This story was begun on August 30, 2013, though it was conceived of much earlier. Indeed, I had thought of writing a creation myth for the Dragon Ball world ever since I first created the pages for the races of each alien in Dragon Ball Z: The Forgotten starting back in early June of 2012. On the top of those pages was a quote by a character named Antenocte - a character who is not mentioned on any of my other pages. I had always intended for this character to be a sort of god, but not the type the Kais were. The Kais are mortal beings, so they are not "true" gods. He would be something more than them. I never worked anything out substantively enough to warrant a story, however. That changed when I took a World Mythology class in the fall of 2013.
The first type of myths that we studied in that class was creation myths, and so I was inspired to create my own from the reading and analysis we did of those. And what else could I make one for than for my Dragon Ball universe? So I set out at once to create the names for my various characters. I wanted to have numerous original divines that would represent certain qualities or states in a polytheistic manner that is similar to the original Greek pantheon. That I settled on 12 is actually a coincidence. I did not know when I created twelve that there were 12 high Greek gods in Olympus. However, all of my original twelve were loosely based on Greek names. The thirteenth, Heisis, was created purely as a way to create conflict later on.
I wanted to make it very clear that there was no true good or evil. Such things were creations of lesser beings. Sure, there is temptation and emotional states, but these things are neither good nor bad on their own merit. That Heisis strikes fear into the original twelve divines is more about their own egos than about Heisis being "evil". Thus, good and evil (in the Dragon Ball universe) doesn't come from the divines, but from cultural morality (such as from the Ogres' sense of morality, or the Kais', or the humans').
The chapters were written to mimic Hesiod's Theogony. The use of verse style came specifically from the version of Hesiod's story in my textbook. I didn't give my story any syllabic pentameter however, as I didn't want to bother with the hassle of restricting my flow of speech in such a way. I specifically waited to write several of the chapters until we had covered various subjects in class. For example, I wrote the first chapter only after we had covered creation myths, the second only after we had covered the male divine, and the third after we covered the trickster. Apart from that, the story was often written spontaneously, whenever I didn't have homework or other stories to write. Because of the verse-like way of writing it, it was significantly easier to write than most of my prose stories.
The Breaking of Silence
In the beginning, there was Silence
and it covered everything, completely.
Silence was stillness and Chaos was not yet born.
From Silence was born a nameless being whose boredom and loneliness
was almost as suffocating as Great Silence, which surrounded it.
In time, the being began to split itself into more beings.
Each split was done in pairs, with one female and one male,
and they were immortals.
As each pair came, Silence waned, and the burden of its presence diminished.
First were born noble Maltrion and his twin sister Zentryx;
then Iantos and Sethys; Icaeus and Dapherion;
afterwards, Soranos and Valcia; and Pythe and Thessia;
and Nylos, whose appearance was the envy of all, and Haseidene.
But as Silence had broken to allow for the nameless being,
so too had it broken to allow the Twelve Divines their existence.
Yet not all was harmonious.
The Twelve soon felt the presence of another rising from them
and they dispelled the uncertainty with revulsion and disgust,
for soon they came to see it manifest as a being their equal.
And the Gods were scared.
Heisis was its name, and it held no gender. In perversion of
the Divines' twin births, it was alone; and it held Chaos in its grasp.
Noble Maltrion saw from Heisis' birth the ruin of everything.
And though he told his fellows, and they distrusted Heisis,
they could do nothing, for they could not match its force.
Even as the Gods created their heavenly abode, Mytos,
they could not stop Heisis from following them.
But all remembered Maltrion's prophecy and kept anxiety in their hearts.
The Gods were not agents of good or evil, though they feared their own peril.
As each God fulfilled a purpose, the perversion of good and evil
never reached Mytos, and the great landscape was untainted by those who walked it.
And the land of Mytos was lush and bountiful,
and many trees and rivers permeated its vast lands.
Always was there day, and within it, Elder Time was born.
Upon the archway at the centre of the lands, between two great and tenacious mountains
stood an inscription of Maltrion's prophecy, laced in gold.
Lo! it is said: In the end, it shall be that
Heisis will take its true place as the offspring of Silence and fill the universe with
its overbearance. And so shall all whither and die from a suffocating and deathly Chaos.
- The title of this story is a reference to another work of mine, Dragon Ball: Breaking of Silence. That work was of course deleted and remade into His Majesty's Pet.
- The opening line of the story is a reference to the Bible's opening.
- The use of silence in the beginning was to have my version of the Gaia figure in Hesiod's Theogony. Of course, all creation ideas (even those in real life) are wrought with logical paradoxes, and since this is in a universe where characters can shoot energy out of their bodies, it wasn't necessary to have anything more complicated, or science-based.
- Chaos is a pervasive force in the universe that is separate from Silence (and later, the Nameless Being). This is again something taken from Hesiod's work, although given much more prominence in my story.
- The fact that Silence had to form into the Nameless Being, then split into twelve beings was done because I wanted to show how much weaker the Twelve Divines were. All of them together are about as powerful as the Nameless Being, who is about half as strong as Silence. This is important because the byproduct of every splitting is indeed Chaos.
- Silence's last act would appear most accurately as a division creation myth. The Nameless Being's would be more of a sacrifice creation myth. Finally, the Twelve Divines use the multiple creator creation myth archetype.
- Heisis' introduction was used to bring conflict into the story.
- The use in giving each god a gender was to set specific laws and expectations for the universe. While not all species created from them will follow the male/female idea, most will. Additionally, Heisis appears strange, not only because it is the thirteenth divine, but because it shows prevalent aspects of both genders. This is partially a reference to the Greek god Bacchus, who was both a god of chaos and ambiguous gender identity.
- Mytos was envisioned as a sort of paradise which no mortal being could ever reach. This was never envisioned to be a place that mortals would go after they die, like in many religions, but more of an Olympus. Even then, Mytos is far more restrictive, and most second-generation gods (which are seen later) rarely are allowed entry into Mytos.
- The fact that the Twelve were born in twin pairs is a reference to the creation myth, "Amma and Nummo Prepare the World".
- I'm not exactly sure what prompted my creation of Elder Time. I, essentially, wanted to explain that where there was Elder Time, nothing would age or die or wither. Elder Time has a far reach due to Maltrion's power (he is the second most powerful of the Twelve) and extends beyond Mytos to Helcio and Other World.
- The name Mytos was come up with while I was in class. I actually considered the name for one of the Divines, but eventually settled on it as the place they would live in.
- The prophecy is the realization of Heisis' potential as an antagonist. The story requires conflict and the prophecy that states Heisis is a threat to all life not only begins that, but envelops the universe in the story told within the myth.
Icaeus Steals the Gift of Life
In Mytos, where time is still, the Thirteen
feasted and basked in the splendor
of their creation.
But Icaeus, whose words are crafty,
and who lived in the North, in Finuin,
grew bored of his easy life.
He came one day to his brother, Iantos
who had created all
trees, rivers, and lands in Mytos.
Icaeus brought to him two
trees he had uprooted and spoke
with words soft and deliberate:
"Iantos my brother, greatest of our family,
look now at what I bring you. These
trees are strong and tall, but
they do not breathe or see or talk.
They do not know and do not feel,
for they are not like us."
Then spoke Iantos,
"And what would you request of me,
my brother, Icaeus?"
And Icaeus beseeched his brother
to breathe life into the trees
and make more beings.
This, his brother rejected
and would not listen to his brother's
counsel any longer.
Then Icaeus went to his sister, Sethys,
who held power over death and foresight.
And she too was bored.
For nothing in Mytos died or grew old;
and Sethys despised her brothers -
Maltrion, whose elder time let nothing wither,
And Iantos, whose creative powers were never used.
So with Icaeus, Sethys brought her brother Iantos
much wine and food and bade him celebrate.
Sethys was careful
to continue refilling Iantos' cup
whenever it was emptied.
By the second day of the feast, her brother had consumed
more than three barrels of wine.
He was very drunken,
and his two equals found Iantos
to be in an agreeable mood.
Then, by the light of their great bonfire,
Sethys and Icaeus tied Iantos to a tree,
and forced him to breathe life into
the two trees Icaeus presented him with.
And so he did; Iantos, the obsessor,
created the first civilization.
From the two trees, he created two creatures
one male, and one female,
who were shorter and darker than the Thirteen,
and whose powers were greatly inferior
than the divines.
They were known as the Shima.
Then Iantos became ashamed at
what he had done, and sought to
hide the species he had created.
Iantos created Helcio,
a realm below Mytos, where the Shima could live.
In Helcio, elder time held no power, and many things
aged and died.
The Shima, though created from divinity,
were not immune, and lived
only several hundred years.
With glee, Sethys, messenger of death,
descended into Helcio and her
cold presence was ever on the
For when they bred, she would take from them,
never allowing their population to grow beyond twelve.
Thus, the Shima would never be better than the divines.
And so her jealousy for life was
satiated and she could fulfill her role.
But the souls of
those she killed could not
remain in Helcio, so
Iantos created yet another plane
for the dead to rest at.
This he named Other World, the third plane, and Sethys
held almost no power there.
While most of the divines did not go to Helcio,
Icaeus did. He enjoyed the
company of the Shima.
Icaeus, the cunning agent, spent his time
teaching the Shima and giving them language.
But once Icaeus had told the Shima all
he knew, he grew bored with them as well.
He asked Iantos once again to create life
but his brother refused.
Maltrion and Thessia protected
their brother, and did not
allow Icaeus to return to him.
So Icaeus stayed in Helcio, the second plane,
and created life by himself.
He was not the god of Life or Creation,
and his works were shameful and incomplete.
He took two rocks and struck them
together, and from the sparks were
created the Keishin.
These creatures were clothed in red,
and their eyes burned with desires of
discord and knowledge.
They rejected the Shima, and the
two waged war over Helcio.
Pythe, the god of war, watched over
the species' fight and relished
Haseidene and Soranos likewise
released their powers into Helcio
and watched the Shima and Keishin battle.
But Dapherion, whose face was as pure as water,
was appalled at Icaeus' creation and
called a council of the remaining divines.
They spoke of the trickster and his cunning
and knew that he would make a mockery of all of them,
even noble Maltrion.
So Iantos was tasked with creating another plane -
one which was not so close to Mytos -
where all of their powers
could be placed into.
And so Iantos, life-breather,
created the universe, and he
put much into it, so that
it was filled with planets and stars
and gas and space.
And into this fourth plane, Iantos
dropped many seeds of life,
one for each drop of blood
from the Shima-Keishin war.
And there was much that
was created from this.
Then, the twelve took to the universe
and spread their powers within it.
But Heisis, who had remained quiet
merely watched its brothers and sisters,
and it knew that not yet was it the time for
Heisis, born of chaos, to enter into the universe.
- Not all of the Twelve are created equally - at least, not in terms of getting prominence in the story. Some divines, like Nylos and Haseidene, are barely mentioned. This is because the Theogony is not a story to tell about all of the gods. Ideally, each of the twelve and their offspring will have numerous legends surrounding them aside from this story. A Theogony, by definition, is a story of the bloodlines of the gods. And since the gods created everything, the most important aspects of the story are those which revolve around such creation. So the gods of life and death (Iantos and Sethys) and the trickster god (Icaeus) hold much importance in the story.
- Icaeus was going to be my main god of the first three chapters, so I specifically named him as best I could. I slightly based his name off of Icarus, though that character's appearance or personality figure little into Icaeus'.
- Icaeus was chosen as the main god to be portrayed in the first three chapters because he is a trickster. Tricksters allow a plot to more forward much like an antagonist does, although often in more clever and witty ways. Being also that trickster archetypes are my favorite types of gods, this was an intentional focus of mine. I wanted a trickster to bring about everything outside of Mytos.
- Sethys, of course, helped Icaeus, because she wanted things to kill, being the goddess of death. Despite this, I don't consider her a trickster, just an associate of a trickster.
- The use of wine and feasting and food in general is a very mortal perspective of the story. Gods probably wouldn't need to eat or drink, and, moreover, how did they know about alcohol? But many gods do drink and eat nonetheless, regardless of region or religion, so I put that in more as a nod to human myths in general.
- The Shima were named by me in class. I wrote the name down in my notebook before I had even finished naming the Twelve Divines (I believe I had four or five of their names at the time I came up with the Shima). They were always supposed to be a test race. One aspect of my myth that was difficult is that this is not a world-spanning myth, but a universe-spanning one. Not many creation myths have numerous races - and none of them human, at that - which do not end up extinct rather quickly. So that was something that I specifically added to give my own myth uniqueness.
- The Keishin were named slightly to reference the later Kais, who are known as the Shin. They, of course, predate the Shin, and are not even created by the same being.
- Icaeus is not a god of creation, so his creation of the Keishin brings about more chaos into the world, and thus more plot. They were made in mockery of the Shima; and this is much a reference to The Lord of the Rings, where Melkor (and later Sauron) would create creatures like orcs and trolls in mockery of existing beings because their desires were perverted or their abilities questionable. Icaeus' skills were clearly questionable, and his motive was simply to alleviate boredom, which is often a motivator of tricksters and non-tricksters alike.
- I always envisioned Mytos as separate from the rest of the universe. Of course, we've all seen the pictures (not created by Toriyama) of the universe, where Other World and the Demon Realm are separate from the universe. That was a slight motivator for how Mytos and the other planes were placed apart. Additionally, Magic the Gathering was a reference I used for creating the planes.
- Like Mytos, Helcio was a name for a land I came up with in class. When I wrote the name, I knew exactly which plane it would be.
- The fact that Iantos feels guilt is interesting, but more interesting is the fact that he chooses to create another plane to hide the Shima instead of just wiping them out. This is due to him being a god of life, not death. He can't bear to see anything die.
- The fact that the Keishin and Shima war with one another is due to the fact that the Keishin were created by one who is not a creator. Thus, their actions are always base and vulgar.
- The fact that dead souls don't go anywhere is just an aspect of the Dragon Ball universe that had to be introduced. It spurred the creation of the third plane, Other World, so that served the function of explanation as much as plot progression.
- I think it's funny that Dapherion and Maltrion advised Iantos to create a fourth plane, the universe, where Icaeus could go to be a trickster and not mess around with the other Divines any longer.
- The universe is so far away from Mytos that it is the first plane that Elder Time does not extend to.
- Because of this, when most of the Twelve descend into the universe to investigate it, Maltrion does not go.
- Heisis is shown to be a logical and patient being. It feels that its power is inescapable, always corruptible, and right. The chaos brought about from the Shima and Keishin's creation gave it hope that if it just stayed in the background, things would far into disorder on their own.
- It is explained in this chapter that when someone dies, they are personally taken by Sethys.
- The scene of the Shima-Keishin war is funny. Every time Sethys would take one from either side, Iantos would jump right in and create a new one - meanwhile, the dead would be piling up in the background. It just shows how much, more so than any other twin pairing, Iantos and Sethys are true opposites.
- While no more than twelve of either the Keishin or Shima existed at one time, signficantly more of them did exist in death on Helcio before they were transported to a nearly created Other World.
The Fall of the 12 Divines
The Keishin and Shima warred for many years
until the grasslands of their battles
turned red with blood.
Even as they ripped one another apart,
being taken by Sethys,
new Keishin and Shima were created by
Iantos and the cycle continued.
They came to realize the futility
of their quarrels and came together.
The two species, the firstborn and secondborn,
conspired, in secret, to overthrow their
masters and take control of their lives.
One day the Shima, in their singing voices,
called to their masters to come and visit them.
The Twelve Divines listened to their creations
and came down to Helcio.
Then, the Keishin sprang out from behind
some dead trees and attacked the gods
with crude stones and knives.
The Shima too used their powers and
overwhelmed the gods.
Soranos, Pythe, and Haseidene
pushed the Shima back
and Dapherion banished them to the
Afterlife - known as Otherworld.
There they became great lords
and their descendants were
known as the Ogres.
The Keishin were overwhelmed by
Zentryx, Valcia, and Nylos
and were banished to the Underworld,
for they were loved by none but Icaeus, their creator.
There, they became the demons who lived in Torfrost,
where nothing grew or thrived and where
endless plains of sharp rocks
were the only respite from endless plumes of sulfur.
The Makais came from the oldest Keishin
and lived in the emerald peaks of Sinhost,
where they lorded over their demon subjects.
It was not often the Demons would be able to
visit the other planes,
for the gods had isolated them purposefully,
but every few million years thereafter
a few demons managed to escape their prison
and wreak mischief upon the universe.
Then Helcio was abandoned;
the Twelve returned to their paradise of Mytos
and contemplated the Shima-Keishin rebellion.
Helcio withered away in the absence
Every tree lost its leaves,
the red grass no longer grew,
wind no longer blew,
and there was a heavy burden in the air.
No beings were ever permitted to
return to the plane, after the rebellion
and thus Helcio remains desolate
to this day.
Iantos was distressed
after witnessing the failure
of his creation.
Many races had been born in the
fourth plane, the universe,
but he no longer felt
attachment to them.
So came Heisis, chaos-bringer,
and corrupted the thoughts of
its brothers and sisters.
It convinced them that
the only pure creations were
from the unison of brother and sister;
of man and woman.
And so the Twelve agreed,
and with chaos in their heart
slept with one another
and produced many children.
From Maltrion came Thibbe, Baccia, Phemys,
Gersia, Bemeita, and then Weyvn,
who came to be revered by the Ogres in Other World.
From Iantos came Sessina, Cira, Nelos,
Ziantos, Beinus; and after these,
the youngest and most cunning of his children, Amu,
who later came to be known as Amoon, life-eater,
whose terror and bloodshed would come
to haunt the Divines. But his time was not
From Icaeus, the master trickster, came
Isyen, Maevus, and Qualos.
From Soranos came Vestia, Borellos,
the nevertalking Ouralia, Cephia,
and then Zeruos.
From Pythe came Dutramo, Azies, Dibolan,
From Nylos came Chivin, Selphos, Dynae,
Bhusho, Garrios, Macklan, and Gyx, Forel,
Dencion, and then Lorelos, Xelia, and Jesino.
Then the many sons and daughters of the original gods,
whose births were influenced by the power of chaos,
descended into the universe and spread the powers
of their parents.
And to this, Heisis watched with satisfaction.
For it needed not do anything itself to bring chaos
into the universe.
Rarely did any of the Twelve ever return to the planes
other than Mytos.
Their influence had waned, and their interest in
living beings were mostly gone.
Only Iantos, Sethys, and Icaeus would
return to the universe to observe
the many works of their children.
- The Shima and Keishin act much like tricksters. Perhaps this is a personality trait that has rubbed off on them due to their extended time conversing and interacting with Icaeus (not to mention, the Keishin were created by a trickster's hands).
- The Shima and Keishin are absolutely dominated by the Twelve. Perhaps this is conveyed in the text, but I do want to make it absolutely clear: they were candles in a typhoon. The Twelve were so much more powerful than them.
- I did not know into this chapter what I would do with the Shima and Keishin. The fact that the Keishin were described as fiery, duplicitous beings (not to mention their shin-bearing names) gave them a prime spot to become the Makaioshins. The Shima were then made into the Ogres so that Other World would also be manned.
- The Demon Realm was the last of the planes to be created. This is because it is a very minor plane both in size and importance. Only the demons - descendants of the Keishin - live there, and not many stories either in my universe or otherwise ever take place in that plane.
- Helcio is the only uninhabited plane by the end of the chapter. None of the Twelve spend any time there. Why would they? Mytos is paradise and the other three planes offer the company of mortals. Not even second generation gods would later come to spend time on Helcio. The way I described Helcio's lands turn to desolation was a reference to the creation part of "The Eddas" myth.
- Also, the way that I say that Helcio is desolate to this day is specifically written to be inclusive to the audience. Like all myths, this one purports to be real - at least in its own universe. So, everyone would read that sentence and believe that Helcio existed and was barren. This is a major function of the story.
- The main thing to be gained from this chapter is that no one messes with the original gods. It is folly for mortals to want what the gods have, and they will be punished for it. Regardless of how they feel about it, moving to Other World and the Underworld was a demotion for the Shima and Keishin; a punishment, if you will.
- It is important to note that even as the Shima and Keishin warred, Iantos was creating life in the Universe. It's also important to note that Iantos felt far more distant toward them than he did the Shima. While he still loved them and obsessed over them, he didn't do it nearly to the extent he did so with the Shima. For one, whenever Sethys went and killed anything in the Universe, he did not go and replace it immediately. And sometimes, he didn't replace the being at all, instead allowing the race to become extinct.
- In the aftermath of the rebellion of the species, it makes sense for Heisis to step in. Heisis, despite being the major antagonist, has been quiet for the first two and a half chapters. Thus, when it comes in, it shows how truly powerful it is. Convincing the Twelve to mate with one another and create second-generation gods was done because Heisis surmised that with more gods came more disorder, and thus more chaos for it to revel in. The fact that Heisis could even will the other gods to do so just speaks of its power. And of course, with more chaos, Heisis is brought closer and closer to dominating everything.
- Incest is a common theme in myths. Often it is portrayed negatively - as cultulal and religious moralities dictate - but in my story, I did not say specifically whether it was good or bad. Sure, it was influenced by the chaotic force of Heisis, and sure some bad gods were produced, like Amoon. But not all of the second-generation gods were bad. Weyvn was a noble god, and most others were as well. So while incest can be good or bad, in my story it is most emblematic of progress or change. The plot can only progress with new gods, and incest is the only way. Hey, even though the Bible says incest is bad, Adam and Eve's offspring certainly had to engage in it to grow humanity like it is told in that book. And of course, that brought around progression of humanity and needed change. Curiously, it's not often talked about, perhaps because it is morally indefensible to those who adhere to that faith. But in my story, there is no overall morality, as I spoke about before, so I don't need to ignore it.
- The way in which I listed the offspring was how Hesiod did in his Theogony. I put in little descriptors for some of the offspring, allowing myself to use them in future chapters if I wanted to. I won't pretend that I had any plot lined up for the next three chapters after this one was written. So those descriptors were used as a sort of framework for what I could use later. As it was, I did use Weyvn later on.
- Amoon is Hyper Zergling's character. He's a powerful god of regeneration (thus born of Sethys and Iantos), so I specifically added him into my story because our two universes are canon to one another. I named him Amu at first because Amoon is obviously not in line with any of the other characters' names. Additionally, it's not a "KidVegeta" name. I did mention that he later came to be known as Amoon to show consistency with my writing style and Hyper Zergling's universe. Like Weyvn, he was given a descriptor because he would be seen in later chapters.
Iantos, life-breather, spread life
across the universe
and Icaeus followed behind him,
giving each new species
sentience and intelligence.
So sprung up many civilizations;
and they worshiped
the Divines and their children as their gods.
But there was one race which
worshiped no one.
They called themselves the Daman,
and they were a proud, haughty race.
Their numbers grew as quickly as their intellect,
and soon they dominated the universe.
Led by their leader, Anaku,
the Daman cut a swath through all other races
and made all others subservient to them.
As their technology grew, so did their arrogance,
and soon the Daman saw themselves as the gods
they refused to worship.
Anaku reached the Other World
- where no living mortal should go -
and created a new homeworld for his species,
which he called Krakatan.
From that vantage, his people
watched over the universe.
Then the Daman,
whose technological mastery has never been replicated,
argued amongst themselves
and debated their reason for existing.
Many argued they were not gods;
that they were simply the pinnacle of existence,
and they owed no species their time or effort.
But others, like Anaku, said their power was
to be feared,
to be respected,
to be obeyed.
And he wanted to be the one to rule all others.
And so the Daman warred with one another
in Other World.
But it was not an even fight.
Most of those who stood
against Anaku were destroyed
by the might of their proud leader,
whose power rivaled the gods'.
Weyvn, son of Maltrion, watched the
species war with itself,
Not idly would a god enter into
the affairs of lesser mortals,
but the Daman civil war
threatened the afterlife,
and Anaku's power grew unchecked.
So Weyvn allied himself
with those who stood against Anaku.
It came to be
that the bloody conflict
reached its peak
on the surface of Krakatan itself.
There, Anaku and Wevyn, Maltrion's son,
dueled with one another.
And all of Other World shook
as they rained blows down upon one another.
As mounds of bodies lay around them,
rivers of blood flowed under their boots,
and smoke obscured their vision,
Anaku and Weyvn mortally wounded one another.
Anaku's stomach was gashed and bloody;
Weyvn's back broken, his neck sliced.
But Weyvn mustered up his remaining energy
and prevented his opponent from escaping
and healing himself.
So he obliterated Anaku with all of
his remaining energy, and Weyvn, Maltrion's son,
died as well.
Anaku was placed in hell, locked away by the Shima,
now known as the Ogres of Other World.
There he remains to this day, and no one may see him.
Weyvn, being a second-generation god, was not bound
to Other World, and returned to Mytos
to live with his mother and father.
His parents did not allow him to leave
Mytos often, for if he would die again,
he would cease to exist.
Still, Weyvn's heroic deeds were not forgotten,
and he was forever revered in Other World.
And the remaining Daman gave up their
dictatorial ways, instead focusing on
spreading their technology and knowledge
throughout the universe.
But with the death of Anaku,
their greatest leader,
the self-proclaimed gods,
the once great species,
whose golden age died with its leader,
then began its
long and inevitable decline.
- The Daman are the first of the mortal races of the universe to be given a voice. And they are noted to be ones who do not worship gods, only respecting intellect and abilities. This is important to both the rise and the fall of the Daman.
- This chapter is the turning point of the story. The first three were mostly build up and explanation, whereas this one begins the part of the story that explains the relevance to the Dragon Ball universe. The Daman are the precursors to the Kais, and this shows how and why.
- All Daman names are based around Krakatoa (Sertung and Verlate are based off of some islands). Anaku, the villain of the fourth chapter, was named after Anak Krakatau, which means child of Krakatoa. Anaku is the strongest mortal being to ever exist. No one, not even Goku (or Beers, if you see him as canon) comes close to how strong he was. Frankly, he defeated a second-generation god, so he's godlike.
- The fact that the Daman reached Other World was symbolic of their power, but also foretold of the Kais, who would also come to rule the universe from Other World.
- Anaku's power to create planets is a common one of the Daman. Sertung, a Judge featured in Dragon Ball Z: The Forgotten, did so as well.
- The Daman are the race that Verlate is from. They are hinted at being gods in her story, but are immortalized here in the Theogony because of what I had already written in The Forgotten. I would have likely not used another precursor race before the Kais had I not already created the Daman in my universe.
- Weyvn's duel with Anaku was symoblic of Melkor's fight with Fingolfin. Of course, I had Weyvn die in my story (Melkor did not), in order to show that Anaku was the pinnacle of mortal achievement. After him, none would ever accomplish what he did by themselves. Weyvn, being a god, was not tied to Other World when he died, and went back to Mytos to spend most of his time. Anaku was kept in Hell in Other World thereafter. So, despite both fighting to a stalemate and dying, Weyvn got the last laugh, because he kept his freedom, even in death.
- Anaku epitomizes not only the height of mortal accomplishment, but also Damani accomplishment. After his death, it is important to see that the race as a whole declined. Every species or civilization reaches its height at some point, and with the Daman, it was with Anaku.
- Again, mentioning that Anaku remains locked away in Hell to this day is just showing that this is a living, breathing myth.
- The main thing to get from this chapter is that arrogance will end one in ruin. Anaku thought he could challenge a god. At best, he could come away with a draw - and against a second-generation god at that. Against one of the Twelve, he would have been shredded in a second. And he was the strongest mortal ever. Again, this is a cautionary tale to readers. No one can challenge the god. It also shows the punishment given to the Daman. They refused to respect the gods and went to Other World to proclaim themselves gods. Even after they gave up their dictatorial ways and became peaceful watchers, their sins were too great for the other second-generation gods (namely Amoon) to forget.
The Waning of the Old Gods and The Rise of Early Kais
The Great Judges,
the only mortals in Other World,
continued to lord over
even after Anaku's defeat.
Most resided on Krakatan;
though there were some
who had power enough to
create their own worlds.
From these vantages
did other great judges
fulfill their role
as the caretakers and watchers
of the universe.
Amoon, lord of regeneration,
and the son of Iantos,
saw the Daman and their works
and became jealous.
Who were they
to call themselves the gods,
he thought to himself.
Who are they to be worshiped?
With bitter hatred,
Amoon struck down the Daman
with disease and infertility;
and the self-proclaimed gods
were overcome by the power
of the immortal.
Within a few years' time,
their population had declined
and their power had waned.
They slowly abandoned most of their planets
and forsook the other mortal species.
Instead of watching over the universe,
they spent their last days
bickering amongst one another.
Then Amoon saw his opening.
The species his father had created
was, at last, weakened beyond repair.
And he hated his father
and he was jealous too;
for Iantos' creations were powerful
and beautiful, and they were without equal.
And Amoon was overcome with desire
to replace them with his own creation:
Beings he could be proud of;
beings he could control.
So Amoon created the Kais
in Other World
to openly mock the isolation
of the Daman.
The Kais were unlike
any other species,
and did not breed.
Instead, they grew
from the fruit of great Kaiju trees.
This was the work
of the great and terrible Amoon.
The Daman became aware
of the Kais,
and sent their Legate, Verlate,
to investigate them.
But the Kais stole her power
and brought ruin upon themselves.
Their homeworld was wrecked,
many Kaiju trees destroyed, and
their species nearly exterminated.
But even as Verlate was banished
into a mind prison for her failures,
she pleaded with the last great Judge of her species, Sertung,
to hand the mantle
over to the Kais.
She had been influenced
by Amoon's poisonous thoughts
and foresaw her species' extinction.
There was nothing left for the Daman.
They had incurred the wrath of the
and they would pay.
Seeing his species dying
- and having no answer for their impending extinction -
and took it upon himself
to train the new caretakers
of the universe.
He removed the remaining Kaiju trees
from the old, devastated Kai homeworld
and placed them on a new world
which he created.
And this place came to be known as
the Sacred World of the Kais.
The other worlds the Daman had lived on
came to be the homeworlds
of the Regional and Grand Kais,
and they are still used to this day.
But ever since Verlate's power
destroyed most of the Kais, their numbers
just enough to rule
and not enough to become arrogant,
like their predecessors.
Ever did Amoon watch the species
he had instilled as the rulers of Other World
and the universe, and his expectations
for them remained ever high.
For he had taken
a great risk
in challenging his father's creation.
He had shown his power and his bold plans
to all, without backing down.
And it would not be the last time
Amoon would do so.
- I should have noted this earlier, but I can see that all of my lines get shorter and shorter as the story progresses. Just compare the first couple of lines from this chapter to the first couple of lines in the first chapter.
- The powerful Damani judges who created their own planets were written in for a specific purpose. Their planets would later becomes the small planets that the regional Kais lived on. Again, this is an explanation of the universe's reality explained in the myth.
- Amoon's prominence in this story is because Hyper Zergling and I worked together to get him a main villain for the latter chapters of his Mrovian series. By immortalizing him here, I am building up his villain's reputation for him, while keeping both of our universes close together.
- In The Forgotten, the Daman were said to have been afflicted with mysterious diseases. That is explained here to be the work of Amoon.
- Amoon's actions are done for three purposes: For one, he's getting revenge for his second-generation brethren by destroying the Daman; he's also asserting his power by killing off a race his father created (and replacing them with his own race); and he's furthering the reach of chaos by destroying the order the Daman created.
- The line about the Daman spending their last days bickering is reference to Forever Alone and Verlate's trial. In the face of the species' rapid extinction, the trial in that story can be seen as trivia, unimportant, and a waste of resources and time.
- Amoon was a proud god. He thought he was better than his father, Iantos. So killing his father's mortal gods and replacing them with his own was a sign of his abilities.
- I specifically made Amoon create the Kais because the Kais are so strange. They grow on trees, which no other race does. It makes sense that they would have a different creator than most other species. Not to mention, they were created in Other World, the only mortal race to be.
- Of course I had to mention Verlate because it ties this Theogony with the other stories in my universe and creates a deep sense of lore that permeates throughout my writing. Sertung's actions are also hinted at in Forever Alone, but expanded upon with greater detail here in the Theogony.
- It's interesting to see that even Verlate's actions and Sertung's were influenced by Amoon (like the Twelve were influenced by Heisis). Ever was he watching the mortals and interfering with them more so than any of his siblings.
- Amoon created the Kais to be the gods because he wanted the mortals to, ultimately, answer to him. Creating a caretaker race for them was another sign that he was the one truly in charge, despite being the son of more powerful beings.
The Devastation of Otherworld and the Prophecy
The Shin and the Kaioshin
brooded over the universe.
They were gifted with
great power by Amoon, the fallen one,
but with this power, the gods,
were not corrupted like their creator was.
They were empty of temptation, desire, arrogance,
and became a great disappointment
to their deathless maker.
They were long-lived beings,
with high-blood and sharp wits;
the perfect vessels for their lord,
if only they were as ravenous as he.
Enthralled to knowledge and enlightenment
the race became, and they shared
their profundity with their subjects.
The gods lived in Other World, though
they often descended into the fourth plane
to meet with the species therein.
Like the Daman before them, the Kais - as they are known -
were curious about the others species created
by Iantos, life-breather, and his son,
Then came Bibidi, cunning magician,
manipulator of chaos. He desired
everything for his own - and he would destroy
those who opposed him.
Bibidi met the Shin emissaries,
watching their every move with the
caution only the guilt of thought can instill.
With a hand on the shoulder
of his young son,
Bibidi spoke with hot words of bitter jealousy,
"Look at them, my son, and remember
their faces. One day, their skulls
will adorn my palace."
And Bibidi worshiped Heisis
for the chaos she would
bring him, and Sethys
for the death she promised
- and, in turn, her son.
Then Amoon came to Bibidi
in the night,
for he saw the being
was filled with volatility and potential.
So Amoon taught him the means of creation
and perverted his thoughts.
And Bibidi, reckoner, became wiser,
more cunning, more willing
to attack the vulnerability of his mortal gods.
From the magician came the Majins,
demon people, in mockery of the Keishin.
And of these, chief was Buu, the unstoppable force.
So Bibidi, usurper, took his loyal beast,
ravaging the universe with a
flick of his finger.
He became emboldened by his endless
success and traveled to Other World
to rip the mantle from the
grasp of the weak, the deluded.
The Kais were not ready, for they
had just banished their Grand Supreme Kai
- who was Lauto, disgraced wanderer,
and whose story is not to be told here -
and were preoccupied and troubled
with choosing his successor.
And those who think of trouble
are bound to receive it.
Bibidi came upon the Kaioshins
with Majin Buu
and destroyed their leadership
And he massacred the
peaceful lesser Shin,
setting fires to their
birth trees and eradicating
their communities like
one would wipe out
an infestation of vermin.
Then came the last two
of the High-gods;
the newly appointed Grand Supreme Kai
and Eastern Supreme Kai.
And they defended their kind
with noble intentions and valor.
For they fought not just for themselves
and their kind, but for every
living being in the universe.
But Majin Buu, with his fingers
still covered with the blood of gods,
staved them off, absorbing the lord of the
gods and wounding his companion.
And thence did the godslayer
and the magician take dominion
of the universe.
They left the Sacred World of the Kais
decimated. Most of their trees
were burned, and all of their
Kaioshins were gone.
All save one.
The Eastern Supreme Kai,
last of his kind,
tracked Bibidi to Earth,
where he was to
release Buu next,
Their struggle was
great, the stakes high.
Indeed, not since the
duel of Anaku and Weyvn
was there such a bloody struggle.
The heavens shook,
the universe reverberated,
and the planet Earth itself shuddered
from their incalculable energy.
Bibidi had sealed away Buu,
and could not call to his pet
in his time of need.
Even with his magic, he could
not stop the vengeful Kai,
who rained blows upon him.
Bibidi's face was pummeled and bloodied,
his flesh ripped from him.
But Bibidi resisted,
impaling the Kai in the stomach.
Then the Kai ripped off the magician's arms, removing
the green menace's only defense.
The Kai blasted him
into nothingness with
winds of fury,
and took possession of the monster, Buu.
He buried the great demon
deep in the Earth,
so he would forever
remain secret and hidden
from the minds of those
who are desirous of power.
And this act - this last defiant act -
from the mortal gods
angered Amoon. Even as
he watched Babidi grow
like his father, a vessel
of hate and deceit,
he knew only he,
a true god, an immortal being,
could rule the universe.
So Amoon, creator and destroyer,
decided on that day
he would no longer
swim in the smoke
of the bridges he had burned.
He would take the universe for
himself. And Heisis was pleased.
So it is foretold;
Amoon, born of chaos and death,
will come to consume the universe,
his rule and power unheralded,
his force and will unmatched,
his reach and corruption inescapable.
There will be nothing in the end,
when his plans come to fruition,
when his destiny is fulfilled.
So it is foretold.
- I was originally going to split this chapter into two chapters, but I decided against it at the last moment.
- I wrote most of this chapter in class (World Mythology) during a day I was particularly bored with the lecture. I was able to write most of it there, and I finished it on the car ride home. I did not change much from the orginal draft of the story I wrote.
- Amoon wanted the Kais to be like him. But they are not, so this will build up to Hyper Zergling's story where Amoon comes back to take over the universe and punish his creation for not living up to their creator's ways.
- Bibidi's story is documented in canon. I gave it myth-like qualities here to tie more into the Dragon Ball universe. Majin Buu's epithets and descriptors were particularly fun for me to come up with.
- Bibidi is just like the Daman and so many others in this story. He craved power and paid dearly because of it. Arrogance and greed are universally attacked in this story, though that was never a conscious goal of mine. I mean, Bibidi's story was not written by me. I just gave it a more elegant description. But the rest of the Theogony also plays with these themes, so it is cool to see how a canon story and my multiple fanon ones tie together so beautifully, both thematically and plot-wise.
- Hyper Zergling really liked this chapter.
- Bibidi is much the dark magician. He worshiped Sethys and Heisis, which shows how silly he really was. Had he known much about either god, he would have prayed for them to stay away from him. But it was his shill-like tendencies that did bring Amoon to him.
- In my story, I show how Bibidi was enlightened by the god of regeneration, Amoon, to create a being of regeneration, Majin Buu. I love how this ties in together.
- Bibidi versus Eastern Supreme Kai is almost a mock of Weyvn versus Anaku. Obviously Bibidi and the Kai are much weaker, but this just continues another theme - one that as time wears on, the old magic and nobility is lost. Much like how each successive generation of gods is weaker, so are the mortal beings. the Bibidi versus Kai battle should have been ever as noble as the Anaku versus Weyvn one, but not a single god save Amoon paid attention to it.
- Interestingly, everything is about Amoon here. The gods he created fight off the magician he instructs to kill them for their failures. This just builds upon Amoon's fury towards his once beloved Kais.
- Amoon swimming in the smoke of bridges he has burned is a reference to the Linkin Park song, "Burning in the Skies".
- The final prophecy is a resolution of the story. Being a myth, it has to have some impact on the world it is being told in. With Amoon's prophecy, the story tells of what has happened, and what will happen. Much like with Heisis' prophecy, Amoon's is one of domination and ravaging. But he is a second-generation god, and his powers would only extend over one plane. Still, the ending prophecy was specifically written to allude to his connection with Heisis and his fearsome power, relatively speaking. Additionally, the prophecy sets up Hyper Zergling's Mrovian series sagas that feature Amoon or his presence.
This was a fun story for me to write. Not only did I get to play around with the form of epic poetry, but I got to create gods and planes of existence and show how a vast and well-known universe came into being. And I got to be plenty bloody with it. I got to explain many things in the Dragon Ball universe too, which was a delight. When I first wrote the story, I thought the first three chapters were the strongest - mainly because they were all I had thought about writing. After I finished them, writing the final three was more of a chore at the time. However, re-reading the story, my favorite part is actually now the final three chapters. Anaku versus Weyvn is my most favorite scene in the story. Truly, the first three chapters build up the world and the next three really build legend. The myth really functions like a living, breathing myth in the Dragon Ball universe. And hey, it got me the Kai achievements. So it was definitely worth doing.
I am still in my World Mythology class as of writing this analysis, so the class that inspired this story is one that I am still actively engaged in. However, I am done with this story. The six chapters were enough to portray all that I wanted to, and I don't need to write any more myths any time soon. If I ever did write more myths, they would be more to build upon the legend of specific gods and goddesses rather than another long history of the creation of the universe. Overall, the story is highly unique - I don't know of another Dragon Ball creation story. And surely not one as detailed and long and so tied into the universe along with being unique in its own right (the five planes of existence, the Twelve Divines, the Daman, Anaku, Amoon, etc). So once again I have managed to create something which I am proud of and enjoyed reading back over. I'd give my Theogony an S.
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