Elodie - Kashani's Last Hope

A battle raging between two High Lords threatens to change Kashani forever. Nothing in Elodie Jedda's life will ever be the same if Jante Calende succeeds in his attempt to assassinate the Most High Lord. There is only one hope for Kashani - Elodie. She believes in herself, the problem is no one else does. Is she strong enough to convince those around her that she is their last hope?

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2. Chapter 1

In the moment between light and dark there is a time and that time is forever. At the point where the sky meets the sea there is a place, and that place is Kashani.
Kashani sits in the middle of the Zamatta Sea looking like the back of a huge plump fish. She basks in the light of the two suns that shine on her, the northern sun always so low that it seems to sit upon her golden head like a crown. The mountain ranges that form her back fin are tipped with silver snow and deep dark green forests climb towards their peaks. Below, where there are fewer trees, you can see the verdant green of the grass that forms her scales. But here and there all over her scales are patches of disease. These are the towns where most of her inhabitants can be found. Only the Elven keeps and villages hide beneath the trees, as in harmony with Kashani as the Elven themselves are. But the head of the fish that is Kashani is golden and free of any interference from those who live their lives upon her. This area is the northern desert land and only the most resourceful or desperate of her citizens could hope to make a life here. At this time of the year the wedge of land that forms her tail sparkles with silver snow and all traces of the people who live there hide beneath this silver cloak.
Kashani has been inhabited for as long as people have memories and stories have been told. Even before those who make up most of her population -- the Haethons, the Sleejaxen, the Mordequai and the Assheeba -- arrived on her shores, the Elven lived in her Forests. When they came to her shores no one remembers. Few Elven use the old calendar any more. They have long since given up their exclusive lifestyle and few remain in the Elven keeps and even most of these are open to visitors to come and stay.
It is told that the forefathers arrived in the month of Maiairi when the snows were deep in the South. How long ago that was is blurred by time. Now in the year 553 no one is even sure how long the Elven calendar was followed before it's rules and exceptions drove the forefathers or their ancestors to start using the same calendar they had used in Backbefor. What Backbefor was like for them is lost. The forefathers did not record much of their lives there and any one who asked them was told:
"It is best we forget that place and live our lives as Kashani allows."
Most put this down to the weakened memory of age. The mystery of Backbefor captured the minds of many and the young of Kashani lapped up stories written about Backbefor and its imagined inhabitants and their lives.
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