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1  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Foridus, in the Herbarium Entry List on: 28 December 2001, 22:15:00
I'll have one for the plant, and another for the blossom

Foridus

Basic Overview:
Foridus is a cash crop that is grown quite commonly in the temperate regions of the world. It's prime use is the sap, called Foridite in powdered form. Due to the beautiful blossom and relatively small amount of care needed to tend it, it is a popular plant to allot a field for.

Description:
Foridus commonly ranges at 1/2 to 1 ped at it's peak height. It has a rough, natural texture similar to bamboo or Windsong. Planted as a small round seed in the very beginning of spring, it spends three weeks germinating before it sprouts roots. First shoots appear above ground in 6-8 weeks, as a thin stalk with a grassy top. They continue growing in height, with little change in thickness until midsummer, when they will stop growing in height and start thickening. When it is ready to be harvested, a single flower blooms from the top. This flower blooms usually 5-6 weeks after reaching it's full height. After that, it will quickly die, so it is harvested, cut and then disposed of in time for winter, where the land can spend winter underneath the snow regaining nutrients to support the next season's crops.

Territory:
One of the more pleasing things that Foridus offers is that it can be grown nearly anywhere. All that is needed is some decent soil and a moderate environment. The notable exceptions include deserts, mountains, and tropical jungles.

Usages:
Foridus is grown for the sole purpose of producing Foridite, a common spice used in baking sweets and flavoring fruit dishes. When the Foridus blooms, the stalk is cut and the sap extracted. Farmers typically do this by pressing between two peeled logs. Wealthy Foridus merchants use worked stone rollers manufactured by the Dwarves, as more sap can be extracted with the heavier pressing. Whatever material is used has no impact upon the taste.

The sap is thick and sticky, with a cinnamon smell and taste. Straight from the plant, it can be used as a liquid (Foridus Juice), but it is more commonly frozen into a hard crystal, which is then ground into a powder and allowed to thaw and dry. By doing so, it becomes Foridite, ready for use.

After the plant is cut down, the dead stalks are commonly burned, having no other use.

Myth/Lore/Origins:
While the Foridus has no myth or lore related to it, it's blossom has a rather quaint moral.

Foridus Blossom{/B]

Basic Overv

When the Foridus is ready to be harvested, a flower blooms upon the top of it. The flower has a rather simplistic beauty, but it's purpose is to signal the Foridus harvest.

Description:
The Foridus blossom is about three-quarters the size of a human hand. Commonly, it will have 5-7 large petals, similar to a petunia. It is usually a pale to medium purple, but very rarely (approximately 1 in every 100,000 plants), there will be a white blossom.

Territory:
The Foridus blossom is found wherever Foridus is grown. The most common place for the flower is in small rural villages and towns.

Usages:
The blossom of the Foridus plant has no economical use other than to signal the beginning of the harvest. However, it's beauty and availability make it a favorite of village girls to braid into garlands or to wear in their hair.

Myths/Lore/Origin:
When a white blossom appears, the owner of that plant is said to have good luck until his next harvest. Also, the white plant shows that even among something as commonplace as Foridus, something rare and magical can happen, leading to the saying, "Even a Foridus blooms white...," as well as the moral implications that go alonge with it.

How's this? You guys are welcome to come up with suggestions and rewordings if you want to, as long as you just tell me what it is...

2  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / I like it on: 27 December 2001, 22:11:00
Thanks, Judith. You refined my crude entry into one worthy of the Herbarium. As for the Herbarium entry system, I thought that was only a suggestion, but if it isn't I'll rework it to fit it. Is it required, Art? Or just suggested?

3  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / First Draft for Cinnamon-Type Spice on: 25 December 2001, 22:54:00
Foridus Plant

The Foridus plant is a temperate-climate plant. It's average height is 2 feet in height, as straight stalks with a texture similar to bamboo. The Foridus is planted in the early spring, and spent about 3 weeks germinating before they sprout roots. The first shoots appear in 6-8 weeks, as small sticks with a grassy type top. The stalks continue growing until they reach their maximum height in midsummer, where they stop growing in height and start growing in width. At harvest time, the Foridus blossoms with purple flowers (described below), which designate that gathering time has come upon it. The stalk is cut and sap is extracted. The sap is very sticky and thick, with a cinnamon-type smell and taste. It can be used straight in the sap form for liquid cinnamon, but freezing takes place at 60 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes a solid crystal. It is then crushed into a powder, where it becomes the common spice known as Foridite. It is used commonly on sweets and fruits. After blossoming, the plants soon die, so they are cut down before the snows fall.

Foridus Blossoms:
The flower that sprouts from the Foridus plant is about three-quarters the size of a human hand. Typically, it is a pale-to-medium shade of purple. It's simplistic beauty and availability make it a favorite of village girls to make a garland of or to wear it in their hair. Very rarely, with approximately 1 every 100,000 sprouts, there will be a white flower. Scientifically, the chromosones for pigment of the color are all recessive, making the plant white. The rarity of the plant is accounted in a moral, which states that even among something as commonplace as Foridus plants, something rare and magical can occur. Needless to say, one who has a white blossom is said to have good luck until his plants bloom again.

Is there a country that wants this as a major import/export?

4  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: New plant needed - grain on: 11 December 2001, 22:48:00
Do you want a cinnamon or sugar-type spice? I think I could cook up something like that if you want me to. (Pun partially intended).

5  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Armor - és' nyermér' cár on: 24 March 2002, 19:58:00
*Phew* VERY intense week w/robotics (I got a picture of myself courtesy of a friend's digital camera though, all they need to do is send it to me and I can be up on the site...). Anyway, here's Dygan's armor. Two down, one in making, two to go:

BTW, check my elven

The armor, és' nyermér' cár (Styrash lit. in/battle/life), is one of the most useful and practical battle artifacts in history. While weapons of incredible power have their purpose, this armor is good for protecting a soldier from harm, which is often overlooked in lieu of combat power.

The armor appears as chain mail, a set of interlocking rings. The metal is bright, but all together uninteresting. As far as appearence goes, it is a well-polished suit of ordinary armor.

The differences between the ordinary is apparent, however, when the armor is donned. Unlike chain mail, there is little strain upon the shoulders, the weight more evenly spread throughout the body. It also does not chafe the wearer, but a padded shirt under it is desirable.

When this armor is united with it's brethern, the weight becomes little more than a shirt, and it does not constrain a person as normal armor. Truly made for a light, quick fighter in mind, it takes away the disadvantages of armor (restricted movement, weight, etc.) while keeping the most notable advantage, protection. The armor protects itself extraordinarily well, but it does not offer any other protection until united.

Like the rest of the set, és' nyermér' cár defies magical divination. Rumored to have been forged during the Age of the Anvil, the history was remarkably quiet for the majority of it's existence. What is known is that it was one time found by Ledom Heartswind, a wealthy spice merchant of Voldar, before the Age of Awakening. How Ledom came by this armor is unknown, but it was introduced into the Heartswind lineage at about 1750 b.S. One hundred years later, it would be used by his great-grandson Nelderk Heartswind, a soldier defending Voldar. Unfourtantely, while the armor was able to withstand the heat of dragon-fire, Nelderk was not. The armor remained in the Heartswind line, exceptions being in 501 where a cowardly human stole the armor to protect himself during the siege of Milkengrad. He died when an arrow, not being able to penetrate the armor, sailed over it, catching him in the neck. It was found and later returned. In 315 b.S., Meleri Heartswind lost the armor to a band of sewer thieves. It was returned by Dygan Heartswind in 304 b.S., who used it for 14 years until his disappearence.

This armor was meant to function as a set, as it's history of costing the carrier his or her life when it was not dictates. Along with Dygan, the armor's location for the past two millenia are unknown.

“For a man to be a leader, his people must have faith in him. For people to have faith in a leader, he must prove he is worthy of it. To prove that he is worthy, he must have faith in himself to do so.”-Dygan Heartswind

"Quis desirdat pacem parat pro bello (He who desires peace must prepare for war." -No idea

6  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Orcish warbow on: 12 March 2002, 23:06:00
Ouch, I can feel the serrated tip. I hope I don't run into the wrong end of one of those.

I can see how the destructive and muscular orc race would be using a weapon like that. I'm guessing they're strung to be pulled quite far because the orcs can really yank on those bows.

With the runes, would they decorate things like number of kills or certain accomplishments. So, if I were to pick up an orcish warbow, would the runes say, "Killed: 100 elves" or "Killed two elves with the same arrow'? I'm just curious.  

7  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Aél'vól on: 03 March 2002, 09:20:00
History is most graciously provided by Drogo. What year was the uniting of the Kuglimz?

Aél'vól (styra. eye / eagle) is a powerful enchanted sword with deep roots in Northern Sarvonia. It is "The Sword of the Kings" in the Mynian kingdom, used by every crown member of the Royal Family from Minar II to Surian. However, it is more commonly known among Santharians as the compatriot of Or'injèrá, and the second sword of Dygan Heartswind.

Appearence: Aél'vól is long, thin, and slightly curved. Despite it's light weight, any smith can see the metal is incredibly strong and tolerant. Unlike Or'injèrá, this sword is decorated with an eagle, wings spread, on either side of the crosspiece.

Usage: This sword has two states of activity, passive and active. In it's passive state, it is an incredible sword of combat, useful in the Mynian kingdom because of the hostile environment the kingdom was in. The sword can cut through solid marble without a nick on the blade, and despite that being it's singular power, it is an incredible one indeed.

However, when used with Or'injèrá, it's name comes to light. As if the eyes of an eagle observed it's prey, the blade almost actively seeks out vulnerable points on a target, as well as activiating Or'injèrá, which would grant the knowledge to be able to use this.

History: The martial enchantments on this weapon are without a doubt the counterpart to the cooperation-type enchantments on Or'injèrá, keeping in line with the Xeuá nature of the artifact set, which keep in line with the theory of elven forging.

The rumors among Mynian history was that the blade was first used by Minar during the Great Sundering, particularly at the battle of Fá'áv'cál'âr. It was passed along tribal leaders, who used the blade to fend off the orcs that would repeatedly attack the humans.

in 2040 b.S., with the rise of the Mynian kingdom and Minar II, Minar's sword was named as the Sword of Kings. Minar II was a noteworthy spectacle in combat, as well as the following kings if they were ever upon the battlefield. He would sever armor and orcflesh in a single stroke, gaining the respect of his people. For the 400 years of the kingdom's existence, the Blade of Minar was always in the hand of his blood descendants.

In 1649 b.S., the Year of Darkness or known to the Mynians as the Burning Night, when the kingdom finally fell, the blade was taken by the Losh-Oc orcs. There it remained in the hands of the destructive race until it was taken in 302 b.S. by Dygan Heartswind, unknowing carrier of Or'injèrá. As the most well-known wielder of the Blade of Minar, it was a little ironic that he was not a blood descendant of Minar.

“For a man to be a leader, his people must have faith in him. For people to have faith in a leader, he must prove he is worthy of it. To prove that he is worthy, he must have faith in himself to do so.”-Dygan Heartswind

"Quis desirdat pacem parat pro bello (He who desires peace must prepare for war." -No idea

8  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: To the Lord of the Northlands on: 28 February 2002, 22:21:00
That's great. Thanks Drogo. I'll get to work on it right away.  

“For a man to be a leader, his people must have faith in him. For people to have faith in a leader, he must prove he is worthy of it. To prove that he is worthy, he must have faith in himself to do so.”-Dygan Heartswind

"Quis desirdat pacem parat pro bello (He who desires peace must prepare for war." -No idea

9  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: To the Lord of the Northlands on: 27 February 2002, 11:01:00
Never heard of Vegetius...

“For a man to be a leader, his people must have faith in him. For people to have faith in a leader, he must prove he is worthy of it. To prove that he is worthy, he must have faith in himself to do so.” -Dygan Heartswind

"Quis desirdat pacem parat pro bello (He who desires peace must prepare for war." -No idea

10  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: To the Lord of the Northlands on: 27 February 2002, 06:16:00
Well, it's 12000 b.S. - 10000 b.S.

“For a man to be a leader, his people must have faith in him. For people to have faith in a leader, he must prove he is worthy of it. To prove that he is worthy, he must have faith in himself to do so.”-Dygan Heartswind

"Quis desirdat pacem parat pro bello (He who desires peace must prepare for war." -No idea

11  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: To the Lord of the Northlands on: 25 February 2002, 22:08:00
Ael'vol's time of forging is unknown, guessed to be sometime in the Age of the Anvil. As to uniting the pieces, Or'injera was buried under Eight Winds Bay in 9023 b.S., so the chances of them uniting are very slim. Not to mention the gauntlets were sealed away until Dygan breaks it in a rather intense chapter (I hope).

“For a man to be a leader, his people must have faith in him. For people to have faith in a leader, he must prove he is worthy of it. To prove that he is worthy, he must have faith in himself to do so.”-Dygan Heartswind

"Quis desirdat pacem parat pro bello (He who desires peace must prepare for war." -No idea

12  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: To the Lord of the Northlands on: 25 February 2002, 15:00:00
His adventures don't take place until 304 b.S. Mynia will long gone when he's around. Lifespan is 319 - 290  

13  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: To the Lord of the Northlands on: 20 February 2002, 22:37:00
Well, Ael'vol is a martial weapon, to keep in line of the Xeua nature of the artifact set between Or'injera (cooperation) and Ael'vol (strife). The blade can cut through solid marble, and it is very tolerant and sturdy. It is very light and mobile, not just a really fine blade. But it's your basic 'combat' sword as far as for Mynian history goes, just a nice one. Typically, it was meant for the 'graduates' of Or'injera since it is identical, but more combat-worthy. Of course, Mynia does not have Or'injera, which is buried so conveinently in Eight Winds Bay, so I'm rambling. I think it'd be good for the Mynians because of their constant state of warfare they have due to their locale. After Mynia falls, it'll be in the hands of orcs for 1300 years.

As for a side-note, there is an eagle (vol) with spread wings carved into both sides of the crosspiece. Just in case you had anybody that had anything to do with eagles.  

14  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / To the Lord of the Northlands on: 20 February 2002, 06:51:00
Is it alright if I integrate Aél'vól (the other sword for my adventure) into some Mynian history? I've got to keep it up there in those wherabouts because Dygan has to take it from an orc shaman who's not to willing to give it up in Tandala, and there's a couple of gaps I need to fill up. Again, just wanted to ask 'cause the Mynians are still so very young.

15  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Re: VALUES of money on: 20 February 2002, 15:01:00
I was exaggerating.

Well, I'm not like Mr. Bush as in I have a clue at what's going on with the economy. I can spout terms like him, but I actually have knowledge to back it up.

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