Glorvan

Glorvan is a figure of ambiguous classification, having evidence of Glorvan being a single individual as well as evidence that it was a title and not a name. Some have postulated that the idea of Glorvan being a title was due to pretenders trying to continue the original Glorvan's teaching. What is know is that Glorvan was a figure of some sort whom lived at the very least between -100 and 250 CE, traveled ancient Tinis and Pargalo, was likely responsible for cultural connections between more modern, pre-Pargalonian Tinisian region cultures and Pargalo, and was well known for being a philosopher.

Known History of Glorvan

Accounts from records in T3h Furry, Shikeishuu and Venerable Prefectures libraries contain the earliest mention of a figure going by the name Glorvan starting around -100 CE (current best estimate of -102 CE). These records tell of a person whom was part philosopher, part holy man, whom traveled the northern coasts of modern Tinis, south to the Tinisian forests, east and into the fox lands, and as far west as northern Ciata. Glorvan was credited by these accounts with teaching children of nobles and peasants together in open air class rooms for at most a year before moving on to the next community. The earliest records make no mention of any super natural events surrounding Glorvan and played up the respect this person gained as a wise teacher of language and culture.

It wasn't until approximately -50 CE that the accounts speak of miracles and incredible feats. The most amazing story which is dated to -17 CE tells of Glorvan's travels to the great western desert to battle the Marble Emperor. Supposedly Glorvan traveled first to the boarder of the mountain fox territory (part of modern Ciata) where he was barred entry for his heretical beliefs. Glorvan was said to of flown over the mountains and landed on the far side. This feat, among others, suggest one of several possible species for Glorvan as he is supposed to of 'traveled the air' on numerous occasions during the miracle period. Once in the desert, Glorvan traveled for thirty days without water or food and was assaulted each night by bandits. On day thirty, he supposedly froze the bandits in a block of ice and buried it below the desert sands so deep it would never melt.

This impressed the Marble Emperor whom challenged Glorvan to a battle of witts. Accounts vary as to what the battle entailed, but the most common one involved a tile game with dice. The Marble Emperor was assured victory by Glorvan's moves but was spooked by Glorvan's conversation with him. Glorvan demonstrated keen knowledge about all things and the ability to argue all points of any issue he choose. The Marble Emperor thought that the supposed weakness of his game was a trap strategy and so the Emperor didn't take the opportunities open to him. This lead to his loss. The Marble Emperor offered his crown and all his power to Glorvan after Glorvan explained how the emperor could of defeated him many times in the game but did not. The Marble Emperor considered himself them unfit to rule the world. Glorvan took the crow but did not wear it. He invited the Marble Emperor to travel with him, but the now former monarch decided to travel to the ices of the north to find peace. Once alone, Glorvan melted the crown and turned it into a dagger. There is no further mention of the dagger after this story.

Around -5 CE, Glorvan set sail with a crew of pirates. The pirates raided along the coast of old Tinis traveling east. At some point the pirates stopped raiding and pillaging, supposedly due to being swayed by Glorvan into a lives of peace. The former pirates traveled with Glorvan to various spots for the next ten years, continuing Glorvan's teachings at several cities along the coast east and north of old Tinis. In 6 CE Glorvan came to Pargalo and bid the sea furs good bye.

Pargalo at the time was a barbaric place filled with feuding warlords. Unlike the proto-Tinisians to the south whom enjoyed peace and prosperity, Pargalonians suffered greatly in the wars and famines. Glorvan supposedly went to the four most powerful warlords to plead with them for peace: Melkartral of the dragons, Watarn of the wolves, Iwro of the mice, and Noot'Yel of the Apolytam.

The legend says that Melkartral laughed at Glorvan and tossed him out of the ice covered realm of the dragons. Watarn insisted on telling Glorvan entire epics and thesis on war, not letting the traveler speak at all, until Glorvan stormed out. Noot'Yel tried to eat Glorvan. Iwro entertained the philosopher for a time but grew tired of him and began ignoring Glorvan. Then through some sort of trickery (that again differs in different accounts) all four were brought together and tricked into cages by some unknown group. The unknown group tortured each one of them for weeks. Glorvan, noticing the chaos brought on by the disappearances of the four powerful warlords above and beyond what was already occurring prompted him to search them out. Glorvan found the unknown group's lair and freed the four warlords, but only after they promised to meet him in one year.

A year passed. Melkartral had been killed in battle, but his daughter Hardunc came to the meeting. Noot'Yel did not show up. The three warlords, together at that point controlled half of Pargalo. Glorvan did not show up the first day, and all three nearly decided to leave or kill each other. The second day they were met by Glorvan whom convinced them to make a true for a period of ten years between the three of them and to work together to crush the lesser warlords. Some accounts say Glorvan demonstrated great might or super natural abilities at this meeting, others do not. They also agreed to hear out the philosopher and to begin to learn the new language of those from Glorvan's home. This true would eventually lead to the formation of the Kingdom of Pargalo.

When things became more peaceful in Pargalo, Glorvan began teaching philosophy and the Glorvanist belief system to the people of Pargalo. Several more fantastic stories from Pargalonian sources and folk lore take place during this period between 10 and 200 CE.

Approximately 75 CE, the figures of Phorne and Itchal appear in Glorvanist writings. Phorne, builder of doom, is said to of been taught by Glorvan but in his search for the true meaning behind Glorvanism went insane. Phorne then spawned (either was the father of, literal builder, or the one to come up with the idea of) Itchal. Itchal is not believed to be a real individual, but like the Marble Emperor, only appears in fantastic accounts of Glorvan. The accounts of Glorvan facing off against Itchal seem excessively fantastical but also serve as morality stories and examples of critical thought to back up Glorvanist teachings.

At some point however a counter group to those following Glorvan's teachings appears. They co-opt the figure of Itchal, whom is usually defeated by the wisdom of Glorvan's pro-better life teachings, and turn it into an annihilation figure. This counter group eventually forms the core of the Itchalian faith before 300 CE.

Some have claimed that Glorvan wedded Hardunc and given birth to the Glorivixs or Peace lines of dragons. Similarly, others claim that Glorvan wedded Iwro and started the mouse Tac Clan, or that Glorvan wedded a daughter of Watarn which lead to one or more royal lines of Pargalo. Modern science has not shown any genetic connections between the descendants of these groups.

The latest verifiable historical account of an individual known as Glorvan takes palce in 197 CE with an invasion of Pargalo from across the sea. The exact identity of the invaders is thought to belong to proto-Morskoj by some scholars. Supposedly Glorvan was taken prisoner by the invaders and tortured by powerful priests whom could foil Glorvan's miraculous abilities. Legends claim Glorvan allowed his capture to save the citizens of the village he was living and teaching at. Glorvan was brought before the general of the invading army and told to swear allegiance to her. Glorvan refused and began fighting the guards. Most accounts say the fight lasted days. The general was so keen on subduing Glorvan that an army of Pargalonians had moved up unnoticed by the general and his army. The army destroyed the invaders and rescued Glorvan. Glorvan was saddened by the loss of life and decided it was time to move on again, hoping his teaching would finally get through to someone.

Stories of Glorvan after 200 CE are very sketchy and may involve a number of different individuals. In 332 CE, the stories end with the Tail of Stars. The Tail of Stars was written a few years after 332 and was recited widely in Pargalo and near by lands. At the end of the Tail of Stars, Glorvan, fed up with the decay and barbarism of the world, returns to Pargalo, heavily wounded from trials and battles and nearly dead. Glorvan then builds a tomb for himself and enters it. What is believe to be the Tomb of Glorvan is still located in Pargalo.

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