In the time before mortals, the true gods walked Ather, Faerie, and countless other realms. They saw the wickedness of the Demon Princes, the capriciousness of the Fae, and despaired for there were no true children of the light to be found. Resolving to bring light to the universe, the three divines pooled their life force and brought forth the mortal races of dwarves, elves, and men. To the dwarves, they gave reverence and the fortitude to endure through faith the most trying of struggles. To elves, they gave a duality of self, giving them the ability to live simultaneously in the material world of Ather and the wild lands of Faerie. To men, adaptability and ambition were bestowed, with the drive to learn and know.
As they gave life to their mortal children, the gods also gave awareness to the very life force of Ather itself, causing it to manifest as elemental spirits of nature called the Sinn Féin. Created as stewards of the land and of magic, they safeguard the life force of the land and keep the world healthy and vibrant. Coupled with the creative forces of the mortal races, the gods felt the world was in good hands. For a time, they walked among their children as teachers and guides, but eventually withdrew to the heavens to watch over their charges from afar, wishing not for slaves but for companions to share in the delight of their glory.
~Excerpt from Torryghiem’s Blessed Historia