''The First'' is a ComicBook published by Creator/CrossGen Comics and written by Barbara Kesel. It focuses on the First, a race of [[PhysicalGod powerful deities]] who reside on the planet Elysia. Years ago, the First warred with one another until [[TopGod their leader Altwaal]] put an end to the fighting by separating Elysia into two Houses, House Dexter (the First [[TheNeedsOfTheMany who put the needs of others before their own]]) and House Sinister (the First [[ItsAllAboutMe who put their own ambitions before the concerns of others]]), before disappearing for parts unknown. Now, the discovery that [[TheChosenMany certain beings (Sigil-Bearers) on many other worlds are being bestowed]] [[KillTheGod the power to potentially kill their kind]] is sending panic through the First's ranks.

[[TheIngenue Persha]], a Secundae (offspring of two original First) of House Sinister, embarks on a quest to [[HaveYouSeenMyGod find Altwaal]] in the hope that he can return to Elysia and reunite the First against the Sigil-Bearers. [[AmbitionIsEvil Seahn]], a Secundae of House Dexter, is eager to avenge the [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu death of his friend at the hands of a Sigil-Bearer]] as well as [[TheUsurper replace Pyrem as leader of House Dexter]]. [[DarkIsNotEvil Gannish]], a First of House Sinister, heads off to investigate the mystery of the Sigil-Bearers and uncovers a startling revelation about his fellow deities. And Persha's mother [[EvilMatriarch Ingra]], the leader of House Sinister, seizes the opportunity to [[TakeOverTheWorld claim Elysia as hers]]...

The series was collected in six volumes, three of which were never published:

* ''Two Houses Divided'' (collects issues #1-7)
* ''Magnificent Tension'' (collects issues #8-13)
* ''Sinister Motives'' (collects issues #14-19)
* ''Futile Endeavors'' (unpublished)
* ''Liquid Alliances'' (unpublished)
* ''Ragnarok'' (unpublished)

Issue #6 of ''[=CrossGen=] Chronicles'' serves as a {{prequel}} to the main story, detailing Pyrem's rise to leadership of House Dexter as well as the births of Persha and Seahn.
!!''The First'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Ingra could very easily pass as Persha's older sister despite actually being her mother.
* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Mom]]: In a {{flashback}} in issue #22, [[spoiler:Tulity, Seahn's biological mother, takes her young son hostage during a confrontation with her pursuer Trenin and uses him as a [[HumanShield shield]] against Trenin. What a bitch.]]
* AchillesInHisTent: Pyrem in ''[=CrossGen=] Chronicles'' #6 while the rest of his House are fighting, until [[spoiler:Altwaal]] appears and convinces him to [[YouAreInCommandNow take up his mantle]].
* ActionGirl: Yala of House Dexter, who is described as "the Warrior Woman."
* AllWebbedUp: [[spoiler:Ingra, after being taken captive by Ervulsh at the start of issue #19 and continuing into issues #22 and 23]].
* {{Ambadassador}}: Pyrem, who is called "the Diplomat," is quite capable of kicking ass if need be.
%%* AmbitionIsEvil: Seahn
* AppliedPhlebotinum: [[spoiler:Altwaal's Seven Weapons, one of which (Altwaal's Gauntlet) Pyrem wields against Seahn until it gets taken by Enson and given to Persha]].
* ArcherArchetype: Trenin, who commonly wields a bow and arrow.
%%* ArcSymbol
%%* AudienceSurrogate: Persha
* BadassBeard: Trenin sports one.
* BadassInCharge: Pyrem is the leader of House Dexter, and can kick lots of ass despite what Ingra and Seahn believe about his personality.
* BadassInDistress: [[spoiler:Pyrem at the end of issue #15, courtesy of Ingra. He's rescued by Trenin and Yala not long after, though]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes / GoodIsNotSoft: For all of Ingra and Seahn's claims that Pyrem is too soft to be a good leader, Pyrem shows he isn't afraid to kick major ass if he needs to. An excellent example of this is shown in issue #22, where he [[spoiler:wipes out an entire brood of spider-beings on his way to rescue Ingra from Ervulsh]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Pyrem]] in issue #23, when he arrives in time to [[spoiler:save Ingra from [[ImAHumanitarian being eaten]] by Ervulsh]].
* BigNo: In issue #23, [[spoiler:Seahn]] lets one out after [[spoiler:Trenin causes him to remember that he (Trenin) killed his mother Tulity right in front of him when he was a child]].
* BloodKnight: Yala, who even states she can't resist a battle after arriving to help Pyrem against Seahn, plus it's shown in issue #21 that she finds diplomacy boring.
* BreakTheHaughty: In issue #26, [[spoiler:Ingra claims to have been humbled by surviving being dethroned issues earlier by Seahn and Braag]].
* CrossOver: With ''ComicBook/{{Crux}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Sojourn}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Mystic}}''.
* CurbStompBattle: In issue #22, [[spoiler:Pyrem armors up and travels to Ervulsh's world by himself, and is confronted by Ervulsh's spider brood. He takes them all down in a single blow.]]
* DareToBeBadass: In ''[=CrossGen=] Chronicles'' #6, [[spoiler:Altwaal]] appears to convince a doubting Pyrem to take up the mantle of leading House Dexter.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Or, at the very least, Dark Is Not Selfish. Persha is a member of House Sinister, but displays none of the selfish behaviors the First of that House live by.
** Gannish qualifies as well, since his primary concern is uncovering the truth rather than realizing any selfish ambitions.
* DatingCatwoman: Pyrem and Ingra in the past, the result of that being [[spoiler:Persha]]. They are, respectively, the leaders of House Dexter and House Sinister, which have diametrically opposing viewpoints. [[spoiler:They get back together at the end of issue #22, and when they return to Dexter's side of Elysia together, all of the Dexters seem to think Pyrem's being mind-controlled by Ingra.]]
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Braag
* DeceptiveLegacy: [[spoiler:After breaking up with Pyrem in the past due to their opposing views, Ingra pretended that Braag was Persha's father.]]
** For a time, [[spoiler:Seahn is believed to be Trenin's son when, in actuality, Braag is his real daddy. He REALLY doesn't take the news well when he finally learns the truth.]]
* TheDeterminator: Pyrem is described as such by Raamia in issue #26, in which a {{flashback}} shows Pyrem sent by Altwaal to guard a vault and not being able to be moved by anything.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu / KillTheGods: It's the fear of this happening to the First that sets the plot into motion.
%%* DirtyMindReading
* DishingOutDirt: Seahn can manipulate the earth. [[spoiler:It appears he got this from his birth mother Tulity.]]
* DoubleEntendre: In a {{flashback}}, Ingra, while trying to seduce Gannish, mentions that Yala's (Gannish's lover) horse trainer "studied under me" right after mentioning a past lover.
* TheEmpath: Pyrem can sense other people's emotions.
* [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Even Selfish People Have Loved Ones]]: It is shown that Ingra still loves Pyrem despite their long-ago separation and their very different ideals of leadership, and that she loves her daughter Persha. [[spoiler:Ingra gets back together with Pyrem at the end of issue #23 after he saves her from Ervulsh.]]
* EvilMatriarch: Ingra is Persha's mother and seeks to dominate all of Elysia, though she's not so much evil as selfish, like all First of House Sinister.
* {{Foil}}: Gannish is this to Seahn. The former is [[DarkIsNotEvil a member of House Sinister and yet doesn't pursue any selfish goals]]; the latter is [[LightIsNotGood a member of House Dexter yet wants to unseat Pyrem as leader and take his place]].
** Persha is a Foil to Seahn, as well. Persha, a Secundae of House Sinister, seeks to reunite the First and doesn't follow Sinister's ItsAllAboutMe creed; Seahn, a Secundae of House Dexter, seeks to advance himself, which goes against Dexter's more altruistic leanings.
* FriendToAllChildren: Trenin's lover Nevole runs a home for lost children and is shown to be very nurturing.
%%* FromNobodyToNightmare: Seahn
%%* AGodAmI
* GodCouple: Ingra and Pyrem were one in the past until they parted ways due to their clashing ideologies. Ingra then hooked up with Braag for a while. [[spoiler:Pyrem and Ingra get back together at the end of issue #23.]]
** Altwaal and Raamia.
** Trenin and Nevole.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Orium in his {{backstory}}, courtesy of [[spoiler:Altwaal]].
** [[spoiler:Seahn, after learning of his true parentage as the son of Braag and Tulity.]]
%%* GoodColorsEvilColors
* GreenEyes: Seahn has a particularly striking pair of these (at least, when he's a kid). They really fit [[{{Greed}} his personality]].
%%* GreenIsBlue: Persha's eyes.
* GuardianEntity: Ihroe of House Dexter serves as the guardian of Dexter's council.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Both Persha and Pyrem have blond hair, and they are both shown to be all-around nice people. [[spoiler:Justified in that they're father and daughter.]]
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: [[spoiler:Altwaal disappeared after dividing the First into two houses and is believed to be dead. Persha makes it her mission to find him. It later turns out Altwaal is alive]].
* HotBlooded: Ingra, who is referred to as "the Seething Beauty" and even warns her subordinates in issue #8 during her RousingSpeech to remember the anger that fuels her.
* HotGod: Many of the First are very handsome and beautiful.
* HotGuysAreBastards: Seahn is very handsome, but he seeks to remove Pyrem from power and has absolutely no qualms about [[spoiler:[[MindControl taking control of other people's minds]], killing one of his own friends or killing his own birth father Braag]].
* AHouseDivided: What happened as a result of the war among the First. [[spoiler:Altwaal]] divided the First into two houses: House Dexter (for [[TheNeedsOfTheMany those who put the needs of many before their own needs]]) and House Sinister ([[ItsAllAboutMe those who put their own desires ahead of the needs of others]]).
* TheHunter: Trenin is shown to be a very skilled hunter.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: In issue #22, [[spoiler:Trenin makes this statement when Tulity questions him why he held Seahn back from aging. He says he's not proud of what he did, but then states he's ''less'' proud of Tulity's actions]].
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: [[spoiler:Ervulsh to Ingra after he takes her captive on his world.]]
%%* TheIngenue: Persha
* InnocentBlueEyes: Persha's eyes, when they're not [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: House Sinister lives by this trope. Ingra even states during her RousingSpeech to her fellow members in issue #8 that everyone in Sinister is taught to place one's self before all.
* JerkassGods: Pyrem states in issue #26 that the First, at one time, used to meddle in the affairs of other [[ItAmusedMe for kicks]].
* LadyInRed: Ingra predominantly wears red as part of her attire.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:As revealed in issue #23, Seahn had this done to him as a child by Nevole after he witnessed Trenin kill his biological mother Tulity. This gets reversed by Trenin when Seahn is an adult.]]
* LightIsNotGood: Seahn is a Secundae of House Dexter, yet doesn't hesitate to [[spoiler:wipe the minds of others or kill one of his own friends]], and seeks to replace Pyrem as leader of House Dexter. One character even remarks that he acts more like a member of House Sinister.
* LoveRedeems: In issue #26, [[spoiler:Ingra says she's realized that her love for Pyrem is more important than any throne]].
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:It turns out Braag is Seahn's biological father.]]
* LukeYouAreMyFather: [[spoiler:Persha says this to Pyrem when they finally meet in issue #10]].
* MadOracle: In the past, Orium was driven mad with visions by [[spoiler:Altwaal as punishment for attempting to overthrow him]]. [[spoiler:Issue #25, however, shows Orium isn't as insane as he's led people to believe.]]
* MakingASplash: Tulity can also control water, as shown in issue #22.
** Orium has this ability, too.
* MamaBear: Nevole is very protective of the children in her care, and will not hesitate to kick ass to protect them, as [[spoiler:Tulity]] can attest to.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Wyture and Enson are both this for Persha and Seahn, respectively.]]
* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler:Ingra enlists Braag and Seahn to help her conquer Elysia. She then says to Braag, in a whisper, that he's her favorite. Once alone with Seahn, however, Ingra says to him in a whisper that ''he's'' her favorite. Unfortunately for her, she gets OutGambitted by them both and ends up being held captive by Ervulsh]].
* MentorArchetype: [[spoiler:Enson and Wyture serve this role to Seahn and Persha, respectively.]]
* MissingMom: [[spoiler:Tulity abandoned Seahn soon after he was born. She returns a few years later to try and claim Seahn again, but Trenin will have none of that.]]
%%* MsFanservice: Ingra
* MysticalWhiteHair: Ingra, Wyture and Altwaal all have white hair.
* NeckLift: [[spoiler:How Pyrem kills Ervulsh in issue #23.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:In the past, Altwaal's resurrection of his lover Raamia had very negative consequences]].
* OnlySaneWoman: In issue #26, Persha tries to get the rest of Dexter to deal with Seahn, but no one seems to really be listening (one First is seen lounging in the air). She even asks "Will none of you listen to me?"
* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Ingra, who had been playing Seahn and Braag for a good portion of time as part of her plan to take over Elysia, ends up getting one-upped by the two, winds up dethroned and then gets taken captive by Ervulsh.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:Tulity abandoned her son Seahn shortly after he was "born," leaving the boy to be watched over and later adopted by Trenin. She later tries to claim Seahn when he's still a young child, only to be executed by Trenin.]]
* ParentTrapPlot: [[spoiler:Persha convinces Pyrem to go rescue Ingra from Ervulsh's clutches, believing reuniting her parents is the key to uniting all the First against the Sigil-Bearers.]]
* PhysicalGod: Altwaal, the First and the Secundae are god-like beings.
* PowerTrio: On the House Dexter side, we have [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Pyrem]] (Ego), [[TheHunter Trenin]] (Superego) and [[BloodKnight Yala]] (Id).
* PregnantBadass: In ''[=CrossGen=] Chronicles'' #6, Ingra is shown participating in a battle while heavily pregnant. That is, until she goes into labor right in the middle of said battle.
%%* PrimalScene
* RapunzelHair: Both Ingra and Wyture have very long hair.
* ReallyGetsAround: It's implied that Ingra had many lovers in the past, Pyrem and Braag among them.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Pyrem is a generally calm, [[NiceGuy well-mannered and genial]] leader of House Dexter.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Braag sports these at times, as do Ingra and [[DarkIsNotEvil Persha]].
* RelativeButton: In issue #8, Ingra does NOT take kindly to Braag mentioning Persha when Braag mockingly mentions [[spoiler:[[DeceptiveLegacy he once thought Persha was his daughter]] (she's actually Pyrem's daughter)]].
** Persha has clearly inherited this from her mother, as shown when Pyrem makes a remark about Ingra and she tells him he will not speak ill about Ingra.
* RousingSpeech: Ingra gives one to House Sinister in issue #8 with the goal of uniting them to take action against the Sigil-Bearers.
-->I had you all summoned here because I want to offer you a choice. The recent troubling revelation of these mortals who possess power akin to ours ''cannot'' be allowed to threaten us. I've done what I can to keep them under my observation, but the time has come to take a fresh step. A united front among ''all'' First could withstand any threat. I must reunite Elysia. It will take a strong leader to unite us. Pyrem of Dexter is too hampered by his emotions to rule a rejoined Elysia. I have been content to allow our separation to continue...but no more. You have all sided with me in the past. Show me that same devotion now. All those who willingly provide that which I need will gain favor in my eyes. Consider this carefully...we are all taught to [[ItsAllAboutMe place one's self before all]]--to serve me now is to save yourself. Those who cross me or withhold help from me would be wise to remember the...''volume'' of my anger...the strength of my dungeon walls...and the ferocity of my disappointment. I am the strongest of our House. This is not a boast, but pure fact. You have all felt the sting of my power. Keep in mind the ''anger'' that fuels me. You all owe me. I'm collecting but a small fraction of that debt. If you fail me now...I ''will'' remember. The choice is yours. Back me...or make an enemy of me. Your eyes betray the deadly fire of your hatred. ''Good''. I'm basking in its warmth. Send me your power. Hate me all you like, but you'll each manifest what's needed...because you really have no choice.
* ScreamingBirth: Ingra in ''[=CrossGen=] Chronicles'' #6.
* ShieldBash: In issue #23, Pyrem pulls this on [[spoiler:Ervulsh]] using Altwaal's Shield.
* SicklyGreenGlow: Seahn's eyes glow like this at times.
%%* SigilSpam
* {{Stripperific}}: Many of the female First, specifically Ingra and Raamia, wear extremely revealing attire.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Persha is often drawn to greatly resemble her mother Ingra.
** [[spoiler:Seahn also resembles Braag, his birth father.]]
* TakeOverTheWorld: Ingra's goal for Elysia.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Braag and Seahn are both tall, muscular and handsome men with dark hair. [[spoiler:[[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since it turns out they're actually father and son.]]
* TopGod: Altwaal is called "the first of the First."
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:Altwaal's resurrection of his lover Raamia led to the war among the First]].
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Seahn, as shown in {{flashback}}s in issue #22.
* TheUsurper: [[spoiler:Ingra removed Orium from power and took his place as leader of House Sinister]].
** [[spoiler:Seahn and Braag oust Ingra from House Sinister and seize control. Seahn later kills Braag in a crazed rage and takes full power over Sinister.]]
* TheVamp: Ingra uses her feminine wiles to [[spoiler:convince Braag, her former lover, to help her take over Elysia]] and to also encourage [[spoiler:Seahn's ambitions of ruling House Dexter]]. Braag even calls her a "deceitful tease." Ingra is also seen trying to seduce Gannish in a {{flashback}}; Gannish, however, resists her charms.
* VillainousCheekbones: Braag has these.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:In issue #26, the rest of House Dexter isn't thrilled to see that their leader Pyrem has brought his ex Ingra into their midst.]]
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Writer Barbara Kesel stated in an interview that Yala is based on her dog.