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Leinthal Anithael was a [[Paravian]] navigator, who was also the first to circumnavigate the planet of [[Athera]]. After his death, his nautical charts and navigational instruments were preserved by [[Sethvir]] at [[Althain Tower]].
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Leinthal Anithael was a [[Paravian]] navigator, who was also the first to circumnavigate the planet of [[Athera]]. After his death, his nautical charts and navigational instruments (a cross-staff and a compass) were preserved by [[Sethvir]] at [[Althain Tower]].
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Anithael's cross-staff is made of brass and engraved with a fine scale.
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{{Spoiler|[[Ships of Merior]]}}
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After [[Dakar]]'s escapades in [[Jaelot]], [[Arithon]] requests the use of Anithael's instruments from [[Sethvir]] by way of the earth link. His intent is to speed [[Halliron]]'s voyage to [[Shand]] by sea rather than land. [[Sethvir]] grants this request, which permits Arithon access to blue water sailing, but has the side effect of reviving the old arts of navigation, restoring deep water shipping, taking the pressure off expanding coastal ports for galley havens, and taking further pressure off land-based trade since sail is faster.{{FootnoteLink|1}}.
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The instruments are delivered by [[Asandir]] after the escape from [[Jaelot]], and [[Arithon]] uses them to gain the trust of Captain [[Dhirken]] aboard the '''[[Black Drake]]'''. For her services, [[Dhirken]] is given the cross-staff as a generous gift.
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After [[Dhirken]] is captured by [[Lysaer]]'s forces and executed, [[Diegan]] delivers the cross-staff to [[Arithon]] at the ransom exchange as a petty, vindictive ploy to rile him.
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==References==
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{{Footnote|1|[http://www.paravia.com/discus/messages/14/2375.html#POST30306 Chat Area Post], April 27, 2006}}

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