Seven thousand four hundred and seven years ago, the Four Gods came together to create the World: Khalaam. Zamin crafted the solid earth as an unmovable foundation, orderly and enduring. Sukun laid the oceans atop the earth, filling the deep places and hiding them beneath a surface of tranquility. Tugaya, frustrated by Zamini’s dull consistency and Sukun’s imperturbability, blew the winds and storms atop them, bringing change and chaos. Above them all, Aatash ignited the stars and Sun, illuminating the World with light and knowledge. The Four met in council, and they acknowledged that the World depended on all of them equally. None would try to rule or dominate. The energy of the world came from the marriage of all the elements, and wherever the elements met, magic would thrive.
The Four agreed to fill the World with sentient beings formed to carry their spirit. The Zamini brought the gift of crafts, the Aatashi the gift of knowledge, and the Tugayani the gift of change and spontaneity. These three races were placed where the four realms – earth, wind, fire, water – met, and they built cities and thrived. The Sukuni were born in the watery depths, and they alone could have lived apart from the others. To bind them to their siblings, the Four gave them the gift of peacemaking, and charged the Sukuni with bringing tranquility to the World.
The Gods decided it would be useful to have powerful agents to enact their will in the World, and created the immortal dragons. Some of the dragons grew arrogant in their power, and tried to create beings as the Four Gods did. Their powers were wild and undisciplined, however, and their creations became perverted and abberant – lizardfolk, orcs, gnolls, hideous entities of all kinds. The Four were angered, and they forced mortality on the dragons, deciding forevermore to work in the world only through their chosen clerics. The gift of immortality was instead passed to one champion for each God – the Paragons, who choose to explore and model a virtue of their choosing.