When the elven folk walked the land alone
and sang songs of power amongst the trees and stars, Jephre
the Singer walked with them. Jephre gave heed to the nature
of the forests and delighted in the gurgling streams and brooks.
It was Jephre who taught the birds to sing their songs of
the seasons and He that taught the streams the tinkling ethereal
tune. The very trees are said to have moved close to hear
him sing on the warm summer nights of those elder days. It
was in this time that the first great ballads of the elves
were made, crafted from the songs that Jephre taught to the
sylvan youth who frolicked to his lively tunes and ballads
of nature and the unspoiled forest. In truth, He is worshipped
as god of song and forest.
In Valenwood, Jephre is considered one of
the Major Sylvan gods with temples and altars in the deep
woodland places. Elven tradition holds that children with
a gift for song have been blessed by Jephre himself. Legend
has it he blessed the Wood Elves with a natural affinity for
nature and particularly the forest. Most Wood Elven Rangers
It was his great eagerness for natural beauty
that led him to the Isle of Sumurset. He taught the great
sea birds to sing and molded the crash of wave against beach
into a song of whispers and power It is said by the high elves
that Jephre hears and sees all within distance of water, whether
it be beach, brook, stream or fall. It is further said that
the very birds keep watch for Jephre, in repayment for the
songs he taught them. It is fruther said he blessed the high
elves with a beauty to match the beauty of their island home.
The dark elves have a legend that Jephre walked
the earth before the first day, and in the light of the stars
weaved a song so beautiful that the very stars moved to its
sway. Some of the stars to this very day still wink and blink
in memory of the song of night and darkness. Due to his influence
most if not all Elven Bards pay homage to Jephre.
The natural order of things is the basis for
Jephre's temples in Valenwood and the Sumurset Isle. The one
thing Jephre will not tolerate is the harmful manipulation
of the natural order of things.
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