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of the Sisters of Light and Darkness
was the birth of the world and the heavens. After Lord Ao created Realmspace,
there was a period of timeless nothingness, a misty realm of shadows before
light and dark were separate entities. Within this dim chaos stalked 13
lords of shadow, the Shadevari - whether they came form elsewhere or are
children of the shadow itself, none can say. Eventually this primordial
essence coalesced into twin beautiful goddesses who were yin and yang
to each other; they were so close they thought of themselves as one being.
The Two-Faced Goddess created the heavenly bodies of the crystal sphere
and together infused them with life to form the Earthmother, Chauntea.
(Although Chauntea has since contracted her essence to encompass only
Abeir-Toril, in the beginning she embodied all matter in Realmspace).
This new universe was lit by the face of the silver-haired goddess, who
called herself Selune, and darkened by the welcoming tresses of the raven-haired
goddess, Shar, but no heat or fire existed within it. Chauntea begged
for warmth so that she could nurture life and living creatures upon the
planets that were her body and limbs, and the two sisters-Who-Were-One
become divided, as for the first time they were of two minds. Silvery
Selune contested with her dark sister over whether or not to bring further
life to the worlds. During this great conflagration, the gods of war,
disease, murder, and death, among others, were created from residues of
the deific battle.
At one point during the battle, Selune seized the advantage and reached
across time and space to a land of eternal fire. Fighting the pain of
the blaze, which burned her sorely, she broke off a fragment of that ever-living
flame and ignited one of the heavenly bodies so that it burned in the
sky and warmed Chauntea. Incensed, Shar redoubled her attack on her injured
twin and began to snuff out all light and heat throughout the crystal
sphere. Again Selune gave of herself and tore the divine essence of magic
from her body, flinging it desperately at her sister in defense of life
in the sphere.
This essence entered Shar, ripped an equal portion of energy from her,
and reformed behind her as the goddess of magic, known now as Mystra,
but then as Mystryl. Though Mystryl was composed of both light and dark
magic, she favored her first mother Selune initially, allowing the silver
goddess to win an uneasy truce with her more powerful, dark twin. Consumed
by bitterness at her defeat, Shar vowed eternal revenge. The twin goddesses
contested for eons as life struggled into existence on Toril and the other
planets under Chauntea's watchful gaze. Shar remained powerful, but bitterly
alone, while Selune waxed and waned in power, often drawing strength from
her allied Daughters and sons and like-minded immigrant deities.
Over time, Shar grew strong again, aided by the shadevari who preferred
night to blinding light and who stalked the Realms seeking to meld light
and dark into shadowy chaos once again. Shar's plot to reform the world
after her own desires was undone when Azuth, the High One, formerly the
greatest of all mortal spellcasters and now consort to Mystra (incarnate
successor to Mystryl), found a way to imprison the shadevari in a pocket-sized
crystal sphere located beyond the edges of the world by creating the illusion
of a realm of shadows.
The Lords of Shadow were drawn to investigate, and before they discovered
the trick, Azuth imprisoned the shadevari with the Shadowstar, a key of
shadows forged by Gond. The High Lord then hurled the key into the endless
reaches of the cosmos allowing life to flourish on in Chauntea's loving