Today, I am pleased and proud to bring you all the first peek at the first chapter of my father’s first book in his first trilogy! That’s a lot of firsts! I will be running consecutive excerpts every week until the whole chapter is here (it has an introduction, a prologue and the chapter, which together is about fifteen pages, so I can’t in good conscience do it all at once. Also, if I run it as a series, I won’t have to think about what to blog of my own work, so win-win!).
Once the chapter has run in its entirety, I’ll get back to my regularly scheduled blogging. Ha ha! You all know what that looks like by now.
And also, I may or may not have a special announcement that will please you. I mean, yeah, I definitely have the announcement; it’s whether or not it’ll please you that’s open to some doubt.
But for now, please enjoy my father’s first-ever attempt at writing, in part one of Chapter One of Book One of The Children of Omm: The Unmaking of the Worm, by M. Francis Smith! It begins…
On the awakening of Omm and the birth of the Gods, it is the account of Ittalee, First Priestess of Elianna, from the rebellion of Sargon against the Father to his unmaking at the hands of Irrn, and the rise of Baaloth, from whom the race of Dragons is ever born.
Yeah. You’re in for a ride.
In the beginning, Omm, the self-existent one, stirred amongst the Intelligences—that which contained the capacity to Thought and to Will—which were with Him in the primordial void. And seeing the potential for greater being, for Element contained within it the capacity for obedience to Will, He divided that which pertained to Mind and Will from that pertaining to substance, Intelligence from Element, the substance of Mind from the substance of Body, and locked each away into its own place. He looked and saw that He was obeyed. Thus ended the first creative period.
Then, He spake and separated Element from Element, that which was most refined from that which was coarser; the refined He called Spirit and the coarse He called Matter. From the elements of Spirit He fashioned a body and endowed it with intellect, by which the power to Reason and to Will inherent in Intelligence might operate. He contemplated what He had done and saw that it was good. By an act of Will, the Intelligence that was Omm then descended into the Spirit body which He had created and so became the first Spirit Being. He looked and saw that it was good; thus ended the second creative period.
Perceiving the greater power enjoyed as a Spirit Being, Omm next directed the elements of Matter which He had created, which bowed to His Will, and organized a perfect body of Element and endowed it with immortality. Into this, by an act of Will, He caused His Spirit Being to descend; and so He became God, who was God from the beginning, the First and Greatest of many, the Almighty and Master of Creation. And Omm beheld the thing which He had created and saw that it was good, and rejoiced in the work that He had completed. Thus ended the third creative period.
Yet God stood alone in Creation. And so He looked among the Intelligences which had co-existed with Him in the primordial void and separated out those who were most noble and great, distinguishing each from the other by temperament and ability. He fashioned for each a spirit body similar to His own and caused the Intelligence of each to descend into it. And so the Gods were born, God and Goddess, Spirit Beings endowed according to the capacity of the Intelligence animating each. And to each He granted agency to freely choose what he or she should do and become. So Omm dwelt no longer alone in the universe He had created and as He contemplated what might yet be, He smiled. Thus ended the fourth creative period.
And God taught His children the fashioning of matter, whereby they might shape a body of element even as Omm had fashioned His own physical body, and caused the Spirit Body of each to descend into the physical form each had fashioned, and wrought upon them that they became perfect and immortal, even as He is Perfect and Immortal. But the secret of immortality He did not teach them, but reserved it unto Himself, for even in the bosom of eternity the capacity for Agency existed and therefore the potential for good and ill. And God looked and beheld in one of His children the shadow of selfishness, and was content, for He beheld that all the elements for His perfect plan of happiness were in place. And so ended the fifth creative period.
And Omm taught His children the properties of matter, how it might be shaped and transformed according as they should desire, and set them to organize from the matter He had caused to be created suns in their infinite variety, galaxies in their uncounted myriads, planets and moons and all the hosts of heaven in their glory. And Omm saw the beginning of the work, that it was good, and He and His children rejoiced for the work they had done. Thus ended the sixth creative period.
And God caused that these should rest from their labors, and it was even as He ordained. For there was as yet no mortal life upon any of the earths which the Gods had made. But Omm taught his children the shaping of spirit, and the Gods searched among the Intelligences which existed in the void and for them shaped the spirits of all things, even as they would: the single celled plant deriving energy from the sun, the animalcule to feed upon them, complex animals to feed upon the plants and animalcules; fish to swim in the waters below the firmament, birds to fly in the waters above the firmament and all creatures that slither and creep, walk and run upon the earth. Even the spirits of all things did the Gods create in the heavens.
Then God spake to His children and said, “Where may these dwell, which ye have created?” for as yet no abode had been prepared to receive the spirits the Gods had created. But He said, “There is space and material here. Let us go down and organize an earth on which all these may reside.”
Of the unorganized matter nearby, the Gods took and organized a sun with its planets and moons. Of one planet they formed an earth whereon bodies might be organized for the spirit creations they had fashioned. And the Gods built of the elements of the earth physical bodies in form even as their spirits were—so the creatures of the earth were created, spirit and body, each a living soul. And thus were created the earth and all the creatures thereof.
And God gathered His immortal children unto Him, and said, “Now have we created a garden of perfect beauty and have populated it with mortal beings after our own image. We have blessed them with instincts to guide their behavior and granted unto them to follow according to their instincts or to choose some other path. But there is no one to tend and keep this garden, which we have created, no Man to cultivate and make it fruitful. Therefore, go to; choose you each a mate, as you will; fashion the Man according to his gifts and populate the earth with creatures that walk and run, creep and galope, swim and fly according as their spirits are, that the earth may be fruitful and all souls experience the joy of their creation. Thus were created the heavens and the earth and all that dwell thereon.
To Eliard and Vinnien were born the Elf, first children of the Gods and noblest of the races of Man to inhabit the land. Beautiful of body, avid of knowledge and wise in its application, Eliard and Vinnien endowed the Elves with mortal life unending and an understanding and love of all that derive energy from sun and soil, with power to modify and bless it according as they would.
Second of the races of Man, Givvek and Mahesha engendered the Diguenmol and blessed them to thrive at the edges where the land meets the water. Gifted as were the Elves with mortal life as long as it should be delicious to them, with power to call the Ferryman at will, their divine parents blessed them also with power over coarse matter, to shape it according to their will and purpose.
Upon these two races of Man the Gods laid a charge: to beautify the earth the Gods had made, to make of it a glorious place for their children to inhabit. And so, of an island of rock floating in the immensity of the heavens, the Elves and the Diguenmol working with the Gods fashioned First Earth and named it Eden. When in his rebellion and enmity against his Father, Omm, Sargon sent Eden into the North Country and buried her under miles of ice, the Gods raised up in its place New Earth out of the oceans. Through the labors of the Elves and Diguenmol, much that was good was salvaged, nevertheless, they could not recreate Eden in its entirety and much that was wholesome and worthy thus passed from the earth and was lost.
Dwokollen and Enlenut next brought forth the Dwarf, first children of the Gods to be born with a set span to their years. Cunning and quick to find offense, the Dwarves rejected their Gods and retreated from the Overearth into the bowels of the world. Taking delight in secrets, they crafted intricate works of great utility and beauty only to horde it deep in the caverns of the Underearth amidst the vast wealth they uncovered there. As punishment for their rebellion, Dwokollen and Enlenut deprived their children of the power of mind speach, and, looking down from the heavens where they dwelt, sorrowed over their froward children.
The Aebenot, most solitary of the children of the Gods, did Sovanef and Qwalia bear next who, forsaking even their own kind, haunt the grags and pinnacles in the high places of the earth in search of solitude and meaning.
Pasha, repudiating the need for a mate, alone brought forth the Piscenes and granted to Her children the vastness of the realms under the waters and stewardship over the creatures found there. Androgynous as their Mother and banished for their protection from those places trodden by the foot of Man, the Piscenes of all the mortal creation were most gifted in the art of mind speech.
Most fecund of the races of Man—and most susceptible to the twin thirsts of pleasure and power, and of them all most driven to subject and constrain to compliance those of their own race who dwelt in freedom about them—Kirel and Elianna brought forth also the Human family.
Other races there were, too, not all of which inhabit this earth, but they do not figure prominently in this account.
To all the mortal children of the Gods, Omm granted life within themselves that they might produce offspring after their own kind. But within each he also laid the seeds of death that in the end, death should come upon them all. And so, all of Mankind must come at last to the Ferryman to be judged of the use to which they have put the life and the Agency which Omm had granted unto them.
Tune in next week for the Prologue.