whose face is no face, but a mass of tentacles, whose breath carries the perfume of death: the Lord of the Past and of the Future, of all that lies beyond Death.

AO took on the mantle of Lord of the Present and rose to become more powerful than his ancestors. His pride in his hideous appearance chose others, similarly mutilated by fate with whom to mate. The offspring of these copulations were his children: Rokoon, Tharandil and Bhaal.

Content by Verdrigis, edited by Admin in 2006.


OOC - OUT OF CHARACTER - KNOWLEDGE

The first being was AO, sometimes also known as AI. He created the 'Major Gods': Bhaal, Calric, Dualdin, Huitzilopochtli, Orades, Rokoon, Saran, Swarnigul, Tharandil, Triton and Xan. To each he gave each his own task, some were told to create a place, a world which would serve for the other creations, and others were given the task to fill this world with their creations.

Triton as well as Xan however have faded from the face of the world and they are no longer counted among the Major Gods. While Xan has vanished alltogether, Triton is only accounted for as a Minor God nowadays.

While the Major Gods worked on their creations a war broke out among them when Bhaal, envious of the creations of his brothers, and unable to bring forth anything on his own, did his best to destroy what the others wrought.

After a while AO stopped the ongoing war of creation and destruction and told the gods to leave the world. They could still channel a small portion of their power through their faithful followers in Xyllomer, but they can no longer take on physical form, nor use their full power on the world, nor can they interfere directly with the world.

Among the Pantheon AO is regarded as the father of the gods.


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