Action by Ellyn for The Doomsayer's Throne(Public Action, OOC Date: April 2, 2019, 4:51 p.m.)
Ellyn will be holding a vigil for the allied races of human, hearthlings, and dwarves who died in battle and were left behind when the elves set sail for the new world. She has sought High Priest Deoca's permission for the vigil to be held within the graveyard of Thelos, in partnership with the Priesthood of Glanor. She seeks to gather the elven kind together in an endeavor to show compassion, humility and empathy of Baridon's grief over the loss of his other children. She will speak at the vigil about the importance of showing respect for all that have passed and to point out what is notably missing. There are no markers, no memorials, no tributes to those races left behind as if elven kind might erase the history and knowledge of the sins of their past. Knowledge that should not be forgotten no matter how pernicious. As a token she will also be making simple black arm bands of mourning to pass out for those who wish to wear them as a show of mourning and faith.
Lord Heir Rigoth Morinen will be helping in organizing the vigil, getting people to where they need to be, setting up candles or props or whatever is needed around the vigil site, and contributing silver to the needs of the vigil. He will also be on hand to take part in the vigil itself as well as give a few words if needed.
Boros and the Priesthood of Garwen will be on hand to help those Elves that attend to confess their transgression and the responsibility they have for the lost lives of their allies.
Alethia Reid, honoring the Lord of her house as well as her patron Brundir and the lost races of the old continent, will contribute to the Graveyard ritual by ranging out a little further around Khelgar, into the stark snowy peaks, and for a few days she will painstakingly collect little chips of diamond and precious stones, raw and uncut, from the deposits she has seen. These little raw gems will be intended for each elf that attends the Vigil, to at one point bring forward and assemble into the paired constellations, elusive and often absent in the real night sky, of the abandoned mortal races. At the end of the Vigil, elves will each take a different stone back with them, symbolizing a united undertaking.
In full support of Ellyn's proposal, High Priest Deoca will organize the Priesthood of Glanor to select an appropriate place in the Thelos Graveyard for the comission and dedication of a monument to our fallen allies. The site will be specially prepared and blessed, with Glanor's priests on hand for the vigil. In due time, artisan's submissions for a monument wil be compared until a final design can be selected, constructed, and installed with a special event when that time comes.
Thorin Aenorr will spread the word amongst elves he meets, making sure they saw High Lord Ellyn Reid's proclamation. He'd also contribute trade goods such as candles, cloth, or whatever else is needed in the organization of the event. At the vigil itself, he would mill about, talking with those gathered about their lost siblings-in-arms, telling stories, remembering the best of them.
Asa will offer to sing some songs about the other races, along with songs about remembering those that have passed. In addition to that, she has brought little sprigs of rosemary to hand out to those that attend the vigil. As a sign of remembrance.
The fate of the allied races is something that has hung heavy around Relios' neck for 5 decades now, and he thinks on them often. He will be attending Asa's vigil, and so for this one will be providing several written memories of his time serving along side the other races, bleeding with them on the battlefield. He will specifically call out their names, reminding everyone of who they were, so they are not forgotten.
Though Ember cannot be there in person, she is still very supportive of this idea and is wishing to show the spirit of cooperation between the Lorandi and Faenor. Thus, resources are donated to High Lord Ellyn and the Temple of Glanor to make sure they have everything they need in advance of the vigil.
Within the graveyard of Thelos, High Lord Ellyn Reid and High Priest Deoca set up a vigil and memorial to be help for the fallen allied races. Human, hearthling and dwarves. The ceremony speaks to the importance of showing respect to those who have returned to the wheel. She points out also that there are no markers or memorials of those left behind and that their memories should not be forgotten. Deoca unveils a monument that has been commissioned in the likeness of a Human a dwarf and a hearthling to reside as a marker within the graveyard of the fallen allies. It is very well received.
Priestess Asa performs a few sentimental songs about the races that were left behind. The tunes evoke wonderful memories for those were were perhaps close to the allies, remembering their strengths and the way they enriched the lives of the elves. The turne goes on to be very popular around Thelos for a few weeks. High Priest Boros sets up a quiet secluded location within the graveyard and encourages those who are feeling guild to come and confess their transgressions and discuss the responsibility they have for the lost lives of their allies. The line gets fairly long but the High Priest of Garwen diligently stays and listens to and councils every single one. Alethia does her part by traveling deep into the woods and caverns outside Khelgar to collect chips of diamonds and sapphires. At the vigil itself, she arranges the gemstones like constellations of the other races in remembrance. She offers up the gemstones as a mark of a united effort to seek forgiveness.
Lord Heir Rigoth does his part at the vigil to make sure things go as smoothly as possible. Unfortunately, his charm falls a little short and his words of support for Baridon fall flat. When word of Lord Heir Relios' war stories begin to make the rounds, the crowd seems less than intrigued by them. His details and exquisite memory are appreciated, but without the Lord Heir there himself to deliver the message, it is not very well received. Someone mentions that Lady Ember of the Lorandi Kinship sends along some resources silver to see that the vigil goes off without a hitch. Though those in attendance murmur back and forth that perhaps the Golden Elves have gotten a little cheap when it comes to supporting another Kinship's efforts.
Lord Thorin takes an approach that appeals to the Faenor's empathy. Which, for those who know the Faenor intimately, know how disastrous such an approach might be. As he speaks to them about considering now Baridon must feel about the other races, the best they can do is look at him strangely.
All in all, the Vigil was a success. The Faenor are praised for their efforts in appeasing Baridon and especially in acknowledging and beginning to right the wrongs that put them in this position to begin with.
Action by Asa(RIP) for The Doomsayer's Throne(Public Action, OOC Date: April 1, 2019, 11:37 p.m.)
Asa with the support of the Priesthood of Gala is going to be offering a service to the people of Arandor. She is going to take seeds and starter plants and flowers from her own greenhouse and garden. And setup up a spot in the Court of Judgements, with a little area that people can come to, to write their oaths of dedicating themselves to giving up their immortality to Baridon. Taking these written messages and prayers, they can wrap them around their seed or plant and then plant them in soil within the rocks that are blocking the entrance to the shrine. Planting them in the crevices and also in provided planters and pots that she has set up around it.
Kenyon of course will write his own oath, and plant his own sproutling among the courtyard, but he will also be present as an Intiate of Baridon. Going amongst the people, and hearing their oaths should they wish to share them, but also proselytizing to those nearby, sharing what he knows of the Blood God, and the loyalty that Baridon will show those who have shown him loyalty in turn, and speaking of the ally Baridon will make in the struggles to come as they seek to discover the secrets of Thelos, and make this city their own. To earn it in truth, so that they may avoid the fate of those who were here before, and hopefully in doing so, entice others to join in making their pledges of support in the Blood God, and renewing their faith.
While no real planter himself, Eros is a decent people mover. As the lay persons come to join in on all this planting, Eros starts directioning them to do this or that. Fill soil pots, help that person carry that, rewrap that prayer for the gods's sakes, do you want to get smote? All that sort of personal organization.
Agis supports Asa and the priesthood of gala as they make their oaths of dedicating their immortality. They encourage followers of Brundir to go and plant their oath-seeds, reminding them that it is the will of Brundir. Otherwise, they help by going out to gather rare seeds, handing them out for others to plant.
Valeria will be doing everything she can to support Asa, once again without overshadowing. She'll offer prayer and forgiveness rituals for any that wish it, and gather cuttings and seedlings from Gala's glade.
She will also plant a single red rose in the cracked boulder, amid all those white tulips. She will personally make sure that yellpow daffodils and purple hyacinth get planted near the tulips, as well!
Zedmir arranges for his oath to be planted with an orchid, selecting a variety that has some of the smallest seeds of all known plants. Even the most simple actions can grow into something beautiful with the right care and attention.
Luthien is using her knowledge of agriculture to aid with this endeavour. Spending a lot of time ensuring the soil is in perfect conditions to help the seeds thrive to life and grow lushly.
Cordelia, a devout follower of Gala, will do all she is able to assist with this service. She will help with anything that is asked of her and will pray over the soil, seeds, and each and every oath that is offered. Cordelia is a firm believer that Gala is the method for which they can reach and appease Baridon.
Ellyn will take one of the sproutlings provided to wrap her own message and prayer to Baridon within to plant within one of the nooks and craigs of the rock that blocks his shrine. Considering the public venue she will also seek out those passing by who might approach or be curious but have doubts. A gentle word, quiet conversations, quick with her wits she will attempt to persuade them to Baridon's side. Every seed, every sprout, every prayer no matter how small can grow they become many.
High Priest Boros will be present along with other priests of Garwen. As confession falls under the Pure Lady's purview, Boros and his priests will help those writing notes to Baridon for the planting express their wrongdoing in breaking oaths, articulate their desire to perform pennance by giving up their immortality, and ask for the Blood God's forgiveness.
Iridessa will be encouraging members of the Temple of Torth to participate in the ceremony and she will lead them by writing her own oath. She would like to provide pots made by priests and parishioners of Torth's temple to be used for planting seeds for those that wish to.
Thorin will help his cousin transport all the plants and seedlings from her gardens to the Court of Judgements. He will reserve one sproutling for himself, wrapping his message about it and planting it amidst the broken stones across the entrance of Baridon's shrine. Not the sort to quietly do anything, and having struggled greatly with the decision himself, he will seek out elves with questions similar to his own and help them reach peace with the decision as he has.
Relios is going to be using his influence to encourage Faenor of all stripes to attend the event, even pledging Aenorr resources to help the event go off without a concern and to ensure Asa has all the materials she needs.
Lead by Priestess Asa of Gala, a group of elves come together for the Seeds of Promise event. She encourages everyone to write their oaths dedicating themselves to paying Baridon's price, wrap those oaths around a seed and then plant it. The Priesthood of Baridon looks at the gesture a little strangely at first, skeptical of the breaking apart of the natural order of their grounds by digging holes for plants. Eventually the gesture seems to be appreciated and with the support of so many showing up, they are allowed to continue their efforts.
Initiate of Baridon and Templar Kenyon Keir shows up to ensure all goes well. He takes time to listen to those who would share their oaths with him and encourage them to stay strong and remain loyal to the Blood God. Eros Marindur is quite sufficient at helping to organize all the people who show up to give their oaths. Under his leadership, everyone seems to be working together efficiently. Priest of Brundir, Agis Nerea, encourages those who worship at the shrine of his patron to come and join in the effort. And join they do! Worshipers of Brundir make up nearly half of those who attend.
The High Priestess of Gala, Valeria Laenorin stands by Asa every step of the way, supporting her efforts and acting as the prayerful guide. She plants roses into the cracked boulder, giving it a gentle push to allow it to open further in time. Lord Zedmir Nalduine arrived with an orchid and a rather lengthy oath to plant with it. A snippet of his oath is shared before the whole thing is planted. "Immortality is not our right, it is a privilege, and one that I pray we someday become worthy of. Today, my choice is my own. If immortality is the price set before us, then I, Lord Zedmir Nalduine of the Lorandi, am ready to pay it." His words are given praise by those passing by who hear them.
Luthien Reid is an incredible asset to this effort. He expert knowledge of agriculture and soil care ensures these plants will go on to take seed and thrive. It was reported not two days after the event the whole area seemed to be covered in flowers and beautiful growth.
High Lord Ellyn Reid sends along her flower and oath to be planted, reminding her attendants that ever seed, sprout and prayer, no matter how small, can grow to become many. High Priest Boros of Garwen's Priesthood arrives and sets up a secluded location for confessions, allowing those troubled by their guilty minds to release their thoughts and seek forgiveness from Baridon. High Priestess Iridessa encourages those from the Temple of Torth to come to the ceremony as well. She sets a good example for them by getting in to the dirt and planting seeds along with the rest. Under the encouragement of Lord Heir Relios Aenorr, many Faenor arrive to participate in the ceremony as well. It bodes well for houses Aenorr, Ingrith and Reid to be working so closely together in such a public setting.
Thorin Aenorr has been uncertain about his decision for quite some time now. His presence at the flower planting ceremony shows that he has indeed made his choice, but his words say otherwise. The struggle to commit to this in whole is very real for Thorin and the pain of that decision is evident on his expression at this event.
Cordelia Laenorin, a rather devout follower of Gala, does her best to help the event move along without a hitch. The only trouble is, she seems to be lacking in the proper focus to ensure that kind of worship is maintained. She becomes rather impatient with those who handle the plants incorrectly. It has been rumored that Cordelia has a rather eccentric way of worshiping, so most just shrug and assume she is doing her best despite the disastrous outcome of her actual efforts.
Action by Emyrion for The Doomsayer's Throne(Public Action, OOC Date: April 1, 2019, 8:55 p.m.)
High Lord Emyrion Morinen and Lady Eirianwen Ingith are getting married, binding their fates and souls together to the rightful Blood God, Baridon. Despite the announcement leaving next to no time for the guests to prepare, the same cannot be said for the future spouses. The circlets have already been made by the groom, one gold, one silver. Torth and Garwen. Thus do Emyrion and Eirianwen stand before Baridon and announce their union and continued faith in the God, and the circlets, bound and sealed.
Eirianwen will be attending as the bride, naturally. Boros is the one giving her away.
Rigoth will be in attendance as part of the honor guard, making sure the ceremony goes off without a hitch.
Boros is on hand to give his sister away. More, he will wear his robes as a Priest of Garwen, signalling Garwen's approval of oaths taken before Baridon in this time of uncertainty.
Alethia will attend the wedding of her friend Eirianwen, and offer her modest services as a harpist to provide music throughout the ceremony when appropriate.
As the time begins to draw near with a decision looming over the populace of Aarandor, a rather strange sound begins to fill the air towards the center of Thelos. Gentle harp music plays, serenading the streets with what was very likely intended to be a soothing, peaceful tone. What actually comes from the harp is an ill practiced Faenor Wedding song. Harpist Althea Reid is sat just outside of the Shrine of Baridon, playing the gentle cacophony as people begin to gather around.
High Lord Emyrion Morenin stands poised, put together and rather regal at the crumbled opening of the shrine. In his hands are two nearly perfect circlets, one silver and one gold, representing Torth and Garwen, the patrons of the couple. His brother and Heir, Lord Rigoth stands by his side and acts as honor guard for the ceremony. Offering his support and love for his elder brother and the union he is about to partake in.
High Priest Boros walks his sister up to the base of Baridon's shrine to be wed. In this rather emotional moment he is overcome and begins to sob openly. His pure white robes of Garwen's Priesthood become a little muddied on the trek from the portal rooms to the shrine. Eirianwen looks absolutely horrified by her brothers appearance and composure and in frantically trying to clean him up, flings mud on her own white dress. Angry, frustrated... but still very much devoted to this union, she finally makes her way up to the base of the shrine to be married to High Lord Emyrion in a defiant ceremony that was intended to act as a beacon of hope in this time where Baridon's hold on the value of Oaths is in question.
The ceremony was so rushed and almost everything that could go wrong has. Those who bore witness are happy for the new couple, but begin to wonder if perhaps Baridon's influence is indeed slipping after all.