TIME TABLE OF THE AVANIAN FAITH

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About the Avanian Faith
he Avanian Faith is based on the elven Cárpa'dosía ("Books of the Beginnings"), dealing with the Dreamer of Dreams, Avá. The elven Books of the Beginnings as traded by the Axhái, the elder elves, recount the myths of the creation of the world as a result of the Dream of the High Goddess Avá the Beautiful. They comprise eight chapters, ranging from the awakening of the Goddess herself, over the creation of the Elements via the Aeolía, the Thoughts of Avá, the myth then leads on to the Auratic Winds and the Darkwinds and the birth of the Aviaría, the Gods. Finally, after the Shaping of the World, the Tree of Life and the Children are created - yet the Appearance of Coór, the Shadow, is inevitable, and with it the realization of Avá that the world is the other of herself of which She needs to let go.
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THE ERA OF SILENCE
(UNKNOWN - 15.000 B.S.)
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Avanian Faith
The High Goddess Avá - The Dream of Dreams
Avá the Beautiful
According to the elven myth as recounted in the Cárpa'dosía ("Books of the Beginnings") the High Goddess Avá the Beautiful, the One, dreams the Dream of the world, a Beginning which is Origin and End all in one. The elves therefore believe that there is no beginning and end of existence as we know it, but that everything has always been and will always be in that one instant of Avá's dreaming, the moment that is Eternity. Everything that exists, exists at the same time, yet it only appears differently for those experiencing the dream.
Avanian Faith The Aeolía - The Thoughts of Avá
What is created first in the Dream of the High Goddess are the Thoughts of Avá, the Ideas, the "Ways of Being" as some elves call it, the "Aoelía". Through the Aeoliá of the Dream of Dreams Avá would perceive more and more that She indeed becomes Another of Herself.
Avanian Faith The Aér'ai'chanía - The Rise of the Elements
Out of the Thoughts, the Aeolía, of Avá the four Elements ("Aér'ai'chanía") arise, the substances out of which everything else would be made of: Wind ("Avásh"), the element that is closest to the Aeolía and Earth ("Mód"), its opposite, and the Elements that stand in between these counterparts - Fire ("Efér", Earth as the desire to become Wind) and Water ("Már", the Wind's desire to become Earth).
Avanian Faith The Aviaría - The Gods that sprang from the Auratic Winds
The Elements that come from the Thoughts of Avá however differ from the initial Thoughts of the One, turning into something of their own that is distinctly other and alien to the Aeolía. Yet the Aeolía have an inherent desire to work against the chaos that spreads in order to reflect the picture of Avá from which they had sprung themselves. Thus out of the Auratic Winds three dominating spirits arise for each element, each one representing a spirit that marks a link between an Element and the other three Elements. And so the Twelve Aviaría come into the world, the High Spirits and Guides, those who some races would later on refer to as the "Gods".
Avanian Faith The World of Aér'aí'chán - The Shaping of the Elements
The Shaping of the Elements
As the Gods become aware of themselves, they enjoy their bliss, and while doing so shape the world of Caelereth, as unguided the Elements are drifting into chaos. Out of the Elements ("Aér'aí'chanía", lit. "the Very-First-of-All"), the world is formed, which the elves know as "Aér'aí'chan".

One big land mass is formed by the Earth Gods, which is known as "Mène'chrónn" ("paradise island"). The sea that surrounds it is formed by the Water Gods, the skies by the Wind Gods and the sun and the moon by the Fire Gods. The Auratic Winds stay close to the Elements and live inside them, while the Darkwinds gather around Caelereth and obstruct it from the Void, wherein Avá is dreaming.
Avanian Faith The Xeuá and the Ecuá - The Auratic Winds and the Darkwinds
Confronted with each other, the Elements form connections among themselves that tie the Thoughts of Avá, the Aeolía, into existence. Such a connection would later be called the "Xeuá" by the elves (the "In-Between", the "Mediator", also referred to as the "Spirit" or the "Aura").

The Aeolía that connect the Elements are called the "Auratic Winds" and their movement is known as the "Ahm" (speaking, active). But there are forces already within the Aeolía, which counter the Auratic Winds, the so-called "Darkwinds", and their movement is called "Soór" (passive, responding). While the Auratic Winds seek harmony and link the Elements together, the Darkwinds work against said linkage, disrupt it and try to undo the power of the Xeuá. The disruptive force of the Darkwinds would be known as the "Ecuá".
Avanian Faith The Cár'alýr - The Rain of Life
As the Aviaría join together to view how they shaped the world, heavy clouds blacken the sky that was once brightly lit by the sun and the moon. A storm forms, out of which the Rain of Life falls down on the creation that is Aér'ai'chán. It falls on the Elements and from the Elements there emerge plants and creatures inspired by the spirit contained in the divine rain.
Avanian Faith The Eu'reoll - The Blossoming of the Tree of Life
Every single life of the inspired that would come into existence inspired by the Rain of Life is represented as a leaf on the Tree of Life. Said tree grows in the very center of the great island of Mène'chrónn, and it would be called "Eu'reoll" ("She [who is] giving [life]"). Eu'reoll was huge as she reached deep into the sky and her leaves were endless and shimmering in the most diverse colours - green, white, red, yellow, gold, silver, adamant and many other colours.
Avanian Faith The Creation of the High Avá'ránn, Guardian of the Tree of Life
When the first drop of the Rain of Life mingle with the first breath of Wind, both are breathing in the other's essence and find each other pleasing. There emerges from this joyous union the first elf and the most beautiful of all the races to come - she who is the "Avá'ránn", she who is said to be Avá's silent representative on the world of Aér'aí'chán, the High Goddesses immortal presence. As there will be more representative of Avá later, the first Avá'ránn would also be referred to as the "High Avá'ránn".

It is said that the High Ava'ránn has to stay within the boundaries of the forest where Eu'reóll, the Tree of Life, is located until the Dream of Avá ends. It is her task to guard the Tree in her true spiritual form, which is that of pure light, however she retains the ability to manifest a corporeal shape if needed.
Avanian Faith The Appearance of Melór, the Messenger
Melór, the Messenger
As the High Avá'ránn takes her first step upon the newly awakened world, the Injèrá acknowleges the birth of Avá's elven sister on Aér'aí'chán. For Foiros created the Injèrá in the image and of praise to Avá - and to see the High Avá'ránn is to know the shard-thin reflection of the glory of Avá, by blazing brighter and brighter until the brilliant rays hurt the elf's eyes and she takes shelter beneath the life-giving shade of Eu'reoll, the Tree of Life. As she did, the first shadow is cast upon the world and in that moment, within the High Avá'ránn's shadow, the Rain of Life joins with the Element Wind for a second time, and thus is born the second of the elven race and his name is Melór. He is known as the first of the Axhái, the Elder Elves, and only the High Avá'ránn is more ancient than he.

As Melór opens his eyes, the first thing which fills his senses is the presence of the High Avá'ránn and he knows then he will forever be a shadow-self of a shadow, a mirror within a mirror, and that he is bound to her eternally until the end of existence. Though not lovers, it is said that the two elves share the same soul and breath and their bond is as deep and unbreakable as Avá's love for all her Children.

Melór's task is to be the eyes for the elven Queen, who is unable to leave the Thaelon for she is the chosen Guardian of Eu'reoll. Melór brings news and information gathered in his travels back to her and because of this, there is nothing which happens in Aér'ai'chán that escapes the High Avá'ránn's attention.
Avanian Faith The Arrival of the Caoía, the Children of Avá
The Children
Finally whole races are born out of the Tree of Life, one of them emerging from the Element of Wind which would later on be called the "Elves". The race of the Earth would be called the "Dwarves", the race of Water would be known as the "Humans" and finally the race of the "Fire" would be called the orcs. All of the races resemble the elements they spring from closest - the elves are light and translucent, the dwarves heavy and sturdy, like the stone they are created from. Fire boils in the orcish blood and the humans are fickle and unresting like the Water that is in their blood.

However, these elemental races described in the "Cárpa'dosía" are just the initial four main races in the world of Aér'ai'chán. Others are created being a mixture of elements, which also gained Spirit from the Rain of Life, among them the trolls, the halflings and even the tiny Brownies - and many others as well.

All the races - elves, dwarves, humans, orcs and minor races alike - gather before the Tree and worshipped her, and there are feasts and bliss for a long time.
Avanian Faith The Creation of the Axhái, the Elder Elves
The Shadow of the High Avá'ránn, Melór, is not the only one that is known as an Elder to the elves, an Axhái. It is written that from the last drops of Rain of Life to fall through the sky several more are created, who are wiser and closer in thought to Avá than everyone else and would follow the High Avá'ránn in the coming centuries, yes even millenia. The Axhái, of which there are twelve with Melór included, are sent out to join the Children, to bring them unique gifts and to write down the Cárpa'dosía, so that the Children might sing their praise to Avá the Beautiful, Dreamer of All.
Avanian Faith The Four, the Last of the Axhái
Among the Axhái, the Elder Elves, are those as well, who would later be known as "The Four": Daltelár, Saol'lian, Ioawlen and Vai'linai, who are closest to the High Avá'ránn, for their grace set them apart from the other eight. The High Avá'ránn sends them out into the physical world, granting them all physical form more beautiful than most of the mortal race had ever seen. She sends them far from the Thaelon to teach the races of corporeal form the nature of their being. Of the four the eldest and the youngest Daltelár and Vai'linai are the fairest.

While most Axhái are meant to stay with the Children, the Four agree to meet back at the Thaelon every fifty leaf falls and later on would bring with them the Wood Elves. So they created the High Elven Council.
Avanian Faith The Peaceful Life of the Races in Mène'chrónn
Life in Aér'ai'chán is peaceful for a very long time and the gathering of the races under the wonderous Tree of Life has become an important rite. While dozens of tribes are already developing and spreading across the vast lands of Aér'ai'chán, orc and elf, dwarf and man, Brownie and hobbit tolerate each other's differences and enjoy their lives together. Every now and then they come back together and accumulate under the Tree, worshipping the wonder of life.
Avanian Faith The Gifts of the Axhái to the Children
The Axhái, the Elder Elves, not only wrtie and bring the Cárpa'dosía - the lore dealing with their creation - to the firstborn, the elves, but they also bring gifts to the Children. Thus it is said that the Children learn to dream themselves as Avá did, how the races got to know the fascination that lies in music and how the elves begin to practice the art that humans would forever long to master themselves - magic.
Avanian Faith The Night of Cárpi'coór and the Burning of the Tree of Life
But one night, when the races sit together under the Tree and are singing beautiful songs everything changes suddenly. This night would become known as "Cárpi'coór" later on, the "Beginning (of all) Night". And indeed, this night should become the beginning of the Great Night, the Dusk of All.

As out of nowhere a sudden thunderstorm arises in the skies, just the way it happened when the Tree of Life sprang began to sprout. Yet this time a dark shadow comes out of the night as if the shadow is the embodied night itself. The seas flood the lands and fires emerge from the earth, a terrible wind destroys many of the settlements that are already established by the hard labour of the races. Lightnings shoot out of the dark clouds and inflame Eu'reoll, the Tree of Life.
Avanian Faith The Genesis of Dragonkind
The Adamant Dragons
Thousands of leaves representing precious lives burn or are torn from their branches, fall to the ground, and as they sail downwards the lives contained within try to escape their fate, try to fly away. And indeed, some of the burning leaves form wings, but the souls of these creatures remain lost. They are not bound to the cylce of the Tree of Life anymore and therefore these creatures become immortal, later on they would be called the "Adamant Dragons". There evolve other kinds of dragons too, as many leaves drop into the seas or on the earth, others are just torn away from their branches but the fire hasn't caught them.
Avanian Faith The Forming of the Continents and the Flight of the Races
The races flee the burning Tree of Life in all directions, even leaving the land and sailing out to the seas to find peaceful isles. Earthquakes shatter Mène'chrónn and finally the four continents and many additional isles are shaped when Mène'chrónn breaks apart.
Avanian Faith The O'kroi - The Beginning of the Everlasting War
Indeed the Tree of Life is not destroyed, but it has burned to half as the turmoil ceases. The Gods are taken aback by the happenings as is Avá Herself. Terrified from the view of the burned Tree the Gods hide the Tree of Life from the eyes of the races - although it is written in the Cárpa'dsoía that the Tree still remains on the same place, though it will only be visible to the light-elves in the future.

Puzzled Avá looks out into the universe, sensing the unspeakable answer, but still not willing to accept it. Finally she asks the ultimate question to the world that has sprung from her: "Is it all me?" All she hears is her echo, but in her echo she feels a deep, terrific voice, the voice of the Night, of Evil and Death. And as she looks at the world again she recognizes in an apocalyptic vision that the face of the world is the face of a gigantic demon. Perceiving that the world She's dreaming of indeed is the contrary picture of Herself and not Herself She realizes that Her goodness can only be perceived through the evil and her beauty only through the ugly. Her only comfort lies in her Thoughts of freedom that the races are born with - to decide between the main principles, good and evil.
Avanian Faith Avá's most Terrifying Thought
Proud of her creations but nevertheless disappointed with the outcome of her Dream Avá thinks about waking up from the Dream, destroying everything She has accomplished. But She cannot. For there is one Thought in Her heart she cannot cope with: The Thought that She cannot awake, because She is just the Dream of another. There is only one very vague hint indicated by Avá's last expressed Thought that this other might be Her supposed creation itself...
Avanian Faith Avá's leaving of the World and the Rise of Esh-Avá (Coór)
Coór the Shadow
As the Dreamer of the world, Avá the Mother of All, turns away from the world, "Coór" (or "Esh-Avá", meaning the "False Avá") begins the eternal battle with the creation that once was the peaceful Aér'ai'chán. Coór has been there from the beginning of time, as he is the All the Mother of All has created, but his manifestion happens the first time at Cárpi'coór, when the worshipping of life and beauty has reached its summit.

Coór now gathers the lost high spirits, the Darkwinds or "Coór'enín" (meaning "the Many" or "those who are being dark"), around Himself to support his intention of destroying the world. Coór does not dominate the world instantly once Avá leaves, but his dark seed is planted. Many wars will follow on all continents due to Coór's dark machinations, and the fight between Avá's followers and Coór's shall last until the end of time, when the Dream of Avá begins and ends.
Avanian Faith The Darkness of Melór'aí'chán - Coór forms the Netherworlds
Coór is said to manifest Himself in the Netherworlds ("Melór'aí'chán"), which the humans claim to be on the other side of the known world, from where he influences existence as we know it. Some stories even claim that for each child being born in our world, a shadow comes to life in the depths below us and that the destinies of these two existences is tied together forever. Others say that when someone dies in our world his or her soul may fall back into the Netherworlds and be reborn there (and the other way round). Others say that the demons of Coór are only in our minds, the true place of Melór'aí'chán...
THE ERA OF THE ANVIL
(YEARS 14.000 B.S. - 13.000 B.S.)
ca. 14000 b.S.
Avanian Faith Twelvern Faith
The Elves as the Guides through the Times of Sorrow
After the recent cataclysmic events - the splitting of the land, the enduring earthquakes, erupting volcanoes and floods - uncertainty spreads among the races. They disperse all over the lands, following different leaders, and thus a multitude of tribes develops in the course of time, each one with its own goal and destiny. Many of those who are uncertain follow the elves however, who move north and promise that their faith and trust in Avá, the Dreamer of All, will help them overcome these difficult times.
Avanian Faith The Astyrhim Elves become the Guardians of the Thaelon
Only a few stay behind where the Tree if Life once stood - these are the purest of all elves, the Light Elves of the Astyrhim. They know that the Tree is still there, but only for those who are pure in their hearts and minds. And indeed, it is said that it is due to the persistent presence of the Tree of Life and due to the help of the light elves a huge forest grows around the spot in the following millenia, serving to protect the "Sálen'seiá" ("Silent Heaven") as the Astyrhim use to call the place where the Tree of Life stands. The Astyrhim themselves occupy the "Ó'phyría" ("Everlasting High Woods"), the magnificent innermost parts of the huge forest, which to most people is known as the "Thaelon" ("Sancturay Wood"), a place that nowadays can be found located in Northern Santharia.
  

ca. 13950 b.S.
to 13350 b.S.

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The Birth of the Ancient Elven Empire of Fá'áv'cál'âr
A settlement forms finally at a place which seems blessed with beauty, a place, that is devoted to the worship of the High Goddess Avá and all of Her creations. Elves take the lead, and desperate for alternatives, the humans, the orcs and several minor races join them to reestablish a tight-knit community as it had been before. Only the dwarves refuse strictly to follow the elves and create their own realms under the mountains.

Over the following centuries the once small settlement grows and grows and turns into a proud and thriving empire, which would be known as "Fá'áv'cál'âr" ("Blessed Land of Avá"), with its magnificent capital bearing the name "Fá'áv'dárím" ("City of Avá").
  

ca. 13350 b.S.
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The self-proclaimed "Daughter of Avá", Kásh'áv'taylá, Ránn of Fá'áv'cál'âr
Centuries pass with the elves, humans and orcs living in harmony in Fá'áv'cál'âr. Eventually, the elven Ránn known as Kásh'áv'taylá in the books of history comes to power, who is quite righteous in her belief that Avá is the only true God deserving of worship. Kásh'áv'taylá slowly steers the elves away from the other Gods, who have created the world in Avá's name, but exist themselves only because of Avá's Dream.

Her obession to eliminate other idols except Avá culminates in the banning of the temples dedicated to the Gods. In her name also the execution of some of the Axhái is ordered, who traded the word of the High Avá'ránn to the Children.
  

13330 b.S.
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The Descent of the Gods upon Fá'áv'cál'âr
The Gods become irritated with the machinations of the Ránn Kásh'áv'taylá, plotting against them, as they still see themselves as the representatives of the Dreameress.

Left alone with the creation Avá has abandoned, the Spirits of the Gods come down on the Disk and walk it like the Children they had created themselves to see why the Children turned away from them. Yet they don't reign on the Disk like emperors do, but they come upon the world as visitors, Children among Children, in form of elves, just as the first Children looked like - and they are hoping that the Children will worship them again and find Avá through them in their hearts and become as She was. Instead, the Gods learn that they've become more and more forgotten and that Coór has already darkened the sky over Fá'áv'cál'âr.
  

ca. 13280 b.S.
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The Seed of Evil and the Armies of Armeros
The elves more and more shun the Gods. Some avid followers of Kásh'áv'taylá dedicate themselves to the worship of Avá instead, others acknowledge that Avá has left the Disk for good, giving the Children free reign - and thus many of them only pay lip service to their faith and act different, or they openly reject all Gods and leave Fá'áv'cál'âr, disillusioned. Many of those pay their heresy with their lives as Kásh'áv'taylá orders the persecution of the unfaithful.

Soon the Gods who witness the anarchic tendencies grow furious about Avá's Children as Coór's seed grows in them as well. Finally, Armeros, mighty God of War rallies forces against Kásh'áv'taylá. The first to rebel are the orcs, who assault and destroy one of the units of the Ránn's elite elven rangers. The elves are hard pressed to keep control of their empire, but in the end they beat back the masses with little room for mercy of any sort.

But Armeros' action only has the opposite effect on the elves. The attacks against them make them feel all the more justified in their lone worship of Avá. Their hubris reaches a point such that they decide that the disguised Gods and leaders of the revoltion must be both evil and heretics themselves for rebelling against the sons and daughters of the One. The elves also begin to discriminate against the other and so-called "lesser races", thinking of them as inferiors, believing that they are the chosen race of Avá.
  

ca. 13250 b.S.
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A Dark Elven Belief arises: Coórian Faith
A faction of elves begins to separate itself from the mainstream. Elves start praying to Coór in order to beg him for a sign to open the eyes for those elves who seem to have shut their eyes from the reality of the Dream. They know that the Gods have been forsaken and that they must appease them. But through this, they come to the conviction that alone, Avá is weak, and that She has left the world because another has taken her place. It is only through her other half that dominates reality, Coór, that She truly becomes the One whom they worship. Eventually, this belief - implying that Coór is the Goddess's true face - develops further, becoming a cult of sorts, eventually giving birth to the Coórian Faith.
  

ca. 13240 b.S.
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The Rage of the Gods and the Destruction of Fá'áv'cál'âr
The Destruction of Fá'áv'cál'âr
War is brewing. The clashes between orcish, human and elven forces more and more get out of hand and there is a lot of bloodshed. Kásh'áv'taylá hubris is unparalleled and feared all over the empire, which is shaking at its fundament.

Finally Queprur Herself, the Goddess of Death, who is still wandering the lands in elven form like all the other Gods, intervenes and appears on the steps of Fá'áv'cál'âr's capitol, Fá'áv'dárím. Singlehandedly, She walks through the city, setting fire to homes and smites many elves with Her scythe. Finally She reaches the palace of Kásh'áv'taylá and challenges the priestess and Ránn of the Empire.

But the battle is short. With one swift stroke, Queprur decapitates the elven Ránn. She impales the head upon a spike and sets it high upon the palace of Fá'áv'dárím. This horrible action divides the elven people even more. But the revenge of the Gods for the freedom of Avá's Children has only just begun. In the days that follow, Foiros rains down fire upon Fá'áv'cál'âr. Grothar, the God of Weather, and Baveras, the Goddess of the Sea and Water, flood the Empire. At this time the area of the once proud empire becomes an unbearable swampland, the whole city is scorched by fire and finally drowns in the sea.

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 Date of last edit 5th Dead Tree 1671 a.S.

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