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This book is a collection of data I have gathered over some time, especially from stories told by the Knight of Light, who has, incidentally, returned to Erinn most recently. It is no more than a personal collection of hypothetical theories, but perhaps it will be useful to those who read this. It is my deepest wish that the theories recorded here will one day be tested for its legitimacy.
What is a Milletian?
The largest population group inhabiting Erinn as of late are the Milletians, who are migrants from an other unknown world. The word 'Milletian' literally means 'from the stars' and I must say, the term is quite appropriate for a population that has no known origin.
These Milletians are much different from our people, Tuatha Dé Dananns, Descendants of Dannu. According to legend, our people, Tuatha Dé Dananns, did not originate from Erinn either so it is not really all that strange for a new ethnic group to migrate to Erinn afterall. We are very different overall, and are definitely of a different ethnic group.
One of the most significant character traits of the Milletians is their rapid growth and ability to be reborn. Most Milletians appear in Erinn at a very young age. But they grow unbelievably fast and often reappear as youths not long after they had turned into adults. Milletians call this their 'rebirth'. When they are re-born, they do not just turn younger, their sex might change too. They say that this has to do with the fact that their spirit continues to live on, only taking on a new body in rebirth. The Milletians claim that an entity called 'Nao' enables them to do this. I will discuss more about Nao later.
The other unique characteristic of the Milletians is that they do not experience death, ever. This is quite shocking especially when you consider just how many Tuatha Dé Dananns had died during battles against the Fomors. The majority of Milletians are known as adventurers and it is said that there has been no known record of a Milletian who has died, at least of those that have lived in Erinn. They say that the reason we sometimes cease to see particular Milletians is not because they are dead but that they migrate to other worlds. The fact that they can survive without death despite their dangerous lifestyles as adventurers, I think, makes them that much more reckless and strong.
Questions about the Perception of Time
As of late, I have, for personal reasons, been spending more time with Milletians than I have been with other Tuatha Dé Dananns. As I watched them age with such rapidity, I at first thought that our differences were merely a difference in our ethnic character. Eventually, though, I discovered that there was a more fundamental difference between them and us, that difference being our perceptions of time.
According to the Knight of Light, who is a Milletian himself, several decades have passed since Milletians have first arrived in Erinn. But to my knowledge, from the perspective of a Tuatha Dé Danann, Milletians arrived in Erinn no more than a few years back.
Where does this difference of perception come from? And how is it that what feels like a few years to us is perceived as decades to them? Is it that they follow a different calendar than we do? No, actually, it turns out that they use the exact calendar that we do. So then what is causing such a rift in our perception? As I pondered on, I started to sense that there was something very wrong.
During my investigations, I have found many things that are strange about the Milletians. One of them being that Nao, who seems so familiar to the Milletians, has never been seen by any Tuatha Dé Danann. Another strange thing is that Milletians often complain that Tuatha Dé Dananns do not recognize them, and claim that we had met them a number of times previously.
According to the Milletians, Nao had led them to Erinn and it is Nao who continues to help them throughout their time in Erinn. But surprisingly enough, they claim that Nao was once a human from Erinn. It is hard to say just how Nao had acquired her powers, but it is my guess that that is the reason we are not able to see her.
Simply put, Nao exists in a different world dimension, and that is probably why only Milletians who are connected to that particular dimension, are able to see her. Accordingly, they say that Tuatha Dé Dananns can see Nao if the spirit potion, which brings about magic powers of other worlds, is taken.
On the other hand, the fact that Tuatha Dé Dananns do not recognize Milletians time and time again seems suspicious. According to the Knight of Light and other Milletians, this occurs across the board amongst all Tuatha Dé Dananns of Erinn. If that is the case, it is unlikely that this is happening as a result of mere forgetfulness.
Perhaps our differences in the perception of time and such disappearing memory share, at its basis, the same explanation?
There is no way to explain why such occurrences take place so never mind why. But when you think about memory and time as related phenomena, a single explanation is reached. It is perhaps that time has indeed passed, as the Milletians claim, and that because of our, Tuatha Dé Dananns' that is, loss of memory, we are unable to know that...
Certainly seems like a plausible, yet shocking, explanation, doesn't it? However, if time had really passed as such, how does one explain the fact that we have not aged in all that time?
Actually, perhaps it is a matter of point of view. From our perspective, Milletians are living a day as if they are living through a month, but seen from the other side, we probably appear as if we are forgetting all about the passage of time, which in turn keeps us from getting old.
The problem then is to ask, who is right?
If we have indeed been living in the same timeline, without any gaps in-between, it is probably more believable to trust the words of those who in fact remember everything. It is hard to believe, but I think that chances are, the Milletians are right... That, of course, is a shocking suggestion for us Tuatha Dé Dananns, even if there is no evidence to prove that in the present.
Based on all the different characteristics we have discussed here, we can no longer say that the Milletians are merely a different ethnic group from that of the Tuatha Dé Dananns. They can endlessly be re-born, are aggressive fighters and can repeatedly appear and reappear in different forms. They are, in some ways, very similar to Erinn's animals, perhaps even similar to Fomor in some ways. It is unfair to compare the righteous Milletians to the evil Fomors, I know.
But one thing is for sure. For now, they are a much more superior group to us, and so it is imperative that we request their help in our battles against the Fomors. We will also have to figure out the differences between the Milletians and the Tuatha Dé Dananns so that we can better understand all the various events that are taking place between us as a result. We will have to collect more data and further study the various cases in order to have a better understanding.