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Myasara Illistim is the most recent post-Lanenreat Argent Mirror of the Elven city-state of Ta'Illistim. The successor to the pragmatist Irinara Illistim who was known for strategic neutrality and power politics in foreign affairs, her reign has been marked with a shift to idealism, with a striking degree of egalitarianism well beyond even Illistim custom. It is regarded as a minority ideology that happens to be held by the high Illistim elite. Formal relations have been opened with numerous traditionally "lesser" races, including a Faendryl embassy, as well as the opening of trade routes west of the Dragonspine. Whether this was foolish or visionary remains to be seen.

Myasara has reigned during a time of radical changes in Elanith. There have been several world ending threats in the past few decades, as well as a sudden emboldened propensity of the Dark Gods to wreak havoc. Her aid to Alusius resulted in the anchoring of the Elemental Confluence. Her Vaaloran counterpart Tyrnian was assassinated, as well as a rapid turnover of Elven monarchs. Her sister-in-law was sentenced to death for regicide in the death of her royal husband. She was the ruler when the Aelotoi arrived seeking asylum from the kiramon, which led to the shocking expansion of citizenship to non-Elves in the city-states. Her critics often regard her as mercurial or weak, most notably her foreign policy with the Faendryl. She is regarded as by far the most liberal ruler in Illistim history.

Often called "Queen Myasara", Queen was in no way her proper title, but she has so far been too polite to rebuke it. Acceding to the Peacock Throne in 4,878 Modern Era (53,985 Illistim), Myasara has ruled for nearly 240 years, the vicinity of the traditional retirement age for non-dynastic monarchs. Whether she has plans for stepping down any time in the very near future is unknown. She was the niece of Meachreasim Illistim, the famous historian of Elanthia and First Master of Lore, perhaps owing much of her world-view to his learning. She was also a childhood friend of the recently ascendant King Eamon of Ardenai. The influence of this relationship along with Eamon's marriage with Loenthran royalty, and the pre-existent alliance with Vaalor, may have contributed significantly to the universal decision of the Elven monarchs regarding the Aelotoi and their unprecedented extension of citizenship rights.


Argent Mirror of the House of Illistim
Preceded by: 4,878 Modern Era to Present
(53,985 to Present)
Succeeded by:
Irinara Illistim None


Non-Dynastic Argent Mirrors
Descendant of: Ancestor of:
Meachreasim Illistim (uncle)
Murstyr Javilerre (father-in-law)
Unknown



Decrees

The Faendryl Demon Summoning Incident

12/4/2003

I address my people, the guests within our lands, and the Nations as a whole this day with a heavy heart. As most of you know, a horde of demonic creatures was unleashed upon our Shining City, Ta'Illistim. But who is to blame for these atrocities visited upon us? The answer is obvious -- the Faendryl. Long have we warned them against these heinous practices of magic, and long have we been content to let them be in their city in the Wastes, far away from our ancestral homelands. This time is no longer -- the Faendryl must answer for their crimes against House Illistim's sovereignty and the horror inflicted upon the innocents who call the Shining City their home. Their careless inquiries into the demonic valences have once again brought great tragedy unto the world.

We have in our custody he who is responsible for this -- one Rhythus Veranthe of the Faendryl. He has pleaded the innocence of his 'nation' and takes sole responsibility for what occurred -- but we are not satisfied with this. For what is one rotten pomegranate if the tree that bore it still flowers and spreads its tainted fruit amongst us? We expect the Faendryl as a whole to answer for this, for it was in their academies this boy was educated, it was their culture which formed his reckless and dangerous attitude, and it was their studies of the abominable and forbidden magic that allowed him to rip open a portal and shed the blood of our people.

We of House Illistim demand reparations from the Faendryl in apology, and we insist that they detail the practices this boy went through to Illistim's royal scholars so that it might never occur within our provinces again. Know that we will not be hesitant in retaliation for these crimes against our people if they do not cooperate forthwith.

Know that we will dispense justice upon this boy; a trial shall be conducted in the private courts of our fair city. I ask those who were witness to this event first-hand to aid in our quest for a just and swift trial -- inquisitors shall soon be walking the streets, looking for any information regarding what occurred. Your statements will help us bring this boy to justice cleanly and efficiently.

- Queen Myasara of House Illistim.


Formal Opening Of Relations With United City-States

You see Ambassador Anhgrim Lewthoraen the Elf Troubadour.
He appears to be in his 130's, has shoulder length, wavy black hair, green eyes, and tanned skin.
He is in good shape.
He is wearing a pair of brown leather boots, a soft tooled brown leather tunic trimmed in shimmarglin agates, a dark leather pouch, an enruned golden circlet, and a brown velvet cloak trimmed in shimmering golden glimaerstones.

"I am Anhgrim Lewthoraen, special ambassador from her majesty Queen Myasara of House Illistim."

Anhgrim recites:

"I bring you her message. Please, pay attention, for I shant be bothered to repeat it."

Anhgrim recites:

"Over the last three years, we have undertaken some exploration and trade with your peoples. It has proven to be... shall we say... profitable to us."

Anhgrim recites:

"After careful consideration, we have decided that it would be in the best interests of the United City-States to further these relationships. As a showing of good will, we have sent scouts to spy out trails through the wilderness. In cooperation with the dwarves of Kharag 'doth Dzulthu, we have arranged travel through the very heart of the DragonSpine."

Anhgrim recites:

"By decree of her majesty Queen Myasara of House Illistim, and with the collective approval of the United City-States, Queen Cadhla of the Loenthra, King Tyrnian of the Vaalor, King Eamon of the Ardenais, and Queen Rhosyn of the Nalfein, we hereby declare our borders open for trade and travel."

(5101 Modern Era)

Formal Recognition of the Faendryl Ambassador

[Ta'Illistim Keep, The Argentate]
The airy chamber is rectangular, its ceiling a soaring vault of reflective silver-gilt mosaic. Beneath the glassy mirror is an open expanse of polished stone flooring and a rostrum, the surface raised three stairsteps above the rest of the room. Two doors, mistwood paneled in silver plating, mark the long walls of the hall, and an immense arch stands opposite the platform. You also see a guardsman.
Also here: Nusar, Shilarra, High Inquisitor Brinret, the Argent Mirror's attendants, Myasara who is sitting, Lady Ardtin, Fintan, Caylio, Lord Aeriadrn, Gasen, Seeress Ephelysse, Laethia, Mithogras, Lady Naralin, Halgur, Eulogia, Fjalar, Lady Amyia, Nilandia, Lord Murstyr, Ambassador Tredohal

Myasara says, "At this time, we would like to formally acknowledge Lord Ambassador Tredohal Hashier Faendryl."

Myasara says, "He is here in our city to occupy the new embassy."

Murstyr scowls.

A voice cries out from the crowd, "You have brought death inside our city! She conspires with demon conjurers!"

Myasara frowns.

Murstyr gazes in wonder at his surroundings

The guards quickly look for the person responsible for the disruption.

Myasara frowns slightly, her eyes full of sadness.

Myasara says, "I... we will work with whoever we must to assure the prosperity of our people and their city."

Angry voices yell from outside the keep, "The Argent Mirror is weak. She hands us to the murderers of our brethren."

Myasara gasps.

Myasara quickly composes herself.

Murstyr motions and a pair of guards leave to investigate.

(5112 Modern Era)

Refusal To Aid Western Elanith With Mitigating Dangers

Speaking to Myasara, Lylia says, "It is an honor to see the Argent Mirror once more shining bright in all its beauty, and I come to you to ask that you shine this illumination to the West."

Myasara blinks.

Myasara says, "There is no help for the west."

Lylia says, "Mana storms surround Melgorehn's reach, and the Koarites from the Sun Throne seek to unravel its mysteries as ardently as they can."

Myasara says, "No amount of light I can shine can penetrate that dark place."

Myasara says, "The west."

Myasara says, "Who imprisoned my husband."

Myasara says, "Killed my messenger."

Lylia firmly says, "An atrocity."

Myasara says, "Imprisoned my scholars sent in peace."

Lylia says, "One that should not go without punishment -- but one that you may seek some small recompense for, in time, or so it is my most fervent hope."

Myasara says, "And allowed them to be killed."

Lylia places a hand over her heart.

Myasara frowns.

Legaci squints at Lylia.

Myasara asks, "You dare talk to me of illuminating the west and its troubles?"

Myasara says, "Each of those lives was a light send to the west."

Lylia softly says, "I would not presume. I would, however, suggest that you not let these losses be in vain."

Myasara says, "The west put them out."

Lylia says, "It was my concern that this darkness could spread to the east."

Myasara says, "No, we do not have enough light in all of the Elven Nations to bring illumination to that place."

Lylia smoothly says, "Forgive my importuning on this, then, a most celebratory evening otherwise."

Myasara says, "I understand we overlooked one very last petitioner."

Lylia smiles serenely and bows, her expression an unchanging mask as she steps back to join the assembly.

(5115 Modern Era)

Aid to Alusius Which Led to Elemental Confluence (3/23/15)

Citizens of the Shining City,

We have heard the words of those called Aadyra and Alusius, and we have allowed them to speak to the Elemancers, Loremasters, and Artificers of our fair city. After much discussion, all agree that their findings are correct as are their solutions. We have commanded those of magic and lore to help in this enterprise and give aid where they can. We have asked for volunteers to travel to the frozen lands of Icemule this Niiman to further discuss progress being made. After the events of recent years, we cannot command any of our people to risk such a journey. In the meantime, we ask our people to assist in filling the soulstones in order to aid the Aelotoi.

Description

From the introduction of the Aelotoi:

You see Myasara Illistim of House Illistim.
She appears to be ageless. A soft cloud of wavy black hair hangs nearly to her waist and is pulled back slightly by the slender sapphire and silver circlet upon her head, exposing her high cheekbones and delicate ears. Her bare feet peek from beneath the silvery hem of her gown.
Her brilliant blue-grey eyes return your gaze unblinkingly.
She is holding a bejewelled silver sceptre in her right hand.
She is wearing a glimmering grey silk shawl accented with tiny silver beadwork, a long flowing sapphire velvet gown embroidered with tiny glimmering silvery stars along the trailing skirts and an engraved silver circlet inset with dark shimmarglin sapphires and pale blue diamonds.


From an audience in 5110 Modern Era:

You see Myasara, Illistim's Argent Mirror.
She is an Elf. She has large, faintly tilted grey eyes and luminous, though pale, skin. She has long, silky auburn hair sleekly swept into a high knot atop her head. The planes of her cheekbones and the tips of her ears are both sharply slanted, giving her an angular quality.
She is wearing a coronal of overlapping alabaster and electrum feathers, a high-necked cream velvet gown with a standing gold lace collar, a thumb signet, a hip-belt of circular electrum plates, and a pair of cream velvet slippers toed in gold.


From a gala in 5110 Modern Era:

You see Myasara, Illistim's Argent Mirror.
She is an Elf. She has large, faintly tilted grey eyes and luminous, though pale, skin. She has long, silky auburn hair worn loosely fettered by three platinum bands. The planes of her cheekbones and the tips of her ears are both sharply slanted, giving her an angular quality.
She is wearing a coronal of overlapping platinum feathers, a charcoal velvet gown over a pleated white silk decolletage panel, a thumb signet, and a pair of charcoal velvet chopines with platinum-gilded platforms.


From a ceremony in 5112 Modern Era:

You see Queen Myasara, Illistim's Argent Mirror.
Myasara is surrounded by attendants, and a group of Sapphire Guards stands at attention nearby.
She is an Elf. She has large, faintly tilted grey eyes and luminous, though pale, skin. She has long, silky auburn hair worn loosely fettered by three platinum bands. The planes of her cheekbones and the tips of her ears are both sharply slanted, giving her an angular quality.
She is wearing a coronal of overlapping platinum feathers, a platinum back-lariat suspending clear glimaerstone droplets, a long-lined pale blue linen gown adorned with clear glimaerstone roses, a thumb signet, and a pair of gilt-soled white linen slippers.


From her first return from mourning in 5115 Modern Era:

You see Queen Myasara, Illistim's Argent Mirror.
Myasara is surrounded by attendants, and a group of Sapphire Guards stands at attention nearby.
She is an Elf. She has large, faintly tilted grey eyes and luminous, though pale, skin. She has long, ringlets of auburn hair pulled back with a grey silk ribbon. The planes of her cheekbones and the tips of her ears are both sharply slanted, giving her an angular quality.
She is wearing a slender vaalin choker with tiny crystal droplets, a pale grey silk gown with clear glimaerstone beading, a thick aureate thumb signet, and a pair of pale grey slippers.


From an appearance in Ta'Vaalor in 5117 Modern Era:

You see Argent Mirror Myasara Illistim, her Illumination.
She is an Elf. She has large, faintly tilted grey eyes and luminous, though pale, skin. She has long, glossy auburn hair loosely styled with some glimaerstone roses scattered throughout.
She is wearing a translucent alabaster silk wrap slung over her shoulder, a slender necklace of tiny crystal droplets, a sapphire marbrinus ballgown beaded with clear glimaerstone roses, a thick aureate thumb signet, and a pair of gilt-soled alabaster silk slippers.

See Also

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