No one is quite sure how old Aeternerras is or how it came to be.
The High Elves will tell you differently. Since elves live for so long (a thousand years, to be precise), they’ve had the least generations between the present day and the creation of Aeternerras. Because of this (and their arrogance), they think their story is the right one. According to the High Elves, Aeternerras was created five thousand years ago by the goddess, Femtuna. She also created the dragons, the oldest beings of them all, and asked her siblings to create the rest of the life on Aeternerras.
A perfectly reasonable guess, and, since the elves have the freshest memory of Aeternerras’ creation, one might be inclined to accept that belief. Yet the other races of elves, who have been around just as long as the High Elves, disagree.
The druids of the Forest Elves preach that Aeternerras was not created by any god; She created Herself. Aeternerras was the first entity to exist, born from the chaos of the universe. She gave birth to the peoples and creatures that inhabit Her, and to the powerful spirits that watch over them.
The Sea Elves believe differently still. They believe that the ocean is a god, named Tritea, fluid and changing, with no true form other than the water. Tritea created life, the fish and the whales and the dolphins, but not all life could live in Tritea’s waters, so Tritea created land for the creatures that could not survive the sea.
The dwarves, at least, all seem to agree on one origin story, although it is not the same as the elves’. According to the dwarves, the stars are actually the mighty forges of the gods. It is in one of those stars, Sol, that the mightiest of the dwarf gods, Hutos, forged Aeternerras. He also wrought people and plants and animals, imbuing them each with a spark of Sol’s fire to give them life and placing them on Aeternerras.
Of course, the gnomes have their own theory too. Gnomish lore tells that a power deity, called “The Clockmaster,” commissioned the goddess Mopphy to build him a magnificent pocket-watch. After ten days and ten nights, Mopphy presented The Clockmaster with a beautiful golden watch. The Clockmaster was so thrilled that he built Aeternerras and placed the watch on top of it, turning it into the sun and putting life on Aeternerras so that more beings could revel in Mopphy’s creation.
Interestingly, human beliefs all seem to draw from the teachings of the other races while still differing in their own way. The Esnians, for example, worship the ocean like the Sea Elves, but to the Esnians, the ocean is not a deity but rather the universe itself, endless and all-encompassing. A god named Ilbus watches over the ocean, using its power to create life.
Eiran creationism is very similar to that of the High Elves, although in their stories, there is a single god, not several. This singular god, who, curiously, is also named Ilbus, created Aeternerras and everything on it out of dead stars, giving them new life and purpose. The Eirans believe that shooting stars are reborn stars so important, Ilbus wanted all to notice their arrival on Aeternerras, and thus children born under a shooting star are believed to be destined for greatness.
The Lochadians seem to lean on elves as well. When the Forest Elves taught the Lochadians druidcraft, many of their beliefs were taken up by the Lochadians. The only clear difference is that Lochadians believe the spirits created Aeternerras, not the other way around.
The Hynari have a similar belief to the dwarves, although they are still quite different. According to the Hynari, the stars are great fires burning in the cosmos. Now and then, these fires create embers, most of which grow into powerful beings. One of these embers, called the First Flame, grew into Aeternerras instead and is said to burn somewhere in Hynari. Much of the strife between North and South Hynari came from a dispute over who owns and should own the First Flame.
Only the Helvans, isolated from other cultures in the north, seeming to have starkly different beliefs. According to them, there were once many gods and goddesses, but a war broke out between them. Almost all were killed until finally, one side emerged victorious and built Aeternerras from the bones of their fallen kin, to honour them. They mourned for the other gods and goddesses, and where their tears landed on Aeternerras, life sprang from the ground.
No one truly knows which of these stories is the right one. Perhaps none of them are. Or perhaps they are all just fragments of the truth. No one knows, and it is unlikely that anyone ever will.
For all their differences, however, every culture seems to agree on one thing: there are entities of otherworldly power watching over Aeternerras.
And one of them, whether he is called Uzteus or Fitis or Zakor or something else entirely, wishes only for death and destruction.