Kirinor, 17th day of Fierswelt, 432 AC
Afterwatch Hour rising 25
Herald Interview with Adonaias Elvandar
by Aelfwyn, Staff Writer
The Herald recently had a chance to sit down and talk with Adonaias Elvandar, who is funding the investigation into the mysterious mage duel that occurred in the Great Library nearly four months ago. This investigation has turned up some interesting information concerning an elven organization called the N'ath El-ojim.
AH: Thank you for agreeing to this interview Master Elvandar. I know your privacy means a great deal.
AE: Certainly. I felt it time someone spoke plainly concerning the incident at the Palanthas Library.
AH: It does seem that each answer led to additional questions. We understand you helped launch the Library's own investigation into the events.
AE: Mirim Silvermorn, an aesthetic at the Library and witness to the events in question, actually launched the investigation. I merely supplied the funds, hired the adventurers and collected the evidence.
AH: It sounds as though it was more your investigation than the Library's.
AE: Not at all. The Library participated in the events every step of the way.
AH: So why all the interest in an apparent mage-duel? Certainly you have more pressing matters to attend to...
AE: With all of the troubles visited upon the elven people in recent years, I take great interest when two of them decide to kill each other in the heart of Palanthas.
AH: Donavas Kithlinor seems to believe that it never occurred at all. That it was an illusion brought about by sorcerers.
AE: I'm sure Donavas checks under his bed and in his closet for sorcerers before turning out his light every night.
AH: You disagree with his findings?
AE: Donavas Kithlinor is an undoubtedly intelligent and thorough investigator. His loyalties, though, are to the Wizards of High Sorcery and to the Elven Court.
AH: Do you mean to say that he lied?
AE: I merely assert that whatever truths he gleaned from his investigation will, by necessity, be first passed through a filter of both Elves and Wizards. If he can cast aspersions on primal sorcerers in the process, so much the better for him.
AH: What truths did your investigation yield?
AE: First, as pertains to the mage-duel itself, Donavas is only half correct. The reason he found no evidence of an arcane nature is because there is none. Whatever magic caused the event was not arcane but divine. Had Master Kithlinor looked to the heavens he may have noticed what most failed to see. The constellation of Kiri-Jolith was slightly out of alignment at the precise time the incident at the Library was said to have occurred.
Noticeable only to the most trained observer, this always occurs when the gods make some interaction with mortal man.
AH: And you think the illusion of a mage-duel in Palanthas was caused by Kiri-Jolith speaking to a mortal?
AE: Not only did it cause the event, but the event relates directly to the interaction between deity and mortal.
AH: How could the illusion of a battle to the death between two Wizards of High Sorcery be related to the God of Just Warfare.
AE: Ahh. Now we come to the heart of the mystery. You see, it was no illusion. Remember that Mirim Silvermorn discovered that the pages in question were torn from the tomes centuries ago. What was witnessed on the Library steps was no illusion, but a memory. What was replayed for Palanthas residents in our present day was a shadow of what transpired more than one thousand years ago. In fact, Mirim played the part of a young aesthetic who witnessed the actual events and wrote of them briefly on a piece of parchment slipped into one of the defiled texts.
AH: Did the note give any clue as to the identity of the mages involved?
AE: Unfortunately, no.
AH: What does Kiri-Jolith have to do with this?
AE: The answer to that lies in the words spoken by the dying White Robe. He mentions the N'ath El-ojim.
AH: Who are they?
AE: No one knows for certain. A great deal of their story is lost to history. Perhaps a handful of people alive today have even heard of them and fewer still would admit to it. All we know today is that the N'ath El-ojim were a group of elven warriors chosen by Kiri-Jolith himself to serve as elite protectors of the elven people before even the founding of the nation of Silvanesti. It is said by some that they fell into disgrace after the Kinslayer Wars when Kith Kanan led his followers into the land now known as Qualinesti. It was asserted that they were so zealous in their calling that they committed horrible atrocities to prevent that now infamous schism.
AH: You sound as though you doubt that historical assessment.
AE: Histories are written by those in power. It is of little consequence what I believe, but isn't it interesting that a White Robe, obviously of House Magus, would resort to thievery to erase all record of an elven faction's existence. Also, since the N'ath El-ojim were the sworn protectors of the elven people, House Protector would certainly have gained politically if they were done away with. In politics, power is everything. I am simply reserving judgment until all the facts are in.
AH: So you believe two prominent elven Houses, Protector and Magus, worked together to discredit this third group, going so far as to wipe them from the very pages of History?
AE: As I said, I am reserving judgment on both the elven lords and the N'ath El-ojim. I do, however, suspect that, whatever their past sins, the N'ath El-ojim have returned. The only question remaining is this: Do they return with or without the blessing their patron Kiri-Jolith?
AH: Thank you for your time Master Elvandar.
AE: You are most welcome.