Seekers of Lore
Treaty of the Jesophs
Hadrael of Mysallanin has written extensively of the importance of Diamond Mist Falls. As he so ably documents, numerous pivotal events in our history have transpired there: the Loss of Vaolir, the Treaty of the Jesophs, the Concordance Revelation, and the Last Departure. He admits this is no coincidence, but does not extend his reasoning to its natural conclusion. I do not fault Hadrael for this, nor will I speculate upon his reasons. I do not wish to inadvertently besmirch his deserved high reputation.
Why should so many events occur in the Plains of Kresh, surely not the most hospitable place for anyone but a nomad. Or, perhaps, spirits such as the Niltami. These spirits are well known to be devious and evil, drawing men into their schemes with promises of secret knowledge. And they have often succeeded, as the tale of Lecver illustrates. Few mortal beings can resist the temptations of the Niltami; however, what of men that are not mortal, such as the Jesophs?
Most scholars believe the Treaty of the Jesophs to be an agreement between the Jesophs and the Kreshtar Nomads. This interpretation is bolstered by the lack of Jesoph activity in the Plains of Kresh in subsequent years. Such a view would be eminently reasonable were the treaty not sealed at the Diamond Mist Falls. Why should the Jesophs and Kreshtar meet near the well-known home of Niltami, especially given the Kreshtar hatred of these spirits? The chain of reasoning breaks down in the glaring light of this important fact.
The Jesophs scrambled for relevance as the known races increased their numbers and power. The Jesoph position was further undermined by the activities of the Band of Spears. The immortals were forced to seek allies, and there must have been precious few to be found. No, the Treaty of the Jesophs was not between the Jesophs and the Kreshtar, but an alliance between the Jesophs and Niltami.
The effects of the treaty were felt across the world, as the Jesophs helped Niltami proliferate and influence numerous men and women of power. For example, the Great King Hammanadi received guidance from an adviser he called Brother Narashma. Nothing is known of Brother Narashma except for this name. The word Narashma originates from the forgotten Bitterian language. It does not have a simple meaning, but represents a concept that can best be rendered as “breath of the spirit” or “spoken by the unseen”. A fitting description of a devious Niltami, and probably suggested to the Great King by the Niltami, as Hammanadi surely had no knowledge of Bitterian.