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31  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: The Hunt of the Beastlord - Kaaer'dar'shin Beliefs on: 22 July 2008, 18:03:49
I never forget anything, that's Talia!

A last brush with the fine comp, my young apprentice ;)

Overview:

The Hunt. The stealth. The swift kill. These are the basic tenants of the half-orc half-orc, half-human? could be dwarves as well, and you a reader might not know your other entries beliefs and are practiced extraordinarily well. The oneness with nature, the zest for living and savagery of the wilds form the whole basis of the half-orc culture. The Kaaer'dar'shin have long ago cast aside the worship of distant, immoral deities. They shun philosophical ethics and arcane magics. For the half-orc tribe of the Kaaer'dar'shin, the wilds of nature form their world and all within it are revered and respected from the lowly snake to the mighty dragon, from the warm sun to the bleak, cold moon. From the wind and rain to the night's embrace. The half-orcs live for the hunt, the destruction of their enemies, and believe themselves the masters of the wild.

Prevalence:

The Beastlord faith is practiced primarily by the half-orc tribe of the Kaaer'dar'shin. This tribe dwells along the southeastern section of the peninsula of Caael'heroth in Northern Sarvonia.
Maybe say a sentence here about the origins of this tribe,orcs from here and humans from there   

Beliefs:

For the Kaaer'dar'shin, there are no deities as known in other parts of the worlds like in Santharia (these spirits are their deities)   . Instead, the Kaaer'dar'shin hold that two spirits, the Great Spirit and his mate, usually depicted as a large wolves, roamed the nothingness in the beginning of time hunting for prey. The creation myth goes as such:

The first spirit, known as the Durgho (lit: "Leader of beasts" or the Beastlord), and his mate, created the world together. The Beastlord and his mate?wife?   had been hunting in the nothingness since ages past and became lonely. The Beastlord desired children to hunt along side him and his mate. The world came about as a result of the Beastlord's desire for his creation to live and hunt under the sun and stars forevermore.

Upon this new world, the Beastlord and his mate formed for themselves first the Hunters, created from their image, and called them the First Ones. Once the Hunters were formed, the Beastlord and his mate created more children to provide a place for the First Ones to live and roam. A place of warmth and light and nourishment for the Hunters. The Hunters are the?? known as the First Ones and are above the other Children, but must pay no less respect to them.

The tribe does not think themselves as half-orcs. They have long forsaken their Kuglimz and orcen ancestry. They think themselves as the Hunters, the First Born, and the servants of the Beastlord.

The Kaaer'dar'shin know and believe many other different tribes exist in the world. The orcs, dark elves and Kuglimz humans being the ones most in contact with the half-orcs during their existence. However, the Kaaer'dar'shin believe that they alone are the children of the Beastlord and other races are simply prey or enemies to be hunted; formed from the nothingness. A typical Kaaer'dar'shin will never admit to having orcs and humans as ancestors. To even suggest such a thing invites a quick death to the one suggesting. To them, they are as they always have been: The First Ones.

Good 

Origins:

It is told among the Kaaer’dar’shin that the beginnings of their beliefs was when a single Hunter was chosen by the Great Spirit to lead them. This Chosen One was to become the first Uon'kh'al'on, or “Spirit Leader”. The myth of the shaman’s origins is known as the Beastlord Speaker's Tale:

There must be more than just the decision that a single hunter should lead. Your myth is ok and contains it already, but I think you should add this in your description as well: Proposal: The Two Spirits  were so pleased with how the Hunters had evolved, that they choose to reveal themselves to them etc (wisdom). So they choose a hunter which had great merits in their eyes (or anything else) and decided to reveal their existence to him and to make him the spiritual leader of the tribe...--> 

"The Beastlord look upon his creation and saw that it was good and he was pleased that his Hunters could roam free the land. His children worked hard and provided well. However, the Beastlord saw a need to give his Hunters special wisdom and to create a closer bond with the Hunters.

Thus, the Beastlord came to the earth and touched a wise Hunter and spoke to his thoughts. The Hunter fell to his knees and heard the Beastlord speak. His thoughts and dreams welcomed the visions and his eyes were opened. He saw great things, past and future, and knew far more than his Hunter brethren. The others saw this and asked of him the Beastlord's guidance. The Hunter spoke and led. He yielded his bow and build for himself a place to speak to the spirits in quiet.

Hunter called himself the Uon'kh'al'on, or "Spirit Leader" according to the will of the Beastlord."

The Uon'kh'al'on was henceforth given the power as an intercessor to the Spirits and the Hunters. He  was commanded to pass on his knowledge to others and to teach the lesser Hunters wisdom and to guide them on the hunt.

The Kaaer’dar’shin researcher Azhira El’rosse has pointed out that the origins of the Kaaer’dar’shin beliefs likely originated during the initial Osther-Oc occupation of the Kuglimz settlers during the Third Sarvonian War. She has surmised that the Beastlord faith is in fact a mix of the of the Kuglimz and Osther-Oc faiths. The beliefs of the All-Mother and All-Father combined with the Osther-Oc’s belief in natural spirits formed, over time, the half-orc religion.
Yes, I do like this! :)   

The Spirits:

The Great Spirit – Usually depicted as a great wolf, the Great Spirit, or Beastlord, is often referred to as the all-encompassing spirit who formed the world with his mate, a lesser spirit depicted as a female. The female spirit is depicted as a small, female wolf, yet there exist very few myths about her. The Beastlord teaches the importance of honor, loyalty, faith, courage and above all, the Hunt. Through the Hunt, a Hunter becomes as the Beastlord.

The Sun - The Beastlord named its first child the Suriot (lit: "father [of] light"). The Suriot took to the sky to make light for the world and provide warmth and sustenance for its future brothers and sisters. By the will of the Beastlord does the sun shine, but in all things, there is an opposite. The darker, silent child known as the Night Mother.

The Moon - The silent, brooding child of the Beastlord comes forth at night and is named Leirgor (lit: "mother darkness"). The sky children get equal measure in the world as decreed by the Beastlord and provides darkness for the Hunt. The Hunters took to the silent child with ease and found that the hunt posed greater challenges when the XXX denied its light. Under the cover of the moon, the Hunters could strike without being seen while the prey could also flee under the darkness.

The myth of the Sky siblings goes something like this:

"The Hunters roamed the darkness and found nothing and saw nothing. The black sky above and below caused great fear in the Hunters. Thus, the Beastlord formed the Suriot and the great bright circle in the sky made the Hunters warm and gave them light to see. But as the Suriot shined, it grew tired and wished to rest. The Beastlord gave the Suriot a time to fall behind its Earth Brother and sleep.

The Hunters were again cast into the darkness and cried out for light and warmth. The Beastlord was weary and called upon the Night Mother to watch and care for the Hunters. The Gynturg cast very little light and rejoiced in the darkness. The Hunters had some light, but missed the warmth of the Suriot. Such was the will of the Beastlord as he is good in all things."

The Earth - The Beastlord's third child was the earth itself, Gynturg (lit: "brother [of] stone"), and was the land for which the Great Spirit's hunters could roam. Gynturg became a vast expanse of wilderness under his siblings, the Suriot and Leirgor. The Beastlord then placed his Hunters upon the Stone Brother's shoulders to live, hunt and worship.

The Water - The Bynapyrl (lit: "sister [of] water") was born next to provide further nourishment to the Hunters. Flowing cold, swift and clean, the Sister Water takes no shape and knows no peace. Always moving, the Swift Sister is born from its Stone Brother and makes its paths upon the earth's shoulders. Together, the four children exist to provide for the Hunters.

The Beasts - The Beastlord was pleased with what he and his mate created and lastly bestowed upon their hunter children the prey for which they shall hunt. The Hunters were awed at the great many creeping, crawling and flying beasts that the Beastlord formed. The Hunters were given the command to take hold of the savage wilderness and tame it to their will. The Hunters were free to hunt the beasts of the air, ground and sea, but also to respect them and hold true the very nature of the beast - powerful, savage and deadly.

The Beasts:

The predator beast holds special significance for the Kaaer'dar'shin. The Hunter is the predator and the beasts that hunt hold the example of how to hunt efficiently and successfully. As such, the half-orc culture holds that the hunt of the predator beast as the highest trophy one can attain.

The Wolf - The wolf represents fierce and unbridled killing. The wolf, among other beasts, represents endurance and family bonds that cannot be broken. The wolf is a warrior and stays loyal to its pack. The wolf works in a team and shares amongst one another. To the Kaaer'dar'shin, the wolf is the Beastlord and Beastlord is the wolf. Wolf pelts are highly prized among the tribe and only the worthiest of shamans and warriors can wear a wolf pelt. Wolf hunts are rare celebrations and only after much ritual and supplication does a warrior embark on a wolf hunt.

The Tsor-Shotak lizard - This great mountain lizard is a deadly and fierce opponent. Only within the mountain ranges can this beast be found. Territorial and aggressive when provoked, the Tsor-Shotak holds special reverence for the tribe. The hide of the lizard is used in many things from body protective clothing to the Blood Defender. The lizard's venom is made into a potent poison for the warriors' arrows while the meat is favored as a warrior's food. The lizard represents toughness and aggression, two traits of a successful warrior.

The Eagle - Flying high amongst the clouds, this winged brother has a special bond to the Light Father. The Eagle is not a beast to be hunted, nor is it eaten. The eagle is respected as a wise and deadly predator. A true hunter of the skies. This winged brother flies high between the Stone Brother and the Light Father, watching and protecting the Hunters below.

The Uncil Cat - Stealth, and silent grace are represented by the "Ghost of the Mountain". This great cat is also hunted for its pelt, teeth and claws, but proves to be a very difficult hunt. The Uncil cat moves with silent deadliness and strikes from the dark shadows. The Hunter bears these traits as he must also be swift and silent to the kill. The Uncil cat moves amongst its rocky home, making little sound and watches with patient care for the moment to strike. Also, too, must the Hunter be patient and strike once and once only.

The Trees and Grasses

Not only do the beasts of the field, air and water hold a special place in the culture of the Kaaer'dar'shin, but also the children of the Earth Brother - the trees and plants.

"The Gynturg and his sister, the Bynapyrl, came together in all things and formed children of themselves. From the fertile ground sprang forth mighty trees of green and bushes and grasses. The Earth Brother's shoulders rolled and pitched to create vast mountains, hills and plains. The tree welcomed the light and warmth of the Suriot and cast its arms over the earth in loving care.

The Hunters watched as the Earth and Water gave them more to care for and spoke to the trees asking for guidance. The Gynturg gave the plants a voice and also the great power of guardians of the forests and plains. The Hunters watched as a mighty tree stepped forth before them. The Hunters called this tree the Pafalka (lit. Wood-like-man), for it appeared as a man and tree alike."

The Kaaer'dar'shin hold a special relationship with the Pafalka. It is well known that some forests guard and protect themselves from harm in the form of mighty trees that crush all those who would harm it. Stories exist in most tribes of the Pendrowe and the Drasil tree, but never has one of these creatures been studied in full. The Kaaer'dar'shin shamans claim to be the only ones who can speak to these Pafalka and incure their blessings for use of the forest's resources.

I miss the stars, though the sky might be often cloudy. You say in your initial myth "..to live and hunt under the sun and stars forevermore." But where are they now? Maybe children of sun and moon?
   


Worshipping Practices:

The Totem

The beast totem is a physical manifestation of the beast spirits and their likeness is carved or painted upon stone, wood, bone, cloth or hide. The carvings of the totems is an example of exquisite and delicate craftsmanship only undertaken by master crafters.

Sentinel Totems - These totems are carved directly from a log taken from the Themed'lon forests. A tree is cut and the bark removed to expose the inner core of the tree. A crafter, with the blessing of the shaman, takes the log and carves the likeness of an animal spirit in great detail. According to the shaman's visions, the craftsman's work shows the spirit in various stages of movement - be it stalking, hunting, striking its prey or simply watching. The totems are placed upright within any area protected and watched over by the tribe. This could include villages, outposts, hunting grounds or camps.

Amulet Totems - Smaller versions of the totem are carved in various natural materials and hung from a leather cord. Typically, these amulet totems are warn by warriors, hunters and shamans as protection and provide deeper communion with the beast spirits. Each bearer of the amulet chooses their significant beast that represents them and together with the shaman and craftsman, the amulet is carved and presented. Should an amulet ever be lost, it is a great dishonor for the warrior, unless the loss occurred in battle or on a hunt.

Picture Totems - Totems are not only carved but also painted. Most things from bromers to weapons have a picture of a beast spirit upon them. The T'lark, or Blood Defender, is probably the best example of a totem worn in battle and highly regarded by its bearer. The beast spirits are called upon before a battle and the warrior always has their guardian with them on their war buckler.

The Shaman

The role of the shaman is significant in many ways. First, the shaman is regarded as the sole link between the beast spirits and the mortal people. Only through the shaman do the spirits speak. The beast spirits method of communication with the shaman is through visions. Traditionally, shamans are only men.
I always try to weaken those strict rules with a "Only very few women are known who took this position" or similar.So you can always invent a nice dramatic story of a warrior woman who became finaly a shaman OR a very gifted child with this disease who saved the tribe at one point in history...



A shaman is typically chosen one of two ways: by achieving an honored record of battles and hunts (recorded upon the warrior's T'lark) or by being blessed with visions from the Beastlord.

Most shamans are older, retired warriors who have achieved many victories in battle. The tribe views such a blessed warrior as gifted by the Beastlord and thus worthy of becoming the Spirit's speaker. Given the tribe's culture of the hunt and their near constant skirmishes with orcs and dark elves, a warrior who can show that their victories are numerous not only in battle, but in tactics, is surely ready to lead and advise younger warriors. Once the veteran warrior retires in a ceremony called the XXX (lit. "Spirit Speaker"), he proclaims his intention to lead the tribe spiritualy. A vote among the tribe's elder men is performed with the victor becoming the next shaman.

The second, and more rare, instances of choosing a shaman is through visions from the Beastlord. Every so often, a child is born whom the tribe recognizes as having special gifts. The child (can be male or female) is usually weak in body but strong in spirit. As the child ages, the visions from the Beastlord become more clear to them as the child begins to see things and hear things within their thoughts. The child is immediately chosen as a shaman in training and given high honor in the tribe. When the child reaches adulthood, his or her visions are used to guide the current shaman until his death.

The exact nature of the visions are unclear. It is known that the disease ghun'tor, or cursed blood, affects the mind in strange ways and only affects orcs or those of orcen heritage. Are children born with ghun'tlor given special consideration as shamans? The symptoms of the disease do not allow a victim to become an especially energetic warrior as it makes the victim feel tired and undernourished. Also, the disease renders a victim incapable of eating meat hence the shaman's practice of giving up meat as a sign of sacrifice.

Or, are the visions truly signs from the Beastlord himself? The Kaaer'dar'shin have survived through numerous hardships in their violent past and continue to thrive in the harsh northern wilderness amidst orcen and dark elven tribes. In addition, they have garnered the favor of the mysterious guardians of the forest which is something rarely documented among the other tribes of Caelereth. Perhaps the tribe is blessed from a higher power after all.

I like that very much, though it might not be as neutral as Art wants to have it. But I need to discuss this out with him anyway, keep it ;)
Your spirit speaker needs a name.


Guide - The shaman is a guide and bestows wisdom upon the tribe and the chief warrior. Everyone in the tribe is allowed an audience with the shaman for guidance for everything in their lives. Probably most importantly, the shaman gives wisdom from the beast spirits concerning war and the hunt. All warriors are encouraged to seek the advice from the shaman as more often than not, the shaman's visions have led the tribe to victory.
May this cause problems with the chief warrior? 

Healer - The shaman is a knowledgable herbalist and healer. He teaches his craft to the warriors by asking for blessings from the Earth Brother for rich and plentiful plants and herbs. For it is from the Earth Brother and the Swift Sister that all plants are born. Herb lore has been passed down from generation to generation of shamans and thus thus the knowledge has become deeply ingrained within the tribe's culture.

Life - All children born within the tribe receive the shaman's blessings for a good life full of victories in whatever they do. Male children are given to the Beastlord for his will in their future roles as hunter, warrior, craftsman or even shaman. Female children are given to the Beastlord's mate to bear future children for the tribe.

Hey, there must be more to them than just have children! Azhira, you are a modern woman ;) What about caring for the family, strengthening the back of her husband, so he is able to be a strong warrior. Midwife? Herb-woman (collector?) or does this all the shaman?   

Death - Death is a part of the cycle of life, but death of a tribe member is celebrated, not grieved. The shaman has the special role of acting as a guide for the deceased to lead the spirit into the welcoming hands of the Beastlord to enjoy an eternal hunt in the Beastlord's realm. Women are celebrated for their life in maintaining the home and, if they bore children, for giving to the tribe. They, too, are given to the Beastlord's realm by serving his mate.


  As you see, I have not much to comment and the rest is done in half an hour . I still miss some more detailed worshipping practices (how do they pray,at which occasions, burn essences, do they sing, make music or anything like that), but I would say, enough for now, you can always do an extra entry about it.

That is a nicely done, rounded entry which is good to read. It will look even better if Art sets  the myth apart from the rest.

Bravo  thumbup - you can blarrow it, as soon as you have added the last things. 
32  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: The Hunt of the Beastlord - Kaaer'dar'shin Beliefs on: 18 July 2008, 00:02:08
I'll try to get to it ..soon. :)
33  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: The Viarian Clerical Magic on: 16 July 2008, 19:27:51
I don't know, if I should include any of the problems addressed in the main entry here as well. I have read it too often, can't say, what is lacking. So I give it free for comments !
34  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: Religious Magic - Introduction on: 16 July 2008, 19:22:49
I went over this topic again!

- addressed all grammar issues (did not colour them), but not the American spelling ;) (practise)
- There are very few cases where I did something else, all are coloured.

I have NOT yet addressed Trel's last issue , nor the problem with the different gods who might have different goals which contradict each other. But as Takor I can only write some evading sentences and point to extra essays, for these questions would blow up this submission too much. I will do this as soon as I have found some nice evading formulations.

So it is ready for last comments
35  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: The Hunt of the Beastlord - Kaaer'dar'shin Beliefs on: 16 July 2008, 14:35:19
Did you put up the new version after I started the revision? OH, I thought you were finished...Oh well.
36  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: The Hunt of the Beastlord - Kaaer'dar'shin Beliefs on: 16 July 2008, 06:12:21
Overview:

The Hunt. The stealth. The swift kill. These are the basic tenants of the half-orc beliefs and are practiced extraordinarily well. The oneness with nature, the zest for living and savagery of the wilds form the whole basis of the half-orc culture. The Kaaer'dar'shin have long ago cast aside the worship of distant, immoral deities. They shun philosophical ethics and arcane magics. For the half-orc tribe of the Kaaer'dar'shin, the wilds of nature form their world and all within it are revered and respected from the lowly snake to the mighty dragon, from the warm sun to the bleak, cold moon. From the wind and rain to the night's embrace. The half-orcs live for the hunt, the destruction of their enemies, and believe themselves the masters of the wild.

Ahh, that is much better now! There is one thing left to consider (I think you got carried away again from images too well known) :   "from the warm sun to the bleak, cold moon" - I think , your cold, bleak moon does not fit very well to how you describe the moon later, as the nightmother, dark, silent, but cold and bleak? Does your tribe not associate warmth with the mother as other cultures do?


Prevalence:

The Beastlord faith is practiced primarily by the half-orc tribe of the Kaaer'dar'shin. This tribe dwells along the southeastern section of the peninsula of Caael'heroth.

The Spirits:

For the Kaaer'dar'shin, there are no deities. There is no single god or goddess who determines the fate of the people. like in the religion of the ???   
No one god moves the sun across the sky and no one god dreamed  the world
 all living things like the ...do.   
. Instead, the Kaaer'dar'shin hold that two spirits, the Great Spirit and his mate, usually depicted as a large wolves, roamed the nothingness in the beginning of time hunting for prey. The first spirit, known as the Durgho (lit: "Leader of beasts") or the Beastlord, and his mate, together created the world. Grammar? created the world together?? 
The Beastlord cast about and saw that his    world was in need of others for the hunt to continue. The world came about as a result of the Beastlord's desire for its creation to hunt and live under the sun forevermore.

In which Caelerethian religion is life/fate determined by the gods?  If there is none, this example does not fit

"...in need of others for the hunt to continue"  Is continue here the right word? That sounds a bit as if he wants to stop hunting.

That last sentences does not fit well to your creation myth of the sun as first child.

 



The Great Spirit and its mate formed themselves first the Hunters. The Kaaer'dar'shin believe themselves the first of these hunters. In the beginning, the half-orcs were without form and existed within other lower, darker spirits: the orc and the human. From these two forms, the Great Spirit decreed a higher being to be made: the Kaaer'dar'shin. The tribe does not think themselves as half-orcs. They think themselves as the Hunters, the servants of the Beastlord.

Once the Hunters were formed, the Beastlord and its mate created more children to provide a place to roam, warmth and light and sources of nourishment for the Hunters.

The Sun - The Beastlord named its first child the Suriot (lit: "father [of] light"). The Suriot took to the sky to make light for the world and provide warmth and sustenance for its future brothers and sisters. By the will of the Beastlord does the sun shine, but in all things, there is an opposite. The darker, silent child known as the Night Mother.

The Moon - The silent, brooding child of the Beastlord comes forth at night and is named Leirgor (lit: "mother darkness"). The sky children get equal measure in the world as decreed by the Beastlord and provides darkness for the Hunt. The Hunters took to the silent child with ease and found that the hunt posed greater challenges when the XXX denied its light. Under the cover of the moon, the Hunters could strike without being seen while the prey could also flee under the darkness.

The myth of the Sky siblings goes something like this:

"The Hunters roamed the darkness and found nothing and saw nothing. The black sky above and below caused great fear in the Hunters. Thus, the Beastlord formed the Suriot and the great bright circle in the sky made the Hunters warm and gave them light to see. But as the Suriot shined, it grew tired and wished to rest. The Beastlord gave the Suriot a time to fall behind its Earth Brother and sleep.

The Hunters were again cast into the darkness and cried out for light and warmth. The Beastlord was weary and called upon the Night Mother to watch and care for the Hunters. The Gynturg cast very little light and rejoiced in the darkness. The Hunters had some light, but missed the warmth of the Suriot. Such was the will of the Beastlord as he is good in all things."

The Earth - The Beastlord's third child was the earth itself, Gynturg (lit: "brother [of] stone"), and was the land for which the Great Spirit's hunters could roam. Gynturg became a vast expanse of wilderness under his siblings, the Suriot and Leirgor. The Beastlord then placed his Hunters upon the Stone Brother's shoulders to live, hunt and worship.

The Water - The Bynapyrl (lit: "sister [of] water") was born next to provide further nourishment to the Hunters. Flowing cold, swift and clean, the Sister Water takes no shape and knows no peace. Always moving, the Swift Sister is born from its Stone Brother and makes its paths upon the earth's shoulders. Together, the four children exist to provide for the Hunters.

The Beasts - The Beastlord was pleased with what he and his mate created and lastly bestowed upon their hunter children the prey for which they shall hunt. The Hunters were awed at the great many creeping, crawling and flying beasts that the Beastlord formed. The Hunters were given the command to take hold of the savage wilderness and tame it to their will. The Hunters were free to hunt the beasts of the air, ground and sea, but also to respect them and hold true the very nature of the beast - powerful, savage and deadly.


Azhira, you need to organize your myth-description a bit better, the told myth as well as the about-myth part. Maybe you could tell it as told-myth alone.  What you have is nicely worded, but some interlinking words miss and the order is disturbing.

What about:
- The beastlord and his mate are hunting in the nothingness. (it is not necessary to look for a prey, though the thought could arise)
 --> Why are they creating the world?
- Both feel  lonely in the nothingness, so they create the hunters out of themselves, (as their image??) . But the hunters are not like them, they dislike the nothingness and ask for a home

(OR,  if you like to include the orc and human heritage: They feel lonely and out of the dark spirits they are hunting (see question for prey above), the orc spirit and the human-spirit, they form the hunters. )

- The beastlord and his companion mate and brother world is born and his sister, sister water.
- The hunter are happy, but it is still cold and dark - brother sun is born.. and sister nightmother

- Then the hunters ask for prey.. the beasts are created, or are they children as the sun, the moon as well? or are they nearer to the hunters??


The Beasts:

The predator beast holds special significance for the Kaaer'dar'shin. The Hunter is the predator and the beasts that hunt hold the example of how to hunt efficiently and successfully. As such, the half-orc culture holds that the hunt of the predator beast as the highest trophy one can attain.

The Wolf - The wolf represents fierce and unbridled killing. The wolf, among other beasts, represents endurance and family bonds that cannot be broken. The wolf is a warrior and stays loyal to its pack. The wolf works in a team and shares amongst one another. To the Kaaer'dar'shin, the wolf is the Beastlord and Beastlord is the wolf. Wolf pelts are highly prized among the tribe and only the worthiest of shamans and warriors can wear a wolf pelt. Wolf hunts are rare celebrations and only after much ritual and supplication does a warrior embark on a wolf hunt.

The Tsor-Shotak lizard - This great mountain lizard is a deadly and fierce opponent. Only within the mountain ranges can this beast be found. Territorial and aggressive when provoked, the Tsor-Shotak holds special reverence for the tribe. The hide of the lizard is used in many things from body protective clothing to the Blood Defender. The lizard's venom is made into a potent poison for the warriors' arrows while the meat is favored as a warrior's food. The lizard represents toughness and aggression, two traits of a successful warrior.

The Eagle - Flying high amongst the clouds, this winged brother has a special bond to the Light Father. The Eagle is not a beast to be hunted, nor is it eaten. The eagle is respected as a wise and deadly predator. A true hunter of the skies. This winged brother flies high between the Stone Brother and the Light Father, watching and protecting the Hunters below.

The Uncil Cat - Stealth, and silent grace are represented by the "Ghost of the Mountain". This great cat is also hunted for its pelt, teeth and claws, but proves to be a very difficult hunt. The Uncil cat moves with silent deadliness and strikes from the dark shadows. The Hunter bears these traits as he must also be swift and silent to the kill. The Uncil cat moves amongst its rocky home, making little sound and watches with patient care for the moment to strike. Also, too, must the Hunter be patient and strike once and once only.

The Totem

The beasts totem a physical manifestation of the beast spirits and their likeness is carved or painted upon stone, wood, bone, cloth or hide. The carvings of the totems is an example of exquisite and delicate craftsmanship only undertaken by master crafters. There are different..   

Sentinel Totems - These totems are carved directly from a log taken from the Themed'lon forests. A tree is cut and the bark removed to expose the inner core of the tree. A crafter, with the blessing of the shaman, takes the log and carves the likeness of an animal spirit in great detail. According to the shaman's visions, the craftsman's work shows the spirit in various stages of movement - be it stalking, hunting, striking its prey or simply watching. The totems are placed upright within a village to watch and protect the people.Where in a village? How different are these totems from village to village? colours?   

Amulet Totems - Smaller versions of the totem are carved in various natural materials and hung from a leather cord. Typically, these amulet totems are warn by warriors, hunters and shamans as protection and provide deeper communion with the beast spirits. Each bearer of the amulet chooses their significant beast that represents them and together with the shaman and craftsman, the amulet is carved and presented. So they are not hidden, but openly displayed? What if one gets lost, stolen, removed? 

Picture Totems - Totems are not only carved but also painted. Most things from bromers to weapons have a picture of a beast spirit upon them. The T'lark, or Blood Defender, is probably the best example of a totem worn in battle and highly regarded by its bearer. The beast spirits are called upon before a battle and the warrior always has their guardian with them on their war buckler.

The Shaman

The role of the shaman is significant in many ways. First, the shaman is regarded as the sole link between the beast spirits and the mortal people. Only through the shaman do the spirits speak. The beast spirits method of communication with the shaman is through visions.

Guide - The shaman is a guide and bestows wisdom upon the tribe and the chief warrior. Everyone in the tribe is allowed an audience with the shaman for guidance for everything in their lives. Probably most importantly, the shaman gives wisdom from the beast spirits concerning war and the hunt. All warriors are encouraged to seek the advice from the shaman as more often than not, the shaman's visions have led the tribe to victory.

Healer - The shaman is a knowledgable herbalist and healer. He teaches his craft to the warriors by asking for blessings from the Earth Brother for rich and plentiful plants and herbs. For it is from the Earth Brother and the Swift Sister that all plants are born. Herb lore has been passed down from generation to generation of shamans and thus thus the knowledge has become deeply ingrained within the tribe's culture.

Life - All children born within the tribe receive the shaman's blessings for a good life full of victories in whatever they do. Male children are given to the Beastlord for his will in their future roles as hunter, warrior, craftsman or even shaman. Female children are given to the Beastlord's mate to bear future children for the tribe.

Death - Death is a part of the cycle of life, but death of a tribe member is celebrated, not grieved. The shaman has the special role of acting as a guide for the deceased to lead the spirit into the welcoming hands of the Beastlord to enjoy an eternal hunt in the Beastlord's realm. Women are celebrated for their life in maintaining the home and, if they bore children, for giving to the tribe. They, too, are given to the Beastlord's realm by serving his mate.

Are only men shamans? 

The myth of the shaman, known as the Beastlord Speaker's Tale:

"The Beastlord looked    upon his creation and saw that it was good and he was pleased that his Hunters could roam free the land. His children worked hard and provided well. However, the Beastlord saw a need to give his Hunters special wisdom and to create a closer bond with the Hunters.

Thus, the Beastlord came to the earth and touched a wise Hunter and spoke to his thoughts. The Hunter fell to his knees and heard the Beastlord speak. His thoughts and dreams welcomed the visions and his eyes were opened. He saw great things, past and future, and knew far more than his Hunter brethren. The others saw this and asked of him the Beastlord's guidance. The Hunter spoke and led. He yielded his bow and build for himself a place to speak to the spirits in quiet.

Hunter called himself the Uon'kh'al'on, or "Spirit Leader" according to the will of the Beastlord."

The Trees and Grasses

Not only do the beasts of the field, air and water hold a special place in the culture of the Kaaer'dar'shin, but also the children of the Earth Brother - the trees and plants.

"The Gynturg and his sister, the Bynapyrl, came together in all things and formed children of themselves. From the fertile ground sprang forth mighty trees of green and bushes and grasses. The Earth Brother's shoulders rolled and pitched to create vast mountains, hills and plains. The tree welcomed the light and warmth of the Suriot and cast its arms over the earth in loving care.

The Hunters watched as the Earth and Water gave them more to care for and spoke to the trees asking for guidance. The Gynturg gave the plants a voice and also the great power of guardians of the forests and plains. The Hunters watched as a mighty tree stepped forth before them. The Hunters called this tree the Pafalka (lit. Wood-like-man), for it appeared as a man and tree alike."

The Kaaer'dar'shin hold a special relationship with the Pafalka. It is well known that some forests guard and protect themselves from harm in the form of mighty trees that crush all those who would harm it. Stories exist in most tribes of the Pendrowe and the Drasil tree, but never has one of these creatures been studied in full. The Kaaer'dar'shin shamans claim to be the only ones who can speak to these Pafalka and incure their blessings for use of the forest's resources.


Nicely done! I would connect the trees/plant myth to the main myth above, here at the end it looks a bit like a appendage.

As i said above, IMHO you need to rearrange things a bit more clearly.
There are still some points to fill in the template. What you have here, is a mixture of belief outline and gods, I would keep it this way when organized better , if Art does not insist on using the template. But origins is still missing and worship practise. But work on what you have first, worshipping  practices is a chapter for itself.

37  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: The Hunt of the Beastlord - Kaaer'dar'shin Beliefs on: 16 July 2008, 06:03:42
I was just revising it. A minute and I post it.
38  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Library / Re: The Traveller. A short story in instalments on: 16 July 2008, 05:07:36
How long do orcs eat? A whole night?  grin
39  Organization and General Discussions / Bell-Ringing - Notifications to Developers / Re: Artimidor! on: 16 July 2008, 05:06:51
Thank you. I does look now a bit lengthy though with the two lines. What about just writing

Create Gods, Myths ...

It would hint at more as well and be not as long as now. But it is up to you. I don't mind.
40  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: The Viarian Clerical Magic on: 16 July 2008, 05:03:37
Yes, the main entry should go first and then I can see, if something needs to be done here, for this one was already finished before I posted the main one. I don't know, if I get three hours straight this week though, which I need to redo the main entry. I want to look at Azhira's rel. submission first as well.
41  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Library / Re: The Traveller. A short story in instalments on: 16 July 2008, 03:14:27
Another good story started! Did I already say, that I hate this "--will be continued.." ???
42  Organization and General Discussions / Bell-Ringing - Notifications to Developers / Re: Artimidor! on: 16 July 2008, 03:08:44
Wouldn't it be helpful to link the Cosmology forum  to its templates as well as it is done for every other  board (with  templates)? There are five templates there were other boards have just one to present...

Maybe this board would be visited a bit more often and the templates noticed.

"Create Cosmol. Entries"  would do, there doesn't need to be an extra link for Religions or Myths.

The link is here : http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,11376.0.html

That would be a way to show the appreciation for the work done there as well.
43  Organization and General Discussions / The Continent of Nybelmar / Re: Glossary of Nybelmarian Words on: 15 July 2008, 23:48:20
Make one of our language-experts a mod. He can do  ONE sticky and internal links to all threads which are now sticky, would help to reduce the stickies.

May I note as former moderator here again, that on the left menue are many links which I find less important than a link to the cosmology forum, where you can find 5 templates, more than in the beasts, herbarium or tribes' forums.

"Create Cosmol. Entries" is not longer than "Create Library Entries"

And here is the link: http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,11376.0.html
44  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Re: Are you serious on: 13 July 2008, 14:22:11
Quote
Of course you can't make a fireball appear in the palm of your hand...

I can, but I'm a cleric and not a simple Ximaxian mage!
45  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: The Viarian Clerical Magic on: 10 July 2008, 01:29:17
I don't know, if this is finished. I thought it was, but questions arose in the main entry which are not yet worked on, this one might have the same. But thank you for the offer, I thought you are not interested in those things.
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