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Daedelhach (DAY-del-lohk) to the elves, Kirala to the desert folk, Cana Ungal to the Buahani, Invidia to the Malatestans, Dáth to the Dwarves, The Destroyer, The Enemy... these are all names given to she who was once mightiest among the deities of Elsemar — she who was once Cuiviéanna, the Queen of the Valar. Her very name, Daedelhach, means Terror of the Dark Flames.

She is the former wife of Miralnas, and the mother of the Demon Prince, Raukán Zaal.

Cuiviéanna

Of the Valar** born into Elsemar**, Cuiviéanna (coo-E-VE-an-na) was the greatest in power having a share in the powers of each of the Aralim**. Her name literally means "Awakener of Gifts" for she was to inspire and teach the other gods in their gifts.

Although it was destined that Cuiviéanna should be Miralnas**' queen, from the beginning, Cuiviéanna desired Tuonwë** the more. As one not of the Aralim, he had a gift in which she had no share — the Secret Flame**. Even though he was lesser in station, she thought to dominate him and gain his gift for herself. Yet Tuonwë**'s will is like that of Ilúvatar** whom he serves without question thru alliegance to Miralnas**. He also knew Cuiviéanna's heart from before the Valar** were sent into the world, and forever rejected her desires.

While Cuiviéanna did serve to awaken the gifts Ilúvatar** placed in each of the Valar**, pride and jealousy eventually corrupted Cuiviéanna into Daedelhach**.

Cuiviéanna was the wife of Miralnas** and bore him twin sons, Lüne** and Laeandûr**. She was also the older sister Cainrelée**.

The Fall

As time wore on, Cuiviéanna's soul darkened and pride and envy began to consume her. Seeing all that transpired upon the face of Elsemar, Alíta warned her beloved uncle, Miralnas, of Cuiviéanna's misdeeds. However, his own son, Laeandûr, used his craftiness to dispell the concerns of the Valar. Only Cainrelée, who knew Cuiviéanna's envy better than the others, and Lüne, who was distrustful of his brother, truly gave heed to Alíta's warning.


Troubled by the whisperings among the Valar, Miralnas consulted with Bälezu to see if his own visions could see what Alíta had. Yet Bälezu's power lay in the ability to see the deaths of all living things and the Valar cannot die — he could offer no insight to his king. As Miralnas walked among the clouds speaking with Alíta, it was Laeandûr who came and gainsayed her advice. The second son convinced his father that any darkness his cousin had seen was the shadow of sorrow his mother felt because they had become distant — that even now she longed for another child, for above all else she love to awaken the gifts in others, especially her own children.


Thus Laeandûr betrayed his father; Cuiviéanna's heart had already changed and she was now Daedelhach in her thoughts if not her deeds. All she desired now was the chance to steal her husband's essence and bear a glorious new king who would raise her up above all the other Valar. Had it been possible for even a Valar to slay another of their kind, that might have been the end of Miralnas. For once Daedelhach had what she desired, Laeandûr struck at Miralnas with a dagger shedding the first blood upon Elsemar.


Before the two could act out any further evils, Lüne and Cainrelée arrived with Alíta at their side. While Cainrelée strove with Daedelhach, Alíta protected her with her shield, the Sun. All the while, Lüne fought Laeandûr and gave his brother a wound that forever marred the melody of his voice.


As Laeandûr reeled from the blow, Tuonwë arrived and fought with Daedelhach, countering her dark fire with the holy power of the Secret Flame. Shaken by their struggle, Cainrelée fell back to support Tuonwë by countering Daedelhach's sorcery.


The tumult that shook Elsemar soon drew Olarë and Silenya who were wroth with anger for they had discovered their lost son, Dagôn, had been brought to his fate by Daedelhach's scheming. While Daedelhach fought against Tuonwë, whom she had once most desired, Olarë opened a rift in the ground and his lover summoned the life waters of the earth to drown her flames and rejuvenate Miralnas. Cainrelée, Alíta and Tuonwë cast Daedelhach down into the earth and the rock and water turned to lava, smoke, and steam.


Laeandûr used the confusion to escape not only the battle but Elsemar itself. Breaking free of the circles of the world, he changed his name even as his appearance shifted to match his true nature. Even though his voice was no longer sweet, passion gave his words greater strength of conviction — Mephisto he was now, dark and . Many of the hosts of Maiar were dismayed by the battle among the Valar and those that did not try to aid their king either fled in fear or went with Laeandûr and their fallen queen. War shook Elsemar and much of the world was broken in the battle. Mountains were raised up and laid low; seas were spilled and repoured.


Destruction consumed much of the world and the Valar's victory came at the cost of a great sacrifice. In order to seal away Daedelhach's evil, the Valar cornered her and tore her very realm from Elsemar casting it beyond the firmament. Yet Daedelhach had as much claim to Elsemar as any of the other Valar. So it was that the Aralim agreed to also remove themselves from the world they had once helped to create and that now lay in ruin.


Thus, Ilúvatar lifted the Valar's realm from Elsemar and formed both theirs and Daedelhach's into satellites. These He set them into motion in the void beyond the firmament so that they might at least watch over their creation. The deities would no longer be able to directly intervene in the world. Only thru the devotion and faith of the living souls still in the world would they find the means to act and only in like proportion.

Depictions

Daedelhach has been shown as a strong yet shapely woman with three pairs of draconic wings, 3 pairs of breasts, and six arms. Her lower body is a great coiling serpent, yet instead of ending in a tail, it ends in the head of a great snake.

In many depictions the serpent head turns about and sinks its fangs into one of her breasts, in others it bites her cheek, tongue, or abdomen. In each case the significance is the same — self-loathing, and nurtured rancor, spite and envy.

Her expression is usually one of haughtiness, loathing, or vehemence, and she is typically portrayed brandishing a spear with which she threatens all creation.