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« on: 01 September 2008, 11:31:15 »

Alright, just gettin this up so I can start layin down some basic ground work, gettin ideas together, gatherin information and all that pre-project fun stuff. At this point - that pre-project fun stuff has yet to be done. Warning: This Is Not The Entry - Just Quick Reference Material

Bears Overview
By Garret Arroway & Nsikigan Ho'Tonanese Yourth

Overview:
      Do a short description on the beast, which can be placed on top of the entry and at the general overview page: What kind of beast (category) is it? How large is it approx.? Where does it live? What are it's most important features etc. When you read the overview you should know most important things about the beast, before you've even read the whole entry.

Typical Appearance:
     A detailed description of what the beast looks like. Everything from size, in peds, to bone structure. I stress the 'detailed' part, put in as much detail as possible. This doesn't mean make it as long as possible, go for quality over quantity.

     If you need measures and weights in order to describe your beast, please refer to the general Measures and Weight tables.

Bear Species: Following is a list of all kinds of Bears known in the lands of Caelereth:

- The Argrothin Black Bear
The Argrothin Black Bear is a common bear in northern Sarvonian regions like the Celeste Lowlands, the Prominent Mountains and the Mountains of Oro, but also in the Hovel Frond Forest or the Shaded Forest. The warm and beautiful fur is an important trading tool for the locals, to keep themselves with coins, tools or other objects of value. The fur, and in some cases, the claws are sold to eastern traders. And as the Argrothin Bear is in most cases a vegetarian, the meat is usable for eating. Having Argrothin Bears roam in close proximity isn't really a good sign, as they sometimes take cattle, or, in bad times, humans.

- The Blood Bear
A giant beast that roams beneath the trees of the Shaded Forest and in the lowland hills around the Prominent Mountain's base. The Blood Bears live mostly on the forest floor, though sometimes they venture up into the hill, and they rarely go deep into the mountains. The huge animals are content with tracking down what ever food they can in their environment. The Blood Bear is a rare sight to see, their numbers are not necessarily dwindling, but neither are they growing.

- The Cartashian Bear
Stemming originally from the region around Cartash, this type of bear is not only much bigger than his brown bear relative but also much more dangerous. The full grown Cartashian Bear can reach a height of three and a half peds thus rendering his opponents to mere dwarves: Big, dangerous, bad tempered, and vaguely smelly. There exist many different species of bears in the world of Caelereth, but the most notorious and feared of all is the so-called Cartashian Bear, the most deadly bear known to man.

- The Moss Bear
The Moss Bear, also known as Silky Bear, is the smallest representant of the bear family on the Sarvonian continent. It inhabits the Shaded Forest and the forested parts of the Nybelmar continent, preferring the darkest and most secluded parts. The Moss Bear has a long coat with silky hair that has several different uses. It can give a soft kind of wool that can be spun into the finest of yarn that is used to knit warm clothes. The pelt can also be used complete as a rug or bedcover.

- The Rimmerin Bear
The Rimmerin Bear, or "Ma'akwa'aheshtake" in the Eyelian tongue, is a bear found far and wide throughout south-central Santharia. It is found in the greatest concentration in the Rimmerins Ring, hence the name. However, it is also found in moderate numbers all the way east to Kor Donion, south to Chylikis, and in lesser numbers westward to Hog. One will note that the bear is found predominantly in the former Kingdom of Eyelia - as such, it is a very important animal to these people. It is told that the "Ma'akwa'aheshtake ("Twin Bear") taught the first Sarvonian Eyelians which herbs and plants were safe, and showed them the best shelter. Today, the Eyelians' gratitude is obvious, as one of the three modern clans (the Quia clan) is symbolized by the bear.

- The Stone Bear
(Coming to a Bestiary Board near you this Fall!)

- The White Bear
The White Bear is a large carnivorous beast, which can mainly be found in the vast Cyhalloian Tundra and in the Icelands of Northern Sarvonia. It is known for its good swimming skills and especially their unusual "Death Ritual", where they search for crimson rose fields when they know that they are going to die. Smelling the sedative effect of the flower they enter a deep sleep from which they never wake up again.

Territory: Lots and lots of bears in the Prominent Mountains, Mountains of Oro, and Shaded Forest. And yall wonder why we got lot of people with "Down with the Bears" and "Save the Goats" signs setting up camp in that area.

- The Argrothin Black Bear
The largest concentrations of the Argrothin Bears can be found in the Celeste Lowlands, the Prominent Mountains and the Mountains of Oro in Northern Sarvonia, also in the Hovel Frond Forest or the Shaded Forest Argrothins can be found. It prefers areas in the mountains where it can live undisturbed, like small hidden valleys and inside small tickets of trees, as they want to keep to themselves.

- The Blood Bear
The Blood Bear lives in the Shaded Forest and on the foothills of the Prominent Mountains. They never stray too far from the base of the towering masses of rock. They have never been spotted anywhere outside the mountains or forest. Occasionally, during an overly warm summer, the bears will venture farther into the mountains and settle into the valleys. When winter comes back to the land, however, most of the Blood Bear return to the forest, but a few sometimes choose to stay in the lush valleys.

- The Cartashian Bear
Stemming originally from the region around Cartash, a completely wooded valley in the western parts of the northern Sarvonian continent, this type of Bear can also be found at some parts of Santharian lands, mainly in the northern provinces like Nermeran and Enthronia, although only occasionally.

- The Moss Bear
The Moss Bear is found in the Shaded Forest in Northern Sarvonia and also on some forested parts of the Nybelmar continent.

- The Rimmerin Bear
The Rimmerin Bear is found primarily in the Rimmerins Ring, though the lesser variations are found prevalently throughout all Sanguia. The bear prefers forested terrain, though the "Bear's Teeth" (as the Eyelians call the ring) are a perfect place to raise their young, due in part to the prevalence of game and shelter there. The Rimmerin Bear is a hardy creature, and wherever food is available, it may be found.

- The Stone Bear
(Coming to the Higher Fores and Lower Fores this Fall!)

- The White Bear
With a population of lesser than 400 individuals, due to the hunt by the Kasumarii and the Cyhallrhim elves, the greatest concentration of White Bears, talking about the 90 per cent of their population, can be found at the vast icy lands of the continent of Cyhalloi. Another place where you can find them are the so-called Icelands of Northern Sarvonia. White Bears are able to survive and inhabit in any cold and near-water place.
   
Habitat/Behavior:
     If you were to see these creatures, what kinds of things would they be doing? Challenging the pack leader for control, or wandering by itself? Get into as much detail as you can.

Diet:
     What do your creatures eat? And if they eat a lot, what is their favorite food? Also make sure that what they eat can be found where they live, otherwise it just isn't practical
       
Mating:
     What are their mating behaviors or rituals? Do they mate at all? Is there maybe some sort of dance? Which gender is the aggressor usually? Again, detail.

Myth/Lore/Origin (Optional): There are some local legends about the Argrothin Bear being created from the rocks by a great magician by the name of Argrothin, thus their name. That magician was an honored person according to the old tales, and the locals honor him by trying to give his Bears a painless death.

It has been heard that the Blood Bears came down from the Prominent Mountains many years ago. None are sure exactly where they came from but rumors fly. Some say that the great Argrothin bears that lived within the mountains grew tired of the wargs continued battle against them. Some say that the bears started it all. But perhaps no one would or should ever know the truth. The story however goes like this.

Of Blood and Bears. Long ago the great Argrothin bears grew tired of the wargs. The great dark wolf-creatures came in the middle of the night and killed and wounded the bears. After years and years of this torment, and the loss of many cubs, the bears were done. It is told that in a lush valley somewhere within the Prominent Mountains the scar of a battle field is still present. But again, no one knows for sure. It is said that a group of the mighty bears gathered in the valley working together for once. When night fell they came. Scores of wargs came, their dark shadows a terrible sight. That night the wargs descended into the valley and there they fought with the great bears. Both creatures were fighting with all their might. When morning rose the wargs were dead or had fled. The remaining bears stood in the valley as the sun rose in the sky. Their muzzles was coated in blood and flesh, their fur shining scarlet in the early light.

Some say that the blood never washed out and that is why the Blood Bear's fur is tinged red. That the bloodlust never left the enraged bears and they began to feast on their own kind and warg alike. Slowly over time, their bloodlust stayed with them and their eyes took on a crimson color. That next year when the bears mated once again, the young were born. By the end of their first year the young bears were taller than their parents, their fur tinged red, and each had deep crimson eyes.


In a few of the barbarian tribes in the northlands they honor the Bear as a symbol of power and strength. In these tribes it is common for young men to fight actual Cartashian Bears in a duel to the death. The so-called "Initiation Ritual" for the great warrior tribes of the Ashmari often costs many young lifes, but indeed it is seen as an act of honor to die in such a ritual as the weak among the barbarians understand it is nature's will to make room for their stronger brothers.

Many years ago, when the Eyelians first came to Sarvonian shores, it is said that the Rimmerin Bear helped them find food. Because of this, the Eyelians (mainly those of the Quia clan) refer to Thar's Bears as Great Bearlings, the direct descendents of the Great Bear. The Great Bear is mentioned here, in this excerpt from the Yourth'Dibaj ("Story of Fresh Ground"):

The Story of Quia, the Bear. The last saviour came in the form of a bear, a greater bear than had ever been seen in my homeland. It was my younger brother who called for him, though quite on accident. Be'algor needed food, more than most of us, for his second name is Plentyfood. He always needed plenty of food for himself, though he was never loathe to share. He was groaning, growling, one night after the game had stopped appearing. We had no food. To his, and our, aid, came a bear. He towered over us, and looked ready to strike my brother down. But instead he merely bellowed with bestial laughter.

"Round One, come. Much food is here, though little men have not the nose to find it!" Rambling away, he left us scampering to follow. To our delight, the bear took us to all sources of food. From him, we learned where tubers grow, and which hills held the greatest game. He showed us where water was found, and which flowers were perilous, and which could be used for our benefit. All the while, we appeared in a frenzy of excitement, though the Great Bear stayed calm.

"Quia, I shall call you," burst forth my brother. For you are calm, in all times!" Both Be'algor and the Bear had a good laugh at this, and the bear seemed overjoyed when he found Be'algor would name his line Quia. Ever since, they shared a close bond, and like the wolf and Ta'algor, and myself and the eagle, my Be'algor took Quia as his Bo'en, till the end of his days.

This is how our people came to strength here in the land we know now as Sarvonia. We know the three beasts have saved us from death, and our debt can never be repaid. But to repay them in part, I will share their story. May our people and the beasts live together in harmony forever.

- E'algor Yourth, Middle Brother, and founder of the Yourth Clan. This tale has been translated to Tharian from ancient Eyelian by Nsikigan Rocksilk Yourth, a member of E'algor's line.


For a more universal example of Rimmerin Bears in Santharian culture, one could point to the stuffed bear. In the early days of the Eyelian Kingdom, many shamans used fetishes, or magical focuses of a sort. Often stitched dolls or stone, wood, or clay figurines, these fetishes were found in the shape of various animals. The most popular animals were, of course, bears, eagles, and wolves. However, the ancient shamanistic practices have largely dropped out of favour in the last few centuries, though remnants of the old culture remain. The stuffed dolls, in particular, hold a special place in the hearts of many Santharians. No longer symbols of magical potency, they have been turned into children's playthings. Bears, as any mother or child knows, are the most common. Perhaps it is the cub's adorable appearance, or the ease of creation. No fancy wings or talons to sew here, just a shapeless blob with button eyes will convey the image of a bear just fine. For an example of the "Makwa" (a derivative of the Eyelian name, easily pronounced by children of any tribe), just glance in your own child's bedroom. Or, if you are childless, or unacquainted with this Sanguian plaything, ask a neighbours, or glance at a children's storybook. One could not, however, suggest that you attempt to take one from a child for your own perusal. Children can be as protective of their Makwas as a mother bear is of her cubs.

The so-called "Death Ritual" of the White Bear is indeed more fact than myth: When a White Bear feels the nearness of death, it travels to the south and looks for a crimson rose field. They just lay there, between the roses, white spots breaking the crimson purity. They smell the flowers and enter a deep sleep from which they will never wake up. The roses continue with their life and death cicle, covering the body of the beast with wither petals. It seems that the corpse of the bear functions as a fertilizer because, after its death, the flowers start growing in richer quantity. - The Kasumarii know about the ritual and usually search the crimson fields for a dead bear, to take its fur and meat.

There is also a well known legend about a beast that ravages the Cyhalloian Tundra that may refer to a White Bear. Some accounts are included below:

"The beast is huge! it has to be at least 3 peds in height - and covered in fur! Or ice... I'm not sure. But it looks like a bear, walking erect with blood red eyes."
-- Estoor, Kar-ii Greendeath

"Had taken down a goat with my bow at 20 peds out, I did indeed. Saw the goat fall and everything... but when I got there, all I could find was a bloody mess. No goat anywhere. The thing took my kill and wasted my time. Next time I see him, he'll be MY meal."
-- Ammos, Kar-ii Korenjaan

"Child and I among bush. Pick of berries near Tower. Beast appear; hair like ice, eye of flame. Roar like cold wind entangled bear. We ran indeed."
-- Yo'inlia, Cyhallrhim


More details on the Tundra Beasts can be found at the "Tundra Beast Legend".

There's also another very popular story recounted all throughout Sarvonia, which shouldn't be forgotten to mention here: "The Princess and the White Bear" written down by Skald of Hargath and part of Master Tribell's famous fairy-tale collection "Miraculous Narrations".

Also, because of it peaceful nature and their taste for human nearness, some people say that the White Bears may have a human soul within their bodies.

Researchers (Optional):
Be'algor Plentyfood Quia was the first true researcher of the Rimmerin Bear, as his Bo'en taught him many secrets about its kind. Be'algor’s notes survive in a heavily fragmented, archaic form, nigh impossible to translate. However it has been done, so may the reader enjoy this entry, and realize the difficulty in translating two very different languages, and the hours that this.... (the parchment here is smudged and dirty, and a stern note accompanies it).

The second researcher was the Serphelorian woman Rukacathar Chyarbeinxau. The discoverer of the great Thar's Bear, she made many pilgrimages up into the tallest reaches of the Bear's Teeth to learn about the hunting practices of the Bears there.

Finally, the Eyelian researcher Nsikigan Ho'Tonanese Yourth risked life and limb, flying on the aforementioned Tawny Gryphon, a gryph Bo'en, in order to simply discover the speed at which a Bear can run.

Usages (Optional):
The pelt of a Blood Bear is said to keep someone warm through the coldest of winters. A heavy red tinged fur cape would be a prize for many. But legend says that the wearer must be the killer and therefore they are cursed and blessed. A Blood Bear hunter may have killed a creature that has killed many, but also has usually killed a living beast for nothing more than its pelt.

When a Moss Bear is killed there are only two usages to give it. The fur of the Moss Bear is so long and so silky it can actually be spun into yarn of the finest quality. This yarn is used to make winter clothes that can endure very low temperatures and is also water repellent. The clothes of Moss Bear yarn are usually made by the Injerín elves that use the clothings as trade items with their northern neighbours.

Also the meat of the Moss Bear is sweet and considered quite a treat by the Injerín elves.

The Rimmerin Bear, besides being a guide to the ancient Eyelians is also a source of clothing. Its pelt is large and warm, and is used for clothes, blankets, and beds by the Eyelians. They are also used by the Baal ogres (when one triumphs in the aforementioned epic battles), and are considered trophies worthy of great praise.

The Eyelians also use the claws for various piercings, as can be read in the entry by the orcish researcher, Tharoc Wargrider.

Anything Else (Optional):
     Can you think of any details to make this even better?

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References:
Beasts
     - Argrothin Black Bear
     - Blood Bear
     - Cartashian Bear
     - Moss Bear
     - Rimmerin Bear
     - White Bear

Territory Reference
     - The Tundra of Cyhalloi
     - The Prominent Mountains
     - The Shaded Forest

Other Stuff
     - The Tundra Beast (Story I should probably look at)
     - The Town of Naurooth
     - The Ice Tribes of Northern Sarvonia
     - The Lyr'Teimor Kuglim Men
     - The Rhom-Oc Orcs
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« Reply #1 on: 03 September 2008, 11:05:45 »

Garret,

Are you planning to revise any of the bear entries? The Cartashian Bear and the White Bear could use some tweaking to their territory and other aspects...if not, no big deal. My work in Caaehl'heroth may impact these beasts in some ways... thumbup
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« Reply #2 on: 03 September 2008, 11:19:57 »

Of course ... Was asked to provide an Overview first and so this is up. Bears are on my list if allowed by the Beast Mods.
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« Reply #3 on: 03 September 2008, 11:33:59 »

Hey, Garret!

Just FYI:

One of the notable researchers for the Cartashian Bear (which is not mentioned in that entry since it was written MUCH earlier) is Reve'lor, the famous Nauroothian menagerie owner.  He actually has one of these ferocious beasts as a pet, which he has raised from a very young cub to its present-day massive adulthood.   He thus would be in a position to provide the Compendium researchers with a great deal of pertinent information about this animal.

You can quote this guy for almost any animal research you need done in Northern Sarvonia.  He would happily look after and care for any animal, including hydragons, venomous snakes, and wargs--literally anything.

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« Reply #4 on: 03 September 2008, 11:51:39 »

Thanks Alysse :)
     I'd seen the Argrothin (spelled that right?) mentioned, but nothing about the Cartashian. That helps.
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