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Formerly known as clan R’ikarth , clan Va'eylul history is a lengthy one.
Emerging from humble beginnings as hunters in Esbec among the swamps of Arcas they followed Zirath R’enar pilgrimage and embarked on a journey when they ventured into Urguani lands. There, they delved into the depths of the earth, honing their skills in metallurgy and forging a deep bond with the mountains and rugged landscapes that became their temporary home.
Their mastery of metallurgy became renowned, and as they returned to their elven kin, they carried with them a reputation for crafting exceptional weapons and armor. Settling in Stygian Hollow, they contributed to the construction of the first buildings and were rewarded with their first clan house, finally transforming from a simple hunters’ family to a fully fleshed out Maehr clan thanks to Zirath’s guidance, solidifying their place within the growing community. The Va'eylul clan, known as R’ikarth at the time, shared their metallurgical knowledge generously, enriching the collective craftsmanship of their Maehr kin.
In later years, the Va'eylul clan played a significant role in historical events as their founder emerged as a central figure. After assuming a leadership role in Stygian Hollow, he spearheaded the establishment of the first recorded Nor'asath principality in the Nordic lands. With the support of fellow maehr and mali'fenn, he became the prince of the maehr alongside Prince of the Mali’Fenn, Vytrek, holding this esteemed position for several decades. This period marked a defining chapter in the clan's history, solidifying their influence and contributing to the shaping of the maehr society.
Despite their growing expertise in metallurgy, the Va'eylul clan never forgot their hunting heritage and continued delving in ambitious hunting expeditions.
And thus their forged weapons became synonymous with their exceptional craftsmanship and prowess on the battlefield.
The Thulun branch, born from the deep bond between the clan founder Zirath R’enar and his sibling Anerian Thulun, brought a new aspect to the clan's structure and spirituality. Anerian played a vital role in fostering discipline, organization, and harmonious coexistence within the clan. Their influence extended beyond their own ranks, as they became respected advisors sought after for their strategic thinking and guidance in matters of order and structure.
Following the temporary disappearance of the clan's founder for a span of several decades, Anerian Thulun stepped into the role of clan leader. During this time, Anerian successfully led the clan, ensuring its stability and continued growth. Even after the founder's eventual return, Anerian Thulun retained the position of clan leader, continuing to guide and govern the Va'eylul clan with wisdom and dedication. Anerian's steadfast leadership has played a vital role in maintaining the clan's unity and upholding its cherished traditions throughout the years.
The clan Va'eylul warmly welcomes recruits into their fold, extending their embrace beyond blood ties and recognizing the value of diverse perspectives and talents. They understand that true strength lies in unity and the contributions of individuals, regardless of their lineage. The clan actively fosters an inclusive environment where recruits are encouraged to express themselves and contribute their skills and talents. They understand that each individual has their own strengths and areas of expertise, and they provide opportunities for recruits to showcase their abilities.
Recruits are offered guidance and support as they navigate the intricacies of clan life. Experienced members act as mentors, providing insights into the clan's traditions, values, and practices. They take the time to share their wisdom, ensuring that new recruits feel connected and informed about the clan's rich heritage.
Recruits in clan Va'eylul are provided with a ledger to document their thoughts and reflections. Meditation and self-reflection are valued practices within the clan. New members are expected to write down their aspirations and reasons for joining. Journaling serves as a tool for personal growth, accountability, and shared understanding among clan members. It fosters self-awareness and the cultivation of purpose.… For new members it is a direct expectation from the Patriarch that the aspirant must have in writing their aspirations and reasons for wanting to join the clan. ⋅•⋅⊰∙∘☽༓☾∘∙⊱⋅•⋅
Marriage is considered to be a deeply personal affair in Clan Va'eylul. Still an exchange of material gifts between lovers is expected, these can range from anything from simple rings to magically imbued artifacts. Mutually received tattoos are also considered a valid form of gift exchange. Regardless of the approach the Patriarch will have the gifts exchanged and the marriage ceremony on record.
There are many traditions and practices that are held during a marriage, such as ceremonial spars, blessings from the patriarch and more.
The Thulun branch
Formed shortly after the construction of Kher’lomi in Athera, the Thuluns were a Maehr clan of revered scholars, teachers, hunters & Shamans of some renown. Founded by Xypher , first the of Thuluns, the clans bloodline goes back five generations and has a long history both with and away from their fellow maehr depending on the political climate.
The Thuluns are thinkers at heart and despite their stoic disposition are considered to be the de facto ‘caretakers’ and guardians of the clan.
Their insights and teachings are highly regarded, shaping the clan's understanding of the world and influencing their decision-making processes. In times of uncertainty, the Thuluns provide guidance and counsel, drawing upon their wealth of knowledge and experience to navigate challenges. They meticulously record the clan's history and safeguard its most precious artifacts, ensuring the preservation of their ancestral heritage for future generations.
As scholars, teachers, hunters, and shamans, the Thuluns embody a multifaceted role within clan Va'eylul. Their dedication to preserving knowledge, passing down traditions, and connecting with the spiritual realm is deeply ingrained in their identity.
Through their tireless efforts, the Thuluns contribute to the flourishing of the clan, ensuring its continued prosperity and the enrichment of its members' lives.
To be a paragon of Thulun values Xypher often emphasized the importance of balance in temperament. And to achieve these ends he laid out several core tenants that family would be expected to structure their lives around.
If you bear knowledge then temper it with wisdom. If you bear wisdom then pursue Knowledge..
If you are prideful, seek out humility. If you are too humble, take pride.
Pursue your vices. Do not become your vices.
If you are hateful, seek out temperance
If you are selfless, learn to be selfish. If you are selfish, learn selflessness.
The R’enar Branch
The R’enar clan, with their deep roots stretching back to Arcas, held a rich tapestry of traditions woven from the ancient hunting customs of Esbec and the profound knowledge of metallurgy gained during their time in Urguani lands. Their journey from a small hunters' village near Helena, Esbec, to becoming an esteemed presence within maehr society serves as proof of their determination.
This branch is a distinguished lineage that embodies the pinnacle of martial prowess and loyalty. Originating from the clan’s founder and his ancestor, this branch has forged a reputation as the epitome of warriors within the clan, specializing in the art of war, monster hunting and strategic combat.
R’enar warriors are renowned for their unmatched skill and proficiency in battle. Through rigorous training and dedication, they have honed their physical abilities, mastering a wide array of combat techniques and tactics. Their disciplined approach to warfare and unwavering focus allow them to adapt swiftly to changing circumstances on the battlefield.
This branch holds deep respect for the arts of metallurgy and hunting, these practices are honored by the R’enar warriors and embody the perfect harmony between the forging of exceptional weapons and the skilled pursuit of prey in the wild.
Beyond their martial prowess, the R'enar warriors exemplify values of honor, integrity, and loyalty. They adhere to a strict code of conduct and each member of the branch understands the importance of trust and unity, forging unbreakable bonds among themselves and the wider Va'eylul clan.
The R'enar warriors are respected and revered within the Va'eylul clan for their dedication to protecting their kin and upholding the honor of their lineage.
After the clan founder created the R'enar branch, he laid down this creed, basing it on the ideology and lessons learned during his time in Esbec, where he founded it alongside fellow hunters. He also drew inspiration from the teachings left by Zeclas R'enar.
We uphold integrity and dignity, acting with honor in all we do.
We are steadfastly loyal to our kin, clan, and cause.
We embrace discipline to strengthen our skills and strive for excellence.
We face adversity with courage, defending our kin and upholding our lineage's honor.
We forge unbreakable bonds, supporting and uplifting one another.
We treat others with respect, honoring traditions and beliefs.
We accept the weight of our actions, taking ownership and being mindful of their impact.
Each branch of the clan requires submission to one of the sacred spirits. Jevex for the Scholarly path, Votar for the huntsmaehr and Genthurz for the craftsmaehr. All paths entail the clan member picking up a trade or practice that benefits the collective. Be it practical skills such as Metallurgy or magic.(i.e Shamanism. Blood Magic and other forms sanctioned by the Ashen state)
Cultural Practices ⋅•⋅⊰∙∘☽༓☾∘∙⊱⋅•⋅
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(forging Ritual of Unity)
Every five years, the Thulun and R'enar branches gather in the clan's forge. Led by the master smith, they collaborate to forge a special ceremonial weapon, armor or utensil of their choice. This creation represents the shared heritage and strength of the branches, symbolizing unity within Clan Va'eylul. Once completed, the clan's Leader offers the weapon to the spirits. It is then prominently displayed in the clan hall.
(Ritual of Knowledge)
In the library or study area, Thulun members gather surrounded by shelves of books and ancient tomes. Led by a designated Thulun elder, the ritual focuses on the pursuit of knowledge. An in-depth lesson on topics such as maehr history, Spirit worship, and other cultural aspects is conducted. Although Thulun members are expected to attend, it is open to participation from R'enar branch members and even outsiders of the clan who share a thirst for knowledge. Following the lesson, each participant follows their intuition and selects a book or scroll. Passages from the chosen texts are read, leading to lively discussions and reflective conversations on their deeper meanings and practical applications. Together, the Thulun members and other attendees delve into shared wisdom, reaffirming the immense value of knowledge and the inclusivity of the clan's intellectual pursuits.
(Trial of brotherhood)
The R'enar warriors assemble in a designated training ground, prepared for a physical and spiritual challenge. Led by the patriarch or matriarch, the ritual highlights the importance of brotherhood/sisterhood within the branch. The warriors form pairs or small groups. The challenge consists of physical tests, such as combat simulations, hunts, obstacle courses, and team challenges. Through collaboration, leveraging individual strengths, and fostering teamwork, the warriors overcome the obstacles. The ritual concludes with a celebration of their accomplishment. This is much more than a simple training as each warrior, upon passing the rituals, receives a new carved symbol on their armor, serving as a symbol of their skill and commitment.
(Trial of the sacrifice)
Thulun clan members partake in periodic fasting for a month. During which members will not indulge in any food or drink from the crack of down to the edge of dusk. The purpose of this is to create discipline and a sense of introspection in the clan members. The Maehr of the Xypher Thuluns time were a hungry, scrappy bunch that would ration food to last days if need be. To feel oneness with their struggles is to carry through the most of a month feeling the pain of hunger.
(Fire of the Ancestors)
The Ayleaeth Szyr’mozhel is a sacred ceremony that takes place every four years in front of the Szyr’mozhethe Ayle (ancestral fire), situated within the family's shrine. This flame, diligently tended by members from both the Thulun and R'enar branches, symbolizes the eternal presence of the clan's ancestors.
During the ceremony, clan members come together to pay their respects to the ancestors, whose names and stories are chronicled in the clan's Olanuaeth Szyr’mozhel (book of the ancestors). They offer prayers and make requests for blessings from the souls of their ancestors in the realm of Stargush'stroh.
This deeply spiritual ceremony not only honors the memory of the ancestors but also strengthens the spiritual connection between the living and the departed.
Through the Ayleaeth Szyr’mozhel, the clan reaffirms their gratitude for the guidance and wisdom bestowed upon them by their ancestors.
It serves as a reminder of the clan's ancestral lineage, instilling a sense of belonging and preserving the ancestral traditions that form the foundation of their cultural identity.
(Feast of the Hunter)
After a successful hunt or noteworthy accomplishment, Clan Va'eylul comes together in their clan hall or outdoors to enjoy a lively feast called the Vudaeth Cernunyrel. This festive event celebrates the clan's hunting prowess and offers a chance to savor the rewards of their achievements.
The feast is the centerpiece of the Vudaeth Cernunyrel, featuring the meat from their triumphant hunts, if it's edible. If not, they creatively prepare dishes using meat from previous smaller hunts, ensuring the spirit of the hunt is still present. Savory dishes like venison or boar take center stage, showcasing the clan's ability to thrive in the wild.
During the banquet, the clan members who participated in the successful hunt are honored. Their courage, skills, and contributions to the clan's accomplishments are celebrated through stories and toasts.
While Clan Va'eylul cherishes their strong bonds, the Hunters' Banquet extends beyond their clan. It embraces neighboring clans and allies, fostering unity and camaraderie. The festive atmosphere is filled with laughter, storytelling, and joyful conversations, creating lasting memories for all who partake.
The Vudaeth Cernunyrel, while centered around hunting, extends to various joyous occasions within Clan Va'eylul. It celebrates victories in battles, new alliances, births, marriages, and other festive milestones.
Across generations, numerous ancestors have emerged as key figures, with Zeclas R'enar and Xypher Thulun standing as the primary pillars of Clan Va'eylul. However, there are other esteemed ancestors who hold significance for both the Thulun and R'enar branches. These revered ancestors, along with the spirits, are deeply respected by the clan members, and it is customary to offer prayers and pay homage to them at the clan's ancestral shrine.
“FEAR NOT THE BATTLEFIELD, FOR WE WERE BORN TO PROTECT OUR BLOOD. FEAR NOT THE WOODS, FOR WE WERE BORN TO TAME THE FIERCE BEASTS WITHIN. FEAR NOT YOUR ENEMY, FOR IT IS A WORTHY AND HONORABLE OPPONENT” -Zeclas R’enar
Zeclas R'enar, the respected ancestor and grandfather of Zirath R'enar, was a formidable and imposing figure within the clan. Known for his remarkable long life, exceptional weapon skills, and fearsome hunting abilities, Zeclas commanded both respect and fear. Zeclas R'enar's origins are shrouded in mystery, with rumors speculating that he sought refuge in the secluded lands where he eventually married Ramiel R'enar. These rumors suggest that Zeclas had been banished from his previous family during his early thirties, leading him to carve a new path and establish the first generation of the R'enar lineage.
As the first to bear the R'enar name, Zeclas played a crucial role in shaping the early family members. To the once small family he taught the art of monster hunting, leaving a lasting legacy of expertise and a deep respect for nature. His presence continues to inspire and guide the R'enar warriors through the texts and stories that tell of his life, fueling their pursuit of excellence and commitment to the clan's traditions.
In addition to his formidable skills and legendary accomplishments in monster hunting, Zeclas was known as a powerful and protective family patriarch. He commanded loyalty and respect from his loved ones, though some may have feared his imposing presence. Zeclas's devotion and love for his family were evident, leaving a lasting impression on future generations.
Visually, Zeclas is depicted as a dark elf with obsidian skin, adorned with golden tribal tattoos covering his body. His long, pristine silver hair, piercing gold eyes, and jewelry added to his imposing appearance, matching his reputation as a skilled hunter and protector.
Zeclas R'enar's mysterious origins, powerful presence, and significant impact on the clan's traditions solidify his position as a respected and feared ancestor. His teachings to the early R’enar family live on, inspiring generations to embody strength, passion and dedication in their own lives.
“A LIFE WITHOUT SELF-INDULGENCE IS A LIFE NOT LIVED WELL, PURSUE THAT WHICH ADDS MEANING TO YOU ,BUT DO NOT MISTAKE YOUR VICES AS THAT WHICH IS OWED TO YOU” -Xypher Thulun
Born on the streets of a wood elf village in Athera, Xypher was the first of the Thuluns. He precedes Anerian by five generations of Thulun leaders and is the progenitor of it’s core ideals.His early life was one marked by poverty and hunger. Spending his childhood in orphanages that would cast their oldest members out once they were set up with simple trades. Be it farming, cleaning or fighting.
He was described at having combed back white hair, a nearly groomed beard and full black robes. His eyes shined blue like the early hours of dawn and he wielded a long cerulean staff forged with bamboo and leather.
He was a prolific reader and pragmatist, picking up any textbooks he could find on business and trade, eventually taking on mercantilism in his early twenties. Xypher was often stated to have had perfect recall and could memorize complex trade networks over singular voyages. He was among the fewest of Maehr in his region and would often find his carriage a target for vandalism and theft, shaping him into a loner at a young age and is noted to have struggled to endear himself to more experienced merchants he could learn from, his strong work ethic being the only thing that maintained most working relationships.
For reasons still not fully known he would abruptly close down his merchant life to pursue a Maehr education in the great Libraries of Ker’lomi.
Within these walls he would become a scholar of history and write a great deal on philosophy. Spending long hours of the day in the Library in relative seclusion, often pondering the nature of existence and beyond that, hoping to make sense of the hardships of life. Why was it that the Maehr suffered so much indignity at the hands of all folk, be it Morri, humans or High Elves.
Most of his writings pertained to Ethics and the metaphysical. Becoming a strong critic moral-relativist in part due to his harsh upbringing but also because he believed that the absence of any guiding moral axis would necessarily lead to a society defined only by anarchy and hedonism. A convenient philosophy for those seeking to act on their worst impulses with none of the moral baggage.
The armor of Clan Va'eylul is crafted from strong blackened steel plates, giving it a formidable appearance. It is adorned with golden borders and intricate designs.
The helmet is a central piece of the armor and features a golden mask on the front. This mask, made of shining gold, is a personalized symbol that represents the wearer's individuality. Each warrior has the freedom to customize their mask as they see fit, allowing for personal expression within the clan's unified identity.
To add a touch of elegance, the armor is decorated with a cloth in the wearer's chosen color. This cloth is wrapped around the helmet like a hood, draping over the shoulders and neck. Another piece of cloth, in a matching or complementary color, is wrapped around the waist like a skirt. It is secured with a symbolic golden rope, symbolizing the bond among clan members.
The combination of blackened steel, gold accents, and personalized cloth creates a striking and recognizable look for Clan Va'eylul warriors.
The Clan Va'eylul armor holds great significance within the clan, and it is frequently worn by its members during various occasions. It is considered mandatory attire during ceremonies, clan events, hunts, battles, and other important gatherings where the clan's presence and appearance are important.
While the armor is often preferred as daily attire by clan members, they do have the freedom to choose their own outfits for everyday wear. However, even in their daily attire, clan members usually incorporate elements of golden jewelry to pay homage to their heritage and showcase their connection to the clan. They may wear golden rings, bracelets, necklaces, buckles, headbands, belts, chains, earrings, piercings, circlets, and other accessories that add a touch of elegance and symbolism to their personal style.
Hulnyte of the Silan’siol, Matriarch of Clan Va’eylul, Thulun scholar, Co-founder of Clan Va'eylul, Blood of Xypher.
Founder and Patriarch of clan R'ikarth, Co-founder of Clan Va'eylul, Former prince of the Mali’ker and founder of Nor’Asath, Former Archon and co-founder of Stygian Hollow, co-founder and Jager of Esbec, Blood of Zeclas R’enar.
Dark elven language