The Elan were a nomadic tribal people from Kolanse. They kept myrid and rodara and also hunted wild beasts.[1] In tribal disputes, they would go as far as to poison those beasts and destroy crossings to spite their enemy. This eventually led to the wild herds vanishing and the land drying up[2] which left them vulnerable. The Elan were subsequently destroyed by the Adjudicators. Kalyth, destriant of the K'Chain Che'Malle was the last surviving member of this tribe.

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"It was the task of a pregnant woman’s sister or, if there were none, the nearest woman by blood, to fashion from clay a small figurine, its form a composite of spheres, and to hold it in waiting for the child’s birth. Bathed in the blood and fluids of the issue, the human-shaped vessel was then ritually bound to the newborn, and that binding would remain until death.

Fire was the Brother and Husband Life-Giver of the Elan, the spirit-god with its precious gifts of light, warmth and protection. Upon dying, the Elan’s figurine-now the sole haven of his or her soul-was carried to the flames of the family hearth. The vessel, in its making, had been left faceless, because fire greeted every soul in the same manner; when choosing, it favoured not by blunt features-which were ever a mask to truth-but upon the weighing of a life’s deeds. When the clay figurine-born of Water, Sister and Wife Life-Giver-finally shattered in the heat, thus conjoining the spirit-gods, the soul was embraced by the Life-Giver, now the Life-Taker. If the figurine did not break, then the soul had been rejected, and no one would ever again touch that scorched vessel. Mourning would cease. All memory of the fallen would be expunged.
Kalyth reflecting on her heritage[src]

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