Have you heard it yet?
Elder Jensahan's' son finally returned. You remember him, right? He left the yu'jin four years ago in search of Vraii'iina's lost grave. Get this. He claims he found it.
You mean...he found Jasaa'ad vol An'viilamiir?
That's what he claims. And get this, I overheard the other night a discussion between the father and son. He mentioned something that made me shiver.
Shiver...out here in the desert?
Yes. He said he found...marun'sahanis.
Marun'sahanis, you mean...that thing that Vensaa'n found right. If he's found it, then maybe Vensaan's legend will finally be solved. But, if his tale is true then I wonder how he made it past the mirage. How did he not succumb to the song of death?
That's the thing though. The last thing I heard...was something about the truth of Jasaa'ad vol An'viilamiir. It's not what we thought it to be. We thought it a lost grave. But if the Elder's son is truthful, then what he described as "marun'sahanis" was is that it's an "ethereal ancient relic." Could it be, though, that after ages, the desert has finally guided the "chosen?"
—Discussion between two Vraii'jashuk from the Noroja'anish Yu'jin
Niil'vrai'kiin Jo'saahish is a sea of myth and legend. The Vraii'jashuk tell stories of them under the desert sky. And every Vraii'jashuk knows the legend of Nol'fariiinze Vraii'iina's Grave
. They know of the lost grave: Jasaa'ad vol An'viilamiir, where Vraii'iina's body is said to be truly laid at rest. And although no one has proven to have found Jasaa'ad vol An'viilamiir, there have been some that have claimed to have found it.
They all say the same thing: seeing the desert's mirage of shadow and hearing the song of death. The same experience as Fajii'hasku Vensaa'n, the Vraii'jashuk who claimed that Jasaa'ad vol An'viilamiir was even a real place. The ones who claimed that they've returned from Jasaa'ad vol An'viilamiir experiences have led to a variety of myths. But one of them stands out above all others. Marun'sahanis
: What lies within Desert's Heart.
Origins of Marun'sahanis
The birth of the myth of marun'sahanis begun with Rensanirii Jensahan. In the mortal year of 768 CE, he left the Noroja'anish Yu'jin in pursuit of the legend of Nol'fariiinze Vraii'iina's Grave
. In the mortal year 784
, Jensahan returned to his yu'jin. He returned thin, weak and full of odd stories. Many of his odd stories were wild and full of far-fetched details. But one story he told caught the attention of everyone in his yu'jin. Of course, this was his story of how he found Jasaa'ad vol An'viilamiir.
Jensahan claimed he found Desert's Heart and that he saw past the mirage of shadow. He claims he survived the song of death by singing along with it. Jensahan then claims that he found Vensaa'n's remains. He told the yu'jin that although only a skeleton remains, that it was in perfect condition. "The mirage preserves it," he claimed.
Jensahan's next part of his claim was uncharted territory to any other myths or legends Vraii'jashuk culture held. Jensahan claimed that there exists a vast network of caves beneath Jasaa'ad vol An'viilamiir. He explained that he explored this network while singing alongside the song of death as he delved deeper and deeper. He also said that the song got louder as he ventured further in.
When Jensahan reached the end of the cave network, he claimed that he "stood within the desert's majesty." However, he also said that this majesty was so great his own eyes became blinded and that his mind was filled with majesty. Jensahan describes his further experiences after this event with cryptic descriptions. But one thing he made clear was that what he witnessed was not of their world nor even from the Elders' time.
Jensahan says that after his mind was filled with majesty, that the next thing he could remember was waking up outside the cave network. Upon being awoken, he claims that he heard whispers in the sand telling him to leave. Then he said the song of death began to hum through the sand again, only this time, he says he felt something inside him being stirred. Fearful, Jensahan ran from Jasaa'ad vol An'viilamiir where he claims that, for months, the mirage of shadow haunted him.
Jensahan's yu'jin initially received his story as a result of him being delirious for being in the desert in solitude for so long. But, his story was also fascinating. There were a few who believed Jensahan and spread the word of his tale. Jensahan's story was the first that tried to explain the truth of Jasaa'ad vol An'viilamiir. The most interesting part of his tale was his experience in what he later called Jasaa'ad vol Oz'pashnuz, Desert's Soul. And when people questioned him what he had found, he never outright said what it was. Rather he always gave the same answer: Marun'sahanis.