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The Yahgahn Creation Story
Note about Ah'Koi Bahnis/Traipahni anatomy: Most species of animals on Traipah, including the three native sentient species, are hermaphrodites. As such, their grah'bihn, the equivalent of a penis (but smooth, flexible, prehensile, colored1, and tapered at the end), retracts into their body. The “sheath” for this, as the opening is called, is one of two orifices found in the duen, or vulva. (Urine is excreted from an orifice inside the anal orifice.)
Note 2: Human fe/male pronouns used only for convenience of writing and reading. Proper Traipahni pronoun would be “djai” and its possessive form, “djair.” Choice of which pronoun (male or female) to use is often entirely arbitrary.
Note 3: I really should capitalize all the pronouns for the deities, but that's just too much work. Try to imagine the capitals being there even though they're not.
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In the beginning, there was Moiulainas Taybahliss,2 sitting in the Void, sleeping. Eventually, She awoke, wondering how She'd gotten there.
She floated in the Void, lonely, thinking for a long time. Eventually, Her loneliness was all She could think about. In Her loneliness, She thought about no longer being alone. As She did, She felt a new feeling stirring between Her legs. Moiulainas Taybahliss was feeling horny, so She brought Her grah'bihn out of its sheath inside Her duen, made a small loop with it, and put its tapered end into the other opening in Her duen, the opening to Her vaginal cavity.
Moiulainas Taybahliss slid Her grah'bihn as deep inside Her vaginal cavity as far as it would go, shuddering with pleasure at the sensation with every inch of penetration.
Once Her grah'bihn was all the way in, Moiulainas Taybahliss began to slide it partway out and in again, back and forth, back and forth, enjoying the friction it caused from two sources: the nerves in Her grah'bihn and the nerves in her vaginal walls were both experiencing an intense storm of pleasure, a riot of sensation, and feedback loops of ecstasy that drove Her hard and fast towards a crescendo.
As this ecstatic energy built up inside of Her, She glowed with light, which if She'd been in any mood to notice anything around Her, would have revealed She was inside a cavern of black rock, some of which was glowing with its own faint light, so faint She would not have noticed it even if She weren't preoccupied. She was in a cavern made of Creation Onyx, the black from which the light comes.
At last, the pressure of pleasure so great that She felt She would die of it (but gladly!) reached its climax, so Moiulainas Taybahliss reached Hers, too, in a literal explosion of light and energy that vaporized much of the Creation Onyx around Her, expanding the cavern's size by several miles.
An explosion happened inside of Moiulainas Taybahliss as well, as Her grah'bihn exploded Her semen into Herself, before She could even think to stop it. This semen rushed into Her uterus and fertilized an egg inside of Her. With bizarre speed, this fertilized egg implanted itself in the side of Her uterus and began to grow with uncanny speed. Before Moiulainas Taybahliss even had time to pull Her grah'bihn out and re-sheath it, Her belly was large with pregnancy. She found Herself giving birth just as Her grah'bihn re-sheathed itself.
She gave birth to three children. The first two She only sensed as they flew away and not only caught up to the wave of the explosion, but raced past it like it was standing still. One of these became Relativity, Space, and Time, so Moiulainas Taybahliss named Him Krainah. The other of these two, who was Speed and Flight, She named Dochrahmahn Tu-Rah.
The third child was an enormous mass of green worms of various sizes, all writhing against one another, the mass just sitting there, no movement aside from the writhing. Once She rested from Her self-pleasuring, Moiulainas Taybahliss stood to examine this mass. As She knelt to look closely at it, some of the worms moved as one, revealing a blue eye looking back at Her. Startled, Moiulainas Taybahliss jumped back. The eye closed again, but the mass of worms – again moving as one – swelled up and grew impossibly, forming a vaguely fahloonthraadt3 form. This form resolved itself, the worms swelling and changing, merging together until finally there was a fully-grown, brown-haired, blue eyed person standing there, smiling at Her mother.
“Mother!” She said joyously, raising Her arms in greeting.
Moiulainas Taybahliss smiled in return, and embraced Her child. She had wished to no longer be alone, and was glad that this one was not too busy to keep Her company. And as they embraced, Moiulainas Taybahliss knew this one was Life. But “Ny'Ky'Yah” did not sound like a good name to Her.
They pulled out of the embrace, and the one who was Life asked, “Mother, do I have a name yet?”
Moiulainas Taybahliss looked thoughtfully at Her new child and said, “Well, because You are Life, I should call you Ny'Ky'Yah, but I don't like that as a name. Hmm... well, since you started out life as a mass of worms, I shall call You Grah'Bahn, meaning Worm Person.”4
“Grah'Bahn. I like it. Thank You, Mother. And what is Your name?”
“I am Moiulainas Taybahliss.”
“Beautiful name, but long; I shall just call you Mother. Even though you are also my Father as well.”
So together, Moiulainas Taybahliss and Her daughter Grah'Bahn spent time, and talked, and kept one another company. But that eventually got boring. It seemed two could still be a lonely number, almost as bad as one. So, for something to do, Moiulainas Taybahliss taught Her daughter about pleasuring one's self, and how it had created Grah'Bahn and Her two siblings.
“This is fun, no doubt about that,” Grah'Bahn said of masturbation, “but now that there are two of us, surely we can do this to one another? I could put my grah'bihn in Your duen, and You could put Yours in Mine, or both at once.”
Moiulainas Taybahliss agreed that sounded like a good idea, and so the two of them embraced, then kissed. Their bodies entwined as they touched one another as much as they could before finally penetrating one another.
It was as good as self-penetration, and better. But this time there was no literal explosion, just internal explosions as they put their semen into one another. They enjoyed the act of sex with each other so much, they did it several more times before becoming too exhausted to continue.
Over the next few weeks, Moiulainas Taybahliss and Grah'Bahn had sex numerous times, even after it began to become apparent that Moiulainas Taybahliss was once more pregnant, this time with a much slower pregnancy. But after several months, it became too difficult to do much more than kiss and embrace.
Yet the twins inside Moiulainas Taybahliss knew what was going on out in the world, and learned from it. Even in the womb, they were kissing and cuddling, and having sex with one another.
When the twins were born, Grah'Bahn was happy, but also a bit sad. She didn't know why, yet, so She could not speak of it. But She was glad to have more lives in the world, and helped Her mother and lover to raise them, for these two grew up more sedately, as well.
Yet despite their slower growth, the twins Yinianata and Morphwaan were a fiery pair, literally; for they were twin Deities of Fire. Passionate and full of energy, the twins ran around playing as children are wont to do, but they also had sex with each other still, and were very close.
Of course, even the closest siblings fight, and hurt one another. And so it was that an unusual discovery was made. One day, Morphwaan twisted Yinianata's nipples so hard that Yinianata should have screamed in pain. She did scream, but not in pain. She felt the pain, and it did hurt, but for Yinianata, it also felt good. The pain gave Her a familiar tingle between Her legs, and so it was that Yinianata screamed in sexual ecstasy, having an orgasm on the spot and collapsing. Morphwaan, thinking She had hurt Her sister badly, let go, but Yinianata pleaded with Her sister to do it again. And so was discovered a new form of play.
This new form of play eventually led to other discoveries. After much experimenting, it was found that Yinianata loved to be tied up, and caged up, or otherwise bound, Her movements limited. She also loved taking orders from Morphwaan and others, even if it meant doing embarrassing or even painful things. Which was good, since Morphwaan enjoyed bossing people around and hurting anyone she could find. But Yinianata did have Her limits, and would lash out painfully at anyone who crossed those limits.
When they weren't playing sex games, Yinianata and Morphwaan would go out into the expanding universe and play, using the gases they found there to make stars. Yinianata favored stable stars that would burn for eons before dying peacefully, while her sibling favored large and/or hot, unstable stars that would burn for a short time and then die violent, explosive deaths.
Yinianata was bored one day, because her sibling/lover was off having fun blowing up some of the hot, unstable stars she had created. Because she was bored, Yinianata wandered around the expanding universe, as she often did while bored. This particular day, though, she discovered a part of the world she hadn't found before, a cavern in the sides of the universe that led to another, larger cavern. Though Krainah and Dochrahmahn Tu-Rah had not been here yet, Yinianata was able to go there because that is something deities can do. Yinianata did not know what the place was, as she explored it, but it would later be known as another of many caverns in the Creation Onyx, this one without its own universe. Instead, there was a pool of a substance Yinianata did not know about, which would later be called The Water of Truth. Curious, Yinianata drank from the pool.
When she drank, she did not think anything happened. Yet in fact, the Water of Truth whispered into a deep part of her mind, which led her to notice what else was in the cavern; broken-off pieces of Creation Onyx. One was very large and reminded her of an arm; as she looked at it, she got the idea that it would feel very nice, both in the traditional sense and in the pain-as-pleasure sense, that she could try to see how much of it she could get up her vagina. So she picked up the hunk of black rock, which shimmered slightly with what looked like a reflection but was not, and took it with her back home.
For many hours she worked very hard at getting as much of the stone into her body as she could, but it was difficult work. Even though she felt pleasure from pain, she did have limits, and the stone was a challenge to the limits of her endurance. She did not get it all in the first day, and so she set it aside. Each day she went back to it, trying a little harder, and getting it a littler farther in.
And so it was, months later, that Yinianata managed to get the entire stone, except for one last inch, into her vagina. When she did, she just kept sitting on it for hours and hours, having one orgasm after another; she felt no exhaustion, for the stone seemed to be replenishing her energy. So it was that she was still squatting on this stone when Morphwaan returned from her daily play, calling out. Yinianata was so startled by this that she slipped, and the stone went the rest of the way into her body. But instead of hurting her, as it would had this happened to a mortal, the stone slid harmlessly up into her womb. Beginning to panic, Yinianata tried to explain to her sibling what was happening, as the stone inside her changed shape and became soft.
Morphwaan understood enough to take her sibling to Grah'Bahn and Moiulainas Taybahliss, who were watching the stars burn. The two siblings explained what had happened, and their parents examined Yinianata. When Grah'Bahn touched her hand to Yinianata's belly, she looked astonished, and soon said, “Yinianata! I do believe that Creation Onyx that slipped inside you has made you pregnant!”
Astonishing as it was, Yinianata was indeed pregnant by the Creation Onyx. The pregnancy lasted only a few more months, perhaps due to the original size of the stone. When Yinianata finally gave birth, the child that came out was pure jet black from head to toe, except for sparkles like stars through atmosphere in her hair and eyes, and a few places on her skin. When this one was born, she named herself Morshenda, and explained that the Waters of Truth had directed Yinianata, who is of The Light, to create the sentient embodiment of The Dark, which was only fitting since The Dark had created Moiulainas Taybahliss, and thus, The Light.5 Then, as mysteriously as she had appeared in their lives, Morshenda left; but it would not be the last they saw of her.
This event gave the small family much to discuss, and over time it became clear that they all wanted to expand the family more. Yinianata, especially, had enjoyed being pregnant after the fact, and wanted to try it again when she wasn't so confused and scared. So she and her sibling Morphwaan had reproductive sex along with their other sex games, and before long Yinianata was pregnant again, this time with triplets.
On the day they were all born, the first to appear was Kusunia.6 Then came Gweble, and lastly came Fweenah. Unlike the previous children, these were born as helpless as mortal Ah'Koi Bahnis children, with no obvious powers. They could speak, but they knew no more about themselves than anyone else knew of them, in terms of purpose or fate.
So, not knowing what else to do, Yinianata and Morphwaan cared for the babes. Yinianata suckled Kusunia and Gweble first, because they were the eldest, and because she had only two teats, Fweenah was left out at first. Kusunia drank the most, and became hardy and tough, a very solid individual. Gweble drank just enough to suit her needs, and became strong, patient, and determined, yet flexible; Gweble also became capable of changing her shape.
Poor Fweenah, though. She got so little food at first that she began to fade away, becoming thin and transparent. Her whole family feared she would die, and tried to feed her more, but Yinianata only had so much milk. Finally, though, Morphwaan began to lactate as well, and fed Fweenah all she could. Fweenah quickly got her strength back, though she remained transparent. Over time, she became strong enough to wear down even her solid eldest sibling, Kusunia.
Once they outgrew suckling, their parents took them out to try to teach them how to create stars. But this did not much hold the triplets' interest. They liked stars well enough, but they thought there should be something else, too.
It wasn't until years later that Kusunia noticed some of the materials Morphwaan's exploding stars were spewing out. She figured out that the large, dense, hot stars were creating heavy elements. The began to experiment with these. Eventually, she found something to do with them. She found that she could move them into gas clouds where Yinianata was making stable stars, and swirl them around until they clumped together into something new: planets, asteroids, and other rocky formations.
Excitedly, Kusunia showed everyone else what she had made. They were all quite impressed, even her younger siblings. She made more and more of them. After some time, Gweble started playing with these solar systems, working with Fweenah. Together, they found they could mix the star-fuel that is hydrogen with a heavy element called oxygen, and make water. Gweble became fascinated by water, and made comets with it. Fweenah liked water too, but oxygen and other gases were her favorites.
Becoming bored with comets, Gweble put water on some of the planets. And Fweenah soon followed suit, putting air on many of the planets with water.
Nothing may have come of this if the three siblings, impressed with their collective efforts, had not invited Grandfather7 Grah'Bahn onto the surface of one for a look. For, during that visit, Grah'Bahn cut herself on a stone and bled into the water. Being divine, the wound soon healed, was laughed off, and the four eventually went home.
The blood of Grah'Bahn in the water stayed behind, though, and soon coalesced into a small green worm that was no longer entirely connected to Grah'Bahn. It swam through the water, a simple mind, but even its simple mind got lonely. And so, the worm divided in two.
However, these two new worms didn't forge any kind of connection at first, and so they went their separate ways, each one dividing into new worms. The worms in each group seemed to like each other, though, and spent a lot of time together. But not being divine anymore, the worms were getting hungry, for they did not eat pure energy from the ether as deities do.
The first group of worms did not take long to figure out that they could just float on or near the surface of the water and soak up sunlight for energy, and so they did. And as time wore on, they became more complex, eventually becoming water plants as we know them.
Yet the other group of worms could not get energy from the sun. As their hunger grew into a crisis, they began to eat each other. In the fierce competition to not be eaten, and to be the one doing the eating, they changed into many varied forms, becoming animals.
Then one day the animals found the plants, and some animals ate the plants. Competition now existed between plants and animals, all these changes becoming evolution of forms, and natural selection was how it was happening.
When Grah'Bahn and the others finally discovered the life thriving on this planet, they became overjoyed, and Grah'Bahn declared “It is good!” For, indeed, it was such a good thing that Grah'Bahn went to many millions of worlds and bled into the water to create life.
As a result of these experiments of the deities, many other deities arose. When life turned the planets into something alive, unlike the stars, the deity Traipahnya arose from the ether into being, for Traipahnya is the deity of Traipah; other planets have their own deities. And because many planets had moons which drove the tides, from this Ahntahncess arose. Then, from the plants, a divinity finally arose, her name being Ohniahnis. Her sibling from the animal kingdom was Fwentwetii.
After many years, Ohniahnis finally discovered the joys and pleasures of sex, and would attempt sex with anything she could find. None of these experiments of hers led to much, with a few of exceptions. First, she mated with a mountain, which caused her to give birth to Morkahn, deity of trees. Second, an attempt to mate with a dead tree produced the first fungi; if fungi have a deity, its name is not known to us.
More importantly, though, was the time Ohniahnis mated with an animal. The animal impregnated her, and it was that she gave birth to Kohr'Vahnyoh, deity of the planimals, those plants of our world which eat animals, other plants, and often walk around like animals do.
Eventually, Ohniahnis and Fwentwetii found one another, and they, too, had sex. One of these couplings produced produced Twahvaygoh, deity of ecology. Twahvaygoh would later produce Morkainis, deity of trees; Fennis, deity of prairies and other grasslands; and Severnoris, deity of swamps.
Also upon the planets arose Jiijiinis and Alorno, who are Health and Healing. Together, they gave birth to Duenicohn, deity of childbirth and the tala-maik.8
More deities would arise from this planet-life, but we will speak more of that later. For now, we take a side trip.
Morshenda, deity of the darkness, had made for herself a realm called The Darkness, which was everywhere and nowhere, yet was anchored in an empty cavern in the Creation Onyx, that anchor acting as a doorway to her realm, which she named Morsh'aipahlih. There she nested, content in her existence for a time. But she soon heard all too keenly the cries of the new life forming on the planets, and felt their pain. She was much distraught, not knowing what to do. She took to masturbating while thinking, because it calmed her enough to think rationally for solutions to some of the pain the planet-life felt, by blocking out their pain somewhat.
So it was that one day, the noise of their pain so hurt Morshenda that she got over-enthusiastic in masturbating, and came to climax. As she relaxed in the warm afterglow of the orgasm, an idea came to her. Because she had been masturbating with her grah'bihn in her hand, there was a mess of her seed upon the ground. She scooped this seed up and shaped it with her hands, breathing life into it. It grew quickly into a child, the spitting image of herself. This one she named Morshauna. She told Morshauna, who could also feel the pain of the planet-life, what to do. And so it was that Morshauna became Sleep, giving the planet-life a time of day during which they could rest.
But this alone did not much help. Morshenda and Morshauna worked together to think of solutions. When mutual masturbation did not help them come up with ideas, they started to take turns sucking one the grah'bihn of the other with their mouths. One day, Morshauna let her mind wander in thought as she sucked her mother's grah'bihn. Getting a mouthful of Morshenda's seed in her mouth startled her out of her reverie, and with the same start she swallowed that seed.
If they had been mortal, nothing would have happened from this. But because they were deities, the swallowed seed got Morshauna pregnant. She was not even aware of this fact, though, until one night she slept herself, and dreamed of another person black as night like Morshenda and herself, only this one glimmered with millions more lights than even Morshenda did, and she had a streak of white hair in her otherwise black hair.
This dream person held Morshauna comfortingly, stroking her hair, and said, “When you swallowed your mother's seed, it moved from one part of your belly to another, and from that came I. My name is Morshiinin, and I am dreams. I am the solution! Morshauna, you who are my mother and my elder half-sister, you are the medium by which I bless these beings. I will sneak into their minds and grace them with a means to solve problems and better store memories, doing helpful work while they rest. I cannot promise their dreams will always be pleasant, but this blessing will mostly ease their suffering. I thank you, Mother Morshauna, and now I depart.” And Morshauna knew that Morshiinin left her, being born from out mother's brain instead of the usual route, just as she had taken an unusual route being made to begin with.
A shiver passed through Morshenda just then, for she was watching that dream within her own. It was a shiver of joy, though, at the birth of Morshiinin. She was so joyful at this, that the shiver broke off and became another living being. It became Kriio, the living embodiment of that which is cool or cold.
After this, life flourished even more than it already had. Billions of worlds teemed with life, all through the cosmos. Something was still missing, but none knew that at the time.
Many billions of years passed, and eventually there came the first people, life forms that, like the deities, were self-aware and intelligent enough to ask questions about the nature of existence. When people first evolved on Traipah, so too arose Ahgoi, deity of people for Traipah. It is from Ahgoi that we Ah'Koi Bahnis derive our full name: Ah'Koi Bahnis Tu-Bahn Fahloon.9
Not long after arising, Ahgoi impregnated herself and gave birth to Kusahnia,10 deity of knowledge. These two worked together to help the people of Traipah, and as they did, they fell in love. Before long, Ahgoi had impregnated Kusahnia, and she gave birth to their first children, a set of triplets. Kiinjohn, the eldest, became Wisdom; Kusahnjijahn, the second-eldest, became science, commerce, and learning. Tahrah-Taynah, the youngest, became Creativity, from whom later came Ahg-Tahrah, deity of music, poetry, and art. Together Ahgoi, Kusahnia, Kiinjohn, Kusahnjijahn, Tahrah-Taynah, and Ahg-Tahrah helped the people of Traipah become great. They taught the Traipahni people of writing, reading, and architecture. They taught the creative arts. Most importantly, they taught a reverence of ideas, a worship of knowledge, and imbued in us the values that have made our great libraries full with millions upon millions of written works and works of art throughout the thousands and thousands of years the civilization of Traipah has existed. They taught us to protect knowledge and ideas, both old and new, and that the greatest blasphemy of all is willful destruction of books, art, museums, and libraries. They taught us also the importance of reading, so that the only people who cannot read are those who are unable to learn how. And, of course, they taught us that the only place more sacred than a temple is a library, or a well-ordered school.11 For it is only our knowledge, our ideas, and our ability to think about things beyond mere survival that distinguish us from animals. To undervalue knowledge and ideas is to undervalue being a person.12 While all life is equally deserving of respect, for all life is sacred, it is bestial to undervalue what makes us thinking beings.
The thing that was still wrong soon became more apparent, the longer people existed. For all life-forms have souls, and as people spread civilization around their worlds, the souls that had nowhere to go were getting harder to ignore, with people among the dead to speak on their behalf. But there was no place for them to go. All the deities who had been born worked together to strive to find a way to fix this, to find a place for them to go and rest before incarnating again. It was a project that lasted many years, and gave many deities a headache.
By this point, Grah'Bahn had given birth to another child, a child all white from head to foot as Morshenda had been black; Ahndahn was her name, and she even had faint dark speckles in her hair, skin, and eyes. This child had actually been born over 100 years before, and still had not found her purpose.
Ahndahn wandered about Creation, talking with hundreds of deities that had arisen or been born on different worlds, hundreds out of the millions that existed, intent as she was on her destiny, but had no idea what to do. That is, until the day one deity noticed Ahndahn's very organized and orderly behavior, and so pointed out this skill, and mentioned a region of Creation fraught with chaos called Shao'Zirrovehk.13 Inspired by this, Ahndahn set out to Shao'Zirrovehk to bring order to it.
For many weeks she traveled, trying to find Shao'Zirrovehk, before she finally came across it. She only found it because she had been directed to a crack in the wall of the expanding Creation Onyx cavern of the universe, the crack her informant had discovered years ago which could barely fit one person going in sideways. It was a tight fit, but Ahndahn managed to get inside. After several meters, the path expanded so she could walk forward normally.
Hours and hours she walked, wondering why her informant had bothered with this journey without knowing what – if anything – lay ahead. The air was also growing hotter the farther she went, but she soldiered on, and soon enough a bright light on the yellow side of orange shone ahead. She followed the light, and soon found what she sought.
Shao'Zirrovehk lay before her, a chaotic mass of brilliant fire moving every which way in the air. Ahndahn stepped close to the edge of a precipice and looked down, seeing a raging ocean of a strange substance. It was the same bright orange of the fire in the air, but was semi-transparent, like colored water. This strange surf pounded the shore, and pieces of Creation Onyx were shaken loose, falling into the fire-water below and dissolving. Where these pieces dissolved, the water brightened, as though it were eating the Creation Onyx. Occasionally, jets of flame would belch out of the water in great jets, joining the fire in the air above. Likewise, the floating air-fire would sometimes rain down on the fire-water, or otherwise strike the fire-water ocean with a tremendous lightning bolt whose thunder temporarily deafened Ahndahn. The heat was so intense that if she were not a deity, she would have burned.
Ahndahn looked on Shao'Zirrovehk. Infected by a new obsession, an obsession of fulfilling what she thought was her purpose, she did not stop to consider that this realm ought to be left alone. She saw only chaos, which was eating the Creation Onyx walls, and decided she needed to bring Order to it.
So it was that Ahndahn raised her arms into the air and tapped into the Order within her, filling the air with that Order. She tried to quieten the chaotic fires, stabilize the flames; she tried to make Shao'Zirrovehk a place of peace, as she defined peace.
Had Shao'Zirrovehk been composed of unliving matter like star plasma, it might have responded as she hoped. But the chaos fire of Shao'Zirrovehk was alive, and she was an intruder. It fought back against her intrusion, hitting her with all the power it could muster, to try to stop or kill her. But Ahndahn remained strong and firm, not weakening or dying even though burning heat and flame surrounded her, trying to eat her. Lightning struck her, and she did not waver. The chaos fire was unaccustomed to such strength. Usually, intruders were struck down with minimal effort. Not knowing what else to do, they fought back harder. They directed the energy of billions of suns at her, but still she would not yield. She was not even wounded.
For hours the fire of Shao'Zirrovehk raged against Ahndahn, trying to kill her, and having no luck. The life there was getting desperate. So desperate that they absorbed and used some of Ahndahn's Order to use against her. When they did, something in Shao'Zirrovehk shifted, and two terrifying, angry eyes opened up in the fire in front of Ahndahn, glaring at her ferociously.
“WHO DARES DEFILE MY REALM?” demanded a booming voice.
“It is I, Ahndahn. I have come to bring Order to this chaotic realm.”
“HOW DARE YOU PRESUME TO INFECT MY REALM? WE HAVE DONE NOTHING TO DESERVE YOUR INTERFERENCE!”
“It is my destiny to bring Order where there is none. I will not yield.”
“THEN PREPARE TO DIE!”
The air exploded, knocking Ahndahn backwards onto her backside, breaking her concentration, but not harming her. The terrifying eyes in the fire vanished. But where they had been, a very striking, beautiful, and shapely woman14 with dark amber skin and flaming eyes stepped forward, walking on air towards Ahndahn. The woman's black hair was short and messy on one side, but long and elegant on the other, whipping in the wind. She was nude save for a belt which held two sheathed knives, and a strap in the front was a sign of a sword sheathed behind her. There was also a necklace around her neck with a peculiar piece on it, a piece that curved, and had five points.15 Ahndahn found her breath taken by this woman's beauty, though it was a deadly beauty that clearly said every inch of her was dangerous.
The angry woman stepped onto land, and suddenly the whole world around them shifted; the wall Ahndahn was close to suddenly jumped about a mile back, taking the entrance hole with it. The edge of the cliff shot off in the opposite direction for a mile or two, and the ground in the two remaining directions also jumped about a mile away. This angry woman with flaming eyes unsheathed her knives, which were curved blades with a small “tooth” blade poking up out of the top, and back toward her hands. Just under the tooth was a hole in the larger blade, a hole that had a sharpened edge.16 Holding these knives, the angry woman got into a defensive pose.
“Before you kill me,” Ahndahn asked, “may I at least know who you are?”
“I am the heart of the chaos. I am Shao'Kehn. I am your death.”
Shao'Kehn leapt at Ahndahn with her knives; Ahndahn just barely jumped out of the way in time. Using her own powers, Ahndahn conjured a pair of knives for herself. Having done many things in her search for purpose, fighting had been among the things she had learned, which included knife-fighting. So it was that the two of them fought, metal clanking against metal, the air being sliced by blades, the sound of fireballs lobbed at Ahndahn, and the sound of metal on stone when one or the other of them used their powers to move the ground to block an attack.17
The battle was fierce and hard to keep track of. The two opponents moved so fast they could scarcely be seen for long, and the ground kept shifting up or sinking down, walls and mountains and flying missiles coming up; chasms, sinkholes, quicksand, and stairs going down.
Because they were both deities, neither one tired. Yet over time, the landscape had shifted so much that meetings between the two were getting scarcer, as they sought one another in the battle-scarred landscape. Direct attacks, even using swords, rarely worked. Shao'Kehn even grew an extra arm to hold a sword and her two knives, but it didn't give her much of an advantage.
The fight was going on for so long, in fact, that Ahndahn and Shao'Kehn were learning and adopting one another's tactics. Many months they fought, tirelessly. The months dragged into years, and in that time they came to respect one another as formidable opponents. This respect slowly morphed into admiration, and the admiration evolved into love. Neither knew exactly when the battle changed from one of two enemies trying to kill each other, into a game that both enjoyed playing. Neither knew exactly when they fell in love with the other. But eventually there did come a day when they called a truce, and embraced, Shao-Kehn's burning eyes changing to a gorgeous color like that of amber stone back-lit by a roaring fire. They spent another few months together as lovers before officially becoming married. For they had both learned a valuable lesson: within order is chaos, and within chaos is order. Only by accepting the value of both sides could they tap into the full power of their own side. They are, even now, consorts.
Once married, Shao'Kehn reshaped Shao'Zirrovehk as she saw fit, maintaining – and even amplifying – the Chaos by adding Order, while making a castle of Creation Onyx as a home for Ahndahn and herself. They left the scarred ground as it had been, though, as a monument to the events that had led to their falling in love. Finally, they widened the entrance to the Shao'Zirrovehk cavern and carved the doorway into a fancy archway, with Shao-Kehn's name on one column and Ahndahn's name on the other.
They also explored Creation together, Ahndahn showing Shao'Kehn places she'd been on her own, and going places neither of them had seen. It was on one of these journeys that they discovered a lost child who sat there on the ground, crying. Shao'Kehn, who now wore a dress made of her realm's fire-water woven into fabric that was no longer transparent, and whose black hair was now uniformly long and flowing, knelt down by the poor lost child with compassion and spoke kind words to her.
“My dear weeping child, what is wrong? Are you lost? Where are your parents?”
The child stopped crying, and looked up sorrowfully at Shao'Kehn, her breath catching in her throat at Shao-Kehn's beauty. When she could, the child said, “I am crying because I have no parents. I simply awoke one day, unsure how I came to be. I asked many people, and one who was wise said I had simply arisen. That wise person told me I am the Child Goddess of Children. I was so upset to have no parents, and no siblings, that I ran away, and got lost. So I started to cry.”
Shao'Kehn looked up at her consort, Ahndahn, with a look that Ahndahn read without difficulty. She answered with a smile, and Shao'Kehn said, “Dear child, my consort and I would be honored if you would agree to be our child. My name is Shao'Kehn, and my consort's name is Ahndahn.”
The child sniffled a little, but smiled. “Really? You would do that for me?”
“Of course. We have a very lovely castle that is our home, and it would be incomplete without children.”
The child rejoiced, and hugged Shao'Kehn, whose dress was warm but did not burn. She took both their hands, and together the three of them started home to the Onyx Castle.
Their journey home had barely begun when the child asked, “Do you have any children of your own?”
“Not yet, for we are newly married. But we would love to provide siblings for you, my dear.”
The child smiled, and then her face fell a little. “If I am your child now, does that mean you will give me a name? For I have no name, yet.”
Shao'Kehn and Ahndahn looked at one another, communicating silently, before turning back to the child, saying, “Of course. You may not have noticed, but Ahndahn and I discussed the matter very quickly with that glance, and we agreed on a name. Our child, you shall now and for ever be known as Nahtahdjaiz, Child Goddess of Children.”18
Nahtahdjaiz rejoiced in her new name, and became very happy, staying happy for the whole trip to her new home. She was still smiling when she fell asleep in her brand new bed for the first time ever.
Meanwhile, something still remained incomplete in the universe. The souls of the dead still had nowhere to go, and that was not the only problem. Grah'Bahn wandered around aimlessly, trying to figure out what was still wrong. She had been wandering like this for a long time, over 50 years in fact. Finally one day, her feet brought her to the cavern where Yinianata had found that piece of Creation Onyx. Exploring the cavern, Grah'Bahn found the Waters of Truth. Seeking enlightenment, or assistance, she knelt by the spring and took some of the water in her cupped hands. It was so utterly clear that only the coolness of it on her hand told her it was there. Steeling herself for what might happen, Grah'Bahn drank the Water of Truth in her hand.
At first, nothing seemed to happen. Then she had a vision; she saw Shao'Zirrovehk, first. It got smaller and moved to the top of her vision, held inside a circle. Then she saw Morshenda's realm, Morsh'aipahlih. It moved to the right hand corner of her vision, forming its own circle. In the left-hand corner of her vision there came a third circle that completed a triangle. In the circle was a vision of her being impregnated by Ahndahn, and giving birth to another child. Then, in the middle of the triangle formed a larger circle with an eight-pointed star made of straight lines with two circles in the middle, and with a circle attached to the end of each point. The horizontal line and the vertical line that formed four of the points were longer than the two diagonal lines. This symbol became strongly associated with wholeness and completeness in her mind, so that as the vision faded, she knew what she had to do.19
Grah'Bahn went out in search of Ahndahn, always just missing her daughter and Shao'Kehn, until she finally caught up to them at their castle. As Nahtahdjaiz slept in her room, Grah'Bahn spoke with Ahndahn and Shao'Kehn of her vision. Ahndahn and Shao'Kehn did not know if they wanted to comply with the vision Grah'Bahn had experienced, since they were very much in love and wanted to have another child of their own first. The three discussed this all night long, and were still discussing it when Nahtahdjaiz woke up that morning.
They stopped speaking about it as Nahtahdjaiz came into the room, and instead introduced their adopted daughter to Grandmother Grah'Bahn, who was Ahndahn's mother and father. Nahtahdjaiz was glad to have another person to call a relative, and hugged Grah'Bahn tightly. Then she said, “Grandmother, I had a strange dream last night. I dreamed of you, before I'd even met you. You were pregnant with Ahndahn's child, and gave birth to my first sibling, my half-sister Thurr! She lived in the castle with us!”
Well, as you can guess, that ended any objection Shao'Kehn and Ahndahn had to the vision. It was not long before Ahndahn did as the vision instructed, impregnating her parent.
For a year, Grah'Bahn got bigger and bigger with pregnancy, but was filled with such an inexplicable joy that she was dancing even during her twelfth month.20 Meanwhile, Shao'Kehn impregnated Ahndahn with a child of their own. The two would be born within days of each other.
During the pregnancies, Shao'Kehn and Ahndahn talked about how Ahndahn had fathered one child with Grah'Bahn, and was now mother for her child with Shao'Kehn. Shao'Kehn jokingly said that since she had not yet been a mother biologically, but was like a mother to Nahtahdjaiz, that she should be called Mother Shao'Kehn. She went on to say that Ahndahn, who was now mother to their child and had fathered Grah-Bahn's new child only because it seemed to be destined, should likewise be Father Ahndahn. And though it was said in jest, the two names stuck, so that even now we call them Mother Shao'Kehn and Father Ahndahn.21
When Grah'Bahn gave birth, she did indeed named the child Thurr. Ahndahn and Shao'Kehn named their own child Nwoikis.22 So it was that Grah'Bahn, Nahtahdjaiz, Ahndahn, Shao'Kehn, Nwoikis, and Thurr all lived in the castle together, and Nahtahdjaiz was extremely happy to have two siblings, two parents, and a grandparent living with her.
Thurr was a child of gray hair and chalk-white skin, a calm demeanor, and very wise; she was also very studious, a voracious reader. Her half-sister Nwoikis had her mother's chalk-white hair, Shao-Kehn's amber eyes, and skin that was primarily Shao-Kehn's dark amber, with stripes of chalk-white. Nwoikis was an exceptionally happy child, never sad or angry for long, and could usually be found running around playing games with Nahtahdjaiz. The two of them were also sometimes joined by Ohniahnis or other deities, in their games, for they roamed all around Creation.
Their sibling Thurr, however, was never quite satisfied living in Shao'Zirrovehk. It was too chaotic for her taste, and much too noisy. She loved her family dearly, of course, but the noise was too much. It was too hard to study in the noise, and the chaos hurt her head. So she usually took her books elsewhere, like quiet caverns in other parts of the expanding wall of the universe, or out in the void between stars. Still, she always had difficulty finding a place that was both peaceful and felt like her own space.
What was worse, Thurr always felt a nagging sensation wherever she went, that grew worse over the years. It was a painful sensation, but it was like noise. Yet it wasn't noise in the usual sense; it was psychic noise. From studying and speaking with great minds around the universe, Thurr eventually discovered the source of the noise: she was hearing the distress of all the souls of the dead, who had nowhere to go, and no way to reincarnate.
Because she could do nothing about this growing painful noise, Thurr fled one day to Morsh'aipahlih, which was Morshenda's realm, also known as The Darkness. In the near-absolute darkness, Thurr found a peace she'd not known for a long time. She could still feel the painful noise of the souls of the dead, but it was muted. She was able to sleep.
As Thurr slept, she dreamed. Morshiinin was connected to the Waters of Truth, and knew what had to be done, so she sent Thurr a prophetic dream. When Thurr woke up later, she told Morshenda of the dream, of what had to be done next. Morshenda nodded, and sent Thurr to tell Grah'Bahn.
Thurr went home to the Onyx Castle and told everyone there of her prophetic dream. Grah'Bahn, who had so often been a mother, and had been a father before as well, would have to be a father once more. So it was that Grah'Bahn went to Morsh'aipahlih, and fathered a child with Morshenda, her first grandchild.
With a speed not seen since the first time Moiulainas Taybahliss became pregnant, Morshenda's belly grew rapidly before their eyes, and gave birth within minutes. The newly born child bowed, introducing herself as Zirrovahn, and rushed off to do her duty creating realms where souls could go to rest and be reincarnated if they so chose. As soon as all the lost souls rushed into these realms, Thurr visibly relaxed. She hadn't realized until then that she'd been hearing that noise all her life.
Over the next few weeks, Thurr became a lot happier and easier to get along with, but still she felt incomplete. The noise of Shao'Zirrovehk still bothered her. Finally, several months after Zirrovahn's birth, Thurr was out wandering around, when she found an empty cavern in the Creation Onyx, and touched the wall, filling it with her energy, turning the inside of the cavern into a glowing white expanse that was full of energy but absolutely quiet and peaceful. When she took her hand away from the wall, she sighed, content with what she'd done, and named her realm Kiiliik'kuusuup.23
Thurr was just about to sit down and read in her new realm when the energy started to rise, vibrating with a thrum that was increasing in pitch, the light getting brighter until it was blinding. Thurr began to panic, for she had not expected this, and did not know how to stop it. She fumbled around, trying to find the exit, and cried out in pain from the light of it all, when something incredible happened. The light burst out of the entrance of the cavern and zoomed across the universe in a straight line, right through the onyx archway that was the entrance to Shao'Zirrovehk. The whole of Shao'Zirrovehk was filled with this bright white light, which mixed with the bright orange energy of Shao'Zirrovehk, this mix of light breaking a new entrance to the cavern through the wall on its path in a straight line to Morsh'aipahlih.
Morshenda's dark realm was flooded with white-and-orange light, and the dark energy of her world mixed with the light. This mixed-energy beam shot back out the same entrance and broke its way back into Kiiliik'kuusuup, creating another entrance. The whole universe shook, and then all of this new energy disappeared, returning things to normal.
Every deity in the whole universe could talk of nothing else after that, billions of divine voices discussed the strange event. Only Grah'Bahn knew what had happened. So it was that she took her family into the center of the universe, the place where it had all begun the day Moiulainas Taybahliss impregnated herself for the first time, creating the universe. There, in the exact spot Moiulainas Taybahliss had been that first day, was a vast egg with the same eight-pointed star and circles from the vision Grah'Bahn had received.
Moiulainas Taybahliss looked at it curiously, and for some reason felt a great love for it. She made herself larger, held the egg in her arms like a newborn child, and named it Kohrainder.
At the sound of its name, the egg cracked open, and out hatched a being without form. It was comprised of white light, orange light, and darkness. It shone every color you could imagine and many you could not. It was the past, the present, and the future. It was alternate timelines, other universes. It was the child of the Creation Onyx itself. It was Kohrainder, it was The All.
With a brilliant flash of light, Kohrainder abandoned Its limiting form, becoming truly formless and truly timeless. To those watching, Kohrainder had appeared to vanish completely. Unbeknownst to them, however, it went back in time and created Moiulainas Taybahliss, and created all the other creators of all the other universes that had already existed. For though Kohrainder had appeared to be born last of all the deities in this tale, Kohrainder had always existed. The Last was, in truth, The First; the highest of The Absolute.
The other deities in this tale, you could contact. They would understand you, you would understand them. They are ancient and wise and often difficult to understand fully, but it would be possible. Yet Kohrainder is beyond time, beyond the relativity of the universe. Kohrainder is mysterious, and no mortal or even Deity would be capable of comprehending Its thoughts. Kohrainder is utterly alien. Kohrainder is beyond good and evil; beyond anything we can relate to. Kohrainder is beyond our understanding, and perhaps we are beyond its understanding. Does it love us? That is unclear. The assumption is that It must love us, however It defines love, for It set everything in motion. We seek, always, to understand as much as we can. Perhaps one day we will understand Kohrainder. Or perhaps not. While the endeavor to understand Kohrainder is a commendable one, however, until we are at least as ancient and wise as the Deities, it is foolish to believe we mortals can truly understand it.
Ultimately, all we have are ideas, and questions. Even this tale is metaphorical and contains only ideas, not absolute truth. We can speak with Deities with the same names and associations as are in this tale, but even if this tale has some shadow of The Truth about how the universe came to be, we cannot know for sure. For Absolute Truth is elusive, ever-teasing, always just out of reach. But it is a fun tale, nonetheless, and its ideas can be useful.
Just remember, everyone: if someone tells you they know the Absolute Truth, they are either lying or mistaken. Either way, if you encounter such a person, just smile and ignore them; to do anything else would be futile.
P.S. = This story is the official mythology of the Yahgahn religion as a whole. However, it is not the only mythology. Many Deities' cults have “peripheral” stories. I use the word “peripheral” instead of “apocryphal” because Yahgahn as a religion neither accepts nor rejects these other stories. In fact, I already have two such peripheral stories written, from the Shao'Bahn Order (Shao-Kehn's cult): “Of That Which Multiplied” and “Of That Which Is Savage,” which take place between the time of the marriage between Shao'Kehn and Ahndahn, and the discovery of Nahtahdjaiz.
1Grah'bihn colors = Green: fertile, adult. Purple: infertile, adult. Yellow: child.
2“Moiulainas Taybahliss” literally means “Creator of Reality.”
3This word is the Ah'Koi Bahnis word for “bipedal, bilateral symmetry, torso, head, two arms, two legs” AKA what humans would call “humanoid.”
4There is a reason Grah'Bahn and grah'bihn look similar. Aside from the phallic symbolism of Grah'Bahn, the word bihn means “body part.” So a grah'bihn is the body part that looks like a worm.
5In Yahgahn culture, it is taught that because the color black absorbs all the colors of light, it is accepting, whereas the color white rejects all the colors of light. This is why the black flag represents agreement, acceptance, and even peace; while the white flag represents disagreement, rejection, and can even represent aggression. Though this may seem unusual, it is fairly common on Traipah, since Traipahni eyes are color on black instead of white. From there, they noticed the stars twinkling in the black sky and drew their conclusion of the deep spiritual significance of blackness and darkness, this conclusion generally overruling any fear of the dark (which is less than in humans anyway, since even the Yaingah can see very well in the dark.
6Kusunia is pronounced koo-soon-yah
7Though the gendered terms are used here, remember that “father” and “mother” and other gendered relationship words as translated are not gendered in the original language, as Traipahni sentient beings have only one sex, as do the deities in this story.
8Tala-maik is like the yin, it is the feminine principle. Yet due to their hermaphroditic state, it (and its opposite, nura-maik) is a concept that many Ah'Koi Bahnis struggled to understand before the arrival and commonality of humans.
9Ah'Koi Bahnis Tu-Bahn Fahloon means “The Divinely-Born Holy People of Ahgoi.” (People as in “a people,” not plural of person.) The name is archaic, but has stuck as their name for themselves. Ah'Koi Bahnis, AKB, or “Ah-K-B-N” (said Ahk buhn) in Traipahni phoenetic characters, for short. (“Ah'Koi Bahnis” on its own would mean “The People of Ahgoi.”)
10Kusahnia is pronounced koo-sawn-yah
11Traipahni civilization is incredibly old compared to human civilization; they were building cities when we were still figuring out fire. Their civilization has remained remarkably stable over several hundred thousand years because of the planet-wide value of knowledge and libraries. Languages have come and gone, ideas have evolved, entire cultures now exist only in the libraries of Traipah, but very little knowledge was lost in all that time.
12Another way of saying this would be, “to undervalue intelligence and its fruits is to undervalue being human.”
13The “Shao” in Shao'Zirrovehk and Shao'Kehn rhymes with “cow” and “how.” Also, “Shao'Zirrovehk” means “The Heart of the Chaos.”
14Using the gendered term “woman” here instead of “person/deity/being” merely to emphasize Shao-Kehn's femininity; like all the deities in here, She is a hermaphrodite; but She is very feminine in appearance, where other deities may or may not be.
16These are known to Traipahni people as Protection Knives.
17I admit, these fight scenes are inspired by fight scenes from the Nickelodeon series “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”
18Nahtahdjaiz is pronounced “naw-todd-jaze”
20Ah'Koi Bahnis pregnancies can last anywhere from 11 to 12 months. But only deities can dance while 12 months pregnant.
21“Lahsahn Shao'Kehn” and “Nahsahn Ahndahn,” respectively. (Lahsahn being Mother, Nahsahn being Father.)
22Nwoikis is pronounced “nuh-woy-kiss”
23Kiiliik'kuusuup is pronounced “key-leak koos-soup” and literally means “Peace World.” It is also known as The Wellspring.