Lore:Y'ffre

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"Feel the solidity of the ground under your feet, and taste the wind. By his will is our world manifest, and the rocks, and the trees, and the birds in the sky. Y'ffre is with you at every turn, in every moment."Bones of the Forest

Y'ffre (or Jephre), the Storyteller and God of Song and Forest, is the most important deity of the Bosmeri pantheon, also worshipped by the Altmer, Bretons, and Snow Elves.[1] He (occasionally she[2]) was one of the strongest of the recognizable spirits that crystallized shortly after the beginning of time, and played an important role in the coalescing of the physical world during the Dawn Era.[3] He is said to have been the first to transform himself into the Ehlnofey, or Earth Bones, giving rise to the rules and principles of nature and life on Nirn.[4] Out of the primordial Ooze, he first brought forth the Green, consisting of all plant life in the forests of Valenwood, from mosses to the mighty graht-oaks.[2] Next to materialize were Y'ffre's people, the Bosmer. He instituted the Green Pact between the Bosmer and the Green, which forbade any harm to the plant life of Valenwood. In exchange, the elves could request the forest shape itself to their needs, providing food and shelter, and also were able to tap into certain atavistic forces of nature, reflecting their chaotic origins.[5] Bosmeri legend holds that any who break the terms of the Pact will be consigned back into the Ooze, their song in the world replaced with silence.[2] In modern times, the Pact is enforced by regional "treethanes", who are responsible for a certain jurisdiction and dedicated to the preservation of the natural resources therein.[6]

[edit] The Storyteller

Y'ffre is strongly associated with songs and stories, as a mythical expression of his role in shaping the story of nature. His acts of creation are described as "tales",[2] and he is said to have given the first name to every living creature, solidifying their place in the world.[7] Y'ffre's priests, called Spinners, also experience life as once long story, as they not only keep the histories and laws of their people, but also narrate events that have yet to occur.[8] As Y'ffre instructed the world and the first Bosmer through tales, so too do the Spinners elucidate and educate their kin through elaborate, sometimes befuddling, metaphors, that nonetheless always contain an essential truth.[9]

[edit] References

  1. ^ Knight-Paladin Gelebor's dialogue in Skyrim
  2. ^ a b c d The Ooze: A Fable
  3. ^ The Monomyth
  4. ^ Varieties of Faith in the EmpireBrother Mikhael Karkuxor
  5. ^ The Green Pact and the Dominion
  6. ^ Wood Elf Etiquette: An Imperial PerspectiveKerandas Calvus, in the year 2723
  7. ^ Wyresses: The Name-DaughtersGlargargil the Speaking Oak
  8. ^ Spinning a StoryCirantille
  9. ^ The Spinners of Y'ffreCirantille

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