Auron competed for the position of Piper when the previous Piper died. Auron played music so exquisite that the crowd wept. After each candidate played the Pirran Pipe, the audience cast a vote. Auron and the other two competitors, Plume the Brave and Keras the Unknown, each had an equal number of votes. The three played the Pipe again and again, but the tie remained unbroken. Each candidate's followers refused to vote for another player. Night fell, and after the thirteenth round of votes, a hooded man came forward and urged the three factions to split the Pipe between themselves. Auron received the stem of the Pipe and became the leader of a tribe known as the Aurons.