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The kingdom of Sidabrìnä, Silversong in Varan, has managed to retain most of its ancient traditions due to the vigorous brutality with which they have protected their borders. During the time of the Bleeding Plague the great circle road was used to repulse elves looking for shelter as well as outsiders looking to plunder the ancient vaults of the Silversong nobility. The line of kings in Silversong was abolished during that time, yet today the elves of the wood are ruled by a Mage-king just as in the days of old.

Within the borders of the silver wood, it is almost as if the elder age never passed away. The stars and the moon seem brighter behind its barriers, and the trees are as ancient as the earth. There are ents there, and old forest giants whom the elves commune with as in the days before the coming of men.

This is an attempt to chronicle the ways of the people of Silversong who have long been kind with the southern Dorls and intermarried in the families of Tyrolin. From the most ancient times when Silversong was an outpost of the elves of Greatwood to today where the traditions of the Silversong elves are stronger even than those practiced by the Gwydereon of Tailimisä.

-Aldo Marcore

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Silversong began its history as a colony of the great elvish kingdom in the west, under the guidance of the first Gwydereonne. It was ruled by messengers through the silver road, and its people shared many aspects with those elves of Vesimä where the Seastone Throne was sat after the splitting of the elvish peoples into many kingdoms. During those years, the sailor-lords of Silversong called themselves the Stewards of the East and served the sea-king at Vesimä.

This was in the late third age; by the fifth age Silversong had become its own land with its own Brenneon, or prince. The first Brenneon of Silversong was Aurunna Foamlander who, it is said, made compact with the Cloud Giants of the eastern seas. With their help he strode the north and explored many unknown places, planting colonies in distant places along the northern shores and in other darkling lands. These colonies have since become lost to Silversong, having been alienated by the long years and the distant seas that separate them.

Aurunna Foamlander is one of the most famous of the Silversong heroes and is referred to in legend and song as the founder of the kingdom. He was succeeded by his cousins, and so the Wavestrider Kings ruled from the North Seat, as the throne of Silversong is known. In the lifetime of the Foamlander the Silversong elves controlled the coast of what is now Dorlan all the way to the Tower of Morning, and may even have had settlements in modern-day Essad. It is unclear what caused the elves to withdraw into the heartwood, but the fact remains that elven ruins are scattered up the coast and some can even be found farther inland.

The close relationship between the Vesimäns and the Sidabrìnäns blossomed into the poisonous fruit of the War of the Moon in VII.669 when Meroën son of Valtias fled into exile in Silversong. The war devastated Vesimäs and drew other elvish kingdoms into its circle, but it was the nobility of Silversong who suffered most – the Ashblade Assassins destroyed the entire royal family of Sidabrìnä.

Immediately following the aftermath of that mass assassination (which occurred in the space of one month) the Green Wizards college of Arvorieana took over the administration of the kingdom. Seizing the reigns of government, the Wizards made certain Silversong did not plunge into the abyss or become a vassal of Vesimia. Wardens were stationed at all the Silver Circles in the kingdom to prevent the Vesimian elves from using the Silver Road against them.

IT wasn’t until the Eighth Age that the kingdom was secure enough to allow the ancient Convention of the Houses to meet and decide upon a new king. In the dawning of that age of conflict the elves of Silversong selected the mighty and hale Thorindel Hightower, Lord of Arvoriena, as their leader. When he became firmly entrenched in the throne, his own children took the crown after him and so they ruled sometimes wisely, sometimes badly, but always from the capitol at Arvoriena and with the blessing of the elven people.

During the time of the Bleeding Plague the response of the Hightower Kings was to close the borders of the land and to erect many wardstones along the circle road. These stones are similar to those built in other elvish lands such as Highstone, and they serve to confuse or deter travelers who are not welcome in Silversong. But the stones do not always function, and must be sung to life by the mages and spellsingers of the land.

Most recently, the line of the Hightower family failed in X56, leaving Silversong leaderless. As was the custom long ago in the third age during the time of the Foamlander, the magnates of Silversong chose their own king to replace the Hightowers – so it has been for five hundred years and Silversong has been ruled by Anundarien Towerborn. By all appearances and rumors, Towerborn seeks to preserve the ancient right of choosing kings rather than having the line pass through heredity.

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The Lance Wars and the Goblins

Silversong has long been an abode, not only for elves, but for all manner of evil and unpleasant things. Even in the earliest ages of the world, spawn of Ulagos the Potter and dragons crept into the ancient forest to hide beneath its boughs. A flight of green and emerald dragons are rumored to live within its borders… but goblins are known to be here.

Vicious and cunning, the Forest Goblins (as they are so called) are descended from the scions of the fallen goblin empire of Tsaphon. When it shattered and they fled across the north, a number of them came within the borders of the wood and met their cave-dwelling kindred who had been left behind in the wake of the great troll migrations. Together, they produced a new breed of goblin that dwells within the bowers of the Silversong wood. They are populous and fast-breeding and the wood is large, so the elves have never been able to drive them off or wipe them out.

The two greatest tribes (Houses, as they call themselves in haughty terms) are the Azerak and Temrek; it was beneath an over-king of Azerak blood that they launched the vicious Wars of the Lance against the northern elvish settlements, in particular Arvorienna, Tyrma, and the dependents of those cities. The War occurred in the mid-10th Age and it was Anundarien Towerborn who ruled in those years.

The proliferation of goblins within the wood has often been pointed to by the Tower’s detractors as a sign that he does not enjoy divine favor. However, he did crush the Azerak alliance and end the wars, leaving scattered remnants of those two tribes across the northern wood.

The People of the Wood

The elves of Silversong Forest are known for being withdrawn and, as they say in my homeland, “passive.” They have a strong disdain for the affairs of the outside world and generally refrain from meddling in it. Every so often they will send a platoon of elvish war-rangers to Weyland or another kingdom that shares a border with the Low Marsh in order to help cull the Troll population there, but they seem almost content to allow Trolls to creep over their borders and fight them within the confines of the wood.

Yet the elves of Silversong will fiercely prosecute internal feuds and it seems that the Brenneon must act in many ways as a supreme diplomat rather than a king. The noble houses of Silversong are old and proud, and few have died out or risen up in the times since the Foamlander. There is also a part of Silversong few outsiders realize: like Vestimä, much of the doings of Silversong elves takes place on the sea.

There are little-known islands off the northern shore of Silversong and throughout the Cloud Sea that receive more elvish attentions than their direct neighbors. Silver mines in the far north provide a steady flow of the raw material necessary to craft elf-silver (sindabrias) and trade in gold and precious gems surely occurs between the elves of Silversong and the land of Cloudhame in the supreme north of the world.

Of art and poetry, as well, Silversong is renowned. While Iiriem may hold the honor of having been the birth place of the spellsingers college of bardic magic, Silversong hosts a variety of fractious bardic factions and poetic traditions that all vie for supremacy in the courts of public opinion. Poets are as renowned as knights in Silversong, and craftsmen are held in high esteem as well. It is no wonder that the goods they export to the outside world are beautiful and marvelous.

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Life in the Great Forest

Life in the wood of Sidabrìnä is not so different from the other elvish kingdoms. Peasants still till the earth in the open fields cut from the wood, nobles rule from vast countryside estates, and the great temples sing the Evensong. Yet there are undoubtedly differences from the other elvish kingdoms as well. For one thing, very little of Sidabrìnä is cleared; only the immediate areas surrounding the towns and cities, while the rest is deep, dark forest. In Tailimisä, for instance, there are large medes and meres within the Greatwood. This is not the case in Sidabrìnä. There are manors, towns, and whole cities that have been abandoned in the wood only to be overgrown with ancient creeping trees.

The primary god of Silversong is without a doubt Anunë, to whom many of the shrines are dedicated. Noronë plays a close second, with temples of Aloran scattered along the roadways. In the great cities that face the sea, Meri the Sorrowing Maiden is the chief object of worship. Taliferian shrines play a large part in the Silversong landscape. The Silversong Temple of Talifer oversees pilgrimage sites where the great battles of the War of the Moon were fought. Lastly is Seniä, whom the farmers worship for her power over the fields.

There are several cities in Silversong reckoned great by the elves. Of all these only Arvorieanna and Tyrma approach a population that we might call considerable. Their people are spread out across the forest in small enclaves and they live in the shadow of slender towers and great marble domes.

Elvish peasants, particularly those of Silversong, have lives that are much more comfortable than those of Milean farmers. For one thing, the forest is incredibly lush and growing crops and fruit trees as well as providing a great amount of game. While all elves in the cities live in marble palaces of greater or lesser size, farmers in the countryside tend to dwell in more humble structures of riverstone or fieldstone.

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The Great Houses

The great houses of Silversong forest are old and venerable, many of them stretching back to the War of the Moon or earlier. There exist in great profusion lesser hangers-on of the great nobles who have changed over the centuries, but in Silversong the mighty families have not died out nor been replaced by the elevation of lesser creatures by the power of the kings. This may be attributed to the relative weakness of the position of kingship in Silversong as compared to other elvish kingdoms.

Noble families in Silversong have several obligations to the throne however. The first is to provide levies in times of war; all houses are obliged to provide peasant levies and most are required to also support a group of between 15-100 war rangers in the case of invasion. They must also repair bridges and roads and all the things nobles everywhere must do. There are a few purely cultural obligations which include providing patronage to artists and poets as well as supporting the blade-dancers who live in the capital.

While one does not have to be of noble birth to be accepted as an apprentice blade-dancer in Silversong, it certainly does not hurt. The blade-dancers live on the public trust, paid by the nobility. There are those who become palace warriors, comprising an elite fighting force directly beneath the Brenneon and who are akin to house-knights. Indeed, the greatest nobles hire a blade dancer to serve as a knight-commander to their foot troops and to live amongst their house-knights.

Additionally, most land is curated by the great houses, with very little being left for so-called “private” ownership. Hunting, farming, and use of the natural resources of the land is left to the prerogative of the lord. The permission to build dwellings is also one of their prerogatives, primarily because any dweller in their estate must, by ancient elvish custom, be provided with access to tutors and grammaticians for the teaching of their children.

Children in Silversong are valued more than gold or silver, than wine or merriness. Of all the elven nations, Silversong has long had amongst the highest birth rate (rivaled only by her sister-nation of Vesimia) and as such the lords of Silversong have made compact to protect them. All children in Silversong are raised together in a communal rearing-ground where they are taught by a grammatician and a rhetorician. They are trained in the art of the sword and the elvish classics and only when they reach the age of twelve are they broken up by divisions of wealth and prosperity: those who’s parents belong to a noble house are sent to train amongst another house (often as acts of treaty-making) while those who’s parents are farmers and craftsmen are further trained by the grammaticians of the local lord.

The chief houses of Silversong forest are as follows:

Talo Alcosa Varan Translation: The House of the Tomekeepers Patriarch: Alindé Alcosa Heraldry: An open book with a sword laid between the pages Domain: Lorehold

The Alcosa stand in starkest opposition to the policies of Brenneon Anundarien. As a house of hereditary magicians and magic-workers, the Alcosa believe themselves to be better suited to the rulership of Silversong. They also strongly oppose the practice of electing a new king upon the death of the old on the grounds that this has been (and will continue to be, according to Alindé Alcosa, the patriarch of the house) the source of much war and bloodshed between the people of Silversong.

The Alcosa maintain potent holdings in the former capital of Arvoräienna; a great library and manor-house stands testament to their long dwelling in that place. Their power encompasses many of the surrounding towns and cities, and if there is a true challenge to the power of the Towerborn king, it is the Alcosa.

Arvoraienna has passed to them almost entirely, as the Talo Alcosa is closely related to the now-vanished Hightower house. While the Tomekeepers may be more or less shut out from politics in Tyrma, they possess the most complete and ancient libraries in Silversong, which are located in the former capital. The solidarity of Alcosa magi makes them almost a sorcerers circle in and of themselves, drawn together by the bonds of blood and house. Though there are a few Alcosa who call themselves Green or Silver Wizards, the vast majority see their loyalties to their family first.

Talo Idabrinora Varan Translation: The House of Silver Magics Patriarch: Mandolne Idabrinora Heraldry: A silver amulet inscribed with Mäidic phrases depending from the Dish of the Moon Domain: The Silver Hold

House Idabrinora is renowned for its production of elf-silver and of the Silver Wizards who are a smaller college that rivals the Green Wizards of Silversong. Their chief holdings are in the city of Isoven, which contains hundreds of smelters and forges, bloomeries and furnaces.

The Idabrinora support the Towerborn king and are opposed to the politics of the Alcosa, though the college of the Silver Wizards (based in Tyrma but founded long ago in Isoven) stands on its own, often feuding with the Green Wizards for what they see as a foolishly political standing.

One of the wealthiest of all the houses of the wood, the Idrabinora make and export all manner of cunning things and it is through them that the Tournisiel move silver (both mundane and magical) to foreign lands. The Silver Hold has many flowering streams that bear lodes of silver up from the very earth, particularly the Little Pallas which flows through Isoven and into the Paludé Swamp.

Talo Catiríale Varan Translation: The House of the Sorrowsong Matriarch: Elidina Catiríale Heraldry: A horn crossed with a long-handled lute on a field of trees under the moon Domain: Sorrowhold

The Sorrowsong elves call all the lands near Terassin home. They once held territories along the Low Marsh borders, but those have long since been swallowed by the swamp. The Sorrowsong are known as a grim family, many of whom devote themselves to the ranging companies that cull the trolls in the swamp. Strangely, they have produced a number of poets of great renknown.

The holdings along the low marsh (particularly those near Ramor and Ramass) are great strongholds of the rangers. Many Catiriale venture deep into the Marsh to do battle with the trolls, even as erosion causes more and more of the forest to sink into the mire each decade.

Sorrowhold is the most open of all the domains, welcome Dorls through the Bulwark Gate and Weylanders and Claulanders through the southern way at Ramass. Mercenaries are always welcome there to help hold off the tide of evil things creeping in the wood.

Talo Catselne Varan Translation: The House of the Watchers Patriarch: Donomion Katselne Heraldry: A pair of eyes peering out from a closed helm Domain: North-hold

The house of Catselne have holdings throughout the forest. They are known for their bladedancers and the undying loyalty each member must pledge by custom to the Brenneon and the Green Wizards upon reaching the age of one hundred.

The Catselne are indeed a powerful house, one of the more powerful within Silversong as their agents and children reach all over the forest in every major city and every minor town. Nowhere is without a Catselne wanderer or errant.

Talo Lethina Varan Translation: The House of Greengrove Patriarch: Auunor Lethina Heraldry: Five ancient trees wound together beneath the brilliant lamp of the sun Domain: Greengrove

The House of Lethina have their central holdings in the old gardens of Lehtonin. They are known for the seal of the five trees, and their opulent palace at Lehtonin is indeed surrounded by five great silver trees. Rumor has it that they maintain many of the wardstones of the kingdom and may in fact be responsible for having brought the Silver Road to the forest.

Talo Mindenell Varan Translation: The House of the Wood-dread Patriarch: Uenon Mindenell Heraldry: Domain: Dreadhold

The south-eastern reaches of the forest are said to be dark indeed, but the Wood-dread at Maanar and Selvastin would never know it. The house got its name from its founder who fought off Middlemark advances when that kingdom still stood. Controlling the southern border, the Wood-dread are not a particularly well-loved or wealthy house but they account for most of the felled wood in Silversong.

Talo Mindenorne Varan Translation: The House of Wood-lore Matriarch: Ayenna Mindenorne Heraldry: Domain: The Westhold

The House of Wood-lore ia dwindling in this age. It was devastated by the Plague and its surviving members are left with vast rambling estates and no one to inhabit them. The forest is slowly reclaiming the old seats of their house, though it is rumored that if their numbers grow too few the Towerborn King will sweep them away and plant some of his more useful servants in their place.

Ayenna appears to be loyal to the Tournisiel regardless, and it has been said that a marriage was once proposed between the Mindenorne and the house of the Towerborn. Whether or not the marriage was ever carried out is a matter for spymasters to speculate.

Talo Nouramindai Varan Translation: The House of the Willow Matriarch: Indalena Nouramindai Heraldry: Two willows growing together and hung with silver chimes Domain: Willows Watching

The House of the Willow is purportedly one of the oldest houses of Silversong. It is said that they built the first sailing ships used by the Wavestrider Kings and that the Foamlander himself sailed a Nouramindalene vessel.

The best shipmakers and shipyards are owned by the House of the Willow; they snatch up all artisans of shipcraft when they appear to make certain their lead is maintained. Indalena Nouramindai is said to own fifteen ships herself as though she were one of the Free Captains.

Talo Supiseeli Varan Translation: The House of Whispering Steel Patriarch: Nolanor Supiseeli Heraldry: Domain: Coast of Steel

This house was formed after the War of the Moon in exchange for the risks taken by Valamindar Supiseeli, a spy and assassin who infiltrated the Ashblades and slew several of their number. The house stands on its own without aid from any other and its patriarch, Nolanor, has spent much of his life attempting to remove the stain of his name and its past. While it is said they ally with the Alcosa, Nolanor seems more interested in architecture and statuary than in politics.

Nevertheless, the Coast of Steel shares a border with the strange and unwholesome Paludé Swamp and the elves there go about armed lest reavers or sahaugin come upon them unawares.

Talo Tournisïel Varan Translation: The House of the Towerborn Patriarch: Anundarien Tournisïel Heraldry: A slender white tower with two wizard supporters invoking powerful magics on either side Domain: Princely Demesne

The House of the Towerborn was elevated by the Hightowers for their contributions to both the libraries and efforts of the Green Wizards during the long Silversong interregnum. Their home is in Tyrma, formerly the Tyrmen Hold (but now known as the Princely Demesne), and their ancestral manor-house has become the royal palace of Silversong, rivaling the great Golden Hall of Arvorienna.

The Tournisiel patriarch, Anundarien, is king over the Silver Forest, and is the last direct heir of the house. He has several cousins, nephews, and further relations but they are all cadet branches of the Towerborn and it seems likely that when he finally perishes, the Towerborn will cease to be.

Talo Valnamas Varan Translation: The House of Whiteharbor Matriarch: Meryena Valnamas Heraldry: Domain: Whitehold

Masters of Valnamorania, the third largest port in Silversong, Whitehold is known for its fine yew-wood, silver trees, and white wine. While Metsorin serves as their seat, the town of Vesillia provides as a hunter’s retreat, complete with a lodge up on a hill. The Valnamas often go to the lakeshores of Vesillia to withdraw into the past.

Whitehold, more than any other hold, is mired in the ancient past of the forest. Thus, the Valnamas are the most staunchly traditional of all the Silversong elves. They are fierce defenders of the ancient ways, and rarely do they agree with any other noble house.

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The Defenders of Tyrma

The Iscoine

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The Sorcerer’s Circles

The great sorcerers of Silversong Forest have a tradition of joining closely-knit enclaves of magi who share interests with the kingdom itself. The most well-known of these organizations are the famous Green Wizards, who rose to prominence during the War of the Moon when the Sidabrinian royal family was murdered by Ashblade Assassins. For several centuries Green Wizards ruled the kingdom as regents, holding it in trust for the day when a new royalty would emerge.

However, the Green Wizards are not the only magi of the forest, though they may be the strongest and most well known. They are rivaled (not in numbers but in power) by the Silver Wizards as well as the secretive order of the Loremasters.

The Green Wizards of Silversong

The Silver Wizards

The Loremasters

The Cloudsea Sorcerers

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Regions of the Wood

Silversong is divided into great stretches of territory known as the Holdlands, each held by one of the chief families of the ancient kingdom. Within their holds, the heads of each family are princes with power over life and death of their subjects.

The borders of the holds have rarely changed throughout Silversong’s history; elves are very reluctant to go to war with one another, and only through marriage do lands fall into and out of the great demesnes. The isles outside of the forest proper each make up their own semi-sovereign domain, generally ruled by councils of Free Captains who reside there.

It’s important to note that the Free Magnates of each hold form a powerful check against the local princes: no order may be promulgated without the approval of these bodies, which are elected by popular vote and approved by the king at Tyrma.

The Princely Demesne

The Coast of Steel

The Silver Hold


North Hold



Willow’s Watching



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Abridged History of the 10th Age Idabrius