In the very beginning, even before there was time, there was nothing; just a great, empty expanse of nothing that stretched on and on forever. But dwelling in this nothingness was Mai, who was alone. He was not a physical being such as you or I, the people of this world. Instead, he was only a consciousness floating in the nothingness.

Now, though Mai was alone, he did not feel lonely, for he had always been alone and did not know that there was anything but nothing. But after he had lived for a great expanse of time (we cannot know for how long it was, for there was nothing, and thus no way to measure the amount of time which had passed), he began to wonder what it might be like if there was something. He did not know anything other than the great nothing and himself, and, realizing that he was different from the nothing that surrounded him, he thought about another such as himself.

After another long expanse of time spent thinking about another such as himself, Mai became lonely and wished for company. He pushed a part of himself away into the great nothing and willed it to be something else, and so Tir was born.

Now before this, Mai had been the only thing that there was; he had been everything. Thus, Mai was the essence of everything, and his was the power to create. Mai, then, created everything.

Before Tir, there had been no love, for Mai had been alone, and had nothing to love. When Tir was created, so was love, for love is necessary when there are more than one, so Tir was filled with love. Thus, Tir was the essence of love, for he was the first to love, and his love was pure, and his was the power to share. Because of this, Tir shared love.

A long time passed, and Mai grew to love Tir as Tir continued to share his love with him. Finally, Tir said to Mai, "There is more to love than just this. There are other kinds of love. Make us a son, that we may share fatherly love with him, and he may share the love a son with us, his fathers."

Mai loved Tir, and when he saw that Tir was unhappy, he agreed to make a son for them. They both pushed out into the great nothing small pieces of themselves, and Mai willed those pieces to combine and become something new.

In this way, Leun was created. He was the son of Mai and Tir, and they were combined in him. He was part everything, part love, and thus loved everything, but he was also the essence of youth, for Mai had willed that he become something new. He had some power to create, and some to share, and thus he was able to share his creations, but he was most of all able to imagine, for Mai had willed that he become something new.

Leun, with his power to imagine, began to imagine a friend for himself, because though he loved Mai and Tir as his fathers, he wanted to have friends – playmates – to love in a new way. He went to his father, Tir, and said to him, "I know that there is more to love than this. There must be other kinds of love. Let me have a friend, or a brother, to love in a new and different way than the way in which you and my father Mai love each other, and love me, and I love you."

Tir agreed to this, but the power to create was not his, so he brought Leun before Mai and they pleaded with him to make for Leun a brother. Seeing that both Leun and Tir were unhappy, Mai agreed to create a brother for Leun, and taught Leun how to use the power of creation, which they both had.

In this way, Nat was created, who was different again from all the others. He was the essence of emotion – not only to love, but to hate, and also to feel happiness and joy, sadness and sorrow, fear and courage, and every emotion that has been felt by any living creature from then until now. His power was the power of curiosity, to wonder and to learn.

Not long after he had been created, Nat began to wonder what it would be like to have a fantastic creature, a consciousness much like all the others; so much like all the others, in fact, that the great and fantastic consciousness he wondered about was a consciousness that had the powers to create, to share, to imagine, and to wonder and learn, and which was all at once everything, love, youthfulness, and emotion. He wondered about this for a long time, but was afraid to share his curious thoughts with the others.

Finally, he said to went to Leun and said, "What if there was a great and fantastic creature, a consciousness like to us, but that was the essence of everything that we are, the four of us, and had all the powers that the four of us have?"

Leun imagined what that creature was like, and because he felt love for everything, he wished to create it so that he could love it. So he said to Nat, "I will create this great and fantastic creature that you have wondered about. But let us not go to Mai to create it, for he is only able to create from himself, and not to imagine. But I can imagine your creature and create it."

So Leun created the creature that Nat had wondered about and he had imagined, and they named the creature Auden, which meant to them "us all", which is what he was. He became great friends with Nat and Leun, but they hid him from Mai and Tir, for they were afraid of what their fathers would think of Auden.

In this way, Auden was created – he whom has the power to create, to share, to imagine, and to feel emotion; he whom is the essence of everything, of love, of youthfulness, and of curiosity; he whom is our god that we worship.

A/N: Humm. So I'm not really expecting any reviews for this, it's just one of the legends told in the religion of my in-progress novel, Rose for the Dead, which I may or may not post up on FP. There'll be more to this, I'll be posting all of the legends of Auden and Kat in roughly chronological order when I get around to writing them.

In case you're wondering, this is the first time I've ever really done anything in a myths and legends style, except maybe for something in like, grade six which probably turned out really badly. So some feedback would be nice, if you're feeling so inclined. ^^;

Concept, content and characters by me.

-- Ev (rentedspace)

-- 02/27/09