The Middle Isles
The Script of the Worldseed tells how Eoi created humans. The Gods thought to make a race of servants for themselves, but did not anticipate Eoi giving humans free will. If they wished to be worshiped as Eoi was, they must offer mankind something in return for their prayers.
Seven “brothers” were created by Eoi as the first Men; of these, Norvun was the first, thus called Firstborn. Like the others, he was shaped out of mud, clay, and lightning. He was also the first to receive a wife (the treacherous Zoana), and the first to die (slain by his brother Vaor).
Like his brothers, Norvun was destined to be the father of a great people; his descendants were named the Norvu. Norvun was known as the best and bravest of all men, which is why it is thought that the mightiest heroes of old were of Norvu stock. (The mighty hero and warlord Joran was of Norvu lineage).
The Taming of the UrDragon
Dragons were the pets and playthings of the Titans, and were bent on the destruction of mankind. It is said that with his bare hands Norvu struck down the oldest and father of all the dragons, the UrDragon. This was considering a turning point in the War of Titans and Gods.
Norvun is credited with bringing fire to mankind, introducing agriculture, and the bladed weapon. It is with the first sword that he slew a number of Titans who had come to destroy the fledgling race of Man.
Life and Death
Norvun’s first wife, Zoana, was corrupted by The Void Lord. He sought to kill her in return, but she escaped. He was then given Meeghan as a wife, who begged him not to fight his brother Vaor. Norvun did not heed her words, and was struck down by Vaor. He is listed as having lived 142 years, and having been in his prime when he was defeated.
Norvun is the only one of the seven original Men who died, the other being chosen for immortality to guide the young races of man.
Norvun is often seen as the first true hero, and is often referenced by the common people of the Middle Isles. However, there is an intense theological debate over whether he ascended to immortality after his death. One school of thought is that he died, but his spirit still wanders the earth, albeit with little power. Another school of thought is that he was resurrected by Eoi and brought to godhood. The third popular opinion is that he died, and simply went to the afterlife as any human would. As a result, there are several shrines to Norvun, but few temples. Those places where the Norvun line has not intermingled with the other lines too much are the ones most likely to have a following for him.
His codex is known as the Codex Norvu and essentially reads as an early hero epic. Priests wear simple brown woolen robes and often go barefoot, even in the harshest of weather. They preach loyalty to Eoi, valor in the face of danger, and encourage the skill of swordsmithing.