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Christmas Day in Arden

        On Nóig 25, we prepared to make our move. Thoris Port had been completely abandoned by the Struíl with only a few staying there, and now they were gathered in the north of Struíl Mark. Several legions on Trunk Road were preparing for the attack on the Kadàvían land (also called “Cabbain”) and, ultimately, Ilùviuks himself. With everyone gathered near the northern most point of the Struíl Lore, we had to make our move quickly, because word got to Ilùviuks somehow that our troops were massing north of Struíl Mark. Unfortunately for Ilùviuks, he was not aware of the fact, that the Struíl legions were not defending Thoris Port, because we had the open door to attack the Kadàvían Corridor. This oversight would be his own demise.
        At noon, during the third watch, snow fell from the sky. Upon seeing the snowfall, General Draconisse withdrew from his tent and tossed Two Luminary at the entrance [1]. “Let the banners of water be risen on high, for the day of the dark fire will be washed away by the power of the elves! Glory be to Desikìnya, protector of the hallowed fire! He has preserved our Kingdom with this snow.” He stood proud, raising his hands into the falling snow.

Artist: Unknown
The Horizon of Plíagge was symbolic as a doorway that was shut!
When Daulky Kinkayle had the Revelation of Yíshav at Kesky Point,
the Doorway of the Horizon was ultimately open for everyone
in Arden. The age old chant, Go toír sín, finally had been fulfilled!

        Soon, an ominous light penetrated deeply from behind the clouds in the heavens. It showed down on the company. Was it the awesome light of the queen or exalted father, and their blessings upon the kindred of harmony? I thought. Perhaps, this was the signal for the Struíl exodus to depart and begin the journey towards the Kadàvían Corridor. General Draconisse, now called the Struílhuim Wanderer, was the commander of the Exodus. He would lead our company across the Íacon River near Trunk Road; the river would be our back door towards King Ilùviuks.
        We rallied our troops, but the light in the heavens confounded me. I wondered, for the heavenly light was not of this world. Seeing the majesty of the light, I proclaimed to the company. “What magnitude of light we have seen. It is a light undreamed of. This is not the light of the Queen of Sólungcallas nor of Athí Nhú, for it is greater light, and not the light of Scoírae Sceòrain. Two Luminary for the light in the heavens was given, but it is a light beyond Plíagge. Therefore, I triple it, save one luminary. That makes five, the number of elemental points of this world. One luminary, I keep for myself as a gift from the heavens.”
        “Great waters are lofty! [
2]” Draconisse said. He bowed, approving my gesture, and the company was anointed this day, anointed by another light. Throughout this day, we were guided towards the Kadàvían Corridor by the divine light. (boldface: emphasis)

The Chronicles of Tristan: The Revelation (Daulky's Diary) © 1997

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The Tossing of the Luminary

        In the Realm of Arden, it is a custom to toss two pence, Sriábh Dhòua (transliterated as “luminary two”) upon the threshold of the doorway as a token of good luck. Nobles in Durkshuír started the custom during the Sad Era, and it was once again practiced in Durkshuír later by the nobles during the reign of King Tristan. When T’Bleth the Prophet made his prophecies of King Tristan at West Archive before the Sad Era culminated, the nobles in the Duchy that left their abode to hear his message, tossed silver coins or “luminaries” at the thresholds of their doorways, as a token of luck. Whatever luck they left at the threshold was a symbol of hope upon their return home, after hearing the messages of T’Bleth the Prophet. It was believed that if the coins were gone, taken by Ravìnya, the dreaming god, a blessing of luck would soon cover the household. If the coins remained, it rendered the household victim to trial and tribulation. During this ill time, the coins would remain untouched or unmoved, for fear of a death, disease or torment of the banshees in the household. It was rule that the coin tosser must leave the coins untouched for goodfortune would surely come. Ravìnya would return to the abode, remembering the coins, and grant the household goodfortune, greater than if the coins were immediately tossed and taken.
        To the present day, two coins remain forever embedded in the threshold of Thría Ceàrthaòdh in Conería, the temple of the Warriors of Srí. When Daulky came to visit the Sun-Sent Guardian of the Church to proclaim the arrival of the One True God from beyond Plíagge, his own footstep on the coins miraculously sealed the threshold forever and ever, so that the coins could not be removed (Chapter Divan). Perhaps it was a symbol of coming hardship in the Kingdom of Cátern, and that only the god of the Concordant Summit could remove them. Whatever the case, the coins remain embedded there imperviously forever, and not even the mighty Fire Prince of King Iluviuks could remove it when he usurped the Duchy unto himself. “Through shadow and despair, there the coins remained in stone, so, not even he, the Fire Prince, could totally obtain the Kingdom for himself. The coins remained embedded imperviously forever, covered under the ashes of the fallen, but not forgotten town of Conería, as symbol of hope, prosperity and restoration of the Remaining. The vision of Forked Tree has sealed the lands forever by the Greater Light beyond Plíagge.” (The Chronicles of Tristan: In Search of the Welgòrzhsa © 2000).

The True Story about the epiphany behind the Luminary

        When I had my first place here in Brunswick on S. Carpenter Road, November 15, 1996, I came home one day to find two pennies on the threshold of my apartment. How did those get there? I thought. After wondering about it, I picked them up and put them in my coat pocket, thinking no more of the significance. They must’ve fallen from my pocket.
        Unaware of the fortune in it, I thought nothing of it, until it happened again!
        This time, months later, seeing the pennies, I decided just to leave them there on the threshold. Call it coincidence or superstition, but when I left them there, I noticed goodfortune during the time the pennies remained on the threshold. I never picked them up! The goodfortune I experienced was a promotion and pay raise at work, something I really wanted and needed. Ah, just coincidence, huh.
        In December 1998, when I moved upstairs to another apartment, I had forgotten all about the two pennies at the threshold of my previous apartment. Well, after settling into my new place, THE TWO PENNIES APPEARED AGAIN!!! And, I swear I don’t know how they got there. Then, I remembered what goodfortune followed after finding the pennies from before. So, instinctively, I left the two pennies there. Again, shortly after noticing them again, I had goodfortune again. This time, it was a car (April 2000) and a computer (January 1999), things that I wanted and needed. The car was a blessing, because for 4 years, I walked everywhere, and the computer I would use to begin writing my first novel, The Chronicles of Tristan. It would replace the Smith-Corona typewriter I was using previously.
        However, to my folly, I later picked up those two pennies and it would be my own demise, well at least it seemed like it. Call it coincidence or superstition, but soon, financial situations were not looking good and I lost my job. The Ponderosa, that I worked at, burnt down and, a year later, I would be forced to move out and find another place to live. Yes, I would be evicted.
        Did the two pennies at the threshold play an important part in this? I really don’t think so, but that is what I noticed. Was it symbolic of something? Who knows? All I know is that strange events revolved around the two pennies on the threshold. When I was finishing the chapter of Dakrav in the Chronicles of Tristan (November 1999), I went back and added the Go òaggomhain n-Sriábh [3], “pence tossing” in the story as a symbol of “good luck” or "lofty waters."
        A few weeks ago, in the spirit of things, whether coincidence (no pun intended) or superstition, I tossed five pennies at the threshold of my room, maybe just maybe, in hopes to some goodfortune. Heh, I’m Irish, so superstition is in our family. Am I hoping that goodfortune comes because of it? Probably not. Goodfortune does not come from superstition and pennies. Miracles come from God.
        In the Chapter of Dakrav before the “Conversion of Daulky Kinkayle,” General Draconisse the Struílhuim tossed two luminary (silver coins), and Daulky Kinkayle tossed three more to complete the Elemental Points of Arden. On what would be Christmas Day in our world, the One True God, the God beyond the Horizon, would soon visit Daulky Kinkayle as a “greater light.” The message of salvation and the vision of the Forked Tree [4] would be born in the Realm of Arden shortly thereafter. Salvation is gift, a gift from God, and it came to us in a manger on Christmas Day! It manifested in the Realm of Arden as the Mó ghóag gra frí Plíaggain, the Greater Light beyond Plíagge. The light beyond Pliagge outshone the light of Queen of Clouds and the light of King Exiv. This was a Holy Light that shone down on the company, not of their world. It was the very light of Bethlehem shining down on the company, the light of the Virgin Mary and the Lion from the Tribe of Judah. Daulky Kinkayle saw it and understood what it was. His visions of the Forked Tree would soon be told to all inhabitants of their world. Merry Christmas to all! [Hint, Hint] Christmas, that is the True birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, is probably sometime in either March or April when the signs of Virgo and Leo are in the culmination of the Night Sky!

Shíeann gcóa an Mó shin Ghoág Gra Plíaggain! Merry Christmas! [Glory be to the Greater Light beyond Plíagge].

[1] …tossed Two Luminary at the entrance (loo-mi-NAR-ee). The "silver coin" or pence is the standard for currency in elfin lands of the East. Two luminary (plural) is equivalent to 26 cents in American Currency. 13 Sr. (luminary) makes 1 Deáidhaishaándá (De-SHâN-day) or One Noblepence. ^

[2] …“Great waters are lofty!” elfin col. "Lhuígh Gra an Escàllain Rí.” (HÜ GRA an Es-KAL-li' n REE) This colloquialism was common amongst elves in Thoris Port. The transliteration of the phrase is used in the Diary of Daulky Kinkayle, but it is best translated simply as Good Luck! The Legend of "Waters being lofty" was begun by the Ancients. They believed that a "secret vault," much like a "firmanent," layed in the heavens. It was a place of pure water, and it was kept by the god of tears, Íusailá, friend of "Ravìnya." The key of the vault is in the hand of the Concordant Summit, and only when he comes, will he open it to renew the "Realm of Arden." To pronounce "waters being lofty" is a blessing of hope, much like wishing someone "Good Luck" or "God Bless!" ^

[3] …Go òaggomhain n-Sriábh (GO AWZH-owi' NREE-av). "Luminary Tossing," or "Sun Gleam Tossing." The tradition of "pence tossing" became common throughout the East on the 25th day of the 12th Month. Even though the original tradition began long ago in the Sad Era, the tradition was kept with the followers of Yíshav to commemorate the Greater Light beyond Plíagge. The tradition would eventually spread to the lands of the West in Dunsha after the Great Exodus of Six during the rule of King Ilùviuks. ^

[4] ...vision of the Forked Tree. "Bhíbaseáidh" (VEE-ba-sheth) < Cat. lit. "fork(ing) tree" or compare "cross(ing) tree." On three given times, Daulky Kinkayle is plagued by a vision of a "forked tree" in his dreams. Each time, upon seeing the tree, Daulky awakes in great turmoil. Something unfamiliar about the "tree" causes a deep disturbance within him. He takes his dreams to the local soothsayer, Vinsalla, who is unable to determine the meaning or origin thereof. Questing for the answers to his frightful visions of the "man on the tree," he finds the answer from a prophet beyond Plíagge. The message of hope in the "man on the forking tree" is soon proclaimed and it becomes the "message of salvation," which unlocks the "Shaleàch" in the Horizon of Plíagge. Finally, the words "go toír sín" are fulfilled with the message of the "man of the forked tree." All inhabitants of Arden can now pass on beyond the "unattainable Horizon" into the "higher heavens."

PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

ISAIAH 45:21-23: "...and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. ^

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