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31  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Re: Thaelrin the Relentless on: 06 October 2007, 23:55:06
Thanks Art!

Take care of RL.  The timeline stuff can wait.  There are still a few things in the timeline I'd like to amend anyways.

Cheers!

Trel.
32  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Lazardia, Corspe Plant on: 05 October 2007, 11:44:50
Happy to be of service, Anci!   :)  I accept glares  angry , rapberries  :P  and hugs  hug as you deem fit to send my way.   :D

Nice work, Anci - I love the entry.

Trel.

33  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: And then there was Tobac... on: 05 October 2007, 09:39:22
Welcome to the Dream, Tobac!

I only knew one imaginary friend and that was a loooooong time ago.   :D   I know lots of Canadians though - I'm also one of those.   :)  Hope you enjoy yourself here!

Trel.

34  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Riddles!!! on: 05 October 2007, 09:31:50
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35  Santharian World Development / History of Caelereth / Re: Erpheronian Timeline: The Age of Awakening (1655-822 b.S.) - long post on: 03 October 2007, 09:22:30
Hi Talia,

Thank you for your comments and questions.  I think there is definitely a lot to discuss here.  :)

To answer your first question:

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I'm not much in the history of that time, so I have a question - who elects the king, when he dies without heir - the council of Voldar along with the nobility?

When I read through the entry on the Voldarian Ruling Council and the Erpheronian entry, it looks like this ruling council would have the majority of influence on who is elected king.  I did some thinking though, and when I considered how physically big and diverse Erpheronia is, and the amount of influence that other major centres would have (like Nyermersys, Accam, Astran, Jernais, etc.) it makes more sense that the Ruling Council would need to have some representation from all these other areas.  So I proposed the council and representatives from each area of Erpheronia (I just lumped them into duchies) would make decisions like this.

To respond to your second point:

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You name always sons first, then daughters - is this meant as the order they were born? Or does always the first son inherit the throne? After those two great Queens (Jenefra and Katya)?. All following rulers are kings, no Queen (and if it would only be a widow following her husband) in between.

I think you're right.  When I read the Erpheronian entry, it says that males took leadership roles for the most part.  However, it does also say that after the time of Jenefra and Katya, that a shift in the patriarchical way of thinking occurs.  What I need to do is go back to my proposed historical timeline, and suggest some alternatives (perhaps some Queens could inherit the throne - I admit, that all the sons were named first, but it isn't realistic that every firstborn child was a male).  Also, we should definitely increase the "visibility" of the Queens during this time period.

Awesome comments Talia, and lots of food for thought!!  :D

Trel.

36  Santharian World Development / History of Caelereth / Re: Erpheronian Timeline: The Age of Awakening (1655-822 b.S.) - long post on: 02 October 2007, 11:44:57
Thanks Art!

I agree with you on the naming of the kings.  I purposely used different names for each monarch - and I think for all the siblings - since I wasn't sure if there was a tradition of using different or same names in the Erpheronian tribe.  Jaeoyr and Ephonovor are two names that I personally like alot, but I think we need Judy's input here on the meaning behind these names.  My guess is that those names that describe 'kingly' attributes would be most likely to be reused.

I do have a question about some of this stuff - I've gone out on a limb and created some historical events that aren't written about anywhere, which is why I call this a proposal.  Do you think that in this mass of stuff is something substantial that can be written up as an individual entry? (eg. the battle in Ishmarin in 1478 b.S. or the war against the Gob-oc starting in 1175 b.S.).

Trel.
37  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Evening Princess on: 02 October 2007, 11:19:14
Hi Yurie,

Very nicely written - only a few minor editorial comments in red.  I do have a couple of suggestions in yellow on Territory and dispersal of the seeds.    thumbup

Cheers!

Trel.


Description:

This small, delicate flower, only grows to be about one palmspan tall.  During the daytime it blends into the surrounding vegetation.  A knowledgeable person, however, can easily identify it by its distinctive leaves.  These are as round as a full moon and deep green like a Sognasthos jewel .  Usually, the leaves are fully opened out fully, basking in the sunshine, but if they’re touched by anything, then they quickly fold in on themselves for protection.  This reaction is initiated by a coat of sensitive hairs on the leaf's surface.  The hairs make the leaves feel soft and downy, like a baby rabbit.  This, coupled with their curious reaction to touch, has earned this flower its alternative name, "The Shy Hare".

I love this thigmotropic response!  Very cool!



It's at this time that one can truly appreciate the sheer number of Evening Princesses that grow together.  They grow in great swaths swathes, like rivers, and as their silvery petals face the moon in silent communication, it seems to an observer that the moonlight itself has somehow touched the earth and become a river of enchantment.



The truly special quality that the Evening Princess possesses is her fragrance.  Surely there can be nothing to compare to the subtle yet persuasive aroma that rises from her night time breathing.  Delicate yet forceful; an eldritch melody that warms the cool autumn nights; a last trace of the summer's heat lingers sweetly on in  her night time serenade to the moon.

Territory:

The Evening Princess likes semi-arid environments.  It is often found on grasslands, such as the Elverground.  The main thing that this plant needs is a place that has plenty of night time insects, like moths.


The territory is a little sketchy.  Is it restricted to southern Sarvonia, or will it grow in the drier parts of the more northern provinces?  I suggest indicating the range that this plant occupies.


Usages:



The second usage relates to dreams.  It has been found that the petals from the flowers of the Evening Princess can assist in giving people vivid dreams when eaten raw.  It has also been noted that the strength and nature of the dreams induced incubated in this way vary according to when the petals are picked.



Another point that needs to be mentioned is this.  If the petals are picked during the waxing period, then the dreams given will usually be pleasant pleasent and / or insightful.  However, if the petals are taken during the waning period, then the dreams will be nightmarish and unpleasant unpleasent.

Reproduction:

The Evening Princess only blooms at night.  As such, it relies on night time insects, usually moths, for pollination.  The strong scent is the main means by which the flower attracts the pollinators.  It also gives off a slight warmth which these night time insects find alluring.

That's an interesting attractant.  Typically moths are attracted by visual or scent cues.

The Evening Princess blooms from late summer to mid autumn.  After the flowers have been pollinated, the petals die and a small fruit forms.  The fruit is light green and tapered.  Inside there are lots of small seeds.  When the seeds are ready, the fruit splits open.  The small, light weight seeds are easily dispersed by the wind.

Plants that grow low to the ground require either a parachute-like structure (such as we see in dandelions) or seedheads that can be broken off and blown around by wind, otherwise even very small seeds just fall to the ground).
38  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Lazardia, Corspe Plant on: 02 October 2007, 10:57:03
Hi Anci,

Creeepy plant - hopefully it'll be just in time for Hallowe'en!  :D  I have some more grammatical/spelling changes in red and some points/questions for clarification in yellow.  Cool plant!   thumbup

Trel.



Lazardia

Categorization: Bush/Flower

The Lazardia is a flowering bush and may be considered either a bush or a flower.

Basic Overview of the Plant

The Lazardia, or the Grave Plant, as this bush is more commonly communal called is one of the rare carnivorous cavernous plants that feeds itself from flesh and blood rather from earth and sun.  Growing in the far off jungles of the Peninsula of Shar, the Lazardia is thought to be a mere legend by most, but the people of southwestern Nybelmar. The Lazardia is a large flower bush that grows over the graves of fresh killed victims left over by  preying animals.  The plants tendency to grow over graves or corpses provides it with its two more common names of the Grave Plant or Corspe Plant.  The Lazardia is also known for its highly poisonous but rare blooms and the sleeping gas the females  release just before her buds come into full bloom. It is not for nothing that there is a Krean saying that goes, He that Sleeps with the Lazardia sleeps his last sleep.

It is widely believed that the Lazardia gained its name from the name carved on a grave stone, a recently deceased female named Lazardia, above where the plant was first discovered.

Description

The Lazardia comes in two different genders, male and female. Lazardia plants are in general low but wide spread bushes.  Both male and female Lazardia possess  reproductive organs in the form of  large, tender, pink bud that grows in the center of the plant. Just around this fragile organ, Lazardia grows a tight cluster of almost net like structure and strong green branches with long curved poison coated thorns.  The thorn structure of the plant seems to form an upside down bowl around the reproductive organs of the plant.  These thorns whether by nature or instinct mechanism, will unfurl and reveal the reproductive organs during the pollinating season of the plant.  The thorn structure is generally 2 nailsbreadths thick all the way around, and is generally  5 nailsbreadths  away from the reproductive centers.  After the thorn structure, often called the ‘Thorn Ball’, the Lazardia grows sprouts forth in a cluster of oval dark sognasthee leaves on long thin herne green stems.  The leaves of the plant are in the shape of elongated ovals and are generally two fores long.  The stems upon which the leaves grow are one nailsbreadth wide and one fore long.  The leaves are tightly  stacked together so that each leaf overlaps the one next to it by one nailsbreadth. The leaves spread apart from one another in all directions, and move as in a constant breeze.  On the underside of each leaf, there are fur like hairs growing in a nailsbreadth thick layer.  If touched twice by an object, the leaf will curl up upon its self and roll into its center, alerting the plant of a potential food source.

Half of the Lazardia's roots are not secured into the ground, but grow above ground underneath the protection of the large leaves.  The other half of the root system, grow underground for protection and in some cases, such as in grave yards, feeding purposes.  The only exception to this usual case is when the plant is feeding, in which all of the roots become firmly in trenched in the ground.  Studies have of shown that Grave Yard Lazardia that grow and were sprouted exculsuively in grave yards, do not develop the above over ground root structure of some of their more wild cousins, and will feed exclusively on the flesh they find underground. The Lazardia root structure grows the along the width of the plant, and the roots are a vivid blood red color when the plant is feeding and a dark green, almost black color when the plant is not feeding.  Along the edges of the root system, tiny hollow thorns stick out a grain away from the main root.  These thorns are the means by which the plants feeds itself by attaching the roots to the corpse . The Lazardia’s general shape looks like an upside down bowl.  Size varies according to the gender of the plant, but in general Lazardia are no more then 2 fores tall and 1 ped wide.   

Although both male and female of the Lazardia plants share similar appearances, their size, and their reproductive centers differ drastically. Male Lazardia are slightly smaller then the female plants, and only grow about 1 fore tall and 2 fores wide.  Male Lazardia are marked by their dark pink reproductive organs that exist in the center of this plant.  Male reproductive organs are spear shaped,  rounded, wide at the bottom, and sharply pointed at the top.  The centers grow larger as the plant matures, but a full grown male Lazardia’s core will be one fore long, at the widest point at the bottom one palmspan, and at the narrow top one nailsbreadth wide. During pollen season, the centers are coated with dark red pollen darkening the males core.   For more information, see the Reproduction Section.  Female Lazardia are larger then the male, and will grow up to 2 fores tall and 1 ped wide, this is because the female reproductive is much larger then the males.  Female Lazardia have a ball like reproductive organ that in actuality is one large flower that blooms during pollinating season.  The reproductive organs of the female Lazardia are a light dusty pink, and when in bloom turn to a seductive lavender color with a dark colored center.  After the pollinating season is over, the female Lazardia’s center will turn to its normal color unless it was successively impregnated in which case it turns a blood red color during its gestation and will remain that color until its blooms.

You describe the reproductive structures twice in this entry.  In the paragraph just above, you do go into more detail than earlier on.  I suggest reorganising the information on the reproductive organs into a single paragraph.  Perhaps dedicate one paragraph to describing the female plant and its reproductive centre, and then the male plant and its reproductive centre.


Territory

The Lazardia grows exclusively in the jungle areas of the Peninsula of Shar.  The plant tends to grow in areas with a high concentration of predators or where the graveyard once was.  A single male and female Lazardia will exclusively dwell in a five ped wide area, due to the scarcity of corpses or leftovers from predators this area.  In cases where there once was a graveyard, however, Lazardia will grow in high concentration until their food source is gone.  A male and female Lazardia will always occupy approximately the same area.


Usages

Lazardia are a mildly poisonous plants and studies have shown that their poison is not strong enough to kill a human being.  The poison of the Lazardia plant seems mostly to be a defensive measure to protect the highly sensitive reproductive cores of the plant.  The poison of the Lazardia can be found in a wax like coating on the thorns that surround the plant’s reproductive center.  The poison whether used on animals or humans will cause the victim to feel extreme fear and to run away for no apparent reason.  The poison is not long lasting and will for the most part only last long enough for the victim to run a dash away from the plant.  The poison also seems to increase the victims heartache by an extraordinary amount.  For the most part, the poison seems to have no adverse affects but seems to simply be a warning to would be predator.

Most interesting to note is the poison the female Lazardia releases just before its fruits drop.  This poisonous gas will cause anything of a small size in the region to immediately feel an irresistible urge to fall asleep.  The poisonous gas does this by slowing the heart rate of the breather, dimming the vision, and decreasing lung function.  Eventually the heart and lungs will stop completely and the victim will die.  The poisonous gas effects anything as large as a human within 2 peds distance away from the plant.  Those who are farther away  during this time will at most feel slightly sleepy or light headed. This effect gave rise to the saying, “He who sleeps with the Lazardia sleeps his last”, and also the assassins threat of “The Lazardia fruit will fall soon, friend.”

You contradict yourself here.  Your opening sentence in the previous paragraph states that '...studies have shown that their poison is not strong enough to kill a human being.'  However, just above you say that 'Eventually the heart and lungs will stop completely and the victim will die.  The poisonous gas effects anything as large as a human within 2 peds distance away from the plant.'   You need to eliminate one of these statements.


The plant, although not poisonous itself, taste unedible uneatable and its leaves are coated in a thick layer of wax on their top layers that most herbivorous seem to dislike.  In addition, the seeds of the Lazardia are coated in the same poison that coats the thorns of the Lazardia, making them extremely poisonous.  Anybody who eats a Lazardia seed will instantly grow mad with fear.  Ironically, the fruit of the plant is extremely tasty and highly edible, its only the seeds themselves which are deadly.  Assassins in the area therefore, like to use the seeds on their victims.

Again, you contradict your earlier statement, when you say that the plant is not poisonous.  Also, its a little confusing about which part of the plant you refer to that cannot be eaten.  Are you referring to the leaves and stems tasting so bad that they deter herbivores?


Habits/Behaviors

The Lazardia is a meat eating plant the feasts on the flesh of fresh corpses or the left over of predators.

The plant is believed to feed by using its leaves to detect any potential dead food source when the leaves brush against a body when blown against it by the wind.  When food is sensed, the roots of the Lazardia will reach out and extend to the victim and tenderly stick the roots thorns into the food.  If the food makes no protest, the roots entrenches itself around the victim, moving the plant itself in an eerie fashion until the plant over twines the dead food.  Entrenching its vines into the victim, the plant will first suck the blood of the victim and then feast off the remaining flesh as the slow process of decay takes place.  While it feeds, the roots of the plant will turn a bloody red.  A large corpse will last a Lazardia plant as a food source for months.  Since it feeds on blood, the Lazardia has little need for water or sunlight and will therefore grow in places where normal plants could not.  The plant still needs some water however, and will sometimes entrench its roots in the ground for this purpose during the rainy season.

Blood has a lot of dissolved solids and salt in it.  I expect that the plant would have to have water to offset this, and also to take up other elements that might not be found in high enough quantities in blood.  Perhaps some portion of the root system is dedicated to taking up water from the soil?


Lazardia also seem to have keen instinct or mechanism that allows them to detect fresh blood or the freshly dead, and will therefore sometimes grow over newly dug graves.  Its truly a horrible sight to see a Lazardia growing over the body of a loved one.

Reproduction

During the months of Awakening Earth and Singing Bird , both the female and male defense thorn vines have spread apart so as to allow nothing but the smallest harmless flying insects access to the plant.
 In the month of Signing Bird, the male Lazardia produces two things which aid in its reproduction.  First the male Lazardia organs develops a thick coat of dark red pollen all along the length of its center organ, turning the dark pink spear shaped organ to appear even in color.  Second, along the bottom of the organ a thick syrup made of the sugarized form of the blood the plant has gathered and stored.  Both the syrup and the pollen give off a sweet scent attracting small insects instincts and sometimes birds to the plant.  During these months, both the female and male defense thorn vines have spread apart so as to allow nothing but the smallest harmless flying insects access to the plant.

What do you mean by 'harmless'?  I think you're talking about insects that won't feed on the plant, but its not completely clear.

The female Lazardia’s organ would have by this time bloomed to form a curbell shaped blossom with the outside of the bloom being purple and the inside being pink.  The female will also produce the same thick syrup as its male half, to attract insects.  Inside the flower itself tall dark pink stems proudly stand with in the bloom, numbering exactly five, these stems serve as pollen collectors.  Insects attracted by the smell of both, will eat the sticky treat of the male and the female passing the pollen from the male to the female.

In the month of Rising Sun, the thorn nets will tightly encase both male and female organs of the Lazardia, signaling the end of pollen season.  Also the blooms of the female Lazardia will close, and if it was not pollinated return to its normal color.  It is extremely rare for a pollen season to be successful, and for the most part, a female Lazardia will only bloom and bear bare fruit once or twice in its lifetime.  This is due to the variety of small non plant harming insects that are able to enter the small holes in the thorn net of the Lazardia.

If successful, the female Lazardia’s center will turn a blood red color and the plant will radiate with the foul stench of rotting corpses.  Thus giving rise to one of the Lazardia’s many names, Corpse Plant.  It takes a year for a pollinated plant to produce flowers, and then fruit, and during this time, the plants appetite doubles increases by double.

During this time, five small green buds will begin to form with the thorn net of the mother plant, the buds will continue to dark and redden in color as they mature.  A year after successful pollination, the mother plant will allow her five small buds, dark red or pink in color with a hint of green along their bottoms, to leave her net, and will grow the buds on green stems amidst her leaves.  At this time, the plant will stop radiating its corpse like stench, and return to its odorless smell less state.  The five buds will slowly begin to bloom, and will slowly bloom into star shaped blossoms in the month Rising Sun.  Blooms are generally one palmspan around and are dark red with pink balls in their centers.  In the center of each plant, a large round center will form, and as the petals to the blossom fall away form into one palmspan large round fruits.  The fruit will continue to enlarge and darken in color until the skin of the fruit is a dark red and it is 2 palmspans large by the month of Burning Heavens.  The fruit of the plant is always round in shape, and has a soft skin that seemed to be lined with miniature hairs.  If broken in half, one would discover a soft bloody pulp around a harden pink core in which is set two black seeds, one round (female) and one spear shaped (male).  Lazardia, when a successful pollinate has occurred accrued, will always bear five blooms/fruits and each fruit will always carry a male and female seed.  During the month of Burning Heavens, the seedlings inside the plant will have begun to grow, and during the mouth of Sleeping Dreameress the seeds have grown into seedlings.

In the month of Sleeping Dreameress, when the fruit is ready to drop, the mother plant will once again open upon up its reproductive center and will release a sleeping gas into the air.  Hopefully, this gas will put asleep and kill several corpses for the fruits.  By this time, the fruit is very soft and palpable, and if bumped hard enough, it will burst.  Once the gas is released, the fruit of the Lazardia plant  will fall, and due to tendency for the Lazardia to grow on small hills or mounds, roll away from the mother plant.  The fruit will land and then burst hopefully near or on one of the dead corpses its mother created.  The seeds inside having already begun their growing process and have eaten all the pulp (which is actually blood) will begin to root and greedily feed on any corpse they may land on.  Generally only two fruits out of the five a Lazardia bears will land successively on a corpse, and therefore be allowed to sprout.  Of those two fruits, only one pair a male and female will survive since it takes four months mouths for the tender seedlings to fully form their protective thorn net, during which time they can be eaten by herbivores.  Seedlings consist of the reproductive centers small leaves, roots, and a tiny not fully developed net system which is still weak in nature.

If seedlings are successful, they can pollinate and reproduce the following pollinating months, although it is rare for a Lazardia to reproduce in its first season.  A female Lazardia is usually five years old before it they will bear bare fruits, and male Lazardia depend on a large supply of flesh to produce their pollen.


Myth/Lore/Origins

Not much is known of the organ of the plant, and the locals seem unwilling to share their beliefs of how the plant may have come about.  A unknown bard however once unwilling imparted while drunk the fact that the Lazardia was created as a gruesome reminder to those who killed others by the plants growing over graves and old battle sites that death is not pretty. 
39  Santharian World Development / History of Caelereth / Erpheronian Timeline: The Age of Awakening (1655-822 b.S.) - long post on: 29 September 2007, 16:34:29
Hi everyone,

Here's the latest update to the outline the Line of Kings for Erpheronia for the years between Malakai and Thaelmar.  Look for some big changes - some repeat names AND some female monarchs.  Comments welcome here - this may generate some controversy, however since females did ascend to the Erpheronian throne (with Katya and Jenefra), the precedent has been set.

Name changes in red, and additional comments in yellow.

Here's my updated proposal for the timeline from 1655 to 822 b.S.:

Trel.





(1698 b.S.
to 1650 b.S.)  King Maengolth “the Villainous”, Queen ????.
(Son: Caein, Daughter: Jenefra)

Maengolth faces an attempted coup, during the rebellion of b.S 1653, where several noble familes of Voldar at the instigation of Lord Kastigher of House Cloriae, seek to overthrow what they see as Maengolth's oppressive reign. During the 37th year of his reign, the Dragonstorm occurs, after Maengolth demands that the hero Wengerim slay the adamant-dragon, Seargon, to gain his daughter’s hand in marriage. In 1650 b.S., Maengolth is murdered at the hands of his own son, Caein, in collusion with the dragon Ol'dém'bréy.


(1670 b.S.
to 1626 b.S.) Queen Jenefra “the Beautiful”, King Wengerim.
(No known children)

Short time Queen of Erpheronia (from 1650 to 1646 b.S.) and daughter of the notorious Maengolth, one of the most important Erpheronian monarchs during the beginning of the Age of Awakening.

Jenefra is reputed to be the most beautiful human woman ever born since the creation of the world. In several poems written during this time she was named the "most beautiful of the beautiful" or the "rising of the shining sun". In 1655 b.S Jenefra was wedded to the knave Wengerim as a reward for his slaying of the adamant-dragon Seargon, which he was forced to do by her father to prove his love.  In 1650 b.S., Maengolth was murdered at the hands of his own son, Caein, who was acting under a pact with the dragon Ol'dém'bréy.  Caein was later himself betrayed and killed by the dragon, and Wengerim was killed during the Dragonstorm, leaving Jenefra a young widow at the age of 20. The Council of the Ten Ruling Houses of Voldar voted her de-facto sovereign of the Erpheronian Kingdom.

The last surviving member of her family, Jenefra was not well accepted among the people due to Caein's heinous actions.  However, her immense courage and determination helped mobilise the people of Voldar, who withstand the incessant onslaught of the dragons until the arrival of Katya Ileri Dain. The common girl Katya later became Queen of the Erpheronians when Jenefra abdicated in her favour and was known among her subjects and in the history books as Katya the Just.


1664 b.S.
to 1593 b.S. Queen Katya “the Just”, Prince Consort Lysander Dain.
(Son: Malakai)

Queen of Voldar and the Erpheronian tribe during the Age of Awakening (from 1646 to 1593 b.S.). Her common name was Katya Ileri Dain. Also known sometimes as Katya Dragonseeker or among her enemies as the Beggar Queen due to the fact that she was not born of noble stock but was a village girl in her youth. Daughter of Medoc and Ertai Ileri of Yarrow. 

During the cataclysmic Dragonstorm, the Adamant Dragon Ol'dém'bréy rained fire down upon her village, causing her father and everyone she knew to perish in the destruction. The only survivor and half-mad from pain, grief and rage, she stumbled onto the Thaelon Forest and was healed by the legendary elven kind who dwelled within. After a fateful meeting with the High Avá'ránn, her hair turned the color of pale moonlight, marking her forever as elven-touched (hárf'á'chón).  The years before her succession onto the throne are unclear and rife with many stories and myths. However, what is known was that, feared for her rumoured reputation as the only other human to have slain a dragon other than Wengerim, Katya ruled over the Erpheronian tribe with an iron hand. Though she may not have ruled wisely at times, these mistakes were far and few in between and she was a fair and impartial Queen and in her later years, gained the title of 'Katya the Just' among her people. Without her, the years succeeding the Vardýnnian Atonement would have been indeed harsher than expected.

Married to Lysander Dain, Captain of the Guards. After the Prince Consort's death at the age of 81, it was said that after Katya Ileri Dain passed the reins of leadership to her only son, Malakai, she walked alone out of the gates of Voldar, towards the direction of the Thaelon and was never seen again.

1615 b.S.
to 1582 b.S.  King Malakai, unmarried.
(No known children)

Malakai holds the throne from 1593 to 1582 b.S.  His mother, Katya, gives up the throne upon her husband’s death and is never seen from again.  Malakai dies unwedded and without children in an unfortunate riding accident at the age of 33, resulting in several hotly contested discussions within the Voldarian Ruling Council.  Furthermore, the Duke of Narvoss attempts to gain some autonomy for his duchy by declaring Narvoss a sovereign state.  He attempts to gain favour from Houses Lothari, Hruth, and Sigil, who all had been opposed to Queen Jenefra taking the throne in 1646 b.S..  He stirs up the old rivalry between these and the Houses of Eithar, Branoc, Sellus, and Machlar, who form a partnership. Once again, the leaders of Eithar, Branoc, Sellus, and Machlar manage to convince the remaining council members to vote for a common representative to temporarily head the efforts against the Narvoss alliance – he is Duke Jaeoyr of Cemphiria. After a few bloody skirmishes north of Voldar, Jaeoyr and his army, which also includes solders from Jernais, quell the uprising out of Narvoss. Jaeoyr, with the support of the Voldarian Ruling Council, ascends to the throne in 1581 b.S.

1601
to 1530 b.S. Jaeoyr “the Chosen”, Queen Bregar
(Sons: Thoan, and Daughter: Jenefra)

Jaeoyr’s reign (1581 to 1530 b.S.) is a relatively quiet, peace-filled time for Erpheronia.  The Voldarian Ruling Council works closely with Jaeoyr to empower a new law-making committee.  This committee has five representatives of the ruling houses, which rotates among the houses every four years, and a representative selected by the Dukes of Narvoss, Jernais, Astran, Cemphiria, and Accarn (this representative cannot be the duke himself).  This committee is charged with reviewing the laws of the country, recommending changes, omissions and recommending new laws for the King of Erpheronia to ratify.  Jenefra, eldest child of Jaeoyr ascends to the throne in 1530 b.S.

1560
to 1481 b.S. Queen Jenefra II “the Aged”, Prince Consort Caeron
(Sons: Eroyr, Raeis, Myrash, Raeolth)

Queen Jenefra the Second's reign (1530 to 1481 b.S.) is marked by several fierce battles with the Centoraurians, in a series of attempts to increase Erpheronian territory.  Some among the Voldarian Ruling Council suggest that Jenefra II’s long-time emnity with the northern holdings of Centorauria, brought about by land disputes between her own lands, which border the Aurora Fields, are the true reason for the wars.  Some confidence in the Cemphirian line of monarchs is eroded away, as the Voldarians are called on to fund much of the war efforts.  Though Jenefra II is able to make some inroads, and brings down the Thyslanite Dynasty, the army led by Centoreus successfully fends off and crushes Jenefra II's army at a massive battle on the Aurora Plains.  The successful defeat of the Erphernian army occurs just months prior to the inauguration of the Centaurian Kings, which begins with Centoreus in 1481 b.S.  Jenefra II passes away later that year, having lost much of her zeal for life after the defeat at Aurora.

1499
to 1478 b.S. Eroyr “the Foolish”, unmarried.
(No ‘legitimate’ children)

Eroyr’s reign was short (1481 to 1478 b.S.) and marred by rumours that he was a complete fool, devoid of the ability to think independently.  He spends much of his life inebriated, and treats life as if it were one long celebration.  His attempts to woo a number of young women of the court fail, largely due to the fact that his promiscuity was known to cause him – and his paid “consorts” – serious health problems, which none of the ladies of marriageable age within the nobility would dare consider marrying him.  Eroyr died, bedridden and diseased, when he was 21, only three years after taking the throne, but with enough time to spend a significant portion of the Erpheronian coffers on his excesses.

1497 
to 1436 b.S.  King Raeis “the Bull”, Queen Corena.
(Sons: Carrin, Daughters: Saenra, Wanrena)

Raeis is known as “the Bull” for his viciousness in warfare and politics.  Both intelligent and cunning, Raeis becomes as proficient at sword fighting and combat strategy, as he does as negotiation and intimidation.  His ability to earn money on trade agreements with neighbouring countries sees Erpheronia make some financial recovery after nearly two centuries of fiscal irresponsibility.  Despite his successes, Raeis makes some political enemies within Erpheronia itself, and once again the rivalry between the Duke of Narvoss and the Erpheronian King sparks off some fighting in the countryside east of the Warnaka Mountains near the town of Ishmarin.  During the fight, Raeis’ questionably vicious tactics result in some civilian casualties as one particularly brutal battle actually takes place inside Ishmarin’s walls.  Raeis wins the battle but loses the confidence of one of the nobles of Nyermersys, who has holdings around Ishmarin.  He reigns from 1478 to 1436 b.S.

1457
to 1379 b.S. Carrin “the Meek”, Queen Valthea
(Son: Morach, Daughter: Kaeýsa)

Carrin is the last king of the Erpheronian kings from the Duchy of Cemphiria – after nearly 200 years since the reign of King Jaeoyr “the Chosen”.  Erpheronia comes to the point where its nobility questions the direction the kingdom is going.  With mixed successes in recent efforts and severe financial strain, the nobility decides it is time for radical change.  Narvoss, which has always shown antipathy toward the Erpheronian throne, and even Jernais and Astran, which had supported the ascension of King Jaeoyr together with the Voldarian Ruling Council ousts Carrin from the throne.  A two-year period of instability follows in which the Erpheronian throne is vacant, until 1377, when the stalwart leader of House Eithar, Ephonovor, steps forward and takes the throne.

1352
to 1294 b.S.  King Ephonovor “the Resolute”, Queen Aesella
(Sons: Ephonovor, Sývrin and Calodin).

During the reign of Carrin “the Meek”, several of the Erpheronian duchies (excluding Cemphiria), as well as the Voldarian Ruling Council, meet in the City of Nyermersys to discuss the state of the country, without the knowledge of their king.  Carrin has been unable to re-negotiate existing trade agreements with the Centoraurians or the Kyranians, and the Caltharians benefit from trade of raw materials (eg. wood the Thaelon Forest), which come at a much lower price than Caltharian metal goods and clothing.  The head of House Eithar, Ephonovar steps forward to lead the discussions, and gains the backing of the Dukes of Jernais, Astran and Accarn.  Though his bid to head the effort is opposed by both duke of Narvoss, Ephonvor’s pull among the ten ruling houses gives him enough support to ascend to the Erpheronian throne in 1377.  From this point forward for many generations, the King of Erpheronia is a Voldarian descended of the House of Eithar.

1322
to 1256 b.S. Ephonovor II “the Merciless”, Queen Býringar
(Sons: Syvar, Myrkorel, Thaeloan, Erthis, Daughter: Jenala)

During Ephonovor the Second’s reign, from 1294 b.S. to 1256 b.S., the Erpheronian King is involved in a drawn-out struggle with the Duchy of Narvoss, primarily over disputes of land ownership.  The Duke of Narvoss attempts to lay claim to the Warnaka Mountains, a known source of uruyant.  Though the mountains have always been a rich source of the mineral, recent demands for jewelry in the south dramatically increase – particularly in Varcopas and Strata after Miyal IV takes rulership and Stratanian influence grows around the continent, following the chaos of 1287 b.S.  Ephonovor II deals a crushing blow to the Duchy of Narvos in a massive battle on the slopes of the Warnaka Mountains in1284 b.S.  The duchy loses more than half of its military capacity.  King Ephonovor II has the Duke of Narvoss executed for treason, leaving rulership of the duchy in a shambles.

1294
to 1233 b.S. King Syvar “the Peaceful”, Queen Carissa.
(Sons: Eyron, Aerael and Caemaros)

Syvar is crowned King of Erpheronia in 1256 b.S.  His reign lasts 23 years and is marked by only a few minor battles with neighbouring Kyrania and many years of peace brought to an end by the murders of his two eldest sons - Eyron and Aerael - in 1234 b.S.  He passes away in his sleep a year later.  Upon his death in 1233 b.S., his Queen, Carissa, leaves Voldar and returns to her home city of Accam, where she and her family raise her grandson, Aelvor, Eyron’s only child.

1254
to 1179 b.S. King Caemaros “the Accused”, Queen Dalcar
(Son: Thaelcar, Daughters: Sorossa and Saenrena)

King Caemaros assumes the Erpheronian throne in 1233 b.S.  Though he was third in line to the throne, both of his older brothers - Eyron and Aerael - were brutally murdered outside the walls of Voldar Keep in 1234 b.S. by a group of thieves who they encounter during the night.  The killings spark an investigation once it is learned that the thieves were in the employ of the Duke of Narvoss, but the courts are unable to prove that the duke has ordered the murders, as the thieves testify that they were acting on their own accord.  Then a series of letters from Caemaros to Narvoss surface asking for help in removing his obstacles to the throne – the two older princes.  The letters possess the royal seal, and court mages are able to determine Caemaros wrote them.  He is accused of treason, tried and beheaded in 1179 b.S.  His eldest son does not ascend to the throne, rather Eyron’s only son, Aelvor, becomes the new Erpheronian King.

1231
to 1157 b.S. King Aelvor “the Orc-Slayer”, Queen Merrena.
(Sons: Myrkorel and Thacor, Daughters: Kaeradda and Canissa)

Aelvor’s reign begins in 1179 b.S., after his uncle, King Caemaros is found guilty of murdering the prince’s father, Eyron and executed.  Aelvor spends much of the early portion of his reign soothing relations among the nobility, as Caemaros’ relationship with the Duke of Narvoss causes much discord among the ruling caste.  The duchy of Narvoss has long been a political obstacle for the Erpheronian king, and with the exception of Houses Lothari, Hruth and Sigil, has few formalized trade agreements or alignments.  Following the settling of Carmalad in 1200 b.S., a massive expansion in trade between Erpheronia and Caltharia begins around 1175 b.S..  Much of what is traded to Caltharia are raw materials used for building new structures – wood and iron.  In particular, wood from the Sahnrix tree, which is known to resist fire and last long, is imported by some of the wealthier families moving to Carmalad.  The increase in Sahnrix harvest north and east of Astran begins to cause disturbances between the humans in the area and the Gob-Oc Orcs, who make their homes in the Tandala Highlands.  This sets off a war that lasts for nearly 12 years until the expansion in Carmalad slows down.  Aelvor, a man of great strength and skill with sword and shield slays the orcs’ leader in 1163 b.S.  The Gob-Oc orcs suffer serious losses in this battle and return to their homes.  Aelvor dies in 1157 b.S.  Upon his death, his eldest child, Kaeradda, ascends to the throne - the first female to do so since Queen Jenefra II.

1176
to 1137 Kaeradda "the Trader", Prince Consort Thacor
(Son: Ephonovor, Daughters: Essara and Vanona)

When Kaeradda assumes the Erpheronian throne in 1157 b.S., she continues with Aelvor’s direction of increasing international trade by seeking a trade relationship with the Stratanians.  She takes a trade mission to Varcopas to begin discussions on trade in 1150 b.S., and is able to secure a small agreement.  Queen Kaeradda’s mission is cut short when she receives word that the Duke of Narvoss has quietly rebuilt its forces.  Though a battle is never fought, tensions increase among the nobility, which causes a fracture between Narvoss, Nyermersys and Accarn.  Trade among the three areas is not strong to begin with, and this tension stops trade.  Furthermore, when Queen Kaeradda returns to Stratania, she finds she is unable to develop the Erpheronia-Stratania trade agreement any further.  Kaeradda passes away in 1137 b.S.

1159
to 1085 Ephonovor III "the Cautious", Queen Amarena
(Sons: Triodin, Myrkorel, Daughter: Shaedda)

King Ephonovor the Third’s reign starts in 1137 b.S.  Thinking forward in the development of Erpheronia, Ephonovor III begins to build a navy beyond the few merchant ships that trade with countries to the south.  His plan is to use the ships to patrol the waters along either cost of Erpheronia, and provide safe passage for trading vessels to the south.  By 1126 b.S., there is one support ship to accompany each merchant ship.  In addition to ships, Ephonovor III begins to increase the size of his standing army and institutes formal weapons and survival training for every Erpheronian over the age of 8.  Ephonovor III dies in 1085 b.S., and the throne passes to Shaedda, his eldest child.

1136
to 1077 Queen Shaedda “the Unlucky”, Prince Consort Eyimon
(Son: Caeth, Daughter: Brealla)

When Shaedda is crowned Queen of Erpheronia in 1085 b.S., she recognises the serious impact that internal relations have on the morale of her country, in addition to political and financial instability.  Shaedda spends most of her reign trying to build alliances within Erpheronia, and particularly between the Duchy of Narvoss and Nyermersys and the Duchy of Astran.  Initially, Shaedda meets with resistance from both sides, but perseveres and manages to formalise an agreement between Narvoss, Astran and Nyermersys that benefits all three by making their primary resources more readily available to one another by widening and levelling the roads between them.  Shaedda is killed in a hunting accident in 1077 b.S. 

1081
to 1035 b.S. Caeth “the Child-King”, Queen Wanýa
(Sons: Aeric, Daughters: Caralla, Jenala, Breýssa).

Caeth ascends to the throne in 1077 b.S. at the young age of 4, after the unexpected death of his father, Triodin, who is killed while hunting wild boar in the Forest of Bolder.  Many try to blame Triodin’s death on the Duke of Narvoss, who is one of many of the nobility invited to the hunting expedition.   However, Triodin’s personal counsel represents the duke, who is a surprisingly good friend of the king.  The head of House Eithar acts as Steward of Erpheronia and fosters the boy until his eighteenth birthday, when he is crowned king.  Caeth becomes very knowledgeable in lore and myth, as well as magic and artifacts, and becomes an accomplished mage in the area of Earth Magic, able to cast spells of Level V.  Though studious, Caeth does not have foresight to balance his magical interests with his obligation to his kingship.  Toward the end of his reign, Caeth becomes sickly and sequesters himself in his study, ignoring the affairs of his kingdom so that many decisions are made by the Voldarian Ruling Council and the long-standing law-making committee established by Jaeoyr in 1579 b.S.  Caeth dies after catching a wasting sickness and a disease that destroys his lungs and ability to breath in 1035 b.S.  His eldest child, Caralla, becomes Queen.


1050
To 1000 b.S. Queen Caralla  “the xxx”, Prince Consort Erthis
(Sons: Thaelmar, Calmar, Kormar)

Reign starts in 1035 and ends in 980 b.S.  Still being researched.

1000 b.S.
to 955 b.S.  King Thaelmar “the Young”, Queen Cathya
(Sons: ??? and Thaelrin)

currently being written.



976 b.S.
to 931 b.S. King Thaelrin “the Relentless”, Queen Saenessa
(Son: Myracor)
Thaelrin – Thaelrin, son of Thaelmar and Cathya, is born in 976 b.S. and dies in 900 b.S. He ascends to throne in 955 b.S., when he is 21 years old. The king was always jealous of the Stratanian’s fortune in establishing trade relations with Nybelmar, and though he attempts to find a way to establish an international trade partnership with the Akdorians, he fails. Thaelrin’s stubborn behaviour and competitiveness pushed him to win without regard for what cost it might take to complete the particularly dangerous task of finding Akdor. His relentless pursuit ends in failure, as Erpheronia still did not have a relationship with the Akdorians prior to his death. However, in his "quest" to find a way to Akdor, he is able to establish the colony of Raevalem on the Peninsula of Aden.


931 b.S.
to 867 b.S. King Myracor "the Mighty", Queen Brythea
(Son: Myrwodin; Daughters: Myressa and Myrach)
Myracor is the only son of Thaelrin and Saenessa, and ascends to the Erpheronian throne in 900 b.S. after his father's death. Myracor and his wife, Brythea have three children - Myrwodin, Myressa and Myrach. Though Myracor is powerfully built - he stands over two peds in height - and is depicted in paintings as a vicious-looking warrior wielding a massive two-headed axe, he uses war only as a last resort.

Myracor spends much of his reign negotiating trade agreements with many kingdoms. He also discovers a route to support small-scale trade with merchants in Akdor. It is not until Viocarvio, King of Caltharia (and father of Artero the Weak) comes into power, that trade relations between Erpheronia and Caltharia begin to sour. Erpheronian-Caltharian trade eventually slows to the point where Myracor closes negotiations with Viocarvio (who is more interested in developing his kingdom's culture rather than its economy) and applies heavy trade tariffs on all non-essentials.

867 b.S.
to 827 b.S. King Myrwodin "the Cruel", Queen Výsanýa
(Sons: Erdolomin, Calodin and Thaeloan)
Son of Myracor, Myrwodin (887 b.S.-827 b.S.) is the cruel and devious king of Erpheronia who invades the kingdom of Caltharia, and forces its ruler, King Artero, to sign the devastating Treaty of Alvang. Myrwodin rules Erpheronia with a toughness that typifies Erpheronian sensibility, and does so with an efficiency that brings certain reforms that improve his kingdom's military.

For many years during the outset of his reign as king, he is ambitious to gain the rich mineral resources in the northern area of Caltharia. However, Myrwodin is tactful enough to wait for an opportunity that will allow him to invade Caltharia without drawing unwanted backlash from the other neighbouring kingdoms of Kyrania and Centorauria. He does not declare war on Caltharia until one of his cousins who serves as an Erpheronian herald in Caltharia is killed there by thieves. Myrwodin dies after many years of suffering from dementia and severe stomach pain.

827 b.S.
to 800 b.S. King Erdolomin "the Righteous", Queen Erýsa
(Son: Aergarim; Daughters: Cathrena, Shaeossa, Essara, Weyalla and Triýsa)
Erdolomin (852 b.S.-800 b.S.) is the eldest son of Myrwodin and Queen Výsanýa, and eventual heir to the Erpheronian throne in 827 b.S. Though predisposed to show compassion, even to enemies, Erdolomin is responsible for finishing the War for Ancyros and renewing the Treaty of Veltin, which effectively eliminates much of Caltharia’s ability to maintain a military.

After the War for Ancyros, Erdolomin works to strengthen relations with neighbouring countries of Centorauria and Kyrania, and even develops a trade agreement with Caltharia. During his career, Erdolomin completes the construction of the Evergrey Bridge, which is important for the defence of Erpheronia during the war, but also becomes an important means of allowing greater volume of trade traffic to and from Voldar and Nyermersys.
40  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Re: Thaelrin the Relentless on: 27 September 2007, 09:45:41
Thanks for the comments, Art!

I've gone through the editorial changes - improper tenses - and corrected some spelling mistakes.  I also tried to expand on Thaelrin's reasons for finding the Duke of Narvoss innocent, which as you had guessed, had been rumoured to be a political move to expand his power.  Unfortunately, Trel Stahl the Historian is unable to confirm that as any more than a rumour among the ruling caste at that time.   ;)

In future entries, I will be sure to include some monarchs who don't fit the typical picture of Erpheronian vitality, and also work on some of the political struggles among her kings and the nobility.

I have read the entry on Katya, and I've even begun to work on a sketchy outline of all the Erpheronian royal line from her time to the time of Thaelrin.  When I get a little more done on it, I will post.  I must admit I like to write these detailed entries as I think they give a very vivid picture of the political history of Erpheronia.

Cheers!

Trel.
41  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Lisdra 'Witch' Snake on: 22 September 2007, 13:26:46
Interesting animal, Decipher,

I have a few comments for you in yellow, and some editorial comments in red with strikeouts.  Really well written! 

I wonder - the way you describe the Lisdra, it seems sentient.  Was that your intention?

Very cool!  :)

Trel.


The Lisdra ‘Witch’ Snake

The Lisdra snake, famed as a luxury pet for the ‘despicable witches of Marmarra’, is a creature of both elegance and brutality. Notorious for its unannounced mood changes and for acting on its assumptions and instincts, the Lisdra can be found living in the wild in the eastern parts of the beautiful plains of Zhun. This particular snake has always had associations with arrogance and intolerance, and as such has been compared to Marmarrans many a time by the other Zhunites. Shining in their purple scales, these creatures have always had an aura of odd beauty about them that was only overshadowed by their ferocity in hunting.   

Unless the Lisdra is sentient, I'm not sure it would have assumptions to act on.

Based on its description below, I would also think you could associate the Lisdra with vanity.  Especially them shiny white teeth.

APPEARANCE

The Lisdra itself is not much larger than other snakes found on the Zhunite plains or other locations on Nybelmar (it in fact holds similar dimensions to that of exotic Lukrinam Snake of the Shar peninsula). The Lisdra, from the tip of its nose to the end of its tail is normally just over a ped long, similar to the length of the Lukrinam. However, unlike the Spraying Jungle snake, the Lisdra is notably thinner. At the centre of its body, the Lisdra is only a few nailsbreadths less than a palmspan in width.

The Lisdra’s skin is decorated in deep, raw Bloodstone purple scales that are rough yet flowing to touch, similar to a freshly cut gemstone. Each scale seems perfectly oval in shape, layered over each to create a flawless armour against the attacks of the Zhun predators, but also to create a visage of unnatural eerie beauty that both lures you in but tells you to avoid. Set in the creature's head are two vibrant yet mysterious yellow eyes with an ambiguous, thin black pupil that conveys a sense of power over you if you stare into the snake’s eyes for too long.

This beast also bears two magnificent fangs in its head. Though each one is no longer than a man’s thumb, the brilliant white hue that the razor-sharp fangs possess is almost blinding. The fangs, the purest part of these creatures, are said to be kept so clean by a fluid produced in the snake’s saliva. Many even say that the fluid is highly acidic, but the Lisdra is willing to bear the excruciation for the stunning teeth they bear.

SPECIAL ABILTIES

The Lisdra, like most snakes, is a very efficient killing machine. Rather than Unlike other snakes that rely on either paralytic poisons or death-inducing toxins to kill their prey, the Lisdra relies on a remarkable muscle structure that allows the creature not only to move at amazing speeds, but also (in a horribly cruel way) to crush the air out of their prey before consuming the breath-starved remains.

I saw it there, the small vulnerable rodent rustling in the grass. Though from my safe distance I couldn’t see precisely what the miniscule mouse was doing, I assumed from its frantic arms and neck movements it was eating something. The rodent though was taking too long to consume its meal.

From my high vantage point I could see, in the distance, a slowly approaching Lisdra. The creature though obviously wasn’t hunting out of hunger, I could tell from the apparent bulge in its almost perfect form that it had recently eaten. The spiteful beast was simply hunting for fun.

Okay - so maybe it is sentient.  Predators won't attack prey unless they need sustenance or in self-defence.

Whilst the mouse continued to slowly chew and munch about whatever it was it was holding, but my heartbeat, almost like a metronome, was drawing the snake closer. I could feel each heavy beat that pounded in my chest, and each one seemed to give the snake some kind of indication of the mouse’s location. I watched, in some kind of awe, at the mouse oblivious to his fate and the snake slowly approaching. I felt some kind of empathy for the rodent not knowing its steadily approaching fate. This wash of empathy I felt forced to do something that ruined the observation. I threw a rock at the mouse, to warn it of the approach. At the sound of the fateful rock hitting the ground, the mouse fled at speeds a man could never catch. But the snake almost transformed. In a blink the snake had travelled at least five strides and had wrapped its muscular body around it. The snake had spiralled almost its entire body around the poor creature, and it appeared to be…. releasing it. The twisting body seemingly began to loosen, but then I realised, he wasn’t letting it go. He was preparing.

The snake’s body then slammed tight, crushing the rodent under the terrible pressure. A small yelp was heard before the snake effortlessly straightened himself, and swallowed the creature whole.

Anonymous Writing

In addition to the creature’s remarkable hunting abilities, it is considerably resilient to attacks on itself. It is in fact commonly stated that the to slice a Lisdra in two is impossible (leading to the phrase ‘Tough as Lisdra Scales’), due its sturdy and durable scales that even the finest Zhunite arrows can’t pierce break it. Many also believe it to be remarkable that the Lisdra’s scales are so strong, yet the creature itself is so agile. They say that each time the Lisdra jolts forwards (see the above extract) its scales dig into its flesh, causing horrible pain. The Zhunites believe this displays the creature’s grim determination, but towards what is still quite mysterious.

TERRITORY

Lisdra snakes reside wildly in various parts of the Plains of Zhun, and researchers have noted that it seems to prefer grassy areas to the harsher desert terrain (where due to its colour it stands out incredibly). More Wild Lisdra are noted to be found in eastern parts of Zhun than the west, a high concentration being noted in Marmarran territory (and the territory of Marmarra’s vassal states). Despite the above, the snakes are still very rare.

I'd suggest not using the descriptor 'high concentration', since the creature is very rare.  You could say it is found primarily in Marmarran territory.

Lisdra also have a primary use as pets for the Marmarrans of the Zhunite men, famed for their horribly powerful Witch Queens that are obsessed with nothing more than gaining more power. Lisdra and Marmarrans seem to find a kinship with each other, each of them being highly suspicious and never afraid to act (normally quite drastically) upon them.

HABITAT/BEHAVIOUR


The Lisdra is a notoriously independent animal, which is odd for a pet, due to the fact that it sees others of its kind as too much of threat to associate with. In fact, the Lisdra is famed for acting entirely on its instincts and impressions of other creatures. As such, the Lisdra commonly tends to analyse everything around in a peculiar fashion in an especially curious way. It isn’t uncommon to see Lisdra snooping around new creatures that it hasn’t seen before.

Lisdra also are known for their cruel and somewhat sadistic nature when dealing with creatures they deem below themselves. Lisdra will consistently hunt (well, attack, since ‘hunt’ entails they need to eat them) any animals regardless of whether or not it needs to eat, as if it enjoys the killing of other creatures in some kind of twisted way. To what criteria Lisdra compare animals against to deem them below them is unknown, but the arrogant snakes are believed to consider anything herbivorous or smaller than them a lesser being.

Again, this comes across as a sentient creature.  This is fine, as long as that was your intention.

Despite this love the Lisdra seem to have for inflicting pain, Lisdra (particularly those kept as pets) are able to show respect and even be affectionate in company they admire. Lisdra therefore are believed to gravitate towards Marmarrans rather than the other Zhunites due to the similarities in personality. Marmarrans and Lisdra are believed to share many characteristics- Arrogance, hate of the weak and willingness to use whatever necessary methods to attain what they want.

Normally, a Lisdra will be found prowling around the grassy areas of the Zhun plains looking for food (though victims sounds more fitting), which is one of the few things they do to occupy the part of the day they don’t spend in their sparse sleep. Lisdra also have the habit of attending to their scales by licking them clean, expressing the vanity that a majority of Marmarran noblewoman can find kinship with.

However, if a Lisdra becomes the possession of a human, it generally spends most of the day sleeping. The part of the day they spend awake they tend to play peculiar games with their owners, which include staring competitions or teasing the snake with food to make it achieve a ‘dancing’ effect.

DIET

From observation, it is difficult to say what the Lisdra eats and what he simply hunts for fun. However, various researchers have concluded that in the wild the creatures tend to dine upon rodents, large insects or lizards. Some have suggested also that the creature is capable of taking down birds that land on the ground due its brilliant speed.

However, the Lisdra is lucky enough to have been made a Marmarran’s pet are showered in luxury and dine upon the rarest foods around. From the highly allusive Lukrinam meat to the exquisite Kechit Steak, these favoured Lisdra are said to eat better than some of the poorer Marmarrans.

They may eat better than most Marmarrans!

MATING

Mating is the only time that Lisdra overcome their aversion to their own kind, due to necessity not choice. In fact throughout the entire encounter the creatures seem to be trying to evade and escape, but their bodies seem to be acting beyond their creature’s control.

A female seems to send out signals when she is ready to mate (which is not affected by seasons unlike some creatures, she seems to mate on a whim), that some have suggested take the form of vibrations through the ground produced when a female subconsciously quivers. Males can pick up on these signals whatever they are, and they seem to uncontrollably move towards them.

When the two meet they immediately, if not somewhat reluctantly, intertwine. The two creatures spiral in a way that seems beyond their control, as if their own nature works against them. It was discovered that the male snake in fact bears an odd organ that works in a similar way to that of a penis, despite the fact it bears spiky attachments to latch onto the female. It is thought that the snake fertilises the female using this organ, which and then it lays its eggs. A Lisdra is likely to lay around three eggs. They are notably large in comparison to snakes of similar sizes, making them prime targets for scavengers. Though the snake buries the eggs, normally two (if not all) are lost to predators. The mother immediately abandons the unborn young to resume her normal, secluded life. The eggs will hatch after around four months, at which time the small, worm-like snakes will scamper off. They grow at an alarming rate, being adult size in less than a year.

USAGES

The Lisdra has one developed use, in which it acts as a pet for the eerie and odd Marmarrans of Nybelmar. The dark side of the Zhunites, these people adore these snakes to a remarkable degree. In the snake they tend to see attributes of themselves, though many would take joy in remarking they see cold-hearted malice, in reality it is believed that they see the snake’s lust for dominance and sheer power, traits most Marmarrans share.

Many also say that the Black Orcs of Orcal prize these snakes also, but as a delicacy not a pet. It is thought that this is one of the reasons Marmarrans oppose the tribe, though it could easily be a rumour conjured to incite conflict.

MYTH/LORE

Despite being quite remarkable, the Lisdra has very few myths and stories surrounding it. One though, due to its remarkable similarities to the Lukrinam is that the Lisdra originally followed the first Witch Queen, Eluda, out of the Jungles. They say it followed her through the expansive plains until she arrived at the Inami ruins. The Lukrinam was then transformed by the presence of the powerful magics, into what we now know as the Lisdra. The new creature, confused by its change, sought refuge with the Witch Queen. It is said even the cold-hearted, malice filled Eluda could not deny its charm, and as such she kept it as a pet.
42  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Rice Anyone? on: 22 September 2007, 12:48:08
Hi Decipher,

As long as there is contact and trade between different parts of the world, crop species like rice have always found their way into new areas.  To me, it seems very probably that someone would have seen the merits of the plant and brought seed with them back to Nybelmar.

Of course what often happens when you make such an introduction, is that pests and diseases in the new region may attack the plant.  Since the plant will have no previous exposure to those pests, only certain "strains" (we call them cultivars or hybrids, depending on how they pollinate or were bred) will grow well in the new area.

Cheers!

Trel.

43  Organization and General Discussions / Announcements and Web Design / Re: Inauguration of Drasil into full membership! on: 20 September 2007, 08:28:46
Trel flicks the reigns of his horse to bring his mount to a stop outside the tent that has been erected for the upcoming Inauguration. Though busy with researching the history of the Erpheronian-Caltharian relations before and during the War of Ancyros, he is glad to have this opportunity to pay his respects to Drasil Razorfang – one of those rare few who has contributed a Masterwork to the Great Compendium.  He dismounts and ties the reigns to the hitching post.  Out of his saddlebag, he fishes a small, narrow box, hinged on one side and fashioned from oak, and opens the box to inspect its contents.  His gift to Drasil is simple – a quill pen, also made from oak wood by his own hands, and inscribed with Drasil’s full name.  He carefully closes the box, and then pushes a hand through his short blond hair, as he scans the tent from its entrance.  His deep blue eyes widen as he sees and recognises those in attendance – many of Santharia’s young scholars have already arrived – Druadan, Vehrok, Niccoli, and even Irid alMenie.  And amongst these Compendium writers Trel also sees the Great Sage, Artimidor, the Aeruillian Queen, Artemis, the Master of Dragons, Morcaanan, the recently inaugurated Lord Decipher, and even the Great Dragon himself – Capher!

Stop gaping around like a fool! he tells himself.  He looks down at his clothes, pats the dust off his breeches, and tries to smooth out his leather hauberk.  He is not dressed finely, but his clothes are well-made – fashioned to withstand wear and tear that comes with wandering the countryside between his home city of Nyermersys and Carmalad.  Then, with a deep breath he enters, and approaches Artimidor, whom he greets with a smile.  “Greetings, Artimidor, I trust you are well.  Thank you for the invitation.  I’ve never been to the Auturian Woods before, but they are beautiful.”
44  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: The Yahnork on: 20 September 2007, 07:33:34
Fair point Gaffin.  I agree that it would be difficult and even unlikely that some of those details wouldn't be available.  I do think it is an interesting beastie and will make a nice entry!  :)

Trel.
45  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: The Yahnork on: 19 September 2007, 12:50:41
Hi Gaffin,

I have a couple of things for you to consider before you go too far forward with this very unique creature.    :)

1.  All that separates the nasal and mouth passages is mucus.  So, this layer of mucus must be thick enough to prevent food from entering its lungs, or whatever structure it uses to bring in oxygenated air and distribute that oxygen to the rest of its body.  And since it uses its mouth to exhale as well as eat, it will still require some physical structure (like our epiglottis) to prevent food from getting into its respiratory tract.  This is fairly complicated compared to typical anatomy, but hey - this is a fantasy world, and we are entitled to some artistic license.

2. My main concern is the level of suboptimal anatomy that comes with the potential for this beastie to asphyxiate if the nose or mouth becomes blocked.  This seems to really outweigh the advantage of being able breath at high altitudes.

Just a couple of things to consider.

Cheers!

Trel.

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