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About The Book
Telaria River -
Incursion of Chaos
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR/PHOTOGRAPHER JEFF KNOWLES --
Glossary-- [CLICK HERE] for descriptions of people, places, terms referenced in the story.
The means by which the stories from Talis reached me were rather peculiar, and I have
been confounded in my efforts to find where (or perhaps when) their realm existed. Exists?
Nevertheless, I have pieced together many of the fragments I found, apparently shreds of their
preserved visual memories and stories gathered for their history...and as warning to others.
Other pieces I am still working to decode, and perhaps will publish too if there is interest.
I believe the residents of Talis, at least the literate ones, so named their home to reflect
the importance of the talisman items they create to help channel and refine the
powers of Srin--energies that to us would seem like magic, I suppose. Seemingly simple trinkets,
the talismans are hewn from natural materials found in their land and sea. Perhaps they embody
tiny bits of whatever makes their home capable of such energies.
The Telaria is not a massive river, but from what I could gather its branches and
valleys are central to the races embroiled in the story they wanted others to hear. Talis' most powerful tribes,
especially of the Srinavia winged races, evolved along the Telaria or within a day or two's flying
distance. Even the Meadow, Sea Island, and Fire Mountain sylfaen tribes who migrated out of the
valley have not strayed far from it, and consider themselves intimately connected to the river still.
Thus was my reason for titling the book after a simple body of meandering water.
The sylmanni and other faerie races we might consider more "advanced" in terms of technology and
architecture are still trying to piece together exactly how and why the Curse of Chaos was created.
Perhaps that full story will never be known, but some of it can be found in the pages of this book.
In any case, those who survived it will never forget the Curse's plague-like fury and the way it
relentlessly fed on itself, and grew, and spread. Nor, it would seem, shall they forget the stories
of courage and transformation found among those who refused to give up hope.
The tidbits I found were gathered by a spirited young pixenni girl named Elesindra, appointed to
share their plight with other continents. Intentionally or not, their tale reached our world.
I committed to reassemble and translate their words and pictures, for it was the least
I could do after all they went through. Apparently one of their Srin powers, having something to do with
pixielation, lets them conjure images from their memories and share them with others. After some
years of work I have combined those with Elesindra's narrative as faithfully as I could, the result
being the beautifully Xlibris-printed premier edition of Telaria River - Incursion of Chaos.
I hope you will enjoy the tale of their quest and bravery, as well as the beauty of Talis and
its inhabitants. But be warned: this is a story of some of Talis' most difficult
times. It will be appropriate for little humans, but perhaps too intense for the very littlest.