One of the Goddesses, the Great Earth, imagined a new deitiy, one wich shone brighter than anything seen before. His Light illuminated her imagination and joined with her to create Him, the first of the New Ones, made when two deities mingled and joined their forces. This Bright God was Aether, Father Light, and he was greater than his Mother.
As Aether grew, he touched many deities and the mingling produced new Gods and Goddesses. The other Deities saw this and tried it themselves, enriching the world and increasing the Bright Sparks available. Many of our most important deities were born at this time.
More and more deities were born, then some decided to create many children rather than one or two. Thus were born the race of Men, all of whom had the Bright Spark. However, the Bright Spark was reduced because there were so many children born. Even so, the Men could produce children merely by a touch or a glance with another, as the Gods did. The World was good then and morality reigned.
As the Gods created Men with small Bright Sparks, so other Deities created the Beasts. There were very many Beasts and their Bright Sparks were much smaler than those even of Men. The Beasts found that their Sparks were too weak to reproduce. No matter how hard they touched or mingled there were no children. This saddened the Beasts and they asked the Gods for help. First, the Goddesses told them how they could bring forth children without help from others, as the early Gods did. This would not work, however. Many Gods did not listen to the pleas, many thought there were too many Beasts anyway. Some Gods mingled with the Beasts and made stronger Beasts but this did not help the masses. Finally, they asked the Evil One, a Trickster and Fool. He showed them how to concentrate all their Bright Spark into one place so that it seemed almost as strong as the Sparks of Men. He put the Sparks near to where the Shadows were so that they would not be noticed by others, at the snakes and hedgehogs. He showed those with snakes how to push the Spark from themselves and those with hedgehogs how to pull the Sparks into themselves. The first Beasts became Male, the second became female. In this way they Beasts found how to produce children.
After a while, many Men were born and their Bright Sparks became weakened until they were only as strong as the Beasts. These were the peasant folk, the low borns who were many and weak. They were saddened that they could not reproduce and saw that even the Beasts could produce children. They asked the Beasts how this was done and were shown the Evil Deed. Thus, half the peasants became Male and half Female and they began to mate like animals. However,everything has its price and this was no exception. They found that once they had concentrated their Essence into one place they could never produce children by mingling as their forefathers.
The Men showed this trick to many people,including the Heron Goddess who found that this was a new toy to play with. She taught others who were not Low Born and spread immorality amongst the Good People. As more and more people learned this trick they found that even those with very Bright Sparks could not use them properly and had to Join in this new way. This saddened many people. More and more people found that this was an easier way to produce children and changed to this immoral way. However, they were afraid that the Emperor would see them and they hid away in dark places to hide their shame.
Once Men had found this new trick, they wanted to create new children. They tried and tried with their friends and mates. Many also tried on strangers and forced others to their ways. This was an evil deed for once the Evil Way had been tried it could not be refused. Thus, many women were created by the unruly Men. One of the Goddesses, Uleria, decided to try and tame the Men. She gave herself to them and took their passions onto herself. She then trained her followers to do the same. Thus, they sacrificed their own morality to save that of others. Uleria taught her followers the rituals so that they would not be sullied by the Evil Deed and ensured that several rules would be followed. The women had to purify themselves before and after mating. They had to mate within certain sanctuaries, blessed by Uleria. They had to accept a gift in order to relieve the passions of Men. In return, they found that they could control those Passions to some extent. They could make them rise and quickly be spent. They could concentrate the Essences so much that reproduction was guaranteed. As Uleria wanted her followers to be happy, she made the Evil Act pleasurable so that her followers would not suffer, but also made the Act pleasurable for Men. She spread her Veil over those who mated so that they would be hidden. Finally, she invented Marriage so that the Men and Women would not infect others with the desire to perform the Evil Act. Thus, bachelors who could not control their Passons at least had an outlet which would not hurt the innocents and the Uleria Temples became a necessary evil.
When Yelm found out what had happened, he cursed the women for bringing this about. He ensured that Childbirth resulting from the Evil Act would be slow and painful with agony at the end. To this end, he bound the children to the mothers and made them grow inside rather than just appear as they had before. Some of the Goddesses took pity on the people and gave comfort to them during this time.
As the newborns grew they found that their Bright Sparks grew and tried to mingle with others. When the Gods were mingling, the Bright Sparks would fill their skins with energy.However, children born through the Evil Act found that the bright Spark tended to concentrate in the same place as their parents' had. During adolescence, the Bright Sparks became almost unbearably powerful and concentrated. Young Men found that their bodies were changed as their Essence concentrated. Their bodies became swollen and wooden as the Essence tried to break free. Sometimes their Essence burst forth without warning and embarassed them. Often they tried to explore the Essence and cause it to grow themselves.This was terrible, for it caused the Essence to become irreversibly focussed and ended their chances for God Like reproduction. Young Men must never try these things of themselves and must guard against encourasging the Essence to flow from them. Cold Showers, exercise, long walks and noble thoughts help to overcome this problem.
Over Time, most people succumbed to these Evil Ways and mated like the animals. It became the norm and was even encouraged by some. Even the Emperors found that this way was easier than the old way. As most people followed this way, many wondered how to minimise the effects. I list the following ways. I apologise for the frankness of the text, but I cannot express these things in any other way.
Some tribes were related to the beasts. Occasionally, some members of those tribes quenched their passions with their relations. This practice spread during the Dark Times and has been noted down the years ever since.
 Aether was the first god to be born with two parents. All previous ones were devolved from other deities. As Aether effectively fathered himself, he was not sullied by contact with others and was the Purest of the Gods, born of Mother Earth and Pure Inspiration.
 This ability has now been almost lost. Only the very devout and faithful may reproduce in this way. Hon Eel touched Yelm at the Gates of Dawn, the Red Emperor traded with Gorgorma to make Yara Aranis. There are other examples but only Heroes are known to be able to transcend the physical.
 Once the Bright Spark had concentrated into the single place it was extremely difficult to move it elsewhere. There are, however, several meditative practices which can be taught to help this process. These are available from the Uleria Temples and also from the Star Temples and Temples of the Sky.