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« on: 25 June 2008, 05:12:10 »

I am currently developing some jewelry for the Eyelian tribes... I will be working on more in the future. For now, here is the first item - tassel badges :)

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Name of Product/Industry
Tradition Eyelian jewelry (tassel badges)

Overview
Traditionally, Eyelian people used braided tassels sewn onto their clothes to indicate important events in their lives. The length and colours of the tassels change their meaning. Feathers, fur and beads are also common materials used in the creation of these tassels, although they aren't necessary.

Description of the Product
A length of multi-coloured threads, woven and braided together to create a strong band. It can then be stitched onto an individual's favourite item of clothing. More than one can be made, so as to adorn each item of clothing an individual owns. Some tassels also include beads tied onto the end, but these hold no significance. These tassels represent important events in an individual's life, ranging from taming a bo'en to a family member's death. Each tassel differs slightly, as they are made for personal reasons, and so are made to suit an individual's preference. However, there are certain rules when braiding a tassel that one must follow. Length and colour both play an important role in indicating what sort of event has taken place. Longer tassels indicate events such as marriage, the birth of children and taming a bo'en, which will stretch over a long period of time. Shorter events, such as death or winning in some sort of competition are indicated by shorter tassels.
The following list shows what colours describe what events:
Karikrimson: birth (this tassel is braided by the mother of the individual upon the time of birth, and is brushed over the face of the child. Removing this tassel from an item of clothing is considered bad luck)
Uderza Blue: marriage
Uderza Blue and Karikrimson: successful taming of a bo'en
Injohue and Santhran Violet : first born child
Injohue and Uderza Blue: other born children
Gnastheen: successfully completed coming-of-age task
Cyhalloi Snow: death of a loved one
Nor’sidian: death of a friend or acquaintance
If anyone can suggest any changes/additions to this list, please let me know.

Method of Production
The lengths of string used to weave the tassels are made from grasses, wool or any other material that is to be found. Including something from the body of a bo'en - such as a feather or tuft of fur - supposedly strengthens the bond between bo'en and tamer. The tassels do not take long to make, and are braided by a simple method often used in hair. When the tassel is completed, it is sewn on to the individual's clothing, usually just above the heart. It is not uncommon to see a mass of colours here.

Areas of Production
All areas inhabited by Eyelian tribes.

Usage
The tassels are used to document an individual's life. By displaying them to the public on their clothing, they are able to give others a better understanding of their nature at a glance - this woman is married, has had three children, and one of her friends has died. She does indeed have a bo'en, as indicated by the tassel, and it is probably a bird - see the feather woven between the strands of thread?

History of the Industry
This tradition has been going on since the Eyelians built their first settlements.
I need more information here - suggestions?

Lore and Legend
When the first Eyelian, name of Msimisi, tamed the first bo'en, she proclaimed that the greatest journey of all time had just begun. She wanted to express this to the whole world, and turned to her newly-found bo'en for guidance. The great bird - for that was what it was, a garthook with eyes of a strata hue - told her a deep wisdom, of revealing one's victories by braiding together the strands of a karikrimson and uderza blue woolen thread; this would declare to all who saw it that, truly, she was a Tamer. Likewise, the Eyelians of today follow this tradition by weaving their own tassels to share their greatest victories and losses. <-- Nsiki, your feedback? I couldn't think of a legendary-type background, this is what I came up with...

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« Reply #1 on: 25 June 2008, 05:12:46 »

Goodness... someone's busy today. :D
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« Reply #2 on: 25 June 2008, 05:56:25 »

Believe it ;)

Okay, I've added as much as I can think of to the Eyelian tassels... if anyone can think of anything to add, please say so. Also looking for feedback on what I've currently got.
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« Reply #3 on: 25 June 2008, 06:01:39 »

You may wish to use Santharian colors to describe the tassels. Also, a Usages and Myth/Lore section is pretty much required for most any entry (or at least strongly encouraged.) Perhaps some kind of legend or story behind the tassels? Something related to an animal maybe? Really, you can make anything up for a myth. Imagination is key for developing!  grin
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« Reply #4 on: 25 June 2008, 06:07:37 »

Thanks, I've edited all the colours ;)

And I think I've come up with a good legend behind the tassels, that will be up either tonight or in the morning.
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« Reply #5 on: 25 June 2008, 06:26:37 »

Okay, I've written a short legend about the beginning of this tradition - I've also introduced Msimisi (a name I adapted from Msimis, a male Eyelian name, by adding i on the end and hopefully turning it into a female name), the first Eyelian to tame a bo'en. Of course, there may already BE  first Tamer, so if that is the case, please tell me so I can make the appropriate corrections.
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« Reply #6 on: 25 June 2008, 06:37:53 »

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When the first Eyelian, name of Msimisi, tamed the first bo'en, she proclaimed that the greatest journey of all time had just begun. She wanted to express this to the whole world, and turned to her newly-found bo'en for guidance. The great bird - for that was what it was, a garthook with eyes of a strata hue - told her a deep wisdom, of revealing one's victories by braiding together the strands of a karikrimson and uderza blue woolen thread; this would declare to all who saw it that, truly, she was a Tamer. Likewise, the Eyelians of today follow this tradition by weaving their own tassels to share their greatest victories and losses.


I think the Eyelians tamed already beasts before they came to Sarvonia, so at least the Santharian colours do not really fit, I would say. The garthook is a Santharian bird, so this might not fit either, however,  myths must not be entirely fitting. If you want to add this to your jewellery submission, I would ask you to think a bit more about this "First Eyelian" myth. It is a bit dangerous to throw in something which might have huge consequences. And speak with Nsiki.
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« Reply #7 on: 25 June 2008, 06:40:13 »

Good advice, thanks :) I was really just casting around for some legend that could fit with this tradition.
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« Reply #8 on: 26 June 2008, 08:42:49 »

Right... please note that I am by no means an expert on All Things Eyelian. They do happen to be my tribe of preference, and I do care for them quite a bit, but my approval is not necassary for anything. But thank you, I am honored.  azn
Anyways, I think the myth is an interesting idea. However, we really need to get the origins of the Eyelians pinned down before we start talking even about what type of familiar Msimi would have. If they come from Nym., then we may want to place a Nym. bird. However, my personal opinion is that the first familiar would be a gryph or griphon.
Wait...
How about three first Eyelians?

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E'inyan Houndspirit, the great leader.
This was the man who was the mythical patriarch of the Wolf Clan. His bo'en was a great Warg, and his spirit guide, a golden wolf.

Ma'agouf Healbear, the caretaker.
Known as the first Eyelian healer, she was also a great artist. She is the mythical matriarch of the bear clan, had a Cartashian Bear bo'en and a silver bear as her spirit guide.

Thi'isyan Wisefeather, the prodigal teacher
Thi'isyan is regarded as the mythical hero who brought knoweldge of matters both great and small from the eyes of Father Sky and Mother Earth (later the Santharian Baveras and Jeyrill, forgive the spelling). This man possessed a great Griffin as a bo'en, and his spirit guide was an eagle, black as night.

These three together formed the first heroes of Eyelians, each granting the tribe something, be it might, wisdom, or knowledge. Of course, if the other four extinct/endangered tribes are brought into existence, I can adjust this.

Here's the possible myth-
The three great leaders where close, closer then even the heads of a Wynd Rider. They felt each other's pain, reveled in each other's joy. But even the greatest of Eyelians must pass someday.
And when Thi'isyan perished defending the other founders, it was a time of untold sorrow for the three. Thi'isyan's people mourned for days, and the body of their leader decayed in some far-off place. But his bo'en returned alive.
Wounded and weary, the Warg bent it's head one final time in the center of the first village. It let loose one final howl, a howl of pain, sorrow, and fear, so terrible that it shook the fangs from the Beast mouth and shattered them into pieces. These pieces were collected by Thi'isyan's people, and held as relics. Some placed them on alters, others buried them deep in the earth. But one woman, barely a girl did something different.
Her piece of fang was special, different from all the others. It had a perfect hole through the center. And through this hole, Msimi (the girl's name) threaded a piece of grass, and tied it into her her. Over time, the badge paled white, and stood out noticibly on Msimi's jet-black hair. And as it was noticed, it was copied.
The practice of bead-wearing now persists today, in the form of celebratory badges commererating births, marriages, bo'en bindings, and yes, even deaths.
And continue to where you will. Just a rough draft, but it may work.
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« Reply #9 on: 30 June 2008, 21:55:12 »

An idea for the history (strangely related to...Brownies of all things :P).  If you wanted the Eyelians to trade for Brownie Beads or some feathers and other decorational stuff, you could put in when this began etc.  We haven't exactly worked this out yet, but this would be an ideal entry to get something solid down if you wanted to use them.

Just a thought :).
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« Reply #10 on: 07 July 2008, 07:08:24 »

And an excellent one, Brownie!
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« Reply #11 on: 05 February 2009, 10:07:19 »

Is she coming back?
because both the Eyelian's origin and the Bead industry have evolved significantly since she's been gone - I loved this concept, and I'd like to see it developed.
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« Reply #12 on: 05 February 2009, 17:58:55 »

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I doubt she's coming back :(
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« Reply #13 on: 05 February 2009, 18:36:11 »

Wasn't there a problem, something like she moved and didn't have the Internet where she moved to?
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« Reply #14 on: 06 February 2009, 05:31:19 »

I've sent her an e-mail - hopefully she's checking Tha'eli one, maybe we'll have some luck and hear from her again ;) At least I've tried to get in contact with her now, so let's see!
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