long time ago,
when the Shendar had just found their truest friend, the aj‘nuvic, and the
tradition to bond with them was not old but fresh and even more exciting than
now, there lived a young boy and a girl, who loved each other dearly. Not as man
and woman, for this they were too young. They might have been sister and
brother, we don‘t know anymore. But we know, that the girl‘s love was strong.
The boy had been a normal Shendar boy, well built, lean and tanned from the sun,
the girl was lovely to look at, with dark hair and uncommonly blue sparkling
The boy was a bit older than the girl, and so he reached manhood before the girl
entered womanhood. He set out to find his aj'nuvic and came back with the most
beautiful animal ever seen. It was as white as the inner petals of the Ráhaz
La'Alja, the sand lily, when it flowers at night and his fur was as soft as the
hair on a baby‘s head. His brown eyes looked as bright as the stars at night and
the boy was full of love - as we all are, when we have met our lifelong love.
The boy didn‘t forget the girl, but introduced her to his aj'nuvic, though she
couldn‘t get as close to the animal as the boy did. She longed for the time,
when she would be old enough to set out to find her own partner for life.
But before the
time came something terrible happened. The boy‘s aj'nuvic was killed. We don‘t
know, what it has been, a ráhaz-estár or an unlucky accident. The boy was
devastated. He wouldn‘t eat anymore or drink. First he cried for days and days,
then he lay curled-up motionless, not reacting to anybody or anything. The girl
knew, that her young friend would die if he would not get his aj'nuvic back -
and that was not possible. She didn‘t know what to do than pray, but how could
Baveras, the Goddess of Water help here? So she turned to gods she never had
prayed before, to Queprur she pleaded for his life and to Seyella she
supplicated to alter the inevitable fate. And after six days she had a dream.
She awoke from the dream, knowing that this was not just a dream. The next
morning she told her mother about it, but she didn‘t want to say anything and
just shook her head sadly.
The vision came back the following night and the night after. In this night the
girl rose and went to the boy who was merely alive and spent the night resting
close to him. In the early morning she went to her mother, kissed her good bye
and left the dome to go to a well nearby, the well she had seen in her dreams.
There she put her arm deep into the water and suddenly her fingers touched
something strange. She retrieved it from the depth of the well - it was a small
package of to her unknown fabric. When she unfolded the cloth she saw, that it
was a beautiful cape in the colour of winterberry blue and a hint of Santhran
violet. A white rim adorned it and white sandlilies formed a border just inside
the rim. She put down her clothes - as she had seen it already in her dream,
threw the cape over her shoulders and closed a brooch out of moonsilver on her
chest. And then she prayed, with all her might. It didn‘t take a long time and
nobody knows how it was done, but there at the well stood a cream white aj‘nuvic
which looked exactly like the one the boy had loved so much, just that it was
still a bit smaller - and had blue eyes.
It is said, that the boy found back to life, that he became a very content and
happy man again, but that he chose to never lie down with a woman, nor with a
man. When he was old as only a Shendar can get, he went along with his beloved
aj on his Journeyon. Most travellers to the next world are never seen again, but
rumours have it, that the body of a Shendar was found who had had his ritual
gifts with him as every Shendar should have them, however, they couldn‘t find
traces of an aj‘nuvic, but only the remains of a once beautiful woman.