April 1, 2010

The Alva: A Glimpse

Posted in The Alva tagged , , at 10:41 am by E.V. Svetova

In the Mythological Cycle of early Irish literature, the four treasures of the Tuatha Dé Danann are four magical items which the Dananns are supposed to have brought with them from the four island cities Murias, Falias, Gorias and Findias, when they arrived in Ireland. From Falias came The Stone of Fál (Lia Fáil) which would identify the rightful sovereign; from Goirias came The Spear (sleg) of Lugh unmatched in swiftness; from Findias came the inescapable Sword (claideb) of Núadu; and from Muirias came Cauldron (coire) of the Dagda which nourished and restored people.

In the universe of Homecoming the Alvan homeworld of Alvaheim has four continents/city-states, each renowned for a particular craft taken to the level of high art, in line with the elven aesthetics. Fal is home of super computers; Egore specializes in portal and other transportation technology; Thyndi in weapon development; and Moiré is home of biotechnology. So, Yarbonel Dé Fal and Llewelys Dé Moiré are, respectively, from Fal and Moiré, which is reflected in their interests and way of relating to the human population of Earth.

Yarbonel is one of the original batch of visitors, a full generation older than Llewelys, who was conceived on Earth after the colony had been established.



  1. Nigel said,

    So Llewelys was actually born on Earth, but of the Moiré tribe/nation? Has he spent most of his life here or there?

    • Katyok said,

      Llewelys’ father Beli was a friend of Yarbonel, of the same generation. Llewelys was his youngest son, conceived on Earth, but his mother returned to Moiré to deliver him. By then they have already restored the portals back to Alvaheim, everyone who didn’t like it here returned home, so only the hard-core Alvan colonists remained on Earth. In terms of human history, I’d say Llewelys was born around early Bronze Age of humanity (3rd Millennium BC). He grew up here and, basically, went native for centuries (thus the facial tattoo). He is considered an expert on all things human.

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