Fantasy Drabble #80 “The Edda of Ul”

Ul, the first god, created himself out of sheer will. He found himself surrounded by nothingness: he was everything that existed. Self-knowledge was the sum total of knowledge available to him. There was nothing more to know.

In his measureless and eternal loneliness, Ul despaired. Eventually his sadness became so great it could no longer be borne: in a suicidal paroxysm, Ul ended his own suffering.

The resulting explosion can be considered the birth of the observable universe. The shrapnel of Ul’s body became all its matter, and his dissipated soul all its magic. Where the two combine is life.

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