First Generation

The very earliest humans to emerge from the Old Place into Feryngia on Fomorti and some of their early descendants. They were the first of the First Generations and their advent is now considered 1A 1, the beginning of the First Age. These larger than life figures were longer-lived, stronger, faster, tougher, smarter, taller, more attractive, and superior in all ways to any later humans, even the others of the First Generations.

History: It is largely due to the exploits of the First Generation that the First Age is also called the Age of Legend, however their eventual success, spread, and glory were by no means assured. The Fomorti of the early First Age was very different from the modern one. It was an enormous wilderness of colossal monsters, wild and dangerous weather, and unforgiving terrain. Worse, the First Generation was utterly unequipped to deal with it. They had no more knowledge of anything than a newborn, not even a conception of self vs other or how to breathe. Many reportedly perished in those early days and years; they are lost to history, having never had so much as a name.
Still, there were will and power in the earliest humans that have not been seen since. Those that learned to breathe before they asphyxiated, to drink before they dehydrated, to eat before they starved, to fight before they were slain, and to move before their resources were exhausted survived. They faced difficulties scarcely imaginable and, against all odds, succeeded by the strength of their bodies, wit of their minds, and courage of their hearts.
These towering figures, more skilled in all manners of contending than their successors, spread out and multiplied. They smashed down inconvenient mountains, dug lakes to get water, traveled a lethal world on foot armed only with what they could make, eliminated the greatest threats to future generations; and invented or learned names, the basic concepts of logic and causation, tools, weapons, clothes, reproduction, magic, rudimentary communication, gods and primitive religion, and everything else later humans took for granted.

Eventually their distant descendents or perhaps later arrivals from the Old Place joined them, the Second Generation. Much weaker than the First Generation, they were often taken in by those of the First Generation disposed toward helping others. This allowed them not only to survive but to accomplish great things in terms of building the first real societies and cultures and even accomplish minor heroic deeds of their own.

Over the centuries the First Generations dwindled in number. Their lifespans were very long, just how long seemed to vary widely, but few of them lived to old age and their children were no longer of the same strength. They lived dangerous lives and so were often killed by accidents, monsters, or one another. By the time the Third Generation replaced the Second, there were probably only a few score of them left in the world, down from perhaps a thousand at their peak. The last of them is believed to have died more than a century before the close of the First Age in 1A 1300

Religion: Since later generations were in such awe and felt they owed such gratitude toward the First Generation, many of them became the objects of a wide variety of personal cults which gradually blended together to form the dominant, vague religion of Fomorti. This supplanted any widespread worship of actual Gods, who had been created by the beliefs and understandings of the world of the First Generations themselves. Many troublesome gods had been slain by the First Generation anyway, making them seem less impressive.

Notable Figures: Probably every member of the First Generation who survived the initial harrowing is noteworthy, but written accounts or oral accounts adapted to writing exist for only some of them. By the time the critical importance of chronicling these larger than life figures before they were all gone became apparent, it was too late for many of them. Still, dozens of them have had significant numbers of their adventures documented and scores more are at least attested to in the margins of those stories or have some other vague mention somewhere. A few singularly important ones follow:

Sekeriah: the greatest hero of all time. Matchless skill in combat, artifice, and courage propelled him through challenges that would have felled any of his peers. He killed more monsters, subdued more gods, invented more essentials of successful civilization, figures in more legends, and is worshiped by more people than anyone else. He is often said to have been the very first human, leaving the Old Place even before the rest of the First Generation. He also lived nearly 1200 years, dying in combat against the god of metal, Talsifer, who he killed at the same time in 1A 1121. This meant he was around to tell his stories when many others of his generation were already dead and known only secondhand.

Henrekta: by all accounts a mild and kindly man not known for monsters slain so much as his great achievements in inventing whole scholarly disciplines and all sorts of things that made life easier- like drinking water. Most prominently though, he was the first man in the world to learn how to use Magic in 1A 120, teaching others soon after. How he died is unknown, but he is said to have made the Tome Abolish sometime in the 1A 900s as a final gift to humankind.

Hreijibor: usually called a giantess, she is said to have been a fighter little less dangerous than Sekeriah himself. By some accounts she made the Taraka Mountains to trap more rain in what is now the Koran Basin to help her followers there and the list of monsters and gods she killed is staggeringly long. How she found time for such deeds is unclear, for she died young when Sekeriah bested her in a duel some time in the mid 3rd century of the First Age.

Metaxas: a less known figure except for his one crowning achievement of circumnavigating the world by swimming.

Ornlu: said to have been one of the greatest archers of all time, perhaps the inventor of not only the bow but also more primitive weapons like the atlatl. The dates of his life are unknown because by all accounts he kept to himself and lived in the wild. He is said to have invented hunting for food and also the domestication and training of animals.

First Generation

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