The Exodus

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But all was not well even after the four children sealed their father into the Void. The children separated their ways and returned to the families that had raised them. They grew in age and maturity, took husbands and wives from the local families they met, not realizing that they were different than the people they were living with.

Their bodies did not seem to decay as others' did, and their health and abilities were shunned by the people living on Brant. Eventually they met at the very grave where their mother had been buried and Vear was sealed into the Void. Summoning the depths of their power, with as much strength as it took to seal the Enemy into the Void, they lifted a giant portion of the surrounding Ironwood forest with them into the sky.

The portion of the stream (where their mother had been nourished on her frenzied voyage) that came with the body of land became a giant fountain at its source, feeding the floating island of Asgard with water until reaching the opposite end of the island, cascading into a brilliant iridescent waterfall off the edge of the island. Most of Ironwood was brought with the island, although the portion of the forest that remained now forms the border of a giant lake that bears the interlocking mark of the island of Asgard.

Asgard was separated from Brant not only geographically but temporally. The Laucopids could now live with their families, allowing time to be equally frozen for them (with respect to the timeline of Brant) as it was for their families. The power of the separation greatly weakened the Laucopids for a brief period after, but as time passed on Asgard they regained their strength, and through the combined use of magic and ingenuity they built a small but very advanced society, despite the elongation of time on Asgard (with respect to time on Brant) caused by the rift between the two worlds.

Further, they inadvertently eliminated themselves from interaction with the world they had separated from. The force of the act of division between Asgard and Brant prevented any Asgardian from leaving Asgard to go to Brant. Forced to be passive observers of the plight of the inhabitants of Brant, they must live with their own selfishness and hope for an opportunity to correct their mistakes.

And time passed peacefully, as it unfailingly does--but the civilization on Brant, driven on by the grating edges of complicated society, grew slowly more grim.