In the Grand Old Days, when every creature spoke the same tongue and sin had not yet entered the world, the Creator approached every sort of creature with a simple treaty. In exchange for their love and their loyalty, the Creator would keep them from harm. Each group signed a treaty in turn.

Over time, the creatures began to drift apart and squabble over meaningless things. New sorts of creatures arose through intermingling, and many spurned the offer of treaties from the Creator or inclusion in an existing treaty, holding themselves to be wholly self-created. The new creatures eventually became focal points in the squabbles since, unbound by treaty, they could be enlisted to bring harm to those on the wrong side of disagreements.

At the first such action, a dog killing a sheep over who owned a grassy field, the assembled creatures split into two opposing groups–those who supported the dog and those who favored the sheep. Blinded to the petty nature of their squabble, the creatures prepared for war.

It was then that the Creator reappeared, brandishing the treaties. To harm another, the Creator cautioned, would be to break the treaty commitment of love and loyalty. The creatures, perhaps goaded by the “self-created” new ones, spurned the Creator’s offer and renounced the treaties. The Creator, saddened, withdrew from the field and allowed battle to be joined.

On that bloodstained field, the unity of the world was forever broken.