The Meld is the innate ability of all Elves to connect their mind with other beings. More generally, Meld refers to the connection of elven minds with each other. For individual mind-connection initiated by a normal Elf, refer to Neurîta.
MeldparentThe central piece required for any Meld to work is the meldparent, which is generally one of the Princes of the Dawn sustaining the meld. Without their continued investment of power and concentration, a Meld collapses.
MeldchildrenThe other participants of a meld do not physically have to be the children of the meldparent, but given the nature of most melds, they often are.
The Meld is a shared mind, which envelops the individuum. A person part of a meld feels what others of the Meld think and can see and experience their point of view as if it was their own. It is the ultimate equalising spell, because in the Meld, you all instinctively see the others point of view, often fostering empathy between the Meldchildren. A group of people or an entire people who lives inside a Meld tends to be more harmonious, as conflicts often resolve themselves and misunderstandings are almost impossible. Those of the Elven cultures who still retain their Meld today are often perceived as strangely uniform by those outside.
The people involved retain their individual nature, but spending long times in a Meld can cause a bleeding of the edge between what is you and what are the others. The line still exists, but you eventually no longer perceive it correctly. Being connected to a Meld for a long time and then losing access to it can be traumatic for the individuum.
Being apart of a Meld feels like joining in a great organism. You remain you and your mind remains your own, but suddenly you are part of something much greater, which can feel overwhelming for a while until your mind adapts to the new sensory input. Meldchildren who did not grow up in a Meld report a sense of tingling within their head, which subsided over time and a disorienting feeling of being lost for a few hours.
The Meld is directly linked to the Dreamworld and the Soulstream. The Meldparent taps into the collective souls of those within range of suitable mind and touches them all, linking them to each other. Because of the passive nature of the Meld, the spell itself takes little strength from the parent, though the strain over time can add up. Instead the burden of the shared mind is distributed to all in it, each giving a small bit of their innate souls power.
As long as the person powering it is alive and willing to sustain it
Effect Casting Time
Depending on the power of the person, usually to the borders of what they consider their home.