Abandoned by their creator, and tasked with the cultivation of Earth’s human and technological potential, Elppa and Orcim gazed down at the Earth. They saw their children struggling. For in time they had spent recovering, great wicked leaders had sprung up, enslaving many. And over these rulers were the Great Kings: Ibiem, Doss, and Bas’C. Their slaves were many, and could easily have risen up against their overlords, yet they had no languages to bind them together.
And so Elppa and Orcim went down to them, so that they might raise up great leaders for their children.
Arriving upon the Earth, Elppa and Orcim bade farewell to each other, and set out in opposite directions. ***
Elppa made his way towards the great realm of the crafters, who were responsible for the great songs and statues that adorned the kingdoms. As he walked, he saw two brothers, twins, arguing in a field. He went up to them, and inquired as to the source of their argument.
On of the brothers, who was called Nicam, spoke first. “My brother and I are musicians,” he said. “And until now, we have been successful and agreed upon everything. But now, we are opposed.
“Our songs have become popular, and many people want to hear them performed. Unfortunately, many young people have learned them, and perform the songs for themselves, freely. And so now, no one wants to pay to hear us perform, when all they must do is find these youths!
“I desire that we should inform the law, and have anyone caught listening to our songs, regardless of source, forced to pay us as they would.”
Then broke in the other brother, known as Tosh, “and here I disagree. Such a deed would be vile, for it would give our oppressors yet another reason to arrest and punish our people! Yes, I would like to be paid, but such a solution would do more harm than good. Perhaps such fame will allow us to earn better wages for new songs!”
Elppa considered this for a moment, and then pronounced his decision. “Alas, you have bested me! I can see no solution to your problem, nor shall your kings! Thus nothing shall be done, and the course of things shall progress as they have been!”
This upset the brothers, and they wept, saying “better would it be had we never learned of music!”
Elppa was moved by their tears, and revealed himself in his glory. Then he said to the brothers, “let it not be so! You shall join me in my realm as my immortal brothers! And there, you shall play music without fear of loss!”
And so the brothers Nicam and Tosh joined Elppa, and ruled with him. ***
Orcim travelled west, into the kingdom of the day laborers. Here the men worked as virtual slaves, designing and maintaining great machines from which the kings grew wealthy. He came upon a small village, in which lived 95 people, many of them children.
He was greeted by a man as he entered, who introduced himself as Enti. He explained to Orcim that the town had once been independent, but nearly a decade ago, had been claimed by both King Doss and King Ibiem. They fought for years over the control of the tiny village, and many people were killed. Now, both Kings marched towards the city, and Enti feared they would all be killed.
This angered Orcim, to think that any would dare threaten his children. He swore to Enti, “I give you my word that no such fate will befall you!”
Enti thanked him, but asked how he could possibly defend them. Could even Erog’La himself be in two places at once?
“Erog’La could not.” Orcim answered him. “But I am. For I am Orcim; and my brother Elppa and I were once one. And so you have my word that these soldiers of Doss and Ibiem shall not destroy so much as a single window!”
And having said such, he knelt on the ground, and scooped a small spider from the dust. The spider bit his hand, drinking in his divine blood.
Orcim laughed. “You have spirit little creature! May your might match such courage!”
With that blessing, the spider grew, larger and larger until it loomed over the largest house. Orcim watched it, and then commanded, “You shall be called Amonli, chief of the great beasts! Attend to your web, and ensure that not a single soldier of the nation of Doss draws near to here!”
Then he turned to Enti, and said, “Remember my words and works. For they shall remain strong, though I grow old, weak, and unsteady.”
Then he asked that a great hammer be brought to him, and so it was. And he blessed the tool, saying “No longer shall you be used to construct and defend. Rather, destroy! You are my law, my advocate, and my power. None but the highest courts shall oppose thy monopoly!” And having so prepared, he set out to face the King of Ibiem.
He had trodden not even a league, before the soldiers of Ibiem appeared before him. They numbered in the hundreds of thousands, and he stood before them, a solitary warrior.
The battle was fierce; Orcim swung his blessed hammer hard, and with each stroke, ended the life of dozens. Soon, the men retreated from him, and he approached the king of Ibiem.
The King knelt before him, and asked only that his men be spared. Surprised by this honor and willing sacrifice, Orcim spared his life.
“You, oh king of men, are valiant and wise. I, Orcim, shall spare your life on two conditions. First, you shall never again threaten this region, nor the town of windows. Second, your domain shall be limited to what you currently possess! Do this, and ensure the prosperity of you and your subjects. No revolts, nor courts shall oppose you.”
The King of Ibiem accepted these conditions, and so returned to his throne.
Returning to the town of windows, Orcim found Enti once again. “Your lands are safe.” He said. “And you shall be made into a mighty nation one day. For now, offer me this in payment. Whenever I pass this way from among the stars, grant me rest in your town. For do this, and your windows shall never break, though they be struck seven times by the fist of my brother, Elppa!”
And so for many years, the town of windows grew under the guidance of Enti, till it could rightly be called a kingdom. And the spider, Amonli, dwelt nearby, guarding and protecting them.