THE BARD SCHOOL FÉARN'TELORÍA ("HOUSE OF SONGS")

DESCRIPTION - LOCATION - PEOPLE - COAT OF ARMS  - MYTH/LORE - HISTORY

The Féarn’teloría (Styrásh Féarn’teloría, "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.

A Santharian Bard

View picture in full size Image description: A bard of Féarn'teloría singing to the tune of his lute. Pic drawn by Quellion.

Description. 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 students.

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. Return to the top


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 continentReturn to the top

People. The 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 students. Return to the top

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. Return to the top

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.] Return to the top

Date

Incident

* Discovery of the Ruins
The explorer Kayl Dai’Silarná discovers the ruins of a construction in the Shaded Forest, close to the Injerín settlement of Lýlei’Soulá. It is supposed that the ruins are those of the bard school destroyed by the legendary Darbane the Fiddler.
* Founding of the School
Founding of the school by Athym Ion’Quilly. Only one main building composed the first school. Differently from the current one the first school was made of wood.
* First dwarven Students arrive at the School
After years being a school exclusively for Injerín students, the school finally open its doors for the Kurakim dwarves that wish to study there. The first dwarven student recorder being Darust OonsekThuushon.
* The Great Fire
The school burns down to its founding. The fire, it is believed, started in the quarters of one of the dwarven students, but it cannot not be proven. Only one life is lost, that of a young elven student. Her name is Issildyn Miés'efér'óh. She is commemorated with the planting of a peace pine upon her grave.
* Rebuilding of the School
With the co-operation of their dwarven students the Injerín soon have reconstructed the school. The result of the mix between dwarven and elven architecture is a mix between a stone and wooden building. This are the buildings that exist up to today.
* Death of the Founding Father
At the age of 570 years Athym Ion’Quilly slips back into the dream of Avá. He was commemorated by planting a peace pine on his grave. His sucessor as headmaster of the school is Daryn Paél'Silarná.
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First human Students
After almost a century of only accepting elves and dwarves into the school the Injeríns decide to open their doors to all races that wish to study in the school. This way the school does not only harbour dwarves and elves but also humans from the close tribes like the Kuglimz. The school also accepts any wandering bard that wishes to study there for a period of time.

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