The Féarn’teloría (Styrásh
"House of Songs") has for many centuries been the most important bard school in
the outskirts of Lýlei’Soulá, an Injerín
city of the Shaded Forest found on the northern
part of the Sarvonian continent, being one of the
first bard schools founded. The Féarn’teloría is located in the outskirts of
the city, almost completely hidden inside the
Shaded Forest. Differently to most of Lýlei’Soulá the Féarn’teloría is
built on the ground, its main construction material consisting of stone.
This school has prestige among the bards in all of Northern Sarvonia, its fame reaching as far south as the Santharian kingdom and many young bards form different parts of Northern Sarvonia decide to make the long travel here to perfect their skills as musicians. Some very few students have even made the long and difficult voyage from the southern parts of the continent to reach this particular school.
Image description: A bard of Féarn'teloría singing to the tune of his lute. Pic drawn by Quellion.
Landscape. The grounds around Féarn’teloría are
mostly forested since the school itself lies hidden in the woods. Around the
main building there are planted several
peace pines, in memory of Eyasha and
to shelter the main door and windows. On the west side of the building there is
a large garden with all kind of trees and flowers, patches of
cerubells and sunsmiles cover the lush
green lawns that grow like natural carpets outside the buildings. The soft
wind blowing through the branches of the
peace pines almost sounds like the
trees are singing. The sound of many different birds mix with the whispering
pines, as if nature itself wished to join its own voices to those of the many
The atmosphere around the school is filled with calm, the notes from both musical instruments and singing voices are floating through the air.
The gardens are seldom completely silent, as many of the older students seek the solitude of a hidden corner under the trees to create compositions of their own. Their humming, singing and playing usually is carried through the calm air, keeping it always filled, but not saturated, with music.
Buildings. The school itself is a compound of three buildings, the main school house is fronted by two large oaken doors, studded with metal, windows flanked it on either side. As all the other buildings it is made out of dull grey and heavily weathered stone, smooth to the touch, the building itself raises three stories in height. There are two windows, one on each side of the main door that rises one full story high, black steel bars over them on the outside stopping the smaller students from falling out, and to keep the larger ones from climbing out.
The smaller windows of the building are covered with carved wooden shutters to keep out the cold winds and the snow so common during the winter. A large knocker dominates the heavy doors, shaped like a gargoyle's head with the hoop ringing its nose.
The housing building is much smaller and lies beside the main building. It is two stories high with many small windows on its sides, all of them with simple wooden shutters. The building is also built in stone and mostly covered with soft silken moss. This is because the elven founders of the school wanted to keep the stone building closer to nature. The wooden beams, shutters and doors are masterfully carved with intricate branches and leaves, as if wishing to give the otherwise cold stone building more inviting feature for those of elven blood. It is believed that the reason why the school is build in stone and not in wood, as the usual elven custom is, because the founders were not only thinking of their elven kin when building the school, but also about the mountain dwelling dwarves and the humans, that most certainly would feel more at home in a stone building. So making a building that in their eyes had the properties of both wood and stone would make it suitable and welcoming for all races.
There is a smaller housing building on the north side of the compound as well where the teachers and older bards stay, this one is almost completely covered in ivy and rises only one story high.
Function. The House of Songs is a musical school where young and not so young aspirants may learn how to perfect their skills in everything music related. It is also home to many an aged bard that has no other place to go.
The school is open to all kinds of students, be they human, dwarf or elven, providing they have some sort of musical talent, whether this is singing, playing instruments or even composing pieces on their own.
Location. The Féarn’teloría is located in the Shaded Forest, outside the town of Lýlei’Soulá, an Injerín city of the Shaded Forest, on the northern part of the Sarvonian continent.
Féarn’teloría is inhabited by students of many races, mostly
human and elven,
but there is also a minority of dwarves from
the Kuramik tribe that have been
admitted into the school. However, the school never houses more than 100
students at a time, and there are no more than 10 teachers at a time. A small
number of elderly bards do also reside in the school, but their number is always
low, especially since most of them search out the school as a peaceful place to
prepare for their passing. The Féarn’teloría has been settled in the woods
outside Lýlei’Soulá to avoid most disturbance from people that don’t belong to
the school itself, as well as to prevent people to intrude too much on the
Coat of Arms/Sign. The sign of Féarn’teloría is shaped as a regular three pointed shield. Its field is green lined with gold, on the centre of the shield there is a lyre in silver crossed by a flute in gold. This coat hangs over the entry door of the main building.
Myth/Lore. It is said that the House of Songs was built on the ruins of the bard school where Darbane the Fiddler studied many centuries ago. It is impossible to prove this fact but in honour of the slain friend of Darbane, Jan’Leen, the main study room still carries his name. [Read more about Darbane the Fiddler here.]
Information provided by Lucirina Telor Vevan