The Fall of the Faere and Other Stories
William Timothy Murray, author
These stories, myths, and legends, spanning eons, set the stage for the epic events of The Year of the Red Door. Here is told how the world was created, how the Faerekind lost their wings and became the Elifaen, The Fallen Ones, and how they failed to save their people from strife. Some of the figures within these tales fought valiantly to avert the conflicts and violence that they foresaw. Some saw the error of their ways and sought to undo the plight they had inflicted upon their people. Others remained unrepentant and vengeful, and they ensured the fate of all the others. The Fall of the Faere delivers a deeper understanding of The Year of the Red Door, and a chance to gaze back into history at the story-behind-the-story. Here you will learn how the Forty-Nine Bloodcoins were given as part of a Divine Promise, and how those objects were misused and misunderstood, and how they became scattered and lost. You will read how the actions of Cupeldain and others led to the Fall of the Faerekind, and how Cupeldain eventually came to regret his actions. You'll learn about Parthais and the discovery of Griferis which led to Secundur's domination over the land of Shatuum. Lyrium's plight is described and how her husband unsuccessfully sought to defend Tulith Attis when it was besieged by the Dragonkind. You'll learn how the love that Ormace had for a beautiful Faerekind led to his destruction. How Pyros and Duiniece fell victim to the powers of fire and ice that they held. How Therona fell victim to the machinations of King Parthais. How Queen Therona was overthrown by her own people. And how Serith Ellyn became Queen of Vanara. By the late Second Age, almost all of the significant players in these tales would be dead, and many of them would be all but forgotten. But the power of their acts, stretching beyond the breadth of their lives, seeded the crisis that unfolded during the year 870-871 of the Second Age, the Year of the Red Door.