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Equallis and Disballis

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a character in “The Pantheon: Post Cataclysm”, as played by Binsetsu

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God Name: Equallis and Disballis
Titles: The Twin Scales, The Divine Balancer
Creed: "Without evil, there is no good. Without light, darkness would not exist. There must be balance in all things.”
Gender: Male (Equallis) and Female (Disballis)
Alignment: True Neutral
Portfolios Governed: Balance and Duality

God appearance: Equallis and Disballis seems to be two separate creatures whose arms are forever interlocked and whose legs are grown together.

Equallis appears are a strange creature that seems to be made from living wood, with small branches growing leafs, flowers and even fruit. It is not unsual to see small birds land on these brances to take a bite from his fruits, or to see insects land to spread the pollen of his flowers. His face would be considered fearsome by most, with its large inhuman mouth and pupil less eyes. Despite its superficially fearsome appearance his face can only said to be both kind and caring and any who would take a look into his eyes would feel the peace that is hidden there.

Disballis is an odd creature that appears to be formed from dead wood, sewn together in an attempt to keep its body in one piece. If Disballis’ body ever bore fruit it has long since fallen off, leaving only dead branches in its wake. Disballis' body seems to actively repel both insects and animals, as they all seem to avoid going near her body. Disballis’ face is even more fearsome than that of Equallis, with many large, clearly sharp, teeth sprouting from her mouth and tiny glowing eyes. Yet, if someone took the time to gaze into those tiny orbs, they would only feel at peace.

Personality: At first glance Equallis and Disballis might appear as two separate gods who have taken to working together. Equallis is eternally positive, calm, forgiving, creative and a force of good. Disballis is eternally negative, energetic, unforgiving, destructive and a force of evil. As one might expect the two clash on almost everything, and they can often be found arguing with one another. Yet they are in fact opposing sides of the same god, whose dual nature is reflected in Equallis and Disballis.

If one were to look past the façade of duality and look at the true god underneath one would quickly see that Equallis and Disballis are in perfect balance. They make up for each other’s faults to create an entity that is neither good nor evil. As a pair, they are a truly neutral creature that is prone to contemplation and discussion. They are slow to judge and unwilling to do so without knowing all the facts. Although separately they are capable of expressing a wide range of emotions, in union they might appear emotionless, as all their emotions are in perfect balance, not one winning out over any of the others.

Their infighting is the gods own process of going through the facts and forming an opinion. Their dual nature of good and evil also makes their decisions as a pair completely impartial, with no favouritism shown to either side of the argument. Naturally, the result of their fighting always ends in consensus, something the god highly favours. And despite appearing as two separate beings, they are utterly incapable of acting, or even conversing with another being, independently.

Opinion of Mortals: Although Equallis and Disballis have great interest in mortals, they are not particularly fond of them. A mortals tendency to swing to one side or the other instead of remaining in balance, both interests and frightens them. They do care deeply for those who live their lives in balance. They also have a weak spot for all farmers, who must live in balance with both nature and animals in order to ply their trade.

Symbol: A scale in perfect balance with a stylized heart suspended from the left side and a skull suspended from the right side.
Equipment: Mirror of Duality, which, despite its unremarkable appearance, will reveal the opposing side of whoever looks at his or her reflection in the mirror. Good people will see their evil side and evil people will see their good side. The more on sways to one side of the spectrum, the clearer the reflection of their opposite number will be.
God's Domain: They prefer forests and swamps, but their domain would be anywhere where there is balance, especially during the Twilight hours, when the sun has not quite set or risen and the skies are in the perfect balance of day and night.

History: The Divine Spark that would become both Equallis and Disballis lay dormant for a long time, as the world remained in balance. It first stirred when other gods began to walk the earth, creating at their whim and creating fundamental changes in the balance of the world. Yet there was no need personify balance, instead it would passively work to maintain it. This changed when the cataclysm happened. The sudden destruction of so many mortals and gods shook the delicate balance of the world. In retaliation, the Divine Spark gave birth to Equallis and Disballis, to restore balance in a damaged world.

So begins...

Equallis and Disballis's Story

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The ground stirred in a patch of new grass that was once home to a large forest. A forest that was said to be home to one of the oldest trees in the world. In fact, the ground stirred in the exact same spot where that tree had once stood. That tree, said to be delicately crafted by the creator of this world himself, was destroyed. Chaos had engulfed it and destroyed the magnificent tree with nary a second thought. Uncaring and unaware of the tiny Divine Seed that had hidden within the roots of that tree for so long. Yet now that tiny Seed had begun to give life. It had wanted to awaken for so long, but it was missing something vital. Something to complete whatever creature might spew forth from such a seed.

And when chaos devoured the tree whole, the Divine Seed received what it had wanted all along. Chaos. From the tree, bound by the laws of nature and cared for by the creatures of the forest it had received law and goodness. From the uncaring chaos that ravaged the world revelling in its selfishness it had received chaos and evil. And now the ground stirred as a tree shaped like a hand burst out from under the ground. Then another. Soon a pair of heads followed. It wasn’t long before the creature extradited itself fully from the ground, standing on its three legs as the two heads looked around.

”Where are we?” One head asked. Its kind features marred by a fearsome mouth that seemed to be carved into the wood that made up his face. His voice was deep, calm, slow and melodic, with a slight undercurrent of wind blowing through leaves. ”Yer askin’ me? How would I know? “ The other head responded. Her spiteful small eyes glaring at her counterpart, as if such a look might disintegrate him fully. Her teeth scratching together as she spoke. Her voice high-pitched, fast and seeming to have a slight undercurrent of scratching coming from inside a closed sarcophagus. ”We must think on this.” The two heads suddenly spoke in unison, their voices combining to create a single voice bereft of any particularities, yet not at all unpleasant to listen to. And so the two sat, unmoving. Like a half dead, half alive tree that had taken root there.

It was not long before the silence was once again broken. ”Sheesh, talk about borin’! C’mon! Let’s go do sum’thin’!”The female head spoke as she turned to regard her companion, who seemed to have used his hand to stir the ground beneath them, but now seemed to be watching something that was moving down there. ”Whazzat?” She asked as she continued to watch the tiny six legged creatures walk around the ground, some burrowing, some seemingly exploring. ”I’m not sure… but I believe we created them. ” The little creatures took great care to walk around the female half of the god, while gathering at the foot of the male half, who had removed a few of his leaves and gave them to the tiny creatures. A irritated sigh erupted from the female half. ”They’re reeeaaalll cute an’ all, but we got to move. Sittin’ around never sat well wit’ me ya know? ” A slight chuckle erupted from the pair as soon as they realized the pun that was made. ”Must we? Can we not stay and observe these things for just a while longer?”The male half said, a kind smile on his wooden face as he observed the little creatures, picking of a few more leaves to gift them, making sure to take the older ones that would soon fall to make room for the newer generations. ”Noooo waaay! Just name ‘em and let’s go!” The female half said, tapping her foot impatiently. ”Oh, very well then. I shall name these small creatures… ants.” He smiled, before stretching and following his counterpart to stand up straight.

”We must find others like us.” The two suddenly said in unison. Their indecision about whether to stay in the relative safety of this familiar area or explore and find more life finally settled. They set off, their body in perfect balance as they set out across the plain, determined to find others like themselves.

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Nightling

The blood of the battlefield ran into the earth, the blood pooled into two holes the smaller one was a bowl shaped of obsidian and a trench of stone. The obsidian pool of godly blood bubbled and a ugly small hairy man popped his head out of the pool and as he walked out the blood dried in to an armor that was as light as leather and as hard as the dragon gods scales. He walked to the trench and started slobbering because he was hungry and the blood pooled in the trench smelled good. As his slobber touched the blood new life took form, a small humanoid started leaving the pool but the new god unhinged his jaw and swallowed the mortal. The next three met the same fate, but the fifth one poked him in the eye and got out of the blood, the next one that escaped was killed and removed from the blood by the mortal. The cycle continued, of the three hundred that tried to escape only thirty were alive at the feast on their brothers. After they ate they wanted more so they decided to dig alongside the blood waterfall to the place where more was. As the days went by the nightlings, was what he called the small meals that followed him, he had named them after himself, and they started to change ones that ate the stone grew a hard outer coating, the ones that snacked on gems had developed a shiny shell. They found a dead dragon and they fed on it, one started burping fire, another grew scales, two or three grew wings one even functioned. They could see in the dark, smell the heat and blood, and becase the blood had been mixed with chaotic and unchaotic blood they could eat chaos creatures for a few days before they were corrupted, and they tasted terrible. Three of them popped there head out and the sun fried them they were dragged back in and consumed, Nightling felt in his pockets something and as he removed the items there were some goggles and he wore them and could see in the light the same. They waited and the few creatures that entered the hole were eaten. The god and his mortals waited for the darkness that would come. When the sun set they exited the tunnels, the moon did not kill them but it hurt their eyes so Nightling had to lead them. As they traveled they saw a large creature moving slowly they dug holes easily though the dirt, while another group ran after a minute to rip it apart, but as they got close they felt the pressure of a apex predator and stopped. Nightling screeched ordering his mortals to eat the creature, and they went for the tree creature’s roots.

Gorgon
She awoke on the planes of the inferno, the last thing she remembered was seeing father destroyed by the girl, she was still alive Gorgon remember the girl father had talked to her when the armored one was still here after the armor and the girl had disappeared father had gone mad and destroyed the land. But she also remembered that father had made a deal with her. If she killed her father then the only ones who could stop her were the ones father hated, she slithered to the palace where the woman had herself queen and entered the room looking for the new queen or one of the other of her father’s enemies to tell of the girl that had escaped from the inferno just to kill her father.

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The pair had been arguing for a while now. Even as they were walking, they seemed truly incapable of agreeing. Indeed, even now, they were arguing about where they were going. It was an argument that started nearly three steps into their journey, when the female half of the twins wanted to go in the opposite direction of the male half. It was soon settled that they would head in a third direction, but now the argument had evolved. After all, it seemed like they were going slightly more towards the male’s direction as opposed to the female’s direction. It was indeed an argument of no significance, yet, to the pair, it was momentarily the most important part of their so far short lives.

So Important was their conversation, that they didn’t notice it had become night, or that there were now foul predators nearby. In fact, only when the ground beneath their feet moved did they notice these new presences, too late perhaps to properly evade their vicious attack. With a single bite a part of the male half’s feet was torn off before the pair could jump to a safer distance, their attention suddenly on the new arrivals. ”Ya feel that?! Sheesh, talk about a jerk. I like their style though.” The female half said, chuckling at the wound her brother had suffered. A sigh escaped from the male half as tree and plants regrew, covering up and replacing the area that was lost by the bite of the creature. ”Of course, you would. But what are these things?” He said, turning to his sister. ”Who cares! I wanna know who send ‘em!” The female retorted.

As if suddenly beckoned by the god that had sent the creatures after them they looked back to where they were standing and said in perfect unison: ”That was most rude. What are you and what do you want?”

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Nightling
The tree creature spoke his blood allowed him to remember the speech “me hunter, you prey, die so that I may live.” He made a screech again and while a few of his creatures retreated, one breathed fire on the tree god. The two that had eaten the roots had started to glow; they collapsed and exploded because the god flesh was too powerful for them. Thirteen of them ran to hide in the hole, judging this beast was too much; he would eat a few of them later for their impudence. “we will meet again, I shall feast on you there will be more of my children, follow me in the hole I shall feast on you flesh and my children shall grow stronger.” he then screeched and he and his children ran into the hole.

Gorgon
As she slithered she saw two of the gods but as soon as she saw them, something started to pull at her mind. Her love for her father was equal to the pull that was leading her away from the god then she saw something flying in the sky, a white crow one of the two other servants of Kreios that had been alive during the final battle. Her brother was probably somewhere wormed into a new body, feeding on anything that got in his way. The sight of the crow gave her strength to yell one thing before the pull was too strong “the girl that killed father, she was here before father was king of this land” then she slithered with full speed towards the jewel.

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The pair frowned slightly as the strange creature spoke, his voice piercing the gloom and darkness around them. ”Me hunter, you prey, die so that I may live.” The screech that followed the creatures few words made the twins grimace, closing their eyes as the strange creatures accompanying the screeching creature set fire to part of the male half before rushing into a hole of sorts.

The female half’s laugh was hysterical as the male half desperately attempted to put the fire out, slapping his arm until charred pieces of wood fell to the ground, only to form small black beetles upon reaching their destination. ”Do it again, do it again!” The female half shouted as she clapped her hands together. The male half could only shake his head, a pained expression on his face. ”I Like that guy. Let’s follow him and become friends!” The female half said, smiling madly as she looked at the hole the creature disappeared in. ”I do not think doing so will be beneficial to us at this time. I believe we would be better served finding some other creature to converse with.” The male half responded, the pained expression now fading as the charred pieces of his arm made way for new and healthy wood. ”I guess…” The female half retorted as their body swung round and left the area with some haste.

”But at least we are not alone.” They suddenly said in unison as they walked off into the distance, once more travelling to meet others like themselves.

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The twin deities had travelled some time before they arrived where they currently were. Shock of meeting the strange and violent creature not too long ago had kept the arguments to a minimum, escaping the creature had taken precedence. They walked in a random direction, following an instinct that neither could truly describe. All they knew was that they were following something whose aura was similar to their own. It wasn’t long before they came upon the being that was the source of this aura.

As the pair looked up in the air they saw something flying there. A being that radiated both good and evil. ”Check it out! What is that thing?”The female half asked, grinning as she looked up at the winged creature. The male half only shrugged, studying the same being. ”Sheesh, yer as good as useless ain’t ya?” The female half responded, irritation in her voice obvious. The male half shrugged once more, the strange being in the sky absorbing his full attention. ”Ya think that thing’ll be like the other one?” The female half asked once more, poking the male half in the side of the head in a misguided effort to elicit some form of response beyond shrugging. ”I hope not.” Was the only response she got for her efforts. ”Sheesh, talk about a stick in the mud. For now let’s call out to that thing than, eh?” The female half said once more, sounding more exasperated than before. ”That seems like the wise course of action at this juncture.” The male half said, nodding once before both their heads turned to the sky, while lifting their hands trying to get the flying creatures attention.

”Greetings, winged one. May we ask what you are?” They said in unison, the male half smiling kindly and the female half grinning with malice.

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The young god stopped and flew towards the creatures, but not close enough to be attacked by the creature. He wasn't sure what it was, perhaps it was a new god like him, but what god would be shaped like this? He felt no need to be hateful towards this creature, since he hasn't even met it yet. "I am Veltrez, and you are?" He hooped that this god or whatever it was wouldn't cause him any trouble, but before he could get a response to his question his form changed to devilish. "I wonder if you bleed, since I do not know I shall see for myself." He was mad to challenge a god not even knowing what this god could do to him, but being sane wasn't one of this god's main goals.

His aura emanated madness that would destroy a mortal's mind and his fist raised in a sign of violence, but before he could do any damage to the other god his form returned to neutral. " I hope I will not cause an inconvenience to you, being an unpredictable mess has its downfalls." He thought this god would attack him, since he showed his dual nature. He hoped the god would at least take the time to understand that what he does is far beyond his control, or at least that's what he thinks. He knew he could easily frustate people and cause paranoia to seep into the minds of beings, but even he was frustrated with his own capricious ways. He could be fighting someone one minute and speaking casually to them the next. He did not know what to do about it, since the thing that Adarani gave him to control his forms didn't work, perhaps this was part of a mental issue and not a physical one. "Gah" He didn't know what to make of it and was looking to be insane mumbling to himself.

His form then changed once again to his holy form, but this time he felt like waiting to see what the god in front of him thought before asking any more questions. He remembered to add something to the words he said. " Please ignore my violent behavior and tell me your name." He said this with a calm tone to his voice. He emanated an aura that could fix the broken minds of the mentally unstable, but sadly he could not heal himself. He sat down and waited patiently to see what the god in front of him had to say about his strange behavior and constantly changing views of the world.

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The twin deities smiled a little brighter when they saw they winged creature approach and got a got look at him. Unlike the monster of the night this one was more like themselves, balanced between good and evil. And when they heard his name Veltrez a strange new feeling washed over the pair and they knew what manner of creature it was. It was a creature with dominion over the mind. Yet before they had a chance to answer the creatures question, it changed, its previous features so similar to their own changed into a more devilish perversion of what it was.

"I wonder if you bleed, since I do not know I shall see for myself."

The male half was clearly taken aback, a slight gasp escaping from its lips as the female half began grinning even wider. ”Oh! Did ya see that?! See, this is much better!” the female half exclaimed happily, as she raised her hand, ready to strike. Yet the creature changed just as suddenly, turning back to its neutral form, and the twins once more settled back, sensing no further danger from it. They looked at each other for a moment, not sure what to make of the creature or it’s apology. ”Ya think he does that on purpose?” The female half asked, her previous excitement forgotten as she studied both her brother and the creature in turn. The male half simply shook his head, turning back to the creature with some sadness in his eyes. ”He would not apologize for the unpredictability if he did.”

As soon as both had their attention on the creature it changed once more, this time into a spectacular example of divinity, and neither of the pair could deny the goodness of this new form. This time the male half smiled happily at recognizing a creature like himself. The female half simply snarled and looked away slightly disappointed. Yet both instinctively knew that they had found something truly similar to themselves, not just in the dual nature of their being, but beyond that. Yet, they had no idea what that might be.

"Please ignore my violent behaviour and tell me your name."

The pair looked at eachother once more, uncertainty clear in their faces. ”Name?” The pair said in perfect unison. Not sure what such a thing might entail. Then then thought back at what the creature had said. Veltres and the feeling they felt when they first heard that name. They both smiled and looked at Veltres, before saying: ”We are Equallis and Disballis. And we have travelled a long way to find one such as ourselves. Tell us, do you know what we are?” The question was asked nearly pleadingly, as four eyes longing for knowledge looked at the winged image of holiness in front of them.

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Veltrez knew the answer to this was simple. "You are one god, but two minds. I am correct right? The god of duality and balance." He felt that knowledge come to him as soon as he heard his name, but he was baffled at how easily he knew this from just a name. His mind was much clearer in this state and he could actually think correctly, but he felt a lot of new power rising from new borns like him. Yet he felt no danger from the other gods that were being born. The young god's eyes held a glint of wonder in them. He knew he would probably be used as a scapegoat for many things to come by those who's intent would be evil, but he felt content that he found a god with the same sort of duality he had. He turned to them a smile on his face "I do not know much about this world, for you see I am a young god. Perhaps another god could answer the questions you expect me to be able to answer."

Once again his form changed to neutral, emanating the aura of evil and good he usually did. "My mind is fragmented, whatever knowledge I may give you is the knowledge you should already have in your subconscious. The mind is an interesting thing to explore, for it is where the secrets of a person lie and the memories of one exist. " The young god had the perfect idea to add to his creation he made earlier, so now he had statues of all three of his forms showing the balance in his alignment. He could be evil and mad, and decide to walk into the wild where the chaos beasts live. Or he could be peaceful and helpful, and help those with broken minds fix their mind. In his neutral form he could provide an un-biased insight into the world, but this wiseness only came from the fact that he was neutral in his alignment. At the moment his good form seemed the form to come out the most, but his evil form could cause more effect on the world when he came out. It was only a matter of time before his evil form became the form to come out more and his good form to come out less. The young god's unpredictability caused paranoia in many gods and people, but his two forms which caused no trouble made the gods and people who knew he was a danger not attack him considering he wasn't completely evil. Innocence could be a bad thing when in the hands of unpredictability. His form could decide to do exactly what you expect it to do, since that would be the less likely outcome or it could do the opposite of what you expect. It didn't favor any sides which was why he was neutral, instead it just changed his form depending on luck alone.

The young god decided to wait a for a response to his actions. He did not know what to expect, but he knew this god was similar to him in the fact that they were both dual.

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The pair simply looked at Veltrez in wonder and some pity. The continually shifting forms were so like their own, yet so different as well. Duality without balance was a sad thing, they decided, but they realised that this being was not one who needed pity. Theirs or those of others. They would have stood there in silence, pondering about this brother of theirs they had met, were they not disturbed by Veltrez’s next words.

"You are one god, but two minds. I am correct right? The god of duality and balance."

They had heard the word god before. They had realized that the god in front of them possessed dominion over the mind by just hearing his name. And now he had done the same. The pair looked at each other and said: ”The god of balance and duality… yes.” Their happiness at knowing more of their own nature and knowing there were others like themselves was not diminished when the god explained his own youth and his current ignorance of this world. A kind smile appeared on both their faces when the god assisted them further by explaining their own subconscious knowledge. ”You have already answered things of more importance to us than you may realize. It would not be right of us to ask more of you without offering anything in return. A balance of exchange must be maintained.” They said, both now holding kind smiles on their faces as they looked upon the other god.

As suddenly as all the other god changed once more and began work on a statue. The pair could only watch in wonder at Veltrez’s skill. When he finished they suddenly realized there were now three statues, each representing a different form of Veltrez. Without thinking Equallis pointed to the statue of the statue of Veltrez’s holy form and Disballis to the statue of Veltrez’s evil form. They spoke at once, yet this time their voices did not join to form a third voice and instead they simply spoke at the same time. ”I like that one!” ”I prefer that one!” Almost as soon as they were done they turned to glare at one another. ”What, are ya stupid? Who can like such a senselessly selfless thing? Its idiotic! That’ll never work!” Disballis hissed through her teeth, her tiny eyes shining with malice. ”How foolish of you. Strength without constraint can never survive. It will destroy, or be destroyed. Even if it were victorious at every juncture, in the end it would be the only thing left, unable to create, unable to survive.” Equallis retorted, shaking his head in disappointment.

Then, they looked at the centre statue. Their eyes drawn to it, to its perfection. So drawn were they, that even the grand awakenings of some of the new gods were like a gentle rocking of a crib. ”Kindness with strength, strength with constraint. Balanced in their duality, perfection in Balance.” The two said, their voices filled with nearly unconstrained joy, this god was truly like themselves. They both smiled at the new god. ”You are truly a wonderful being. ” They said before remembering the ants they created at the beginning of their journey. ”We know we said we did not feel right about asking more of you, when you have already given us so much. Yet one question still burns, brighter than any other. Have you created anything that moved? And if so, may we see it? In may not be much, but in exchange we shall endeavour to assist you in any way you may wish, as long as it is within our power to do so.” They said, curiosity burning in their eyes, as the ground beneath them stirred, and dirt gave way to small insects and spiders, each scurrying off to seek shelter.

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Veltrez pondered this question for a bit. "Why yes I have, but they are just creations to help me build and paint. " He created the being made of paint he made come to life earlier, since this was his favorite being. It painted without a side to be on, it's paintings neither depicted good nor evil. They were simply paintings that showed many things implanted in the god's subconscious mind. This being had no real form, it was just a paint that could move. It had many colors and painted freely without constraint. His other creation, a simple golem of stone, was only there to help him make buildings and repair the ones that were ruined. Neither had a mind of their own, for with a mind they would choose a side to be on , and he wanted them to be neutral and carefree.

His most perfect creation was a set of mortals made by him. They were beautiful when put side by side and were lead by a neutral party that would pick what to do. The five warriors on the left were bloodthirsty and would kill without constraint, while the warriors on the right were prideful and would only kill those not innocent. The middle warrior was exactly the way Veltrez's neutral form was described by the god of duality.

He decided that he wouldn't really need any help from them at the moment, but he did think of something. "May you accompany me to where I shall create my civilization? It is fine if you do not wish to." He remembered something very important "If you may, could you perhaps make a being that could supervise the system of justice in my civilization? It would be most helpful if you could." He hoped to wait for an answer and would begin traveling to the Icewalkers region as soon as he had the chance to travel.

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The twin deities looked with wonder upon the many creations of their newly discovered brother. All creatures so unlike their own creations. Wonderfully colourful beings and a great being made entirely of stone. But most of their intent was drawn to the cadre of warriors, who seemed like a mortal mirror image of their patron deity. Unbidden and indeed, somewhat carefully, they touched the forehead of the neutral leader and spoke a few careless words to the being. ”May you be blessed in maintaining neutrality amongst your kin.” The words came so naturally, ignorant of what consequences a blessing from a god might or might not have in the future.

"May you accompany me to where I shall create my civilization? It is fine if you do not wish to."

The offer surprised the young deities, the concept of a civilization had not occurred to them as of yet. In fact, the fact the being he had just blessed was in any way different from the colourful beings of paint had not even registered within their young minds. But the next offer was the one that nearly unbalanced the deities of Balance, to create their own being capable of making decisions beyond any instinctive need was something wonderful indeed. Both of the deities smiled, creativity dawning in their minds. ”We would relish the chance to accompany you there.”

And so the twin deities would follow Veltrez to where he would create his civilization. Along the way they would ask what he intended his civilization to be like. And upon arrival, as they observed Veltrez in whatever he had come to do here, at the starting point of his civilization, start work to create their first intelligent mortal. They would sculpt a being of dirt, grass and stone. A tall being, with four arms and two legs, with multifaceted eyes and a tough exoskeleton, with powerful mandibles around his mouth and most importantly, comprised of equal parts evil and good, perfectly in balance. They had thought to add a tail with a stinger, but no. Such aggressive additives were not required of this creatures. His agelessness and strength would be all that was needed to accomplish the task he was born to. Once the mould was completed, Disballis pulled a splinter from her arm and stuck it in the chest of their new creation. Equallis plucked a single fruit from one of his branches and placed it in the mouth of their new creation. Finally they breathed life into the being and forced awareness and intelligence along with it.

They looked proudly upon their new creation and said a few simple words for him. ”You are the arbiter, first of our children and servant of the god Veltrez, may you serve him well.” They would then turn to Veltrez, pride evident in their expressions as they said: ”We hope he serves you well. He will represent duality and balance like we do, and make no decisions with favouritism. Though, we must admit we know nothing of Justice or what such a concept might entail… so he must be versed by another being in such matters before he is truly ready for the task.”

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He bowed to his newly found friends and smiled, "Thank you, and you have just gained an ally with me. " He decided to let the civilization explain itself, instead of him explaining it. He started by making golems to make the kingdom, but this time he made many instead of a little bit of golems. "I shall ask Mathias to help me in this endeavor, but for now I must make a suitable kingdom for them to reside in.

He started by making the castle that separated both sides of his kingdom. On the right side was dementia or anger and strength, and on the left side was mania or happiness and art. He made both sides a different colors. He put his golems on every part of the kingdom and made a duke and duchess to control the golems. He then decided to allow the citizens to be mortals that wish to live freely with art or freely with sins. The most important law his kingdom would have is to never cross the line into the other side, unless you wish to live on the other side. You can only choose to live in one side at a time, but you can leave that side once a month has passed. He decided he would consult Mathias for help with setting up his system and helping the mortal that Equallis And Disballis created.

For now he would wait for his golems to finish creating his kingdom. He turned to the god of duality "You can leave if you wish, for I am only waiting for my kingdom to be completed." He laid down on the ground waiting patiently. He remembered he would need citizens, so he created mortals that wore masks depicting their personalities. He created an equal number of good and evil, but they would each have to go to their respective sides. He would now wait with his mortals for the kingdom to be created.

((OOC: I'll put the intelligent mortals Veltrez creates in the created beings tab.))

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The pair was at a loss on how to respond. They did not fully comphrehend the concept of an “ally” yet understood the significance of what Veltrez had said. ”That means we’re friends right?” Disballis said to her brother, smiling awkwardly. ”I would imagine so.” Equallis said as he nodded, before the pair joined their voices together and said to Veltrez: ”And you in us, Veltrez.”
Equallis watched Veltrez create his mortals and their kingdom with fascination and more than a little adoration for his brother. But more importantly he learned what a mortal civilization might look like. Apparently it needed leaders and mortals needed places to live in. ”How annoying, can’t they just dig holes into the ground like that digging guy did?” Disballis said, clearly bored with the entire affair. Equallis didn’t bother to respond, instead he continued watching Veltrez work. Even the mention of another god like them named Mathias did little to stir him from his observation of Veltrez. When their brother was done they nodded and decided to use the example the strange burrowing god had given them when he left. A few words before leaving, maybe that was how all gods did it? ”Thank you for showing us the birth of your civilization… brother.” The word came without either having thought of it before, yet it felt right. ”Must be a subconscious thing…” mumbled Disballis as they wandered off, looking for a quiet spot to create anew.

Upon finding such a quiet spot their work began. First, Equallis would take the lead and removed a part of wood from his chest and used it to form a creature like the Arbiter, yet different, more graceful, standing on four legs instead of two to support its large abdomen like the ones he saw on the rear end of his ants. Equallis smiled, this creature’s beauty would truly be the envy of all. He decided he would make it female, like his sister, but much more refined, kind and loving in nature. He looked down upon the tiny creature, not even close to the size of the Arbiter. Something was not quite right just yet…

As Equallis pondered Disballis’ patience got the better of her and she started work of her own, dragging Equallis along in a supportive role. She removed a slab of wood from her chest and placed it on the ground, to serve as her base material. Unlike Equallis’ wound hers did not heal, instead she pulled a few of the long white leafs from Equallis’ head and simply stitched each end of the wound back together. Her being would be none of the soft lovey crap her brother seemed to like. No, the Arbiter was a good model, but it needed a long tail with a stinger! Yes! And many spikes protruding from its chitinous exoskeleton. Fearsome indeed! And that brown colour was so pre-cataclysm, no it needed to be fearsome, mostly black with fearsome red streaks accentuating its authority. Finally, Equallis’ jab had not gone unnoticed and she made the creature male, but fierce, grim, strong and warlike. Ready to fight at a moment’s notice. Large and in charge, that’s how a man should be. But even Disballis could not shake the feeling something was missing from her creation, something vital.

”So… how do mortals create other mortals anyway? It’d be such a pain to make each and every one by ourselves. I mean, seriously, talk about a drag.” She said, her brow furrowing as she stared at the two tiny creatures before them. Equallis’ shook his head, pondering the same question. ”Perhaps they somehow breed?” Equallis said, as Disballis nodded. They were on to something there. But how did that work? They grasped the core concept but could not figure out how to do it. ”Wanna give that subconscious thing a try again?” Disballis said, turning to her brother who simply nodded and closed his eyes, both focusing strongly on what they imagined must be how mortals reproduced. And then they felt it, a tiny spark, something that felt similar to what they felt their idea for reproduction amongst mortals might feel like. They looked at one another before saying in unison: ”As good an option as any other.”

They gathered dirt and grass around the tiny chrysalis forms of their new creations and formed it into a thick organic shell to protects them during the journey. These creatures would need to grow when they emerged from their cocoons, but first they needed to be finished. They both picked up their creation gingerly and headed off into the direction of the Goddess of Fertility.

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The twin deities had walked the land for a while after leaving the relative peace and quiet in search of that faint feeling they had sensed so far away. It had been a most loud affair as the pair began arguing once more half way through. This time about the validity of their quest and whether or not it would actually see an end. Both sides made good points, yet neither convinced the other, so they stayed on course, moving ever further north, until they stumbled on a mountain range. They could sense whatever it was stronger here, as if it was close by.

They stood near the mountain range, studying it. They could feel tiny creatures moving around up there, similar to the creatures he had seen Veltrez create. Mortals then, for a moment they stood, satisfying their own imaginations of what these mortals might be like, unmindful of whatever watchful Valkyrie might have spotted them and indeed, not paying enough attention to notice such a mortal. The twins looked at one another for a few moments, trying to figure out their next course of action. ”The feeling is stronger here… could we be near its source?” Said Equallis, his attention once more on the mountain range. Disballis snorted, her disdain clear in her voice as she answered. ”Who cares? As if walking to follow some faint imaginary ‘feeling’ of yours would lead us to anywhere besides boredom.” Equallis looked momentarily annoyed before smiling at his sister. ”Perhaps. But now we have discovered a new form of mortal, and is that not interesting enough?” Disballis frowned a little before reluctantly admitting: ”I guess…”

And so the pair walked towards the largest city in the mountain range, unmindful and ignorant of what the local Valkyrie population might think of this new creature approaching their territory and even now marching on the capital city with determination and curiosity.

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And so the golden trumpet sounded throughout the land of Kalimdor and the Valkyrie's took to the winds. Their radiant wings shinning as the sun reflected off their pristine feathers as if they were made of the finest diamonds. Their intricate armor, polished to a shine, gave the winged warrior women an elegance beyond measure as they soared out to meet this unknown threat. A large force of armor clad Valkyrie, ready to do battle circled the two Gods on the ground below. Unknown to the mortals however that they were in fact circling two of the divine who, with a breath, could snuff out the flame of their life. Though the knowledge of how easily they could be slain would have done little to slow their advance had they known for Valkyrie fear no foe. The champions of the peaks of Kalimdor landed with authority and in one fell swoop put Equallis and Disballis in the center of a ring of shining steal and killer intent. The first few seconds were tense as spear tips danced inches from the two gods faces. It was not until one of the Valkyrie spoke did the moment truly get under way.

"You have trespassed on the lands of the Valkyrie... Not a wise move for any weary traveler but our clerics to Acanthus sensed the power of your magic before you even crossed our border. Demons I'd say you were. Judging by the look of you I'd say I was right. Speak quickly as to your purpose in these lands while you still have the tongue to do so."

The Queen Regent, Samara Silverwing spoke with utter command and her willing to lay down her life in an instant should these two beings threaten her people was evident in her voice.

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The twin deities had stopped dead in their tracks when the army of glorious warrior women descended upon them. Equallis looked at the flock of Valkyries as they descended as if from the heavens to circle around him and Disballes, his eyes filled with wonder at the beauty and grace, their hostility to them all but lost to him. ”Wings like Veltrez…” He mumbled, before his sisters hissing and protective cradling of her cocoon shook him awake from his appreciation of these mortals. Clearly she had identified some form of threat to the cocoons, so he followed suit, protectively cradling it against his chest. Disballis meanwhile was grinning, her tiny eyes focused on the winged beings with malice and possibly just a little jealousy. She had her hand tightly clenched into a fist when one of the radiant Valkyrie women spoke.

"You have trespassed on the lands of the Valkyrie... Not a wise move for any weary traveller but our clerics to Acanthus sensed the power of your magic before you even crossed our border. Demons I'd say you were. Judging by the look of you I'd say I was right. Speak quickly as to your purpose in these lands while you still have the tongue to do so."

Disballis grinned, her tiny eyes sparkling at the new opportunity to harm some creatures. ”Like we’re gonna answer sum’thin’ asked by someone like you, right Equallis?” She said, more to Equallis than any of the women present. Her brother merely shook his head before answering her. ”Now, now, don’t be so rude, perhaps this is their way of greeting people? The subterranean creatures also had a most peculiar way of doing so.” Equallis smiled at his sister, as if the very notion of hostility was utterly foreign to him. ”yer such a moron.” Was the only answer he got from her before both of them turned to face the beautiful queen of the warrior women before them, one smiling kindly and the other grinning with barely contained malice.

”We are Equallis and Disballis and we came here in search of a feeling. We wished to ask this feeling to give our children the power of reproduction.” They said in perfect unison, as the slowly revealed the two cocoons to Samara Silverwing, gingerly so, ready to protect them at a moment’s notice. ”Perhaps you can help us?”

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Grom cocked his head at the strange question by the young giant's odd question.

"What interest? Bah! You're an odd one boy!"

Grom said as he broke out into roaring laughter. The warriors around him and the giant chuckle as well yet kept a careful eye on the giant and lioness at his side. ONce Grom had regained his composure he explained.

"What more is there? For men and warriors to strive for then proving ones strength on the battlefield? To crush your enemies under your boot and leave their guts in the dirt? What finer feelling is there in this realm then the warmth of your enemies blood as it washes over the hand that swings the axe? We are orcs! It is what we are for, to fight, to kill and to die on the battlefield! The drums of war beat in our heart and our blood burns for combat. There is no thing greater to our people than the glories of war. One such as yourself must understand this."

While Grom gave his impassioned explanation to the young giant the Queen Regent was struggling to keep up with the arguing of Equallis and Disballis.

"What? Power of reproduction? You must be speaking of the blessings of Adarani. But how could you know about..."

Samamra uttered as the fear that these demons had somehow entered her mind and saw the blessing she herself received accounting for the seed of a child growing in her womb or that they had somehow infiltrated her shining city. Samara's hand went to her sword in an instant, fear driving her and it was then the anger of the Gods flashed in the sky.

Thunder boomed and lighting shot from the sky. One single massive bolt landed but a foot or so away from the circle of armored Valkyrie. Then there he stood, the creator in all his glory. Shining armor glinting in the sunlight, his crimson cloak whipping in the wind. His massive hammer firm in his hands. Yet it was his eyes that truly captivated all those who looked upon him, those bright orbs that were alive with lightning. His demeanor was wrought with anger as electricity sparked around him. The anger of the war god was palpable and caused the Valkyrie to stare with terror. His face stoic it was plain to see, the God of Thunder and Lightning was not pleased.

"You shame me with your actions Samara, for is this how you treat my kin?"

The realization that she had been speaking to kin of Kalimdor shook Samara to the core and she dropped to her knees in repentance.

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The twin deities had barely enough time to shelter their young creations in their bosoms when thunder crackled and flashed down from the sky, to leave in its place a mightily imposing being with lighting both in his eyes and as his eyes as the new being looked upon the scene before them. Disballis grinned slightly and looked upon the new arrival with wonder in her eyes before poking Equallis in the side. ”Check that one out! See, now that’s what a man should be like. Wonder if he’ll let me play with that hammer of his.” Equallis squeezed his cocoon even closer to his chest, looking upon the new god with some wariness, but did not bother responding to Disballis.

"You shame me with your actions Samara, for is this how you treat my kin?"

Kin? They had heard something like that before hadn’t they? In fact, weren’t they the ones who had said something similar? The twin deities looked at one another for a few moments before turning to the mighty god again. The sized him up, trying to discover something about the god. ”Could he be the one we were looking for? Equallis asked, his eyes shifting nervously between the god and his sister. ”’Course he is, who else could it be? He must be one of them, god thingies Veltrez told us about.” Disballis said, to soothe her nervous brother’s nerves. Suddenly, they both nodded at the same time as they turned to the other god. ”I am certain these women meant no disrespect. After all, it was us that moved in on their territory, and they but bravely stood in its defence. The fault is ours, and we apologize. We are Equallis and Disballis and have travelled far to meet another such as ourselves. Tell us, what might we call you?” They said in perfect unison, still cradling the little cocoons and even before the other god would have answered, they continued. ”Although this is most sudden, and indeed rude as we must first make amends for our actions, we would ask something of you… could you give these creatures the power of reproduction?” They both smiled kindly, as they once more held out the tiny cocoons gingerly, only now patiently waiting for a reply from the other god.

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The words of his brother and sister tempered the thunder within Kalimdor and his eyes flicked to his creations, who at the moment, were on their knees in fear and reverence.

"Perhaps you are right. Samara... Take your warriors and leave us. I will come to you once I have carved a home in the mountains and then we will discuss your trespass. It would be wise to say a prayer to my brother and sister this night for their intervention on your behalf."

"I will Great Creator, a thousand thanks and pardons for your mercy."

With that the Valkyrie's took to the skies once more, retreating back to their city. Leaving Equallis and Disballis alone with Kalimdor Menethil to speak in privacy under the shadow of the Valkyri's peaks. His bright gaze turned to his kin once more and he nodded to them in proper greeting.

"You ask for introductions. I am Kalimdor Menethil, God of War and Storms. Those were my Valkyrie, noble warriors one and all yet their race comes with curse. There are no men of their kind and so I too had to turn to help to save them... You see I fear, for all my power, I am not the one you seek. I cannot grant life to a dead womb. I possess not the gift of fertility. Yet I know one who does, another of our kind, our sister Adarani Goddess of Love, Healing and Fertility. She is the one who can breath life into your brood. She is the one whose blessed touch can grant you the power to nurture life as it grows within you. If you ask it of me, I will escort you both to her. I remember well the aura that surrounds her and could track her anywhere in this realm and the next."