Santharian Development

Santharian World Development => Places and Map Design => Topic started by: Azhira Styralias on 23 July 2008, 00:34:24



Title: The Heaths of Eph'denn
Post by: Azhira Styralias on 23 July 2008, 00:34:24
Overview:

The wide region of flat grasslands that lie north of the Themed'lon Forest and south of the orcen village of Hell'wrung in southeastern Caael'heroth are known as the Heaths of Eph'denn. These shrublands are so named because of the colony that is situated on the southern border of the heath, the Kaaer’dár’shín settlement of Eph'denn. The heaths once knew times of peace and many varieties of small grasses and shrubs thrived there. Since the Third Sarvonian War, the heaths have become a battle ground with much of the soil steeped in blood and violence. The heath is presently under various states of "ownership" with the Kaaer’dár’shín half-orcs fighting to maintain hunting ground with their brutal Osther-Oc cousins from the far north.

Description:

The heaths begin as one travels north leaving the verdant borders of the Themed'lon Forests. The half-orc colony of Eph'denn is situated between the forest's northern border just as the tall tulmine trees fall away into smaller and smaller dense bushes before they stop growing altogether to reveal flat shrubland. Where the Kharim river forks marks the approximate southern border of the heaths. The Fields of Oun'tran'phu, in the Cartash region, mark the heath's northern border.

Flowing north, the Kharim river runs along the center of the heath as far as the Caaehl Mountains. The river narrows considerably as it leaves the mountains and runs along flat ground before it forks off. The heaths are cool and dry and do not sustain large growth of flora. For many miles distant, the heath is flat ground with an occasional small hill or barrow bumping up from the land.

Two significant colonies exist within the heaths, the Kaaer’dár’shín's colony of Eph'denn and the Osther-Oc's village of Hell'wrung. Both are significant in that they are the only settled regions within the wide expanse of plains.

Eph'denn sits on the southern border of the heath and has become the second largest colony for the half-orcs second only to their main home, Torik, in the Themed'lon Forests. The colony was initially a war outpost during the Third Sarvonian War until it was abandoned and the half-orcs built a colony from the remains.

Hell'wrung is a relatively new fortified village that sprung up along the far northern border of the heath in 1468 a.S. An ambitious Osther-Oc warlord named Grok'krek abandoned his clan's nomadic lifestyle and convinced his followers to build the village. He fortified it and built an army to raid and conquer his nomadic brethren. He failed, of course, and for the last 200 years, the village has seen constant war as the clans battle for control of it.

Location:

The Heaths of Eph'denn are flat, wide grasslands located on the southeastern leg of the Peninsula of Caael'heroth in Northern Sarvonia. To the south of the heath are the Themed'lon Forests. Separating the forests from the heaths is the Kharim river fork that splits into two rivers flowing southeast and southwest. The Kaaer’dár’shín settlement of Eph'denn is situated on the far southern border of the heath at the fork of the river. The heath's east border runs along the Shadow Coast while the west border runs along the west gulf.

People:

A nomadic clan of the Osther-Oc orcs roam the Heaths of Eph'denn and compete for hunting ground with the Kaaer’dár’shín half-orcs who dwell in the Themed'lon Forests. The two races encounter each other frequently in the heath and the meetings often result in a bloody skirmish. The Osther-Oc orcs, for their part, have called the heaths their home for centuries and have deeply resented that their related half-orc cousins have intruded upon their nomadic grounds. The Kaaer’dár’shín, however, have to survive for themselves as the heaths contain abundant fauna from which they hunt.

The enmity between the Osther-Oc and the Kaaer’dár’shín runs deep. The two tribes do not trust each other and have been at odds since the Third Sarvonian War. The Osther-Oc would have the half-orcs either assimilated into slavery or destroyed but the tenacity and adaptability of the half-orcs have made that task seemingly impossible. The Kaaer’dár’shín have determined that their orcen cousins will never again conquer their home in the Themed'lon and the half-orcs keep a large area of the heaths north of their colony patrolled and watched at all times. The Kaaer’dár’shín have always feared that the remnants of the dark elves in the far north of Caaehl'heroth will someday gather and organize another war and attempt to sweep down upon the Themed'lon to conquer the half-orcs, and possibly beyond further south.

Not all of the Osther-Oc tribe call the heaths their home. There are a handful of clans who roam the flat grasslands, moving every so often as the herds of wison migrate.

Climate:

The climate on the heaths during the winter season is cold and dry. Chill winds blow across the land bridge from the east gulf, often at below freezing temperatures. Snow covers the entire region during the months between Passing Clouds and Changing Winds. The spring and summer months bring milder warm weather, with no snow, but dry breezes and much sunlight.

Flora:

The flat shrubland of the heaths contains very little flora to speak of. Alth'ho grass covers the entire heath making the region a sufficient grazeland for the fauna that dwell there. The grass is tall, up to a quarter of a ped in height, and sways in the breeze creating a wondrous rippling effect.

The eastern side of the heath grows the wison's favoured food, hrugchuk grass. Approximately six to eight strals of blue coloured field indicate where the grass is growing. Small herds of the wison cattle can be found among the fields.

Small shrubs grow in sparse groups in the heath as well, as they are not large due to the low temperatures and short growth seasons. The juk'lan bush and the waterberry bush have homes in the heaths and grows primarily along the Kharim river that flows through the region. Both the Kaaer’dár’shín and the orcs make use of the juk'lan leaves and waterberries for various medicinal purposes, primarily to treat the symptoms of ghun'tlor disease, a sometimes debilitating disease that can affect those of orcen bloodlines.

Lythien moss is a commonly found ground cover in areas where the alth'ho grass doesn't grow. Most open patches of soil are covered with the moss, some patches are many peds in size creating a soft mossy bed.

The Kaaer’dár’shín half-orcs have a non-meat staple food in the form of the althz'onn bean plant that grows along the southern and eastern sides of the heaths. The bean is a favourite not only for decorative purposes when dried, but the bean can be boiled and mashed into a pasty substance and served with meat. Small herds of the ulgaroth beast are not an uncommon sight as the beans are a favourite food of the creature.

Fauna:

The heaths are inhabited by a few varieties of grazing animals. The spring and summer annual migration of the Landesh pony from the Wilderon area makes for a festive hunt for the half-orcs. The pony feeds on the thick alth'ho grass and lythien moss that grow there. The Kaaer’dár’shín hunters can often be seen riding amidst the herds rounding up new breeding stock for their warriors. The half-orc riders chase the galloping ponies and rope them into a group to be taken back to the colonies for taming and breeding.

The alth'zonn bean plant brings a herd of ulgaroth beasts to the heaths every year. The beasts in Caaehl'heroth migrate primarily along the southern edge of the peninsula from Aden to the Eph'denn heaths. The beasts are primarily used as steeds by the Ash'mari barbarians to the southeast of the half-orc homelands, but the Kaaer’dár’shín never found them to be useful as riding animals. Although the ulgaroth beast is a very strong animal, the half-orcs found them to be too slow for their preferred swift hit and run battles. Occasionally, an ulgaroth will be caught and served as a meal instead, or their thick and shaggy hides have served as more than adequate clothing during the colder seasons.

A very small number of the Thunderfoot beasts roam the far northern reaches of the heaths. The number of thunderfoot beasts are increasing and the Kaaer’dár’shín speak of rumours that the orcs of the Icelands of Aeh’Os’th’er’Oc are driving them south. When a thunderfoot beast is sighted, there is great excitement in the half-orc tribe as a single animal carries enough hide and meat to feed and clothe many people. When a thunderfoot is slain, the tribe will hold a celebration feast in honor of the hunters who killed it.

The wison cattle can be found roaming in small herds mostly along the eastern side of the heaths. Their favorite food, hrugchuk grass, grows in abundance there. The herd makes frequent migrations to the the Kharim river to drink. The wison in that area is often hunted by both the Kaaer’dár’shín and the nomadic orcs.

A favorite hunt among the half-orcs is the very rarely sighted Caracal wild cat. This magnificent animal is both revered and honored as both a capable hunter and an elusive prey by the Kaaer’dár’shín. The cat is seen a few times a year in small packs hunting the Landesh pony, the Thunderfoot or the Ulgaroth beast. When a half-orc party sights a Caracal, they immediately form up and begin stalking the beast. An potential hunt is never postponed and a party of hunters will often go for days at a time with the sole goal of bringing back a Caracal. The animal is large, and quite dangerous, with many tales of a hunter being slain by a single cat in battle.

Of the smaller animal varieties found on the heaths, the greycat, the Leveret rabbit and the snow rat are common sights. Each of these creatures have burrows that can be found all over the plains where they feed on the abundance of grasses, mosses and shrubs that grow there. Each of these little beasts are sometimes caught and kept as pets by Kaaer’dár’shín children or their small hides provide decoration for the t'lark war bucklers, or the bromer dwellings.

The high rodent population attracts one of the rabbit's and greycat's chief predators to this region: the Snobyrr hawk. The hawks nest in the Themed'lon Forests, high in the deciduous trees along the northern border. Their beautiful snow white forms can be seen flying high over the heaths hunting for prey along the ground. When prey is sighted, the hawk swoops down and snatches the rodent and flies away again back to their nests. When a Kaaer’dár’shín war party sights a Snobyrr hawk overhead, they see it as a sign of good fortune that the Sky Siblings are watching and protecting them.

Resources:

The heaths provide resources in the form of the beasts that dwell there. Of the natural land itself, the heaths provide little in the way of minerals and precious metals.  Neither the half-orcs, nor the orcs themselves, are miners and digging into the ground is not a typical occupation. The half-orcs believe that the spirit of the earth, or the Gynturg, provides their needs naturally.

Myth/Lore:

In the Kaaer’dár’shín tradition, the Heaths of Eph'denn are home to the Gynturg, or the spirit Earth Brother. The Durgho provides the beasts of the field for the Kaaer’dár’shín to hunt, eat and make use of. The plains are sacred and provide much in the way of resources for the tribe, which is why there is so much conflict with the orcs. The orcs, as well, see the plains animals as a source of food and clothing. While both tribes will probably never truly co-exist as a whole, they both recognize the value of the heaths for their peoples.

History:

400 b.S. - Nomadic Osther-Oc Are Recruited

For centuries, several clans of Osther-Oc orcs have migrated across the heaths in a nomadic lifestyle, hunting beasts and living in relative peace. As the dark armies stemming forth from the Deep Winds Portal of Osthemangar increase, so does the plans of the war's planners in making use of the orcs. Many nomadic clans of Osther-Oc are forced to give up their lifestyle and become one with the slowly building army about to invade the south.

298 b.S. - The Third Sarvonian War Brings the Orcs

The beginning of the Third Sarvonian War brings the orc hordes from the far north of Caaehl'heroth sweeping down through the heaths of Eph'denn and into Southern Sarvonia. The plains witness armies of orcs, drow and other beasts as they begin their invasion of the humans to the south.

291 b.S. - The Great Slaughter

During the war, a vast number of natural wildlife is slaughtered to feed, house and maintain the orc armies. huge numbers of Landesh ponies, ulgeroth beasts and Thunderfoots are killed and many of their carcasses are laid to waste. Often, the beasts are hunted for the joy of killing as the orcs leave the rotting meat to waste.

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298 b.S. to 288 b.S. - The Subjugation of the Kuglimz by the Osther-Oc and the Birth of the Kaaer'dás'shín

Coming from north Caeel'heroth, a wave of orcs descend from the plains during the initial years of the Third Sarvonian War. The orcs, surprised at having encountered humans within Caeel'heroth, fight several skirmishes with the Kuglimz exiles over a period of several months during the year 290 b.S. The dark elven masters of the Osther-Oc order the full destruction of the Kuglimz outcasts and the orcs comply. However, they are unprepared for the ferocious defense from the Kuglimz and are repelled.

The Osther-Oc are not finished. They know that they have the advantage of numbers and sweep south again, this time defeating the exiles in battle and subjugating the humans once and for all. Rather than destroy the remaining Kuglimz, the orcs instead force them into labour camps and are made to produce food and weapons for the dark armies during the war.

Despite the subjugation, the humans still thrive, and the group grows, but intermarriage does not always occur among the humans alone. The orcs force themselves on many of the human women and a large group of half-orc children begin to be born. These children, rejected by the orcs, are instead raised by their human mothers. This interbreeding continues regularly for ten years until the general orc retreat in 288 b.S.

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288 b.S. to 1.000 - The Development of the Half-Orcen Culture of the Kaeer'dár'shín

During the time of the orcen occupation, many of the Kuglimz traditions are lost among the exiles that are now known as the Kaeer'dár'shín. The humans, bitter at having first been exiled by their people and then being subjugated under the orcs, abandon the gods Lier’tyan ("All-Mother") and Sur’tyan ("All-Father") and fall into the corrupt worship of the orcen god, even mixing the two religions in a perverted amalgamation of human and orcen faiths.

As the inter-breeding continues between the two races, the number of pure-blooded humans soon dwindles as the majority of the tribe members are now humans with orcen blood. These half-orcs intermarry with the remaining human pure-bloods and thus the orcen bloodline among the exiles continues to be passed down through the generations. Occasional inter-breeding still continues with the orcs, as sometimes a sympathetic Kaaer'dár'shín will take in an orcen exile and mate with them resulting in a child. Over the next three hundred years, the group grows large enough to form a tribe but are still yoked to the Osther-Oc having never truly been independent.

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1.000 a.S. - The Beginning of the Fight for Kaaer'dár'shín Independence: Temuuj Tartaan

It isn't until approximately 1000 a.S. that a child is born that will later ignite a revolt against the Osther-Oc and finally win the half-orcs their freedom. Temuuj Tartaan, a charismatic and resourceful leader, is born in 1000 b.S. to two half-orc parents, both of whom work as weaponsmiths. Temuuj is well liked by the group and works as a weaponsmith and hunter for most of his young life until the age of 33 when he begins whisperings of a revolt against their orcen masters. Temuuj, already highly respected, ignites the people's hearts for another war and soon commands an large army of willing warriors willing to fight the orcs.

It was Temuuj Tartaan who introduces the concept of quick, stealthy warfare against the orcs and who devises methods of ambush and sneak attacks against the larger, brutish orcs. By using Landesh ponies for speed along the Heaths and the cover of the Themed'lon for ambushes, the orcs are faced with a new formidable people of their own creation fighting for indepedence.

1050 a.S. - The Landesh Pony is Tamed

About this time, the Kaaer’dár’shín make extensive use of the Landesh pony, whose herds were drastically reduced due to the war. The half-orcs find that the pony is suitable for their warfare and begin capturing them and breeding them into greater numbers.

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ca. 1.060 to 1.100 a.S. - Eph'denn Expands

The Eph'denn fort region, on the southern border of the heath, becomes a training ground for Kaaer'dár'shín warriors and constant patrols are maintained to safeguard against further encroachments by the orcs. Landesh pony stables are built to house the wild ponies caught, bred and tamed.

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1.334 to 1.352 a.S. - Second Osther-Oc Invasion in Eph'denn

Eph'denn is occupied by a large war party of Osther-Oc warriors hired by a rogue dark elf warlord named Valsha Ironblood. The orcs occupy the colony for a period of 18 years before being driven off by a Kaaer'dár'shín rebel group and, legends tell, of some angry Pendrowe.

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1.352 a.S. - Eph'denn grows into the Second Largest Colony

After the second orc invasion is over, the Eph'denn colony expands considerably. Many families dedicate their lives to rebuild Eph'denn once more and soon the settlement becomes the second largest colony of the tribe.

1.468 a.S. - The Osther-Oc Village of Hell'Wrung is Founded

A clan of Osther-Oc forgo their nomadic ways and found a village along the far northern borders of the heaths called Hell'Wrung. The village is ruled by a warlord who fortifies the area and begins to build an army to conquer his smaller, nomadic brethren. The village becomes a battle ground for many years to come as warring clans vie for control of the village.


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - WIP
Post by: Azhira Styralias on 21 August 2008, 23:11:27
I present to you...the Heaths of Eph'denn! Ready for Comment!

Much of the history is taken from my other entries as the it all takes place in the same general area...and some is new. There is room to add more if Tharoc decides to further expand on the history for the Osther-Oc. In general, the viewpoint is written from the eyes of the Kaaer.


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 03 September 2008, 05:47:02
Beware, comments ahead!

- Hmmm... I noticed later on that there are mostly only small things to correct here, so it would have been better to post the entry and just mark the changes instead of putting up those quotes only, where you have to search the text now. Well, I'm wiser next time then.

- A general note on spelling: Whatever can be interpreted as proper name, we write with capital letters, like Themed'lon Forest, Caaehl Mountains or Heaths of Eph'denn throughout the entry (at least whenever the name is spelled in full, you can write "the heath" without a capital C). Beasts and plants don't have proper names, so they are written in lowercases. The topic of the entry itself is always written in with a capital letter, regardless of the subject. Always keep these rules in mind!

- "Hell'wrung" *hehe* Now that's an interesting name! :)

- Correction here:

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The half-orc colony of Eph'denn is situated between the forest's northern border just as the tall tulmine trees fall away into smaller and smaller dense bushes before they stop growing altogether to reveal flat shrubland. Where the Kharim river forks is where the heaths begin.


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An ambitious Osther-Oc warlord named Grok'krek abandoned his clan's nomadic lifestyle and convinced  his followers to build the village.

The name of Grok'krek isn't mentioned in the history table. If you have him, why not add him there? ;) Also the approximate date when this happened could be added here.

- As the Themdlon is offically referred to in the plural, as "forests" we should do that here as well whereever these woods are mentioned.

- Corrections:

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The enmity between the Osther-Oc and the Kaaer'dar'shin runs deep.


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The Osther-Oc would have the half-orcs either assimilated into slavery or destroyed but the tenacity and adaptiveness of the half-orcs have made that seemingly ??? task impossible.

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Not all of the Osther-Oc tribe call the heaths their home. There are a handful of clans who roam the flat grasslands, moving every so often as the herds of wison migrate.

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The flat shrublands of the heath contains very little flora to speak of.

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The eastern side of the heath grows the wison's favoured  food, hrugchuk grass. Approximately six to eight strals of blue coloured  field indicate where the grass is growing.


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Most open patches of soil are covered with the moss, some patches are many peds in size creating a soft mossy bed.


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The bean is a favourite  not on for decorative purposes when dried

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Small herds of the ulgaroth beast are not an uncommon sight as the beans are a favourite  food of the creature.

- You mention the Earth Brother here in Myth/Lore. Always keep in mind that the reader perhaps doesn't know anything about the cultures discussed here, so a short explanation what that Earth Brother stands for would be good to have.

- Strange sentence construction here at the end that is hard to understand:

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To the orcs, as well, the plains' animals are a source of food and hides and while the orcs and their half-breed cousins will never truly co-exist, they both recognize that life on the  heaths are a major way of life for them both.

- As far as history events are concerned: If you take events directly from an entry or an existing history table, please mark that somehow (e.g. adding [COPIED] at the caption) - then I know that I simply need to add this entry to the relevance allocation of the event. Thus I don't have to check and doublecheck if something has changed at the event. As once the event has that allocation, it automatically will end up in this entry. Mark the alterations you do to existing events, so that I know what I actually need to add. Everything else that is new, I'll add as new events. Makes my life much easier that way.

- Sounds a bit repetitive here, eh?

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... plans of the war's planners ...

- The taming of the Landesh is a bit unusual for orcs, but on the other hand they are half-orcs. Well, they are shorter than regular men, now aren't they?

Actually, I wanted to check how large they are according to the Kaér'dár'shín entry and there I read: 1 ped, 4 fores. Well, a fore is 33 cm, so 4 fores are 1 1/3 peds... Doen't make much sense I notice... Should be corrected in that entry as well!

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Okeydokey, these are my comments/corrections. Nothing major here, the Heaths also of course aren't so complex as the Themedlon entry with all its myths or the Eph'denn colony. And what has been put together here makes another entry that contributes to the puzzle up north. And it all fits together. Nice to see you further puzzling the pieces together, hammering out one entry after the other, all of them connected. The region gets very good attention and believability - thus it becomes a major player, and that's what we need here! :D


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Azhira Styralias on 03 September 2008, 10:56:37
*scratches head*

Only small things to correct? Either I'm getting better at this entry writing thing or you're getting lazy, Arti! :lol: I think I'll choose the former, as no one could ever accuse you of being lazy!  ;)

Anyway, again, you found my weakness...capitalizing and formal names...gets me every time...I will learn someday.

What really shocks me is the Kaaer height. Yes, they tame the Landesh as war ponies, but seems I made them a bit *too* short...I'll change that asap.

I'll get the history stuff corrected as well. I'll do whatever it takes to make your life easier, dear sage.  :thumbup:

I'll have Alysse and Tharoc make a peek at this, too, for consistency and accuracy as I throw alot of flora/fauna out there. You're right, though...the heaths are not complicated. I am slowly working my way up the peninsula and I'll get to more exciting things soon enough.  :D


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Alysse the Likely on 03 September 2008, 12:39:59
All right, here's my check:


Overview:

The wide region of flat grasslands that lie north of the Themed'lon forest and south of the orcen village of Hell'wrung in southeastern Caael'heroth are known as the heaths of Eph'denn. These shrublands are so named because of the colony that is situated on the southern border of the heath, the Kaaer'dar'shin settlement of Eph'denn. The heaths once knew times of peace and many varieties of small grasses and shrubs thrived there. Since the Third Sarvonian War, the heaths have become a battle ground with much of the soil steeped in blood and violence. The heath is presently under various states of "ownership" with the Kaaer'dar'shin half-orcs fighting to maintain hunting ground with their brutal Osther-Oc cousins from the far north.

Description:

The heaths begin as one travels north leaving the verdant borders of the Themed'lon forests. The half-orc colony of Eph'denn is situated between the forest's northern border just as the tall tulmine trees fall away into smaller and smaller dense bushes before they stop growing altogether to reveal flat, shrubland. Where the Kharim river forks marks the approximate southern border of the heaths.  (There actually are forests north of the heaths, up in Cartash, so the "tree line"  would be further north, wouldn't it?)

Flowing north, the Kharim river runs along the center of the heath as far as the Caaehl mountains. The river narrows considerably as it leaves the mountains and runs along flat ground before it forks off. The heaths are cool and dry and do not sustain large growth of flora. For many miles distant, the heath is flat ground with an occasional small hill or barrow bumping up from the land.

Two significant colonies exist within the heaths, the Kaaer'dar'shin's colony of Eph'denn and the Osther-Oc's village of Hell'wrung. Both are significant in that they are the only settled regions within the wide expanse of plains.

Eph'denn sits on the southern border of the heath and has become the second largest colony for the half-orcs second only to their main home, Torik, in the Themed'lon forests. The colony was initially a war outpost during the Third Sarvonian War until it was abandoned and the half-orcs built a colony from the remains.

Hell'wrung is a relatively new village sprung up along the far northern border of the heath. An ambitious Osther-Oc warlord named Grok'krek abandoned his clan's nomadic lifestyle and convinced his followers to build the village. He fortified it and built an army to raid and conquer his nomadic brethren. He failed, of course, and for the last 200 years, the village has seen constant war as the clans battle for control of it.

Location:

The heaths of Eph'denn are flat, wide grasslands located on the southeastern leg of the Peninsula of Caael'heroth in Northern Sarvonia. To the south of the heath is the Themed'lon forest. Separating the forest from the heath is the Kharim river fork that splits into two rivers flowing southeast and southwest. The Kaaer'dar'shin settlement of Eph'denn is situated on the far southern border of the heath at the fork of the river. The heath's east border runs along the Shadow Coast while the west border runs along the west gulf.

People:

A nomadic clan of the Osther-Oc orcs roam the heaths of Eph'denn and compete for hunting ground with the Kaaer'dar'shin half-orcs who dwell in the Themed'lon forests. The two races encounter each other frequently in the heath and these meetings often result in a skirmish. The Osther-Oc orcs, for their part, have called the heaths their home for centuries and have deeply resented that their related half-orc cousins have intruded upon their nomadic grounds. The Kaaer'dar'shin, however, have to survive for themselves as the heaths contain abundant fauna from which they eat.

The enmity between the Osther-Oc and the Kaaer'dar'shin runs deep. The two tribes do not trust each other and have been at odds since the Third Sarvonian War. The Osther-Oc would have the half-orcs either assimilated into slavery or destroyed but the tenacity and adaptability  of the half-orcs have made that task seemingly impossible. The Kaaer'dar'shin are determined that their orcen cousins will never again conquer their home in the Themed'lon and the half-orcs keep a large area of the heaths north of their colony patrolled and watched at all times. The Kaaer'dar'shin have always feared that the remnants of the dark elves in the far north of Caaehl'heroth will someday gather and organize another war and attempt to sweep down upon the Themed'lon to conquer the half-orcs, and possibly beyond further south.

Not all of the Osther-Oc tribe call the heaths their home. There are a handful of clans who roam the flat grasslands, moving every so often as the herds of wison migrate.

Climate:

The climate on the heaths during the winter season is cold and dry. Chill winds blow across the land bridge from the east gulf, often at below freezing temperatures. Snow covers the entire region during the months between Passing Clouds and Changing Winds. The spring and summer months bring milder warm weather, with no snow, but dry breezes and much sunlight.

Flora:

The flat shrubland of the heath contain very little flora to speak of. Alth'ho grass covers the entire heath making the region a sufficient grazeland for the fauna that dwell there. The grass is tall, up to a quarter of a ped in height, and sways in the breeze creating a wondrous rippling effect.

The eastern side of the heath grows the wison's favored food, hrugchuk grass. Approximately six to eight strals of blue colored field indicate where the grass is growing. Small herds of the wison cattle can be found among the fields.

Small shrubs grow in sparse groups in the heath as well, as they are not large due to the low temperatures and short growth seasons. The juk'lan bush has a home in the heath and grows primarily along the Kharim river that flows through the region. Both the Kaaer'dar'shin and the orcs make use of the juk'lan berries for various medicinal purposes, primarily to treat the symptoms of Ghun'tlor disease. (Juk'lan leaves, not berries, are what they make the tea from.  Waterberries almost always grow with Juklan--they're like a northern blueberry--and I believe they may also be used in the tea, so that might be what you are thinking of.)

Lythien moss is a commonly found ground cover in areas where the alth'ho grass doesn't grow. Most open patches of soil are covered with the moss, some patches are many peds in size creating a soft mossy bed.

The Kaaer'dar'shin half-orcs have a non-meat staple food in the form of the althz'onn bean plant that grows along the southern and eastern sides of the heaths. The bean is a favorite not only for decorative purposes when dried, but the bean can be boiled and mashed into a pasty substance and served with meat. Small herds of the ulgaroth beast are not an uncommon sight as the beans are a favorite food of the creature.  (Okay, that bean entry REALLY needs revising--but your usage here is fine)  :)

Fauna:

The heaths are inhabited by a few varieties of grazing animals. The Landesh pony runs free and wild all over the heaths in herds numbering in the hundreds. The pony feeds on the thick alth'ho grass and lythien moss that grow there. The Kaaer'dar'shin hunters can often be seen riding amidst the herds rounding up new breeding stock for their warriors. The half-orc riders chase the galloping ponies and rope them into a group to be taken back to the colonies for taming and breeding. (This is a bit further north than the Landesh Pony typically ranges.  Maybe smaller herds come up during the summer months to find pasturage, but I wouldn't expect to see them in the hundreds here.  I'd suggest you incorporate them as a spring-summer annual migration up from Wilderon.  Then the pony hunt can be like an annual festival time for the Kaaer in this area.)

The alth'zonn bean plant brings a herd of ulgaroth beasts to the heaths every year. The beasts in Caaehl'heroth migrate primarily along the southern edge of the peninsula from Aden to the Eph'denn heaths. The beasts are primarily used as steeds by the Ash'mari barbarians to the southeast of the half-orc homelands, but the Kaaer'dar'shin never found them to be useful as riding animals.  Although the ulgaroth beast is a very strong animal, the half-orcs found them to be too slow for their preferred swift hit and run battles. Occasionally, an ulgaroth will be caught and served as a meal instead, or their thick and shaggy hides have served as more than adequate clothing during the colder seasons.

A very small number of the Thunderfoot beasts roam the far northern reaches of the heaths. The number of thunderfoot beasts are increasing and the Kaaer'dar'shin speak of rumours that the orcs of the Icelands of Aeh’Os’th’er’Oc are driving them south. When a thunderfoot beast is sighted, there is great excitement in the half-orc tribe as a single animal carries enough hide and meat to feed and clothe many people. When a thunderfoot is slain, the tribe will hold a celebration feast in honor of the hunters who killed it.

The wison cattle can be found roaming in small herds mostly along the eastern side of the heaths. Their favorite food, hrugchuk grass, grows in abundance there. The herd makes frequent migrations to the along the Kharim river (do you mean "to the river"?) to drink. The wison in that area is often hunted by both the Kaaer'dar'shin and the nomadic orcs.

A favorite hunt among the half-orcs is the very rarely sighted Caracal wild cat. This magnificent animal is both revered and honored as both a capable hunter and an elusive prey by the Kaaer'dar'shin. The cat is seen a few times a year in small packs hunting the Landesh pony, the Thunderfoot or the Ulgaroth beast. When a half-orc party sights a Caracal, they immediately form up and begin stalking the beast. An honorable hunt is never postponed and a party of hunters will often go for days at a time with the sole goal of bringing back a Caracal. The animal is large, and quite dangerous, with many tales of a hunter being slain by a single cat in battle.  (What do you mean by "an honorable hunt"?)

Of the smaller animal varieties found on the heaths, the greycat and the Leveret rabbit are a common sight. Their burrows can be found all over the plains where they feed on the abundance of grasses, mosses and shrubs that grow there. These little beasts are caught and sometimes kept as pets by Kaaer'dar'shin children or their small hides provide decoration for the t'lark war bucklers, or the bromer dwellings. (You may want to add the Snow Rat to this group, and probably the Hrugchuck/Blue Mouse as well.)

The high rodent population attracts one of the rabbit's and greycat's chief predators to this region: the mighty Toran eagle. The eagles nest in the Themed'lon forests, high in the deciduous trees along the northern border. They can be seen flying high over the heaths hunting for prey along the ground. When seen, the eagle swoops down and snatches a rodent and flies away again back to their nests. When a Kaaer'dar'shin war party sights a Toran eagle overhead, they see it as a sign of good fortune that the Sky Siblings are watching and protecting them.  (This really is too far north for the Toran Eagle;  something like the Snobyrr--a type of falcon--or perhaps another [undeveloped yet] variety of eagle would be more likely.  The Toran Eagle is rarely found north of the Tandalas.)

Resources:

The heaths provide resources in the form of the beasts that dwell there. Of the natural land itself, the heaths provide little in the way of minerals and precious metals.  Neither the half-orcs, nor the orcs themselves, are miners and digging into the ground is not a typical occupation. The half-orcs believe that the Earth Brother provides their needs naturally.

Myth/Lore:

In the Kaaer tradition, the heaths of Eph'denn are home to the Earth Brother. The Durgho provides the beasts of the field for the Kaaer'dar'shin to hunt, eat and make use of. The plains are sacred and provide much in the way of resources for the tribe, which is why there is so much conflict with the orcs. To the orcs, as well, the plains' animals are a source of food and hides and while the orcs and their half-breed cousins will never truly co-exist, they both recognize that life on the  heaths are a major way of life for them both.

I didn't bother to dig through the history, as it's getting late here and I need to go to bed, but I thought I'd at least get the main entry looked at.

This entry is quite typical for you, Azhira--well written, thoroughly researched, and a pleasure to read. Just a few minor corrections and it should be ready for the next update!  :thumbup:

Alysse


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Azhira Styralias on 04 September 2008, 11:33:42
Thanks for the comments, everyone...I won't get this done for the update, unfortunately...being on vacation has me having limited internet and thus no time to devote to revisions.

Better luck next time...but I do have two entries missed last update that are going up this update, so don't worry about me not having something integrated...

*wonders if anyone really worries about that...doubt it... :buck:)


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 04 September 2008, 15:05:10
Update BTW is not this weekend, but at the next, Azhira, in case you can manage it until then.


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Tharoc Wargrider on 05 September 2008, 03:35:40
Okay, I've read this now and I must say I like what I see.

Don't worry about any Orc history etc that you need to create for your entries, as it saves me a job  ;)  and I trust you implicitly with my babies. (As yet, I'm still a little shy of creating major historical events. Perhaps when my knowledge and understanding of the history of the world progresses, I will feel more confident. Until then, I am happy to wrap my stories around whatever you or anyone else has come up with.)

I haven't added any comments to this entry as Arti and Alysse seem to have pretty much covered everything I spotted......other than you need to add the accents to the Kaaer mentions......and you've spelled Kaaer'dar'shin wrong on at least two occasions! (Don't worry, I won't tell anyone :grin:)
Oh, and I think you should add a capital to all animal/race/plant names as well.

While I've got your undivided, I notice that your northward rampage continues unabated. Any chance I can lay claim to Hell'wrung for my first place entry? Or at least give me time to set up some decent defences before you annexe the whole peninsula ;)


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 05 September 2008, 03:39:07
Don't know if Azhira has further concrete plans with Hell'wrung - but the more entries are made up there by different people who get to know the region as a cause of that, the better!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Tharoc Wargrider on 05 September 2008, 03:54:42
I agree wholeheartedly!

We did discuss Hell'wrung briefly when she was starting to write this entry, but only in regards as to whether it would make a good strategic stronghold for the Orcs.

I've set myself the task of getting at least one entry in each Forum (except Magic...*shivers*...I don't do magic) by the end of the year. I've already got my Bestiary stuff in progress, I've also got the choice of several people entries, then there's the Pyrates (which I think may count as a tribe? I'm writing it that way, anyway) etc etc. I'm missing a Place entry though, so I thought Hell'wrung would be a fairly easy starter for me. Plus I know Azhira would help me with any problems.


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 05 September 2008, 04:03:16
Pyrates would technically be a group of people, but you can definitely use the Tribes template when you describe them - Grunok did that with the Greylers (http://www.santharia.com/people/greylers.htm) and it worked pretty well there.


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Tharoc Wargrider on 05 September 2008, 04:04:07
OOhh, thanks for the tip, Arti! :grin:


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Azhira Styralias on 05 September 2008, 10:44:09
:lol:

I have indeed annexed the peninsula, haven't I? My steady progress goes well and my goal is to have the entire peninsula entried...however, I have always had in mind to leave the more orc populated areas to you, including Hell'wrung. I have no plans for that place so I think it would make a perfect first places entry for you, Tharoc!

In fact, I am stopping with the Heaths and probably moving towards the peninsula of Aden and Karma'Goor areas next. I know the Osther are north of the Heaths and I want to leave that to you.  :thumbup:

I hope Hell'wrung worked for you...if you want to change what I have, please feel free to do so before I revise the Heaths. I sort of came up with the history on a whim and it may not fit with you so please don't feel you have to use it...I'm open to change.  ;)


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Tharoc Wargrider on 06 September 2008, 00:03:05
Thanks, Az. *Gulps as he realises what he has just done*

I hope you won't be expecting me to entry that bloody great tower thing all on my own! Or that enormous chasm thingy next to it! K'han'uck alone knows whats going on there!

As I said earlier, any history you create is fine by me. I'm still a bit wary of creating major historical events (at least until my knowledge of Santh history improves). Until then, I'll weave my work around anything that's there already.


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Azhira Styralias on 06 September 2008, 09:13:05
Oh no, dear! That big, black tower of ultimate evil is all MINE!  ;) As for that big chasm...not sure yet. :lol:


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Alysse the Likely on 06 September 2008, 20:43:16

You're welcome to it as far as I'm concerned, Azhira--though I might want to develop a nasty little monster or two for that chasm, just to make things interesting...(like, maybe, vampire bunnies with explosive poops--kind of like small mines; you really don't want to step in THIS stuff!  Hey, maybe the native orcs or trolls or whatever that live up there could use this for war purposes!)

(wanders off happily brainstorming--or maybe it's just brain-drizzling right now)

Alysse


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Tharoc Wargrider on 07 September 2008, 04:04:23
 :rolling:

That reminds me of Monty Python's "Holy Grail". The killer bunny, ripping peoples throats out. They killed it with The Holy Hand-grenade, a religious orb with a cross sticking out of it. Only the cross was actually the pin.


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Alysse the Likely on 07 September 2008, 06:18:51
Yeah, that was the reference.  Gold star for you, Tharoc!  Except that THIS bunny has its own grenade.  :evil:

Alysse


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Tharoc Wargrider on 07 September 2008, 06:36:47
Or, rather, grenades!

I was thinking, just how useful would those pellets be in a catapult/sling!
Or stuck to an arrow-head!

Or placed discretly under someones seat!


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Azhira Styralias on 08 September 2008, 23:23:03
Thanks for the comments! All updated.  :thumbup:

Arti's comments are in Yellow

Alysse's comments in Orange (thanks for the input on the flora/fauna especially. I never knew of the Snobyrr until you mentioned it!)


Title: Re: Heaths of Eph'denn - Ready for Comment!
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 10 September 2008, 02:45:28
Cool... I guess we can mark this one for integration :) And now I finally need to check Nsiki's Kytta’erng!