THE DIVINE WAR:
The Creation of Gyateara
Before even time existed there was a void in the universe. The gods saw this void and agreed that it must be filled. They all joined forces in order to create a world that they could populate with followers.
The problem with so many deities attempting to work together is that they could not agree upon how the world should be shaped. They all wished for things to be built in their own image; by their own design. Their arguing and stubbornness clashed upon their creation. Once they were done with their work they were saddened to discover an orb of solid chaos. No matter what they tried, nothing could survive on the surface of their greatest project.
They began blaming each other for the failure they made. They all yelled that if they had just had things their way the world would have been inhabitable. After many days of argument they finally agreed on one thing: they could not all work together in order to make one world.
There was just the one void for them to all share, and it was too small for each to create their own planet within it. The arguments again started. There was great bickering over who had the rightful claim to the void. Soon fights broke out and immense battles. Meanwhile, the orb of chaos the gods initially created sat in wait for its new master. Its call for anarchy spilled over to the great beings at war.
The gods clashed against each other for centuries, each struggling for control over the void and the right to build their own world. Even with Chaos emanating from their failed planet and now flowing heavily through their veins, their desire to reign supreme kept it in check. Alliances were formed. Gods with similar ideals joined forces, agreeing to share the world if they end up victorious. These newly formed pantheons created more destruction as they concentrated forces.
Battle worn, broken, and mourning the dead, the gods nearly destroyed themselves in attempt to rule over their brethren and win the void. Eventually, a small but stern voice called out to the remaining deities.
Ardista, a young goddess, bravely stood in the center of the battlefield. She demanded that the fighting ceased and that the surviving deities have peace talks before they drove themselves to extinction. Her soothing pleas calmed the Chaos that was still raging inside the gods' blood. An uneasy truce was called while she oversaw the treaty.
Ardista – now called the "Peace Keeper" – convinced the gods to all try again to work together to create just one world. One they'd jointly rule. She devised the compromise that each allied pantheon would have control of their own corner of the world; no more, no less. They would all agree on the basic creation of the world; the fundamental mechanics that would make up the fabric of reality. Beyond that, each pantheon could create as large a portion of land that their joint power could muster. Then they would rule the land they created. No interfering with anything the other gods did.
With this arrangement the larger allied pantheons would be able to control full continents while the smaller groups would only be able to form and rule minor countries. It was an uneven split, but proportionally fair. Gods would only be able to rule as much land as their power could manage.
The terms were set and agreed upon, and Ardista was deemed the protector of their treaty. She would be the neutral party to keep the peace between the rest of the gods. Because of this, Ardista was not allowed to form a portion of the world in her own image.
Instead, she dressed the rejected first world with the agreed upon fabric of reality. Once the orb was calmed and finally inhabitable she relented the rest of its creation to her kin. She proudly looked on as each pantheon took turns forming the land as well as the animals and people that would populate it.
To this day, Ardista stands vigil at her post. She keeps the gods in check so that none will interfere with the world outside their domain, except for directly assisting followers in need while visiting a foreign land.