OF LORDS & LADIES:
THE ELVEN RELIGION (IAURISM)
The story of the elves, as does many creation myths, with the Mother.
In the elven tongue, she is called Ontaria by the Iaur and Aemilia by the Sylvanar, respectively. Her name translates to "mother" or "begetter" and she is the ultimate creator god in the elven religion. And she is believed to have been the first star.
When she washed away the sins of the clay people and fled, the Mother left behind her sons. Eldest among them was Iaur who created the elves. He saw the creation of the Twilight Realms and was so enraptured with the beauty of the Dawn that he decided to make it his home. In the Forest of Iaur, he built the Starry Vale for the young elven race and guided them from his palace, Silverhome.
In Silverhome, he lived alongside his consorts and his children, who would lead to his ruin and abandonment of the mortal world.
Traditionally, Iaur is depicted as a beautiful elf with long raven black hair, bright blue eyes and wearing either long robes of blue, red and gold. In modern depiction, he has taken on a more militant appearance with silver plate armor, a long sword and shield with a blue banner. He is also often depicted with four black wings.
Personality-wise, Iaur is known to be a champion and advocate for the beautiful, the true and the good. His unequaled mastery of the arts, as an extension of his appreciation, has been passed down as gifts to his mortal children: the mastery of music, sculpture & paint, the expertise in glass/metal works & architecture, and their inherent talent and mastery with the arcane arts has allowed the elves to build wonders that are the envy of the world.
Lord Iaur's appreciation for beauty is admirable but has consequences. He had many beautiful companions and concubines. Their beauty blinded his judgement and allowed them the opportunity to undermine his rule. Their envy drove them to dark and dangerous extremes.
The dark fey had underestimated the might and magic of Iaur, especially in his own home, and his wrath towards their ugliness and evil manifested in a terrible manner:
He turned the dream-like glamor of his realm into phantom nightmares that tore at their minds and bodies and each swing of his blade penetrated the dark horde like the rays of the sun. Still, his fey enemies were joined by more powerful foes: the patron gods of giants, orcs, and goblins, as well as several demon lords, joined in their invasion. He struck down many of them but their numbers and strength overwhelmed him and he found himself transforming into a great feathered serpent as he wrestled with them in the vale in a deathgrip. Without aid, they would overcome even his power and he would die...
Her hunters easily turned the tide of battle and helped free Iaur. They sent Iaur's enemies, maimed and humiliated, fleeing but promising vengeance. They then defeated and captured the twin sisters, forcing the Gwathnir to surrender, but it was too late for Rin-Varna. She lay dying...
For their betrayal, Iaur punished the sisters and their followers gravely. He banished the Gwathnir and all of their kin, the dark elves, to live in shadow. From that moment onward, the light would sting their eyes, and they would dwell beneath the rock of the mortal plane until they redeemed themselves for their crimes.
The two sisters turned on each other, Gwath-Yara transforming into a great black spider hybrid and Kytix into a great white spider hybrid, as Gwath-Yara attempted to share the cure and Kytix attempted to stop her sister from betraying her. In their struggle, they broke free from the cell and their fight did great damage to the already ruined palace. Iaur intervened long enough to separate them and Gwath-Yara told him the cure. Hurin had lied. He had not told Iaur of the deal and neither were rewarded. When Iaur heard they had poisoned his queen with spider's venom and, disgusted with their current forms and betrayal of each other, he instead punished them by making their arachnid forms permanent and casting them both into the pits of the Underworld. From there, they manipulate the Gwathnir so that they can escape their imprisonment below.
Iaur saved his queen and together, not long after, they led the surviving elves to material plane to create a new home on the isle of Saesun, home to the metallic dragons, and to protect their home forevermore
They fates of the daughter of Gwath-Yara and son of Kytix are also an important store in elf lore.
Her half-brother and cousin Assarr, son of Kytix, was the most respected member of the court but he had inherited treachery and wickedness. His morals twisted by his mother, Assarr sought to overthrow his father Iaur and take Nyeera as his bride & queen. Hurin saw the way that his half-brother looked at his half-sister and he knew that he had impure desires. He told his mother that he worried for Nyeera's safety but Assarr's reputation in the court was sterling and crystal-- clean. She brushed off the concern and accused him of being envious of his brother.
One night, while Nyeera walked in the blossoming garden under a red moon, Assarr approached her and confessed his love. Nyeera rebuked him, as mercifully as she could, and begged him to forgive her and to turn his heart's designs elsewhere. He grew furious, having never been refused before, and attacked Nyeera. Luckily, Hurin had been watching from nearby and came to Nyeera's defense. He summoned his sister Kuron once more and together they chased Assarr out of the garden, through the halls of the palace, and into the throneroom of Iaur. The wicked god threw himself upon his hands and knees and begged for his father's protection.
Assarr claimed that Hurin had taken his form and attacked Nyeera to frame him and that Kuron had tried to kill him. But Hurin pointed out the falsehoods in his story and that the blood upon the white-haired lord's lips was not his own. In his lustful attack, he had bitten Nyeera's neck. Rin-Varna banished Assarr and cursed him:
Like the Iaurdin, the Sylvanar value beauty, but in more natural and liberated form compared to the heavily constructed and controlled beauty of Iaurdin society.