The Genesis of the Covenant

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In the beginning the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind swept over the face of the waters and from the wind emerged Rhian. She desired and spoke and there was light and Rhian separated the light from the darkness. And Rhian was pleased.

Again Rhian desired and she spoke, 'I will create a Son that he might share in these wonders.' And so she drew strands from the light and wove them into a being like unto herself. And from the light emerged Tyrin. And Rhian wept with pleasure.

Tyrin beheld the wonders of the void and the waters, of the light and the darkness. He considered and spoke and the waters were separated from the void by the great sky. He considered and spoke and the waters under the sky were gathered together into one place and the dry land appeared. He considered and spoke and the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it. And taking the light, he divided it and set them in the dome of the sky to give light on earth, to rule over day and night. He considered and spoke and the waters and the sky and the earth brought forth living creatures, sea monsters and birds and wild animals. And Tyrin considered his creation and was pleased.

Rhian beheld her son's creation and was overcome by desire. And so she spoke, 'Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.' And so Rhian created humankind in their image, male and female she created them.

And Tyrin beheld his mother's creation and was pleased. He blessed them and said to them 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea ad over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth. See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.

Tyrin named them Moran and Yana and he was most pleased.

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Tyrin took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And Tyrin commanded the man, 'You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat.'

Now Moran knew his wife Yana, and she conceived and bore K'yesh. Next she bore his brothers and sisters. And the birds of the air and the fish of the sea and the beasts of the earth too bore young and multiplied. And the fruits of the earth bore seeds and multiplied. Rhian saw the good of her son's works but desired and spoke, 'I have created, my son has created, and so have humankind and the beasts and the fruits created. So this cannot exist into perpetuity.' And so she drew strands from the darkness and wove them into a being like unto herself. And from the darkness emerged Syrin. And Rhian wept at the necessity.

Syrin walked the earth and calculated the creations of his mother and his brother. He said to the man and the woman, 'Did Tyrin say, 'You shall not eat from any tree in the garden?' They said to Syrin, 'We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but Tyrin said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.'' But Syrin said to them, 'You will not die; for Tyrin knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like him, knowing good and evil.' So when they saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, they took of its fruit and ate.

Then the eyes of both were opened and they knew good and evil. Tyrin watched what they had done with great sorrow. He came to them and said, 'Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?' They said, 'Syrin tricked us and we ate.' Stricken with sorrow Tyrin spoke, 'You have learned now of good and evil, from which I sought to protect you. You will live no longer in innocence, but in knowledge and that knowledge will lead to your deaths, and the deaths of your children, and of your children's children.'

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Again Syrin walked the earth and took to the children of humanity. He calculated and spoke, gifting the eldest, K'yesh, with sharply pointed ears and keen vision. He calculated and spoke, gifting the next with wings that he might also rule the air. He calculated and spoke, gifting the next with gills that he might also rule the sea. He calculated and spoke, gifting the next with great size, gifting the next with a stout frame, and so forth. But he calculated and did not speak, leaving the youngest child, Kiyanne, untouched.

Now K'yesh was a keeper of sheep, and Kiyanne a tiller of the ground. In the course of time, Kiyanne brought to Tyrin an offering of the fruit of the ground and K'yesh for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And Tyrin had regard for K'yesh and his offerings but for Kiyanne and his offering he had no regard. So Kiyanne was very angry, and his countenance fell. Tyrin said to Kiyanne 'Why are you angry , and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.'

But jealousy grew in Kiyanne's heart and hatred towards his brother began to cloud his mind. He raged and spoke, 'Tyrin loves my brother more for the gifts he was given.' And so Kiyanne said to his brother K'yesh, 'Let us go out to the field.' And when they were in the field, Kiyanne rose up against his brother, K'yesh, and killed him.

Sorrow and pain rose in Kiyanne's heart and whimpering he began to lick at the wounds he had struck upon his brother. And Tyrin came upon him saying, 'What have you done? Listen; your brother's blood is crying out from your lips. And now you are cursed, you who has opened up your mouth to receive your brother's blood. When you till the ground, it iwll no longer yield to you its strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.' And so Kiyanne went away from the presence of Tyrin, and settled in the land of Nod.

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When people began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters and sons were born to them, Rhian saw that they were fair. And when the beasts began to multiply on the face of the ground, and offspring were born to them, Rhian saw that they, too, were fair. And so she mated the daughters of man with the offspring of beasts. And these creatures walked the lands with the cunning of men and the will of beasts.

Tyrin saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, that Syrin filled their hearts with evil. Armies swept the lands under the Order of the Tyrant. And Tyrin was filled with regret for the creation of humankind for only violence could stand against the violence and it grieved him to his heart. So he said, 'I will blot out from the earth the human beings my mother has created, people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that we have made them.'

But Noah found favor in the sight of Tyrin.

Now the earth was corrupt in Tyrin's sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And Tyrin said to Noah, 'I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence because of them; now I am going to destroy them along with the earth. Make yourself a great army that you might accomplish my will by it. For my part, I am going to bring a flood of bloodshed on the earth, to destroy from under me all flesh that is corrupt.'

And so Noah did as Tyrin bade him, gathering about him a great army and they were named the Order of Creation. And at the appointed time they stood upon the battlefield before the army of corrupt flesh. But before the battle did begin, Tyrin came again to Noah, saying, 'Go into the caves, those called the Caves of Jinis, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation. For I will send a rain of blood on the earth for forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.' And Noah did all that Tyrin commanded him.

And so raged the battle for forty days and forty nights and a great flood of death swept the earth. And on the last day only two men remained standing, battling in great fury. But as each was about to strike his fatal blow, Rhian descended from the heavens to walk the battlefield. Saddened at the evil sown in the hearts of humanity by Syrin and Tyrin's need to cleanse those he so loved, she banished them both from walking the earth, that mankind might make their own destiny.

But Tyrin remembered Noah and his household in the Caves of Jinis and said to him, 'Go out of the caves, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you.' And so Noah went out and built an altar to Tyrin and offered burnt offerings on the altar. Tyrin was pleased and said in his heart, 'I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, despite that the inclination of the human heart is evil from youth. As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you, and with every living creature that is with you, that never again shall I seek to destroy humanity. But you must go out amongst them, teach them, protect them and keep their hearts from evil.

By Bryndhilde

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