A prologue of sorts
The Universe came first; Time came second, though that is still a matter of some debate between them.
It’s not clear where exactly they came from. The field of cosmology has some thoughts, physicists occasionally make some noise, even religion has weighed in. But no one with the limited capacity of a mortal mind really knows. Hell, a supernatural mind would be hard-pressed to explain it.
What is known is that the siblings (who aren’t really siblings) were not vibing with the vast empty stretch of nothingness in front of them. Thus, they started a massive construction project— shaping the planets and doing some very bendy things with realms and reality.
The gods were created to help with this work. The Universe wrangled magic into nine schools and gifted it as tools to aid in their efforts. Gods took to these schools in varying degrees. The most powerful could call magic into physical form, but even the weakest could wield enough to add to the landscape. And really, that was the whole point.
Some gods developed the outer planets while others focused on sections of the temporal world. The more they built, the more they bickered until Time and the Universe insisted that they take up residence in their own realms. The logic being that you wouldn’t be so obsessed with your neighbor’s business if you had your own plot to tend to.
It didn’t exactly help, which is why now might be a good time to loop back and include an important detail about how the worlds came to be:
In the beginning, before gods and creatures and all those other bits, Time and the Universe began building the vast expanse. This sounds complicated, but in practice, it was really quite simple: Time jumped forward to a moment when they had already created everything and then came back to tell the Universe what to fill in.
At first, the Universe couldn’t create anything no matter how much inspiration Time returned with.
Then, one afternoon, Time decided that this whole thing would be much easier if they had a cute little cottage with plenty of comforts, and voila! It appeared.
And that was how they learned that the Universe could not create for herself, only for others, the burden of which was not immediately apparent.
That would come later.