Although there is little recorded on Sarinias the youth, Cloudrest and the lower Kins of those days are so well known that the early environment of this representative citizen may be easily imagined. Cloudrest is described as a city with two opposite currents of life; one beneath the austere High Kinships of the time, whose lives were hewn pithy from the rocks of Eton Nir; the other beneath the grandiose coral parapets of this great Summerset marvel, whose denizens embraced with sanguine delight those rare wonders that flowered from Crystal-Like-Law. At once were they considered practical and pragmatic Altmer, further they were prideful and flamboyant. It is often said that he who is born where the clouds come to rest, drinks in - unfiltered - the pride of the magna-ge. This was perhaps a more palatable way of reminding Summerset, the vaunted sentiments of superiority belonging to these mountain mer.
No family better represented the extremes of this persona than the Ralleidril, scions of the Relleisi, and no son of this bloodline serves a better example than Sarinias himself - later to be known as Sarinteal, the Littlesun, and ‘Prince’ of Solstice. Before ambitious inflections, the clan once dwelled harmoniously with the Kin of Cloudrest and Lillandril: Vhelcano, Camiere, Syldarim and their like. These peers they left for greater Tamriel in the early Merethic Era, only to return in the late Ayleid Period following the rise and fall of the elven dominance over the mainland continent. In spite of their bygone wanderlust, The Ralleidril were considered cunning and brave in both the fundamentals of their martial prowess, artful in their culture, and affluent as per the blessings of the mountains and crags upon which they perched. Thus, they were welcomed back to Summerset with surprisingly open arms, flung as such perhaps out of the necessities of the time.
Beneath their hall of Relleismath flourished the various fault lines that originated the ‘Andamolag’ - an ill-gotten name, meaning ‘The Long Fire’. It is to Andamolag that the region owed the majority of it’s wealth in the absence of the vineyards and agriculture that would only blossom centuries later. It was considered among the Ralleidril, that it was he who cut the neatest gem from the mildest of stone was the most artful; and he who wounded his rival most cleverly was known as the wisest. In spite of their prosperity - showcased in the rivulets of sapphire, bloodstone and meteoric glass that flowed from their mines - they were never considered a vital artery of the region. Careless to their trade with the freehold of Anvil, the Abscean Sea and the Gold Coast that made them a power to withstand the likes of Pyandonea and Thras, the Ralleidril still lacked one fundament with which to rely - a natural spring.
This misfortune would be later rectified by the mother of Sarinias, Muruuen the Caller, to the clan’s immediate sorrow.
At the time of Sarinias’ birth, it was his progenitor, Canonreeve Daeldion, who ruled the Ralleidril and his three sons; retainers then onto the Vhelcano Kinship of Seadirge. He was a clever yet cautious mer, who begat a son whom was clever yet bold. Sarinias was known then as a firebrand among Sapiarch Nolin the Many-Hued’s colloquium, as an empathic, magnetic, yet audacious student. For his time at the Tower beneath the Sapiarch of Enchantment before his expulsion, Sarinias was personally tutored and later considered muse to Magister Sondare, eldest scion to Vhelcano, and once a prodigal sage to the Sapiarch himself. She took kindly to the youth, citing his fierce persona and keen understanding of the lore behind architectural constructs belonging to the Aldmer as “magnificently idiosyncratic”. Her writings on the mer made particular emphasis to his ambitious notions regarding the storied histories of Merethic Tamriel. To the injustices wrought upon them he responded most passionately, and in his studies he was keen to undermine - perhaps even usurp - the uniform structure for which his own people were known. Instead he favoured the more eclectic tastes of these bygone kingdoms, in particular he interest in the motifs that often inspired the heretical Ayleid and Falmer before him: subsequently birds of prey midst incandescent suns appeared often in his works and would continue to do so for the remainder of his days.
Despite his peculiarities (or perhaps because of them) Sondare soon took Sarinias - a youth two centuries her lesser - as paramour, and later still as Kinlord. Thus it came as no surprise when the tempestuous youth, overcame his reticent father, and that the Ralleidril Kinship came into stewardship of Seadirge following the former Kinlord Vhelcano’s demise. With Vhelcano cold and Daeldion expelled abroad, Sarinias took his own leave from the Crystal Tower to garner support from Summerset proper. It was a task hard-earned for a mer perceived as an excitable upstart and, ultimately, resulted in the backing of only one minor bureau at the time: the Thalmor.
This union would later beget the famed Kinhouse of Solstice, and the centuries of turmoil to follow.