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The book, written by the leader of Clan Iorwerth, Aenwyn Iorwerth, takes place shortly before the elves and their goddess, Seren, left Tarddiad, the elven homeworld, for Gielinor during the First Age. The book details Aenwyn's refusal to leave Tarddiad and the conversation she has with Seren regarding said matter.
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I've been spending more time in the woods lately. Well... I always spent a lot of time in the woods, let's be honest. Our place is there. The little cliff looking over the lake. The one with the silverkin bushes that we both liked. That shared love for something so benign. Who'd have guessed what it would lead to? We were always an odd pair.
I guess I go there to remember, but also to forget. To pretend things are still as they once were. It's the only escape I have. It's amazing how similar it still looks to that first night. With how much everything else has changed, the familiarity of that place is my solace. In some ways though, it's also my sorrow.
Seren wants us to leave. Another came to our world, one like her. He told her of a great land where we could all live in harmony. She wants to go, and she wants us to come as well.
She can't convince everyone on her own. She needs the support of the clan leaders, which means she needs me. In truth, that's why I've been spending more time in the woods. It shames me, but I'm avoiding her. Deep down I worry that she might be right, that maybe our time here is done. If I avoid the conversation, I can avoid what I fear to be the truth.
It was only a matter of time before she found me. I would never be able to avoid her forever. I was back at our spot again, lying and looking up at the stars, like we always used to. That was when I heard her call out to me. Even now I remember what she said.... mostly. I may paraphrase a touch.
'I can see why you come here so much, it's beautiful,' she said. I turned to her. 'It's not the beauty I'm here for,' I replied.
'No,' she said, 'I wish I could have met him.'
She knew, of course she knew. I was the lady of Clan Iorwerth, I wasn't allowed to have secrets.
'So why do you want to take me away from him?' I asked her. 'Aenwyn, my child, I would never separate the two of you,' she insisted. 'Until the end of eternity, he will always walk by your side. But you must know, there's no future for us on this world.'
'I'm not looking to the future,' I replied, my gaze held on hers. I stood up and walked past her, into the woods, leaving her alone on the cliff.
For a while after that, I avoided our spot, fearing she might find me there again. I walked through other parts of the wood, contemplating.
I was a clan leader, which meant I had a responsibility to those who I led. Apart from the Cywir, Seren had managed to convince all the other clan leaders to join her in the new world.
I knew my people were starting to doubt in my leadership. After all, what kind of leader spends her days hiding in woods? They were right to be concerned. I was never meant to lead. In all honesty, I was a bit naff at it.
Soon enough, our paths crossed again. I was on one of my usual walks when I found her, by the crystal shrines near the old temple.
'Following me?' I asked.
'You're not the only one who likes a walk from time to time,' she replied. 'Even a goddess needs room to reminisce.'
'Reminisce?' I enquired. She turned to me.
'You're not the only one to know loss, Aenwyn. Before I came here, I had a family. A mother and a brother.'
I must admit I was taken aback. Seren had always seemed so unknowable, so much more than us. I'd never considered that we might share something so mundane, so mortal, as the concept of family.
'I confess, you'd struggle to find a more dysfunctional family,' she continued, laughing as she did. 'But we were family, all the same.'
'What happened to them?' I asked.
'Oh, they're still out there, somewhere,' she replied. I was confused, and she knew it.
'You're wondering why I left?' she asked me. 'I didn't. Not to begin with. Our mother was immensely powerful, but she was always ill. Unable to control her own abilities. We looked after her for so long, but in the end, my brother had enough. He left us,' she said.
'I remember feeling so angry. How dare he! How dare he leave us! For so long, I didn't understand,' she continued.
'But eventually you left as well,' I interjected.
'Yes. I hated doing it. I hated leaving her. But I knew it was for her own good,' she responded.
I interrupted her again. 'I know why you're telling me this. You're hoping it will convince me to leave. You think if I find some familiarity with your story, that I'll be able to move on. But I can't! I can't move on!'
She tried to interrupt, 'Aenwyn, I...' But I continued. 'Look, you're never going to persuade me. I'm sorry. I wish you could.'
I paused, and looked deep into her ancient, unfathomable eyes. For a moment, I thought I saw sadness staring back. I stopped a moment and composed myself. 'But that doesn't mean I'll stop you going.'
She was clearly confused by this. 'What do you mean?' she asked.
'I won't come with you, but I won't let my people suffer due to my own failings,' I replied. 'Take them with you, give them the future that I can't.'
'But if you stay...' she said.
'I know what will happen if I stay,' I responded. 'Until the end of eternity, he will always walk by my side.'
She paused, and then nodded in understanding. 'I will make the preparations.' She started to walk away. But as she did, she stopped and turned to me. 'You're doing the right thing for them. You're a good leader Aenwyn, I hope you know that.' Before I could respond, she disappeared into the trees.
I never spoke to Seren again. We'd said everything we needed to. They left a few days later. On to a new life, in a better world. Saying goodbye was hard, maybe the hardest thing I'd ever done. I'd always wanted more peace and quiet. I guess that was the cost.Once they'd gone, my duty as a leader was complete. I returned to the woods, to our spot. I laid down on the ground and looked up at the stars.