It was after the First died that the rest of the Elders came to realize the error of their actions. After millennia of creation, none of them had taken into account their mortality. By making themselves separate from the darkness, and allowing light into existence, they had condemned themselves to eventual death.
One of the youngest of the enslaved "children" of the Elders, ΧΘΥΛΥ, had an epiphany that came to it in a dream. When the First has passed, a vast sucking void of inpenetrable darkness was left roiling where his form expired. ΧΘΥΛΥ dreamed of seven stars converging on one of the Elders (his master), and leaving behind a similar sucking tear in the fabric of reality. Upon awakening, ΧΘΥΛΥ realized that the stars were the younger shadowspawn who had been enslaved by the Elders. This thought led to black hope in a cold heart.
So it came to be that the first war came to pass. It was not between light and dark - but rather between dark and dark. The lesser Elders, the shadowspawn, many maimed, or kept in states of disempowerment and slavery for eons, began to stir in their prisons. The bulsing ebony of the cosmos carried the conspiracy of the usurper powers, who plotted and schemed, while their masters continued to toil on their perverted magics and maths.
ΧΘΥΛΥ made another powerful discovery in the wake of his master, one which he kept hidden from his "allies" - not only could the Elders be eliminated, but a portion of thier powers could be subsumed in the killing. ΧΘΥΛΥ guarded this knowledge jeaously, but others eventually came to a similar understanding.
So it came to pass, that over forty revolutions of the galaxies, the Elders ceased to be. In the void of their passing, great clusters of planets, comets, and asteroids came to be. The rotting particles of the corpses of thier childer led to the tracks of dust which crisscross the night skies. Where each Elder ceased to be was born a black hole - the inverse of the process of their birth.
Not all of the Elders met an end at the hands of the usurpers. More than one fled into the holes created in the wakes of their comrades, hoping some new twisted reality lay beyond the unfathomable blackness they radiated. Others hid - using their powers to create pockets of time and space into which they could retreat - not returned to the immateriality of shadow, but not subject to the ravages of time and the revolutionaries.
So things came to be, in a multiverse where ΧΘΥΛΥ and his ilk reigned supreme. Lacking the powers of their predecessors, they set to altering the landscape of the planets born of their masters past, customizing where they could not create.
And so it was for another epoch, while ΧΘΥΛΥ and his brethren worked the planets. It was during this time of shaping that ΧΘΥΛΥ dreamed another powerful dream. He dreampt of a chunk of molten rock, so bright it was painful to look at, which fell into water, and cooled, making it bearable to look upon. The water the rock fell into froze over time, and over ages, the planet that held the frozen rock was consumed by a black hole.
ΧΘΥΛΥ drew inspiration from his dream. He would create a way to contain the stars - a byproduct of the birth of the elders. With that creation would come a realm of eternal darkness. To set out towards this goal, he would need to create entities which could contain the brilliance of the stars in thier own forms. He began working on a planet near enough to a star that he could see the fruits of his labor, but at the same time, hide from the accursed light when it loomed over him. Thus began the age of racemaking, where the new Elders sought to create animations of matter which could capture the powers of the stars.
Thus began life on Earth.
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