This week’s Translation Tuesday is a continuation of the timeline that was posted on 7/21/2016. This includes various side bits of information from the same book, as well as an additional timeline from the Ys Global Guidebook, another interesting material book, that was published in 1989, and focused entirely on the settings for Ys I and II.
The Ys Global Guidebook will likely be used in a future Translation Tuesday, as well.
As before, I am the primary translator behind this post, but I’ve had assistance in translation from Yotaka, as well as proofreading help from both Yotaka and S_Tiger.
Summarized History of the ‘Eldeen Civilization’
In ancient times, the winged ones descended upon the land suspended in the Atlas Ocean.
They reclaimed the green earth,
and created the shining ’emelas.’
Sent off with all seven colors of ’emelas,’ they shined upon all corners of the land.
And the winged ones cast off our tainted wings,
to reclaim bodies of brilliant, shining white.
With the new white, they created the ‘Spiritual Mother.’
As the children of the winged ones were born of a pure mother,
they, too, were born with pure bodies as well.
At this time, the sea overflowed and flooded the shores.
Humans, and demi-humans with their beast-like forms,
drifted ashore to join the winged ones.
Two groups came about on this land.
One group of the winged ones became caretakers,
and soon many came to the land,
as the humans enthusiastically began to travel to and from their homeland.
Another group of the winged ones
made a safeguard from the water with the ark of ’emelas.’
The wise humans
began to study the use of emelas from the winged ones.
Mimicking the winged ones, the humans used their techniques,
and soon after began to wish to obtain their wings.
However, once again, the sea overflowed.
As the ark relentlessly drew in water,
the sea began to advance inward.
The land seemed to disappear,
and many of the winged ones cast away their shining bodies and returned to heaven.
A handful of the winged ones remained.
Some took the demi-humans to the west,
while others lead the humans to the east, and joined them.
With them, they carried the black light of ’emelas’ in hand.
Aspects of the Eldeen Civilization
The Affairs of the Civilization
The Population of the Winged Beings
After they took on white emelas bodies and their reproduction began through magical means, there were several hundred of them. (Prior to this, many more.)
Once eternal life was obtained, the population numbers didn’t increase.
The Political Structure of the Civilization
At first, they possessed a parliamentary system for the decision making process, that was eventually put aside as a ‘dead system’ once they obtained their white emelas bodies.
The Affairs of the Winged Beings
They had a gentle civilization that showed respect to the matters of the land and sea. (Details unknown.)
They had a wealth of poetry and music.
Though some works had a profound meaning to them, many others had simple concepts to them.
After they switched to their white emelas bodies, they continued with their artistic activities, which would soon be handed down through the demi-humans.
The winged beings had no religion.
The held concepts of mutual respect without fear,
and thus had no object of idolization.
While the concept of ‘sublimation’ existed, there was no ideal of traveling to heaven or the next world beyond it. They understood the technical aspect of it, and viewed it as no more than a pragmatic ideal.
Instead of religious beliefs, the winged beings possessed a unique view of ‘nirvana.’
However, this so-called concept of ‘nirvana’ (the renouncement of attachment to physical existences) stood in opposition of the winged beings’ views of sublimation and their ‘eternal existence.’
Analysis of Different Stories
Analysis of One Particular History as Presented in [Ys IV (PCE)]
The Lord of Massacre, Arem, leading the Darklings and the Great Sorcerer Sieg Fact
With Ys IV PCE not following the basic chronological timeline, many unique ‘legends’ came about. One great example is the existance of Arem as the leader of the Darklings. The belligerent, battle-hungry clan brought war to the Celceta region, and they were destroyed by Lefance and his five retainers. Lefance founded the Celcetan dynasty and the Eldeen gave the Mask of the Sun and its controlling unit the Mask of the Moon into his care.
Several hundred years later, the Romun Empire invaded the Celceta Dynasty, and the name of the sorcerer Sieg Fact had been uncovered. It turns out that he is the same person as Dark Fact, and as he had stolen the Mask of the Moon, the Mask of the Sun went out of control, inflicting plague and abnormal weather patterns on the Celceta region.
Additionally, other established information from Ys IV PCE includes Raba’s family name being Solomon, just like with Solomon Shrine, as well as the presence of El Doran and the Celceta Magic.
There was the shocking reveal that Dark Fact was actually the ancient sorcerer known as Sieg Fact. He stole the Mask of the Moon, and was the one behind Darm’s birth from the Black Pearl.
Arem, the Lord of Massacre, and his Deception to throw Celceta into Chaos
Arem stood as the leader of the Darklings. When defeated by Lefance, he swore revenge as he disappeared into the fire, and the rest of the clan carried on this grudge. Eventually, the Mask of the Sun was used, to make him reappear into the present world.
Ys VI Rare Materials – Scenario-Use Glossary