You are a true Philosopher, Coren. Excellent read. I think sometimes I hate you when I read this and I think back to my magic system. Wish I could have explained it with as much detail and depth as you do. Truth be told, sometimes I had to reread sections to fully understand it. An aura for you for this.
Good goals, Amabella. I look forward to seeing you getting something done here.
As Talia states, I think Barsalon would be the logical trade hub for the North. Remusian trade routes go through a pass at Dorm-nak.
The one Trading ship, the Gryffon, does go to Carbrand, but would only make the trip perhaps once a year, due to weather, etc.
Feel free to have the stormcloaks have a suspicion about the Remusians and a lost ship many years ago.
Because of this, the Remusians have only one trade ship, the Gryffon. It is a ship based on ancient design, and lends credence to the legend that says that a ship came here in the late 1200’s or early 1300’s. The legend declares that this ship arrived, looking for trade and at first all went well. The ship brought exotic goods to the Remusians, who in turn, filled the hold of the ship with many rich furs and other Remusian goods, jewellery, stone, Saiph stones, and other goods. Whether through misunderstanding or some other insult that will never be known, things turned violent. The Remusians stormed the ship, killed all aboard, and burned the ship, sinking it in the harbour. Though there are no records, it is speculated that the ship in question was a ship of the Stormcloaks, as in that time, they were beginning to explore around the northern edge of the Kanapan Peninsula
PS You probably didn't need the quote, as you obviously have done the research.
Well, I'm looking at the texture of the leather on the grip. It looks a bit too much like bovine leather, and not enough like equine. I think that could prove a problem, as this is supposed to be from a Berg Pony, after all. Maybe if we softened the grain and had it going at a more oblique angle to the grip....
Just kidding !! It looks great now, Seeker. I had thought my whining had chased you off. An Aura for putting up with me.
Hand and a half still allows for two handed use, and it still does not look like a second hand could fit. It looks to me like if I put my hand in there, that the bump in the middle would be right in the middle of my palm, instead of dividing the handle into two parts, one hand above and a smaller area for the other hand below.
So, what I had intended was a lengthening of the grip so that it appeared like two hands could fit. Making it larger did not accomplish this (my fault). Could we stretch the grip a bit so that it appears two hands could fit? Perhaps more on the top half, which is where a single grip would occur?
Er, ahem.. yes. I love, love, LOVE the scabbard. Berg Pony hide... awesome.
I really like the sword, the wavy pattern, the elegant blade... but, there is something about the handle, though very pretty as well, that makes this hand and a half striking weapon look more like a rapier, which is a one handed weapon.
Was scouring the web for a pic of what it should look like, but could not find a pic of a two handed guarded pommel. But, in looking, I noticed what I think is the problem with the handle. Most two handed pommels are at least as thick as the blade at the hilt, and many of them are a quarter to a third the length of the blade.
So, I think what I see as the problem is that the handle is too dainty for the sword, and makes it look smaller than it is. Can we (you )lengthen the pommel and thicken it a bit? This will increase the look of the whole sword, I think, and make it look like the killing weapon of the true Remusian Warrior, and not the weapon of a more southern Santharian city gentleman.
Seeker, I apologize if this sounds demanding. You know I hate to nit pick the work of others far more talented than I. Your work is always a pleasure to behold and I'm always flattered when you place one in my end of the world.
This looks good to me, other than a few spelling mistakes mentioned here. From an Antislar perspective, I'm quite happy with the entry. Perghaps a little more could be added in the usage section to describe the Living Fur aspects, but I can do that in the Antislar entry under both Trade and Clothing sections. Once the spelling is corrected, then I'm fine with a Blarrow.
Often only a ped and two palmspans in the length, the blue-tongue is the smallest member of the ardol species, though it weightsweighs an incredible pygge and two hebs with heavier males reported to exceed a pygge and four hebs. Males and females are commonly close in size, with the male weighing a little more. Blue-tongue Ardol are heavily muscled animals with a thick layer of fat, and a dense double-coat of fur.
During the months when the waterways of the peninsula begin to freeze, the blue-tongue begins to produce a blue colored liquid. This substance coats the tongue, and is able to melt the thick ice that would otherwise entomb the ardol in water for the duration of the winter. The liquid is known to color the ice blue as it melts, staining it, and is considered the reason why the subspecies has a blue tongue.
Excellent use of the blue that runs throughout the north. Great job.
It is speculated that the blue-tongue migrates between the central den and smaller, more isolated dens during the winter months when they are presumed to be lackedlocked? beneath many palmspans of ice. These smaller dens are believed to be used by many different family groups, as the blue-tongue navigates its way through the frozen Camlyn River up to Lofty Lake, and eventually Contamar Forest. On the lake, holes of half-frozen, blue-toned slush have been found during the winter. Trappers have witnessed the blue-tongues popping up from the ice where no such hole existed before. This is caused by an ice-melting liquid that allows the blue-tongue to tunnel through the many layers of ice separating it from the winter-locked land above.
Primarily, the blue-tongue is pursued for its reflective fur commonly known as ‘Living Fur’ by the Antislar, which provides almost flawless camouflage no matter the environment. It is not uncommon for many adults to be used to make a variety of large articles such as blankets, though hooded jackets and boots are the most common clothes to be made from the fur. Their long, hard claws are also harvested and crafted into crude tools as they are able to penetrate hard ice and maymany feet of permafrost earth during the building of their dens.
I think you are corrct, Talia. What had always been, in my mind, the link between the Ice Tribes was the religion. Each could have their own cultural aspects, but the belief in the Ice Tribe gods was the common link. Therefore, the Himiko and the Antislar no longer fit, though they share a same heritage as the Ice Tribes.
The Remusians, I would still leave as an Ice Tribe, though in 200 years or so, they might then have become monothiestic in their belief of Koroch. But, right now, they still have many who continue to worship the Ice Tribe pantheon.