I thought the Game was over. I was wrong.
In the beginning there were two entities existing as one, a single concept adrift in the space between time and matter fueled by religious insecurity and spiritual curiosity. The presence of a catalyst solidified their beings; they became material, they became immaterial but most of all they became bound by a set of rules. Every Game has rules.
One of these beings wasn’t content with following the rules of the Game, he destroyed everything his brother held dear. This broke his brother and all of his rules, self-imposed or otherwise, folded back on him. He became obsessed with protecting the weak, preventing harm from coming to the children who inspired his very being.
The mad god Dweller, regardless of his once noble intentions, swore revenge on the vile Creature that had taken all that he loved. They staged a confrontation that would destroy the lives of dozens of families with the Dweller choosing a boy named Joshua Harris as his host and the Creature choosing instead to manipulate the minds and bodies of those closest to this host in an attempt to shatter his sanity, leaving the Dweller vulnerable. In their struggle the Dweller fell becoming fused with his host, and from his energies came a new pantheon of gods, all but one free of his twisted rules.
Emet Rotter, the strongest of the Dweller’s children tried desperately to save his siblings as well as the children affected by the Game, but after failing to save Alana Hudson, the favorite of the Dweller, he began to feel the influence of the rules tugging at his being.
He tried to fight these impulses and left his weakest brother the Collector with the final survivor of the Game, a boy named Stephen Patrick. Though he tried to protect them both, Emet struggled with the thought that children would continue to suffer regardless of his actions in these final hours of the Game.
In a violent confrontation with the Creature, Emet sensed that his brother Collector had become fused with Stephen Patrick— he had failed to save any of the children he had sworn to protect and, in a moment of weakness, allowed the Creature to escape into the very same primordial Rifts that he had spawned from.