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  1. a souls game because i just want to die
  2. THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE HALLOWED FLAME ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ♭ =THE ORDER’S HISTORY= The Hallowed Flame has its origins in the Commonwealth of Kaedrin of the Savoyard Kingdom of Oren and early Johannian Empire; founded in the year 1520 by the Count of Roseden, Arstan Bedell, at the behest of Magnate Cantonus Chivay, a zealous Owynist warrior caste was established as the vanguard of the Commonwealth. Embracing the fiery sun of their lord Owyn and his dogma as the basis of a new creed, the Order was established as a militant force dedicated to the pursuit of justice, and those ideals laid out before them. The first founding of the Order was comprised of the wilted remnants of the Flaming Rose, and other true-hearted Kaedreni men who served with zeal at the behest of the Chivay Lord of the Commonwealth. However, as the early months of the Order panned out, dissent and mutiny arose amongst the ranks in the form of a certain Hadrian Chivay. Following the assassination of Cantonus Chivay, the title of Grandmaster fell upon his shoulders, and the Order subsequently stagnated following the excommunication of its founder at the hands of the Canonist Church as the result of an incident involving the murder of a Carrion claimant to the Imperial Throne. Its men scattered to the wind, and the Order reduced to a husk, it was dissolved in 1533. Recently, however, the Order has been given new life in order to serve as the militant hand of the one true Canonist Church in an era of renewed strife, standing in opposition to the schismatic Pontiff of the pretender Marnas in support of High Pontiff Siegmund I. In contrast to its earlier iteration, the newly established Order touts the philosophy and virtue of the Imperial Cult, espousing a mixture of traditional Owynist belief and reverence for the cleansing fire of the Prophet alongside the exaltation of the Dragonblooded and the divine right of the House of Horen through Pertinax the Dragonknight, serving to that end in both the protection of their church, as well as their divinely-anointed Emperor, Godfrey III. Injustice across the Empire is met with fire and steel, and those who would dare threaten the virtuous are put to the stake. Yet, their righteous crusade for the purging of all that is wicked and unjust does not end with the Marnantines rebels that threaten the unity of mankind. Maleficarum do not find solace in the wake of their march, nor do cultists of vile practices and dark creeds. Many a blasphemer has been put to the stake - burned aloft for all to spectate - at the hands of the most just. In this day and age, faith wanes and rising to supplement it is the zeal and piety of the Dragon’s adherents. A new age dawns, and it dawns in fire. =TENETS OF THE ORDER= The Order of the Hallowed Flame prides itself in discipline, and in this discipline comes a strict dogma in which each man is required to adhere to. I. REMAIN ETERNALLY FAITHFUL TO HOREN’S COVENANT AND THE HOLY FIRE It is they, Blessed Horens, that guides the realms of man, and their Holy Fire that assures our salvation when we pass on to the otherworld. Never lose faith in the Dragonsblood and Its’ Flame, for to do so would spell doom. Without faith, we cannot ever hope to succeed, and we shall fail as those who came before us have. Faith is our weapon, so wield it true. II. TOLERATE NOT THE IDOLATOR NOR PAGAN, FOR HE IS UNCLEAN Each man is required to show no sympathies towards those of nonhuman faith, unrenounced of vile origin. And why would they? Owyn led man against the Harrenites, and so have generations of Horen seen to the curtailing of fell realms since; it is foolish to believe one could redeem themselves. III. BRING HIS LIGHT TO THE DARK FOR THERE ARE SOULS TO BE SAVED If the basis of our order is built upon the reverence of Horen and the Hallowed Flame, then we must hasten to spread his teachings across the realm. And to those who openly shun his ways, they are no better than the mongrels who lay with elves and pray before trees. Death to him, in the most righteous of fire. IV. RESPECT YOUR BROTHERS, WHO LIVE AND DIE BESIDE YOU At the core of any order is tried-and-true camaraderie. Fight not amongst yourselves, but find it within to make brotherly ties with your fellow soldier. For mutual respect and friendship make a man fight harder on the field to battle, in defense of their comrade. V. NEVER FALTER IN THE FACE OF THE ENEMY To parade fear in the ranks, and to quiver before a foe is the greatest dishonor known. Have faith, for the Fire safeguards us against sword and lance. Falter not, and remain as a redoubt before your foemen and you will have no trouble in dispatching them. =RELIGIOUS DOGMA= NO EVIL CAN SURVIVE THE HOLY FIRE; THE HOLY FIRE ENLIGHTENS, IT BURNS AND IT CLEANSES. BEHOLD THE FLAME OF GRACE AND MERCY MADE MANIFOLD Ever-evident, both through namesake and nature, is the Order’s veneration of the Hallowed Flame; the primordial light bestowed upon Mankind through their covenant with GOD and his earthly agents. All that stems from that light and covenant is revered as being a thing of great divinity; the dragonsblood of the Horen, bound with primordial fire and the right of Emperors, the words of Exalted Owyn, and the ever-cast shadows of Humanity’s most watchful guardians. They offer their prayer to it all through fire and flame: prayer, sacrifice, and carrying out Exalted Owyn’s work in purifying all of GOD’s creation. It is those duties that compelled GOD’s most leal followers to join together and combat the decaying moral front that beset the edges of society; faith in the purifying light of creation and the mandate of GOD and Exalted Owyn alike. It breeds the necessity of deed over word, and of stringent measure before saccharine words and preaching; for, as the ancient and self-evident words go, soft time breeds weak men; hard times breed great men. Intolerance of false idolatry and pagan veneration is inherently necessary to maintain the goodwill of GOD and his Prophets, be they Dragonblooded Horen or the immaculate Owyn. The enemies of duty and faith are manifold; from the perfidious and scheming Dwarven Merchants, revering bones and dust, to the idolatry of the Elven Druidics who revere aspects of the Lord GOD’s creation rather than Him and all that represents the eternal light he bestowed upon the mortal planes. Worse, yet, is the man who turns on his blood and fails to supplicate themselves before their Rightly Divine liege-lord Horen; for it was them GOD laid the Crown of Humanity on the brow of, and none other. Much like the treasured sons and brothers of Owyn, the holiest rite one can enact in the eyes of the Brotherhood is to offer tribute to the Lord in Heaven; there is nothing that appeases our vengeful GOD more than the death of the foeman and give unto the fields of man his ashes as nutrient. It is known to the Brotherhood that the last noises that escape the enflamed witch & pagan mouths are nothing short of the tongue of God. =HIERARCHY OF THE ORDER= -SENIOR COMMAND- GRANDMASTER Incumbent: Friar Tuck [Key_of_Solomon] The Grandmaster holds supreme command over the entirety of the Order, whose orders are to be followed without question and doubt. This office is to be held until death, and provided that the Grandmaster had not designated an heir, the Chapter Masters shall convene and appoint another through discussion and vote. -HIGH COMMAND- CHAPTER MASTER Incumbent: Francois de Vignoble | Sigismund Bedell The Chapter Masters are the appointed commanders of the Order beneath the supervision of the Grandmaster, always chosen from among the anointed knights of the faith. Holding authority over all other knights as well as enlisted members of the Order, they oversee pay, discipline and equipment across the board. Entrusted with leading men during times of war, drilling the soldiery and ensuring a standard of quality is maintained within the Order, they sit as advisors to the Grandmaster and offer their counsel in matters of faith, tactics and war. HOLY KNIGHT Anointed Knights of the Canonist Church, Holy Sers of the Order of the Hallowed Flame make up the core veterency of the Order, expected to be competent in both war and in faith. It is considered a high honor within the Order, and commands a certain level of respect in itself. They hold the authority to call upon a small detachment of Ordermen to serve at their behest, and are expected to take charge in the absence of ranking superiors. -ENLISTED ORDER MEMBERS- MAN-AT-ARMS The Man-At-Arms is the rank-and-file soldier of the Order. Equipped with castle-forged steel and a higher salary than that of their footmen counterparts, they have been enlisted into the ranks for a significant amount of time, and are often promoted on the basis of merit or loyal service. FOOTMAN The Footman is the entry-level enlisted soldier. Given a bunk, an annual salary and armed with mail and steel, these men make up the backbone of the order and are by far the most numerous amongst its ranks. Discipline is expected, and those who step out of line are punished severely. ((To join the Hallowed Flame, contact either @Ambduscias or myself on the forums, or on discord at Hunter#6957 or Bagley#5680 respectively. Credits to Ambduscias for the post.))
  3. Ilathenar made a thinking face, scratching his head as the Uradir made his speech. “Blessed, true born-- Durion? This one must be delusional. It was Durion Uradir who betrayed the people of Haelun’or in his lust for power in attempting to seize the authority of the Sohaer, trying to starve the citizenry to force them to bend. Impure filth, through and through, be he an Uradir or no. Surely, his spawn are no less tainted and power-hungry.”
  4. quiet and whisper don’t work why try to fix something that isnt broken, also give us back emote colors for non-vips the worst feature of the chat system of lotc’s largest competitor is the fact that everyone has the same chat color lol
  5. Imagine being this unapologetically and blatantly biased. LotC staff needs to be put in the basement.
  6. “The Silver Elves are mutants warped by the taint of the so-called Golden Pools. Their forebears baptized themselves in cursed waters, and when Larihei and her followers emerged, they wore that very curse upon their skin and in their souls. Their bodies were left feeble and misshapen, their minds clouded by conceit, and the basest notions of common sense had abandoned them. And when their transformation became complete, Larihei spoke to her flock of degenerate mutants, ‘procreate among thineselves, and let not the bloodline of the purest stray’. Rejoice, this is the result of centuries worth of inbreeding, my friends!” A tattooed Ithelanen read aloud amidst a crowd of his fellows, including the majestic Cao Cao Shen. @Ambduscias
  7. “Imagine being so delusional as to declare a defensive pact as warmongers and then enter their cities by force of arms to slay their citizenry and leadership’s body doubles, only to proclaim that peace was their only wish. It is clear they have little to no self-awareness; hypocrisy speaks true enough of intent.” Din’laselan proclaimed to his kinsmen and also Cao Cao Shen after reading the announcement out in the midst of their hall.
  8. ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ♭ "Then an Elf came unto many fragments, devoid of the divisions marked upon his skin, and he said this: “Abandon yourselves of this folly that breaks our unison - the Humans die hastily, and their sons learned from their history, and shall come to know keenly of your conceit as they of theirs.” But the countless divisions ignored him, for they relished their individualism and honored Malin in their own ways. So the Undivided One who came, with blood of Sylvaen, was marked Outcast - and his whole line of Undivided, Outcasts." -excerpt from the Anticipations The Principality of Alderyn burns, her peoples scattered. But in times of great adversity lie the potential for greatness; to overcome. It is the resilience and persistent nature of the Elven peoples that has allowed for us to stand time and time again. From the sacking of Malinor to the subjugation of our peoples at the hands of the Imperium of Man’s predecessors to the own folly of our complacent and weak rulers through the years. It is now that such qualities must prevail yet again. Hereby, as of the 14th of the First Seed, 1712, it is declared that the Principality of Aegrothond shall mend the schism of the Dominion - the divide between the House of Sylvaen and the Clan Ithelanen, and unite in the face of uncertainty. Aegrothond is no more, only Elvenesse stands. I. The Prince of Alderyn hereby dissolves the Amber Throne and the state of Alderyn as a formal political entity. II. The Principality of Aegrothond, following the dissolution of the Amber Throne of Alderyn, discards its previous identity as a splinter state of the Dominion of Malin to henceforth establish itself as the Crown of Elvenesse, with High Prince Feanor Sylvaeri presiding over the unified peoples of Aegrothond and Alderyn. III. Din’laselan Ithelanen is conferred with the title of Prince of Lathadlen, given princely deference and authority within the demesne of Elvenesse, and shall sit with permeance a chair upon the High Council of Elvenesse to represent the interests of the Irrinites and Alderfolks, and to aid in the governance of the realm in perpetuity. IV. The Prince of Lathadlen shall hereby recognize the primacy of the High Prince of Elvenesse, recognizing them as the rightful protector of Almenodrim, Alderfolk and the Irrinites, and to serve without question in the preservation of their rule. V. The Prince of Lathadlen shall be afforded lands within the Principality of Elvenesse to house his people, and conferred with the right to self-governance through the maintenance of his own council as long as it does not stand to usurp the authorities of the High Council of Elvenesse. VI. The High Prince of Elvenesse shall recognize the cultural and religious sovereignty of the Irrinites and Alderfolk, and in no way endeavor to infringe upon their religious and cultural practices within the jurisdiction of their own lands. His Eminence, Fëanor Sylvaeri, High Prince of Elvenesse, Lord Heir of the House of Sylvaen, Forge Master of Sylvaen’s Hammer, Lord Protector of the Isles of Almenor His Highness, Din'laselan Ithelanen, Prince of Lathadlen, Heir to Fang-and-Fury, Sovereign of the Alder Clans and the Irrinites, Favored by Morea
  9. “The esoteric sense of humor that the Silver Elves own makes one wonder; were the Golden Pools truly a blessing, or did it render them as mutated, inbred vestiges of old Elven glory utterly incapable of higher thought beyond the stroking of their own egos? Hrm...” Din’laselan makes a big thinking face.
  10. Updated with revamped history and additions to clan traditions.
  11. Thread updated with a clarification on clans and branches related to the family. Full revitalization of the history will follow soon after.
  12. Branches of the Ithelanen Lineage Credit to Trinn Ithelanen The Ithelanen, chief among the Alderfolk, are the most prolific of the ancient clans of the elves who rejected the tyrant king Malin and the settled life he imposed upon his people through the founding of the first kingdom. The mainline branch of Ithelanen descends directly from Lord Ithel’an Lathadlen, known as Lathadlen Fang-and-Fury, first Prince of the Alders, who defied the King of the Elves’ wishes during the struggle against the Hou-Zi and attempted to exodus with his clan and cabal of followers, only to be ran through the heart with a spear and slain by Malin for his so-called betrayal. His torch was taken up by twin sons, Din’an and Har’el, who led their people into the deep groves of the world, far removed from the tyranny of the Malin’s Kingdom where they would remain in isolation for centuries to come. The Ithelanen of today are descended from the line of Din’an, whose sons overcame the Kinstrife and strove to honor the legacy of Lathadlen Fang-and-Fury through the Vir Ame’lanen. Passionate, ambitious and stalwart, they embody their ancestor in body and in mind, endeavoring in traditionalist values and strict adherence to the Prince of Wolves, Morea, through their martial prowess. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Credit to Numirya Vanethelan The blooded Vanethelanen descend directly from Van'el, son of Ithlan'vuven, son of Din'an; the first to break off from the mainline of the Ithelanen Clan, the Vanethelanen were established in direct opposition to the isolationist, purist tradition that had been upheld by the Ithelanen for generations. While they have reintegrated with their kin as wayward brothers, they have strayed to a point where they are largely distinct from the mainline. The Vanethelanen Branch of Ithelanen consists for the most part of outsiders inducted into the bloodline, upholding a tradition of adoption in which non-blooded elves are recruited for their merit, and for their features, generally favoring those who possess physical traits that mostly resemble that of their ancient lineage through Ithel’an. In recent years, the Vanethelan have not maintained a Clan Father of their own, deferring to that of the Ithelanen on matters of dispute. However, the law-brother of the current Clan Father, Kairn Ithelanen, stewards the branch as its appointed elder. Credit to Numirya Atraedes The Atraedes are an entity of the modern era. Founded for the purpose of a royal bloodline separate from the Ithelanen Clan they descend from, the Atraedes were established to preside over the Kingdom of Gladewynn following the transfer of Ithelanen rule from the hands of King Kairn upon his disappearance into the hands of his heir and successor, Cassius Ithelanen, who chose to take upon the new name for his brief tenure as the ruler of the wood elven state. Considered to be Ithelanen in every aspect but name, the distinction was chalked up to appeasement for pseudo-Malinorian Old Guard by the Ithelanen Elders, who see the branch as little more than a flimsy split-off that has defied tradition in doing so. Corrin The Corrin stand as the last descendants of the line of Har’el, whom they sided with during the Kinstrife against the line of Din’an for Corrin’s betrothal to the granddaughter of Ithel’an Lathadlen, Lin’myathan. Corrin was among the first of Ithel’an’s followers during the days of Malin’s Kingdom, fighting alongside the Prince of the Alders during the war against the deceiver and his ilk. It would be Corrin and his sons who stood at Ithel’an’s side in his defiance of Malin, and it would be Corrin who advised the twin heirs to remain unflinching and lead their people from it following their father’s death at the hands of the firstborn. The Corrin claim direct matrilineal descent from Ithel’an, and for this, they have remained strong friends and allies to the Ithelanen regardless of their involvement in the Kinstrife, which they were forgiven for by Din’anen soon after the demise of Linnarel and his sons. Despite their blood-ties to the Ithelanen, they embody the culture of their Dark Elven lineage, paying solemn reverence to their ancestors in all things. Family Tree Found Below
  13. Credit to Numirya. ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ♭ Introduction Ithelanen is an ancient bloodline; one steeped in mystery, irrelevance and altogether little known to their agrarian cousins who chose to settle Malinor in the days of Aegis. Maintaining their proud nomadic traditions, they can trace their lineage back to the days of yore when Malin and his people walked the forests of an infant world. From the mouth of a clansman of the Ithelanen, they are likely to say that their blood are the only ones who haven’t betrayed the roots of the Elven peoples, keeping true to a philosophy and lifestyle they refer to as the Vir Ame’lanen in their corrupted dialect of the ancient tongue, the Way of the Forest. Their history is little known even to themselves, for most of their knowledge and tradition was lost to a period known to them as the Kinstrife. With exodus forced by the scourging of Axios, the Ithelanen have been thrust from their isolation out of necessity and into a world dominated by strange elves foreign in every aspect. While generally disinclined to abandon the old way, some among their number have readily integrated into elven society, sacrificing their nomadic roots in so doing. On the other hand, many cling fiercely to what remains of their past, staunchly traditionalist in the face of ever-changing times. History (This information is not 100% fact. It is the result of centuries of oral tradition and should not be taken as factual lore.) In Millenia past did the line of Ithel’an and his children do battle beneath the banner of Malin. It was the Ithelanen who were leal servants of the firstborn, unflinching in their undying loyalty to the first King of Elvenesse. Theirs was a tradition of sacrifice upon the battlefield -- seasoned warriors all, they lived a nomadic existence until the coming of the deceiver, and when that call was sounded to do battle beneath the banners of the four brothers, it was Lord Ithel'an Lathadlen who would pledge his people to the charge of his then-liege and friend, Malin. Ithel’an, his sons and his followers made their names known far and wide in the war to come, and it was Ithel’an who would come to be known as Lathadlen Fang-and-Fury for his unwavering resolve and ferocity in battle, dedicating himself wholly to Morea, Prince of Wolves. When the Archdaemon was finally cast from the waking world by Aeriel, and his curse laid upon the people of Elvenesse, Ithel’an grew bitter, spilt blood and sacrifices made for naught. Reluctantly, he and his clansmen joined beneath Malin during the founding of his kingdom, but in time, their discontent would come to surface. Agrarian living was not a lifestyle deemed acceptable by the beliefs of Lathadlen, who reviled the idea of prisons of wood and stone meant to ensnare the people and suck the joy from the earth. Over time, Fang-and-Fury delved deeper into his resentment for what Malin had built, but did not dare to speak out against his long-time friend and ally. But then, the drums of war sounded anew and Lathadlen could not bear to send his grandchildren onto the field of battle. While Malin’s Kingdom clashed with the Hou-Zi, Lathadlen and his followers aired their growing disquiet over the affair. Many came to loathe Malin and all for which he stood, besmirching his name in insular gatherings, though never so brazen to openly protest against the King of the Elves. Inevitably, Lathadlen stood at a crossroads and chose exodus over servility. Gathering his people beneath a new banner, he declared himself as the first Prince of the Alders, and declared Malin’s Kingdom a perversion. Malin did not sit idly and allow his subject leave, however. Lord Ithel’an Lathadlen was summoned to a moot, and there he was promised change; that his concerns would be addressed, and a return to the old, nomadic way. Lathadlen was naive. He did not think betrayal within the nature of the Elven King, and for that, he paid the ultimate sacrifice. Pierced through the heart by a spear of elderwood, Lathadlen was slain before a crowd of all Elvenesse, and he was made an example of. Unity, Malin spoke, and condemned his old friend for daring to bring ruin to his Kingdom, to what they had worked so hard to build. Horrified, the followers of Lathadlen decried the tyranny of Malin. Ithel’an’s twin sons, Din’an and Har’el led the exodus of those who remained unwavering to their father’s cause, retreating into the deep woods of the world to live a nomadic existence as was demanded by their father’s legacy. In his death, it is said that Lathadlen Fang-and-Fury was mourned by his patron, the Wolf God Morea, who had chosen the fallen Prince of the Alders for his wisdom and cunning in the way of battle. To this day even, the Ithelanen adhere to a religious foretelling, speaking of a curse laid upon Malin and his line, that wrongs would be made right in the coming of the second incarnation of their fabled ancestor. It was in the primordial forests of Axios that the Sons of Ithel’an, who now knew themselves as the Ithelanen, would call their home for centuries to come. Turning inwards, the Alder Elves shunned their cousins and the Malinite Creed to which they adhered, naming the King of the Elves as Kinslayer, Heretic, Anathema and many more titles to denote his unworthiness to lord over the people. Isolation led to strife, however, and a century after the exodus from Malin’s Kingdom, the Kinstrife commenced. Ithel’an’s sons became embattled in a struggle for control of the clan. Din’an wished to uphold the mandate of their father, and in doing this, wage war against Malin. Har’el advocated peace and isolation. For this disagreement, blood was shed and the Ithelanen fell to savagery. It would ultimately be Har’el who vanquished Din’an and secured his rule over the people, though he was so consumed with sorrow that he chose to depart from his clan and meet his end in the heart of nature, offering himself up to the Aspects for penance. Har’el’s victory was won at a great cost. Many of the Elders who followed Ithel’an in the earliest days were slain, and the clan left without the wisdom of their forebears. Har’el’s line never truly recovered from the events that preceded their rule, and in their victory, Din’an’s son remained bitter in his contempt for the death of his father. Without wisdom, the savagery of the Kinstrife became ingrained among the clan, and while violence on such a scale would never again come to pass, they became a fierce people void of the same compassion shared by Lathadlen Fang-and-Fury. In time, Har’el’s grandsons succumb to Iblees’ curse, withering into nothing to pave the way for the blood of Din’an to return to their rightful seat over the Alders. History turned to legend, superstition took root and what little was preserved of their history was amended to suit the needs of Din’an’s line. Har’el became a reviled figure, said to have taken evil spirits to bed and become mad in a lust for power. Din’an became the martyred hero, who bled at the hands of his twin brother’s wicked designs, and walked in the path of his father by falling victim to the kinslaying. Linnarel’s descendants, save the Corrins of Ithel’an’s time, were stricken from all record and what could be recalled from the era of the Kinstrife became so muddied throughout the revisions that it became more a thing of legend than actual, truthful history. It was in these dark years that the Ithelanen first took up the Blood Rite, and endeavored on the Ichorian Path, first codifying what would become known as the Vir Ame’lanen. History became a fable, the truth became as myth and so the Ithelanen dwelt in their ignorance for centuries to come, until the arrival of the descendants to the Isles of Axios. At first, it was only the occasional intrusion into the ancient hunting grounds of their clan. Then settlements were given life along the borders, and soon enough, the ax was taken to their holy places, clearing land to till and feed the bellies of their people. Where those who came before might have been eager to take up spear and bow, to drive the invaders back, Din’laselan decreed that his tribe simply retreat deeper into the forests, that no confrontation would be permitted. And so they did, living as they had until the taint of Mordskov began to corrupt the land and render their lifestyle unsustainable. The Ithelanen chose migration over oblivion and crossed the sea to Atlas. For the first time in millennia did they live among their kin as son of Malin, however reluctant as they were. Simple existence was not to last, however. With the revival of the Vanethelanen, the non-blooded kith of the mainline, it would be Kairn Twice-crowned that would bring the Ithelanen into relevance through his military prowess and subsequent rule over the domains of Elvenesse and Gladewynn, setting the stage for a new era of the Alderfolk. Traditions The Ithelanen adhere to a strict code of conduct known to them as the Vir Ame’lanen - a direct translation being the way of the forest. Its mandate is simple; Revere the Prince of Wolves in all things. Act with both wisdom and with cunning and bring war without cessation to those who dishonor his name. To exalt the tyrant Malin is sacrilege. Respect is not owed to the bane of Lathadlen Fang-and-Fury and his cursed lineage. Do not defile nature. The gift of the hunt sustains, and only it should be indulged in. Blood must be paid for in blood, but do not kill wastefully. To allow the flesh of your enemies to rot is to invite dishonor upon the Covenant. Mark yourself with the deeds of your forebears, that you may know pride as a living reminder of our people’s legacy. Act with restraint always, and beware the many forms of temptation, for it seeks to separate us from the righteous path. Beyond these six tenets, it is all-encompassing. The traditions of the Ithelanen, be it their religious rites, the tattoos they proudly bear or the nomadic way of life they have for millennia followed are all considered to be apart of the Vir Ame’lanen and for an elf to walk the path, they must stay true to the customs of their forebears. Esalathe'lan Similar to the Wood Elven practice of ilmyumier, or seed markings, the Ithelanen tattoo their bodies in a myriad of patterns. Known to their clan as Esalathe’lan, or funeral writing, the markings are unlike that of ilmyumier in that they do not represent affiliation to a bloodline, but instead hold a much darker connotation. Whenever a member of the Ithelanen passes into the next life, all living clansmen add on to their own markings as a symbolic form of mourning. This, however, extends to notable elves of the Clan who lived prior such as the likes of Din’an, and so their tattoos are perhaps the most outlandish among the Elven people - patterns of blue and gray that wrap across their entire bodies, unique to each person with the more senior clansmen bearing fuller and more elaborate designs. Morea’s Covenant Morea’s Covenant is a pact reaching back to the earliest myth and legend espoused by the line of Lathadlen Fang-and-Fury. It is said in the early days when the wild gods still walked among the early tribes of the elves, Lord Ithel’an Lathadlen made a blood pact with the Prince of Wolves, Morea, swearing himself and his lineage in undying service to the forest god in return for martial prowess and mastery of the hunt. In return for these boons granted to the Prince of the Alders and his kin, Morea demanded that Lathadlen and his sons take on a stringent code of worship, exalting him and honoring him through their virtue and their deeds. This served as the foundation for what would eventually come to be known as the Vir Ame’lanen among the Ithelanen, and is still adhered to even today. However, the defining practice which separated Morea’s Covenant from the more modern Forest Path is the practice of ritualistic cannibalism among the Ithelanen. “Blood must be paid for in blood, but do not kill wastefully. To allow the flesh of your enemies to rot is to invite dishonor upon the Covenant.” The fourth tenet of the Vir Ame’lanen speaks of it, though not so directly as the old covenant once did. For the Ithelanen, it is both socially and morally acceptable for their warriors to consume the flesh of the dead that they slay with their own hands; be it on the field of battle or otherwise, to exalt nature is to not be wasteful, and to reject the gift of the hunt bestowed by the Prince of Wolves is sacrilege above all. To the Ithelanen, it is no different from indulging in the fruits of a hunt, however, it has fallen somewhat out of fashion with the arrival of the clan to the Dominion and her successor states. Traditionally, following a battle, a warrior would claim the corpses of those they fell in personal combat and would return them to their tribe for their family to prepare. The warrior and his family would then feast over a period of several days (dependant on the numbering of the dead) and participate in religious festivities throughout to give praise to the Prince of Wolves for his gifts. Before battle, Ithelanen clansmen would often fast days in advance, and it has for long lent to the mentality of waste not want not that is prevalent among the clan. Religion While the founders of the clan were traditionally Aspectist in almost every respect, their scions diverged and became among the first seeds to embrace the third way; the Ichorian Way. The Ithelanen do, loosely, exalt the aspects - however, it falls into the scope of Ichorian Aspectism, exalting formless powers instead of aspects given form. Instead, their praise is given more directly to the Mani. Chief among them, their clan patron, Morea, the Prince of Wolves to whom they grant praise and exaltation more than any other. And to Moccus as well, for they both are joined to represent the duality of Hunter and the Warrior. To this end, the Ithelanen give up offerings of the hunt to Morea and hold in high regard the wolf in their symbolism, alongside keeping hounds as their pets - that they might look to these companions as protectors as they to Morea, while also making themselves beholden to the covenant made between the Wolf God and their forebears in ages past. To Moccus, the Ithelanen offer praise less directly than one might to Morea. Their offerings are those slain in battle, and to the Prince of Boars, a clansman will often dedicate the still-beating heart of a fallen combatant in hopes of catching his eye and earning his strength. Physical Characteristics The blooded members of the Ithelanen are purely homogeneous in stock. Standing anywhere from 5’9” to 6’5”, with women being on the shorter end of that spectrum, the Ithelanen were evidently bred for war with stockier builds in comparison to their cousin elves. Ithelanen men are almost always broad of shoulder, sturdy and sport facial and body hair growth that is outside the norm of the typical elf. Women, coincidentally, have more masculine builds and fall into the same vein. They are easily picked apart from their fellow wood elves by the color of their skin. Ithelanen Elves fall into the same spectrum as the Alderfolk with whom they are associated, bearing fair skin and silvery-blue eyes. All those born of the line of Din'an are black-headed without fail. Another distinguishing factor is the Esalathe'lan - funeral writing; a practice similar to the seed tattoos of their cousin clans, though with different meaning lended to the ink. Ithelanen tend to dress for austerity, with loose robes, tunics and the generous use of leather and fur. How To Join You can join by connecting with a Clan Father in-character. If you have questions please contact Laskaris#5680, Lynxy#4677 or Wackticus#1494.
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