The wind blew, and despite their strength, even the branches heavily laden with the energy rich nodes began to wither. It seemed that no concentration of power, no potency, was enough to prevail against Oblivion's first servant.
Then came the Progenitors.
Until the Progenitors arrived, the Tree, and everything connected to it, were all. The energy thought of as souls, elemental energy, and all types of potential and exotic energy were as one. The Progenitors changed that. They were beings that were kindred to the Tree, cosmic beings of creation, who saw the need for the Tree to grow not in power, but in scope. They could not defend the Tree directly against the Black Wind ? they were subject to it's depredations as well, and the names of those Progenitors who fell to Oblivion are now lost.
When they began to take action, each of them worked alone. It is said that they sang to the Tree, and their song moved the energy from the nodes back into the trunk and main branches of the tree, forcing new shoots to grow faster than the Black Wind could devour them. The growth of the Tree was slowed, rather than halted or turned back.
In time the success they enjoyed as gardeners of the Tree brought them back into contact with each other, the Black Wind was held at bay and instead of only fighting for survival, they were once again able to establish a more nuanced sense of community.
Within the Gathering culture developed, and the Progenitors were able to share their very essences with one another, and the offspring of those couplings were not bound by the same laws that mortals are, for not only were the Progenitors not mortal, but they were not human, nor animal, nor plant they simply were, and the children they brought forth were made in ways that allowed them to similarly defy classification.
One offspring of the Progenitors were artifacts of creation, ideas and thoughts and dreams forged into physical form, that manifest in numerous ways in every universe. The intensity of the power fused into them was mitigated by the fact that they merely existed, timeless, eternal bulwarks testifying to the strength of their parents, but fused into common marks, symbols, and items ? for their birth into any universe was not subject to the rules of time, and one could be born into a stone, or headdress, or any other item at any time. Those offspring were Myriad.
The other common child, if any of them could be called such, were the Eternals. Unlike the Myriad, power diffused through living beings across countless infinite universes ? people; men, women, even some animals infused with the very essence of an ideal, or dream, or purpose. Unlike Myriad, each incarnation mortal ? it's lifespan limited, but also unlike the Myriad, they were capable of birthing, changing, into something else.