It's impossible to pin down Grandmother Void's exact origins, since the laws of reality were literally different
in the previous cosmos, and at the very least she was "born" at the exact moment of its end. What is known is that when the First Lightkeepers came into being shortly after the birth of the universe, she was already there to greet them (indeed, that's how she got the title-even if the Lightkeepers weren't born from her as they claim, she's still literally a generation older than the "parents of life"). Curious about these new things called "life" and "sapience", she tried to consume them, and managed to devour at least one (which is why she has avatars with a human-scale personality), but the Lightkeepers surprised her. Turning her own power against itself, they sealed her in the gaps between the new multiverse
they were trying to create, and used her power to fuel their initial creations, knowing her compassionate nature would prevent her from simply breaking out.
Seeing as how even an omnibenevolent entity will eventually lash out if you confine her too long without even limited freedom, however, the Lightkeepers deliberately
created escape hatches and flaws which she could briefly wiggle into however, allowing her enough of the taste of freedom to satisfy her. They didn't quite gauge on the ingenuity and recklessness of sapience, though
; eventually, a techno-magus
from a long-lost world, his curiosity matched only by his hubris
, made direct mental contact with the being his people called She-Who-Tends-To-Shadows in their ancient tongue. They immediately found each other pleasing company, and he soon became the First Archon
, often called by the Earth translation of his new name
, Nyarlathotep Thousand-Face (yes, that one
; the entire Cthulhu Mythos was the result of old Nyarly playing a rather mean joke at Lovecraft's expense). He then went on to start a long, multiversal tradition of invoking Void's name to protect all those who followed the path of Black Magic
and Card Carrying Villainy
everywhere, since the Grandmother's only commandment was "do as thou wilt
". Indeed, almost all of the Lightkeepers' actions from then on could be considered a way to stop Void from entering thanks to her worshipers' fervor
. Hell, even their classification of threats is organized like the military ranks of her forces (most Mask minions are Shadowed Corporals, Masks themselves are generally Dark Lieutenants, important ones are Nihil Captains, those who are currently controlling a world are Astral Colonels, and the Archons are the Interstellar Medium Generals, but nobody that last title it on the basis of it being rather stupid
Which is strange, since said Card Carrying Villains also follow her example when it comes to needless cruelty
(ie, they don't truck with it
), and one of her teachings is "above all else, know thyself": know the flaws in your own viewpoint
and practice self-examination. Self-examination usually leads to self-restraint
, hence why Void cultists are so often Anti Villains
, and don't necessarily conflict with being Well Intentioned Extremists
(it's just a Necessarily Evil
variety of Well-Intentioned). Many of them don't actually worship
her either, just ask her and her free servants for favors
. More than a few are even practicing members of Abrahimic and other monothestic religions, they just recognize her as a powerful entity worthy of respect if not their faith. Yes, imbalances between the Aether
, often provoked by the fear and awe an Astral Colonel inspires allow her to wiggle some of her essence in, but when it comes down to it, she isn't the-or even a major
-source of evil. Or sponsors all Masks, for that matter. Nor is she as gluttonous as Lightkeeper propaganda likes to suggest-she recognizes devouring something suddenly causes pain to that which is left behind, and thus she restrains her palate to things that were already dying or isolated utterly from the world.
She simply is the guide of Chaos in Order Versus Chaos
, and is completely Above Good and Evil
. If a true hero comes before her and petitions her for a favor, she will judge it as fairly as any other. The Void loves all, after all.
Which isn't to say she isn't dangerous. Not hardly.
edited 18th Apr '13 7:27:26 PM by Leliel
I'm as normal as anyone can be. Which is to say, not bothering myself with an impossible standard.