Oriin

Oriin was the god of shadows, beloved of dark knights and less reputable figures. In fact, many people liked him for his dry, sarcastic humour. The other gods often had him deliver bad news, as it became expected based on his persona. Before Eathanu, he was probably the most communicable with mortals.

He didn’t always like delivering the bad news, and it was his final appearance to mortals that he dreaded the most. One of the few things the gods knew about Youle is that, if he were ever to return to the universe he had created, it would soon end.

The mortal people were given notice in the usual method used by the gods: Oriin was sent to tell every sentient, living or dead, in their dreams or before their waking eyes. Youle himself allowed Oriin to understand that the end would occur in exactly one hundred years. When he was told, it would make the time of destruction on the Emarion calendar New Year’s, D4024. For many races this meant little. Humans at the time had an average lifespan of only ninety years anyway, and Bangar only lived to about seventy. It was Emarions who were hit the hardest by this. Many were doomed to die ahead of time.

Most actually took it well. A hundred years is more than enough time to get their affairs in order, and much of the adult population would be dead anyway. Minor gods and immortals were often torn. On the one hand, many had lived long, long deaths and seen more than they wished to see, while others felt cheated that their ticket to unending life had a nearing expiration date.

Eathanu and Oriin took some steps to make the end less unpleasant than it had to be. Reproduction was halted universally, excepting pregnancies that had already started. Messages of planes of existence that would be spared from the destruction were sent out, though extraplanar travel was, even at the time, difficult and dangerous. Many people actually left the universe before it ended, especially minor gods (though they were mortals on any other plane of existence).

Noticeably the Emarion equivalent to Hell (more like purgatory, neither pleasant or unpleasant, but more or less based on the deceased’s previous life) was left unscathed, and some wizards found themselves technically dead, their body having no form there and their soul eternally bound to that plane.

By the end there were only a couple million living sentients in all of Emarion space. Most simply accepted that it was their time to die with the universe, and some even took pride in being the last of those alive. The greater gods chose to stay, knowing that they were directly Youle’s creations, and having chose to destroy his creation, he evidently wished them gone as well.

At exactly midnight on the Emarion clock, Ifire the first of the year D4024, the great universe Youle had created ended in a wink. Nobody felt anything, and no natives of any other planes were any wiser for it. Thus is the nature of life and death. Oriin would say something snarky here.

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Above: The universe, post-End (actual size)

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One Response to “Oriin”

  1. Commentary: I actually like this format of doing posts on the gods. At first I had no idea, but just writing the article on the most important act of divine intervention they pursued works too. While Oriin didn’t have much to do with this one, his part was that of being the messenger, which was more or less his biggest role among the gods anyway.

    I’m thinking of doing a post soon to explain how the calendar works, the length of various things, and the exact length of the entire universe’s life, which I assure you will be a bitch to calculate if I choose to do so.

    I wanted to leave this article alone for a long, long time, writing The End appropriately toward the end of my time writing on this site. As it stands, I’ll probably be doing this for a few more… years. Hopefully.

    That picture happens to be a 1×1 transparent pixel. Unfortunately, images can’t be 0×0, so I had to settle. Either way, the joke doesn’t work because it isn’t funny. Just so ya know.

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