Kontokko

By Ryan St, Stephanie Lauren and The Cartographist.

No priest of the Living Gods will ever tell this tale of Kontokko, the Monster-God. They call it blasphemy, and thus, you should be assured of its truth.

Kontokko is the absence of a soul in the guise of man who ensnared both wise and wicked with devious words and cunning illusions. He towered a full head over man and was beautiful and mighty in form. Kings and conquerors beseeched him to join with their nation, each dreaming of the empire they could forge with the power of such a wizard. Doko Raka warned the kings, for he sensed Kontokko's void, into which spirits fell and did not return. Kontokko's secrets were poisoned gifts. But the kings did not listen, and Doko Raka left them in disgust. Some kings attempted to capture Kontokko, but he was impervious to their attacks, displaying incredible strength and cunning. Those sent had the worst fate: Their spirits were devoured.

Kontokko was devious always, and told the kings that his knowledge was too deep, too complex to be taught so easily. He made a bargain with each of the kings, and took their bastards, second daughters, and second sons into his tutelage. This was done in the dark of night, and the children were not told before Kontokko came for them.

//Kontokko's greatest servantstoolswere his Cult, those lost and abandoned children. Kontokko told them that their fathers had abandoned them, playing on their worst fears and nightmares to tear hope from their hearts. Though he pretended to show fatherly love, such a thing was the antithesis of his nature. He hoped to fashion these children into into tools to destroy the world, so he fed them Spirits and indoctrinated them into his cult. By easing their fears and their sickness, he became their mentor and teacher. //

Thus, 120 wayward children became 120 willing Spirit-Eaters. They gained incredible powers: longevity, physical prowess, intelligence, the ability to create illusions and affect others' minds, and others' spirits. During their tutelage, Kontokko showed them the world, taught them warfare and conquest and the use of man as tool. Several of the most powerful of the students began to attract evil spirit-servants of their own - Kontokko encouraged this. And the children, tricked by his lies and drunk with new power, raised him up, held him highest, and then he "revealed" that he was their true father, and that they were one family.

Once these children came of age, Kontokko loosed them, each in his own land. They raised armies, overthrew their parents, killed their elder siblings. Many succeeded; even the failures destroyed their homelands. Thus the children become the 120 Living Gods.

Abross, Kontokko's greatest disciple learned that Kontokko's goal is the death of the world, and the young Spirit-Eaters (known as Gods to some) are his instruments to bring the world into chaos, and the spirit world to ruin. Some called Abross a liar and sided with Kontokko, others saw the truth, and sided with Abross. He convinced his brothers and sisters, and began plotting against Kontokko. But not all followed, and to prevail, Abross realized that he must become the demon's equal. So he consumed the spirits of thousands and sacrificed an entire city. He became the Behemoth, and with many of the other Living Gods turned on Kontokko, and slayed the demon.

Humankind nearly perished in the conflict. Mercifully, some of the Living Gods also perished.

With the losers scattered or dead, Abross established a new order among the winners. Each should rule a single city-state, paying annual tithes to Abross' city, just beyond the western sea.

Some say Kontokko too is dead, but this is conjecture: How do you destroy void?