Before the Dawn, in the darkest and most forgotten of the Elder Days, the High Father, lord of the Sky and embodiment of wind and flame came across the Great Mother, the Land and embodiment of earth and water, in the infinity of the Void. From their joining came the avatars of Light, their first and greatest sons, Valya and Talna. In accordance with his transient and willful nature, the High Father left and returned to wandering the Void. But the Great Mother remained with her sons, nurturing them in accordance with her own nature. But the two were lonely, and so they birthed children of their own, the first and greatest of the mortal races: to lesser mortals in later Days, the sons of Valya became known as the Dragons, while the daughters of Talna became known as the Daemons. And so the Dragons and Daemons were the first and only beings to walk upon the unblemished Land, powerful with the light of their fathers within them.
But in time, the High Father returned, weary from his wandering and eager to join with the Great Mother once more. But the divine radiance of the High Father, mighty and unmerciful with the wildness of fire, threatened the mortal children of the light. Valya and Talna begged their Father to set aside his desires and so spare the Dragons and Daemons, but the High Father refused. In their desperation, the two attacked the High Father, calling upon all their might and the strength of their children. And so in a moment of vulnerability, the High Father was overcome, his physical form slain and his essence sealed within it. The High Father's body was cast down to the Earth, rending the land with his fall, before being imprisoned by the brothers. In time, the great chasms split by the High Father's fall were filled with the Great Mother's tears of sorrow and agony, raising the first ocean, the Pataric Sea.
In the trauma of the High Father's fall, both Mother and sons were wounded. The Great Mother fell into eternal slumber, while both Valya and Talna were diminished, Talna more so than his brother. With both Mother and Father dormant, it fell to the brothers to maintain and nurture the Land. As the stronger of the two, Valya became known as the Sun, and Talna the Moon. But with their fathers diminished and their attentions turned to their new duties, their children suffered and began to fade. The Daemons, children of the Moon, vanished entirely, while the children of the Sun, the Dragons, slowly dwindled to a precious few. Yet even as it seemed that mortal life would all but vanish from the Earth, the last children of the High Father and the Great Mother emerged from the Sea, where last the Sky and Land had met: men, elves, dwarves, and all the lesser mortal races.
And so, even as the last Dragons secluded themselves, new civilizations rose in their place. One among the Dragons, in his dying breaths, passed on the remnants of the divine spark within himself to mortals, blessing them with his soul's power. In time, those blessed few passed into legend, shaping the course of societies and the world with their power. As time passed, the title awarded to those so blessed changed from culture to culture and place to place--but the meaning always remained the same: