"How beautiful it must have been. Greenwood, the ancient kingdom of our people. How majestic and full of splendour. What I would not give to have lived in that time, a time of peace, of unity, and of hope. What I would not give to resurrect it!"
I had initially intended Elf Night to begin in earnest post all things Darkfey, but realising that that may yet take a while (and good that it will because it means we get to immerse ourselves in more fantastic stories about these mysterious fey), Elf Night will begin come April 3. And no, Thimns, it's not an April Fools Day prank.
Elf Night will be occurring biweekly, that is, once every second week (nay twice a week), and the first seven sessions will revolve heavily around storytelling on my part. I am often asked by players (new as well as veteran Thainites) to give them a rundown of the history of the Elves of Thain. Certainly, there are books scattered about the island that yield insight into this, but these books can be hard to find, and the lore they contain can read fragmented and somewhat confusing. Aen Seatainell will aim to clarify that confusion by providing a clear(er) and (more) cohesive story about the history of the Elves of Thain, dating back to the time of Queen Elisara (Second Age), and up to present-day Third Age. By attending you will learn some knowledge about how and why the Elves of Thain came to the island. You will learn a bit about Queen Elisara and Zeraphil, about Ramiryleth and Nimmeril the White Rose, about Prince Syann and Princess Talyrenne. You will even learn about the mysterious Stag King of the Tel'Mordere, and about the Ilharess of Thain's Drow (if I can convince Squidget to co-narrate).
Elf Night is primarily intended for players of elves, but anyone who is invested in the good of the Elves of Thain is welcome to attend (even stinking dwarves! * stares at Agni *). Please note that Elf Night will not involve any elements of PVP, nor will it accommodate characters who are hostile to either Feywood or Greenvale (sorry, Poisonwood!), or who suffer an ill reputation (sorry, Conrad).
The First Elves of Thain, it is occasionally said, did not journey to the island from the Mainland; they came from more distant places, from a realm far removed from our own. Some say this realm is Arvandor, the seat of the Seldarine, and that it was the Seldarine who tasked the First Elves to journey across stars, across time and space, to reach Thain's mysterious shores. Millenia ago, the First Elves arrived on the island upon glittering vessels that bore no resemblance to anything that has been built since, and while we may never truly know whence they came, we know that they were led by Queen Elisara, a figure so revered that the First Elves named their city in her honour.
This is her tale.
Objective: Partake in Elf Night I to learn a little about who Queen Elisara was and how she founded Greenwood, the home of the First Elves. A lot of this lore is fragmented, so do not expect canon content. Date: Friday, April 3, 21.45 GMT +1. Type of Event: Player- and GM-narrated. Who Can Attend? Primarily players of goodly elves, but anyone who is a friend to the Elves of Thain (nay Poisonwood or Mora'chel) are welcome to attend.
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"Many songs are sung of the founding of Greenwood, of the first elves that sailed from the blessed fields of Correlon's realm to the shores of Thain. This is one of those songs. Is it a true song? Is it the right song? These are the questions of someone without an understanding of the reason for songs. Songs are not true, or right. They are made to be beautiful, to make us feel things within us we cannot normally feel- songs are a bridge between life and death, between the world and the void. They are in us, and we are of them. Songs are more powerful than swords. A sword will cut an elf down, but a song will raise them up."
The Enehellarn Tree
As sung by Mors Cuthran
Adrift without hope in the midst of the sea, Lay the elves of old and their Enehellarn tree, Bereft of land, no shore in sight, Its roots did wither. Its leaves did blight.
Adrift and lost, no course to be found, The elves and the Enehellarn seek solid ground, Mutters swirl in the decks below, That speak of death and strife and woe.
Even elven hearts grow fearful and desperate, After months at sea without succor or respite, Alone in the void, no star in sight, Nothing but blackness to fill the long night.
Any wonder then that rumors sprang forth, That questioned even Correlon's course? The path before them held nothing but death, This was the cry from every breath.
But Ramiril spoke with golden tongue, Aided by those whose names are unsung, Calming the mutiny in the great ark tree, He restored the decks to harmony.
But the land they sought was unreachable, Despite the charts that covered the captains table, They showed the destination, but not the route, And so the elves were caught in a windless drought.
Astral void as far as could see Surrounded the elves, and the Enehellarn tree, Moved by the queen, but never arriving, The elves and the ship barely surviving.
But one among them did not panic, The captain, the brave Kyonnonen Faldric, Guided only by the great Protecter He willed them from the astral spectre.
Nimmeril too played her part, Caring for the ship's own heart She was the heart of the elves, adrift in the sea, The elves, and the Enehellarn tree.
And so they came from distant shore, Landing upon a barren moor, To Thain they sailed, from across the sea, The elves, and the Enehellarn tree.
An Sestainell Special Edition (feat. Nature Night): Fennas-en-Taur - The Woodland Portals
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After centuries of absence, last night the Elder Council of Feywood decided to pay a most unexpected visit to their homeland of old: Greenwood. Albeit the extraordinary event was marred by an attempt on the Council's life at the hand of Poisonwood agents, all the brutalities achieved was to reinforce Feywood's conviction that now, more than ever, it is imperative that decisive steps toward unification be taken. It is said that her August Majesty, Queen Yu'syu, hosted the Elder Council for three days - three days where the Elves of the North and the Elves of the South relentlessly deliberated the terms of the unification of their two forests.
They have reached a consensus. Portals between the two forests will be built.
To ensure that the portals are impervious to malignant tinkering from enemy sorcerers, the Huntmaster and his allies have reached out to the Called for aid. Together, elf and druid will attempt to do the impossible: they will scour the four corners of Thain in search of four legendary beasts. According to a near-forgotten fable, if these beasts are tamed or subdued, secrets of the old Goddess of Earth, Umbra, will be yielded, including the knowledge on how to create portals of extraordinary power.
Objective: Partake in Elf Night Special Edition to help the Elves of the North and the Elves of the South bridge their peoples together. Date: Friday, April 10, 21.00 GMT +1. Type of Event: Player- and (possibly) GM-narrated. Who Can Attend? Elves and allies with ties to either Feywood or Greenvale. The Called.
An Sestainell Poisonwar Edition: To Stoke or to Bury the Hatred?
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For as long as anyone can remember, Poisonwood has been at war with Feywood and Greenvale.
For the first time since the Second Cataclysm, genuine attempts have been made toward reconciliation. But will Poisonwood learn to forgive their erstwhile brothers and sisters, and, indeed, following the horrors of the Poisonwar, will the warriors of the Estel Guard learn to forgive the Arben?
Renneleth Margaladhon has convened a summit to explore how authentic the peace that has been so painstakingly worked toward really is .
Objective: Partake in Elf Night Poisonwar Edition to deliberate the terms of the peace (among players), and how/if Poisonwood and Greenvale can work toward peaceful co-existence. Date: Wednesday, May 27, 21.45 GMT +1. Type of Event: Strictly non-PvP. Who Can Attend? Characters who associate with Poisonwood, Greenvale or Feywood, and who are interested in ending the Poisonwar.
Ramir Demontongue was a name that had been seared into the collective consciousness of every champion, mortal or otherworldly, who took up arms and defended Thain during the Second Cataclysm.
When Gorrath the World-Eater invaded Thain, the First Elves were the first to stand firm against the hordes of the Abyss. Yet however hard the elves fought, Ramir, the World-Eater's chosen disciple, outsmarted them. Indeed, so cunning was Ramir that he could predict every single move his opponents made long before they made it.
Over the centuries, many have wondered about the secrets behind Ramir's cunning, but only the First Elves knew the truth. Ramir Demontongue used to be one of them!
This is his tale.
Objective: Partake in Elf Night II to learn a little about who Ramir Demontongue was before he fell from grace. A lot of this lore is fragmented, so do not expect canon content. Date: Saturday, June 6, 21.30 GMT +1. Type of Event: Player-narrated. Who Can Attend? Solely elves and half-elves. The intention here is not to be exclusive of players; rather, we would like to encourage elven roleplay and elven character development. If you really wish to attend but do not play an elf, make one! I promise we will take good care of you!
Update: The Elf Night invite for the public applies towards all elves/half-elves. Any and all players on the server are welcome to roll one and join in on the fun, and are encouraged to add in their own character's story to help keep the event fresh and active.
Elf Night might cross paths with other races or "nights" on a more guest-star basis when it plays into the overall narrative of the events featured, and can be done by a more personal, case to case basis resulting from naturally developing organic RP where the interested parties will talk to each other and come to an agreement.
A month ago, the unthinkable occurred. At the pinnacle of a terrible war between brothers and sisters, at a moment when all seemed lost and doomed to burn, the Queen of the Greenvale embraced the Caller of the Poison. A single and small gesture, two individuals holding each other in their arms, that changed the fates of all Elves of the South. From ashes that had not yet cooled, Eryn Echain was born.
When Yu'syu embraced Sylvox, they embraced more than each other; they embraced a new future, a future where the Children of the Seldarine and the Children of the Poison would learn to coexist. But such tolerance demands much time and patience, especially in the wake of fires of a hatred that, days ago, seemed to never go out.
How does one begin? Where does one begin? The wise say that all changes begin with a single step.
For the once-sundered Elves of the South, it began with a summit, the first joint Elfmeet in centuries. Then followed a pledge: come what may, the Children of the Seldarine and the Children of the Poison would endeavour to treat each other with respect, they would acknowledge and abide by each other's differences. Nature is about diversity and contrasts. So, too, shall Eryn Echain be.
To acknowledge this diversity, one could do more than build a bridge of trust. One could also build a literal bridge in a place that connects two places and two people. Deep in Eryn Echain, there is a gorge where few elves willingly tread. It is called Cirith Dúath, the Valley of Terrible Shadows. It is a valley of death, and it also the border between what was once Greenvale and Poisonwood. Here, during both the Second Cataclysm and the Poisonwar, brothers and sisters felled each other by the hundreds. Their spirits, their shadows, they yet linger in the valley.
To build a literal bridge in Cirith Dúath, one has to build a spiritual bridge first; a bridge that will allow the tormented dead to pass into the Beyond.
Objective: Partake in Elf Night III to help the spirits of those who died in the Poisonwar to pass into the Beyond. Some spirits will demand vengeance, others a comforting word. Will you acquiesce both demands? Date: Saturday, June 13, 21.00 GMT +1. Type of Event: Player-narrated. Who Can Attend? All elves and half-elves except drow.