THE EYELIAN CREATION MYTH: YOURTH'DIBAJ ("STORY OF FRESH GROUND")

PREVALENCE - THE MYTH -IMPORTANCE - CONCLUSION

The Yourth'Dibaj (or "Story of Fresh Ground", for the Tharian speakers) is the tale of the Eyelians' first days in Sarvonia. Many an Eyelian would argue that this is no myth - it is historical fact, written at the time of the events, and passed down through generations. For this is the way an Eyelian myth was made - the Tamers create no drawn-out stories of fantasy and fiction - they take the miraculous events of history, recorded in the annals of time, and share them with the world.

However, this does not mean the events portrayed here are fictional. To the Eyelians, this story is real, sacred, and true. Only the details have been smudged, but the message remains the same. The Eyelian Tamers owe their current place in Sarvonian history to the natural world. The wolf, bear, and eagle, ecspecially deserve the greatest respect.

Prevalence. This story is told mainly in the Santharian region that once represented the Kingdom of Eyelia. Today, that is the western half of the Sanguian province, including Brinsley, Vezash, and Chylikis. The story is often told to children at a young age, and is related in a variety of forms. Some tell it orally, acting as E'algor Yourth. More educated parents will read it to their children, and the "story-book" version has become a popular item among the wealthy Eyelians of Brinsley.

Often, the Yourth'Dibaj is sung, in the call-and-respond fashion of
Eyelian story-songs. Like the popular "Prowling Wolves" or "Nehoma Eyelians" song, it is told by a narrator, with the audience responding with a simple phrase. However, when the Yourth'Dibaj is told via song, the responses are varied, from line to line. Every young jsal raised among his people knows the proper responses, and every adult and elder remembers.

Rarely, the story will be told in Menhov-Hekona format. Here, the
Eyelians relate the story in a simple fashion, using grunts, whistles, barks, etc. The verbal simplicity is counteracted by the depth of meaning portrayed and the incredible presentation of the animals from the story participating. A truly difficult feat, only the Beastmasters can gather a Rimmerin bear, an Injèrá eagle, and a Mithral wolf together for this story. 
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The Myth. This is the Yourth’Dibaj itself – often considered an Eyelian “creation” myth of sorts, it describes the Eyelians coming to what would later become the Kingdom of Eyelia, and then the Santharian Kingdom. It was supposedly originally written by E’algor Yourth, the founder of the Yourth clan of Eyelians. His version, or at least the closest approximation is recounted here:

The Yourth'Dibaj. It has been three moons since our people have landed on these strange shores. We are a hardy people, this is sure, but we could not have survived long without help. Thank Mother Earth and Father Sky, we have found our saviours. As we navigated the seas near the coast, we found the waters to be rocky, and treacherous. It was night when the first boat, mine, came towards the shore. We nearly wrecked four times. Thank the spirits, we found a guide. My navigator Jska'al Wisewaters, called for help. In the language of beasts, he screeched, loud and long. This was a test for us, I am sure. At that point we did not know if indeed our sacred tongue worked on these strange shores. But praise the Spirits, it did. An eagle came to our rescue, golden as the sun. He swooped low, and called back to us.

"Follow, quick, two-legs," the eagle called. "Now, safe, here." So we followed. And as the eagle waved low over our heads, he guided Jska'al to safety. We came in, moored on the shore, and praised the eagle.

I called out to him. "I shall name you Yourth (fresh earth, in the Eyelian tongue), brother. For you have shown us the fresh earth, and my cubs will forever bear your name!" And ever since, they have.

It took two days for the rest of our brothers and sisters to arrive. Until then, we survived by hunting. We had bows, and there was game aplenty nearby. But soon, we would need more than meat. And we would need protection. For there were giants here, three times as tall as I, and much more massive. To our aid, again, came nature. This time, it was my brother, Ta'algor Eye'el, who called for help. He let loose a mighty howl, so strong it shook jsals (lit. "cubs" in Eyelian, more accuratly "children") from slumber. To our aid came wolves, packs of them. The leader was white, and it was with him my brother dealt. "Brother Eyelia, you bear my name already." At this, the wolf let out a howl of laughter. "But still, you have saved us from death. All of my people, and my brothers' people, will from now on be ever known as Eyelians, people of the wolf, in honour of you."

The last saviour came in the form of a bear, a greater bear than had ever been seen in my homeland. It was my younger brother who called for him, though quite on accident. Be'algor needed food, more than most of us, for his second name is Plentyfor. He always needed plenty of food for himself, though he was never loathe to share. He was groaning, growling, one night after the game had stopped appearing. His hunger was so great, mere sounds and words could not express the depth of his need. He growled not as an Eyelian, but in the tongue of beasts. He growled with the might of a bear, expressing not the fact that he was hungry, but the emotion of hunger itself. And though his need was dire, we had no food. To his, and our aid, came a bear. He towered over us, and looked ready to strike my brother down. But instead he merely bellowed with bestial laughter.

"Round one, come. Much food is here, though little men have not the nose to find it!" Rambling away, he left us scampering to follow. To our delight, the bear took us to all sources of food. From him, we learned where tubers grow, and which hills hold the greatest game. He showed us where water was found, and which flowers were perilous, and which could be used for our benefit. All the while, we appeared in a frenzy of excitement, though the Great Bear stayed calm.

"Quia, I shall call you," burst forth my brother. For you are calm, in all times!" Both Be'algor and the Bear had a good laugh at this, and the bear seemed overjoyed when he found Be'algor would name his line Quia. Ever since, they shared a close bond, and like the wolf and Ta'algor, and myself and the eagle, my Be'algor took Quia as his Bo'en (animal familiar-note Art- link to part of Eyelian culture entry that deals with Bo’ens.), till the end of his days.

This is how our people came to strength here in the land of the east. We know the three beasts have saved us from death, and our debt can never be repaid. But to repay them in part, I will share their story. May our people and the beasts live together in harmony forever.

-- E'algor Yourth, Middle Brother, and founder of the Yourth Clan.
This tale has been translated to Tharian from ancient Eyelian by Nsikigan Rocksilk Yourth, a member of E'algor's line.
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 Importance. This myth has helped shape Eyelian culture in many ways. Firstly, it shows the Eyelians themselves a look back at their first steps in Sarvonia. While the Eyelians may be a fairly prominent power now, it is important that people remember it has not always been so. Among the Eyelians, humility is a prime virtue, and this myth grants that.

Along with humility, this myth teaches respect for the natural world. As it has helped them, so must the
Eyelians be kind to their animal brethren.

This point is especially valid concerning the Injèrá eagle, Rimmerin bear, and the
Mithral wolf. While the three animals are never mentioned as such in the story, both historians and faunologists agree that the three aforementioned beasts best match the ones in the story. As such, the Eyelians grant these animals special significance in the natural order, and have continued to keep the three clans named after the wolf, bear, and eagle since the events in the Yourth'Dibaj took place.
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Conclusion. Whether or not this myth is entirely true is once again, up for debate. While the three brothers are widely accepted by both Eyelian and non-Eyelian historians as once-living beings, it is not known how close the portrayals here come to the truth. Some claim that the Wind Bay, while properly documented as such, may not have been the true landing spot of the Eyelians, nor the only. Others go so far as to state that it were not three brothers who settled here, but three separate Eyelian families, completely unrelated. Sadly, the truth is lost to the annals of time. The one truth that remains fully intact and indisputable is that the animals did indeed help the Eyelians in their time of need, as they continue to do today. Return to the top

 Date of last edit 13th Fallen Leaf 1668 a.S.

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