The Book of Beginnings
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The Book of Beginnings

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The Book of Beginnings, also known as “Beginnings,” is the first book in the holy canon of three major dwarf religions; Bagnilel, Inudelith, and Nathithad. Most Gamilin Faham dwarves come from families that practice Nathithad.

Beginnings is a very short work and it tells the story of the creation of the world and the development of the afterlife. Despite its brevity and relative simplicity, there is huge debate over tiny nuances in word choice and small details of the scripture, enough to develop dozens of offshoot sects over the interpretation of a single word or phrase.

Most who practice Bagnilel and Nathithad believe that the first avatar of Daughter wrote Beginnings and then used divine power to place it in the First Temple.

The full text of the Book of Beginnings is below.

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At the beginning of time, there was nothing. The world was barren and empty mud, and the earth was not separated from the waters. Then the first light of the first dawn came and split the earth from the waters. And from the first light of dawn, Mother was formed.

Mother saw the light and how it had separated the earth from the waters, and she laughed with joy at the sight. And from her laughing lips, the first seeds fell. Mother caught the seeds up in her arms, and she planted each one in the earth. And the plants grew and became abundant over the surface of the earth and in the waters.

From one of the seeds a great tree grew, and it stretched towards the sun. And it produced a fruit which grew to enormous size, and Mother watched it until it became noon. The fruit ripened and fell from the tree, and from the fruit Father was formed.

Father saw the bright light of the day and the plants that had grown over the surface of the earth that Mother had planted, and he laughed with joy at the sight. And from his laughing lips, the first eggs fell. Father caught up all the eggs in his arms, but he saw that they were cold and would die. So he cut down the tree from which he had been formed and used it to build a fire. And he laughed, and his laugh became a spark, and lit the first fire. The fire warmed the eggs, and from them hatched every kind of animal. And the animals grew and became abundant over the surface of the earth and in the waters.

But Mother saw that Father had destroyed her tree for the fire, and that the animals he had produced ate the plants of the earth. And she became very angry with Father. And she grew angrier and angrier with him, until it was sunset, and as the sun disappeared she stamped her foot upon the ground. And from the depression of her foot Son was formed.

Son saw the world beginning to grow dark, and the animals that lived only by destroying plants, and the anger Mother felt toward Father. And he became very sad and began to weep. His tears fell to the ground and became puddles of mud.

Then Son bent down and from the mud he fashioned people of his likeness. The first person he made fell away into the water, and became wet, and that is how the Merfolk came to be. The second person he made was snatched and carried away by a bird, and covered in feathers, and that is how the Bird People came to be. The third person he made was rolled too thin, and its life became too long, and that is how the Elves came to be. The fourth person he made was rolled too tall, and it produced too many children, and that is how the Humans came to be. The fifth person he made was made well, but he could not find enough hair to cover it fully, and that is how the Halflings came to be. The sixth person he made was made perfect, and Son covered it fully with hair from his own head, and that is how Dwarves came to be. And the people grew and became abundant on the surface of the earth.

But Father saw that the people killed the animals he had hatched and used their skins to cover themselves and ate their flesh. And Mother saw that the people cut down the plants she had planted and burned them for fire and ate them for food. And both became very angry with Son. And they grew angrier and angrier with him, until it was midnight, and in the dead of night they both took stones and struck him in the head. A drop of blood spilled from him, and from the drop Daughter was formed.

Daughter saw the deep darkness of the world, and the people that killed animals and burned plants, and the animals that lived only by destroying plants, and the anger that Mother and Father felt toward Son. And she became very sad, and began to weep, and her tears fell upon the plants and upon the animals and upon the people, and everything her tears touched was turned to poison, and deep sadness flowed in the blood of the people.

Then Daughter said, “The plants and the animals and the people are born, but gods are not born. Let me become as one of them and see what it is like to be born.”

So Daughter became as a Dwarf, and was born, and walked for many years among the peoples of the earth. And as she walked among them she saw that all people feared death and that it was a deep and abiding horror for them.

Then Daughter said, “The plants and the animals and the people die, but gods do not die. Let me become as one of them and see what it is like to die.”

So Daughter became as a Dwarf, and died, and was buried underground with the dead. And she was trapped in the dark and the cold underground, for her soul could not leave her body, and it was a torment. And all around her she could hear the cries of torment from the people who had been trapped in their bodies in the cold dark underground.

Then Daughter said, “All people are trapped in their bodies, but gods are not trapped in their bodies. Let us become as the gods and see what it is like to be free.”

So Daughter released the souls of every person from their bodies, and they all flew out to the place of the gods, which is unseen. And they were freed from their bodies and able to play and rest.

But the place of the gods was not a place for the souls of people. And the gods agreed that in order to stay, the people must belong to a god, so that they could stay in the place of the gods and play and rest. And the gods would make spaces for the souls of the people.

And Daughter said, “The souls of the people belong to me, for I have freed them from their bodies and brought them here.”

And Son said, “The souls of the people belong to me, for I fashioned them from my tears and gave them life.”

And Father said, “The souls of the people belong to me, for I made the animals whose flesh they eat and whose skins they wear for warmth.”

And Mother said, “The souls of the people belong to me, for I created the plants that they use for fire and that they eat to sustain them.”

And the gods could not agree, and they argued greatly. So terrible was their anger with each other that they began to fight, and their many blows struck the earth and formed its deep depressions and its high places. And all the people trembled in fear at the anger of the gods.

One Dwarf, whose name was Fairness, went to the foot of the place of the gods, where it touched the earth. And Fairness spoke to the gods and said, “You are powerful and worthy of worship, O Gods. Let each of you take a quarter portion of the souls of the people of the earth, that the living may be at peace.”

And the gods saw that this was right, so they divided up all the souls of the people of the earth. To Mother were given the souls of the morning, and to Father were given the souls of the afternoon, and to Son were given the souls of the evening, and to Daughter were given the souls of the dead of night.

Then the gods blessed Fairness and said, “You shall be a voice for us among your people, and you will lead all the people in worship, so that you do not forget the ones to whom you belong.”

So Fairness built a great Temple at the foot of the place of the gods, and there all the people came to worship and remember the gods to whom they belonged. And Fairness called together a great priesthood, and instructed them in the worship of the gods, so that no generations would forget to whom they belonged.

This is the story of the beginning of the world and the release of the souls of the people of the world.