Palla is a fictional book written by Vojne Mierstyyd, consisting of two volumes. It tells the story of a conjurer's tragic infatuation with a dead woman.
[First paragraph should at least say the type of book (fiction), the author, if it has multiple volumes, and a one-two sentence synopsis. More information to explain the book's context can go below.]
[A summary of the book, divided into sections for each volume if it's a series. Could be more or less detailed than this example depending on book.]
Throughout the text, the narrator repeats the name Palla, repeating it as "Pal La". The story begins at a Tales and Tallows ball at an estate in Mir Corrup. The narrator explains that he is a member of the Mages Guild and was invited to the ball along with his initiates. Normally he would spend his time at the guildhall, with its bitter masters, where he took an interest in the School of Illusion.
Sometime before the ball, the narrator recounts a time when he was assigned to clean out and categorize the clutter of Magister Tendixus, a deceased guild member. He was reprimanded for throwing away anything of value and soon learned where the belongings were to be delivered. Magister Ilther, an enchanter, asked him one day to destroy a small black disc "with runes with a ring of red-orange gems like bones circling its periphery". He believed the item was somehow related to Necromancy. Over the next weeks, he discerned from Tendixus' notes that the disc provided the means to resurrect loved ones.
Returning to the ball, the narrator explains that the hostess was a young, rich, unmarried orphan from Hammerfell, named Betaniqi. The mages were given a royal welcome, but otherwise ignored while various people from all over Tamriel talked to each other. The narrator proceeds outside and sees statues of Redguard figures in the garden, some of them covered. Betaniqi meets with him and tells how her parents were great warriors. Her father, Pariom, was depicted in one of the statues fighting another warrior. Her mother's statue was covered. They decide to take the sheet off the statue, and the narrator instantly falls in love with the figure of her mother in a struggle with a misshapen monstrous figure.
Critical to the plot, a fellow Breton initiate named Gelyn interrupts and says, "Mara preserve me. That must be Palla.", and Betaniqi responds, "Then you heard of my mother?" It's common knowledge in Wayrest that her mother and the beast died in that struggle.
The narrator becomes obsessed with Palla, repeating her name, fully knowing that she is dead. He returns over and over to view her statue, visiting Betaniqi each time. She explains that her great grandfather started the tradition of sculpting statues and was involved in a scandal because he hired an Altmer. The narrator asks Betaniqi to give more details about her mother. Betaniqi describes her as a brilliant businesswoman, witty, charming, a formidable force in combat, and a loving mother. She weeps remembering the last time she saw her.
The narrator rediscovers Magister Tendixus' disc and realizes he can use it to bring Palla back to life. He tries to use the disc but fails, and later finds his true calling in the School of Enchantment. He trains his skill with Magister Ilther and meanwhile studies the artifact. When he comes close to bringing her back, he feels something "dark and bestial" and smells a rotten odor.
One night, a lighting storm causes the disc to shatter, prompting the narrator to nearly go insane and develop a fever. Cured of his illness, he goes to Betaniqi and plainly tells her he loves not her but her mother. Betaniqi is furious and screams at him to get out. In a final goodbye, the narrator expresses his love for Palla. Betaniqi is confused and says that her mother's name was Xarlys and Palla was the monster. As he heads back to the Mages Guild, a large shadow blocks his way. The monster howls, "Kiss me", and the narrator ends, saying, Love is red, like blood.
[Explain differences between game appearances. Notability still needs to be worked out.]
- Morrowind: The volumes are called Book I and Book II, respectively.
- Skyrim: The final "Palla" in Volume 1 is on its own line.
- [Notes go here if there are any.]