Long ago, Koda, the Ancient One, Founder of the Earth, Keeper of the Sky, formed the world. In the beginning, the spirits of the world were wild and untamed. In time, many took physical form: spirits of stone, spirits of water, spirits of wind, spirits of soil, spirits of plants and birds and creeping things. All things with form have spirits... as do many formless things.
But one day the bear stood up and looked around him and saw that the spirits of the world were restless and chaotic. He could not understand the endless cycles of creation and destruction. And so bear was the first creature to speak, and with his first words he asked Koda, "Why is this so?" And Koda was pleased and made this offer to the bear: "If you would watch and learn, then watch and learn, and you shall protect and guide the spirits of this world." And those who praised Koda and accepted this offer became the kodan. And those who were not ready and did not wish to change remained as bears.
Koda the Founder (also Koda the Creator) is the god of the kodan. The kodan believe he formed the world and all spirits in it, and the kodan were chosen to protect and guide the spirits of the world. The kodan see that they are the most enlightened of all the races and as they listen to the will of Koda it is their duty to watch over the world, judge other races, and ensure they are in balance with nature.
Koda communicates with kodan through a Voice, a kodan who is chosen to seek and interpret the will of Koda. Koda's will, as translated by a Voice and presented to the kodan through a Claw, supersedes any single kodan's wishes. Koda is said to periodically create a "Time of Trial" to test the spirituality and the strength of the kodan in a Sanctuary by infecting a Voice with an insanity called the Rage of Koda. When the infected Voice dies the kodan believe that Koda himself has examined them, purified all sin and everything has been judged and set to order.