Creation, Orbit, and Destruction
Once, the ancient intellects Radinthul and Diruulth warred with each other endlessly, both born of a great primordial mind that shattered upon the universe's creation. The two forces, complete opposites in every way, could find no compromise between each other. Zet, another fragment of the primordial mind, grew tired of their strife and fused his siblings into a single sphere. He flung them into space to drift for eternity. Eventually, this sphere was captured in the orbit of a still cooling world, Earth, shining over it as the races came into being. Because of its power, the Mad Moon glowed brightly over the Earth, competing even with the brightness of the sun.
But the forces inside still fought, and the Mad Moon began to show imperfections. It was then that Valora, the Dawnbreaker crashed into the moon whilst she was in her dormant state, she apologizes to Zet for her transgressions and vows to destroy both ancients. Zet's power waned, small weaknesses expanded, and eventually the sphere broke apart, raining down material onto the World. The remains of the Mad Moon settled as Radiant Ore and Direstone, pure materials of the two intelligences. The World fell into temporary chaos, though some took advantage of the situation. Abzidian, the Demon Smith, used this time to forge Demon Edge from the raw materials that fell.
After the Mad Moon was destroyed, the Radiant Ore and Direstone began to emit pure energy that corrupted the races. They became dependent on it and built civilizations around the material, while the rock provided them with energy, Mana, and life. The Radiant Ore gave off the emission of bright color and charm to the area around it, while the Direstone made the earth appear poisonous and decayed. Neither was neutral in its actions. The energies they gave off were incompatible, and interfered with each other. Eventually, the followers of each of the forces became aware of this, and sought to destroy the opposite stone. This struggle is what started the endless battle, as seen in the game.
- Lamprey, a Valve developer, compares the influence emitted by the Radiant Ore and Direstone to the cosmic radiation in H.P. Lovecraft's The Color Out of Space.
- Demon Edge description.
- Elder Titan response: ▶️ I dreamt of a world where the Mad Moon still shone.
- Elder Titan response: ▶️ The Mad Moon rises unbroken above a fledgling world… but only in my dreams.
- Dota 2 developer Lamprey compares the Ancients to the ethereal color in H.P. Lovecraft's The Color Out of Space