The Patriots and the Naturalists of the Dry Woods bickered and skirmished with each other for fifty years. The young druid Eathirilu grew up in this environment. He aligned more with the Naturalists in his personal desires, but was frustrated with the discordant political situation of his home. Frustrated with his kinsmen, Eathirilu left on a journey of self discovery upriver.
Eathirilu encountered Danar’s attempt to civilize the swamp. Eathirilu opposed Danar’s efforts. Invernix the Red Dragon Patriarch took notice and inserted himself into their conflict on Eathirilu’s side. Not for the first time, Eathirilu felt that Invernix went too far. He allied with Danar against Invernix, but both were defeated. The young elf’s goal of reducing civilization in the marsh were successful, but at great cost of mortal life.
Eathirilu returned to the Dry Woods as the hero, Cecilia, arrived for training. Eathirilu took no part in the woman’s training, but he spoke with her frequently. He found her hopes for a world free from the dragons unrealistic and dangerous to the natural order. The doubts that Invernix’s harsh behavior had kindled were extinguished by Cecilia’s heroic optimism which Eathirilu saw as naive. Eathirilu rejoined the Naturalists and within a few years was a major leader of the faction.
Eathirilu fought with the dragons in the Dragon War. He switched sides in the final years of the war, just as he had in his conflict with Danar. Ashamed of his actions after the war, Eathirilu left the Dry Woods. He went to the Dark Reaches and studied the saurian monsters of that region.
Eathirilu would eventually return to Cimmeria, but not for many centuries.