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1  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Re: Hide, Wind School, Level II on: 24 February 2006, 20:24:00
Casting time is it's own section, above Duration :)  I actually know nothing about magic, just browsing through and decided to try and find an answer to your question.

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2  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Mirjah, small ground birds. on: 11 March 2006, 02:13:00
Not much, and I could be wrong, but I've noticed that most entries generally have a more detailed Overview. I am unsure whether there is a requirement for your overview to be longer, but it's just a thought :)  

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3  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Leather Armor- Done on: 10 April 2006, 08:57:00
Also, it has been stated that leather armour is the lightest, and essentially the weakest of the armours. Why would anyone risk almost certain death merely for leather? I wouldn't:pet  

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4  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Leather Armor- Done on: 09 April 2006, 21:49:00
Also, the entire Coór'hém tribe wears black leather :)

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Leather is the lightest of all armours, though it is still tough enough to resist many types of weapons. Leather is defined as any armour made from the skin of an animal, ranging from the lightwieght rabbit leather (used mainly for cerimonial purposes) to the heavy, rare, expensive, almost metallic dragon leather.

DESCRIPTION: Leather is worn in many differant ways, ranging from simple bracers to a full suit including a harness for chest protection, boots, gloves, bracers, arm protection, and helmets, plus neck protection. Helmets made from leather range from simple, metal-reinforced caps to elaborate hats decorated with feathers and jewelry. Leather is generally brown and made from the hide of domestic creatures such as cows, sheep or goat; wild animals, such as deer and boar; and more exootic animals, like Giant Spiders, Ráhaz'Estár Snakes, and even Wargs.

USAGE
Leather armor is very flexible, allowing for unhinderd movement at the cost of some protection. It will generally stave off most arrows and spears (not an expert on armour... but leather armour seems more used to prevent grazing blows, not full on blows from spears. Piercing weapons like that would likely pierce through leather almost immediately. Just my opinion on that.), but swords and other bladed weapons will eventually hack or pierce through it and it is almost useless against blunt weapons like hammers or maces. It is used mainly by scouts, bowmen, and others who tend to avoid melee combat.

DEVELOPMENT
Tanning and armour making are combined in this ancient art. The first step is to procure the necessary animal hides and clean and dry them properly to prevent rotting. Then, the top layer of skin is removed, leaving the thicker, useful layer that will eventually be tanned and the bottom layer of flesh, which is removed in a procees called fleshing. In fleshing, the flesh must be cut away perfectly. One slip of the knife can cause the entire skin to be ruined. Once the skin is fleshed, it is cut to the neccassary thickness, after which it is cleaned again, using acids and salt. The skin is now ready for tanning.

The leather is placed in an immense vat filled with bark from Oak and Maple trees, and water. It is left at high tempertures for several days, after which it is ready for finishing. The tanned leather is mixed with tallow and grease to give it a waterproof covering. The final step is drying. It must be left out for a certain amount of time. if it is left out too short, it will become soft and limp. If it is left out to long, it will rot.

HISTORY
Leather is the oldest type of armor, and records of it bieng used date back to ancient conflicts and skirmashes in the Age of Awakening.

It looks like a good start. I think more history on leather armour would be appreciated. Where did the idea of using leather as armour come in, who pioneered the technique? Just some more depth in that and I'd be happy.

I concentrated on spelling and grammar to help Arti out when this gets approved for the site. As I am by no means a veteran, just thought I'd try and lend a hand.

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5  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Gitarre (Instruments of Santharia) on: 01 April 2006, 16:26:00
Ah, I see... well that works fine as well. I thought you were just building off of Talia's recommendation that I narrow my entry down to simply one variation of guitar.

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6  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Gitarre (Instruments of Santharia) on: 31 March 2006, 17:45:00
I like it :)

I'll take what I can from this entry and convert it all down to describing the sound, appearance and history of one variation of guitar in Santharia :)  I can also add the lutes, violins and such later one.

Thanks Art!

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7  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Gitarre (Instruments of Santharia) on: 13 March 2006, 00:11:00
Done! I think... anyway, comments and we'll see if I am done :b  

EDIT: Yes... done... approved for next update?:read  

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Edited by: Dagon Fai Ur at: 3/21/06 0:55
8  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Gitarre (Instruments of Santharia) on: 11 March 2006, 10:41:00
Sheep! not cat... okay, well I'll work on elaborating the construction of both the gitarres and the strings as well as the materials used :)  

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9  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Gitarre (Instruments of Santharia) on: 10 March 2006, 22:36:00
Quote:
Strung with either animal intestines or horse hair provides the soft tone to the gitarre.


Yea, I got that :)  It's included in the description of the Classical Gitarre... should probably add that to the description part as well.

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Edited by: Dagon Fai Ur at: 3/10/06 5:38
10  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Gitarre (Instruments of Santharia) on: 10 March 2006, 23:03:00
I will try and get around to fleshing out the details you mentioned. However, the first guitars did have strings made of cat intestines (or so I was told)... how this was done I do not know. However, it seemed like the most logical way to create guitar strings given the resources and technology in Santharia.

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11  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Gitarre (Instruments of Santharia) on: 09 March 2006, 22:19:00
Alrighty, I'm pretty happy with it... I don't know what else to add here and I'm a little at a loss for the history. I've sort of explained the individual origination of each variation in particular so... *shrugs*

Help and comments :D  

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12  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Gitarre (Instruments of Santharia) on: 08 March 2006, 20:09:00
Perhaps, instead of "Modern" Gitarre, Sarvonian Gitarre? Because Classical *shrugs* I only named it classical because the general music played on these gitarres is of an earlier time period.

Fiddle would be a more of a folk instrument, but I would be including fiddle as a variant of the violin (whenever I get around to that) The violin, I find, tends to be more melodic and soft whereas a fiddle would be common at a festival amongst the hobbits :)

Also... when you say snares I assume you mean strings? I have varied the strings from 6 to 5 and now to 8 with others to come...

Thanks for the comments Gean :)  

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13  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Gitarre (Instruments of Santharia) on: 07 March 2006, 18:45:00
Added two variations... not much, just try to add a little bit whenever I can.

UPDATE: More variations!

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Edited by: Dagon Fai Ur at: 3/7/06 20:38
14  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Sarvonian Gitarres (Instruments of Sarvonia) - DONE on: 05 March 2006, 19:45:00
Alright, this is covering Sarvonian Gitarres only, leaving room for developments on Nortern Santharia as well as Nybelmar and any other continent for their own instruments :)        Some references may be made as to where certain variations were influenced from - namely one, inspired by Smith, that originated from Nybelmar.

Overview
The Gitarre is a stringed instrument common throughout Sarvonia. It is part of the stringed family which includes Lutes, Violins, and Mandolins. There are a number of variations of the Gitarre but all consist of six strings. Popular variations include the Sarvonian "Metal" Gitarre, named for it’s use of metallic strings and the most common Gitarre is the simple Classical Gitarre, which is the basis of all Gitarre variations.

Description
A Gitarre usually ranges to about 1 ped in length from the base to the head where six knobs are positioned to allow the strings to be tightened or loosened depending on the natural tone that the musician hopes the gitarre to have. The neck connects the body of the gitarre to the head, and strings extend from the knobs of the head down to what is known as the bridge. The bridge is where the strings are fastened in to maintain the tension of the strings, allowing sound to be created. The body itself makes a peanut-like shape with the neck extending from one end of the body.

Many features on a gitarre are optional, one of these is frets. These are ridges positioned across the neck of the gitarre showing where a transition in pitch occurs. Moving one’s hand down the neck, towards the base makes the pitch ascend while moving one’s hand towards the head of the gitarre lowers the pitch of the sound. However, many gitarres can be “fretless”. This is suggested for more skilled musicians who can judge the pitch changes with experience.

Under the strings, just beside the bridge is a hole that opens up inside the gitarre. The base of the gitarre is actually hollow, when the strings are plucked or strummed, the strings vibrate and the sound travels into the hollowed body of the gitarre, amplifying the sound.

The construction of the gitarre is purely wood, a variety of decidous trees are acceptable, with the strings coming in a variety of materials depending on the sound that the musician hopes to achieve. Classical gitarres are outfitted with strings made of the intestines of various animals or hair, mainly from horses. Newer variations of the gitarre, mainly the Sarvonian gitarre are outfitted with metal strings that provide a metallic sound.

The construction of these strings can be a difficult and sometimes disgusting process. The intestines need to be dried, stretched and cut to the appropriate length. One end is wound around one of the knob's upon the head while the other end is fastened to the bridge upon the body. The intestines are tightened by the knob until the string is tight enough to be played. Despite the soft, sweet song that intestine strings make, they are not very strong or reliable strings, losing their tone much quicker than other strings. The metallic strings are a much more labour intensive process. The ore first needs to be worked into a long wire that is fine enough so that it can break one's skin if the tip is pressed into a finger or other appendage. At this size the metal can suffice for the highest pitched strings. However, to achieve the lower tones and pitches more wire's are wound tightly around the initial wire increasing the wire's size and in turn lowering the tone of the string.

Usage
The gitarre is an instrument used often to create a rhythm for singing or more melodic instruments. However, many modern musicians have begun to adapt new styles of playing the gitarre that have allowed it to become much more than a rhythmic instrument. The gitarre is now used in a very melodic or harmonius way.

There are various ways to actually play a guitar. The most classical method is my finger plucking the strings where each note is created by striking a finger against one of the six strings of the gitarre. Strumming has now become a very popular method of playing gitarre. This has allowed the development of complex chords that give more body to the sound of the gitarre, utilizing all six strings in one sweep of the hand.

With the gitarre becoming a more melodic instrument, small hand-held instruments have begun to be used to allow plucking to be done with more efficiency. The item in question is a plectrum which is a small piece of material that is about as large as 2 nailsbreadths. The material can be relatively anything, although very smooth wood has become a popular choice.

Variations:
Classical Gitarre: The classical gitarre provides a melodious tone and rhythm to musical pieces. Used primarily as a background or mood setting instrument, the classical gitarre traditionally left little room for inspiration.

Strung with either animal intestines or horse hair provides the soft tone to the gitarre. These Gitarre's tend to be larger and somewhat like a rounded box.

Sarvonian "Metal" Gitarre: The Sarvonian Gitarre, sometimes referred to as the metal gitarre in relation to it's strings that are metal wires, has a harder metallic sound. These gitarres have begun to be used for more primary, instrumental parts of songs that were generally reserved for flutes and other similar instruments.

The gitarre itself is very similar to the Classical Gitarre, but the body is thinner and in overall size, smaller than it's Classical counterpart.

The "Bard's" Gitarre: Deriving from the name Bardavos, this gitarre originally emerged from the City of Artists. The Bard's Gitarre is much smaller than the Modern or Classical Gitarres and possesses a much rounder body. The strings are often the same as a classical gitarre, but variations in this are not uncommon. The Bard's Gitarre also possesses five strings as opposed to the traditional six strings seen in the first two variants of the Gitarre.

Mystical Gitarre: Nybelmar is often referred to as the "Lands of the Mystical West" and the Gitarre that has been brought to Sarvonia reflects that. The Gitarre itself in appearance is very similar to a classical gitarre, but smaller in proportion. The strings are made from any material that can be strung very tightly as the Mystical Gitarre's unique sound comes from the uncommon amount of tension in the strings. In total, the Mystical Gitarre possesses eight strings, one of a higher pitch and one of a lower pitch than the Classical Gitarre.

Lute: A much smaller gitarre in terms of overall size. The body is very large in comparison to it's neck and makes a tear drop shape. The body is fully rounded on the bottom giving the lute it's unique sound. It possesses 14 strings in all, but they are positioned in pairs of two, one string is high pitched and the other is the lower equivalent of the same note thus creating the harmonius tone of the lute.

These instruments were made popular by traveling bards as most other gitarres are larger in size and more difficult to travel with. The lute also become very popular as a musical aid for story-telling.

The first lute was fashioned in 175 a.S. by a Centoraurian bard by the name of Gren Cerauntin. These lutes had only 10 strings, but they were in pairs, making him the first musician anywhere to produce a sound like that of the lute.

History: The first Sarvonian Gitarre was developed by a human bard around 1000 b.S. The actual date is unknown as is the style of Gitarre that he possessed or the style of music that was played with the Gitarre. However, the design and inspiration of the instrument was passed on through the ages and the first classical Gitarre was made in 547 b.S. by Taelen Gitarre. Despite him not being the "inventor" of the gitarre, he made it to be a popular instrument throughout Santharia where it and its variations eventually spread around the world of Caelereth; throughout Sarvonia and Nybelmar as well as Aeruillin and Cyhalloi.

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Edited by: Dagon Fai Ur at: 3/12/06 7:11
15  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Music of the Santharian Kingdom on: 09 March 2006, 23:29:00
For my gitarres entry... is there a Santharian equivalent to an octave? Describing some pitches, string variations and such :)  Or are they simply to be called octaves?

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