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Queen Radiating-beauty
Saá-Scoáuthoímhá Sheámh á gh'Eluíra-hÁuláinn



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Yvette Rachelle

"Go berfáelain thuísa ói uithair an gcóanin sín anóg, go bhíaletháirn gharuímha huís?
An-para bhí go máichan thuísa ói síemh ní-Shín bheánnáish óiarí?”

"Must I become mother of myself, to stop this madness?
Time is coming like it, where I will conceal my blood within myself as an offspring; how long?" .


Forward and Tribute: This story is an homage to Yvette Rachelle who gave inspiration to one my beloved characters, the Queen of Omnivivacious Light. The Cáterneásh, Elfin Title, Áal go-Nhuách, or "All-Lively" (omnivivacious) was an omnipotent title given to her, because it denotes "liveliness" and "energy." This energy was never faltering, but always perservering! This great energy was so great that it would spread to those around her -- her kin, the Eluíran Elves, just as her permeance in the skies did for Arden. Elves in her presence were marked and blessed with a beautiful, permeating aura. The Queen of Elves as Mother and Protector of Earth was her sole duty. She is also represented as the Cloud Goddess; she would veil her beauty behind the clouds. Her heavenly abode was shared with the sun and sky. The union of her "all-lively" light and warmth was joined to the power of the sun in the sky. King Exiv being called Áal go-Hoícs or "All Mighty", not to be confused with Almighty, which is a title only given to God. The sun, light and the sky were the three most important aspects for the dominance and sovereignty in the Realm of Arden. The Cáterneásh prefix Áal closely translates to the latin word: omni. The word go-Nhuách is compound, denoting a supernatural action of liveliness, a powerful energy that drives liveliness in, not only herself, but those who are in her presence. The Cáterneásh word núaicháin means "to live, persevere." It is a word also used for "having purpose or meaning." Compounding the word with the Cáterneásh word give the meaning a meta-physical and supernatural action. The Queen of Omnivivacious Light is so essential to the Realm of Arden, just as the sun, sky and their light are to our Earth. The Queen bears the Title/Deed or Reckoning and is the sole Beneficiary to the Realm of Arden. The Prophecy of Queen Saá-Scoáuthoímhá under the painting is a reference later regarding Queen V'Lantrath and Cóimheád gCínncáelha (Daulky-Covaid Kinkayle), the main character of "The Chronicles of Tristan" and The Fire Era, where it was widely believed that, once again the "All-Lively One" assumed elfin-kind and became "mother to herself" in the physical sense and produced offspring that played in a key plot of the story. Yvette, a very, special thank you for the inspiration to this character, not only with your physical beauty but your beautiful heart!



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        In the third year of the Rising Sun, there were those elves in Eluíra who turned away from the omnivivacious light of the Queen and gave heed to deceptive counsel of the night and of Morphæo, sister of Ravinya. Those elves forsook the light of the Queen and of the Day. They became servants of the Night, and they sought out the wisdom of Lady Ellaphnoír at Sriór. It was in those times that the island of Eíorra remained hidden by the Fay-folk remaining at Dublin until the Black Sleep. Even the immortalized position of the Lady could not see beyond the shores of her own land to the Emerald Isle. The elfin communities that turned to the counsel of Lady Ellaphnoír faced the sorrow of tears.
        During this time, the Queen of Arden, the omnivivacious light, intervened and came down from the lofty places of Heaven. She assumed the form and splendor of an elfin-nymph, one of great beauty. She veiled the omnivivacious light of her being behind flesh during her furlough away from the clouds. Those loyal elves of the Remnant and of those still loyal to King Exiv were blessed by her presence amongst them. The loyal elves gathered great wisdom and acquired an aura of light by being in the Queen’s presence. “I must dwell among my kin,” she stated. “Those loyal to me will be forever blessed by the light of my being.” So, Queen Saá-Scoáuthoímhá became her name, Queen of radiating beauty. She remained with her kin and sought to thwart the plans of her nemesis, Lady Ellaphnoír. Queen Saá-Scoáuthoímhá dwelled at Úr during this time, the birth place of Óurias and Láil-bPangcaó. She assembled all those loyal to her at the Tree of Many Colors.
        “Time is imminent to all of elfin-kind,” she stated. “A great event will come to pass before there is darkness in our land. This event which will come to pass will accelerate the coming of the Black Sleep.” She pointed towards the north, the dwellings of the accursed elves. “They will come. A great wind will stir the wrath of the Lady. Because of her own vanity, this wrath will be felt by all races of this world.” The Queen radiated with a great beauty, and the elves were awed by her sight and charisma. Her beauty matched the wonder of the Tree of Many Colors, which had been planted by Shekìnya. “She despised the proposal of the Winged Prophet. Now, she will despise the order of Ví.” The Queen declared.
        “What shall we do great Queen of Heaven?” The elves wondered. “We must defend our lands. For not even the time of Óurias has arrived, nor is the altar erected.” The elves that were loyal to the Queen knew of the coming of Óurias and his brother, and how he would rescue the believers of a Nameless God and erect the altar of Connaírgha Glór. This knowledge was passed onto them by the King of Cátern and father of Óurias, Iórdh hAlloímhá. He was blessed with the Essence of Shekìnya, and allied him self with Queen Saá-Scoáuthoímhá in those days, but remaining a faithful servant of Desikìnya, the Athí-Nhu of Cátern.

        As the Sorrow of Tears came upon the northern accursed elves, Lady Ellaphnoír performed many great miracles to help pacify the unbeknown, tormented souls of the forgotten elves. She promised them protection and granted them with great powers over nature. She taught the ways of Prafían, the vexed alchemist of the Ancients. She gathered great wealth and her knowledge challenged the wisdom of all the elves. Lady Ellaphnoír began going by the name Princess Iluíra in those times for she enchanted the souls of the accursed elves who turned away from the warm light of King Exiv and the Queen of Arden. She had also found ways to interrupt time, calling upon Cuírthe-bin-Bhíath, the Archief of Lightning and Time.
        Queen Saá-Scoáuthoímhá journeyed to the temples at Yaivtag with the Eluíra. She saw the might of the Lady grow, but she her self had retained most of her supernatural authority away from the clouds. At the Temple of Challáid, she received counsel from Ollen, protector of Yaivtag. “What must I do?” She pondered. “Must I become mother of myself to stop this insanity? Must I conceal my life force within my own flesh for this long?” [1]
        Ollen appeared to the Queen as an aberration of time. He stood on the dais of Challáid. “My lady, you must stay strong against the wiles of your adversary, for she has become great. I can grant you the strength to persevere. I have redeemed the folly of my brother, King Exiv. I overthrew the pursuit of the Andaman at the Isle of Shaóva. We were nearly overpowered by his hunger. You will prevail, my Lady.”
        The Queen embraced Ollen and kissed him passionately. “This is a mistake. I know the time will come where I will become mother of myself, to a time where a cloak falls over the eyes of the Day.”[2]
        “This is not the time for this, my Queen.” He returned the affection of Queen. “In another age, you will sire a special family of envoys to Uísara Uír, He who has chosen not to reveal Him self at this time. Be steadfast for I have redeemed all that belongs to my brother, but to you, my Queen, is left the Reckoning of Arden, the fate of this world. It was King Exiv who acquired this from Krav, who remains beyond the horizontal pages of the Voice.”
        The Eluíra who gathered at the Temple saw the embrace of Ollen and the Queen. They were stirred with high hopes that the promises of Ollen and the Queen would soon come to pass. “We have seen the coming of the Concordant Summit. We will dwell in better times,” they attested.

        After the destruction of Dunsha City, Princess Iluíra gathered an army of men against Thoris Port and of the Nagelláin. In the north she gathered an army of orcs and elves against Queen Seóscieái, her sister, of the elfin kingdom of Draccónna. In the west, the Army of men overtook Óapurga Port near the Nagelláin; this was the western annex of Thoris Port. At the gates of Thoris Port, the army of men could not penetrate into the city or destroy the walls. The city had been blessed by the protection of Iskául, Archief over purity and water. They were turned away and driven into Sheíbban by the King of Thoris Port with help of his dragoon warriors.
        Lady Saa-Cuóindrígga of Dublin saw the threat of her sister-in-law, Queen Seóscieái. She left the care of Óurias to the children of the Thíanna, Queen Meábh and King Míle of the Emerald Isle. She temporarily left the Emerald Isle with permission of Áimhedeágcac (Jax), who bridged Time between what is Unseen and what is Seen [3]. Jax gave her aid and commissioned the help of Lúgho-Thrí, the lord of the Ancient Sun to the Gaggkon and the Children of the Morning. The northern elves welcomed her at the Mirror Sea. The light of Tír-Cuíc shimmered over the Mirror Sea as the Lady of Silent Tears arose from the depths of the Sea with the splendor of Lúgho-Thrí. “My husband’s sister is troubled by a great tragedy of the elves; one as great as the days of Challáid. I shall come to her before the turning of another year.” She convened at the Crown City with her mother and her nephews.
        “May the grace of Athí-Nhu fall upon us during this dreary hour,” the northern elves hoped. “May his true mercy and fire penetrate our hearts, for we are his servants.” The northern elves remained out of the omnivivacious light since they had arrived in the North. They still yet praised Athí-Nhu, who is the Lord over the elfin Kingdom of Cátern.
        The praise of the northern elves embittered Princess Iluíra and she was overcome with great anger and wrath. She despised Athí-Nhu and his kin. “Lay them waste!” Princess Iluíra proclaimed to her army of orcs and elves in the accursed lands of Eluíra. The army of orcs and elves marched into the lands of Pendrath along the Blue River. Before the army reached Seól, a city south of the plains of Pendrath, Princess Iluíra summoned the powers of Cuírthe-bin-Bhíath. She razed the fields and farms of the northern elves with bolts of lightning and brimstone from the sky. Desikìnya thundered back with great resonance, aiding against the wrath of Princess Iluíra. “Enchantress, throw down your deceit and repent of your corrupted ways. You will taste the bitterness of your own tears.” Just as Desikìnya, Athí-Nhu, proclaimed this, water fell from the heavens. It was the ever-falling tears of Medía Lankìnya.
        This caught the attention of Princess Iluíra. “You forget, dumb fool. They are immune to the ever-falling tears. I have seen to it, for they already are tormented with the sorrow of tears in their souls, and they do not know of it. I have given them much bounty and they obey my wishes.”

        The heavens lay heavy as battle progressed in the north. Queen Saá-Scoáuthoímhá feared that her furlough away from the heavens would render her powerless in the onslaught against her adversary. “She must not reign any longer. She has provoked the coming of the Black Sleep with this catastrophe.” Immediately, she conscripted the loyal Eluíran Elves to the north to negate the onslaught. The army of the enlightened elves reached Tuthras on the border of Draccónna. They saw the battle between the northern elves and the armies of Princess Iluíra.
        The leader of the loyal Eluíra was Daírtha, the Steadfast. He was chosen by Ollen and blessed with his strength and constitution. He led the Eluíra to a small cave that lay near the battle. The cave led under the battle. The elves followed Daírtha into the cave. There, the army waited until morning.

        Now, Vínuim of the Ancients, protector over all Nature, was angered by the disorder that was started by Lady Ellaphnoír as Princess Iluíra, and he sought ways to balance the turning of the year. “The seasons are in disorder and the chaos of time has unraveled. This is the doing of Cuírthe-bin-Bhíath.” He appeared to Daírtha in the cave. He held a withered branch of the Huíllaseáth Tree [4] in one hand. In the other, he held a branch of the Bhoráimhó Tree [5] in the other. On his brow was a Tiara made of Ghaib-gCátereásh [6]. “All three kingdoms of elfinkind are being tried in this hour. There must be a judgment to face.” He held up the branch of the Love Tree. The withered branch dissipated even more until it was no more. He dropped the dried up remains to the ground. “Love has failed this nation.” He held up the branch of the Fruit Tree of the Verve in the other. The branch disappeared instantly from his hand. “The Rite of Immortality will no longer be corrupted.” He opened his hand. “What remains this day will be the flourishing Cátern Ivy, which is on my brow. Both trees are judged and found wanting. They shall no longer flourish in this age. They will taken back to the Garden of the Morning at the Mountain of Cráumhocalláin until the Age of Cadhalcotha transpires.”
        Daírtha was disheartened by the message of . He bowed his head down in mourning for his people. “We have failed, have we?” His soul wept for all three elfin kingdoms, as though it would have been the Kingdom of the Remaining which would have undergone the most turmoil [7].

        On August 1 (that is Óiche 1 on the calendar of the King), the month of birth and night, and in the 18th year of the rising Sun, Óurias gathered the Fay-folk around the fiery stones at the fairy mound of Dublin of the Emerald Isle. They would celebrate the goodness and bounty of nature with Lúgho-Thrí, their guardian. Óurias remained on the Emerald Isle, which had been sealed off by the mists of Iluíssar and Lúgho-Thrí, so that no one could travel to the island. It was prescient of the Cognition of Jax, the bridge of Unseen and Seen of this Earth. Even the Fay-folk on Áimhá and Eásponna could not reach the ancient isle, for it was sealed off and the sacred oracles of Arden were kept safe with Óurias at Dúbh.
        These became the foundational sources to teach those remaining on the Emerald Isle, mainly the suói Lheárro s’Laóinagh, “The Very Different kind of the Leaves.” Óurias taught and ministered to the Lheárro, and his mother, Lady Cuóindrígga, ministered about the goodness of Lúgho-Thrí the guardian of King Exiv and his Light. During the ancient celebration of Lúghsneádh, the Fay-born stood in a circle and praised the Light and the might of Ollá-Bainna. They sung a ballad and Óurias went to the center of the circle near the fiery stones of Vínuim, continuing to chant with the other Fay. “God is dwelling in His Holy Temple. Earthly thoughts be silent now.” He raised his hands towards the skies, and lifted his head on high. His teachings had become most obscure to his kin.
        The fiery stones permeated with great strength, and Óurias looked towards the Light of Lúgho-Thrí. He beheld the wonder of Lúgho descending upon the fiery stones in the form of a Raven. “My magical powers of nature will guide your brethren against the wickedness of the adversary.” The Raven perched on one the fiery stones and called out to the company of Fay. “I am the protector of nature and friend of King Exiv, and I will govern this island and all descendants of you with insuperable might. I will thwart the enemy one day and bind all those who seek the Light of King Exiv with impervious vitality to the dark fire of his cloak.” The Raven fluttered his wings and they glowed with the Light of King Exiv.
        For the past five years, Óurias was seeing visions of his mother, Princess Iluíra and of Heaven. The consumption of the Báin-Gabba and being Pre-born of the Womb also had greatly heightened his senses. He considered it the key to his insight and the powers of his third eye within. He had been seeing visions of water and emptiness in this Arden since his thirteenth birthday. He counseled with Lúgho and sought the oracles of Jax, for Jax too had seen visions of water. His brethren on the Emerald Isle thought his visions were absurd and insanity, just as his mother had become. Even though they tolerated his insights, deep in their hearts, they believed he was being led astray. Still, there was an enigma to the visions that kept his brethren close to him, including his twin brother Láil. Óurias spoke out to the Fay, and spoke of his first vision of heaven. “The God of the Concordant Summit has shown me signs in the heavens.” He closed his grey eyes and sang out to the Fay with the ethereal voice of his father, King Iórdh III hAlloímhá, anointed King of Cátern. His first vision involved signs, pertaining to Dunsha City in the kingdoms of men.

“Á bheáonná óig cóa hArdhónn an sáurroch í c’smhoí’eáimh, go bhrían mhoírlogh frí sha-domhain da luth.
Go bhríaellióph lá Aómh á Spiórda tánn í-fra sha-lhuígh. Á gh’Áomh gmóag, 'Cóa dhá ghoág,' í goág dhá shin chói.[8]”

        “In the latter times when the time of water is full, there will be a rebirth and the sea will give up the fallen warriors. The God of the Concordant Summit will stand on the Beautiful Rock and renew our world. He will make His presence known and this Arden it will be water that falls from the heavens, renewing our world. He will call down on the deep and his Spirit will move upon the waters.” Óurias was talking about the end and destruction of Arden and the Gleam of the Elevated Sunbeam, which would follow the Time of the Black Sleep.
        The assemblies of Fay-folk wondered about the emptiness and about the end of the world. They were stirred with fear, but pondered in their hearts to the strange vision of the deep, blue sea that Óurias saw. They beat their breasts with fervor, knowing that it represented the end of the age. They would lead warriors of Lúgho and bring in the renewing, for the Black Sleep was yet upon this Arden, and the end would come with the appearance of the Faceless God. The Fay-warriors would follow Óurias and build the altar of the Beautiful Rock. They vowed to follow Óurias and raise the banners of Water.
        One of the skeptical members in the circle spoke out against Óurias. “It is well and good, these visions you have,” he retorted, standing to his feet, “however, have you considered the fate of your Aunt? She is doomed by the fate of Challáid.” Óurias had rallied the group of Fay-folk to a fight to help his Aunt, the Queen of the Northern Kingdom. He had seen visions of his mother rising up against her.
        “I have no doubt, that my mother would not befall my Aunt.” He was assured in his mind. “She is very different.”

The Bargain of Arden's Reckoning!


[1] Must I become mother of myself to stop this insanity... This is a reference to the Golden Era of King Tristan, when Áal go-Nhuách as Queen Saycha -- V'Lantrath resumed her elfin-nymph embodiment. It was myth that she "mothered herself" as the Idyllic Queen of Tristandom. Her sacred bloodline of Síemh and secret pact made with the Invincible Kinkayles was corrupted by Evil Rites of King Iluvíuks in the Fire Era.

[2] ...cloak falls over the eyes of the Day... A general reference to the Age of the Crucible of Fire, which many Anointed Kings of Cátern forewarned about. Though, at this point, when Queen Saá-Scoáuthoímhá first descended from the Heavens, it was widely believed that the World would end with the Black Sleep. When Óurias Noíragga finally built his Altar to His God, it was revealed to his band of Srí by the Queen herself, that the world would not end after the Black Sleep. This is widely believed because of the Bargain the Queen made with Vínuim.

[3] ...who bridged Time between what is Unseen and what is Seen... Áimhedeágcac or JAX was the Last Guardian of King Exiv. He bridged Time with what was Unseen and what is Seen. This bridging of Time allowed him to "veil" or "shield" off the Emerald Isle from "third sight" of anyone or being in Arden, except those who dwelt there. The Island played an important part before the Black Sleep. There, the Sríon trained privately without knowledge of anyone or any being of Arden.

[4] The Huíllaseáth Tree. The Love Tree. This Tree was indigenous to the Northern Elves. It united the Northern Elves against the bitter cold and the feathery plumes of the trees produced a love intoxicating scent that would cause instant compassion and love. This was a general trait of the Northern Elves and even the Eluíran Elves.

[5] Bhoráimhóseáth Tree. The Verve Tree. The fruit of this Tree was very potent with "supernatural" abilities. It could greatly enlighten and elucidate the flesh any mortal with the Rite of Immortality. It was wrongly consumed by Lady Ellaphnoír and is the main cause to the "meta-physical" birth to her son, Óurias, "having third sight, being pre-born of the womb." The consumption of this Fruit allowed Lady Ellaphnoír to "take a place amongst the Archive of Arden." She later assumed the Evil Role as Archieftess Eáchabheáll, and made her dwelling on the Moon. She is responsible to the Strife and Anger that caused the "Great Sin" of Daulky Kinkayle who was appointed as Protector (or Cover) of Tristandom (Chronicles of Tristan).

[6] Ghaib-gCátereásh. Cátern Ivy. This special vine became the Symbol of preservation and endurance in the Kingdom of Cátern after the Creation of the Earth. This vine grows abundantly on the Temple of Breath at Vall, the City where the Throne of the King of Cátern remains. The Temple is blessed by Vínuim and the "Only Father." It has been the central most Holiest City of the Ancients, and the Ivy Vine is believed to be supernatural protection of both and Athí-Nhu.

[7] ...would have been the Kingdom of the Remaining which would have undergone the most turmoil... The textual translation of Daírtha's Lament is very obscure. It indicates the unusual "ever-present" verb tense used in Cáterneásh Language. It either implies that the Kingdom of the Remaining (most likely translated and referring to Cátern) no longer will remain or it will fail at the end of time. It is possible that the Author to this Text in the Book of the Morning obscured the tense or the meaning was obscured by JAX to protect knowledge of future ages in Arden.

[8] Á bheáonná óig cóa hArdhónn an sáurroch... Genesis 1:2, paraphrase: “And formless be the Earth as without and empty, binding darkness over face of deepening water. Is surrounded and bound by God(s) and Spirit of that over the face of the waters. And, God mentioned, ‘Be there light,’ and light then (being) was."

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