On Umbar


“It broke my heart, Jerilyn, to learn of it.  I knew Umbar in the days of old and he was a warm god, adventuresome in spirit and friend to all.  He did like to flex his muscles, so to speak, but not in spite.  He liked to challenge, it was his nature according to my uncle Indallar, and if anyone would have known, it was him.  ‘By Umbar’s frothy beard’ Indallar used to say… Umbar would have never begrudged the Maiden Her due or wanted the Devotees slain in his name.  He was not a jealous god.”    Kandol Elf Lord

On the Curse

“Yes, Tarik, it is clear now, though it wasn’t then.  It’s much easier with hindsight, isn’t it?  The seed took root long before, when Ataryl took up his birthright, and then it lay dormant, germinating for centuries before flowering into a blossom of shadow.  ”  Jerilyn of Colcester

On Wizards

“Avery a wizard?  Hah!  That is like thinking a seedling one of Heaven’s Sildars or a newborn kitten a lion.  He knew a few tricks and made good use of them, I might add, but a wizard?  Hardly!  He knew nothing of the Spires and had to rely on incantations to harness their power.  That was the mark of a hedge wizard, not an adept.”    The Wizard of the Blue Lagoon

On Dol Melerith

“I disagree, Jerilyn.  I could have sent one of my sons, I suppose, but they were the perfect choice.  The evil in the Shadowgrim was the Traitor risen anew and no one knew him better than they did.  I knew that they were up to the challenge and history has proven me right.  I’ll admit, it may have been a bit selfish on my part.  After so many had taken the Path, I was not eager for my sons to leave my side, but that was secondary to my decision.  I did not underestimate them as others did.  I had witnessed their strength firsthand.”  Kandol Elf Lord

On the Grove

“I must confess, Jerilyn, I never found courtly intrigue all that intriguing.  My upbringing might have had something to do with it.  Visitors to the Grove were few and far between.  That’s partly why I went to Tyrnavalle.  It was so much quieter there.”    The Wizard of the Blue Lagoon

On Embyrl

“Before facing the Lady of Esel, she was a renowned sorceress.  Queen Ylindelay was a superior enchantress and Kandol’s mother, Elryssa was a mistress of illusion, but no one could command the surf like her.  She could summon tidal waves from the ocean floor, hold back the very tide and the creatures of the sea were at her beck and call.”  Wizard of the Blue Lagoon

On the Maiden

“The Devotees’ worship of the Maiden bore little resemblance to the revelry of the Elder Days, Jerilyn, but how could it?  The Stones were gone, the earth song silent and the Maiden now lived in fabled Ardilun.  They knew the Maiden, but the Lady and the Crone were strangers and the Earth Mother was an ancient, hollow name.  They took the traditions I gave them and those that the priestesses brought back from Ardilun and forged new traditions, new ways to celebrate Her.”    Kandol Elf Lord


On Jahar

“Leyrantha?  Never saw them, the Stones fell before my time, hard as it is for you to believe that anything happened before my time.  But I did see Jahar once … never did understand what all the fuss was about.”  The Wizard of the Blue Lagoon