Aenurin

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Chapter 5 (v.1) - Aenurin - Part V - The Favish

Submitted: December 05, 2006

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urin

Brandon M. Dennis

The Favish and Goondagk the Silver

The Favish lines were founded by Farvo and Sivish, two of the original twelve that were once urin. When Farvo and Sivish became aware, they found themselves in a barren, rocky place devoid of trees and any large life. At first they made their way across the landscape looking for something that could comfort them, for the ground was hard and cold and they desired some sort of security. At length they stumbled across a deep cave that crept into the side of a rock and then reached deep within urin. They huddled there for a long time and lived off of small crawling creatures that resided within the cave. They found water there, a spring of cool metallic water that refreshed them. It was here that Farvo and Sivish remained, and they gave birth to many children.

The Favish were a very hardy race whose strength was unmatched by any of the other races of men. Though it was painful and took a while, they could punch through solid stone. Their skeletons were exceptionally strong and could withstand impacts that would kill any other race of man. They were of an average height and had skin the color of stone, from the darkest of gray rocks to the lightness of sandstone. Their hair was also quite varied, usually dark browns and blacks, but also silver, gold and bright red. The women liked to grow their hair long and braid it, either into wound buns or long tresses. The men, however, liked to cut their hair short, sometimes shaving their heads completely, which is no wonder due to the work they did in the depths, constantly digging, cutting, hewing and hacking.

Farvo and Sivish explored the furthest reaches of their cave until they reached the very end. Their children multiplied until they could no longer reside in the cave alone, and since the Favish had forgotten how to live on land, they decided to burrow further into urin. They used their remarkable strength and sturdy frames to knock out rock, but it was a slow and painful process. And so the Favish invented stone tools, and though they dulled quickly, they were greatly prized until the time when the metal urutik was discovered.

One day as they were busy expanding their realm, one of the Favish knocked through some stone to reveal a deep hole that went on farther than sight. He called for his parents, and Farvo and Sivish came to see what it could be. Farvo stuck his head in the hole and looked around, and though his eyes were attuned to darkness, it was too dark inside for even his eyes to see.

"Hand me vat vear torch be yeh," he said to one of his sons, and as he reached behind himself to grasp the torch he lost his footing and fell into the hole. He yelped in shock and he fell swiftly, but all of a sudden his body lurched around and was drawn back. He plopped down on the smooth surface of rock on the other side next to the hole and shook his dazed head.

"Farvo!" called Sivish from the hole, and Farvo could see shadows moving excitedly from the other side. But to him the hole was not above him, but sitting on the floor below him, and he stood to his feet. He gazed above and saw a never-ending darkness, which also stretched behind and in front of him as far as he could see. He stood bewildered and amazed for a moment as his wife called his name, but then what had happened dawned on him and he raced to the hole excitedly.

"I tink I ‘ave vallen oot va bottm!" he said, but in truth he had not fallen out the bottom. He had stumbled upon one of the peculiar chambers that Nurin had crafted long ago. Farvo told his wife and offspring that it was safe, and they came into the hole with him. Over the next many years, the Favish explored and filled this chamber, discovering that it was an oval shape, like a bubble, only they could walk along the inside of the bubble and everywhere they walked was "bottom". They named this chamber Gadwyth, which means "first hole" and it was not long until it had been completely explored. Their eyes, however, never fully adjusted to the new darkness, and so they took steps to bring some sunlight to their world. They invented the mirror using polished urutik metal, and dug a long tunnel back towards the surface. It came out somewhere near Snowcap the Old and they lined the tunnel with urutik mirrors. The light from Yalis was therefore channeled to Gadwyth during the day, and during the night the Favish could see the light from Halis. Though urutik was a great conductor of light, their sunlight did not illuminate Gadwyth fully, and there were still many darkened corners and recesses within their peculiar realm. Once it was illuminated, the Favish discovered that the inside was not as smooth as they had first thought. There were craggy mountain ranges, rivers and lakes. There was running water everywhere, and streams crisscrossed the interior surface of Gadwyth. The Favish delighted in drawing maps and strove to chart every corner of their realm, and once this was done they were in no way satisfied. They bore deeper into urin and found other chambers like Gadwyth, but they were so numerous and of such a variety of sizes that keeping precise records grew nigh impossible. Small groups of Favish colonized other realms, but Farvo and Sivish were pleased to stay within Gadwyth and they made it their permanent home.

The Favish were the first race of men to encounter another race. They stumbled upon the Rostic as they were digging their great skylight, surfacing in the snows around Snowcap the Old. The Favish didn't know what to think about the plump, white-haired snow-molders, but the Rostic were very kind to the Favish and treated them hospitably. The Favish soon warmed to the Rostic and to this day the bond between these two races is the greatest between any of the other races of man. The Rostic showed the Favish the stars and the constellations that Jarnok had invented. The Favish, however, weren't interested at all, and instead showed the Rostic the great wonders they had found within the world. They presented the Rostic with rings made from roughly hewn jewels and bands made of gold, silver and other precious metals. The Rostic were delighted, mainly with the prospect of something new to play with. It was the Rostic who fully developed the art of gem-cutting and metal work, and though the Favish were exceptional miners and forgers of tools, they often gave their more precious stones to the Rostic to shape and smooth.

Though the Favish lived underground, they were still lovers of light and life. They tried to obtain an understanding of the animals and plants that lived in dank places, and they developed gardens underground, lit by the great skylight of Gadwyth, which produced fantastic vegetables. They discovered the special properties of some of the softer rocks and developed powders made from these ground stones that, when applied to the roots of certain plants, increased their size two-fold. Though their gardens never received the same fame as those of the Peepkin, the Favish alone could grow particular and peculiar foods that could not grow on the surface. Their produce outmatched all others in size until the time when they began to sell their special powders to the other races. It was the Favish who discovered the amazing properties of certain rocks, a group of stones called the Dako Jewels. The jewels were treasured for their beauty, but their amazing properties were not fully understood until much later.

The Favish agreed to leave Snowcap the Old under the administration of the Rostic, and helped the snow-dwellers to build their first hall of stone. Once they learned the art, the Rostic perfected it and became exceptional stonemasons, using the wonderful urutik tools to craft their living places. Numerous tunnels were hewn that went between the Rostic mansions in Snowcap the Old to the Favish caves of Gadwyth, and the two races traveled between the realms often to share stories, technology, crops, meats, furs, clothing and friendships.

When Goondagk the Silver arrived on the surface of the world, he found himself in a rocky, flat landscape. He was naturally drawn to the hollows beneath the earth and subsequently stumbled upon a hole in the ground, the perimeter of which was ornately carved in relief of men hewing, cutting, carving and digging. When Goondagk entered he found a long tunnel that led deep within urin, and which ended at a huge stone gate which was chiseled into beautiful twisting designs. He had stumbled upon Gadwyth, just after the time when the Favish first settled it, and there he found Farvo and Sivish whom he greeted warmly. He resembled them closely, with a bald head shorn of any hair, and yet his mustache was braided and long, reaching to his knees. He was clothed in silver links of mail and his somewhat blocky appearance made him appear to have been hewn from stone. He had a silver belt braided with silver strands, and he wore a long cloak that shimmered as he walked. He wore a silver chisel at his side and was much larger than any of the Favish.

The Favish looked up at him in wonder and all their fears were cast aside. When Farvo and Sivish saw Goondagk they leapt to their feet and surrounded the Lesser-World. They were quite pleased with his appearance, thinking him a fitting example of how the Favish should hold themselves. Goondagk greeted them and told them who he was and why he had come. He sat them down by the fire and recounted the events of ancient times, but the Favish were rather bored, having a vague interest in the tale only because it somewhat concerned them. Goondagk's version of the events was less complete and therefore less reliable, not because he set out to skew the truth, but because he and the Favish had little interest in history unless it concerned themselves. From the moment of Gadwyth's founding, the Favish took meticulous records of everything that transpired, weaving great histories, but before that time they could care less.

As he was talking to Farvo and Sivish, Goondagk noticed something shiny in the floor. With a wink, he bent down and touched it. The shiny metal within melted and was drawn into his hand. Goondagk molded the metal into a ball and then squashed it, working it into the shape of a chisel. The Favish looked on greatly impressed, for Goondagk had shown them how to extract and mold the metal urutik, which was later used to create the mirrors for the great skylight of Gadwyth and to create their tough and durable tools. The Favish were so delighted with this feat that they made him king, eager to learn whatever he could teach them.

Goondagk erected a silver throne in the heart of Gadwyth and the Favish surrounded it with a magnificent palace made of light stone. There Farvo and Sivish lived with Goondagk, but they were all too busy exploring their world to stay sedentary for very long and were often abroad, delighting in hewing new tunnels.


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