Cosmology of Askarra
Askarra is a world created by angels. In the beginning there were seven great angels, who together created the world, and all of the smaller realities surrounding it. These greatest of angels represented the building blocks of reality, and were: The Angel of Fire, The Angel of Water, The Angel of Earth, The Angel of Air, The Angel of Light, The Angel of Darkness, And finally, The Angel of Balance, who led them all in their labors, and maintained the essential balance of the world of Askarra, a world whose very name means “Angel-Forged”.
Surrounding the world were six planes: the Elemental Plane of Fire, the Elemental Plane of Water, the Elemental Plane of Earth, the Elemental Plane of Air, the Elemental Plane of Light, and the Elemental Plane of Shadow, bastions of the elemental forces that shaped Askarra. The seventh angel, The Angel of Balance, created the Ethereal Plane to watch over the balance of Askarra, and the Astral Plane to tie every reality together.
From the outer realities surrounding Askarra, thirty-three more angels arose. Each angel had less power than the seven original angels, but together they also had power capable of shaping the world. Each of these angels had a powerful ideal or emotion, that was at the very core of their being. These angels took the outer realities surrounding them, and adjusted them, changing their nature to fit their own. From these outer homes, these Lower angels looked upon the material plane. They saw it’s balance, but also that there was something missing…..
The thirty-three angels descended to the material plane, and created many things. They created plants and animals, they created the winds and the waves, and finally, all the races of Askarra, beings made their own image, meant to watch over the creation, and serve the Great Angel of Balance.
But soon, fourteen of the angels, realized the power of their creation, and desired to use it raise themselves above the others. These are the Angels of War, Pestilence, Death, Famine, Power, Avarice, Pride, Envy, Wrath, Lust, Madness, Hatred, Cruelty, and Deceit.
They spoke to the peoples they had helped create, and offered them great rewards in exchange for their servitude. Some of the people accepted, and became servants. But the great rewards were not without cost, for they twisted and changed their recipients, creating the many evil races that populate Askarra today. The great angels that created the world stood back, for the fights of others were not their concern, only balance.
Eventually, but not without great cost the remaining lesser angels cast down the ones who had tried to take control of the world. The nineteen Lesser angels, were rewarded for their preservation of the Balance of Askarra, and ascended in power, and were granted control over Askarra for thousands of years. These Angels are now worshiped as The Ascendant Pantheon. The Ascendant Pantheon is composed of the Angels of Curiosity, Artifice, Courage, Patience, Perseverance, Truth, Mercy, Love, Charity, Honor, Justice, Freedom, Peace, Purity, Vigilance, Kindness, Generosity, Forgiveness, and Wisdom. The Ascendant became the deities of all good races.
The fourteen angels who were cast down became the The Fallen, the Lords of all that is evil within the world. Their twisted creations have continues servitude, and have always sat at the edge of civilization, ready to strike at anything, always ready to seek ways to bring more power to their fallen masters, so that they may rise up once again.