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Tunings

Annah says:

“Music is important to my people–it is still a part of our language, and it is a fundamental part of how we think about the world, and our relationship to it.  In the Craft of the Shaper, one of the most important workings that we learn is called a Tuning.  It is just what it says–an act–of song or speech or dance, of building, of writing, of building, of sex, or of other things through which Shaping may flow–channeled, focused, and amplified by the conscious intent to use the energy in the act to bring oneself or others into balance, so that they may function better–the same way the strings on an instrument are tuned before they are played, so that the pitch is true.

I sometimes think that the First Ones perform acts of Tuning in our own lives, sometimes–some of them joyous, such as the meeting of a mate or a long-lost family member, or the attainment of a long-held goal; others more melancholy, such as the passing of a loved one or the breaking of a relationship–even the Breaking of an entire world, such as happened once to Evohe.  We choose how we respond when the First Ones tune our strings: will we snap and break?  Will the change of pitch turn our whole song sour?  Or will it give us a new range of notes with which we can express our lives, and the way the songs of our lives fit into those of others?

We are all born a part of the Great Melody.  It is not meant for us to deny our own part in the song, or to deny the harmony that another brings by their presence.  Our own songs will not be drowned out by the presence of one more voice, or a hundred.  And even if the whole world cannot hear it, each song still makes a difference.  The question that arises then is this: will we open ourselves, allow ourselves to be instruments for Tuning?  Will we strive to see that Balance that exists in all of creation, even when the strings are frayed, and the notes fall sour on the ear?  Or will we close our eyes, sealing the world in darkness because it is not yet the world we would have it be?

We are the instruments upon which the First Ones play the Great Melody.  And we can use our songs to make a different–and a better–world.”

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Song of the World

Annah says:

“The language of my people, and of our world, is a strange thing.  When I was growing up, I knew some of the language of the humans; the language called Standard.  Many of our people speak it quite well, and it is taught to bloomlings in the learning-circles, and even reinforced as bloomlings grow into seed-youths and seed-maidens.  But, before Holder’s ship landed here, and I had the chance to listen to the teaching-programs in his ship’s computer, I had only a basic knowledge of how that tongue was spoken–barely enough to make myself understood.  Growing up isolated from most of the rest of the Grove, I heard, regularly, neither the spoken form of our language–the words that Liara writes–nor the words of the humans.   When I was younger, I was fluent only in song.  I knew from my Memories that it was the first-speech–ina-laere– of our worldAnd knowing that, it was enough for me.

Meeting Holder opened a world for me, in more ways than one.   I learned to speak in Standard, and then, meeting and befriending others of my own kind, I learned the Second Tongue–sena-laere– of my folk; learned both to speak and to read it, from others who had that skill–Liara, Moren, and still others.  While we were on Holdfast, Holder, Kale and some of our other friends and allies among the humans helped me to learn to read and write in Standard.  This journal is my first attempt to write my own words in that language, unassisted by another person, or by one of the translator machines such as the ones aboard Holdfast Station, and down on the planet itself, during the time we all spent there.  I hope it is clear enough.

I have always felt that making oneself understood was of crucial importance.  Language is a key to that–perhaps second only to compassion in its importance.  On Evohe, I am still working to make sure that our people have the skills to understand enough of language–our own, and those of others in the Sea of Stars–that our world will not again become the island it once was, alone in the currents of the black.  The great Wheel has turned, and song is no longer enough for us to sustain ourselves.  But Shaping is returning to my world, and to the worlds beyond it–and with the First Ones’ help, perhaps the common links of language will help us all, not merely the children of Evohe, but of all worlds–to join together in what Holder says was called, in one of the long-dead languages of Earth, the canto mundi.  That is a phrase whose meaning my people understand as well.  We call it the Great Melody, which is very close to the translation of the human phrase I have quoted here–a phrase that means ‘the song of the world.'”

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