The Forms of Life

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The Forms of Life
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Literature
Author Merrin Dijavdri
Genre Poetry
Accessibility Nobility Knowledge

“The Forms of Life” is a short poem written by noted Rivellian writer Merrin Dijavdri shortly before the Ranger Crisis. A deep scholar of history, Merrin was patronized by one of the prestigious houses of Rivellia. This allowed her the time and accommodations to procure a sizeable sum of knowledge. She wrote the poem as a way of thanking the family, along with utilizing it as a rhythm to sing their children to sleep. Currently, the tune is occasionally uttered in the rooms of South Regalian Nobility.

The Forms of Life

Listen friend, for knowledge is told,
The forms of life both young and old.
First great of the world, the Seraph lived and died.
Their terrible nemesis, Void-ruled Demons, do still fight and thrive.
Next the Seraph’s firstborn, the Nelfin both rise and fall,
The Orcs, their greatest enemy, filled with power and gall.
The Humans, varied mighty, reign land and sea and ground,
Their empire stretches ‘round the world, may it last both long and proud.
Plantlike Yanar, healing-kind, friends to Elves and men.,
Scaled Naylar, lizard-race, feared for the flesh they rend.
The Varran, beastial slaves, but with sovreign racial pride.
Fearful Kleinfolk, diminutive ones, civilized yet driven to hide.
Insect Mekket, ancient yet forgotten, driven by the past,
Sea-bound Maiar, the crafty mer-folk, risen from the depths at last.
These are the sentients, the life of the world, the breath of whom we share,
Know them and understand them, for life is not lasting, and the world is ours and theirs.

Trivia

  • Learned readers and listeners might easily hear the lines about the enemies of the Seraph, “Void-ruled Demons”. This line is based on Merrin’s belief that the Seraph fell to a Void Invasion, like the one that ended the Elven Empire.
  • Many clergymen in the south claim the poem is pure heresy as it lacks mention of the Imperial Spirit’s role in life. They also complain about the poem’s egalitarian views on race.

Accreditation
Writers Crusallar
Artists None
Processors Plecy
Last Editor HydraLana on 06/2/2018.

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