The Elmetain were a tribe of men dating back to The Era of Slavery. They were nomads and pillaged other villages, trying to survive as a result of the Wars of Slavery. A man, who would become known as Glemen; would begin having visions which would ultimately change the way of life for the tribe and lead them to the first discovered crystals.
After Glemen‘s discovery of crystals, he was able to teach others in his tribe to find them and over hundreds of years these people slowly learnt the magic of these crystals, believing them to be fallen stars. They learnt how to live off the land instead of stealing from others, how to appreciate other creatures, the properties of each crystal found and their fascination and love for the stars began.
By The Era of Dragons, they had finally settled and built a city in the South-West of Valgalia. They continued to learn more about the crystals and with this knowledge came longer life-spans and knowledge of crystal healing. The other peoples of the world heard whispers of the Elmetain‘s power and wished to seek it for themselves. Sadly history repeated itself, and in time the Elemtain‘s home was destroyed again by men from Scathor and their Wyverns. The Elmetain became divided, some believing the crystals had brought karma to them for their earlier days of pillaging.
Today there are vast groups of Elmetain, mainly covering the continent of Valgalia. Many of these groups have lost the knowledge once held by their forebears, with their life-spans slowly decreasing again. In other groups, the knowledge remains with many still practising the art of crystal healing. Such ones now inhabit the Valley of Whispering White and they are known as the Elmeldeir or Valley People.
Glemen has always been a person of significance in Elmetain culture and this has not been forgotten by the Valley People. The following is a hymn used today by the Valley People; often spoken or sung aloud to Glemen. It is spoken or sung in Erorain, the common language of the Elmetain which is now used by the Valley People only in formal occasions such as celebrations, poetry, documents and song.
The following are words in Erorain:
Elmetain, meaning Light People, from elmetaur ‘people’ and wain ‘light’
Glemen, meaning Father of Crystals, from glemetor ‘father’ and memen ‘crystal’
Elmeldeir, meaning Valley People, from elmetaur ‘people’ and alder ‘valley’
Vâr metormen, ven atathinaur a meina !
May the stars carry you my friend !