Aváth'caó (1900 b.S.-1779 b.S., Styrásh Aváth'coá, "Beautiful Child") was the most promising Injerín elf of her generation. In an effort to heal the blighted lands around Tak'dinal she traveled into the depths of its ruins. When she was seen again she had become transformed into Gouran ("Devourer") and would become the bane of the North, causing a Year of Darkness, pain, and sorrow. As her incarnation as Gouran, Aváth'caó was known from 1650 till 1648 b.S., which in the elven recordings is not accounted to her regular life-time.
Image description. The Injerín elf Avát'caó after her transformation to Gouran, turning ioto the bane of the North. Picture drawn by Seeker.
She is said to have stood two peds in height and was bright in eye and slender in
build. A grace and beauty was about her that made other
elves appear as not more then
humans. The whole of a people were enraptured
with all that she possessed. When she came out from the depth of Tak’dinal there
was a dark beauty about her. All of the light and tenderness had been sucked
out, only to be replaced by the cold perfection of a statue.
Biography. Bright Prospects. Aváth’caó was born in 1900 b.S. Her future as one of the great elves of the Injerín was already assured by her fortunate birth. She was the daughter of Elíal’danár (lit. "The Healer’s Hand") and Quál’valannía (lit. "Bright Dreamer"). As she grew so too did her beauty, inspiring many a song and verse. Aváth’caó had seemingly inherited the great healing abilities of her mother and the insightfulness of her father. On a trip with her mother to visit kin in the Folkmore city of Parthenon she felt called to help them in their revitalization of the forest. After spending some time there she went alone to the ruins of Tak’dinal, that ancient keep of the long dead Chosen, Eckra the Cruel to try to heal that festering wound upon the land.
The Re-apperance. Aváth’caó was not seen again for some time, and then when she emerged she was changed and imbued by the long slumbering magic of the place. She would become known as Gouran (lit. "The Devourer") and would bring not only sorrow, but also death to many Injerín along with other hapless folk. With her forces of orcs, dinali, and other things of nightmare she slaughtered the elves of the Folkmore region and chased them to the sea. With this slaughter a Year of Darkness descended upon the land.
The Battle at the Mithril Bridge. Next, Gouran moved southward and took the great Mithril Bridge from the Kurakim dwarves. Upon moving further south she met a combined army of Injerín and Kurakim. They pushed her back with significant losses. She fortified herself at the bridge and threw back the armies of the elves and dwarves. Her mother tried to use her magic to loosen the stays which held the bridge so that Gouran and her army would fall into the rushing river below them. Gouran killed Elíal’danár before she could complete her task.
The Death of Gouran. In the end Quál’valannía devised a plan that allowed the combined forces to re-take the bridge and capture Gouran. The ill-fated battle took place. No more than one in ten men survived that battle, and in the last moments of it, Quál’valannía was forced to kill his own daughter. Upon Gouran’s death the year of darkness lifted to a bloody dawn.
Here follows the legible, translated remains of a journal entry about Aváth’coá and the Year of the Burning Night written by her father Quál’valannía
“The darkness has been lifted now for some time and does not look to return. People say that it is because Gouran is no more. Gouran she is now called, the Devourer they all named her. Fool, they name me for holding onto all that I once knew. To speak her name is to bring upon ridicule if not violence. But here in this journal will I write it. Aváth’caó, my beautiful child, no devourer were you I remember still when I first saw your mother hold you I felt such …………..
...beauty to put a rose to shame
And that was but one of the many songs written of my daughter’s beauty. Her
beauty was nothing compared to the other gifts she possessed, as we saw while
she aged. Her gifts of healing were incredible, not even her mother could do
such things. Elf, bird, beast, land, it mattered naught. It could all be tended
to and saved. Why this one time there was a boy by the name ………………………………
…………………………………………… …… … ………………………………………………….I could scarcely credit what I had
It is not known what caused the Year of Darkness throughout the whole of the
world, just that every land experienced it and was changed by it. In the
southern area of Northern Sarvonia,
she was responsible for the near destruction of the Folkmore elves from where
the Artyrhón elves were born. The
Injerín elves and
Kurakim dwarves worked in
conjunction as they always had, and thus a rare relationship of mutual aid was
once again replenished.
Much chaos took place at this time, the downfall of the Mynian Empire, the forced migration of thousands of orcs into what is now their present homes. The Shadow Elves created and empire and saw it destroyed in the span of a year. The Kanapaan lands were torn apart and flooded. Nothing seemingly stayed as it was.
Gouran's Battle at the Mithril Bridge was also the death of the last of the great wonders of the North. Nothing can be seen now where it once stood, some even question wether or not it truly existed.
Some blame all of this on Gouran. Some blame it on other things. All that is certain is that she caused the death of hundreds, and sorrow to thousands.
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