THE TETHINRHIM RBUILDING

DESCRIPTION - FUNCTION - LOCATION - MYTH/LORE - HISTORY

This awe inspiring building is perhaps one of the most interesting architectural structures of its time in Sarvonia, if not of all ages passed as well, as it is ancient and has much tradition associated with it. The Riá is the large tree house of the Tethinrhim elves, which provides a beautiful abode for the elven rulers, the Rónn or Ránn as they are called, as well as other members of the Tethinrhim tribe in the surrounding urban trees. Located in the Auturian Woods in the central region of today's southern United Kingdom of Santharia, the province of Manthria, the history surrounding this large home is rich, dating all the way back to its first construction in approximately 11.000 b.S. when the Spiritual Guide of the southward travelling elves, Ná’Pherán, changed all the trees in the Auturian Woods to form a new kind of trees. These are called the urban trees today, and the elves christened their home "Riá Iú", meaning "I want", in relation to Ná’Pherán famous speech, where she described a famous future if the elves would stay in these woods.

Humans tend to pronounce the word Riá often simply as “Ria" in regular Tharian, while the elves pronounce it Riá, with a stress on the "a". 

Description. Note: many paragraphs of this description are taken directly from the journal of an unknown visitor to the Riá, and are thus primary sources concerning the actual appearance of this building.

Upon entering the capital of the
Auturian Woods, the only visible building is a rather large delicately carved home, which intertwines with an enormous urban tree. On the edge, the trees seem of average size. But as you walk deeper and deeper into the forest, they grow in height and breadth, eventually reaching the massive Riá. Standing out majestic and grand even from a distance, the intricate structure entwined with the tree itself comes upon you suddenly. Your approach is apparently unnoticed, but after looking closely, you see powerful and fierce Kaierian warriors flitting from tree to tree. When you reach the base of the enormous tree, unseen details become apparent. The roots and base almost three peds up are heavily covered with greenbark moss and soft vines, creating a beauteous scene. Small fairy-like bugs fly about the tree and rays of light come beaming down through the small gaps in the treetops.

The Canopy Area
The Middle of the Ria
The Base of the Ria
Image description. The different levels of the Riá Building of the Tethinrhim. Click on the various picture parts to view the part in detail. Pictures drawn by Seeker.

Function. The Riá has multiple functions, besides simply being the capitol and main building of the Auturian Woods. This treetop home is the residence of the sovereign of the Tethinrhim elves. The Ránn, or Rónn, depending on the gender, conducts all matters of government from within this building.

The Riá also houses the rest of the sovereign’s family, except the Acrónn or Acránn, and any other young heirs to the regency. These are separated from their family at a young age for safety reasons. This tradition began when a human, possibly an Avennorian, though this is unconfirmed, kidnapped the second daughter of
Ná’Pherán, at the young elven age of 34, and threatened through messages, to kill the child if the demands were not met. Ná’Pherán had to sacrifice her child for the sake of the tribe. Since then, all heirs to the regency have been considered the responsibility of the tribe and are looked after by the community, and are usually kept safely inside the upper reaches of the Riá until they are deemed able enough to defend themselves. This last is true for all children, of the Ránn and Rónn, or otherwise.

Naturally the Riá and the surrounding trees are also living quarters for much of the tribe, and throughout the upper branches many elves, including those not in the positions of power, make their abode. Sometimes houses are built actually within the tree.

Small children can be seen playing the common Ihanobe'todo game and running around throughout the Riá, and very few areas are closed to the public save the sovereign's private quarters and a few meeting areas. Elven families visit the Peace and War worship rooms connecting through the back of the large chamber where the Rónn or Ránn receives visitors.

Originally, Kaierian warriors not only guarded, but trained in the Riá. After successfully repelling the Avennorian invaders, marshaled by Anir, in the 804 b.S. attack on the Riá during the Age of Blood, the sovereign of the Tethinrhim issued a decree ordering a secret military camp to be established between the capitol and the enemy Avennorians. This military camp, known as Quel'avelyá, replaced the Riá as the training center for the Kaierian warriors. Nowadays, the basics are still usually taught in the Riá, but as soon as the trainee is deemed worthy to begin training in fitness of their body, the first step of their advanced training, better known as the Iteh, begins.

Lastly, when the first Spiritual Guide of the Tethinrhim, Ná’Pherán, died, her staff was lost from record. Some believe it was burnt with her body and strewn into the winds, but it is possible that it has been passed down within the Riá over long years. While we are unsure of the truth, this seems to be the most viable possibility, and local lore tells us that an object as powerful as the staff might actually still sustain the life of the urban trees, and thus the Riá. The Riá might actually contain what some would call one of the more powerful elven artifacts of all time. Return to the top


Location. The Tethinrhim Riá is located in the heart of the Auturian Woods. It is found built off of a great urban trees, located in almost the exact center. The woods are located in the mid to lower regions of the southern Sarvonian continent, west of the human city of Marcogg, and northeast of the Gulf of Maraya. The easiest acess route is to take the path from Greywold past the village of Ealeron and continue on the path to the Riá. This is approximately a two and a half day hike assuming you reach Ealeron by the end of the first day. The Auturian Woods are a huge part of today's Santharian province of Manthria and form the Auturian Stýcal (land inhabited by elves solely), of which the Riá represents - among other things - the governmental center. Return to the top

Myth/Lore. When the Tethinrhim arrived somewhere around the eleventh millenia b.S. in the Auturian Woods after the Great Sundering at the completion a long trek south, Ná’Pherán, their Spiritual Guide, decided they had eventually found their destined home. Using earthen magic the likes of which have yet to be recreated, she changed all the trees in the Auturian Woods to a new kind, known today as urban trees, allowing the Riá to be built. Although many elves felt the woods still looked jungle-like and uninviting, Ná’Pherán gave a speech that convinced them to stay. This speech was recorded by an unknown scribe, and can be found below.

“My companions, last night I had a vision. I was shown that the place where we sought shelter this night is the place destined for us. I sense it in my heart, my soul, at each step I make in these woods that these grounds are sacred and have been a God's abode when the world was still young. I feel the aura of the millenia here, future and past. I see the future generations of my children, your children, our growing up within this forest of beauty. I want us to settle here, to make this place our home. This canopy of trees will shelter us from the summer heat, and eventually bring back the beauty of winter that we see before us even now. I want those children to see this, to hear this, to smell this, to walk upon this ground and be humble for the Gods have blessed our path.

Although I cannot know, I imagine that in a place that is so blessed in this world dreamed by Avá, discord cannot exist. Thus I want peace and harmony, a future for this tribe, and have us exist fully with the loveliness of nature around us. All this I want. And so I say we settle here as I have viewed it in my vision, and I bless our coming here with the words: I want [Riá Iú] - may the will of the Gods become our wish and fulfillment. Come, and be welcomed to the land that will be ours, forever.”

This speech provides us with insight into the origination of the word "Riá", as well as the season and appearance of the forest when the Tethinrhim first entered what we now know as the Auturian Woods. It is widely believed that the main city was actually called the "Riá Iú" (some sources also say "Ría'iú"), meaning literally "I want" for many more years before it was shortened to Riá, though exactly when this change took place is unknown. The name Riá is now a symbolistic word that is the name of this elven "city", as well as the name of the tree it is built of. Return to the top

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THE ERA OF SUNDERING
(YEARS 11.900 B.S. - 10.000 B.S.)
ca. 11000 b.S. The Tethinrhim Trek arrives at the Auturian Woods
When the Tethinrhim tribe (though they were not called so at the time), arrive in the Auturian Woods after their long trek south after the Great Sundering, almost the entire tribe, tired and hungry, feels that these woods look like a jungle, and are very uninviting. Ná'Pherán, Spiritual Guide of the Tethinrhim and the tribe's Ránn, however, has a vision that urges her to stay. She gave a speech to the elves that convince them to stay, and today is considered the sole reason this tribe of elves still exists in the Auturian Woods.
The Creation of the Tethinrhim Riá
When Ná’Pherán, the Spiritual Leader of the Tethinrhim elves, sees the Auturian Woods, she asks the God to decide whether the tribe should stay at these woods or move on. After many long days of meditating, Ná’Pherán has a vision and eventually convinces the other tribe members to choose this place for a permanent settlement by altering the woods with powerful magic.

Calling upon the Gods and her own strong earth magic she has gained from her creators, Ná’Pherán transforms all the trees in the woods into a new type of plant - into trees we know today as "urban trees". This feat is perhaps the most famous in all Tethinrhim history, and it has been suggested that divine intervention, possibly from Queprur Herself, was needed to achieve it. In the spirit of Her gift, the elves name this powerful Guide their Ránn.

Ná’Pherán first action is to have the Kaerian warriors build the Riá, an enormous tree city in the center of the Auturian Woods. While only the Kaierian work on the housing of the Ránn, all the elves work together to build the surrounding houses. Around this time, several elven magi transform the Auturian Woods, in such a way that the urban tree in the center, the one made into the Riá, is the largest and the ones around it gradually decrease in height and width.
THE AGE OF THE BLOOD
(YEARS 822 B.S. - 50 B.S.)
ca. 800 b.S. Secret Military Outpost East of the Tethinrhim Riá
After successfully repelling the inept Avennorian invaders, marshaled by Anir, in the 804 b.S attack on the Riá during the Age of Blood, the sovereign of the Tethinrhim issues a decree ordering a secret military outpost to be established between the capitol and the enemy Avennorians. This camp, connected to both the outskirts of the forest and the city by a warren of passage ways, is subsequently fortified to extreme extents, ready to fend off another wave of humans. Fortunately, this attack never comes, however, the bustling camp is not abandoned, but rather, kept armed in preparation.
THE AGE OF CHANGE
(YEARS 50 B.S. - 172 A.S.)
ca. 0 The Establishment of Sillena
The Tethinrhim elves join the new Alliance under Santhros, whole-heartedly believing that the establishment will fail. Despite their hospitality to their neighbouring human tribes, the Rónn orders the outpost isolated from the Riá in an attempt to better fortify his city. Back in the capitol, desperate wives and families begin to straggle out of the city, heading to the only other entrance to the Kaierian camp, the portal at Sillena and institute permanent residences outside the arch. As the number of these refugees grows, emboldened by the success of their predecessors, the small cluster of houses grows into a prosperous town.
  

98 The Tethinrhim Academy of Archery
The Tethinrhim Academy
With the continued success of the Santharian Kingdom, the fortified outpost begins to lose its sense of purpose and has become a burden to the Tethinrhim government. As an act of good faith towards his sovereign, the Rónn decrees that the outpost be re-fitted as an Academy to be opened to all members of the Alliance regardless of race.

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 Date of last edit 9th Rising Sun 1667 a.S.

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