Aegis refers to the Whístari of whom this song speaks of. Aegis was one of the eldest of his kind, and I sadly use the past tense for he was slain. Although Whístari live long lives ranging from two hundred years to their thousands, they reach a point where even they shall wither as the trees of mortals. Aegis was more than Five thousand years old when he fought in the Second Barankaran War and though he was still very strong for his age, indeed stronger than any man, he was hewn by the sword of an enemy as old as he.
But to the song itself. It was his grand daughter Ereniel, fairest of the Whístari, who sang this song amidst my own company within the great halls of the Home of Amarí, Lord of the Realm of Willowin who is father of Eréniel. Though she sang this same song a hundred years before, of which the original documents still exist, she sang it again in her father's honour with new verses added, including the scene of his death.
Aegis Past is one of the longest songs and reaches back to one of the oldest of times prior to even that of the Great Fire of Willowin which destroyed much of the Whístari lore. As stated, it tells the tale of Aegis from his meeting with his love, Évanya with whom he bore Amarí three thousand years ago, through his countless trials.
The song was sang two lines at a time and was originally sang in Whispwan, later in the verses, Amarí aided his much deeper voice and together with her strong, fair voice, and the high voice of her Maiden, Elénór, the words wove great images into my mind. For of all the songs, this is by far the greatest, most descriptive and beautiful to behold.