Pronunciation: VAWHL (rhymes with ball, not mole or doll)
Son of the Firstcomers
Lovemate of Winnowill
Voll is a firstborn of the High Ones and the Lord of the Gliders of Blue Mountain. A natural leader, he had a vision for a better life for his band of elfin refugees on the World of Two Moons. He dreamed of returning to the Palace of the High Ones, but by his time it had been buried under a glacier. He ultimately led many of his followers to the safety of a large, lonely peak known as Blue Mountain. It hurt his pride that some of his people, like the powerful rock-shaper Yurek, rejected his idea and went off on their own, but he took comfort in believing that those who did follow him would be eternally safe, and that his lovemate Winnowill stood by his side.
Under his paternal leadership, his followers thrived. Free from the dangers of predators, weather and humans in their mountain fortress, they focused on honing their magic powers. Some were rock-shapers, who hollowed out Blue Mountain and set about recreating the Palace from remembered stories. Many were floaters, and in time, they tamed the giant hawks that used the mountaintop as their aerie; they became known as the Gliders. Voll rewarded his strongest floaters by appointing them to the elite group of bird-riding hunters he named his Chosen Eight.
For ages, the Gliders lived in safety. Yet a creeping stagnation set upon them as they focused more and more of their energies inward. Some even stopped active life altogether and became statue-like beings focused on one unchanging task. In their lethargy, the Gliders eventually stopped experiencing Recognition and new births altogether. Lord Voll sank into melancholia and apathy, living more in his dreams and memories than in the moment. Winnowill, seizing the opportunity, ruled from behind the throne in Voll’s name.
When the Chosen Eight captured the Wolfriders, it was the first time in centuries that anything new disturbed the stasis inside Blue Mountain. The presence of the feral forest tribe, especially their children, sparked Voll back to life and reignited his old dream of returning to and reclaiming the Palace. He half-led, half-coerced the Wolfriders and several of his own people on a grand quest to rediscover the Palace, but before he could fulfill his dream, Voll died at the hands of Guttlekraw‘s troll guards. Yet his spirit, freed from its physical shell, finished the journey and took up residence in the Palace.