Five Centuries Fountain

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The Five Centuries Fountain was created by Davien in Third Age 3140, and is located near the city of Mearth in the buffer world through the West Gate.

The fountain is inside a sorcerous grove of trees, at odds with the barren desert surrounding it, and is described as an ivy-covered marble basin filled with water. It is guarded by a geas created by Davien -- the Shadows of Mearth. The author has not yet revealed why the Fountain was guarded, but hints that it was a test of sorts.[1] An inscription can be found on the basin:

Who drinks this water
shall cease to age five hundred years
yet suffer lengthened youth with tears
Through grief, death's daughter.[2]

According to the author, the Five Centuries Fountain was built for a connected reason with Kewar Tunnel, but the exact reason has not yet been revealed.[3]

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

Curse of the Mistwraith

Third Age 5637: At the end of his endurance during his trip through the Red Desert, Lysaer drinks from the fountain and discovers that it eases his physical ailments. He brings an unconscious Arithon to the fountain and forces him to drink.

Warhost of Vastmark

Third Age 5647: Aboard the Khetienn, Dakar reminds Arithon that the fountain's longevity protection will keep his body alive, but will not prevent insanity. It seems that though the half-brothers have ceased to age, they can still be killed by mundane means (a sword thrust or by fire).

Destiny's Conflict

Third Age 5925: On the scaffold at Daenfal, Elaira realizes that the binding is subject to the Fellowship's oath of nonintervention. It begins working as soon as the oath reaches closure.


  1. Author's FAQ
  2. © Janny Wurts, Curse of the Mistwraith, p. 52 (US-Hardback)
  3. Forum Post, February 22, 2007