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Rift: Travels Through Telara Part 6 - Lord Hylas

Updated Sun, Nov 06, 2011 by Medawky


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Travels Through Telara

By Padraic

Greetings once again, dear readers. Today Bran is moping about, staring into the distance and sighing a lot. I assume he is still thinking about Shlya Starhearth, as he has been in the same mood ever since he saw her. But I'm afraid I have more important things to do than listen to the bad poetry of a young man in the throes of unrequited love. I have important news to take to the Guardians. But for you to understand its import, I must relate a bit of the history of Silverwood and the High Elves first.

After the gods made the world and its many peoples, Tavril the nature goddess, called the Elves together in Silverwood. Tavril wanted someone to guard the wild places of the world, the forests, the mountains, the hidden valleys, and she chose the Elves for this task. At a holy location deep inside Silverwood called the Mirror of Ages, the High Elves met with the goddess and accepted this Covenant, from that point on becoming Tavril's favored race. Throughout the centuries, the Elves have remained true to their task, traveling far and wide across the world so they can better carry out their holy duty.


Travels Through Telara

Silverwood


But it is Silverwood that is their spiritual home, the one place they will strive to protect with everything they have. That is not to say Silverwood is untouched by the planar invasions. One only has to venture close to Sunken Marsh, an area that was once a thriving wildlife refuge, to see that even here, the rifts sometimes triumph. Beasts from the Plane of Life scoured the area, destroying its natural ecosystem and making it their own. None venture too close for fear of  what they might disturb.

The Mathosians and the High Elves have always lived peacefully together. (Except for the technocratic Eth. They are a different story entirely and the Elves want absolutely nothing to do with them.) The Elves even allowed the Mathosians to build their city, Port Scion, just outside Silverwood. Sadly, this city is now a smoldering ruin thanks to the Guardian traitor, Alsbeth the Discordant. Alsbeth destroyed the magical barrier around the city and opened up a death rift, allowing the forces of Regulos to overwhelm the city. I shudder to think what is taking place behind those once-mighty walls. At night, you can hear the screams and gibberings of the creatures that roam those once hallowed streets.

The High Elves also allowed the humans to build Quicksilver College inside the boundaries of their land. The college is a symbol of the Guardian alliance. Mathosian, Elves, and Dwarves all enroll in in Quicksilver College to learn the magical arts, and the college is now the greatest school of magic in Telara. It is said that the research that goes on behind its doors could very well be what ultimately that saves us from these abominable rifts.

Oh. Bran is no longer moping. He is now swinging a stick around, decapitating flowers and muttering about "that stupid Prince Hylas". Good. That means he has entered angry phase of unrequited love. Next will come depression, and after that he should be back to normal. That's assuming he doesn't run into Shyla again.


Travels Through Telara

Prince Hylas


Speaking of Prince Hylas brings me to the important news I was talking about earlier. It turns out that there is still more to tell of the prince's story. Although House Aelfwar has still been fighting the Wanton in an attempt to protect Silverwood, for some reason they do not challenge the creatures of Sunken Marsh or the Fae of Hedgerow Court. It is even said that Hylas has banned iron weapons, and as everyone knows, iron weapons are fatal to Faeries of all types. It was these facts that rang the biggest alarm bells in my head and prompted me to do a little investigation on my own.

It was while I was going through some of the empty Elf villages, abandoned when Prince Hylas took House Aelfwar to Overwatch Keep, that I found a wooden chest with the following letter inside.

My dear Prince Hylas,

Though you have called me enemy, the birds and beasts tell me of your woes. As a fellow guardian of the wild, my heart goes out to you. I too know the sting of a loved one's betrayal. Your Priestess Shyla has always been too eager to spend her time with the Mathosians. Now she has returned from the dead and claimed this was the work of your gods, and yet… there is but one force I know that can animate the dead, and his name is Regulos.

We need not be enemies, O Prince. We share a common love of nature and the pristine wild, and a common loathing of the Guardians, who manage to blend the stink of death with the pomposity of religion. You remind me very much of the magnificent Fae— such as myself— who hail from the deepest parts of the Plane of Life. Even now, I have access to power that would save your beautiful Silverwood with ease. You need only ask.

A kindred spirit,
Twyl
Lord of the Fae

Travels Through Telara

Overwatch Keep


This is my terrible news. I think the Prince has acquiesced to Lord Twyl and has formed some sort of alliance with the Fae. I will of course, be taking this letter to Shyla and the Guardians immediately. Who knows what Hylas plans. He is a misguided soul, led astray by his insecurities and jealousies. I only hope he does not destroy Silverwood in his blindness.

I will of course, be leaving Bran here. I'm worried that is he sees Shyla again so soon he might throw himself at her feet and declare his undying love for her.

That would be terribly embarrassing.

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