From around 7,500 BCE to around 5,500 BCE, the First Five (Earth, Blood, Chaos, Sight, Flux) warred with each other, largely due to the influence of Flux. War itself was not the goal of Flux -- of the Five, Blood was the only one who was truly enamored of conflict for its own sake. Instead, Flux reveled and drew power from both the rise and fall of great cities, states, armies and leaders. More than anything else, armed conflict caused great shifts in power, and it was for those moments and movements that Flux truly lusted. Flux drew House against House with its machinations. Queen Ghuraa, first Mistress of Flux, used spies, bribes, Ways of Seeming and even alignments and seduction of Mundanes to keep the other Houses spiraling up and down vortexes of gain and loss. With each turn of the wheel... with each swing of the Great Pendulum, she gained power. Finally, Aasher, first Master of Sight, realized that his role as observer and historian was not enough; for more than any other, he could see what the final swing of power would bring about -- the end of the world, all life, all power, all Domains, all Mundanes, even cracking the Earth itself. And so he, with the help of his son Beniin and his friend Sayem, Aasher spent decades slowly designing a situation in which he could destroy the greatest armies of the Five and reach a balance where there could be peace among them. An uneasy peace, perhaps... but one that would spare the Earth from the final, inevitable destruction that Flux would cause. The Great Flood -- known both to the Domains and across so many myths of Mundanes -- accomplished Aasher's will, killing him in the process. It was left to Beniin and Sayem to pick up the pieces of the Houses and present them, centuries later, with their mentor's grand design -- the creation of two new Domains and the Law that would sustain the "Seven equal, seven done."