Sisters uncover the secret their parents died for - the quest for Ile Lumesare
The Tale of the Orbs
(Also known as The Story of Creation, as told by Terratessa to the Siyens)
Scattered wide across the vast darkness were millions of great Masses of Light, and though their numbers were great, they were insignificant in comparison to the void that surrounded them. The light and energy that each emitted so powerfully held them at a great distance from each other, such that each one from another only appeared as a small point of light.
These Masses of Light had their own consciousness amidst the minerals, gasses and flames that made up their being, and the part of each of them that was sentient was aware of the other masses, and longed to make a connection with them. This was impossible though, because of the forces that held them apart.
Many of the Masses learned to focus their consciousness to harness the energy of their being. With that power they could control the level of the flames they emitted, thus making themselves shine brighter, or go dim. They were also able to eject smaller masses of mineral from their core, which would launch into the void in the direction of other Masses of Light. After hundreds of years, the first mass of mineral reached a Mass of Light from which it did not originate. It was drawn in by the force caused by the spinning of the larger mass. When the foreign minerals mixed with the gases and minerals of the larger mass, there was an amazing occurrence; the first Orb of Light was born.
As the first Orb of Light was born, so were hundreds of thousands of others spread far across the vast darkness. Each one a different size and in many arrays of brilliant color. The advantage the Orbs had over the Masses was they were able to propel themselves across the vast darkness, thus having freedom the masses could never obtain. Soon there were billions of orbs traveling through the void, and though they were many, they would never come close to filling it.
The masses ceased to produce the orbs after several thousand years, because they realized they only had so many resources to rely on, and many orbs (having also discovered that they had limited resources) eventually settled into a pattern of circulation around one of their parental masses, or a larger orb, so that they were no longer lonely in the darkness.
Eventually there were but five orbs of light left roaming the darkness; one by one their paths crossed until they all traveled together. They each came from far distant places in the darkness, and each possessed different properties inherited from their parental masses. Iseles was a light blue, Iada pale rose, Iridius shone bright white, Ilias a soft green and Idiles glimmered in lavender. The full nature of their powers would not be known until much later.
Unknown to these five, there was a sixth orb, no longer luminescent - Dranscu. It was much older than the others, and having traveled greater distances, it had expended more of its energy. When it crossed paths with the five radiant young orbs, it chose to follow them. Over millennia, Dranscu learned to siphon energy from other orbs to sustain itself, and these five were its last hope for survival.
The orbs learned through their travels that the other orbs who found themselves fading and had settled into orbits around the dead shells of others were able to use the last of their energies in creating life on them. The five decided that this was a way for them to achieve immortality, and set out to find the perfect shell to create their world.
They came upon the remains of Isiterra, Iridius read its name from its residual energy, and the five together poured their energy into creating a living world upon it. They took ideas from other creations they had seen in their travels - changing the round, smooth surface to form high peaks they covered with lush greenery and deep valleys they filled with water. When their world had taken its shape, they pooled their energy together once more into their final creation. They cut her from the stone on the side of a mountain, for she would need to be strong; and formed her into the image of a human mother they had found on another world created by others (only much larger), for she would need to be nurturing. She was named Terratessa, and now with their greatest accomplishment fulfilled, the orbs knew they could rest, and save what was left of their energy should they need it later. They had endowed Terratessa with the same properties they each carried, and dispersed pieces of themselves upon the face of Isiterra which could be used to wake them from their slumbering orbit, should their world ever need them again.
All of this was achieved without the five orbs ever having knowledge Dranscu had been in their shadow the entire time. Once they went into their hibernation, Dranscu created a being of his own, Malough, cut from another mountain far from Terratessa's, and formed in the image of a man from the same world as before, giving him only one human trait - greed.
This is how Isiterra came to be. Terratessa and Malough went on to populate it further with creatures of their own making, fashioned from memories the orbs gave them of other worlds they had visited. Eventually, these creatures would collide, leading to their creators' discovery of each other. The opposite nature of their very cores led to an immediate struggle between the Terressan creatures and the Malorians for dominance of Isiterra. That struggle continues on to this day.
Now, the balance between the Terressans and Malorians is more volatile and fragile than ever before.The Siyen Prophecies say when the next war comes, only one will be able to save their world, one who can bend the light and the dark with equal force. One who will be known as Ile Lumesare.
As the old ways fade, and warnings are forgotten, one family has no choice but to believe. They've witnessed enough to see the prophecies coming true, and know without Ile Lumesare, Isiterra will be lost to Malough's followers.
Sisters Aria and Taura uncover the secrets their parents died for, and set out on the quest that made them orphans, not realizing Ile Lumesare is already much closer than they think....