Elshian was an Athlien Paravian -- a bard and master instrument maker. Only two of his lyranthes still exist on Athera. The first is always held in trust by the Masterbard. Passing this instrument on to an apprentice is also a symbolic passing of the office itself.
Elshian also carved a whistle out of the tine of one of Shehane Althain's antlers which can summon help from the current warden of Althain Tower across time and space. This whistle is stored in Althain Tower.
Role in the Story
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Curse of the Mistwraith
Third Age 5637: Arithon discovers a second lyranthe in a storeroom in the west outpost of Tysan. It has an outwardly poor appearance, and Lady Maenalle notes that all the clan bards had passed it over for instruments with a prettier appearance. Asandir restrings this instrument with silver strings and Arithon takes ownership of it.