Technology in Muunfel

Muunfel has a somewhat cautious relationship with technology and innovation. The reasoning isn’t because of resources or any specific catasrophe. In some cases, it simply can’t get a foothold to replace magical processes that work just as well. In many others, though, there is a lot of superstition around machines, as well as poorly defined ideas of what counts as a “machine.”

The reason for this is Sarin. Formerly a god of unnatural death and murder, Sarin was one of the first gods. However, during the age when mortals were ascending to godhood of their own, Sarin was cleverly trapped in his corporeal form by a very powerful mage. She enabled another mortal to ascend with a ritual that usurped Sarin’s place in the pantheon and left him with a temporary void.

They had trapped him in a machine, and it was there that he found his new purpose. The Usurped God lives in machines, making them work (or not work) and fueling their innovation where possible. Some people are terrified of meeting his wrath if they fiddle too much with machines, though he has admitted his defeat more or less.

Even so, in many of the workshops of Genfierz, where invention and industry thrive, a shrine to Sarin is a must if they don’t want a mysterious accident to befall someone while they build.

Muunfel: The Creation Mythos

The world on which Muunfel resides holds a myth about the Three energies of the universe: Time, Nature, and Magic. Vayla, the goddess of time and steward to Time itself is the only being in all of existence who holds the full account of how the world came to be. This is what she has spoken:

In the beginning, there were the Three.

Time brought order and direction.

Magic formed the ever-stirring energies and the constant heartbeat of existence.

Nature brought change and renewal.

When Time and Magic reached out to each other, the First Union began. Into existence came Creation. Leleurya, mother of all things, took form. With the Lullaby of Creation, Leleurya sang the roiling energies of the Three into the universe, giving form to existence. Time provided rules and reason for the world, Nature the ever-changing vigor, and Magic the life and foundation.

When energies awoke from their slumber, there came Destruction. Diakon, partner and counter to Leleurya, took form to awaken the sleeping energies and destroy what had been created. Existence was brought into balance as they circled each other in the endless dance, voices intertwining in harmony.

Leleurya saw the universe as a place for something new. With the Song of Life, Leleurya created living beings with bodies, minds, and souls. The earliest race of mortals, the precursor to humanity, was born. As the First Union continued, Cel and Sarin were drawn into existence to watch over the death of Leleurya’s creations, and the cycle of mortality began.

Nature, not a part of the First Union, began forming its own creations. The Darkind, wild beasts and monstrous creatures, roamed the newly-sleeping land with unchecked abandon. Time and Magic created the Four to act as stewards for Nature and its Dar.

Finally, Vayla and the Twins Baota and Gem came into existence as the First Union ended, ensuring that among the First Gods each of the Three had a patron.

As Mankind, Leleurya’s first creations, expanded over the world, Magic created the Tamkind, beings of magic, and Time created the Vaykind, beings of time.

The Second Union began when Nature and Magic collided with one another. It was as fruitful as it was unexpected. The Fae, wild, diverse people, were created. The Rights of Singularity were formed, allowing the cycle of Fae Dominion and giving an otherwise chaotic people a sense of order and balance.

When the first Una and Aubry answered the call, the Second Union ended.

The Third Union and final partnership among the Three was between Nature and Time.

Polar opposites, their Union was difficult and fleeting. Elfkind, creatures of balance and chaos both, came to be. A number of varieties were created. The Ether elves, the last of all races to be created, were unfinished when the Third Union ended.