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.
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.
This myth has helped shape
Eyelian culture in
many ways. Firstly, it shows the
a look back at their first steps in Sarvonia.
Eyelians may be a
fairly prominent power now, it is important that people remember it has not
always been so. Among the
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.
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.