The elven Tethinrhim tribe (lit. "Youth Tribe") is found in the Auturian Woods north east of the Gulf of Maraya. They have over the years become one of the most protective and warrior proud tribes of any race. They are always willing and fully prepared to go into battle given a noble cause, priding themselves on the quality of their fighting abilities, of not only their normal tribe members but also their Kaierian Warriors. The Tethinrhim believe that they are among the purest of the elven tribes because they have had several of their tribe’s men and women over the centuries evolve into light.
Picture description: A warrior of the Tethinrhim elves, a Kaier. Image drawn by Quellion.
Appearance. Like the well-known Ar'leiná the Tethinrhim tribe members generally have very fair skin and a rich gold red hair. All children born to the Rónn or Ava’ránn have hazel eyes and their hair has often been commented on being the “colour of rubies”, or a “deep sunset red”.
Coat of Arms/Sign. The
elves of the Tethinrhim
similar to the Ylfferhim
that they are descendants of the Astyrhim. While they don’t share the same coat
of arms, they have taken the eye symbol from this tribe (the Tear of
incorporated it in their coat of arms, which mainly consists of a black sword pointing
down, refering to their proud Kaierian Warriors.
Territory. The elven Tethinrhim tribe is found in the Auturian Woods north east of the Gulf of Maraya. The Woods are located in the mid to lower regions of the Southern Sarvonian Continent, west of the human city of Marcogg.
People. Following the Rónn or Ava’ránn, the Kaierian Warriors are the next most respected people amongst the tribe. They are highly trained warriors, exceptionally skillful in battle. Spending many years training, the elves who strive to become Kaierians must go out and complete a quest of self-learning in order to be finally classed as a Kaierian Warrior. Each test is different. Often these tests will last many months.
The Spiritual Guider (Avár'Soórn) is another highly respected tribe’s person. He/she is often very gifted in the magical ways. There is only one to three at a time, training is harsh and generally starts from childhood when the child is seen to have the gift.
Other than the Rónn or Ava’ránn, the Kaierian Warriors and the Spiritual Guider there exist no other high-ranking tribe-people, which keeps the Tethinrhim's social and governing system simple. Rolls for men and women unlike at human tribes are not dependent on gender. A male can look after the family while the female is out working, hunting etc. Children are more or less raised by the tribe, thus allowing an even ‘playing field’ for all.
|Picture description. The location of the Auturian Woods, home of the Tethinrhim elves.|
A highly skilled tribe members generally skilled in at least five of the
Bowyer, armourer, fisher, forester, groom, hunter, leather worker, mapmaker,
mason, weapon smith as well as in herbal lore, climbing, telepathy, general fighting
abilities and survival in general. The
soverign and his/her family are all educated in every one of these
In general once a normal tribe member reaches adolescence they focus on fewer of these skills, finally becoming specialists.
Affection is kept to a minimum. Since the horrible death of Ar'leiná, public displays of emotions were discouraged. Especially Kaierian Warriors are trained to have very few emotions at all. Spiritual Guiders and the sovereign are the ones most affected by emotions as they have a heavy burden upon them. However it is only in the privacy of their own company where they do show their emotions.
Picture description: A typical Kaier tattoo, drawn by Quellion.
At birth every Tethinrhim child is tattooed on the left arm. Each child
is having an individual symbol with the
Eye of Avá and the Tethinrhim Tribe’s symbol which
represents their soul name. The Spiritual Guider is the one who looks into the
soul of the child and instructs the tattoo artist of the symbol. Thus the
Spiritual Guide is one of the few that can read the symbols.
Dragons and other
highly developed spiritual leaders are said to be capable of reading
the symbols as well.
The tattoo symbolizes a great pride that each Tethinrhim tribe
member has also
the soul name of the elf,
which is a name that generally loved ones call each
other, or finding ones self.
A not one Tethinrhim language: Because of their continued contact with the other elven tribes, the Tethinrhim language is much the same as at normal elven tribes. The vowels are pronounced with more of a growl than usual.
Housing. There is only one major building in the Auturian Woods called the Ria, the house of the sovereign. A relatively small building when it’s compared to other houses of Royalty. However, the Tethinrhim are not ones to draw attention to them selves intentionally.
Tribe members live in small buildings high in the tops of the trees. Such housing is easily defendable, easier on nature and a lot simpler to conceal. Houses are connected with small bridges, often just a log that has been flattened over time.
Clothing. The tribe members wear mainly cotton clothing dyed in greens and browns to hide them in the treetops. Consisting of dresses, trousers, skirts, shirts and shorts, only restricted by the imagination of the wearer.
...generally wear a leather flap that covers the front and back of his pelvis. Some males also include light cotton under wrap for extra protection. When going to war, leather armor is worn covering their chest and legs. Some also wear a chain mail covering the leather, however this is very rare. Green face paint is applied and Vieors (consisting of a necktie and an arm band) are worn.
...wear leather covering the breasts in their own chosen fashion and a short skirt or flap like the males wear. Some females also opting for the cotton under cover. When in battle some female also wear the leather armor. Green face paint is applied and Vieors are worn.
Rónn or Ava’ránn Kaierians
...wear the same as other Kaierian Warriors, however, they also wear the Rónn or Ava’ránn Bands, Fui’Veior (consisting of a headdress, a necktie and an arm band). They are also wearing green face paint.
Rónn or Ava’ránn
When not at war, or participating in a battle the Rónn or Ava’ránn is dressed in either an elegant dress or suit depending on preference (not gender) and the Fui’Veior is worn also. The colourings of the sovereign's outfits are generally elaborate greens and browns. However it has been known for a sovereign to wear white while traveling to other provinces.
Avár’Soorn (Spiritual Guider)
Dressed in a long green robe which starts off brightly coloured. Then, as their knowledge grows and their age increases, this slowly changes in colour to a deep royal green. When traveling a green leather cape can be worn. Very rare to ever see a Avár’Soorn not wearing their traditional green.
Diet. Largely based on vegetation after the Third Great Flood. Meat is eaten, however it’s kept for special occasions.
|Image description: The Tethinrhim Archery School in Sillena. Picture from the game Magical Empire™, used with friendly permission. Illustration drawn by Faugar.|
Weapons mainly used by the Tethinrhim are the
and the the scourge.
Both specialised weapons used mainly by the
Kaierian Warriors of the tribe,
however other trained Tethinrhim are able to use them as well.
However, only the
Kaierian Warriors are
capable of handling the Scourge
with the full twelve tails.
Occupations. While a largely passive tribe they are very skilled hunters and have a special class of respected Warrior Elves (Kaierian). Often the Rónn or Ava’ránn is trained as one of the Kaierian Warriors to ensure the strength of the tribe. Often referred to by others outside the tribe simply as as "the Wood Elves".
Government. One person governs over the tribe, male or female, called the Rónn or the Ava’ránn, generally the first-born child. Heavy Kaier training is given to the Rónn or Ava’ránn to ensure that the soveriegn is strong and war ready, able to defend him or her own self. This has been the tradition of the Tethinrhim tribe since the Deciding of the Blood (729 B.S) when the elven and human rulers (Eleannja and Korpicor of Voldar) dueled, resulting in the Gods judgement of striking both down at the same time.
Picture description. The Coat of Arms of the Tethinrhim elves, by Koldar Mondrakken.
The community often raises children of the Rónn or Ava’ránn children. This
allows the children to grow up with a level head and out look on life.
This way the heirs are under the care of the tribe and generally live with a specially
selected family who will protect them with their own lives. As a
matter of fact the heirs
to the Tethinrhim sovereignty are even often
completely unaware of their birthrights.
This tradition has begun when an unknown person of an
unknown race kidnapped one
of the heirs threatening to kill the child if their demands were not met. The
Rónn had to sacrifice his child for the sake of the tribe. Since then, all
children have been considered the responsibility of the tribe and are looked
after by the community. Children can often be found playing in the
Ria which is
generally left open to all who enter save a few meeting rooms and the living
areas of the sovereign’s family.
Production/Trade. The Tethinrhim are self reliant, and therefore don't plant more, nor take more than they need. Their pride wouldn't allow them to take off others as it is seen as a form of weakness. At times they allow their urban trees to be cut down for the making of arrows and spears (without metal heads, the wood is strong enough to peirce the skin of a deer), which they then sell to merchants. However, trade for money or items is a bonus to their way of living.
Natural Resources. Wood is very abundant to the area, so it's been classed as a resource. All other things around the area are unknown to the Tethinrhim as they don't see a need for looking.
Festivals. While much the same as all elves, the Tethinrhim over the years have been focusing their belief system so that along with Avá, Arvins (God of the Hunt), Queprur (Goddess of the Earth, also known as the Goddess of Death) and Eyasha (Goddess of Peace) are the Gods to whom most homage is paid to. Armeros (God of War) is also respected amongst the Kaierian Warriors.
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