The Imperial Cult
"In the beginning, there was darkness. An empty void of infinite nothingness. Then, the void did split, and reality was created from nothingness. Matter and energy in swirling patterns combined to form galaxies, and stars, and worlds.
On a trillion worlds and more life grew from the chaos, the guttered and died, with nothing and no-one to remember it.
On a billion worlds and more life grew from the chaos, and survived. Transformed by the passage of aeons from base protoplasm into animal and plant, there to hold and thrive.
On a million worlds and more life grew from the chaos, and founded a line that would survive and change to sentient life, from which a form of society would grow.
On a thousand worlds and more life grew from the chaos, and founded a line which would create coalitions and empires and federations which would spread throughout the stars and found itself again on new worlds.
On one world life grew from the chaos, and founded a race which will one day rule a