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Elara is a mythological figure said to have defeated the Black Plague and seen as the founder of Mirith. Nowadays, sometimes her name stands for the Goddess of Life, but it is not clear whether they were separate entities, or whether the Goddess was the origin of Elara's power and wisdom. Inconsistencies in the mythological tradition are not unusual.
Elara

Statue of Elara in Mirith.

According to Cecil, who edited and annotated four tomes on the historical mythology of Oberin, available at the Brigobaen Library, she is the first human referred to in the Shurilizuk, and her story can be found in Book III, "Emergence from Haven".

Elara's legend illustrates the beginning of our era. As told in the Brigobaen tomes, she was guided to the Curio by some higher power, and used it to lead humanity back to the surface world, after centuries of hiding underground. She had seven disciples, who founded the remaining cities. Two of their names are still preserved in ancient records: Nystral, who founded Andris; and Ybarra, for Marali. It is rumoured that the last days of Elara are told in another ancient book, also part of Brigobaen's catalogue – this tome, however, is not available to the public.

Some older sources who do not belong to the Order of Brigobaen paint Elara in a very different light. There are the Knights of Silver, who claim to be the ones who first guided Elara out of Haven – they are all considered heretics by Brigobaen. And then there is the influential forest dragon Mexur, who infamously referred to Elara as an "upstart".

In modern days, Serene is believed to be a direct descendant from Elara. It is unknown if there are any others. Such a distinction is particularly important because it is generally believed that only a descendant of Elara can channel the awesome power of the Curio unaided.