Shë Eingzhroi – The Men

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Shë Eingzhroi – The Men

Nëdëgiusël was born three years before Digaleig, and his wife, Moreiso, was born as the second-born twin to Gleiza. The foursome grew up close to each other and maintained their friendship and league even after the dragon’s banishment. They were slighter in build than the dragons, but heavier than the elves. Their skin was almost as dark as the dragons, but had a lighter, yellowish hue to it that would give them an oriental look to us. And they were indeed very oriental in many respects: their eyes were almond shaped, their eyes dark, their hair straight and silky. As they grew up they loved the beasts of the creation more than all the others, even more than the elves. And so when God have them the rule over them more than the others, they were well pleased. They were also given the gift of healing. But they were most pleased with the ability to communicate (as much as is possible with non-sentient beasts) with the animals.

In the rebellion they joined with the dragons and the dwarves, and ruled with them. When they were darkened they took a variety of shapes like the others, but out of them were born the first order of Sorcerers. The sorcerers became the leaders of those who sought the Dark Arts, or the powers of the other tribes. This was a great evil, and required the aid of the Zeighor’s strength by means of magic. Each tribe’s natural power, its jurisdiction, had its limits, and exerting power within those limits was natural and good if done in the right way. This was just like using an arm or a machine. But to go beyond those limits deliberately and seek to use the powers of the other tribes in their jurisdictions was a great offense and sin against God. The sorcerers maintained their existence in varying strength all the way up to the 3000th year of Ithelak, where they all but vanished.

The end of the Great War was precipitated by the voluntary surrender of most of the mannish tribe around the globe. They mingled with the other tribes and scattered their forces, leaving the dwarves and dragons on the defensive. They did not take part in the final battles, but merely sought to rebuild their homes. They built up five main provinces for themselves: one in Tskarnor and four in Aschu. There were also several smaller settlements of men elsewhere, but those were the main ones.

The mannish tribe in the land of Tëscrii in Tskarnor is called the Tësalagaco. Their great city is the massively complex Grëdhiro, but they range all across Tëscrii and up into the ranges of Gëdora. They hunt and live off of the plains and marshes of Tëscrii. They mingled mostly with the naiads of the northern marshes, and so the natives of the northern regions live half in half out of the water all of the time. Their tunnels under the plains and the paths in the swamps are never revealed except to the initiates of their people. The underground regions of the great city Grëdhiro are called the Touedapsin, and their convoluted meshes reach far out into the plains under the soil. Only the Necadoua know their way around the Touedapsin at all, and they know only the parts assigned to their family.

The nations of the Aschian men went through many changes of dynasties and territories, but for the most part there were four: north, south, east, and west, divided by the Aschian mountains of Kure-daiäzon and Shurutatume-daiäze. The great cities of the main dynasties are these: Mulemëtone, Kalíbeirítone, Daiveiretone, Gulimamato, Gilomatone, Gairuledë-onom, Mësoma-tobalo, and Karadenace-tone (I might have forgotten some, but that is good for starters). Each nation has its own culture and history, its own methods of warfare, and its own dialects.

A note on the common tongue’s use of the word man. When the men mingled with the other tribes at the end of the Great War they brought on an age of Crans, people who come of a greatly mixed bloodline. The culture of the men became assimilated into almost every other culture and so crans became synonymous with men. And since crans were the most numerous, man became the common word to use for a person.

With joy and peace in Christ,
Jay Lauser

P.S. This is the last article on Ithelak for a month. As a TWEist I am not permitted to write fiction next month. So farewell for now!

My Schedule

Greetings,

I thought that it might be interesting to let all of you know what my week is now with a schedule. I would not be able to tell you what it was like before I re-created my schedule, since it was indescribable chaos. My schedule is not perfect, but it is somewhat interesting to me how I set it up. So if you implement something similar, let me know how it works. This schedule is only for my weekdays, since my weekends are utterly subject to the whims of my family, which is a good thing.

I only have about three hours a day on the computer, sometimes I get a little more, but that is not for sure. I separate these three hours into four slots of forty-five minutes each.

I have five subjects, one for each weekday. Right now I have: Website/blog writing; Reading Endeavor; Bible study; Programming/coding; and an email discussion group I head called (for now) the Purity Team.

Now I assign the subjects into the slots. This is where it gets complicated, so follow close. The first slot is always Respond. This is when I respond to emails, forum discussions, and on Facebook. The second slot is the Primary slot, the third is the Secondary slot, and the fourth is the Tertiary slot. Each day’s subject gets the most important part of its subject assigned to it in its primary slot. So on Monday I post at least one article on my blog (that I also simultaneously put into my website on my computer) that deals with a more important type of issue. On Tuesday I post my notes from the Reading Endeavor. Etc. Then in the Secondary slot I do the second most important part of the previous day’s subject. So on Tuesday I would write an article for my blog, but on the less important subject of Ithelak. On Wednesday I would check up in my partners in the Reading Endeavor. Etc. In the Tertiary slot I do the least important stuff from the subject of the subject of yesterday’s Secondary Slot. So it goes in a slant. Bible study is Wednesday’s Primary, Thursday’s Secondary, and Friday’s Tertiary.

This helps me to let my mind muse on one subject over a day before I come at it again, it increases my focus on the job at hand by letting me focus on each part with due rigor and time, and it also lets me both rotate through at a balanced pace that works for me. Of course, I still do not get everything done, but at least I get more done then before. As one subject becomes obsolete, I replace it with another, more pressing one. Such as: I just finished my massive Bible study that I have been working on for months, and so I can devote that time to forums work, programming training, or whatever I decide to do next.

I do not know if this helps you any, or even if I made any sense, but I hope it does.

With joy and peace in Christ,
Jay Lauser

Shë Agmÿloi – Dragons

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A cloud of darkness in a blade of steel.
A chained heat and a leaping flame.
A warrior hooded, a deadly menace.
An old tradition and an ancient way.
A brooding power constrained,
a force unleashed.

The youngest male of that first generation was Digaleig, and his wife-to-be was born as a twin to the Mannish girl after him. Her name was Gleiza. They were darker in skin than all but the family to be named the dwarves. Their hair was dark and wavy, and their frames were strong and powerful. Their eyes confused and made the others marvel. At rest or at play they shone and sparkled like veritable black diamonds. In love and in deep thought they changed to a meditative gray like the clouds over a softly breaking sea. In anger they glowed and blazed with a deep sparking red like the embers of the heart of a coal fire. And when after they were blessed, they used their authority and power, their eyes lit up with a mighty violet light that shone in darkness and day alike. At all times they seemed to embody lamps hung behind their eyes or within their depths. Some have said that if you looked too long into their eyes, seeking for their bottom, you would be enchanted and fall into a deep dream in which your every action and perception was influenced by what you saw in their eyes.

As they grew up they were the most active and assertive of the fourteen children. They always sought the hardest and the most difficult challenges, and they most often prevailed. With passion they combated the others for predominance and victory.

When the time cam for the blessings to be given, their family was given the name dragons. To them was given the rule of heat and fire. At their will and word they could command a flame to spring up in their hand, ignite a blaze in a tree, or they could banish heat from a thing so that it froze. To them was also given great strength in the Tälcön. This was a gift of authority given to each tribe, but especially to them. It had two parts to it: the Aurein, and the Torein. Both controlled motion of distant or not so distant objects, but in different ways. Both were invisible to those who do not have the gift of seeing it (elves, mostly), but they act like solid bodies, capable of motion and action.

The Aurein was more constrained near the body, and followed the definite shape of another human, albeit winged, linked to the user of the Aurein at the center of gravity. Its limbs can move independent of the physical body of the Aurai, the user of the Aurein, and pick up and manipulate things. Using the Aurein’s wings, one can with effort slow a fall, assist in a great leap, or accelerate or brake when running. It is, however, still impossible to fly with the Aurein.

The Torein was in the shape of several or one tentacles issuing from the Torai’s body, guided by his arms. These tentacles were more liquid in shape then the Aurein, in that they could fuse as one, stronger arm, branch out into many, weaker arms, extend out, or retract in closer. The strength of the Torein lay in its pulling, grasping, and pushing capabilities, not in being able to lift objects perpendicular to themselves. For that they were not very useful. Yet they could be used with great effect to do many things at long distances.

Not satisfied with these gifts, Digaleig sought to gain the power of the elves, and in failing that he sought to mix their lines to gain both strengths in his progeny. When refused, he stole the elvish queen Ëniuël. There was a great battle between him and Ëlwëth over her, and at last in revenge, anger, and hatred, Digaleig killed Ëniuël. He was justly banished with his wife from the consort of the Lords. He fled to the mountains and built a city there with his family. He trained them up in hate and taught them war.

In the year 121 there arose strife among the Council of Lords, and the men and dwarves abdicated from it. They went to the fast growing kingdom of the dragons, still lead by Digaleig. They aided him and built up a great empire of war, concealed under the mountain. The dragons had previously come into contact with several creatures of great power and intelligence. These creatures took on various forms and subverted them into preparing to march war on the rest of the tribes. These creatures were the Zeighor: demons manifested in natural form. These great, immortal Lords of Darkness created terror in the hearts of the rebel tribes, and bound them to their rule and command in exchange for greater power. They offered great and transcendent ability, as well as long life if the tribes sold their lives, their souls, their wills, and their bodies to them. Most agreed, out of lust for power and revenge. Then, over time, their bodies changed. Some became terribly malformed, bound to figures of hideous ugliness. Others were given bodies of wondrously seductive beauty and compulsion. Others became like dense figures of power, able to cow great warriors by their mere presence. They had become Ducahoi: Darkened Ones.

In the year 148 the great force marched on the other tribes. Until 259, over a century later, they won, and Ithelak was held in bondage to darkness. Those who maintained still a faith in the Lord of Creation were slaughtered and attacked, until there were very few left in hiding. At last in the year 1023 the hidden Council of Free Lords launched the first rebelution of liberty. For over four hundred and forty years they strove with the forces of darkness until at the last there were only fourteen of the Faithful miraculously preserved by God, fleeing to a secret valley revealed in visions to them by a wizard. There were two from each tribe, including dwarves, men, and dragons. In the valley they were defended by wizards while they built a great ship to protect themselves and all of the floods of incoming animals and creatures from the impending cataclysmic flood foretold to them. In the year 1465 it struck and wiped everything away, except for the ship with them on it.

After the Deluge has subsided the tribes began to grow and spread abroad again. They tried to set up governments, but due to lack of experience and lust for power, they did not last long and generally ended in revolt. The nations spread apart and in many cases animosity grew as they did. Wars erupted and settled down, driving many to seek greater power. Several of these nations turned to the old legends of the Ducahoi, and desired to gain that sort of power. And in secret, many did. In the 18th century since the creation of the world, these amassed themselves into a great host like unto that from before the Deluge and marched on the free peoples of the world. This army was led by the ancient sworn foes of the elves: the dragons, dwarves, and men, who had reformed the ancient alliance of darkness. That war waged for seven centuries, covering the surface of Ithelak with destruction and havoc. In the end, the Men forsook their troth and mixed with the other tribes as a punishment for their rebellion. What was left of the dwarves surrendered many of their cities and fled or were driven deep into the mountains.

The dragons were cornered in their deep fortress cities in the Tskarnorian mountains. For many more years they fought on, until all but a handful were exterminated. All lines but a few destroyed, or were mingled with the lines of the other tribes if they surrendered. One of these last cases stands out in history: that of what was known as the Basin War.

High up in the eastern mountains of Tskarnor there was a great fortress made before the Great War by a dragons and his cohorts. He was still there in the year 2500, but he was at bay there, blockaded by a great host of elves. The story of that war is a subject worthy of its own book (which I intend to write someday), but I can only tell you part of the ending here. All but one girl dragon of that line was slain, and she was saved only because she loved and was loved by the victorious elvish king, whose name was Xzantaria. They wed, and of their mingled line came the first ruling dynasty of the Tskarnorian empire.

By the year 2900, there were only twenty or so pure dragon lords left in the world. Only one of these inhabited Tskarnor. But the line of the Xzantarians had many histories and they come into many of my books.

A last word of clarification. Due to a deficiency on the part of the Common tongues of Tskarnor and and Minor (through many myths and misconceptions spread by superstitious rumors), there is only one word that is used for the three separate dragon beings. Kcumai (also translated as Wyvern, or non-sentient, reptilian beast), Diosän (wizards in wyvern form), and Agmÿlai (the dragon tribe which this article is discussing) are all translated as Dragon. Although there is a close affinity between these three things, they are very different.

With joy and peace in Christ,
Jay Lauser

Homeschooler Survey

Greetings,

A friend had this in her notes on Facebook, and so I thought I should try it, albeit edited slightly since I am not a girl…

Growing up/now
[X] You were at least 13 when you got your first “trendy” haircut (I never had one)
[X] Everything in your closet at some time was referred to as modest (always)
[X] You have tucked things in that shouldn’t be tucked in
[] You have been a member of at least 3 co-ops
[X] You were a 16 and never been kissed (still never have unless you count my family)
[] Your mom drives a van of some sort (my mom doesn’t, my dad does)
[X] You have at least one childhood picture where you, your parents, and all your siblings matched (several)
[x] You are/were/will be a PSEO student (online courses with AIG are great!)
[X] At some point in your life you were more comfortable with adults than kids your own age (always)
[X] Have studied ways to defend your beliefs, debate, and/or create laws (starting my own nation right now, and have spent most of my life studying apologetics)
[] Used uber conservative eg. A Beka curriculum– one subject one semester
Total: 8

[X] You use big words that most adults could not use in conversation
[X] You can use the words sublime, epiphany, and cognizant correctly
[X] You have a favorite word
[x] You have an understanding of Latin root words and how to use them
[X] People from the outside world were referred to as “public schoolers”
[x] At least one of your sisters knits
[X] You laugh at the decline in literacy in America
[X] You score constantly higher than “public schoolers” on standardized tests
[X] You have no concept of cafeteria food
[X] Family vacations are/ can be referred to as “field trips”
[X] Traveling on said vacations have included stopping at historical site markers along the way
[X] You have never been in a public elementary school, middle school, or high school during regular school hours (Only when I went with my family for voting or for a bazaar)
[] You have gone to or been involved in a homeschool convention
Total so far: 20

[X] You read books on a regular basis
[] You have taken part in a political protest
[X] You were a Lord of the Rings fan prior to the movie
[X] You were a Chronicles of Narnia fan before the movie
[x] You speak a language other than English (does partial ASL and making your own count?)
[x] You dream of dating characters from books instead of celebrities (well…not date)
Total so far: 25

It has been assumed that you:
[x] Have won many spelling bees
[X] Have no social life
[X] Have no friends of the opposite gender
[x]Are extremely inept
[X] Only listen to classical music
[X] Play piano or the violin
[X] Do not own a pair of trendy jeans
[X] Have no knowledge of drugs or alcohol
[X] Don’t date, only court
[X] Have never been to a “party”
[] Know no other beliefs other than what your family believes
Total so far: 35

You have been asked more than 10 times in your life:
[] If you wear pajamas to school
[x] If you get perfect grades because your mom grades you
[x] If your mom teaches you or if somebody else’s mom does
[X] How do you meet people
[X] Why you aren’t in school
[X] If you get days off whenever you want
[X] If you’re going to be homeschooled through college
[X] If you have a big family
[X] What your parents are protecting you from
[X] To quote something famous
[X] For the answer, because supposedly homeschoolers always have all the answers
Total so far 45

You have “rebelled” by:
[] Listening to “worldly music”
[] Wearing black fingernail polish
[] Wearing fashionably immodest clothing
[X] Watching a *gasp* PG-13 movie
[] Breaking dress code
[X] Listening to music with a beat (Christian or otherwise)
[] Dancing. Especially dances that involve contact for longer than 2 seconds. With somebody of the opposite gender. Scandalous!!!
Subtract this from total: -3

GRAND TOTAL: 39

1-10 You’re not really a homeschooler…you just do school at home
11-21 You’re a homeschooler, but not what the world expects
22-32 You’re a homeschooler
33-? You probably wouldn’t have Facebook to begin with…but congrats you’re the stereotypical homeschooler

Pretty good.

With joy and peace in Christ,

Jay Lauser

What Do You Want?

Jeremiah 2:12-13 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD.

13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, [and] hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Greetings,

What do you want? What is it that you would spend hours every day seeking for and working for? What one thing drives your life on from day to day, from week to week, from month to month, and even from year to year? What passion permeates your every decision, what drive goads your every action, what desire motivates your every thought, what belief conforms your lifestyle? How often have you thought about what you are doing, about what you have done, and about what you will do? How deep do your thoughts go before you say, Enough, I am no philosopher? How much of your life do you intend to waste before you consider that your life is but a vapor, not because you know not when it will vanish away, but because it always will. Have you contemplated the vastness of eternity, and that it is hinged upon our actions here? Has that thought sunk into your mind, only to stop at your heart, refused entrance? Will you refuse to hearken to the voice of wisdom crying without, pleading and begging with you to stop, consider your ways, and seek the right way? Do you even care about anything other than your self? Can you see far enough to find out?

Every man is ruled by his choices. His choices are ruled by his thoughts. His thoughts are ruled by where he spends his time. Where he spends his time is ruled by where his priorities are. His priorities are ruled by his values. Where are your values? In them lies your future: your life. Can you say that you care not enough to think long enough to ponder wherein you have bestowed your heart? What brings you exultation and joy? What is important enough to you to grieve about, to bring you sorrow of heart, and to wring your soul to its depths? Ask those questions, and study them: this world depends upon your answer!

There is a spirit that walks this earth, and it has a name: Apathy. It is hideous to those who can see it: shrouded in a sleepy mist it cloaks its actions and words of sophistry; its tentacles coil round its prey, softly crushing their life while promising them pleasure. There is a generation that lives today, and its god is Apathy. That generation seeks it out, defends it, and sacrifices their lives to it with melancholy glee. That generation will hear no words against it, and devotes every energy and passion to satiate its thirst for their lives. That is this generation: mine, and yours. We are the deceived; the prey wrapped in coils of pleasure.

This world is made up of successive generations, each molding history to its actions. The last many generations have each one taken several steps towards darkness: and it is growing in power therefore. Without this generation taking up the baton of light and changing direction, the world will be overwhelmed in darkness. It is a choice of each young man and woman to think deeply about wherein they have reposed their trust, their desires, and their time. It is a time in which we must all decide, and make that decision shake the world. We do not have room for slackers, and we do not have time to wait. This world needs to hear us shout with our voices and actions!

Again, what do you want? What is worthy of your desire, your passion, your life? There is only one, and that is God. Do you devote yourself to seeking Him, do you beg Him every morning, noon, and night to reveal Himself to you, to lead you in His Way, to awaken in you a passion for Him? Have you cried out to Him for help? Have you asked Him earnestly, and with tears, to show you where you are weak and to convict and crush your heart? Have you hunted in His Word for Life and Light for your way? Do you desire His Holiness to shine forth in you, through your weakness, through your failings, through your flesh? Does all your life hinge upon His desire and His glory? Do you want it to? For if you do, you would ask for it to, and you would seek for it to. And God would make it so: for He is faithful and true to give you what you ask as it is after His will. And that is His will!

What do you want? Do you want pleasure? Or do you want God? Or is that the question? It is not. God is pleasure. Pleasure is not god, but God is pleasure. Within the presence of God lies pleasure, peace, and joy everlasting beyond your imaginings. How dare you say that this world, your flesh, and the devil can offer you something that is better for you than what God desires for you? God wants the absolute best for you, and He offers you Himself: will you take Him? Will you seek Him? Will you devote yourself to Him? Do you dare not?

With joy, peace, love, prayer, and passion in Christ,

Jay Lauser

Women's Rules for Men

Greetings,

I just received these from an informant, and I decided to risk bodily harm by disseminating them to the public in hopes that men will be brought to liberty through my sacrifice. (Translation: I got this from my pastor, who found it on the internet, and I thought it was funny.)

Women’s Rules for Men

  1. The female always makes The Rules.
  2. The Rules are subject to change without prior notification.
  3. No male can possibly know all The Rules.
  4. If the female suspects the male knows all The Rules, she must immediately change some or all of The Rules.
  5. The female is never wrong.
  6. If the female is wrong, it is due to a misunderstanding which was the direct result of something the male did or said wrong.
  7. If Rule 6 applies, the male must apologize immediately for causing the misunderstanding.
  8. The female may change her mind at any time.
  9. The male must never change his mind without the expressed written consent of the female.
  10. The female has every right to be angry and upset at any time.
  11. The male must remain calm at all times, unless the female wants him to be angry or upset.
  12. The female must under no circumstances let the male know whether or not she wants him to be angry or upset.
  13. The male is expected to mind read at all times.
  14. The male who does not abide by The Rules cannot take the heat, lacks backbone, and is a wimp.
  15. Any attempt to document The Rules could result in bodily harm.
  16. If the female has PMS, all The Rules are null and void.
  17. The female is ready when she is ready.
  18. The male must be ready at all times.

I hope y’all enjoy those…

With joy and peace in Christ,

Jay Lauser

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu University

Greetings

I have been learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu via Rorion’s instructional videos for almost a year now. We completely agree with the methods and techniques of pure Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. One of my dreams is to advance to purple or even brown belt (black belt is really hard, and takes too much time from my life right now). Imagine my excitement when the Gracie family released the Gracie University website, which can train you all the way up to four stripe brown belt entirely online! Gracie Jiu-Jitsu being the best martial art out there, I wanted to share this great opportunity with you.

Movie introducing the Gracie University on the Gracie Academy website.

Have fun!

With joy and peace in Christ,

Jay Lauser

Shë Tauësoi — Elves

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Shë Tauësoi — Elves

The First Born of the Seven Tribes of Ithelak.

In the fifth year of the world, the first child was born: a boy. He was fair skinned, golden haired, and his blue eyes shone like bits of the sky mingled with the stars reflected in a summer pool. His father and mother, the First-Born, the created of God, named him Ëlwëth. Four more children were born to his parents, each dissimilar to him. First were born twins, a boy and a girl, who were very much alike. Their skin was pale and their hair was white; their eyes so light a gray that they seemed to contain but wisps of cloud. They grew taller then Ëlwëth very quickly. Then wonder of wonders, there was born a boy so dark that he gleamed in the firelight. His skin was black, like polished stone, and his eyes and hair gleamed with the same metallic luster. Then was born another boy, with skin colored like hardy mahogany. His red hair was a marvel to his darker and lighter brothers and sister alike, and his eyes of brown matched his skin in beauty and color. Finally, when Ëlwëth was six, there was another set of twins born to his mother. The first to come was a little girl, golden haired and blue eyed. She seemed to glow with an inner light of the sun. After her came another girl, as dark as her older brother who was so black. The contrasting twins was a source of delight to them all, but Ëlwëth clave closest to Ëniuël.

When Ëniuël turned twenty, she wed Ëlwëth. By that time seven others had been born, each with characteristics and temperaments dissimilar to all the others but one. Each in their turn they wed, each to that one most like him, as God had intended in their creation.

In the forty-second year of the world the Lord Creator called all the mortals before Him, and spoke to them. He declared that He had chosen their attributes for each of them individually, and that He had a plan for each family. He reminded them of what they had been told by their parents about what He had commanded them in their creation: that the mortals were to rule and reign over Ithelak as His stewards. They were to command and to order it in its growth and development, and to fill it. He told them that to this end He would give each family a blessing, apart from the others, to aid them in their role. These blessings were not to be used to destroy or work against His plan, but were to be used as they were to use their hands in His service to His glory. To each family He gave a special language to be used to keep their family unified and distinct from the others. To each family He gave a unique jurisdiction and a name as well. The family of Ëlwëth He called Elves, and gave to his family the jurisdiction of light and knowledge. This was prophetic of the fact that the Elves would be the only tribe to maintain a remnant who had faith in Him throughout the ages.

This gift enabled them to command light to appear and to disappear, to make it change hue and direction, to absorb and release it, and even to weave it out of the air into a fibrous like material that was light as well as strong, and which retained the hue of the light it was spun from. They learned through time to weave beautiful garments for court or war from this material, and also to crystallize swords and weapons. But they excelled most in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding, and were the first to use a writing system for their language.

But Digaleig, the last boy born of the mortals, whose family had been given the name Dragon, envied the Elves their gift. He was not content with the jurisdiction alloted to him, which was that of heat and flame. And he sought to take the power of the Elves, and in revenge for being refused he stole Ëniuël from Ëlwëth, in hopes of marrying her and bringing the power of the Elves into his line. There was a great battle between him and Ëlwëth, and in desperation and anger, Digaleig slew Ëniuël. For his acts he was banished from the circle and counsel of the First Lords, and he fled with his wife to the mountains, where he brought up his people in hatred.

Later that year, there was another birth. A little girl, similar to Ëniuël in looks, but milder in spirit. She grew up, and Ëlwëth wed her on her twentieth birthday. So it was that God mended the wrong done by Digaleig, but not wholly. For later Digaleig subverted the tribes of Dwarves and Men to side with him in a great rebellion, which laid the world waste. They ruled with destruction for 764 years, until the First War of Liberty began. At the end of the war, when all but fourteen of those faithful to God were slain, they escaped in a boat from a cataclysmic flood that destroyed all of the face of Ithelak. After the Deluge, in 1466, the seven tribes began anew on a changed world.

That is the history of the Elvish creation, and now I will describe themselves more particularly. In appearance they are beautiful and well proportioned, obviously very naturally suited to activity. They have deep golden hair, and a complexion not white, but lightly tanned like to the color of a gem. They are lighter in frame than the Men, Dragons, and Dwarves, shorter than the Sylphs, and taller than both the Naiads and the Sylvans. Their eyes are a deep blue, and turn golden with age. They are very keen of sight, being able to see in almost complete darkness and to a very great distance in good sun. This sight extends itself in many cases to a sort of Second Sight that shows them at times, unbidden, visions of things future, present, and past that they had not seen or heard of with their mortal senses. They are nimble with their hands, and prefer to fight in closed distances and on the ground. They are very skilled in this form of combat, and can disarm and eliminate opponents much bigger and stronger than they themselves are, even when armed sometimes. But their great triumph is literature, for they wrote most of the histories of the ages, and have books written on almost any scientific or artistic field.

These attributes are not to be construed to be applicable to all of those who have Elvish blood in them. For in the Second and Third Age the tribes mingled with each other, and so there are many of those class which the common tongue refers to as Mingles: mortals who have the blood of two tribes in them. And during the Great War there were even many of those called Crans: mortals who have more than two tribes mingled in them. After the war and into the Third Age these last became more common, so that they were more numerous than the Mingles and Lords of the tribes. In these mixed peoples, the blessings of God became diluted, and even erased in most Crans. But the attributes which seemed to be retained above others in those mingles who had Elvish blood in them was the keenness of physical and Second Sight, and the quickness of wit and knowledge.

After and during the Great War the tribe of the Elves became separated into various parts of the world, and so each in time developed their own culture. Those of Ülva became secretive, ritualistic, and mystical. Those of Tskarnor became more warlike and inclined to political intrigue. There were very few Elf-Lords in Tskarnor in the middle of the Third Age, most of the leaders of the nation were Dragon-masters, or Fire-elves: mingles of Dragon and Elf. This was the Xzantarian line, which was usurped by the Wood-elvish Cylorians. But even after the rise of the Cylorians the culture of the Xzantarian reign maintained its foothold. Directly after the Great War God led a certain family of Elf-Lords to travel to Minor, across the sea. They reconquered the land they had owned before the war and set up a great kingdom there. But there was perversion of the leaders and the nation split into northern and southern parts, while the last of the True-elves set up a small colony in a forest in Northern Minor. The Minorian Elves (although mingled with Naiads) traded around the globe, and became rich. Until the Fourth Age.

The history of the Elves has become almost a history of Ithelak, but that is because Elves play such an important role in it. During the Fourth Age they were almost wiped out, and there were very few Elf-lords left. At the end of the Iron Empire and the start of the Fifth Age they began to try to pick up the pieces, but fell into mere tradition, and did not accept the truth of the Elvish Creed. That was when the Lord God came down as an Elvish Cran to teach all mortals redemption.

I'm Homeschooled…

Greetings,

This is a really fun video. I have seen a few but this is pretty funny.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obUHm1RxVJ8]

This one might be even better if you could read the words better.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2ambQ6uX4s]

Proud to be homeschooled!

With joy and peace in Christ,

Jay Lauser

The Photographer

My family downloaded The Photographer for me from Behemoth on my 19th birthday. We watched it the following day, and found it to be exceptional in quality and construction. There are some books that do not follow the normal way of writing, and keep you in a state of feeling odd. These books are sometimes disliked, but if one actually thinks about what he is reading, then they are loved. This movie is like those types of books. It was written more like a good book than a normal movie, which I like. The acting was above average for an independant Christian film: quite good enough for the requirements made by the characters and the plot. The inclusion of Tennyson’s poems was a fascinating and brilliant touch. The period feel and replication was very good. The movie was short, but well worth it.