Tah’lon Vorrith, or otherwise known as Talinvor, is a Dhe'nar bard and Lorekeeper of the noble Warlock Caste in his home city of Sharath. Named in honor of Tahlad, he is a follower of The Way, a faith that reveals that the Arkati were teachers, and like his forbear Noi'sho'rah – that all elves are welcome back into the fold. He currently resides in Ta'Illistim, where once he was paying the coffee shop owner for the use of her couch. Due to the city's former dark elf restrictions, he was more often found sleeping under the stars or other clever places in the city where he could find lodging and how he learned to appreciate it's beauty. Only recently has the elven cities begun to open up to his kind and he believes he may be personally responsible for pushing the Argent Mirror, Myasara into taking more grounded action in this regard.
He is known more popularly by his stage name of Talinvor, which he claims is easier to pronounce for the elves. It is a portmanteau of his first name and his bloodline. He still spends most of his time in Ta'Illistim, where he had taken up a role as a delegate to the Argent Mirror's court. In Koaratos 5119, he was recognized for his assistance in an alliance (see: Valley of Gold) between the Argent Mirror and the Tamzyrrian emperor, Aurmont Chandrennin Anodheles and awarded a blue ribboned blooming vaalin rose medal (see: Ta'Illistim Awards) in recognition of his efforts. While not particularly of a political nature, Talinvor recognizes the opportunity to continue to demonstrate his bardic talent and otherwise enlighten the elves to his faith. Other times, he can be found among the members of Moonshine Manor in Wehnimer's Landing, or performing with The Black Iron Chalice in Solhaven.
Talinvor is often critical of his own work, as most artists are and he complains quietly of not having the dedication and time for him to maintain his attention on his prose. As a bard, Talinvor's specialty is in matters of the heart – where the strongest strings can be cut or tied. Quite vain, he uses his charm and wit quite often. He usually attempts to see the bigger picture, and like chess – is always trying to determine who will win. He is typically bored easily with emotionally driven people, as they often put their faith in fickle things and stubbornly cling to their own skewed perceptions of the world.
Born in Sharath, he doesn’t know his true year of birth as such things are not celebrated by his people. He is a blood twin to Surion, a Duk’sa of the Warrior Caste. (see: Origins) In demeanor, they are complete opposites. While Talinvor enjoys attention, revels in social affairs and glories in the spotlight – his brother shuns them; finding the comfort of the wilds and the company of creatures to be more reliable and honest in intent. They are stereotypical Dhe'nar for their noble castes.
The two of them have a strained relationship though. Although it is Surion's duty to support Talinvor, he feels the long shadow cast by his more charismatic brother. He has grown resentful despite (or maybe because of) the many times Talinvor has manipulated circumstances to protect him during the various trials and tribulations forced by the castes. Surion has since isolated himself, with only the company of his black panther, Khadesh.
The Warlock Caste of Sharath ordered Talinvor to travel north in order to keep an eye on a rogue branch of Dhe'nar, that left their designated caste duties. While the Obsidian Tower is a mere outpost, and of little influence at home, the word of Noi'sho'rah and enlightenment of the masses was the shouldered burden assigned to him as one of the most talented Lorekeepers of the current age. While still affiliated with the Tower, Talinvor has decided to press his influence on his own merits, so as not to be overshadowed by the actions of others.
It is hard to imagine that Talinvor was once in love. A Dhe'nari woman of the Warrior Caste was to whom he had given his heart. This coupling was unapproved by the priestesses of the Temple Caste, who rule the Dhe'nar bloodlines. Whether offspring would have been magically inclined or not, didn’t matter. The fact it was not sanctioned, gave the priestesses the opportunity to put both through a series of tests that were designed with a purposeful high chance of failure for the sake of disobeying. (see: The Star of Sharath (poetry))
Talinvor was sent to Ta'Faendryl, to masquerade within the courts and survive their dangerous political rivalries. (see: Tales of a Dhe’nar Bard and Her Eyes are Pools of Liquid Night (poetry) ) His love, was sent to the Sea of Fire to acquire an object of legend, thought to be a source of power in Bir Mahallah. With his task ultimately successful, news reached his ears that hers was not and that her body was lost to the sands. Thereafter, he styled himself a dirge-singer and wandered the world in his anguish. (see: Black Ash Tree (poetry)) After many years, and after a renewed application of 'skill training' in Sharath – he reapplied his talents not only in service to his city, but mainly to himself. He became hedonistic as a result – enjoying what the world offered while he still existed within it. (see: Dissemblance (poetry), Night's Symphony (poetry) )
He has had shira'qa, which means “pet” in the Dhe'narsi language. These non-dhe'nar servitors learn to take on the role of companion, hunting partner, muse, servant and entertainer for a time. He's had many over the long lifespan of an elf, most notably he’s possessed the collar of Raziya, an elf he met in River’s Rest (circa 5103); Kayse (prime), an aelotoi - whom he possessed twice (circa 5104 & 5115) and Sylverose, a sylvan who was literally handed to him to help protect her from herself (circa 5116). He has also possessed the Faendryl Berkana (prime) who was quite the prize and whom he enjoyed the company of for several years (circa 5116-5118). For two years afterwards, he did not have a shira'qa, thinking he was finally done with the effort of training another. It was not until he met the bardess Landrai, a Loenthran elf that he attracted the attention of in the Ta'Illistim court that this changed, and who has been his constant companion since late 5119.
His first-born attitudes have made traditional relationships impossible. He finds Dhe'nari women so cold and resentful in life that he finds them depressing. Other races have demonstrated a liveliness that he enjoys as a bard, but the inbred sense of superiority he possesses – disallows relationships of equality and the devastation of losing his first love has deterred him from allowing himself to truly fall in love once again. Instead he embraces his hedonistic tendencies, which often raise an eyebrow in certain companies that still cling to social moralities.
Academics, Poetry and Songs
Lessons of Sharath
- The Star of Sharath (poem)
- Black Ash Tree (poetry)
- Guile (poetry)
- Her Eyes are Pools of Liquid Night (poetry)
- Dissemblance (poetry)
- Night's Symphony (poetry)
- Shira'qa's Kiss (explicit innuendo content)
|Songs for the Elven Court|
|The Argent Mirror
A quick poem on the spot, as the Argent Mirror requested poetry
The peacock throne, wondrous beauty does rule
The Shining City, Elven Jewel
Sunset colour her hair
Eyes of heaven's gaze
Her voice like whispered musical array
May I see this sight once more
Another gift of words from this troubadour
A poem given to the Argent Mirror, to better fulfil his earlier promise.
Ten and five years ago, reflections upon the deed
Of a peoples recompense of need
Tradition holds to charity
Giving peace and clarity
Shining city, brightly glows
Amid the ladies talk of clothes
Acceptance has granted knowledges' bloom
Even in the darkest gloom
Despite the cries of faithless souls
Has not kept her from her goals
Once again to see beyond
What hate and prejudice has spawned
Jewel upon the crown of lore
Fearful of a state of war
Grants an equal measure of
Support for those she stands above
For in the mirror her reflections gaze
Judges all at the end of days
History remarks in remembered lore
Keeper of Elanthia's accord
Set for a challenge to sing about the language of flowers (set by the handmaidens) and a positive city viewpoint (by Myasara). Talinvor discovered all the handmaiden's preferred flowers, but instead focused on a song for Sayilla, whose flower burdock/thistle he picked for her. Her uncle was displeased with Talinvor's attention to her, and drawing out her desire to see the world. This song was performed in the Elven Court for Sayilla's departure to Ta'Loenthra, as her very first venture outside the city walls where she had always been cloistered. He admitted that he would not forget her, even if he couldn't see her again.
I walked along the moonlit streets
The stones a’glowing pale
Icons of the artistry
Delicate and frail
The shining spires, city-scaped
Had caught my storm wrought eyes
Wanderer to gaze upon
Learn’ed elven prize
The stories of such far-off lands
Were rarely ever spun
Sapphire of the sun
And center to it all I found
Amid the em’rald green
Maidens and the ladies of
Their silks they ruffled as they came
And gathered all around
Engaged in a careless chat
To my ears confound
They spoke of such favors given
By courtly gentle-men
Messages in the flowers
And if genuine
I listened with an idle ear
To giggles and the sighs
I barely understood it
Then I rolled my eyes
In my mind I wished to confirm
If words were better sought
In prose or soft serenades
Or feats were for naught
And so my ego boasted of
My skills to match the two
Language of the flowers
To maidens and to you
Days to weeks they lingered
Maidens' flowers I forgot
But yours I did recall
Chosen with little thought
The purple flower blossoms
Upon the thorn'ed spheres
I thought it was your nature
Raillery of peers
It was not the burdocks sharpness
For that is not the pain
Instead you adhered yourself
A captured refrain
The softest touch and concerned gaze
You have for those you know
Captured your sweet memory
While you’re off to grow
- A Morning After Dawn (01/11/2020)
- The Arrival of Children (01/12/2020)
- Shattered Glass 1/17/2020
- Artifact Scar 5/21/2020
- In Need of Sleep 2/4/2021
- Crackers and Teapots 3/5/2021
- Slaves of Survival 4/6/2021
- The Stage is Set - part I 6/5/2021
- The Stage is Set - part II 6/5/2021
- The Herald's Action - part I 6/6/2021
- The Herald's Action - part II 6/6/2021
- Saving Katillios 6/6/2021
You see High Lord Talinvor the Loremaster.
He appears to be a Dhe'nar Dark Elf.
He is strikingly tall and has a hard-muscled physique. He appears to be youthful. He has piercing stormy grey eyes and ebon skin. He has very long, straight jet black hair pulled into two chain-bound braids over each shoulder, the rest left loose beneath a blackened silver headband. He has an angular face, a straight nose and strong, chiseled features. He has a faded x-shaped scar on his right temple.
You see Grand Lord Talinvor the Loremaster.
He appears to be a Dhe'nar Dark Elf.
He is strikingly tall and has a hard-muscled physique. He appears to be youthful. He has piercing stormy grey eyes and ebon skin. He has very long, straight jet black hair pulled into five asymmetrical ring-pierced braids with three over his left and two over his right shoulder, the rest left loose beneath a blackened silver headband. He has an angular face, a straight nose and strong, chiseled features. He has a faded x-shaped scar on his right temple.