The Histories of the Nilites

In a universe first-glance that seems like ours, the beginning is nowhere the same. The myths of the beginning of this world start with Nihl, primordial darkness and chaos, and how things go from there. (OKAY, SO THESE PEOPLE DO NOT NOT NOT HAVE INCEST DO NOT BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE DNA, OKAY NO DNA, PRIMORDIAL MIST FLOWS THROUGH THEIR BODIES. THEY ARE CONDENSED PRIMORDIAL MIST. NO INCEST. PLEASE NOTE: NO INCEST. THOUGH SOME CHARACTERS ARE STATED TO HAVE DONE HANKY-PANKY, IT IS NOT INCEST, OKAY NONONONONONO INCEST.)

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3. The Tressis' First Creations

For many millennia more, the Tressis kept each other company. They had something Nihl never had: companionship. Though they were lonely, it was only because it was who they were, what they were spawned from.

    Though, eventually, the Tressis grew lonely, too. Confused on how to go about this, Stygian and Tristis pulled from their own life sources, therefore creating three new beings, thinking it would be symbolic of them that a second Tressis be born, though it never got a name.

    Infernum, being too within himself, never participated in this, not until many generations of later, creating a being within one of the youngest descendents.

    The three children of Stygian and Tristis did have their parents’ most basic traits: sadness, and relating of darkness.

    The first of their children was a male named Mortem, for Stygian and Tristis’ first thought when creating a new being was, What will happen if we wither away like Nihl? What would become of us? So they created Mortem, the incarnation of Death. He is not the cause, though: he is the result. Later, when the mortals are created, he will be the judge of their demise.

    Thinking of Death, Stygian and Tristis though, But how will we get to Death? So Messor was born, the messenger of souls. When the humans come along, he will be seen as a bad omen, often mistaken for Death. Because of his unpopularity with mortals and Nihlas alike, he will never create offspring.

    The third child of Stygian and Tristis was created out of curiosity, and went wrong. What if we were not ourselves? once asked Stygian. How do you mean? responded Tristis. I mean if we are not us. If something about our appearances differed, if a color was different, if spots appeared, if I were hotter or colder, what then? asked Stygian, contemplating. Don’t you like who you are? asked Tristis. Of course, replied Stygian, but what if?

    So out of their curiosity of difference, they created a being that would spur change. The Nihlas, being young and naive, though, not thinking of their dark and agonizing roots, created Malum, disease and illness. She created change, yes, but horrific change. Her parents were mortified when they saw what they had created, and vowed to never create life again.

    Though they promised this, only Stygian kept his vow. Many generations later, Tristis will create life with another Nihla, but a vow should not be broken, lest it have consequences.

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