Last post mentions the de-elfing process, which led to a revisit of the world origins and the why/whats of the diegesis. The new vision rethinks the chain of events from the Dream to the Agon, which ushered in the Mythic World (Antedivisian) before the Fracture. From there it's the balancing act of the Ehtre: the struggle between the Course of Dreams and the Ascendancy.
"But none of these stories pre-date the Antedivisian era of the Mythic World. That part, the Diegesian Struggle (the Agon), was what still needed to be told."
I had touched on the cultural mythologies, the narratives that each culture used to explain history, life and the unknowable. But none of these stories pre-date the Antedivisian era of the Mythic World. That part, the Diegesian Struggle (the Agon), was what still needed to be told.
It all begins with the Twins, Hael and Syr, and their twisting struggle of emerging thoughts in the embryonic Sea of Dreams. From there the world emerges, at the Edge of Waking near the Void of Reason. But that first dream wasn't a coherent thought, but the tangled and intertwined imaginings of the Twins. As the Dream took shape these disparate ideas coalesced, but some of them were shed back into the Sea and re-absorbed into the Well. Left behind, however, were small traces and the occasional incongruent element, adding to the great mysteries of the world.
In this way I found the better origin of the Araketi, a more interesting complexity to the Kaladri and a more plausible background for the various Southron peoples. It also inserted some nice side stories and delightful contradictions into the cultural myths given some of the actual events behind them.
And it revived my interest in the Destinite Empire, one of my long-ignored but major historical cultures: their calendar and coinage and even their constellation names figure across the central continent of Numarha, and I was able to better tie them into the origin tale and give a long overdue explanation for their importance.