In the Three Realms: Izmos the Empyrean of Creation POV
The four Empyreans, as true descendants of the three Originators were eternally welcome to take the Primum Mobile, their birthplace, as their home. For the first few millennia after their birth all four Empyreans did just that and learned many things about their natures and the states of the rest of existence from their parents as they wandered the Primum Mobile’s infinite space interior in the gentle embrace of Xodon’s (primordial chaos) soul. Sometimes they would even wander into the five spherical outer layers of the Primum Mobile and experience each of the five elemental Heavenly Dao and essences that made up those spheres. Meanwhile the GodBeasts received differing treatments from their parents, with some being urged to explore the Three Realms in a quest to gain power and knowledge themselves and others being carefully nurtured by their Divine Beast parents from within the Primum Mobile. Though Destiny ran through every being in the Three Realms, other than the three Originators themselves, it only chained the 81 Divine Beasts of the Three Realms (to the inside of the Primum Mobile) and merely flowed invisibly around the rest of the Three Realms since the Empyreans and GodBeasts that had been born within the Three Realms and took it as their home were not perceived as a threat. The three Originators even occasionally gave some pointers to certain GodBeast juniors that they took a liking to, like the adorable and always competitive Nüwa the GodBeast of life and her twin sister Fae the GodBeast of death. In this relatively peaceful manner the 364 true descendants of the Three Realms spent the first few millennia of their lives exploring, socializing, and learning. Only a few unfortunate GodBeasts that ignored the warnings of their parents ended up wandering into the various danger zones that littered the Three Realms and thus spent their first few millennia desperately fighting and running for their lives. Only time would tell what the destinies of those poor GodBeasts would be as their journey unfolded.
Izmos the Empyrean of Creation lounged around in the spherical layer of fire that composed one of the five outer layers of the Primum Mobile with his sister Aaris the Empyrean of Destiny and decided on his next course of action. He had already learned more than enough from his parents and grew bored of staying within the confines of the Primum Mobile. Izmos felt that it would be prudent to begin an independent investigation of his nature at that point in order to continue to grow. Of course, Izmos being the Empyrean of Creation, the best way to explore his innermost nature would be to start making creations of his own. Obviously, while Izmos could initiate this process within the Primum Mobile, it was the joint creation of the three Originators already and he felt that it would be slightly more optimal to make his creations outside of it within the vast confines of the Three Realms. Thus, Izmos wondered: What should I make first? What is needed? What is necessary? As he relaxed by his sisters side.
“Izmos?” Aaris asked with a sweet voice, as she looked at her brother’s pensive face.
“Yes?” Izmos responded distractedly.
“You should start with some realms that gods can call home.”
“Yes, gods. Destiny’s whispers are clear. Where one is beget, many more shall follow. I’ve begun to gather the seeds that must be planted, but someone must first create gardens for the seeds to be allowed to grow and flourish.”
“Aren”t you Destiny though?”
” *puffs cheeks* Never mind that brother, I have given you the answer that you are looking for. Go!”
” *ruffles Aaris’s hair* OK, dear sister. I suppose that is as good a place to start as any.”
And with that, Izmos rose and shifted out of the sphere of fire bending space-time to appear in a random and desolate corner of the Three Realms. Aaris, who he left behind, smiled and continued to lounge in a patch of violent burning flames that were hot enough to melt a star like so much gaseous slag. Izmos stood silently in the desolate corner of the Three Realms with his nine spherical layered Domain haloed around his body. His Domain seemed to spontaneously give birth to countless transient miracles and creations that would disappear before one could get a clear glance at any of them and his aura was breathtakingly vast and mighty as he stood there silently like a king beholding his subjects. Izmos stared intently at his canvas as the primordial chaos swirled and danced lovingly across his figure and space-time twitched as though wanting to fulfill his every desire. Seven days and nights Izmos remained just so as he waited for ‘something’ to occur that would spur his artistic spirit. Suddenly, as though struck by a burst of inspiration, Izmos moved in an elegant dance as the outermost sphere of his Domain released a torrent of his first Edict into the primordial chaos. The invisible rivers of destiny were quietly stirred by Aaris’s unseen hand as they gracefully wove into the rhythms and motions of Izmos’s motions. *RUMBLE* The Three Realms faintly shook as the Edict formed a Heaven realm from the essence of Izmos and from the primordial chaos and space-time of the three Originators. Eight more times a spherical layer of the Empyrean of Creation’s Domain released its Edict into the Three Realms to form a Heaven realm and so the entirety of the Three Realms slightly shook nine times in succession. At the release of the last and deepest Edict of the Empyrean of Creation, the Heaven Realms gathered into a vast array spanning trillions of miles with each Heaven realm being one of its gigantic pieces and the invisibly weaving rivers of destiny locked the nine Heavens in place, connecting them even further as it chained the group of the Heavens to the Primum Mobile while allowing them to remain in their positions. Really sister? Thought Izmos with a wry smile as he felt the chaining of his nine Heaven realms to the Primum Mobile. *THRUM* Izmos shrugged his shoulders casually as he completed the final puzzle of his Heaven realms by using an outpouring of his Omega Jindan’s energies to baptize his nine creations in his deepest essence and laws and thus blessing them with a sort of mechanical artificial sentience and the ability to create life in the future. This blessing would last for one hundred years and during his blessing the three Originators kept the curious true descendants of the Three Realms from approaching Izmos and his nine Heavens, since the blessing required his complete and undivided attention.
In the Three Realms: Eohr the Empyrean of Distortion POV
A large distortion suddenly formed next to the lounging body of Aariis the Empyrean of Destiny in the violent flames of the spherical fire essence outer-layer of the Primum Mobile at the start of Izmos’s blessing. This distortion congealed into a devilishly handsome young man that was of course Eohr the Empyrean of Distortion. A crooked smile was pasted on his face as he conjured a chair out of the fire to sit comfortably on as he stared down at his sister. A very long and uncomfortable staring contest ensued as Eohr silently gazed intently at the beautiful, seemingly indifferent Aaris, who merely ignored the Empyrean of Distortion and continued to casually sense the intricacies of the river of destiny from a relaxed position on the fiery ground. This staring contest however was not so simple as just that as each of the Empyrean’s Domain’s mixed together and their nine spheres each engaged in a strange warfare that looked like the halos were mingling and dancing joyfully on the surface but they were embroiled in a bitter struggle underneath, as within the conjoined planes of the nine spherical layers of the mingling Domains apocalyptic forces were being temporarily conjured from the power of their respective Edicts and engaging in a battle that could cover the span of a galaxy. This hidden battle actually resembled an extremely complex game of chess, with the forces conjured by the Edicts as the pieces on the board. Approximately ten years passed like this until Aaris’s indifferent expression was cracked by an elegantly twitching eyebrow.
“Ready to help me now dear sister?” Eohr said with a smirk.
” *huffs adorably in anger* Go die in a hole, Eohr!” Aaris softly said as she glared at Eohr’s increasingly smug expression.
“You know the rules, sister. Give in quietly, OK? Where did all that elegance from earlier go, hmm?”
“Hmph. I know them well. Don’t expect me to be happy about it. Here. If you screw anything up…” Aaris sourly said as she handed Eohr a glimmering key that she had forged from the rivers of destiny some time ago.
“No worries. I just want to have a little bit of fun!” Eohr stated with a radiant smile.
“That’s exactly what I am worried about!” Aaris mumbled as she disappeared from her place amid a portal made from a small whirlpool of briefly visible waters of destiny.
Eohr’s eyes flashed and his form distorted his surroundings until he found himself standing before his second sister, Nyx the Empyrean of Dreams. She was wandering the inside of an alternate dimension, cold and aloof. Around her the Domain that haloed her body warped the alternate dimension beyond recognition. Floating orbs of chaos became cherubim, the cracked and jagged space-time holding the orbs became flaming swords that circled the newly born cherubim, and every swathe of the alternate dimension warped into crystals, gems, and other valuable. Nyx’s starry gown fluttered behind her as though it was the wings of a bird and indeed every other moment the gown would become a different collection of wings from noble starry eagle’s wings to four starry prismatic dragonfly wings, continually shifting into wings only briefly before once more regaining the appearance of a gown. The Empyrean of Dreams own appearance also fluctuated constantly as she became every possible type of woman, from fair to dark from thin to busty, etc., though every transformation contained an unearthly beauty that could bewitch one into a slobbering imbecile.
“Nyx, darling, sweetheart, apple of my eye- can you spare a moment for your poor brother?” Eohr exclaimed upon seeing her with an ingratiating smile plastered on his handsome features.
” *puts one finger on lips* Shhh. I need to finish first,” Nyx ordered calmly with a slight blush on her cheeks, whereupon Eohr waited for Nyx to finish with the alternate dimension and followed her as she then went through the black hole entrance and out into the primordial chaos.
“Now then, Nyx I have an excellent proposition, one I am sure that you will absolutely be interested in. Look all we have to do is-”
“No,” Nyx coolly interrupted Eohr’s pitch.
“But you haven’t even heard-”
“Not after what you made me do last time,” Nyx interrupted an exasperated Eohr a second time with her inflection-less voice as her blush deepened.
“Well…That was a mistake. A mere oversight on my part darling sister. I have already apologized to you a thousand times! I really did not mean… I should not have coerced you into that without first considering things carefully,” Eohr stuttered with a bashful appearance.
“Apologize a hundred thousand more times! Then you can talk,” Nyx said fiercely as she swiftly sashayed away like a drifting autumn flower.
Only after chasing after Nyx and relentlessly yammering apologies and heaping such compliments upon her that it seemed as though even dung could be turned into gold with the use of his silver tongue did the Empyrean of Distortion finally cause Nyx to relent. Of course, this too was only done after the passage of a decade. Nyx cold face watched as Eohr used the key of destiny to open a passage into the center of the nine Heaven realms of Izmos the Empyrean of Creation, despite the barriers that the three Orignators had formed to keep other true descendants out. They of course noticed this, but allowed Eohr to do as he pleased none the less as they knew that he would not cause Izmos harm during his critical moment while he was blessing his creations. Eohr and the indifferent beauty Nyx slipped into the passage and arrived amidst the center of the nine Heaven realms’ array. The Empyrean of Distortion immediately began his work and released the full power of his Domain as nine Edicts poured out of its nine spherical layers to form a marvel of the Three Realms. *THRUM* Eohr took advantage of the omnipresence of the Primum Mobile to distort reality such that two Heavenly Dao that were chained within it seemingly were copied outside in the primordial chaos as the two Divine Beasts known as the Lunar Star and the Solar Star existed in two places at once. In the next moment the illusion faded away as the connection was severed by the chains of destiny but two shadows of the Divine Beasts remained in place. Eohr beckoned towards the Empyrean of Dreams and Nyx sent out her Domain’s nine Edicts as well, one of which sank into the shadows and caused them to become two real stars albeit only immortal facsimile of the might of the Heavenly Dao of the Lunar and Solar stars.
“Now for the fun part. Get ready darling sister of mine. We can’t let Izmos hog all the glory!” Eohr yelled excitedly.
“…” Nyx looked unperturbed.
*OHM* The Empyrean of Distortion once again employed the nine Edicts of his Domain and a vast outpouring of his rainbow-colored Omega Jindan’s energies as he forcibly connected a colossal number of null-spaces (spaces that no longer exist, at least in the present) together. *THRUM* Eohr used the twin stars as both a gateway an anchor to keep the monstrously huge realm that he had just created in place. This realm was like a gargantuan layer of ‘muscle’ underneath the ‘skin’ of the Three Realms that managed to impossibly span the Three Realms entire length of a countless trillions of miles. As Eohr’s face contorted in the utmost agony as he struggled valiantly to maintain the existence of his creation like Atlas holding up a world, his being began to slowly crumble as his Omega Jindan alone was not enough to sustain the massive realm that he had impossible created as another layer of the Three Realms. Luckily Nyx immediately supported his Omega Jindan with her own and used her own nine Edicts to help mold the realm into existence. They also both borrowed from the blessing of Izmos the Empyrean of Creation in order for the twin stars to have increased power as both anchors and gateways, thus hopefully preventing its collapse in the future. This bound the realm that they jointly named Ceyphus the Dream World tightly with the nine Heavens and extended Izmos’s blessing of sentience and life into the realm as well. Izmos’s blessing would now take one million years to complete. At the completion of the realm, Eohr tried to beat a hasty retreat, dragging an unwilling Nyx behind him when Xodon’s (primordial chaos) voice rang out within both of their heads: “Troublesome. Repent in Ceyphus.” The two Empyreans thus watched as the passageway created by the key of destiny collapsed and were helplessly sucked through each of the twin stars and into the Dream World, trapped until Izmos completed his blessing. Whining could faintly be heard within as one masculine voice begged for the forgiveness of an unseen hand as it hastily fled deeper into the Dream World and began to fade away into the distance.
In the Three Realms: Izmos the Empyrean of Creation POV
Whilst all that commotion occurred around him, the Empyrean of Creation merely focused even more firmly on the blessing that he had to cast before him. Not only did the happenings fail to sever his blessings, the additional burden that was added onto what he had to bless with his Omega Jindan and his Domain’s rescinded Edicts actually served to increase his concentration further! This is because having to bless his nine Heaven realms, the twin star anchors/gateways, and the Ceyphus Dream World at the same time required him to expend his energies even more delicately than before. During his ceremony, the understanding that Izmos had of he nature of his laws and Domain continually deepened as he met the challenge of blessing realms with sentience and the ability to create in such a way that the gifts would allow the realms self-healing and combat properties capable of standing up to even Empyreans and GodBeasts. The blessing of course would only be able to instill the ability of the Heavens, the twin stars, and the Dream World to convert the surrounding primordial chaos into energy and would thus grant them only mediocre fighting and healing prowess but the profoundness of the three’s interconnection through the array and through the power of distortion should allow them to pull together strength to aid one another when one of the three parts was under attack, thereby increasing their total power quite a bit over their individual prowess. As for the rudimentary sentience granted to the twin stars and the extremely complex artificial intelligence granted to the Dream World and Heaven realms, these were painstakingly crafted by Izmos such that each would be capable of fulfilling its purpose.
However, granting the ability to create freely to the Heavens and to the Dream World was the greatest factor that contributed to the deepening of the Empyrean of Creation’s understanding towards his own nature. *THRUM* As his voice and his power reverberate throughout the Heavens and the Dream World and infused it with the potential to create and to provide for living creatures and sentient beings of many kinds, insights about his laws and Edicts potential uses and paths flooded his consciousness. These paths each shone radiantly in his psyche as ways that he could take to exceed his limitations and reach a power level similar to the three Originators and Divine Beasts. Perhaps, among the 364 true descendants that filled the Three Realms only he had begun to truly gasp the paths that could be followed to reach that higher level of existence. To verify his insights as he continued his blessing, Izmos allowed his power to run slightly rampant from its tight knit and seamless control and to freely create a vista of his potential paths that was underneath the purview of the Heavens and could be regarded its outermost territory. This vista consisted of three thousand worlds, each world a materialization of one path that Izmos could take to soar to the next level and a physical footprint of one insight that he had gained in the process of his blessing. If one with a high affinity for creation and a supreme perception or intelligence could view the three thousand worlds created by his wayward power, it would be easy to piece the three thousand paths into a long trail of thought that lead to the ultimate insight and truth that he had settled on as a means of progressing forward. Following any of the three thousand paths would be enough to reach the Divine Beast and Originator level but only the culmination of the three thousand paths could lead one forward with the utmost perfection. Thus, Izmos spent the million year time frame of his blessing simultaneously allowing the creation of three thousand worlds and on a journey of self-discovery that plotted out his future.
In the Three Realms: Aaris the Empyrean of Destiny POV
Meanwhile, Aaris, who could be said to have started the whole fiasco spent the million year period immersed in the invisible, intangible rivers of destiny. There she floated peacefully as she gathered her ‘seeds’ together, preparing them to populate the nine Heavens and the three thousand godly Earths. Her consciousness was still and without even a ripple of anxiety as she went about her work. An impressive feat considering what she was preparing for, what her father Yteus (time) had informed her of when she approached him about the impending catastrophe that she could vaguely sense through the marvelous rivers of destiny. Her divine senses steadily gazed out into the Void as she worked. She could not see the catastrophe as it neared the Three Realms but she could feel it more keenly in every passing century as it slowly and ponderously made its way over. A billion years might not be enough for the catastrophe to descend completely or it may descend within another few thousands of years. All Aaris knew was that it was coming soon and that nothing could stop it. Aaris’s consciousness buzzed in satisfaction as she continued to work and her sibling continued to bless the nine Heavens and the Dream World. All will be as it should be. Whatever comes will come. I just hope its interesting…