Place all Monster figures next to the board, within reach of all players.
Place the Saga token on the first spot of the First Age on the Story Track. This is the "Gods’ Gifts – Age 1" spot. The Saga token will be moved from phase to phase of each Age, one Age after the other, in order to help players keep track as the game progresses.
Finally, give the First Player token to the player who was born furthest to the north. That player will start the game in the First Age. The First Player token will be passed to the player to the left at the end of each Age.