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The Seven Races

Then with his last dying breath, Gil breathed into the palm of his hand, and there arose the Seven Races of Mankind.
Dorgon looked at the Seven Races and said, �Come Ravis, we must raise them and teach them so that they may destroy our Foe.�
Ravis looked at Gamus and felt pity, �Come Dorgon, we must heal him, he is wounded.�
Dorgon spoke to Ravis, �Do not go to him, he is our Foe. If you do this, you will be mine enemy too, sister.�
Ravis replied, �Then why did father make me to love and care? I feel sorrow for him and I will tend to him. You may do as you will.�
With that Ravis removed the iron Spear from Gamus� belly, and Gamus turned and slid down the hole in the ground the Spear had made, and Ravis followed with him to the Underworld.
Dorgon took up the Spear and spoke to the Seven Races of Mankind, �Come then, I will raise you and teach you to hunt and fight and farm and fish and build and make fire and to make spears,� and he led them off to roam the land.


Race Dorgon�s Gifts of Learning Description Original Settlement
The Delonite Hunting
The Urbursite Hunting, Fire Hefty, stout build, pale, hairy skin, brown/black haired Northern Dominia Grantis, alpine forest
The Nebonite Hunting, Fire, Farming Tall, dark brown skin, lithe and muscular South-west Avisia, savannah
The Avonite Hunting, Fire, Farming, Fighting Average to muscular build, pale, red/blonde haired Western Dominia Grantis
The Avisite Hunting, Fire, Farming, Fighting, Fishing Shorter, tan-golden skin, black haired Northern Avisia, coast
The Sabite Hunting, Fire, Farming, Fighting, Fishing, Spear-making South-western Dominia Gratis, desert
The Seventh Race of Mankind (aka The Heptite, The Sorceror) Hunting, Fire, Farming, Fighting, Fishing, Spear-making, Building Luminous, pearl-coloured skin Eventually settled a civilisation on Atlantis, but generally wanders

Each Race of Mankind is an individual, male human. They are the First Man figures of myth, the progenitor for each of the main racial groups of the world. They are the exemplar, archetype and essential embodiment of their race. They are immortal, in that they either never die or they may return from their afterlife whenever they wish, and may often come to live among their descendants or give them aid. How they each came to populate their race from one individual is the subject of various creation myths, and may differ for each Race. One may have shaped his wife from mud, he may have asked a god to grant him the favour of creating a companion in return for worship, or mated with a totem animal, or he may have actually gone on to generate a number of splinter sub-races. Some modern cultures might regard their First Man as the actual creator-god and worship him as such, ignorant to the wider cosmology and pantheons of gods.

The multitude of races now seen on the world may have come about through interbreeding, through successive acts of creation by the First Man (eg stealing the First Wife of another race), by the intervention of gods mating with mortals or creating new companions for them, by magic, or even by the action of Ravis. Many modern races would try to make the claim of being a pure race, direct descendants from their First Man, and would put a lot of effort into proving their claim, especially as it may pertain to the right of kingship or other claims to power or glory.

Each Race has an associated set of Gifts of Learning. These are the skills and knowledge given to them by Dorgon in order to settle, survive and build civilisations. Obviously the modern races have more expansive knowledge than simply Hunting or Fishing, and they have gained that over the ages through a range of means- regular human invention; being spread through trade, conquest and theft; or by being taught or granted new knowledge by gods, spirits or other figures such as Dragon or Seventh Race of Mankind. Indeed, Seventh Race of Mankind is the one who wanders the world teaching different forms of magic and occult learning to different races throughout the ages.

The original Gifts of Learning still exist as kind of a subconscious level racial memory, and modern civilisations and cultures often reflect the influence of this, eg codified martial arts, such as fencing or karate, are found more strongly among Races who had the Gift of Fighting. Look at the individual Gift descriptions under each Race below for further notes.

Throughout the ages, great champions and heroes will arise from various cultures, and it may often be said that they are in fact an incarnation of their First Man, returned to protect them.

The Delonite

On the first day, Dorgon and the Seven Races of Mankind came to a place of wide grassy plains, and he taught them to hunt beasts and to catch fish in the river.
At the end of the day, the first Race of Mankind, came to Dorgon and said, �You have taught me to hunt, and I feel happy in this place for there are many beasts to hunt and I may live well here. Allow me to settle here and to remain.�
At this Dorgon replied, �You may, but I will come for you.�
So Dorgon and the other Races of Mankind travelled on and rested for the night in a cave.
Race Dorgon�s Gifts of Learning Description Original Settlement
The Delonite Hunting

Dorgon�s Gift of Learning: Hunting

Hunting is the most primitive skill taught by Dorgon. It is the skill which says that Mankind is no different to animals, for it is shared with beasts of prey, and shows Nature's necessity of having to kill to survive. Yet also it is the skill which starts to separate Mankind from animals, as it must be done with weapons and using cunning and ingenuity beyond that of other beasts, who hunt using the strength of muscle, fang and claw, using speed and animal senses which are not avilable to humans.

The Urbursite

The next day was the same. They came to some high mountains covered in snow, and Dorgon taught the Races of Man how to build fire and keep warm. And a second race, who was pale of skin and hairy and stout and muscular of body, came and said, �Allow me to settle here, for I am happy.� And Dorgon said, �You may, but I will come for you.�
Race Dorgon�s Gifts of Learning Description Original Settlement
The Urbursite Hunting, Fire Hefty, stout build, pale, hairy skin, brown/black haired Northern Dominia Grantis, alpine forest

Dorgon�s Gift of Learning: Fire

Fire, unlike Hunting, is the Gift which fully distinguishes Mankind from beasts. With Fire, Mankind can ignore Nature's mandate to live by the cycles of night and day and the seasons. It says that Mankind can overcome Nature and has the power to shape his environment. It also illustrates the dichotomy of power- used well it can bring benefit, but used carelessly, or to lose control of it, can bring great destruction.

The Bursk Creation: Dorgon Perspective

The bear-goddess Ursa was resting on a winter's night at the top of the Great Mountain, when she saw the strangest thing. On the plain below was a small, sparkling light, which seemed to mimic the stars above, and such a sight was unknown to Ursa. She descended the mountain and approached the light, which also seemed to give off warmth as she got nearer. She came to the fire, for of course that is what it was, in wonder, and found the Urbursite lying by it. He had the shape of a Man, and this too was unknown to Ursa, and she spoke to him, saying "What is that thing which gives warmth and light as does the sun?"

He answered, "It is Fire."

She spoke again, "What are you, that go on two legs and and have no fur and do not sleep when it is dark nor hibernate when it is winter?"

He answered, "I am Man, and I need not bow to Nature's course, for I have Fire. Lay by it with me and you can warm yourself."

She spoke, "This thing is not for me," and returned to the top of the mountain.

The Urbursite wanted to be with Ursa and share his Gift with her, but knew not how. Then a day came when he spied a great bear with a handsome black pelt, and he knew how to come to her. He fashioned weapons of stone and wood and sinew, a bow, a club and a spear, and pursued the black bear for many days. Many times he wounded it, and it wounded him, and eventually he could slay it and cut from it its pelt. Wearing the pelt he became as a bear and could find Ursa in her cave and lay with her.

Of this union came three cubs- White Ur, Red Ur and Yellow Ur. For a while they lived together and mingled their tribes. Yellow Ur was not satisfied, however, and took his tribes north to live by the sea and build great wooden lodges and wooden longships. The tribes of White Ur and Red Ur continued to live together until one day the Red Ur suddenly vanished. White Ur searched everywhere until at last he found his brethren living in the caves in the mountains, digging out tunnels, their bodies stooped from the labour. They were exploring deep into the tissue of the mountain and building great fortresses out of the cliff-faces.

White Ur spoke, "Red Ur, why did you leave us? Why do you hide from the sun and dig in the rock?"

To this the Red Ur spoke, "We were visited by a great sage, his skin the colour of bright snow-clouds and riding a beast of flame, and he spoke to us of a great power that lies beneath the rock and showed us how to dig it and how to shape it in many wondrous ways and how to build our cities from out of the mountains."

Thus it was that the Bursk came to be led by the White Bear, and that the Red Ur were visited by Seventh Race of Mankind who taught them secrets of the Gift of Building and of Dorgon beneath the earth and they became the dwarves.

Comment: This is only slightly different to the original Bursk legend, with some sex and violence, and uses that for points of reference. Ur-Primus is thus the first son of Ursa and the Urbursite, and I haven't determined what happens to the Urbursite. I was also thinking that perhaps Ursa curses the Red Ur/Dwarves, making them short, denying them women, maybe condemning them to the dark, but that might alter their relationship with her as a patron. The Yellow Ur can go off and become vikings, Swedish furniture makers or something. --Daigoro 13:18, 23 June 2007 (EDT)

The Nebonite

Race Dorgon�s Gifts of Learning Description Original Settlement
The Nebonite Hunting, Fire, Farming Tall, dark brown skin, lithe and muscular South-west Avisia, savannah

Dorgon�s Gift of Learning: Farming

As anyone who's played any of Sid Meier's Civilisation games knows, agriculture is the most important technology required before a society can progress to true civilisation and living in cities.


The Avonite

Race Dorgon�s Gifts of Learning Description Original Settlement
The Avonite Hunting, Fire, Farming, Fighting Average to muscular build, pale, red/blonde haired Western Dominia Grantis

Dorgon�s Gift of Learning: Fighting

The Avisite

On the fifth day of their wanderings, Dorgon and the remaining Races of Mankind came to a sandy shore, where the ocean was wide and green and waves frothed and broke against the beach like gambolling sheep. Here it was that Dorgon taught them how to fish, by casting a line into the water, or by making nets by knotting hemp, and how to make a boat and power it by oar or by sail, so that they might catch the larger fish away from the shore.
And here it was that the fifth Race of Mankind looked at the mounds of fish they had caught and the rough beauty of the surging waters, and spoke to Dorgon, "I am happy here. The sea can provide me plentifully with food and my belly shall never be empty, for you have taught me how to take from it its bounty. I can fight by fist and by foot and by stick to protect what is mine from those who would have it, I have learnt how to till the soil and flood the fields so that rice may grow, I can make fire to cook with and keep me warm and give light at night, and you have shown how to kill animals by bow or spear so that I may use their skins and eat their flesh. With this I can live here happily, and I would thank you if I could stay here and settle."
Dorgon was gracious and spoke, "You may stay here, but know that when I need you, I will come for you."
Race Dorgon�s Gifts of Learning Description Original Settlement
The Avisite Hunting, Fire, Farming, Fighting, Fishing Shorter, tan-golden skin, black haired Northern Avisia, coast

Dorgon�s Gift of Learning: Fishing

This Gift also carries with it the knowlege of boating and rudimentary navigation, so Avisite (and Sabite) cultures are more likely to be coastal and be the first to begin long distance sea-faring, or to be more skilful at it in a particular age.


The Sabite

Race Dorgon�s Gifts of Learning Description Original Settlement
The Sabite Hunting, Fire, Farming, Fighting, Fishing, Spear-making South-western Dominia Gratis, desert

Dorgon�s Gift of Learning: Spear-making

This Gift is a bit more allegorical than the others. Hunting and Fighting already presume the use of primitive weapons, such as the spear, bow, axe, club or staff. But Spear-making here refers to the advanced art of making metal weapons, and is named from the iron Spear that Gil bore in the creation myth, which was held by Dorgon when he transmitted this Gift, and is now in the hands of Torga. Thus, the Sabite desert cultures will, for whatever reasons, be the ones with the most advanced metal working and weapon making technologies of the age. They should be the ones to develop things like Damascus steel, and it would be appropriate for them to be the source of gun and cannon technology.

Perhaps this Gift also implies any use of technology or knowledege in warfare, so the science of strategy (like Sun Tzu, or modern military officer academy-style training), inventions useful to the battlefield (like Da Vinci's ornithopter, observation blimps), or advances in medical care (wound treatment, dental care) or logistics (keeping soldiers fed and supplied) which benefit an army might be appropriate to have originate from Sabite countries.

The Seventh Race of Mankind

Now it so happens that on the seventh day, the Seventh Race of Mankind was not happy. He said, �You have taught me to hunt, to fish, to make fire, to build, to farm, to fish, to fight and to make spears. You have taken me to see many parts of the world. Yet, I am not happy, I do not wish to settle as the other Races have. You have taught much, but I believe you may teach more, Lord Dorgon. I will stay with you until you have taught everything.�
To this Dorgon replied, �Very well. I will teach more.�
. . . .
From then on Dorgon and the Seventh Race of Mankind continued to roam the world. They visited high places and low, deserts and mountaintops. Dorgon took him to the depths of the bottom of the ocean and to the hidden caverns of the earth and to the bowels of volcanoes, and showed him many things of great wonder.
Dorgon taught the Seventh Race of Mankind many things- to swim, to trap, to run, to climb. Yet the Seventh Race of Mankind was yet to be satisfied. So Dorgon taught him to read, logic, geometry, architecture, astronomy and philosophy. Yet the Seventh Race of Mankind was yet to be satisfied. So then Dorgon taught him great wonders- the hidden speech of animals, the summoning of winds and rain, how to pass through solid rock, how to step on clouds, how to raise the oceans and calm them, how to see beyond the horizon and how to carry lightning in his palm. Yet the Seventh Race of Mankind was yet to be satisfied.
This time was many ages after Dorgon had wounded Ravis, and he regretted his anger and longed to be with her again. It was when his longing was greatest that again Ravis returned to him at night and lay with him. However, Dorgon did not know that this time Ravis carried in her belly the venom of Gamus, for that was how Gamus healed her wound. So when morning came, instead of the birth of beautiful twins that Dorgon could bestow Dominion upon, there was a terrible and awful creature, of great size, with fangs and scales and claws, and it spoke, �I am Dragon, and I claim Dominion of the clouds and rivers and mountaintops. I claim Dominion of the depths of the earth and the bottom of the ocean. I claim Dominion over all who would seek power, and they shall find it through me.� And with these words Dragon flew off into the sky.
Dorgon burst into fire with the strength of the rage that overtook him, and as he had given his iron Spear away to his son Mars he was unable to strike Ravis with it. Instead he clasped his hands around her neck to choke the life from her. The Seventh Race of Mankind had awoken at the spectacle of Dragon, and now watched the battle between Dorgon and Ravis. He spoke to Ravis, �Dorgon has taught me much, but now will not teach me what it is I want to know. Will you teach me these things?�
Ravis spoke to him through the flames that engulfed her from Dorgon�s rage, �Yes, I will teach these things to you.�
So the Seventh Race of Man called upon the powers taught to him by Dorgon. He summoned the wind and the rain to quench the fire of Dorgon�s rage. He brought lightning to his palm and threw it at Dorgon to separate him from Ravis. He called up the birds of the sky and the great beasts of the earth to confuse Dorgon and to carry him away. He gathered the oceans into a monstrous wave and used it to wash Dorgon to the top of a mountain. Then he used his power to pass through stone to entrap Dorgon deep in the mantle of the planet.
The Seventh Race of Man gathered up Ravis in his arms and carried her to the Underworld, to again be healed by Gamus. And there the Seventh Race of Man was taught many things that Dorgon did not dare teach- the ways of magic, the binding of demons, how to visit the dead and how to bring them back, and the nature of the Titans.
Race Dorgon�s Gifts of Learning Description Original Settlement
The Seventh Race of Mankind (aka The Heptite, The Sorceror) Hunting, Fire, Farming, Fighting, Fishing, Spear-making, Building Luminous, pearl-coloured skin Eventually settled a civilisation on Atlantis, but generally wanders

Dorgon�s Gift of Learning: Building

While the other Races eventually master the skill of building simple huts and houses, great temples, grand cathedrals, spectacular opera halls and other works of architectural art, Seventh Race of Mankind is the only one to receive the Gift of true building skill. He can create spires that soar to the sky, seemingly hewn from a single stone. Atriums of the thinnest alabaster, that span hundreds of yards and reach many times as high. Statues of titanic proportions that almost appear to leap out of the ground. Lighthouse towers that light up cities like daylight. Roads that are long and flat and wide that stretch on over the horizon. Sheer walls of magnificent height which can weather the most concerted pounding without being scratched. While the cities of Mankind may mimic some aspects of this skill, it will be another age before they are able to fully replicate these wonders.

Dorgon�s other Gifts

(the hidden speech of animals, the summoning of winds and rain, how to pass through solid rock, how to step on clouds, how to raise the oceans and calm them, how to see beyond the horizon and how to carry lightning in his palm)

Gamus�s Gifts of Learning

(the ways of magic, the binding of demons, how to visit the dead and how to bring them back, and the nature of the Titans)

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