Nyonia - Celestial Jewels
Younger Races Creation Stories
Ilvir decided to create one last race of truly sentient beings in the hopes that they would serve him. He took one of Agrik severed claws and pieced his own hand. He then dripped the blood on the stones found in the northern mountains of Nyonia. Ilvir brought forth the first Ainu. Ilvir then taught them as much as he could about mining, crafting, and how to fashion weapons and armor.
At first the Ainu worshiped Ilvir as their god. But over time the Ainu learned about the other Nyonian gods, most especially Save-K’nor and Siem. Ilvir felt rejected by another one of his creations. He retreated to his home on Nyonia.
The Elioud and the Ainu at one time considered each other spiritual children of Ilvir. But when the Ainu stopped worship Ilvir exclusively the Elioud felt personally betrayed. There have been numerous skirmishes, battles and wars between the two races over the millennium.
We have been told, as our fathers were before us, that there was land, but it was a bare, flat, barren plain. No animals ran there. No birds sang overhead, No trees or bushes grew. No sound of water could be heard. There were no Koori or others. The Maker of Many Things as some called him brought the Dream time ancestors from under the ground and over the seas. With them, life came to the barren, flat plain. Some of the Dream time ancestors looked like Koori. Others looked like the animals or creatures, which descended from them. But often the Dream time ancestors could change their shape. So the fish ancestor could look like a fish or a Koori.
As the Dream time ancestors wandered over the land many adventures befell them. They met with other ancestors. Arguments often arose and the ancestors would set out on their travels again. They met strange creatures and fought battles. Each time there was a battle or great event the very shape of the land changed. Hills arose, plants grew. Where the fish ancestor swam rivers appeared. When a wrong thing was done, when Koori, ancestors or animals did what they should not, the Rainbow snake would rush down upon them. He would either drown them, making bays and rivers, or swallow them. Then he would spit out their bones to form rocks and hills. From the Dream time Rainbow Snake came the feared ngaljod snake, still deadly and dangerous to those who are careless. But the Rainbow Snake is not just vengeful. To some people the rainbow Snake is Old Koori female, who in the Dream time taught her children – Koori – to talk and understand. She taught them to hunt for food and what to eat. The Dream time Rainbow Snake carried the Koori through Dream time so they could live on Nyonia.
And the sun, moon and stars? These also came to be in the Dream time. For one day Emu ancestor and Eagle ancestor were fighting. Eagle took one of Emu’s eggs and threw it into the air. Soaring up, it burst into flames. Baiame fed the flame with wood. So the sun was made, and is made anew each day with fresh wood. Everything that is was mad in the Dream time, how animals and Koori should look and behave was fixed for ever. The Dream time ancestors taught their tribes, animal and human, how to perform secret ceremonies. Then the ancestors disappeared into caves or waterholes – to remain underground, but ever present.
But Dream time is not over. For when ceremonies are performed Dream time comes to those who celebrate, and they learn to see this land as Dream time sees it – alive.
Peoni traveled across Nyonia planting seeds and tending the plants that grew from the seeds she would sow. Peoni, Siem, and Ilvir brought forth all of the life which originated on Nyonia. Peoni saw the creatures that Siem and Ilvir had created and decided to make a people of her own. She carefully collected seeds from her most productive and beautiful plants. She then mixed her own essence with the seeds before planting them. From those seeds the Wangai were born.
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