Oral History Of The Centauroi

Kept by the Elders of the Green Deep Tribe, as told by Waev Hornbearer, current First Elder of the Green Deep, retold by Jvenne Blackflanks

We came from Pelion, but as all young must someday find a new hold, so were we forced to do as the waters rose to claim our perfect but unstable birthhome. We should have perished there, but those who are dolphins now were much more then, and it was they who aided us to the strange shores of Thapul. Many of us survived to see land again; but, while we wandered along the shores, we scattered and regrouped numerous times, slowly rediscovering ourselves. Korr of Abethepos left with her mate Agraisithe to journey inland. Wuofwyr Llun left with five others to return to the sea, the way we had come. We never knew what became of either group.

As we traveled North along the Thapul shore, we learned the ways of the sea through many lessons in death. We had been blind, blithe infants, and many of us awoke from this ignorance by being reborn as leaders, for something special stirred inside us that awoke old magicks and strengths.

First among us were blood-mates Wievieorr the Founder, who later became First Stallion, and Garorrpri the Swift, who was eventually First Huntress.

Keirrthsiv was the first to discover her water magick. We could not drink saltwater, and she purified it for us. She became Watertouch.

Porrthaelr became known as Kinslayer, when she burned her brother Agrrow to death with her fire-shaping magick for his attempt to kill Garorrpri.

Sifseiga the Healer discovered her small healing magicks when tending to Garorrpri's wounds from Agrrow.

Vorroruun became Windsinger when he called down a mighty gale on attacking Thapul natives.

The eldest among us were also two blood-mates, Cereinunnthse and Sinthre. They were the wisest and the first to preserve our history. Cereinunnthse's name was changed to Wisehorn when they later both became First Elders.

We followed the shoreline as it curved northeastward to a point; and, when the shoreline stretched towards the south again, our followers split in half. Guogunnre led the half that continued along the shoreline, which had become known to us as the White Stretches. We know not whether any survived. Wievieorr led the rest of us north, into the sea again. It is said that he was a Visionary and that he had seen a lush green home for us.

It is unknown how we first reached Sister Isle, but from there we swam the moderate distance to Brother Isle, and swam again to reach the shores of what is now called Aldrana. We passed through the land now, treading into a terrible desert that would have dried us all up but for Keirrthsiv's magicks. Seven of us fell to the sand-beasts that made their home there. The small oases are still out there, found only if one knows the old signs, which lie only in the shifts of the wind. This was Vorroruun's magick; and, because of it, some say, any Centaur can cross this desert safely, because the traces of his wind magick will recognize and guide them.

Once passing the desert we found the place that the First Elders named Viorruun but that became known to the rest of our tribe (for we considered ourselves a tribe now) as the Green Deep. It was the home of homes, and we sought to flourish in this new green growing place. But we began to die horrific deaths here too, for exotic were the creatures that made us their new prey. The Green Deep was not the safe sanctuary we had dreamed of. We had to forget the ways of the sea and learn new lessons of hunting and being hunted -- led by First Huntress Garorrpri, whose swift and cunning instincts made her the best at scouting and surviving in the place now known to be a jungle.

In the generations immediately after the Founders, we Centaurs became smaller, for our number was too large then to feed all of us. As our generations dwindled, picked off by the native beasts, we again grew taller and more robust.

Of the many First Stallions and First Huntresses who have come before us, most are remembered for their wisdom and courage: Ganthrarr Snakespeaker, Niesievgre of the Green Magicks, Nivee Blacktongue, Isoelthe Epos, Riganta Flameeyes, Cadkoun Longmane, Aesk Songspear, Aeolepos Shiningmane, Thorstha Treearms, Grithe Seesfar, Eirrvisth Greypool, Eilunhwyfar Moonpacer, Dissteinn Leaftreader, Hjorthis Whiteflanks, Cerddbran Redtail, Drest Silenttrot, Iounna Fastbow, Strigan Natastatooth, Agron Windgazer, Llanwen Yellowcoat, Hilde Nighteeyes, Arlonn the Clever, Heia She-snake, Niune Rufftail, Aithe Clampjaw, and Arian Weavepath.

We came from Pelion, and mayhaps some day we shall see it again.

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  • Centauroi Exodus

    As told by the Centaurs of Ur-Daharae, related by Oelric D'vyrrhe

    After the Fall of Pelion, many of the Centauroi were swept away to the northern shores of the Desertlands of Ufaeria. Understanding that they would not be able to survive in the harsh desert, they embarked on a journey across these barren lands. Led by the legendary centauress, Aarene, they crossed the deserts in a great passage called the Quae'laar. Many died on the journey -- including Aarene herself -- from hunger and thirst, sun and sandstorms, and attacks by the Serenshen. But those who did survive arrived finally at the Hidden Valley. Some stayed there, at the area called Ur-Daharae, but the majority continued with their journeys and spread all over the Worlde.

    Some versions (which mainly survived in parables and children's lullabies) of Centauroi history claim that mysterious Desert Elves aided the survivors of Pelion. Most centaurs largely dismiss these legends: no proof even to the existence of these Elves was ever found ... and most centaurs would like to believe they survived due to their own might.

    The journey of the Centauroi is traditionally divided into four stages, which also reflect various phases in the individual lives of the centaurs. The rituals of the Centauroi symbolize the collective myth and individual lives:

    Siyaqqur ("Birth"): The Siyaqqur is the time when the Centauroi were swept into the seas, drowned by the wrath of their god. During this phase, their shamans, the Delanii, mysteriously disappeared. The Centauroi drifted this way and that without leadership or direction. When they finally landed on the shores of Ufaeria, a centauress named Aarene became their first Ra'aia (female leader) and the journey began. The word "siyaqqur" also designates in the Centauroi tongue the birth of a centaur. Traditionally, the mother gives birth inside the waters of a shallow stream (symbolizing the waters of the Vericul) assisted by the Ra'aia of her clan. The newborn is immersed in water before the Ra'aia places him or her on the solid ground. (The Sea is the symbol of this phase.)

    Quae'laar ("Puberty"): The Quae'laar is the great passage of the Centauroi through the Desertlands. It is considered as a time when Chaos still intermingled with the emerging new culture of the centaurs. The Quae'laar ended with the death of Aarene and the arrival of the clans at the Hidden Valley. "Quae'laar" also means adolescence, the time of change from foalhood to maturity in the centaur's life. Quae'laar is also a private journey that each centaur is required to perform as his or her rite-de-passage: the adolescent centaur leaves the clan for about a year and a half and is expected to survive alone in the wilderness, where the laws of his clan do not apply. When the centaur returns, he or she is finally considered an adult. (The Desert is the symbol of this phase.)

    Aerusynne ("Marriage"): This is the phase of the centaurs' arrival at the lush woodlands of the Hidden Valley and their final relocation in their new homes. "Aerusynne" also means marriage, which is traditionally conducted under the largest or most ancient tree in the clan's territory. (The Forest is the symbol of this phase.)

    Ev'Siyaqqur ("Return To Birth" [or "Death"]): According to some versions (believed by only a few of the Centauroi), the centaurs are to return once again to the waters of the Vericul and find their lost Pelion under the waves. This phase is called "Ev'Siyaqqur," which also means death in the language of the centaurs. When a centaur dies, he or she is once again immersed in the waters of his or her birthplace stream. Afterwards, the body is burnt and the ashes dispersed in the same waters. (Again, the Sea is the symbol of this phase.)

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