Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Эльфийская Рукопись (Elven Manuscript)

Эльфийская Рукопись (Elven Manuscript) is a Russian fantasy metal rock opera. The band, Эпидемия (Epidemia), tried to make a rock opera based on Dragonlance, but when they couldn't get the rights, they decided to make up their own story.

It's entirely in Russian, so I have no idea what they're singing about, but the Wikipedia page provides this synopsis:
Desmond the half-elf grew up in the elven kingdom of Enia, hidden from the whole world by a magic barrier, and learned the magic from the king's wizard, Irdis. He fell in love with the princess Alatiel and was exiled by the elven king. Desmond continued his studies in the magic school of the human lands, and participated in some adventurers' campaigns. There, he saved Thorwald the knight, who became his best friend.

At this time, Enia was attacked by the dark forces from the otherworld, led by Deimos. The otherworld, where Deimos ruled, was doomed because of its dying sun. Using the El-Gilet sphere, Deimos wished to teleport his whole army to Enia and conquer this new world. Deimos demanded Alatiel become his wife, which would let him be the legal king of the elven lands. He threatened that princess would otherwise be sacrificed in the sphere ritual, which required elven blood, but the brave maiden refused his offer.

Irdis the wizard was hurt while fighting the invaders but escaped through the portal to Desmond and asked him to save his homeland. Desmond agreed, hoping this deed would clear his name, and asked Thorwald to join him in his campaign. On their way, they met the inn's Tavern Master, who was instructed by Irdia and showed them the secret undermountain tunnel to Enia.

While walking through the tunnel, Desmond felt the presence of ancient magic and found the Scepter of The First Kings of Enia. They used this magic device to defeat the Dragon sent by Deimos. Followed by the remainder of elven knights, they stormed up into the king's palace, where Deimos was trying to complete the ritual. During the fight, Thorwald destroyed the sphere with the rod. Deimos escaped through the window and fled away on his dragon.

Desmond married Alatiel, though Irdis served as the regent and the real ruler until Desmond and Alatiel's children grew up, because the half-elf exile could not be crowned as the king.

Okay, so it's still pretty close to Dragonlance, but I forgive them. Whatever they're saying, it makes me want to put on a helmet with horns on it and chop off a dragon's head with a battleaxe, which makes it okay in my book. And best of all, you can download the whole album for free from the band's website. Just start at the bottom and work your way up, making sure to download all of the songs that say (Эльфийская Рукопись).

Go forth, and rock! \m/

1 comment:

  1. Stage performance of Elven Manuscript (Moscow, December 2, 2005, DVD released in 2006):

    Stage performance of Elven Manuscript and it's sequel (Elven Manuscript 2: Saga For All Times) - Moscow, December 3, 2007:

    Also, most videos from last DVD (released in December 2010) you can find on s530015s’ youtube canal:
    Search "Эпидемия"

    One Epidemia’s fan tried to make poetic translating of the Elven Manuscript’s songs and some other Epidemias’s songs in English. He isn’t a professional translator, so the quality of his translations isn’t high.
    Links (his nickname is Starcruiser):