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Fantasy Setting Idea: Twelve Houses

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The first god known to humanity was Oranos. Born from the earth itself without mother or father, he was peerless in power, and imagined himself the sole god of the world. He ruled the earth as a child would, creating and destroying at will. However, he soon began to tire of ordinary toys, and created beings like unto himself, such as humans, orcs, and elves. Eventually, this was not enough, either, and he created other gods, mighty beings of great size called Titans. The mightiest of these was Cronos, and he was wise, sympathetic to the humans that lived on the earth. Eventually, when Oranos decided to destroy the world and remake it on a whim, Cronos opposed him with a scythe of adamantium, the only metal capable of harming divinities. However, as gods are immortal, instead of dying, Oranos accepted his dethronement willingly and transformed into the stars in the sky.

While Kronos ruled, the world was in a golden age, and the peoples of the earth never wanted for anything. However, over time, Oranos married Rhea, and they had children:
  • The calm and courteous Hestia, ever-present in any fire that warmed a house.
  • The cold but fair Hades, who most resembled his father and cared for the dead.
  • Demeter, like her mother, controlled the bounties of the earth with her sometimes-fleeting emotions.
  • Tempestuous Posiedon, as fluid, rich, and furious as the sea.
  • Hera, the most beautiful woman perhaps in all existence, and mistress of public works.
  • And Zeus, dangerously powerful and sharing in many of his grandfather's traits- perhaps too many of them.

Eventually, Zeus seized control of the heavens, by stealing his father's scythe and forcing him into exile. The scythe would be melted down and turned into material for the mightiest of Zeus's weapons, a set of adamantine javelins to be hurled as lightning bolts. Zeus's reign was challenged by Prometheus, one of Kronos's relatives, who stole the fire of arcane magic and taught it to mankind. Outraged, Zeus trapped Prometheus in a cycle of infinite torment and demanded magic-use only be allowed to those he saw fit, granting divine magic to his servants among the people.

As time went by, one of the gods, Hephaestus, grew tired of the fact that he was constantly emotionally abused by the other Olympians, who lacked gratitude for the wonderful things he forged for them. Falling in love with Athena but being rejected, and recalling when his mother had hurled him from Olympus for his ugliness and crippled him, he took a piece of adamantium from Cronos's scythe, and began to forge it. Working tirelessly, he poured into its metal his hatred, and etched into its blade a perfect image of the stars in the sky.

When he had finished, he had overcome his anger, but the weapon he had forged was nothing less than the perfect engine of destruction. It could cut through anything, and was absolutely indestructible, except perhaps by Cronos. Worse yet, the weapon was maliciously intelligent, and desired death as a man desires water. Horrified at what he had created, he attempted to hide it away, leaving on a pilgrimage to find Cronos and destroy the weapon. However, reaching out, the blade contacted a simple blacksmith, and used him to try to destroy all that lived, beginning with mortals and ending with Zeus.

The resulting carnage was horrific, and none of the gods dared fight directly, fearing it would consume one of them and become unstoppable. Eventually, the wielder was seized and the blade contained. Normally, there was one noble house and its allies that served as the priesthood for every Olympian, now numbering twelve, but ever since Hephaestus left, technology had become stagnant, and no-one could find him. The house formerly attributed to Hephaestus was renamed to Vulcan, and left with possession of the evil blade, sworn to protect it and prevent anyone from wielding it, at any cost.

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Updated 01-03-2018 at 07:56 AM by DarkisnotEvil

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