GUARDIAN OF THE WEST
Being an Account those Events came to the Throne of Riva and how he slew the Accursed God Torak.
-from the Introduction, Legends of Aloria
After the seven Gods created the world, it is said that they and those races of men they had chosen dwelt
together in peace and harmony. But UL, father of the Gods, remained aloof, until Gorim, leader of those who
had no God, went up on a high mountain and importuned him mightily. Then the heart of UL melted, and he
lifted up Gorim and swore to be his God and God of his people, the Ulgos.
The God Aldur remained apart, teaching the power of the Will and the Word to Belgarath and other
disciples. And a time came when Aldur took up a globe-shaped stone no larger than the heart of child. Men
named the stone the Orb of Aldur, and it was filled with enormous power, for it was the embodiment of a
Necessity which had existed since the beginning of time.
Torak, God of the Angarak peoples, coveted lordship and dominion over all things, for to him had come an
opposing Necessity. When he learned of the Orb, he was sorely troubled, fearing that it would counter his
destiny. He went therefore to Aldur to plead that the stone be set aside. When Aldur would not give up the
stone, Torak smote him and fled with the Orb.
Then Aldur summoned his other brothers, and they went with a mighty army of their followers to confront
Torak. But Torak, seeing that his Angaraks must be defeated, raised the Orb and used its power to crack the
world and bring in the Sea of the East to divide him from his enemies.
But the Orb was angered that Torak should use it thus and it lashed him with a fire whose agony could not
Torak's left hand was burned away, his left cheek was seared in the arts of sorcery and charred, and his left
eye took flame and was ever after filled with the fire of the Orb's wrath.
In agony, Torak led his people into the wastelands of Mallorea, and his people built him a city in Cthol
Mishrak, which was called