I feel I’ve been all business in my writings. In hindsight, this might paint the wrong idea about culture on Cyrdoma. While taking care of issues is at the forefront of our society, especially in Nylevran, leisure is quite important. Art, reading, and the like is greatly valued in downtime. It helps ease the mind.
While entertainment comes in many forms, music is one of the most celebrated. Bards, especially, can be found in taverns throughout the land. These actors/musicians put on lively musical performances for eager crowds. While some tell jokes, others strictly play music. Some can provide more serious melodies.
They typically use instruments that are easy to carry; lutes, a wooden frame with a neck and strings, are chief among them. Drums, flutes, and harps are also spotted often. Rarely, one can come across a Bard playing a Steelboard. These are flat wooden boxes, with several wooden pegs along the top, with metal work inside. Each peg produces a different sound. Pressing them in the correct combination can create beautiful music.
For a drop of unneeded information, my favorite song is called Surely You Jest by the famed Bard Jajern. He comes to Nylevran every few months and I make it a point to see his shows. Good Gods can the young man sing, even if some of his music is a bit silly. While work is your livelihood, never forget to rest and relax.
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A little over four thousand years ago, a man named Barus Simynn achieved great political power in Nylevran. After so long, people had grown disillusioned by the Elves ruling over them. It was exactly this that led to his popularity among the people. The political responsibility that befell them was due to the High Elves, afterall.
Barus, having come from humble roots, had a harsh view of the world. This did not dissipate, even after his rise in the Court. Soon, his ideals and warped sense of relations spread like the plague. People of every stripe began to hate the Elves and the busy, but relatively well off, position they had put the Humans in.
The ever watchful eye of their overlords had somehow skipped over Barus and his rise. On one fateful night, he and his followers made the boldest move imaginable. Barus Simynn proclaimed himself the Emperor of Nylevran. Before long, Elven politicians and ambassadors had been killed or taken into custody. Many citizens grew nervous, but those believing in his message cheered his name and new seat of command.
When the letter of this declaration arrived before King Soran’Vythellas, he was shocked more than anything else. It was with great hesitation that he deployed his army to Nylevran. To the surprise of his people, Barus fought. He clashed head on with the royal army of San’Aormet. Being a politician, and not a commander or warrior, he was brutally defeated.
King Soran’Vythellas took to the High Court. Many assumed he was there to have the leaders answer for the false Emperor. Meeting with the court, in a legendary decision, the High Elven King granted the Humans complete freedom. Any responsibility the Elves had thrust upon them, they were liberated of. Records of the time recall it being a somber occasion.
Few things changed. Nylevran had made its living off of politics, and continues today. The good will from the King led to better future relations between the two races. With a strong symbiotic relationship developed over the years, Barus’ foolhardy rise led to prosperity and newfound mutual respect.
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