THE ASTYRHIM ELVES ("LIGHT ELVES")

APPEARANCE - COAT OF ARMS - MYTH/LORE
- HISTORY

(Elvish: "Tribe through (which) we are") Legendary light elven tribe, supposed to be located at the gigantic Thaelon forest in the current Santharian province of Vardýnn near the capital Voldar. Tribe often refered to in ancient elven lore, especially in the Cárpa'dosía, the elven myth of the beginning of all things. Nevertheless many people, especially humans of course, doubt the existence of the Astyrhim, because there is not confirmed sighting of these secretive, mysterious and often otherworldly light elves. On the other hand the light elves of the Astyrhim also play important roles in several fairy tales and legends of other races, mostly in religious narrations where people, who have lost their will to live, are guided back to the right path. And although the Astyrhim never had any direct influence in Sarvonian history, many other elven tribes honor them by wearing the sacred Astyrhim coat of arms aside from their own when they have to go to battle.

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.

Appearance. The Astyrhim's true spiritual form is that of pure light and moves air but they retain the ability to manifest a corporeal shape if needed. In that physical form the High Avá'ránn, is considered to be the loveliest among a race that is legendary for its beauty and grace. Whenever the High Avá'ránn is mentioned in a fairy-tale she usually is pictured in her corporeal shape. Return to the top

Coat of Arms. The Thaelon forest as well the Astyrhim are considered sacred among the elves (read more about elven mythology below). Therefore you will also find the most sacred symbols of the elven race combined in the Astyrhim coat of arms: The shining Tree of Life, named Eu'reoll in the elvish tongue, the rune representing the High Goddess Avá the Beautiful (a closed eye with a tear) and finally Her gift to Her Children, the essence of the Xeuá. The latter stands for the spirit - as the humans would call it - or the connecting principle between the four main elements in the elven interpretation. The colors of the coat of arms are usually green and brown. Return to the top

Myth/Lore. The Thaelon forest, where the Astyrhim are said to have their home, is supposed to once have been the cradle of the world of Aér'aí'chán - at least there are many hints in the elven creation myth of the Cárpa'dosía that this could indeed have been the case. In the Thaelon Eu'reoll, the Tree of Life, had spread its gigantic branches over the world and awaited the coming of the Children of the One. And "when the first drop of the Rain of Life touched and mingled with the first breath of Wind, both were breathing in the the other's essence and found each other pleasing, there emerged from this joyous union, the first elf and the most beautiful of all the races to come - she who is the High Avá'ránn [...] The High Avá'ránn is the oldest and wisest and as untouchable as the distant stars due to her immense burden, for she is the forever guardian of Eu'reoll, the Tree of Life, which lies in the secret heart of the Thaelon. This is her burden to bear and her tragedy as to be the Keeper of Eu'reoll means that she will have to stay within the boundaries of Thaelon until the Dream of Avá ends." (quoted from Dalá'Valannía's "Collection of Ancient Lore"). This first creature was a being of wind, ephemeral as it might seem if judged from the appearance only, but it was pure Xeuá and thus immortal and undestructible, of unbelievable knowledge and power - the living representation of Avá's and her Gods' will.

The Coat of Arms of the Astyrhim Elves

View picture in full size Picture description: The Coat of Arms of the Astyrhim elves, designed by Koldar Mondrakken.

Many other such beings came to life, though not as powerful as the first one, but nevertheless unique beings who were endowed with the Goddesses' virtues and purity. They lived in harmony with nature and counseled the Queen of Trees, the High Avá'ránn, who reigned over the world in the name of the silence of the Void she heeded dearly. These beings of Wind at the Thaelon later on should be called the "aér'styraía" (lit. "very first beings") or "light elves" in the human tongue.

Many other such beings came to life, though not as powerful as the first one, but nevertheless unique beings who were endowed with the Goddesses' virtues and purity. They lived in harmony with nature and counseled the Queen of Trees, the High Avá'ránn, who reigned over the world in the name of the silence of the Void she heeded dearly. These beings of Wind at the Thaelon later on should be called the "aér'styraía" (lit. "very first beings") or "light elves" in the human tongue.

After the Shadow of the World, Coór, had ignited the Tree of Life, many of the elves left the Thaelon, and the more they moved away from Eu'reoll the more they became corporeal, although they still are Children of Wind and bear the picture of Avá's purity within theit minds. But the few who remained at the forest, withdrew from the eyes of the other races and gathered around the High Avá'ránn, only to re-appear in legends and fairy-tales as messengers of the unreal: the Astyrhim. Return to the top

History. Because of the fact that the Astyrhim are often interpreted as figures of legends and/or the unreal their history is either non-existent or can't be known to the simple historian. As far as is known light elves
have never interefered in any worldly affairs of major importance. There are of course rumours that certain Sarvonian celebrities have encountered Astyrhim elves. One of these rumours is that the Erpheronian Queen Katya the Just was guided to her destiny by the High Avá'ránn herself whom she is said to have met in her youth short after her village and family were destroyed in the Dragonstorm. Common people living in the region of Vardýnn still believe in the Astyrhim myths and honor the memory of Katya as a reign blessed by the elven High Goddess Herself. Return to the top

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