THE THAELON FOREST ("SANCTUARY WOOD")

DESCRIPTION - LOCATION - PEOPLE - CLIMATE - FLORA
FAUNA - RESOURCES - MYTH/LORE - HISTORY

The Thaelon Forest (lit. "tae lón", Styrásh for "Covered Wood", "Secret Wood" or more freely translated "Sanctuary Wood") is Santharia's largest forest, and may even be the biggest on Caelereth, comparable in size only to forests like the Shaded Forest in Northern Sarvonia or the Drifting Woods of Nybelmar. It is located in the northernmost province of the United Kingdom, Vardýnn, and stretches for sure over a 1000 strals from east to west and at least an estimated 300 strals from north to south. The enormous size becomes especially evident if you consider travelling times: It takes a fast courier no less 12 days to pass through on a secure route when on his way to Nyermersys to New-Santhala, and at least 15 days when riding along the southern border along the Vandrina to go from Voldar to Ephirn's Lake! The Thaelon is a tranquil and serene place, sacred to all elven tribes of Sarvonia. They are believed to have their mythological roots in these woods, and thus it is surrounded in mystery to all but the elves. However, how much the elves themselves understand of this forest remains unknown. Many elves believe it to be the centre of the world where the ancient Tree of Life, Eu'reóll, has its roots and thus it is supposed to be the place of origin of many things.

The Thaelon

View picture in full size Image description. Santharia's largest and also proudest forest, the magical and serene Thaelon. Picture drawn by Mitra Rodi.

Indeed the inexplicable mysteries that surround parts of the forest are manifold. Some areas emanate an aura of magic that is beyond the comprehension of any human. The innermost places are even said to be guarded by plant-beings and protected by eerie phenomenons like wisps and phantasms that make it impossible to enter the heart of the sanctuary. The Thaelon is also rumoured to still be the home of the enigmatic and numinous light elves, but their sightings are rare; they usually appear to selected elves only.

Throughout the forest there is also a vast diversity of flora and fauna which is uncompared to any other forest in the known world. - Travellers beware: To travel in the Thaelon without a guide is for all but elves quite a risk to take.

Description. The Thaelon is vast and endless, and vast and endless is what it contains - or at least so it seems once one has taken a journey through it. After having covered hundreds of strals one still will not see the forest's confines, but one will become witness of how the character of the forest changes as does the vegetation throughout the long ride. The Thaelon is a world of its own, with its own laws as the elves are known to say themselves in a proverb, "ránn tae lón" (loosly translated meaning "the sovereign is the Thaelon" or "the Thaelon commands"). There are tales of elves who are said to have lived their long lives in the forest solely, never venturing out. Yet, despite its vastness the Thaelon forest of today - unlike other elven woods - is only inhabited in parts. In general it is important to differentiate between the various forest sections, as depending on where one looks at the Thaelon a different picture presents itself to the eye with different history to tell, or which tales and myths lie within.

There are at least four major sections to discern at the Thaelon: The most important is the sanctuary of the Ó'phyría to the east with the heart and most mystical place of the forest, the Sálen'seiá. The Aelle'lón lies to the northwest, named after the Aellenrhim elves, the keepers of the Thaelon, who reside there. Then there is the Aviariáth, southwest of the Ó'phyría, harbouring many a shrine of the Santharian and elven Gods, and also featuring graves of famous people who accompanied the elves through the centuries as friends, thus including a whole plethora of druidic groves. And finally we have the Már'cál'ethrón, consisting mainly of forested moorland between the river arms of the Vandrina in the west.

The four now very distinct sections are said to have once formed one large forest entity, which the woes of time like wars, earthquakes and floods have brought appart. The elves on the other hand would argue that the Thaelon might have changed its appearance over the years, but that its spirit is still the same. The Aellenrhim guardian Raug'thuóc once was quoted: "Wherever you are listening to the [Thaelon] forest, it speaks with the same voice - if you only accept it." The elves are indeed convinced that as the Tree of Life is just a reflection of the Thoughts of Avá, so the forest of the Thaelon is a reflection of the Tree of Life, and thus subject to change, and in the process of that represents the realization of divinity in this world. Thus the Thaelon's diversity, which it has developed since its creation millenia ag,o also reminds us how it once was one - and how perhaps, one day, things will return again to their origins, to the Thoughts of the High Goddess.

Let's have a closer look now at the four main forest sections we've just mentioned:

Location. The Thaelon is situated in one of the northernmost Santharian provinces, Vardýnn. The forest surrounds nearly the whole town of the province's capital, Voldar, stretching up more than 1000 strals from west to east at parts and an estimated 300 strals from north to south. While the density of the forest varies considerably and there are larger spaces between some sections of the forest, the Thaelon is still a whole gigantic entity and fascinating magical atmosphere can be felt in any part of it. It is said however that the time needed to pass through the forest is relative, especially if one tries to go another route than the regular path. Couriers have gotten lost for fortnights in the Thaelon, others ended up at the outskirts on the other side of the forest within a day lacking any reasonable explanation how they got there.

The borders of the gigantic Thaelon Forest constitute the Silvermarshes and the town of Weyring to the north. To the south the forest reaches until the river Vandrina stretching until Cemphiria, occupying the majority of land between the upper and the lower parts of the river leading into the Dark Sea. In the extreme east of the forest lies the town of Holm, and at the very west the Thaelon spreads in his spurs until the Peninsula of Paragonj and its southernmost settlement, Accam. Return to the top

The light elf Treanais

View picture in full size Image description. The light elf Treanais, a figure from elven myth, curious about the way of the mortal men, and thus finally losing her spiritual form. Picture by Eratin.

People. Though all - at least Southern Sarvonian - elves call the Thaelon their "home to which they will return some day" few actually live there. The native people of the Thaelon, or more precisely of the Ó'phyría ("Everlasting Woods"), are thought to be the fabled Astyrhim, or light elves, who are said to exist mainly in their spiritual forms, yet they retain the ability to manifest into a corporeal shape if needed. They are said to be the fairest of all elven tribes, but their existence and purpose is hardly understood and what is known about them stems from vague sources, of tales and legends. Some even doubt that they actually walk these woods, but are unreal and mere thoughts and dreams. At any rate they don't seem to interfere directly in Caelerethian history, and the few times the Thaelon became part of conflicts of historical proportions, the light elves never showed up, yet the otherwordly sanctuary miraculously was kept clean of enemies. As a consequence of non-existing confirmed sightings of these people they are assumed myth to all but the elves, but have a solid place in all kinds of lore surrounding these woods. Even if only half of what is told about them has a grain of truth, the Astyrhim are the most remarkable tribe on the Sarvonian continent, if not the entire world.

There are also Aellenrhim inhabiting the Thaelon, but their numbers are few. The tribe has always had a presence in the Aellen'lón part of the gigantic forest to the northwest. The Bolder’s proximity to the Thaelon and their relation to Daltelár, one of the Four (the elder elves, sent by the High Avá'ránn to take knowledge to the races), means they have a deep respect and feeling of responsibility towards this place. They protect it and care for the sacred woods. In general the Aellenrhim have to be seen as a quite withdrawn tribe, as their interests lie mainly in preserving the knowledge of their ancestors, in documenting current events and reinterpreting history - their exceptionally long life span helps them to maintain an unbiased perspective. History and belief are closely connected in the eyes of these elves, and thus it makes sense for them to be chosen as the watchers over the most sacred place the elves know, the Thaelon, and particularly the Ó'phyría, sanctuary of Avá. Humans speculate whether there is much more to that relationship between the Aellenrhim and the forest than meets the eye. What is fact is that various groups of elves enter the sacred Ó'phyría every few months or so, staying on their own in the forest until their replacements arrive. It is believed that aside from protecting the forest, planting seeds after disasters and such, they also decipher the meanings of the standing stones found therein, draw charts that make the forest's magic predictable and let them pass certain gateways or even have means to communicate - directly or indirectly - with the light elves at certain times of the year.

A third group of people that call the Thaelon, or at least the part called the "Aviariáth", their home, are the druids. They are in good terms with the wardens of the woods, the Aellenrhim, and are allowed to have bases - some temporary, some permanent - in the groves found in the southern part. Similar to the elves the druids aren't looking for company, but stay to themselves. Yet how much there is communication and mutual assistance in their duties between the Aellenrhim and the druids, is unclear. That there is some can hardly be denied, though, as there are reports from independent sources that druids are actually admitted from time to time into the Sálen'seiá, the holiest part of the forest.

Every other tribe or race that once sought refuge in the confines of these woods, has left again after a short while - it seems that the forest is very selective on the matter whom it allows to stay and whom not: As we know from ancient sources even Tiraelhon (Sand Elves), explorers from the southern continent of Aeruillin, were once reported to have dwelt in the Thaelon for a while, but this did not last long. A band of Brownies, the westerward sent division of the Brownie hero Keekoo the Deliverer, once lived in the forest during the fourth millenium b.S., but like many others they soon moved on. They reached the Thaelon thinking it a wonderful place and settled there. Yet they were never able to shake the feeling of uneasiness that they had while they were living there, however, and eventually they continued their journey wandering further north. Return to the top

Climate. Speaking about the climate of the Thaelon is tricky, as one cannot easily summarize a forest of that size, and one that has its unpredicatable caprices regarding the weather. In general one could say that the forest atmosphere tends towards cool in summer in most parts of the forest where there is a lot of vegetation, as is common in the woods of central and northern Santharia. The swamps in the very west are often muggy and sometimes hot though, while the weather is even cooler in the Ó'phyría, the hotter it is elsewhere. What is for sure is that much rain falls upon this grand forest, necessary to feed the immense amount of vegetation, the flora is also fed by the river Vandrina and its many off-shoots. On the edge of the forest the trees offer little protection from the westward blowing winds, on their way to Milkengrad, or the cold, harsh winds coming from Northern Sarvonia. As one journeys further into the forest the higher concentration of various vegetation adds protection, but there are other perils located there.

The Ó'phyría however, the magical and mysterious northwestern part of the Thaelon, doesn't seem to follow regular schemes. The euwen trees that obscure the sky there and thus are responsible for the name "covering woods" (Styrásh "thae'lón"), make sure that the strong Injèrá doesn't penetrate to the forest floor, which keeps the Ó'phyría cool and fresh most of the time. In winter it isn't uncommon to see mahood euwen all covered with a thick layer of ice. An observed, enchanted by the fascinating magic of such a miraculous sight tells us: "It may be well several nailsbredth thick, coating every branch, every sprig, every pine-needle. Sometimes the wind has blown at a certain direction, then the ice has strange, crystal-like forms, often a fore long. And all is glinting and sparkling like a forest of jewels." (Talia Sturmwind) The euwen however are not the only natural phenomenon that make the Ó'phyría somewhat different compared to the rest of the forest: Strong gusts of winds with no apparent source roam the northeastern Thaelon, chilly coldness might be experienced in the hottest summer along with unexplainable visions, sounds or memories. Tales tell of even extremely fierce storms that took off all of a sudden, seemingly having their source solely inside the forest itself. Such storms can last blinks, minutes or hours and turn the usual calmness of the Ó'phyría into a shocking experience for someone who got lost in it. As with so many things regarding this part of the forest, the causes are uncertain.

Bushes and plants might grow and blossom in winter as if it were during the year, but one cannot make a rule out of it. It is impossible to predict how
Ó'phyrían vegetation behaves and why. In general the Ó'phyría doesn't seem to be as affected by the seasons as the rest of the forest, and always manages to surprise with conditions one wouldn't expect to be possible at certain times of years. Return to the top

Flora. Within the Thaelon you will find many different kinds of vegetation. The majority of trees are deciduous, with a modicum of evergreens throughout. The wood is a true omnium gatherum of trees and herbs of various kinds and is an extraordinary example of healthy nature. Yes, some even claim that the forest purifies the soul and that it can make physical wounds heal faster. This might have magical reasons as prominent Ximaxian mages suggest, but some herbwomen claim that the scent of the plants and the atmosphere created thereof are mainly responsible why body and mind react so strongly to healing efforts.

The most famous trees you will find at the Thaelon are the mahood-euwen which grows only deep inside the Ó'phyría. From the appearance of these trees also the name of the forest derives: "Táe'lón" (lit. "tae lón") is Styrásh for "Covered Wood". While the stems of the trees are completely even and smooth, the branches of the mahood-euwen cover the complete sky and they lock with the branches of other trees nearby. Therefore the forest also is called the famous "cloud-soft darkwood" as the poet Meowin puts it, or not so poetically said: Often one can get the impression to wander through an enormous natural hall, laid out with hundreds of peds of carpet. This has its reasons in the fact that the forest allows only very few sunlight to penetrate to the ground, so that the ground is nearly completely covered with mosses. The few rays of light shining on the mosses add a fantastic, indescribable atmosphere to the scene one will not so easily forget, because it fills heart and soul with a feeling of well-balance and contentment.

Silkel trees are another kind  of tree that grow in abundance throughout the Ó'phyría. They are commonly associated with Thaelon's fabled inhabitants, the light elves. The little light that manages to penetrate the covering canopy of the mahood-euwen seems to be drawn to these trees. In such and dark and mysterious place they shine with a silver light, a representation of the Astyrhim. The Astyrhim are thought to be the reason that these trees grow here, as their ethereality and obscure magic are thought to be the means of the creation of this tree, some say that they changed unicorns into these trees.

One of the most unusual plants to dwell within Ó'phyría is of course the pendrowe. Pendrowe are supposed to serve as a guardian of the inner core of the forest, protecting its plant and animal life. It is them that keep the forest so untouched. If one were to look at Thaelon very closely they may notice that though it looks natural and unchanged, it actually isn't. The pendrowe are constantly influencing the forest ever so slightly to grow how they want it. Amazingly they all seem to agree on how the forest should look and work harmoniously. Pendrowe are also known to grow in combination with ounashria vines, that hang like decoration from the tree, which furthermore invite spiders to weave their silk, often resulting in a rather eerie sight to behold.

Various sources confirm the existence of drasil ("history trees") as well in the
Sálen'seiá, the heart of the Ó'phyría. Possibly arranged in a ring, mingled with pendrowe they act as guardians to everything inside the innermost sanctuary. However, this is mere speculation. It is said that whereas the pendrowe simply steer intruders away the drasil are much harsher. Some tales say that all who try a pass them are never seen again, and their fate in unknown. The drasil living there are said to be some of the most ancient ones, and their fruit is of a yellow/golden shine instead of green, which is just another mystery of Thaelon. Few touch their bark, and receive visions of their memories. Some elves, and the occasional Brownie, have claimed to have seen these visions, and speak of the wonders that they held.

The Ó'phyría also features magical plants like wizardleaf, zifel or the rare but wonderfully flowering macadan bush along with sawleaf shrubs and the bright Quimron's daggers. Especially wizardleaf is known to grow in many elven forests, but most notably of them is the Thaelon. The ground of great parts of the forest is covered with a carpet of this most intriguing plant. These areas are thought to be where the magical aura that surrounds Thaelon is most concentrated. It has been rumoured that the leaves of some wizardleaves change colour depending on surrounding elements without magical manipulation. This plant is but another sign of the deep, underlying magic in and around Thaelon.

Outside of the Ó'phyría more common plants can be found like the ashwude, various kinds of birch and the baych tree grow for example primarily in the Aviariáth. The Thaelon also holds less unusual trees in the western parts, such as the yellow birch, the Arvins cedar, the ashwude and the fragrans. Along the edge of Thaelon grow the infamous deadly nightshade as well as the poisonous allia, but these plants do not actually grow in the forest.

The doch nut is a plant however that thrives everywhere in the area. This tasty little treat is favoured by both elves and animals, as are many other bushes that grow berries. Such bushes, along with goldenbells and the rosemints are spread throughout the Thaelon, feeding deer and rodent alike. The Aelle'lón is furthermore beset with shade grass, or "woodsweed", as it is sometimes called. Preferring little or no sunlight it grows in the deeper parts of the Aelle'lón, and as well in the Ó'phyría as mahood-euwen provide perfect conditions for this grass. Shade grass provides nourishment for most of the forests herbivores. In the Aviariáth and the southern rim of the Thaelon grows a plant hated by gardeners, the tareptail weed. It prospers in the south, but not a single tareptail has been seen in the northern or the eastern section, because of their loath of cold. Return to the top

Fauna. In terms of creatures inhabiting the forest the Thaelon of course is better known for its good share of featuring phantasm phenomenons and apparitions than wildlife, as the latter can be found in similar form at nearby woods. This especially applies for the Ó'phyría, the most mythical section of the forest. Phantasms that are said to exist in the Thaelon include
watchers, wisps, injuchanía, which are odd sunbeams that seem to get a life of their own when observed for several minutes, quáraváshín ("time winds"), representing powerful gusts spiraling through the canopy that evoke distant memories - to name just a few such phenomenons. No phantasms, but beings of major mythical relevance are the drasil ("history trees") and pendrowe that are said to inhabit the Sálen'seiá, the very heart of the Thaelon (read more on those creatures under Flora), or the swamphags that are supposed to live in the Már'cál'ethrón. It is even rumoured - if one would like to believe the more fantastical stories - that unicorns still roam through this forest, though they are seen as rarely as light elves to the eye of the common mortal, which is practically never. Legend has it anyway that these unicorns are still watching over those of their brethren who were turned into the magnificent silkel trees by the elves in order to prevent humans with their beauty from cutting down the forest.

Aside from these creatures and phenomenons the Thaelon Forest holds a variety of animals common in Southern Sarvonia, mainly in the Aelle'lón section, among them deer, rabbits, kuatu, arshir and raoshir, and birds such as the cuuloo, aelirel, coa-coa and haloen. Also the majestic death dance butterflies live strictly within the limits of the Thaelon, and then mostly in the shady parts of the Ó'phyría or the Aviariáth. The aggressive flunki rodents are very common in the northern part of the wood and the surrounding area. Another quilled animal that dwells in Thaelon is the riccio, though in comparison they are a much gentler creature. Apart from these are much more rare, and often beautiful, creatures. The majestic taedrius bird, cousin of the caladrius, are only found in this forest. The whistling beetle is a major food supply for the taedrius, and also dwell deep within the forest. The main predator of the prior animals and a main hunting interest of the Aellenrhim guardians is the horned wolf, another creature that has only one mate. They spend much of their time in the deeper, denser centre of the forest, and so are often unseen, yet at Sundrown their songs can be heard.

For further details on the Thaelon's fauna, please refer to the Description section, details on phantasms and the like can be found especially in the paragraphs dealing with the
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Resources. The Thaelon, as a place of sanctuary for the elves, is hardly a territory to look extensively for minerals, to collect wood on a grand scale or to hunt for game in order to make a fortune with selling some pelts. The Thaelon is protected and restricted for travellers in some parts, and the few resources that are available especially in the northwestern section, at the Aelle'lón, are used by the Aellenrhim guardians to ensure their own living. Everything the forest - or more precisely the Aelle'lón - cannot provide, the Aellenrhim get from their sisters and brothers in the Bolder further north, who do regular business with other races, unlike the Aelle'lón inhabitants, who prefer to keep to themselves. One of the few exceptions however where people are allowed to gather resources is during the silkel harvest in the offshots of the eastern Ó'phyría. This event takes place once a year and is done mostly by Caltharians under supervision of the forest guardians, in exchange for other goods the Aellenrhim need.

The Aelle'lón obviously harbours wood, from the fire-resistant and fresh-scented yellow birch, to the soft and rot-resistant deer tree, to the hard ashwude. The ranging variety of timber available in this forest thus is its prime resource, and there is enough supply of supple woods suitable for making bows and such like, which the elves use to hunt. Minerals or gems are practically non-existent in the whole region the Thaelon covers, at least not in the parts that are accessible to most people.

Elven Standing Stones

View picture in full size Image description. An elven circle of standing stones, probably erected by elves thousands of years ago. Picture drawn by Arbaon.

The Thaelon has however a certain reputation for harbouring various powerful magical reagents, which one isn't likely to find elsewhere. Among these are plants like the wizardleaf, zifel (also known as "wizard weed"), the faur'querín ("seven leaf") or the much rarer, but extremely potent Xeuá reagent macadan. Fungi like the oumatron or the thán'ac'hár also have to be mentioned in this regard. All of these plants are said to exist in the Thaelon due to the prevalence of extraordinary natural magical sources in the forest, be it explicit (near standing stones, graves of mages etc.) or hidden. Gathering said reagents however is frowned upon by the Aellenrhim protectors of the forest and might result in a life-long ban from the area. Return to the top

Myth/Lore. The Thaelon is an ancient forest primarily full with elven lore, which dates back to the time when the world of Caelereth came into being. Many of these ancient myths are guarded mostly by the Aellenrhim protectors of the wood, but several mythical stories supposedly related to the Thaelon can be found in the most important religious tome of the elves, the "Cárpa'dosía", the "Book of the Beginnings". There the creation of the Tree of Life out of the Thought of the High Goddess Avá is the central theme, and the elves are convinced that said Tree of Life once grew in the Thaelon. They also believe that the now burning Tree of Life (after it was inflammed by Coór the Dark One) still stands in midst of this magnificent wood, yet only a few selected ones might actually see it, as it is probably hidden to the eyes of the mortals in time or space and can only be accessed through a secret portal or a spiritual voyage. It should be noted here that many Sarvonian Brownies also share the belief that they sprang from the Tree of Life and thus the Thaelon has a special significance for them. Sarvonian humans have their own creation myth, however they accept the elven insistanee on the Thaelon's importance and arrange themselves with the Aellenrhim guardians.

Throughout history there have also been various other miraculous occurrences to humans reported in the Thaelon or its direct vicinity, some of them of major significance for tribes and kingdoms. Other mysterious incidents are of seemingly minor importance, or at least it isn't entirely clear if the influence of the forest, be it its inhabitants or native phenomenons, was intentional or just accidental.

Among the most famous stories related to the Thaelon is the one about the young Katya Ileri, a young girl from Yarrow, who stumbled into the forest after her home and family had been destroyed in the Dragonstorm of 1648 b.S. Legend has it that she was healed in the forest by the light elves and that she was guided via this fabulous encounter to her eventual destiny of becoming Queen of Erpheronia, the unforgotten "Beggar Queen", Katya the Just. As such she confronted the adamant dragon Ol'dem'brey and become highly respected among her tribe and Southern Sarvonia in general. What became of her after the death of her consort is shrouded in mystery, as it is said that she left Voldar after her abdication and returned to the Thaelon, and since then she has never been seen again. - Whether this story is true or just something the people of Erpheronia put together to comfort themselves after her unexplainable disappearance, remains unclear however.

Other tales include couriers, who had to deliver important messages, and seemed to have skipped several hundred strals within instants, perhaps due to assistance from forces within the forest. Yet other messengers got lost when seeking a shortcut, so maybe the same forces worked against them or they just didn't know the mazelike ways of the Thaelon enough to be able to escape from it again. In the early 16th century a.S. it also appears that the Thaelon prevented goblins actively from passing through the forest and rejoining with other darkfriends who had made their way to the south from another side. Similar things are supposed to have happened on several other occasions. Also certain individuals, especially people inclined to magic (e.g. macanti, who claim to be "Gifted" ones), tell of xperiences of clairvoyancy in the confines of the Thaelon - having seen answers to past events for example to clarify the death of a loved one or to have seen things which were still to happen. Priestesses of Seyella and Baveras Aids therefore also visit the shrines in the Aviariáth from time to time, for one hoping to strengthen their belief by being at such a sacred placed, but also sometimes praying for signs and visions received through a devine encounter, as so many others claim to have made. Furthermore some speak of dreams and visions of events that took place at the same time as they were in the Thaelon, of which they could not have known at that time. Even tales of resurrection of humble beggars and famous human captains alike who defended the forest with their lives are not uncommon - the Aellenrhim guardians would say that one better believes in these accounts.

The Thaelon has also been the center point of many invented stories, lore based on loose facts and poems. Humans have always been intrigued with the unknown and are fascinated by the various phenomenons prevalent in this large wood, especially as the elves seem interested not to share these secrets with other races. Since only the elves probably understand the Thaelon (to which degree remains to be debated nevertheless), humans cannot help but wonder about its mysteries and use this backdrop for original storytelling or to express strong sentiments like hope, longing and the wish for eternal life in literature related to the Thaelon. One example of this is the poem by the famous poet Meowin from his "Voyage to the Clouds":

Returning Home
by Meowin


For where the euwens proudly stand,
There I shall rest as well.
Though all the years shall pass like naught,
Should soul upon that dwell?

When darkness reigns, grow euwens high;
Murk withers not this tree
Likewise I shall, when death is nigh,
Embrace it fearlessly.

If joy and fortune, luck and bliss,
Shall mark the path I see,
Or oourning, fear, and loneliness,
It matters not to me.

Only there where euwens spring
At home am I; my song I sing,
Lightly saying, 'Mè nón' (*),
In sweet and cloudsoft Darkengrove,
the ineffable Thaelon.
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(*) Freely translated: "Let it be"
 

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THE ERA OF FIRST MIGRATION
(YEARS 15.000 B.S. - 14.000 B.S.)
ca. 14900 b.S. The Origins of the Quaelhoirhim Elves
There are many different versions of how the tribe of the first wood elves comes to be. One popular myth is the Cárpa'ál'wievóc (translated from Styrásh meaning "The Beginning of Destiny"), common also to the Ylfferhim. What is believed confirmed by the Quaelhoirhim themselves through these mythical narrations is that the tribe descends of light elves that are trapped in physical form after the burning of Eú'reóll, the Tree of Life, and choose not to return to the Thaelon to reclaim their wind forms, but to stay in the forests.

THE ERA OF SUNDERING
(YEARS 11.900 B.S. - 10.000 B.S.)
ca. 11000 b.S. The Prophecy of Kairos
It is reported but not substantiated that during the Sophronian trek south when the tribe passes by the Thaelon Forest the leader Kairos, the "Raven Haired Beauty", enters the forest hunting for food. There she meets a strange wonderful elven woman and is told a prophecy. Kairos comes out of the forest forever changed.

THE ERA OF CONSOLIDATION
(YEARS 8.500 B.S. - 3.400 B.S.)
3983 b.S.
to 3109 b.S.
The Wandering Years of the Western Brownies
The Brownie band migrates northward, and soon reaches the Almatrar forest. Finding the Ahrhim tribe of elves already living there, they continue to migrate.

They pass through the Paelelon forest, stopping only long enough to discover traces of the dark elven Eophyrhim.

The Goltherlon, the next forest along their course, also turns out to have previous inhabitants, the Goltherrhim elves.

As the wandering tribe of Brownies continues north, they reach the Thaelon, think it a wonderful place, and settle there. They are never able to shake the feeling of uneasiness that they have while they live there, however, even though they try several different places for their settlement. Eventually they continue north.

Passing through the Hovel Frond forest and the Shaded Forest, they eventually reach the Folkmore Trees on the Peninsula of Kr'uul, and settle at a point where a finger of the Caaehl'heroth touches the fringes of the forest. Even this forest soon proves unsuitable for them.

They change Keekoo's plans they had been following for hundreds of years of wandering, and become ship-builders. A generation later, they build enough ships to hold all the Aohu'o, as they now call themselves, and set sail into the trackless Sea of Tears. This sea proves true to its name, and many ships are destroyed. The few that remain afloat eventually make landfall on the western coast of Akdor, in a bay just north of the Mountains of Hiding.

THE AGE OF AWAKENING
(YEARS 1.655 B.S. - 822 B.S.)
1649 b.S. The Healing of Katya Ileri
During the Dragonstorm the adamant-dragon Ol'dem'brey rains fire upon the village of Yarrow, killing almost everyone. The young girl Katya Ileri is the only survivor. Badly wounded, she wanders into the ancient forest of the Thaelon. There it is rumoured that the light elves of the ancient forest find her and heal her injuries. Her hair has turned white when she leaves the forest. - Katya Ileri would later on become the famous Erpheronian Queen "Katya the Just".

THE AGE OF THE BLOOD
(YEARS 822 B.S. - 50 B.S.)
548 b.S. Helraiser's Death at the Thaelon
The Centoraurian sovereign Helraiser plans to invade the Goltherlon from the north, as the Helsalari, a passage in the High Fores, is blocked by both sides. He is on his way, north of Hèckra, when messengers from Erpheronia called him to rush as soon as possible to Astran, where the Erpheronian sovereign, Engolmar the Strongwilled, has been expecting him to discuss urgent matters. He takes a few warriors with him and heads north. Among Helraiser's company are many elves from the Styrani fratra and their leader and second in the hierarchy, Rannahir, who has been fighting along their Anactar against their race (as the Styran fratra consist of Goltherlon elves that follow Helronn after the plague of 631 b.S.).

However, this is a trap. The so-called messengers are captives who were blackmailed with the lives of their families in case they don't cooperate. Helraiser is ambushed as he passes through the Thaelon. Outnumbered and encircled he does not surrender. He fights with all he got. And as Helraiser is undefeated in close combat, he is killed with arrows. It is rumoured that it takes nine arrows to make him fall. After his death, Rannahir is offered to join the elven army with the rest of his elven companion. He refuses and they fight until the last one of his men dies defending his Anactar.
  

125 b.S. High Elven Meeting at the Thaelon
The Maeverhim Rónn Aerhin attends the meeting at the Thaelon with a cadre of associates, and they side with the Quaelhoirhim. However, the Ylfferhim Anthioullsn becomes High Rónn of the Wood Elves. The Maeverhim do not protest.
  

ca. 100 b.S. Death of the Ylfferhim Leias Anthioullsn
The Ylfferhim elf Anthioullsn, one of the greatest Ylfferhim, who - according to the prophecy of the Ionmis Globe - manages to capture the Móh'rónn's heir in a final confrontation at the Thaelon. However, he loses his own son as well as his life in the dungeons of Alvang. His deeds will ever be remembered among the Ylfferhim elves.

THE AGE OF CHANGE
(YEARS 50 B.S. - 172 A.S.)
0 Jernais thrives again
The Kindgom of Santharia is formed under the reign of Santhros. The people sense a new age beginning, and more and more Caltharians, hoping to find a better life by helping to harvest the threads of the silkel tree, that which grows plentifully in the Thaelon Forest, journey to Jernais. Despite it being a province ruled mainly by Erpheronians, the Caltharians make a place for themselves in the town and surrounding countryside. The people are brought together by a courageous will to restore the city, eventually turning the city into what it is today.

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 Date of last edit 18th Singing Bird 1668 a.S.

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