In the beginning before anything else existed, there were the 6 Gems of Creation. The Gems were organized into 2 concentric triangles. In each triangle there was one gem that contained the potential for Matter, one gem that contained the potential for Life and one gem that contained the potential for Metaphor.
At the start of the First Age, the Gems in the inner circle exploded simultaneously. Matter, Life and Metaphor fused together and shattered, creating the Proto-Universe which was also the Proto-Gods. The shards of the shattered Proto-Universe/Proto-Gods battled in the First Great Pandemonium. All was chaos and violence, destruction and recombination. The Proto-Universe/Proto-Gods who survived became the True Universe/The Gods.
At the start of the Second Age, the Gem containing the potential for Matter exploded first. This formed the Material World, a thin shell covering the True Universe.
The Gem containing the potential for Life exploded next, filling every cubic inch of The Material World with diverse life. This was the start of the Second Great Pandemonium. All this newly existing life fought and devoured and starved and bred and evolved until equilibrium was reached.
The Gem containing the potential for Metaphor exploded last, giving rise in some creatures to higher thinking, social behavior and an understanding of the True Universe/The Gods.
When intelligent creatures recognized the power of the True Universe/The Gods and began to worship and pay tribute to the Gods, this began the Third Age. The Age of Religion, Civilization and Magic.