A History of the Universe
On the nature of God and the creation of the World
God, or so he refers to himself in these times, is what magicians would consider a metaplanar being. Originating in a far more advanced plane, God comprehends the flows of energy and structure on a level none of us will ever duplicate.
God created our entire plane simply by comprehending its existence. In some ways, God is akin to modern day wizards, in that he seeks to understand the nature of life (and everything else, for that matter). In order to facilitate this desire for knowledge, he created his own plane with which he could experiment. This planet Earth was created to nurture his living creations, ultimately humans.
However, God didn't wish to simply run a controlled experiment in this case, for he had done so previously, with limited success. In our world, God introduced the idea of chaos, entropy, and eventually evil. Our entire universe depends upon the idea of balance. Balance of elements, balance of forces, balance of man to woman, etc. To further this, he needed to balance life with death, order with chaos, and so on, else life would run rampant and eventually stagnate in its prosperity.
For a time, God contained this balance of order and chaos within himself, for he ultimately powers all the forces which keep this world in motion. Eventually, however, the struggle within him grew so great that he decided another entity would be required to uphold the destructive, chaotic half of his balance. Not too long after this period of time, as God knew must happen somehow, a great rebellion swept across the minions of Heaven.
Angels, God's first children, were created to serve God and aid him in warding his world. However, some of his servants grew jealous of God's attention to his younger children, the humans, and others grew weary of serving, only to find themselves second best to the upstart mortals. Banding together, the angels who felt such dissatisfaction came to God in rage, demanding that they be freed of their demeaning servitude. God, saddened by their defection but knowing it to be necessary, allowed them to go. Ultimately taking charge, Lucifer saw to the creation of Hell and its demons and eventually took up the mantle of power necessary to place him in opposition and balance to God.
On the nature of the Great Hunter
Unbeknownst to God at the time (no, indeed, he is not infallible), a longstanding rival of his from their home plane grew embittered at God's success with his children and began to plot against him. The Great Hunter, as he is named by the Dragons, was once similar in nature to God, though far more prone to destruction. Jealous of his counterpart's cheerfully creative talents, he strives always to destroy that which God has created.
In the early days, whilst Lucifer was still assuming his position, the Hunter sent a number of his own creations here to the world, bidding them to destroy all with which they came into contact. However, being far more crafty than he generally appears, God bent his considerable ability and charisma upon the most intelligent of these beings, the Dragons, and eventually convinced several of them to turn their backs on the Hunter to aid God and his people.
Thus began the first Great Scourge, a war of scope that we cannot even truly imagine in these days, when the Great Dragons are bound by tradition and law not to wage war upon each other. For each of these beings was massive in size, with the ability to breath fire and cast magic that the world had never before seen. The onslaught was so great that even the mighty armies of Heaven and Hell formed an alliance to stand against the Horrors.
There was much struggle and loss of life in this great invasion, but at long last, when all hope seemed lost for his children, God instructed his loyal Dragons to each take their local peoples under their wings and take them to places of safety from the coming storm.
God, in those younger days, was far more prone to extremes of emotion, and the senseless assault upon his young children and world drove him to a great anger. Once his children were safely to high ground or within deeply dug, watertight lairs, he let loose his anger in a massive surge of the seas, flooding all the world and destroying many of the Horrors with the raw strength of life itself. Although not all of the Horrors were destroyed, enough died that when the waters had receded and God's children regained the world, they were eventually able to fight off the remnants of the great horde.
Although other Scourges have come since that time, none were so terrible as that first great War.