Ulfsild’s Notes: The Origin of Luminaries


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An ode to the joy of a good mystery! I asked each of the Luminaries in turn about the origins of their kind, and they all returned vastly different answers. I plan to use this to craft my impossible riddle for the Dragon.

Owing to the nature of the Gryphon’s birth, his answer changes each day. One day it’s all magical might, the next its amount of magic expended. But his unwavering belief that he’s finally got it right is always the same.

The Indrik thinks he was manifested from pure thought. An invention of a mind that craved to make sense of the world through stories. The Netch refuses to give me one answer, rotating through as many tales as it has tendrils.

The Dragon seems almost angry that I care about this as much as I do. She is perfectly content to focus on “the universe within”, as she puts it. Rather than contemplating the past.

Here are, in no particular order, my own theories.

1. Luminaries are fallen tears of Aetherius. We have observed Aetherial energy in many different forms, mostly crystalline. Why not as spirits with physical manifestations?

2. Luminaries are experimental beings made by the Aedra and placed deliberately in our plane to guide and protect us. They are to Aetherius what Daedra are to Oblivion, just much rarer.

3. They’re a natural part of the “magic cycle.” If we imagine magic is like water, the Luminaries are like aqueducts, carrying it to our plane and casting it around them like a glowing lamp.

4. The Gryphon believes it was created as an after-effect of a powerful mage’s spell. Perhaps there is something to these Luminaries being made or shaped by someone in our plane. Or are they pure manifestations of thought, like the Indrik says? Feats of great magic? If someone made a Luminary, even accidentally, can it be done again?

That none of the Luminaries truly know their origin made me wonder if knowing their origin was dangerous somehow. Would comprehending the nature of their existence alter something within them?

I considered this a possible strength of my riddle, then. If the Dragon could not conceive of the answer, there was no way she could guess it.

Satisfied with this line of thinking, I went to the Dragon with my riddle. “What is the origin of the Luminaries?” I compelled her to seek council from her fellow Luminaries if she needed help. I did this so she could see that her answer could not possibly be the absolute truth.

This was a tremendous mistake on my part. Luminaries don’t feel the passage of time the way we do. The ensuing argument lasted nearly five moon cycles. I sought Shal’s advice, but he was busy in his own studies and I could tell he thought the whole ordeal was rather petty.

In the end, I could not bear to see my friends argue like that. I rescinded my riddle and asked the Dragon for another chance. After so long crafting that first riddle, I have no idea what I’m going to do.

I’m taking a break from Eyevea. I’ll head to Sunnamere, my quiet little sanctum near Sunhold, and think on where to go from here.

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