Bala

Bala is the name for those Giant Lords spawned by the death of Larnax. The Bamorians consider them to be great and powerful beings. They are the ancestors of that race and as such all Bamorians worship them as gods. The Bala appear much as the Bamorians do, but taller, with bright eyes and horns, and some have unique fur tones. They have mastery over the earth and sea and are considered very powerful and often benevolent beings. They promote selflessness, peace, generosity, love, abstinence and restraint.

Mandar
Moda
Balgari
Balgarix
Vanarim, The Legend of Vanarim

Their ancient foes are the Azras, the first and most powerful of the Ogres and Ogrekar, who are the offspring of Gulatak who is said to have slain Larnax.
The Azras are demonic ogres, some with magical powers, and all very powerful and frightening beings. They thrive upon selfishness, war, averice, hate, lust and gluttony.

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The Bala were said to have taught the Bamorians the power of Chanting. These mysterious and powerful chants are called Bedras. With these the Bamorian Rindari (priests) can control the earth and sea, heal, perform blessings, grant physical health, strength and courage, and summon other incredible powers. They have no power over air or fire and consider these the domains of the Azras. The Bedras are recorded on a series of stone tablets called the Mata'Rindu that are well secured within their temples. All Rindari must memmorize their Bedras to perform them. Unlike other priests, there seems to be no limit to how often a Rindari can call upon the power of their gods, possibly because the Bala aren't truly gods. The power they taught is inherent to the very elemental nature of the earth. Unfortunately many Bedras are very lengthy and some require many Rindari to perform. The more Rindari who perform a ritual Bedras, the more powerful it is.

The Creation Story:

Gulatak, the Earth Shaker, envied the power of the Elder Titans. He knew nothing of the powers they could wield, instead he ruled by might alone. His giant children, though strong, were often the first sent into battle agains the Duervar and quickly dwindled in numbers. He called upon Elgar to grant him power equal to that of the Elder Titans, but Elgar refused him. Cursing his father’s name Gulatak swore he would unleash the power of the universe himself, without Elgar’s aid. So it was that Gulatak began to study magic and learned that he had a great power within him to summon and wield it. When Elgar discovered that Gulatak had disobeyed him, by learning of sorcery, he cast Gulatak out of his kingdom and destroyed what remained of Gulatak’s giant offspring.

Gulatak wandered the icy wastes alone in his rage, growing more powerful in his skill. Still, though, he did not learn fast enough. In his anger he cried out for the creator of all to grant him the power to usurp his father. It was Aibhistear, though, that answered him, in the form of Vigna.

Vigna was the first daughter of Vald and Isati, first of the Valdar. Unlike her brother she had not joined in the war against the giants. Instead she had spent her time learning the ways of the natural world, and using her divine gifts to descry the dark secrets of the universe. Vigna was told by Aibhistear to go to Gulatak and become his. She set out to find him and Gulatak encountered her at a black lake on the border of a dark forest and the great tundra. She immediatley sensed his power and a lust grew in her for him, so she offered herself to him, telling him who she was and that she could give him powerful children, an army of giants gifted with his power of sorcery.

So it was that Gulatak fathered the Ogres through Vigna, but they were not giants. At first he shunned their children. They were much smaller than Giants and not nearly as strong, and they were very dim witted. He thought to destroy them all and start anew, but then amongst them was born a few very different than the rest. They were just as strong as their brethren but much more intelligent. What more they displayed a natural talent for sorcery, something that Gulatak himself excelled at. He called them the Azras, and he let them rule over the Ogres. They mated with the Ogres and though most of their offspring were just like other Ogres, some were intelligent and gifted with sorcery like they were. These grew powerful and came to rule over the Ogres as well, and were called the Ogrekar or Ogre Kings.

The Azras and Ogrekar gathered huge armies of Ogres beneath them and spread over the northern lands. After Olginthoth was slain the glaciers of the Age of Ice began to recede. When the ice uncovered vast stretches of lands the Ogres crossed the barren glaciers and conquered them.

The Light of Sheliak long melted the ice and eventually released Larnax from the frozen sea. This Titan Lord at once recognized the Ogres to be corrupted Giants and began to slay them by the thousands. Gulatak descended from his fortress in the icy north and the two titans battled. The Azras led the Ogrekar and Ogres to swarm at Larnax’s feet while Gulatak unleashed deadly sorceries at him. Larnax finally fell, but before he was defeated he swung at Gulatak with his great axe and severed his right hand. Gulatak’s hand supposedly sunk deep into Vas-Draga and he was never able to find it.

Larnax was left upon the land, with his blood pooling into the sea in great rivers. His body slowly turned to earth, the wounds being great ridges. These mountains were the Kalamak. The blood that flowed from his wounds mingled with the seas and as they did, his children were born, the Bala; Moda, Mandar, Vanarim, Balgari and Balarix. With the birth of each his blood became thin and eventually ran as water to the sea. They settled upon his remains and built themselves a great fort and giant ships to sail the seas, but then the Azras came with their Ogre armies and battled them for their land. Larnax’s offspring knew they needed their own children to fight the hordes of ogres. They went to the mouth of Larnax, where the last great pool of his blood remained. Moda took the blood and mingled it with the earth to make powerful clay. She carved out men and women in their likeness and gave them to Mandar who hardened them in his kiln. Finally they took them to Balgari, who mated with Balarix and brought their children to life. They built for them a great city called Bamoria and taught them to protect the mountains and seas. They taught them the secret chants and placed them in a great temple, where they would be safe. Hence were created the Bamorians, who swore to slay the Ogres and eventually even Gulatak.

There was a great battle between Azras and Bala and between the Ogres and Bamorians. The Azras were defeated by the Bala but their powerful magics allowed them to transform into terrible fire and air spirits and flee the battle. The Ogre Kings and their armies were forced back to their lands in the North. There they ruled the kingdoms the Azras left behind. Vanarim led a huge army of his people into the Ogre Kingdoms and actually reached the edge of the great glacial wall, but there Gulatak himself came out of his fortress and used his powerful sorcery to trap Vanarim within the glacier. It is said he is still buried somewhere beneath the ice, waiting for his children to awaken him.

When the war was over the remaining Bamorian forefathers decided that they should no longer reside amongst their children. Balarix slipped into the sea, Balgari joined the storms in the sky, and Moda descended into the depths of the earth with Mandar, who lived in the great fires. The Azras were not seen for a great deal of time, but eventually they returned as terrible spirits who haunt the Bamorians, seeking to corrupt them and turn them against the Bala. Sometimes the Azras are able to take phyiscal form and when they do terrible disasters happen; mountains spew magma and the earth shakes, the air splits with thunder and winds howl in rage.

The Bamorians still worship the Bala and look forwards to the fulfilling of a prophecy that they say will tell them when it is time to invade the Ogre Kingdoms again, to free Vanarim, and defeat Gulatak once and for all.

Inspiration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_Vedic_religion

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