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How can it be thinkable that elves die? An elf dies? An elf can become ill and fall? Elfs live nearly forever and are immortal. King Shafhalóa II, the king’s son, pronounced
a blessing on the elves in the Kingdom of Cátern upon his father’s death. His blessing saw the rise to the power of the elves, but it saw the demise of "two towers" or "two pillars"
of the elfin community.
The two pillars or two towers of the elfin community are notably attributed as the two towers of elfkind in Arden. They are King Shafhalóa, the first king of elves, and King Shadlíer,
the last king of elves. Both kings mark the beginning and the end to the dominance of the elves in Arden.
King Shafhalóa II proclaimed this eulogy to the elves after his father died:
"Down, down into the sea, two towers as pure and white tumble down as tears from Heaven. Alas, two towers fall
over the horizon of Plíagge. Be wary, you remaining, for a day of exultation comes as quickly as the day of the evil cloak of his
fire extinguishes. Forget not of the Forgotten Realms that the two towers of the Free-Sea Land, lying on the Horizon, remain therein forever and ever."
Cuóuae: "Domhain, domhain níc mheáor, tíra dhóua an caddeá fairan domhan an droíga ói Fhaaluír. Alíeth,
tíra dhóua pleáfoín frídh phlían an Phlíagh-Áugus. Cóa bleácain od cátern, sar óam da gcoímhardeáigras go fáelain mo bhí, áal óuam da hIlubhí-Óuic go berbhaógain.
áiFaira óig an escalláin-nloígc tánn thíra dhóua da Sha-Ímheáorcain an Phlían, go cátern nínaóth mír!"
At the time of King Shafhalóa’s death, the elves knew that this eulogy was symbolic of his passing, but TWO
towers were mentioned here. Obviously, King Shafhalóa II saw the future and what would take place there. He knew that the elves would prevail, but the two pillars
of their society would fall in the most horrible way.
§ The Falling of the First Tower §
"And, when you endure the crucible of fire, do not lose hope. Fire burns and water heals. The banners of water will be risen high, but the fire will fight it
and the power of the elves. Beware you remaining, for when you see the shadow and the fire of his cloak fall on you, make haste, flee from your dwelling, take cover
under night and fly like the dragon, soaring high. Do not turn back for your tunic. Do not return for your sword, and leave your treasure behind, for if you do,
you will be saved and rescued.
Do not fret on what you will eat and where you will go. Flee swiftly before destruction falls on you. Pray hard and look high, you remaining, for your salvation
comes on swift wings. They will cover you and protect you from the dark cloak of his fire." The Account of Battle
This prophecy (Akkoá: The Created Morning) was uttered upon the deathbed of King Shafhalóa by the king of elves himself, just moments before his son uttered his
eulogy. King Shafhalóa’s son recorded this prophecy, which made its way into the Book of the Morning. Warnings and Danger Signs are easily ignored.
Portents become long forgotten, just is the case with this one. As millennia moved on, the warning of the king was forgotten with him…the death of the first tower.
Even though this warning showed danger and doom, there, within the same warning, a promise of hope is given. "Salvation would come on swift and sharp wings." This
same promise would save those in danger of the fire of his cloak and its extinguishing. It should be noted but the word, "salvation" or (h) Iósamh (ain), is the same
word for the name of Jesus, the Saviour. So, if there is any sign of hope in the world of Arden for the saving grace of Jesus on the Horizon, it is true and evident by the text here,
uttered at the death of the first, elfin King of Cátern.
…the promise to the day of the "evil cloak of his fire" will soon approach.