Words can change the world. Words can be truth. Words can be deceit. Strung together such words make stories.
This is such a story.
In this world, there are five gods. The gods are of light, shadow, order, chaos, and a god of balance that links them together. He is the scale that balances the other four, and channels their power into the life force of the world: ether. The ether spreads throughout the world and infuses the lands, granting freedom of choice and will to inhabitants.
The ether gave life to plants, animals, and gave form and thought to humans. Some humans experimented in the ways that the universe worked and how to use it, discovering the power of science. Others began to bend the raw ether to their will, giving them the power of magic. However, there were some who resented the gods for controlling the Etherflow, and hated that the land had been ripped apart by their whims and squabbles.
Then, one day, a good wizard traveled to the ethereal realm and d