Inwe

Biography

At birth, Inwë Cuthalion was abandoned on the doorstep of the Order of Corellon, a holy order dedicated to the care of all nature. She was raised by the Order, and was taught in crafting spells to control nature and the weather to bring favorable conditions to their gardens. Although she believed in their practices and in the worship of Corellon, she found herself drawn to explore the outer world. The night before taking her final vow of dedication to Corellon, she slipped away from the Order, and headed West to the nearest sea-port, hoping to gain transport to a distant land. Upon reaching the sea-port, she found that she did not possess anything worth trade, and had no money, as it had been against the rules of the Order. In dismay and unable to return to the Order, she took to picking pockets, using her magic to protect herself from detection by causing sudden rains, fog, and darkness. One night, Inwë attempted to plunder the purse of a cloaked figure at one of her frequent haunts, the Winking Star tavern. The man caught her wrist and, as he turned around, laughed although she attempted to hide herself and escape. He was not fooled by her craft, and as the hood fell off his head, she saw that he was another Eladrin. His name was Eil Pyrael, and he was a boat-maker; he spoke to the trees and strengthened them so that when they were cut down, their wood would make the finest boats. Impressed by Inwë’s skill, Eil took her into his workshop and invited her to join him. Here, she enchanted the boats with charms to hold them on steady course, to weather years of use with gentle grace, and to calm even the strongest tempests. She worked in Eil’s shop for four years, and as they shared their craft and lives, Eil found that he was falling in love with her. Inwë happily accepted his offer of marriage, and they built a cottage in a village a few miles north of the port, along the coast, where they could establish a larger shop, and build a quiet life together. Inwë gave birth to a beautiful son, whom she named Cor, in honor of the deity in whom she still believed, and knew had blessed her life with so much happiness. Her happiness was not to last, however; in the winter of Cor’s fourth year, their village was attacked by marauders from the North. They burned her home, slaughtered her husband when he fought to protect her, and stole her son away, leaving her beaten and exposed to the elements. She awoke in the cold to the scent of wine and spice; an old woman, a healer of the town, had survived by hiding, and was pouring hypocras down her throat to revive her. When she had regained her strength, she gathered up the few belongings that had survived the fire, including the money that she and Eil had kept hidden, and ventured out to attempt to find her son. After several months of searching the village for him, and faced with numerous unidentifiable bodies of the villagers, Inwë was forced to accept that Cor had been burned alive in her home. Driven to despair, and unable to face her memories by remaining in the village, she left. She traveled South to find whatever work she might be afforded, living with a hollowness inside, feeling emptied by the loss of her husband and son, and with them, her faith in Corellon’s goodness. Inwë vowed to herself not to stay in one place too long, or to regard any place as “home”—she had had but one home, and it was gone forever…

Inwe

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