All of it continues through the night and the day in the ebbing and
flowing of the ocean tides and in the destruction of fire and the
creation of the seed.
Everything of which we are aware, and that of which we are utterly
unaware, was created with the deaths of Anu and the Dragon,
In the epicenter of reality lies Pandemonium, the scar of the
universe's violent birth. At its chaotic center lay the Heart of
Creation, a massive jewel unlike any other: the Eye of Anu-
the Worldstone. It is the foundation stone of all places and times,
a nexus of realities and vast, untold possibility.
Anu and Tathamet are no more, yet their distinct essences
permeated the nascent universe-and eventually became the bedrock
of what we know to be the High Heavens and the Burning Hells.
Anu's shining spine spun out into the primordial darkness, where
it slowed and cooled. Over countless ages it formed into the Crystal
Arch, around which the High Heavens took shape and form.
Though Anu was gone, some resonance of it remained in the holy Arch. Spirits bled
forth from it-shining angels of light and sound who embodied the virtuous aspects of
what the One had been.
Yet, despite the grace and beauty of this shining realm, it lacked the perfection of
Anu's spirit. Anu had passed into a benevolent place beyond this broken universe-
a paradise of which nothing is known and yet represents perhaps the greatest-kept
secret of Creation.
Longed for, but unimaginable.
Just as Heaven cooled in the spaces above, Tathamet's blackened, smoldering husk
spiraled into the lower darkness of reality. From his putrid flesh grew the realms
of the Burning Hells. The Dragon's seven severed heads arose as the seven Evils-
the three strongest of which would be known as the Prime Evils. They, along with
their four Lesser brethren, would rule over the ravening, demonic hordes that spawned
like maggots from the desiccated cavities of the Burning Hells.
Thus was how all of what we know began...
In time, the Lords of Hell and the angels of Heaven met
and clashed. The battle raged unceasing, and thus
would come to be known as the Eternal Conflict.
It is written in the Book of Long Shadows that
the Eternal Conflict shall continue on forever
across countless places of existence, until
further mysteries, unknown even to
the angels and demons, shall
Over the millennia, many scholars
have interpreted this in various
ways. Some, especially in the primitive
tribes who look to the sky for their
understanding of the universe, view all
this as literally true. They believe that
Anu's spine is a physical object in the
Universe. That demons are born from the
rotting flesh of Tathamet.
Other scholars and mystics take this less literally and
perceive the telling of Anu and Tathamet's battle as an
elaborate metaphor for good and evil and the constant,
warring dynamic seen among the force of nature.