In the Arunidae Cycle (elven myths, legends, history and prophecy), it is written that the races of elves sprung from seven songs of creation. The first four songs are the Songs of the Breath - the blessings of the elven existence. There is no clear distinction as to who sang the first songs, although most elves believe it to be the Gods.The last three are the Songs of the Root, forming the three separate clans: The Tuatha, the Lumeril and Faradwen, as sung by their progenitors.
The Songs of the BreathEdit
The Songs of the Breath are named Onda, Numae, Divaa, and Maitaa.
- Onda is the breath of everlasting life, its blessing and curse.
- Numae is the touch of magics arcane and divine.
- Divaa is the touch of the purity of nature and balance.
- Maitaa is the touch of delight and wonder.
These four songs brought the elves into being, and therefore, have been lost since the beginning of time. In the Arunidae Cycle, the songs are said to be beautiful beyond imagination or comprehension… and also unobtainable.
Of course, this means that hundreds of heroes, poets, and diviners have sought the songs over the centuries, to no avail.
There are many philosophies regarding the Songs of the Breath, many of which are kept in the ancient libraries of elven civilization. Some believe that to find the songs, one must be among the gods, and therefore not mortal. Others believe that should one complete great tasks assigned by gods, the songs may be a suitable reward.
There is even a theory that states that the Songs may be found in four impossible places: Onda from an elf dying of old age, Numae from an elf who has never known the touch of the arcane or divine, Divaa from an elf divorced from the living world, and Maitaa from one who has fallen from Brightness. Since these things have never been known to happen, this is considered to be unlikely. The only reason for the recording of the theory was due to the fact that the theory was spoken by a human priest, an odd messenger.
Another faction believes that the Songs exist within the Elves and are the quintessential spark of life. This faction is split, however, on the obtaining of these songs – half believes that to bring the songs into being separate from the Elven condition would be doom to the elves. The other half believes that the seeking of the Brightness makes one aware of the songs within, and they never need be sung externally. In fact, the Brightness is believed to stem from Maitaa.
Still, it is a romantic legend for the young to strive for during their Coming of Age. The Arunidae Cycle does not say what would happen if even one Song could be sung, let alone found. Such an achievement could be of colossal import, or it could merely be a piece of history, recaptured. This leaves for a world of interpretation, and learning, and some older elven scholars have come to believe that the Songs of the Breath are merely mythology meant for the purpose of teaching the young of the quality of elven life, while keeping hope and mystery still alive in their spirits.
Afterall, hope and wonder are an integral part of the elven condition.
The Songs of the RootEdit
These Songs are the three songs of the clan, each sung by the demi-god progenitors of each clan of Elves. Each of the clans still knows and sings this song at important occasions such as coronations, weddings, release of those entering the Coming of Age, and more. All elves of each clan know their Clan Song – it is the first song learned. Elves who are welcomed by other clans are taught the songs of that clan, and royalty is expected to know the songs of the other clans as part of proper diplomacy and respect for common ancestry.
Tuath’amiel, Lumerilia and Faradwenil are the names of the children of the gods who were elven, and who sang the clans into being.