THE WORLD OF AÉR'AÍ'CHÁN/CAELERETH
Derivation. Aér'aí'chán is a Styrásh word, used in general by the races with the meaning "disk of the world", but translated literally as the "Very-First-of-All". The "Very-First-of-All", the Wind (elvish: sá avásh), is said to be the first and highest element, which sprang from the Dream of Avá and thus came to reality, and the wind is said to be the Spirit and the Thought of Avá. From the first element there sprang the second, the Earth (sá mód), in the moment as the Wind became reality, and between those elements there sprang the Mediating (the Xeuá), which is divided into two further elements: the Water (sá már) as Wind, willing to become Earth, and Fire (só efér), which in fact is interpreted as Earth, willing to become Wind. So the one element indeed is four elements in one (or Aér'aí'chanía as the plural of Aér'aí'chán is spelled), and only this way the one element is real. Thus the four elements represent the world of Aér'ai'chán. In human terms the world of Aér'aí'chán bears the name "Caelereth".
Picture description: The creation of the world of Aér'ai'chán. Picture drawn by Artimidor Federkiel.
Cosmological History. According to Cárpa'dosía myth the continents originated from the one
island of Mène'chrónn (elvish: "Isle of Paradise") which was located at the
center of the Eternal Sea. The Gods, who sprang from the Thoughts of Avá to set
elemental chaos to order, lived long in the Mène'chrónn together with their creation,
the races of Aér'aí'chán. However, the gods are said to have become jealous of each
other as they learned from their creation weakness and fault and therefore, after they
successfully had ended the War of the Elements began a ferocious war against each other,
the Waeshías'kroi (the War of the Twelve). In this war the once peaceful Mène'chrónn
was utterly destroyed and split into several parts (supposedly to twelve) as is told by
the elder elves, the Axhái. The splitting of the Mène'chrónn caused the separation of
time and space for the peoples living at Aér'aí'chán
and also for the land itself. The
lands now known as Aér'aí'chán are only a small part of the former world which are said
to still exist together with Aér'aí'chán in the same universe, although at a different
time and at different space. Rumour has it that powerful sorcerers are able to traverse
the borders between the worlds and even gifted people with simple minds but a true heart
are reported to have managed this feat.
Geographical Details. The (visible) world of Aér'aí'chán consists of six continents (in alphabetical order): Akdor, the desert continent of Aeruillin, the icelands of Cyhalloi, Nybelmar, Sarvonia as the biggest continent of the world (divided into the barbarian lands to the north and civilized lands to the south), and finally Yamalquain, the continent of isles.
|Picture description. The World of Caelereth with its six continents. Map by Artimidor.|
Due to the fact that the world
of Aér'aí'chán is embedded in the Thought of Avá it is a world floating in the cosmos
and a world with no boundaries, neither geographical nor has it any limit in time. It is
said that many brave men tried to reach the end of the world by crossing the deserts at
the continent of Aeruillin, or to discover the end of the Aér'aí'chánian world by
moving north into the Darkness, but no reports can be quoted here as the destiny of those
men is unknown.
However, as has been mentioned it is possible to traverse the borders to other planes of the same world of Aér'aí'chán. Although this feat can be achieved by the power of will only, certain auratic locations in the world may serve as portals into these plains for those who know how to use them. One of the most auratic places in Aér'aí'chán is the Thaelon Forest in the heart of the Sarvonian continent, the home of the Astyrhim, the light elves. Should the many sources be believed this forest is supposed to represent the cradle of the world of Aér'aí'chán where once Eú'reóll, the Tree of Life, was located. The Cárpa'dosía tell that Avá hid the Tree from the eyes of the living as the Tree was half destroyed by Coór, the Shadow Himself.
See also: Chapter I: "Of the Dream of Dreams"
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