..there was nothing.
And then there was IO.
He stretched out his hand though the void, crushing the emptiness together in his fist. When he released his fingers the great nothing had compressed into the Universe.
From the swirling chaos IO careful crafted the cosmos, forming the planets and the stars.
In the very center he created his masterpiece, which in time the so called enlightened of the lesser races would name Alkrin.
Alkrin, the cradle of life. In Dwarven Alkrin translates literally to "All-Kin"., meaning all life, and also implying that all life is interconnected.
In Elven Alkrin, means "center" or more specifically the center of the being, the soul.
And so the Universe was created, and so the world of Alkrin bore life.
-Not terribly original I know, but it's what I've got.
More on this later...