The First Dawn
Widely referenced in both religious and secular history and legend is the event known as The First Dawn. Accounts and variations differ, but the closest translation to fit all interpretations is as follows:
And it was in those days, as in the beginning, that only dumb, wild beasts roamed the lands of Allumisia. The Goddess Melora was very pleased in her creations, but many others of the divine were not. Erathis, in particular, was exceedingly displeased with the lack of defining progress in any meaningful way. He spoke to the lawful good deities Avandra, Moradin, Bahamut, and Pelor and persuaded them to help in a grand plan he had wrought. Previously, the lawful goods had dedicated their efforts to doing direct battle with the evils of the cosmos, including other gods and their champions, but they realized through Erathis’ logic that they had reached a stalemate and could do no more.
On the day of The First Dawn, the five divines gathered in a temple of overwhelming beauty which had been crafted by Corellon and Erathis during a previous collaboration. Sehaine and Corellon watched from the sidelines, and it is said even that Zehir, Vecna, and Tiamat were watching from afar as the divine ritual began. The divines together forged the beings which make up modern civilization – dwarves, elves, and men – and instilled them with the essence of being, with stronger souls than made up the wild beasts, and mildly diminished part of their own power to craft the sentient races. Continually they created them, each unique from the next, and sent them out into the wild to make their way in the world. Thus, was Erathis’ dream given life, and modern civilization forged by the gods.
It is unknown, though surmised, that the other races of the world were created in less-grandiose rituals by other gods, both good and evil, when they saw the success of the races of the first dawn, as the world today of course contains orcs, goblins, halflings, dragons & dragonborn, kobolds, eladrin, drow, and many more species of sentient life, all with the same spark of life that illuminated the first on that bright morning so long ago.