Listen, for this is the story of how the lands and we, the Vintial, came to be. It is said that, Onniway, the Great Spirit, who has no beginning and no ending and is everywhere and nowhere at the same time, existed before the world came to be. In a void, He saw that all was nothing, and this filled His heart with sorrow, for Onniway was alone and there was no beauty. To correct this, Onniway began to sing. It was a song so powerful and so sweet, that all of the void responded to it. Within the first versus, the sun, stars, and moon were created, and their warmth pleased Onniway, so that She sang all the merrier and Her voiced swelled. It was then that Onniway wished to dance. Changing His (Or is it Her? It is impossible to say for Onniway is neither male nor female) tune, the Great Spirit began to dance, and each placement of Onniway’s foot brought forth the land, and Onniway’s perspiration filled the oceans, and as Onniway’s breathing became heavier the wind began to blow. Thus was our world and the uncountable thousands of other worlds throughout the cosmos created.
Onniway then decided to build upon the Great Song, and so each world was populated by those who could bring forth a cord or harmony to enrich and enliven the melody in a great crescendo. Yet in order to do this, Onniway had to bestow intelligence upon her creations, for the music required the greatest of thought to compose and skill to produced. But in doing so, discord began to arise, as each of Onniway's creations began to create music as they wished. The different songs clashed and the whole started to lose its structure. As a result, Onniway began to slow the dance. Overcome by the cacophony, and unable to dance to such disjointed noise, Onniway silenced all the worlds, so that the music of many no longer filled the void and a great silence again fell.
It was as if Onniway awoke from a dream. The Great Spirit saw all the creatures that had been created. She smelled the blooms that had sprouted upon each of the planets. Listened to the animals as they started to explore their own part of the universe, and it was only then that He beheld the scope and wonder of the new universe, and He was happy for each thing was good.
But Onniway could also see that each world was incomplete, and that none of them held all of the song, as She heard it within her thoughts. To correct this, He reached out with His arms, gathered all the worlds, and folded them one into another, as if combining ingredients for a bread. It was then that the Vintial came to exist, and as all the worlds were joined, all the animals and plants became joined, so that what happened to one, occurred to all. But like bread, each of the ingredients remained distinct in one way or another, for many planets and animals wished to continue as they were. It is for this reason that there is strife in Litvina. It is also for this reason that for Litvina to flourish, harmony must by maintained. This is why it is important to care for all things.
The Great Cleansing:
Listen now and I will tell you what is foretold in the Great Song. All know that Onniway who is the beginning and ending of all things created the music that brought forth the universe and all that we know; however, upon seeing that we, Her children, could not live in harmony, She grew sad, sent the Great Singers to try and restore the harmony that must be maintained for life to flourish. However, so great was our envy that we killed them when they brought His message.
Having been spurned by His creation, Onniway decided to destroy all that He had created. Yet there was one just Vin, who remained faithful to Onniway, who’s name was Car’notho. Such was his devotion that Onniway decided that She would grant him immortality so She would not be alone once the world was destroyed. Thus Onniway came to Car’notho in a dream and told him that She planned to release a great sickness upon the people that would kill everyone.
For three days and three nights Car’notho slept, and pleaded with Onniway to spare the world. But Onniway would not be swayed. Finally, in desperation, Car’notho came up with his final offer. He said, “Most merciful, most benevolent, and most forgiving creator of all things, I know your anger burns hot, and you, who are the end of all things, have decreed that my people shall parish, but give me one last chance to save them. Let me pick five-thousand souls, and we shall go to the caves of Zimina. Once there, we will gather food and water enough for a hundred days and nights. Then you may seal us in so that we are protected from the devastation you will bring."
Car'notho further pleaded, "At that time, ravish the land; purge the discord from your ears, but at the end of the 100 days, let my five-thousand souls back into the word to rebuild. We shall create a harmonious society in your name. This I swear by my honor, and as payment for this boon, I offer my own life.”
Onniway consider this offer, and in the end consented. Accordingly, Car’notho gathered his chosen: nobody knows why some were taken and others were not. He took rich, poor, smart, dumb, beautiful, and ugly. Into the caves of Zimina they went, and Onniway rolled a huge stone in front of the mouth of the cave so they would be protected from what was to come.
For the first twenty-four days, Onniway let a blight grow. Always changing, always adapting, and always becoming more lethal. Then, just as those in the cave began to grumble against Car’notho, the screaming started. For the next twenty-five days, it was as if the world itself screamed, and some said that those in the cave would have gone crazy if it lasted a day longer. Yet on the start of the fiftieth day, silence fell. All that last day and night, there was not a sound, and those inside the cave found they were unable to speak. When the night was over and the sun rose, Onniway silently rolled the stone back from the mouth of the cave, and let the chosen return above ground.
They found the land in ruins. The bodies of the fallen appeared contorted and in pain, despite being dead. And even the scavengers would not feast on the corpses. After everyone had looked at the ruin brought about by the disobedience of their kind, Onniway appeared and sound returned to the world.
The first sound was Car’notho crying out. He said: “Listen, for my time is almost done: These are the laws of Onniway, and should you break them, you will die as surely as the unfortunate souls before you.
First, You shall keep Onniway’s balance by caring for one another for Onniway is part of each of you, and you are all of Onniway.
Second: You shall keep the harmony between all living things, and care for all plants and animals as you would yourself.
Third: You shall not use Onniway’s name either as a blessing or a curse.
Fourth: You will, once every five years, celebrate this day by observing four days of praise followed by a fifth day of silence.
Fifth: Judges that bare the mark of Onniway will settle all disputes. Their office shall not be hereditary, but once marked, service shall be for life.
It was then that Onniway claimed Car’notho. It is said his body erupted into a pillar of light so blinding that all who were witness were devoid of sight for a month. Why those who survived did not starve, or fall to the elements in their infirmity is unknown. But each was said to have heard Onniway’s voice, and in that moment, the Judges were created and the land was made habitable again.
Onniway marked 500 of the original survivors. Much was made of this in the early days, as this seemed far too many judges for such a small number, but as time passed and the Vin people grew, no new Judges appeared. When one died, a new person would be marked. In time, there did not seem to be enough of the Judges to solve the conflicts between all the people. But from that day to this, it has been the rule of the 500.