INTRODUCTION TO SANTHARIAN COSMOLOGY
Welcome to the
Santharian Cosmology resource section! This page is mainly designed to satisfy the need of
all Santharian developers to know the main principles the Santharian realms are based on.
Here you can view all Santharian data you have to know of concerning gods, races,
principles of world creation and the universe in general. More details to the information
you can see here is contained in the "Cárpa'dosía", the books from the
beginning of the Santharian world, at the
Library section (as far as elaborated
in detail). As the chapters are still work in
progress, you'll find the outlines and the consequences of the "Cárpa'dosía"
here, at the Cosmology section, before they appear in the Library. So if you want
to gain a bit of orientation in the Santharian realms, here's your point to start from.
Be sure to use the resources you find here as some sort of workshop, so it should be evident that you won't find literaric texts here, but mainly statements and definitions - for further information on specific Santharian topics please use the Santharian Discussion Forum to pose questions to the Santharian development team. You'll receive answers as fast as possible.
I. AVÁ, THE DREAMER OF THE UNIVERSE
The Myth as related in the "Cárpa'dosía", Chapter I.
"Avá" means in the elven language "the One" as well as
"the First" and "the Only". According to the myths of the
"Cárpa'dosía" which were written down by the Axhái (the elder elves) it was
she who began her dream of reality, time and eternity. In her being there was all, so the
Axhái named her Avá, the Good, Avá, the Just, and many other names, but over all: Avá,
the Beautiful. She was complete, but to be aware of her completeness she began to dream of
herself, and in her dream she viewed herself as Avá, the Complete. As she began her
eternal slumber and the dream of herself she saw all the ideas of herself in an
mirror in front of her, the emptyness that she was was filled with pictures and
reflections of her ideas, for the ideas would have been naught without the reflections in
her dream. So it happend, that as Avá dreamed of herself, she got to know the other of
herself, Esh-Avá, the Other, Esh-Avá, the False, Esh-Avá, the Stranger, Esh-Avá, the
Universe. (Further information see Chapter
1 of the "Cárpa'dosía": Of the Dream of Dreams)
The Myth as related in the "Cárpa'dosía", Chapter II.
The Aér'ai'chanía means in the elven language the "First-of-All". As the
First-of-All the Aér'ai'chanía are direct offsprings of the Thought of Avá, therefore
being the absolut mirroring contrary of the Mother of All (who's spirit in essence). The
Aér'ai'chanía represent matter in essence, yet more than that: being essence of the
The Myth as related in the "Cárpa'dosía", Chapter III.
As the world was chaos in the beginning and not harmonic as Avá had anticipated her real
image to be, she summoned the most powerful of the High Spirits, the predominating Winds,
back to herself. Avá gave the Winds a picture of her Thought and in her Thought every of
the Winds had assigned its own purpose, which in her Thought did not interfere in another
Wind's designation. The Winds should set the world in order and make one of the many, but
maintaining the many and the differences in the one. So the Winds were finally sent back
into time to create the world of Aér'ai'chán out of the elements, and the later Children
of Avá named these Winds the Gods and they worshipped the Gods as they were the reason
for their beings.
The Myth as related in the "Cárpa'dosía", Chapter IV.
In the so called Great Year when all the other Gods made the skies, the stars, the
mountains and the seas, Jeyriall and Armeros had to wait until they could begin their
assigned tasks of giving life and war (in the meaning of fundamental contradictions) to
the designed world. So together they withdrew to a beautiful green valley on an isle
surrounded by high mountains Urtengor had made for their rest. As they were all alone with
themselves the will to creation overwhelmed them and the Gods lay together, their love
producing four children with devine qualities: Avásh'estár, the Titan of the Wind,
Mód'estár, the Titan of Earth, Már'estár, the Titan of Water and finally Efér'estár,
the Titan of Fire.
The Myth as related in the "Cárpa'dosía", Chapter V.
Once again Avá looked upon the world and the deeds done by the Gods and once again Avá
was pleased with the beauty she saw, but she still was not satified with it. Although she
had given her Thought and Spirit to the Gods the creations of the Gods lacked Spirit as
they couldn't give their Spirit to them. So it happened for the second time that Avá
interfered in her Dream and thus she dreamed to give her Spirit and the freedom within her
Spirit to the work accomplished of the Gods, so that the creatures would be able to view
the world with their own thoughts and to become as delighted of the beauty of
Aér'ai'chán as Avá herself would be. Thus the Rain of Life fell out of the Thought of
Avá, down on Aér'ai'chán and it fell on the Elements and from the Elements there
emerged the inspired creatures. And so the race emerging from the Wind would lateron be
called the elves, the race of the Earth dwarves, the race of Water humans and finally the
race of the Fire would be called the orcs.
The Myth as related in the "Cárpa'dosía", Chapter VI and VII. Life in Aér'ai'chán was peaceful for a very long time and the gathering of the races under the wonderous Tree of Life became an important rite, which was practised every tenth year. Thousands of tribes, which were spread accross the vast lands of Aér'ai'chán came back together and accumulated under the Tree, worshipping the wonder of life and the Avá, who had created it. But one night, when the races sat together under the Tree and were singing beautiful songs everything changed suddenly. This night would be called "Cárpi'coór" lateron, "the beginning (of) night". And indeed, this night should become the beginning of the Great Night, the Dawning of All.
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