[Closed] History of the Centauroi
As told by the Centaurs of Ur-Daharae, related by Oelric D'vyrrhe
After the Fall of Pelion, many of the Centauroi were swept away to the northern shores of the Desertlands of Ufaeria. Understanding that they would not be able to survive in the harsh desert, they embarked on a journey across these barren lands. Led by the legendary centauress, Aarene, they crossed the deserts in a great passage called the Quae'laar. Many died on the journey -- including Aarene herself -- from hunger and thirst, sun and sandstorms, and attacks by the Serenshen. But those who did survive arrived finally at the Hidden Valley. Some stayed there, at the area called Ur-Daharae, but the majority continued with their journeys and spread all over the Worlde.
Some versions (which mainly survived in parables and children's lullabies) of Centauroi history claim that mysterious Desert Elves aided the survivors of Pelion. Most centaurs largely dismiss these legends: no proof even to the existence of these Elves was ever found ... and most centaurs would like to believe they survived due to their own might.
The journey of the Centauroi is traditionally divided into four stages, which also reflect various phases in the individual lives of the centaurs. The rituals of the Centauroi symbolize the collective myth and individual lives:
Siyaqqur ("Birth"): The Siyaqqur is the time when the Centauroi were swept into the seas, drowned by the wrath of their god. During this phase, their shamans, the Delanii, mysteriously disappeared. The Centauroi drifted this way and that without leadership or direction. When they finally landed on the shores of Ufaeria, a centauress named Aarene became their first Ra'aia (female leader) and the journey began. The word "siyaqqur" also designates in the Centauroi tongue the birth of a centaur. Traditionally, the mother gives birth inside the waters of a shallow stream (symbolizing the waters of the Vericul) assisted by the Ra'aia of her clan. The newborn is immersed in water before the Ra'aia places him or her on the solid ground. (The Sea is the symbol of this phase.)
Quae'laar ("Puberty"): The Quae'laar is the great passage of the Centauroi through the Desertlands. It is considered as a time when Chaos still intermingled with the emerging new culture of the centaurs. The Quae'laar ended with the death of Aarene and the arrival of the clans at the Hidden Valley. "Quae'laar" also means adolescence, the time of change from foalhood to maturity in the centaur's life. Quae'laar is also a private journey that each centaur is required to perform as his or her rite-de-passage: the adolescent centaur leaves the clan for about a year and a half and is expected to survive alone in the wilderness, where the laws of his clan do not apply. When the centaur returns, he or she is finally considered an adult. (The Desert is the symbol of this phase.)
Aerusynne ("Marriage"): This is the phase of the centaurs' arrival at the lush woodlands of the Hidden Valley and their final relocation in their new homes. "Aerusynne" also means marriage, which is traditionally conducted under the largest or most ancient tree in the clan's territory. (The Forest is the symbol of this phase.)
Ev'Siyaqqur ("Return To Birth" [or "Death"]): According to some versions (believed by only a few of the Centauroi), the centaurs are to return once again to the waters of the Vericul and find their lost Pelion under the waves. This phase is called "Ev'Siyaqqur," which also means death in the language of the centaurs. When a centaur dies, he or she is once again immersed in the waters of his or her birthplace stream. Afterwards, the body is burnt and the ashes dispersed in the same waters. (Again, the Sea is the symbol of this phase.)