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Tristandom
Eric Chatham, Copyright © 2003

§ The Eíshk §

The Eíshk or often seen as the Eàshcain Thraccían (Eastern Coalition) was formed ages ago. It began with the three elfin kingdoms, Saskía, Eluíra and Cátern. The elves are believed to be the first race in Arden, and they were the only race present. Man did not arrive until later, when King Exiv arrived from Mount Kravòkalla with his Children of the Morning. In the time before King Exiv, the elves and the three kingdoms were believed to be protected by Queen Saa`skàuty, goddess of the clouds, in the Ardònic Pantheon. It is not known if the elves are the original inhabitants of Arden, or if they were sojourners. The Book of the Morning is somewhat unclear definately. It is possible from reading the creation accounts that the elves indeed are indigenous to Arden, and Queen Saa`skàuty gave birth and mothered the elves.

§ The Kingdom of Saskía §

This elfin kingdom is located in the north and not on the map above, but today it is known as Draccòna. What is left of this broken kingdom is only legend and rumor. The land is forgotten. During the Yuíl`eskallen, King Exiv and his Children of the Morning united with the elves. Man soon arrived thereafter to share the rule. Arden prospered under the three united races of Arden. The Kingdom of Saskía, ruled by Queen Saskía was the first elfin kingdom of the time. Her kingdom was located in the north, where present day Draccòna is located. Unfortunately, Saskía and her kingdom was ransacked and wiped out by the tyrant, Queen Akkævall of the elfin kingdom of Eluíra. Akkævall scourged the land with a mighty wind and cursed the elves who followed her, making them a Drow-like race of elves, called the Rhuín`lil. This happened after King Exiv was lost and when there was no balance in the races! Legend has it that Queen Akkævall imprisoned Saskía's immortal soul in the depths of the Mirror Sea, and many elves still pay homage to her at Mirror Island. Some have even said they see Queen Saskía in reflection on Mirror Sea.

When the Kingdom of Saskía succombed to the cruelty of Queen Akkævall, her land became forgotten and anathema. Only legend and rumor survives from the north, and what has survived to this day is the story of the "Wild Elfs" in the Artics of Draccòna. Akkævall was overthrown by the Cloud Goddess herself with the aid of Ollen, god of strength. She was banished from her kingdom, and some say she has been seen in the lands of the Nash.

§ The Kingdom of Eluíra §

This kingdom is located near the top of the map. Some of the kingdom is not on the map and the northern borders of Eluíra, or the Ely Region today, touch Draccòna in the north. The Kingdom of Eluíra is noted for the elves of Àu`lil, a very potent and magical race of elfkind. Their skin is pale and their eyes are either blue, green or grey. More often, their hair is blonde or very light in color. It is legend that an aura can be seen around these elves, and many consider this a blessing by Queen Saa`skàuty, the cloud goddess. The women elves are described as nymph-like, and the males are described as empyreal.

This kingdom survives today and is very much as potent as the time it first began, after the reign of King Exiv. Queen Saa`skàuty formed this kingdom of elves

after the demise in the Kingdom of Uran, when the light went out of King Exiv, her husband. Queen Saa`skàuty felt the turmoil of losing the love of her husband, so she returned to the elves and loved them. It is legend that the aura around this breed of elfkind, is the protection and love of the Queen.

King Shuíemha was one of the first human rulers of the Eíshk. He was born to two human parents at the town of Síemh in the south. He loved the elves and he was one of the first humans to occupy the Eíshk. His might united the elves of the East under the Eíshkon Thraccían. He opposed the new Kue Empire and was the ally to Ollen, god of strength. Ollen made a pact with him, saying he would bless him if he found the secret of the elves, but Shuíemha died without the knowledge thereto.

The King's death rendered the Eíshk in turmoil and unrest. The land died, crops failed, and the Kue Empire oppressed the elves. Humankind began to plunder the Kingdom of Cátern.

This time period is often referred to as Dhunccían Còtta, the Sad Era. During this time, the Eluíra united the dying lands with three Houses, the House of Síemh in the south at the City of Vall, the House of Duthra in the north at Solcranos and the House of Eluí at Yaívtag, the Eluíran Capital.

§ The Kingdom of Cátern §

The Kingdom of Cátern is made up of the Skoran elves or the mhoir`lil. This breed of elfkind have more exotic features and pigmented skin. Often, they have more a rugged look. Their eye colors may range from woodland, brown to grey. Sometimes, you may find a blue-eyed mhoir`lil. Because of the mhoir`lil commitments to nature, these elves love the god of resistance, Desikìnya, in the Ardònic Pantheon.

Alkagora
Alkagora, the Emperor's seat
of the Kue Empire.

This "fire god" has long been the protector of the whole elfin race, but more so to the Mhoir`lil. Many of the tribes of these elves have built communities and homes in the trees of The Shamith, now known as Shadlíer Forest. One of the greatest clans of Cátern has been Clan Coner, a sacred clan of the Srí.

During the Sad Era, the Kingdom of Cátern felt the brutality of man, when the humans of the west began to occupy their lands. Often, man would marry an elf and create a half elfin race, usually referred to as ui`laul, or "mixed breed." Many of the Cátern elves were disgusted by this and relinquished most of their lands in the south to man. Soon, the tribes of man occupied most of the south bordering along the Strelle River. What remains to be the purest of the kingdom reside still in The Shamith and the areas around it. When King Tristan ruled Tristandom, there was a pseudo-unity with the lands in the south. Not until later during the Kíette Era, was is it realized the cruel intentions of the southern lands, which were called Ikhthrako.

King Shadlíer was the first ui`laul to rule an elfin kingdom, and he was loved by his fellow elves. It was believed that because of his identity, he would be able to establish diplomacy with the southern lands of Ikhthrako. However, when the elves of Clan Chaíth ceded from his rule, hope for uniting elves and man again seemed impossible ever again. The King mysteriously vanished with many of the Skoran elves. To this day, it is not known why exactly, the Kingdom of Cátern fell. When King Shadlíer vanished with his elves, the lands East of the Kue Mountains, which was the Kingdom of Cátern predominantly, were sealed off from the rest of the elves. The kings of the West in the Kue Empire deemed the lands around Shadlíer taboo, mainly because of the wrath of King Ilùviuks, the Fire King. What is left of the Eíshk today is the Ely Region, and what is left today of the pure elfin race remain there, untainted by man. Some Elyrians take a spouse of a man, but only under certain circumstances. Mostly nobles and monarchs are permitted, seemingly so that their blood is potent enough. Unfortunately, this too, man has corrupted with the evil Shuí`makka Rite.

§ The Great Eíshkon Exodus §

After the demise of King Shadlíer and the martyrdom of Daulky Kinkayle (both who were Ui`laul), a huge exodus arose out of Cátern. Those who were human returned to the land of their forefathers in the west to the Kue Empire and those who were elf were welcomed in the Ely Region by King Olaís. Tose who were half-elf or Ui`laul were greatly welcomed by King Rashade in Alkagora. So, many of the Ui`laul fled to a City called Kinkayle Refuge on the outskirts of Alkagora. In Cátern, the fire of tyranny thrived beyond control in the fallen kingdom of elves. What blazed there was unholy and blasphemous. The refugees who fled this land, both man and elf, felt the burdens of their kind and remorsed for the demise of the kingdom. The vanished King of Cátern was no more and the lands that thrived were deemed forbidden by King Rashade of the Kue Empire. The Fire of King Ilùviuks raged beyond control, and all life was threatened by the "fire of his cloak," a portent prophesied long ago in the Book of the Morning. It was then, that the elves vowed to never intermarry amongst other races ever again...

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Eric R. Chatham
Webelf at Arden
Medina County, Ohio
Copyright © 2003