Teachings of Zertimon
The Teachings of Zerthimon are the foundations of the Githzerai religion. The following are the first few circles which the priests of the holy trinity have been able to locate and decipher.
First Circle of Zerthimon
Know that we are the First People. Once all was chaos. The First People were thought drawn from chaos. When the First People came to know themselves, they were chaos no longer, and became flesh.
With their thoughts and knowing of matter, the People shaped the First World and dwelled there with their knowing to sustain them.
Yet the flesh was new to the People and with it, the People came not to know themselves. The flesh gave rise to new thoughts. Greed and hates, pains and joys, jealousies and doubts. All of these fed on each other and the minds of the People were divided. In their division, the People were punished.
The emotions of the flesh were strong. The greed and hates, the pains and joys, the jealousies and doubts, all of these served as a guiding stone to enemies. In becoming flesh, the First People became enslaved to those who knew flesh only as tools for their will. Know these beasts were the illithids.
The illithids were a race that had come not to know themselves. They had learned how to make other races not know themselves.
They were the tentacled ones. They lived in flesh and saw flesh as tools for their will. Their blood was as water and they shaped minds with their thoughts. When the illithids came upon the People, the People were a people no more. The People became slaves.
The illithids took the People from the First World and brought them to the False Worlds. As the People labored upon the False Worlds, the illithids taught them the Way of the Flesh. Through them, the People came to know loss. They came to know suffering. They came to know death, both of the body and mind. They came to know what it is to be the herd of another and have their flesh consumed. They came to know the horror of being made to feel joy in such things.
The Unbroken Circle is the knowing of how the People lost themselves. And how they came to know themselves again.
In knowing the teachings of Zerthimon, you shall grow stronger
When you know the teachings of the First Circle, you will know the strength to open the Second Circle of Zerthimon