The Érenyel: Part 13 (The Clans Depart)

Submitted by James on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 03:17

Now more years came and went, and Rayôn and Qeyrah had more children, and their children had children, until there were four and five generations living in and near the Vale.  Over a hundred years had passed since Arah lost its innocence, and a hundred and fifty since its creation. 

The sons of Rayôn grew restless, and decided to leave the Vale and seek new land to establish their families and their houses.  Several bands of men had spent years exploring the land south of the Vale.  Some had gone East along the coast to the West, following it as it bent and continued South, to the farthest point; then they followed it as it bent to the West and North, until years later they came once again back to the Vale, having traveled the coast of a massive continent.  Others had explored the interior, following the seven rivers and charting the lands they found.  Still others did not go South at all, but rather North where Vúnyeðel and Durfil had explored, into the sea (which they named the Tolgen sea), visiting the islands and the land beyond them.  Chief among these were the children of Vúnyeðel. 

But now a year came, when those who had explored returned, and for the last time Rayôn and Qeyrah beheld all of their descendants together, save for Qeylen and the nine others who had departed with him.  Rayôn knew that soon his sons would leave and seek their place in the world, so he called them and all their clans together.  He told them again of how Áronyeh created the world, and of how he had fallen, and all his descendants born afterward with him.  He reminded them of Áronyeh’s plan to save them and restore Arah, and admonished them to walk in Áronyeh’s ways. 

“Love Áronyeh your Creator, with all your heart, your soul, your mind and your strength,” he said.  “Honor Him in all you do.  Honor your father and mother.  Do not deceive another for unjust gain: do not lie, and do not steal.  Do not steal from another either his possessions, or his family, or his life.”  And with other such instructions he admonished them; all the words which he spoke are written in The Generations of Rayôn. 

Now the Vale lay within a very high land; to the north the land dropped steeply to the shores of the Tolgen sea, a day’s journey.  To the south the Vale widened and descended into seven lush canyons, each with one of the seven rivers springing from Shêvannah running through it.  From there, the continent descended gradually into lower hills and valleys, divided by the seven rivers. 

The Western most river, after leaving the vale, bent due West, and then North and East before emptying into the Tolgen Sea, encircling a land with fields and soil rich for farming.  Bendan, Rayôn’s ninth son, took his family and settled there, and both the land and the river were called Bendana.  His younger brother Shole, Rayôn’s tenth son, continued farther West to the edge of the continent, beyond the Bendana River, and settled in a land between the Tolgen Sea and the Setting Mountains. 

The next river ran South and then West, entering fertile valleys before emptying into a great lake.  Sheflen, the second of Rayôn’s secondborn sons, settled near the lake, far from the Vale, and he named the river Palólasheh, after his wife. 

The third river ran due southwest.  No one had as yet explored its whole length.  Jákowyeh, the eldest of the secondborn sons, together with his clan, took the river as his lot, and like Sheflen they traveled far from the vale and settled in a valley to the south.  Jákowyeh named both the river and the land after his wife Jerðia. 

The fourth river was simply named “the Middle.”  It traveled due south through a valley with mountains on either side; after it passed through the mountains, it widened into a lake that bent around the Western range, and narrowed again into a river, bent North and then South again, and emptied into another lake.  This land of lakes surrounded by mountains was where Gelen, the third of the secondborn, settled with his family.  Thus the three oldest of Rayôn’s second born sons settled far inland to the South and the West, away from the Vale, where they had space from their brothers, for their clans were large.  Farther North on the Middle river and closer to the Vale, between the mountains, Rayôn’s seventh son Telra settled with his clan. 

The fifth, sixth and seventh rivers ran close to each other as they went southward, through a land of low hills covered with grass and scattered trees.  It was in this land, just south of the Vale, that that the twins Oren and Jema, Rayôn’s fifth and sixth sons, settled with their families;  the fifth river came to be called the Oren river as Oren’s children settled around it, and likewise the sixth river came to be called the Jema.  The seventh river looped back East and North; here the land became pinched between the Tolgen Sea (into which the seventh river emptied) and the Eastern Sea (into which the Jema river emptied); this land was a bridge to two other continents. 

South of Oren, beyond a range of hills and mountains, Rayôn’s eighth son Shoner settled.  To the East of Shoner and to the South of Jema lay a wide land with a variety of places: marshes to the South, plains and forests in the middle, high hills to the North, and the Sea to the East.  This land was called Galtor, for it was Galtor, the fourth son of Rayôn, who settled there with his clans. 

In this manner, the sons of Rayôn dispersed and settled the land South of the Vale, and mankind spread over the face of Arah.  After these things, Rayôn and Qeyrah lived for many more years in the Vale, and had more sons and daughters, but these did not become nations as great as the others.


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Where the clans settled in Arah



I have to break it to you, I had already read parts of this (That's what you get when you live in the same house as me and leave it up on your computer :P), but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I do love the map, it helps you understand a lot better!

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 I really enjoyed getting more of an understanding of the land - especially seeing it in my head without the map, and then afterwards seeing it with the map.

I like the map. And this chapter reminds me of the part in the Silmarilliion about the lands of Middle-Earth...

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 Did you draw the map yourself? 

This is getting to be quite the work.

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Though I designed it on Powerpoint (believe it or not).  Powerpoint makes a great drafting board.  I used autoshapes for the contours of the land.  After that I put a grid over it and hand drew it on graph paper to get an authentic feel.  Then I scanned it in and behold, here it is.
Anna, you should make one for Stars Over Llorleya.

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 Huh. I always end up sketching things out when I feel the need to draw. I'm only just experimenting with digital art--busy with Rapunzel right now. Too many shades in skin!

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After I sign in, on the sidebar, there is no more option to go immediately to the comment page, to create content, and all that stuff. The only thing there is on the sidebar is the post and comment counter. Could you possibly see what might be wrong? Thank you!

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