Old Gods of the Continent
Not much is known of the old gods, but there are numerous myths and legends.
They lived on the continent amongst the people while mankind had known no cruelty, thousands and thousands of years ago. Some lived on dry land, some in creeks and rivers, and some in the skies. Peace was everywhere and all was well. But the gods of the sky felt cheated. The mortal flock was large in the waters, larger still on the land, and all they had were birds, and a few at that. While the gods of the land slept, they planted greed and anger in the hearts of men. When the land gods woke, they saw neighbors fighting over crop, land, blood. And spilling a lot of it. They saw the sky gods smiling viciously. They coursed them for cowards, and as soon as that, the gods were at war, just like their flocks. The gods knew mortal men could slay them, so they took them to fight on their side. And the continent bled. The war of gods went on for centuries, land and water against the sky above them. The gods of the land had grown tired of the war, so they decided to strike with all their might, to whatever end. Rivers perished and mountains crumbled, but the gods of land and water emerged victorious against their foes from the sky, slaying them all.
As the blood of gods and mortals alike fed the continent, the land had rejected the land gods when they returned to their eternal thrones. The continent did not want gods who spilled the blood of their own flock on its lands. The old gods had nothing to do but leave. They went to the east, into the endless ocean, to the end of the earth and beyond, leaving their legacy for some new gods to claim.