Legend of L'Naere

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Legend of L'Naere is an Official GemStone IV Document, and it is protected from editing.

Recorded by First Scholar Meachreasim Illistim
Donated to the Libary Aies of House Illistim
15 Eoantos of the year 5003
Modern Era

Few among the elves know of this legend, and those few have always been Illistim rulers and high-ranking Scholars. There has long been dissension among the Scholars about whether L'Naere truly existed or is simply a tale of fiction.

Recent events, however, have led us to believe that this legend may well be true, and so the decision has been made to publicly disclose the details of the legend as we know them.

At the time of the Ur-Daemon War, there were approximately fifty living Arkati. Many of those were lost in the war, and their names have been forgotten over the millennia. One name of interest has been whispered amongst scholars, though: L'Naere.

L'Naere is not remembered or honored among the ranks of the Arkati because, quite frankly, as the legend goes, L'Naere was regarded by both the Arkati and the drakes as a traitor.

In the time of the drakes, the tale of L'Naere begins as the Arkati were moved to the moons of Lornon and Liabo by the drakes. We do not know which of the moons L'Naere was banished to.

None of the Arkati who survived the Ur-Daemon war have ever mentioned the name L'Naere.

L'Naere was called the Giver of Life. It is believed that she may have created at least two of the lesser races. How she did this, exactly, isn't known; she may or may not have done it. She may simply have discovered them and claimed them as her own. The truth of this matter is lost forever.

What is known is that L'Naere was quite unhappy when the drakes banished the Arkati to the two moons, believing that the drakes intended to interfere with the lesser races she herself claimed. When Fash'lo'nae and Eorgina struck their bargain with the Ur-Daemons, L'Naere believed that the war between the drakes and the ur-daemons would destroy her creations, and in an attempt to protect them, she took action.

L'Naere located another world, one compatible with the flora and fauna of Elanthia. She worked secretly and quickly to move- or recreate, no one is quite sure which- Elanthian plant and animal life to the new planet.

Legend says that she first approached the elves and offered them sanctuary on this new world. The elves rejected her offer, intent upon remaining faithful to the other Arkati. In deference to her authority as an Arkati, however, they apparently kept her secret and did not tell the drakes or the other Arkati of her activities.

What happened next is murky. L'Naere was caught by the drakes, her plan was betrayed to the drakes by another Arkati, no one knows which. L'Naere was condemned as a traitor. The other Arkati declined to stand with her, because as her work came to light, they felt she had been intent upon stealing the lesser races for herself. As for the drakes, the punishment for an Arkati who did not explicitly obey their orders was death.

Until the arrival of the Aelotoi on Elanthia, the tale of L'Naere was little known and seldom discussed. Few believed it could possibly be true.

That the Aelotoi arrived in western Elanith from another planet, of that there is no doubt; we elves have traversed the length and breadth of every continent upon this planet, and the Aelotoi are not native to Elanthia. That they also attribute their placement upon their home world of Bre'Naere to a goddess named L'Naere, as a means to escape a destructive war, becomes too much to simply be discarded as coincidence.

It is also believed that the stone the Aelotoi found on Bre'Naere may have been left there by L'Naere. Clearly its purpose was to open a portal to Elanith. Perhaps that stone was the means by which she transported the humans to their new home. But alas, the stone is unrecoverable, and can only be the subject of eternal speculation.

At this time,it is the conclusion of the Ministry of Scholars that at its core, the legend of L'Naere is indeed truth.

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