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616  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Kiivosh (Revision) on: 02 November 2007, 16:50:40
The Kiivosh
Originally a legendary figure known from the Lands of the Barbarians. The exact meaning of the Kiïvosh is still unknown - like many other things which originate from this regions.

Appearance
The Kiïvosh very often is illustrated by ancient Santharian artists in the most different ways you can think of: sometimes as a sort of a birdlike variety of a Mystran (a shadowlike phenomenon), sometimes as a simple raven, sometimes as a gryph, but most often as a mixture of fish and bird, diving through the Lands of Dreams into reality, shining in all possible colors of the rainbow.

Special Abilities
One ability the Kiivosh is known best for is the Veil of the Kiivosh.  This Veil can be found in two states; the invisible or the ‘visible’, when the Veil can only be sensed by elves and a select few chosen individuals destined to do so.  It is said that the Veil of the Kiïvosh wraps the body of the wounded person in a spell of sleep and remains sitting on the breast of the dying (see to the following the illustrations at Ruhs "On the Track of the Barbarian").  It is not known whether the Veil is to take the life from the sick and dying or to ease the pain and misery of death.

Another amazing gift of the Kiivosh said to be able to breathe in both water and air.  The knowledge of this originated from an ancient legend of Armand Da'Ran, Seawyrm Tamer.

Armand was out at sea, trying to tame seawryms.  He stood on the bow sending his determined gazed across the waters, searching for seawryms.  Suddenly it struck, the waters swelled, the boat rocked and Armand was cast over the edge.  Slowly he sunk, knocked unconscious by wooden debris.  His life was over, or so it seem. 

Up ahead a rainbow burst into view.  It sped though the water towards Armand.   As it got closer Armand started to regain consciousness.  Once it was close Armand could see it for what it was, a bird-fish, the Kiivosh.  He had heard the legends and knew what had come, but he was not ready he had not tamed seawryms and won Cara's heart.  Armand started to struggle, trying to reach the now distant surface.  The Kiivosh got closer.  Down came a huge green tail, of the completely forgotten seawrym.  As it plunged down the ripples sent Armand up, but the Kiivosh followed.  Could Armand never escape it?

He suddenly burst through the water, gasping for air.  The Kiivosh gained on him with remarkable speed and grace.  It was then that Armand truly felt scared.  He had nowhere to go, he could not escape.  Kiivosh was almost on top of him when the seawrym struck again.  this time it actually hit the Kiivosh, sending it into the bottomless abyss of the ocean.  Armand was catapulted into the air flying towards his badly damage ship.  He started to plummet, down, over his ship.  He shut his eyes and readied heself for the pain that would follow.  It did not come, but instead a soft landing.  He opened his eyes and looked around.  He had landed on a pile of hay.  He sat up and wept, praising the gods for smiling on him and thanking the seawrym for inadvertently saving his life.

Territory
The place of the Kiïvosh in the realm between the living and the dead leads Ruh to a daring thesis, identifying the figure with the Gryph of Souls - an interesting, but not completely resolved statement as should be emphasized here.

Habitat/Behaviour

Diet
Since the Kiivosh lives in between the realms of the living and of the dead, it is not known what it eats, or whether it does at all.  There are a few speculations on what they do eat.

The first of which is often made those who are more studied than others, knowing more information general subjects.  Because the Kiivosh is often thought of as a cross between a bird and a fish, it is thought that it eats the same food as them.  This includes; insects, plants and maybe even small animals.  It is said to only eat these when it enters the realm of mortals, as it often does cross over because of the amount of death in the whole of the world.  Many people disagree with this because the Kiivosh has never been seen eating any of these things, but then again it has not actually been seen properly, though some say to have seen fleeing ‘rainbows’.

There are also those who believe that the Kiivosh feed off the dead it is said to gather for its master, Queprur.

Others believe that it does not actually eat as such, but instead absorbs energy from things such as the dying, who no longer need it, and Queprurs presence itself.  It is said to feed from her deathly presence.

The rest of the people who know of the Kiivosh say either that since it is not of our realm it does not have to follow our ‘rules’, it doesn’t need to eat, or that it does not even exist.  Even though all this has been said it is likely, like many things about the Kiivosh, that we will never be certain of how it sustains itself.  It will remain a mystery.

Mating
As there is little known about the Kiivosh, it is not even known if there are many Kiivosh or just one.  It is assumed that there is just one, a singular servant of Queprur.  If this is the case then the Kiivosh cannot reproduce, as it has nothing to mate with.

Since the Kiivosh lives in a different realm from ours it may in fact be immortal, which is likely as it is Queprurs servant, and thus have no need to mate.

Myth/Lore/Origin
Somehow the Kiïvosh has managed its way into Santharian mythology, where it is very often interpreted as a messenger of the Goddess of the Scythe, Queprur. As Queprur is completely unknown to the superstitious people of the barbarians, it seems pretty obvious that the Kiïvosh had some other meaning in the Northlands as now in the Santharian realm.

In Santharian myth the Kiïvosh very often is mentioned at death scenes of great heroes or even if they only lose consciousness and are able to return to the living with or without the help of healers.  It is still not clear if the figure is of good or evil intent, if the Kiïvosh captures the soul of the wounded or if it is meant to guard it. As has been mentioned the Kiïvosh sometimes is interpreted as a messenger of Queprur, but in other sources it is also seen as some sort of guardian angel, which is meant to soothe the pain of the dying or which represents a visual sign for people nearby to save the dying from Queprur's scythe.

Researchers
617  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Caladrius ~ Vardýnn Province ~ Bird on: 30 October 2007, 19:21:47
Caladrius

Overview
The Caladrius (the plural is Caladrius as well) is a snow white bird that is usually about 1 fore tall from head to feet.  They are known for their exotic song and stunning beauty.  They are one of the more intelligent breeds of birds, even been known to learn several simple voice and sign commands, mostly to amplify their beauty.  These birds are originally found in the wild, flying in the areas around the Bolder Forest, but are often kept in captivity by humans, though they are extremly friendly to elves.

Appearance
From their slender talons to the top of their shining white heads, the Caladrius are about 1 fore tall, and from their chest to the tip of their fanning tail, about 4 palmspans. The wingspan of these gentle birds is about 2 fores.  They are smaller than their cousins the Taedrius.  These birds are not only bigger, but also more mysterious.  They are also white but it is rumoured that a black Taedrius has been seen in Thaelon, believed to be the King of the Taedrius, of course this has never been proven and is assumed to mere myth.

The plumage of the Caladrius is a brilliant white, kept this way through almost continuous preening.  Their feathers are constantly being moulted and replaced to keep their familiar ‘glow’.  Along with this preening, the Caladrius calls upon the help of the myrmex.  They will lie by a nest, with a gift of food, and sing.  The myrmex will proceed to exit the nest and climb onto the Caladrius.  The myrmex will then preen the bird themselves.  They squirt oil on to the feathers to keep them shiny and strong.  The common myrmex do this, but the elver myrmex have been known to do this.  This careful care of their feathers gives them a shine worth the effort.  To see their feathers shimmering in the sunlight is said to be a most beautiful thing.  Though they are pleasing to the eye, the Caladrius are not to the touch.  Their feathers are hard and rough, and unusual attribute, but necessary to keep their luminescent radiance.

The Caladrius has deep, black eyes that gleam in the light.  The contrast of this and their white feathers only furthers their beauty.  The colour of their feet and beaks differ between genders.  The males have orange beaks and yellow feet, radiating like the sun, whereas the beaks and feet of the females are black.

Special Abilities
In the wild the Caladrius will find a mate and stay with them for life.  Because of this they acquire a strange, extra sense about their partner.  They seem to respond to their partner’s emotional state.  If its partner is in trouble, a Caladrius will rush to aid.  If one is unhappy the other will try to comfort it by singing.  And when they are happy they want to be together to celebrate their joy.

When held in captivity a Caladrius chooses its keeper as a partner, but since this bird would always prefer another Caladrius as its partner, they must be kept away from all other Caladrius birds. If they remain partner to their owner, they retain the same abilities as they have for another Caladrius, and respond to the keeper's emotional state similarly.

The Caladrius has an extremely beautiful song.  It is rumoured to be most beautiful when a great sadness is on their heart.  Their song is their life.  They sing in all occasions; happiness, sadness, anger, fear and love.  Of course these songs all differ, as do their beauty.

Territory
Most Caladrius are seen in captivity and are rarely seen in the wild.  Though they are found mostly in the province of Vardýnn, they can also be seen throughout most of the kingdom because they are traded to people who can afford them for their special ability.  During most of the day the Caladrius flies around a forest, and rests in the forest.  When it wishes to sleep it enters the forest, for a high branch to sleep on.

When kept in captivity, the Caladrius has to be kept in a large aviary, filled with plants, for exercise and sleep.  When the Caladrius is released from its aviary it instantly flies to its owner, who it stays with for most of the day.  Because of the special ability of the Caladrius, it costs quite a lot of money and so is usually only owned by people in power such as, nobles and successful mages.

Habitat/Behaviour
Caladrius love to show off.  They are often seen standing in the sunlight basking in their own magnificence.  Everyday they awake early and sing as the sun rises.  It is the Taedrius that sings when the sun sets.  It is unknown why this is so, but the legend is that they call the sun to spread light so they may be seen, and to farewell it to night, so it will grant them the same favour tomorrow.  Because of their obsession with flaunting their beauty, the Caladrius is a friendly bird, rarely shirking from humans, elves etc.

When kept in captivity, the Caladrius is often taught one or two tricks, but these are usually only to show off their beauty in different ways.  This is because they don’t have the desire to do much else.

One of the most important moments in a Caladrius’ life is the choosing of a mate.  When a Caladrius chooses one, it stays with it for the rest of its life. They then do everything together, hunt together, bask together and sing together.  When the couples egg hatches, and the young emerges, they then join this family, until a partner of their own is found.  When a mate dies the Caladrius cries for days on end, singing a song that brings tears to the eyes of everyone who hears it.  This Caladrius will never again seek out another mate, choosing to live alone.  This companionship makes the Caladrius ideal for captivity.  If caught before a partner is found, the Caladrius will eventually join with its owner.  The relationship isn’t the same as in the wild, it lacks the strength of true companionship, but the bird is still besotted with its owner.  It is because of this commitment that the old proverb 'as loyal as a Caladrius ' is said.

Diet
The Caladrius is omnivorous.  It will hunt for insect, frogs, small lizards and small rodents, as well as feed on seeds, fruit and nuts.  It will usually start feeding with a hunt and then forage.  When working with a partner, the Caladrius' efficiency is much higher.  One, usually the male, will shepherd the target, while the other, female, will fly high into the canopy, so not to be seen, and when almost on top of it, swoop.

When kept in captivity they enjoy eating the same things, but it is not feasible to allow them to hunt all the time, so they are usually feed dead food.  Their favourites are such fruit as the hearthberry, thought to remind it of the sun, and the Kyck-Kyck frog.

Mating
The Caladrius will only ever mate with its partner in spring.  They prefer early spring, but if food is too scarce they have been known to wait whole months, until food is plentiful.  They start by gathering twigs, bark and leaves, to build a nest.  Only once the nest is finished do the birds proceed to mate.  They have also been known to find a tree hollow, instead of a nest.  Once the nest is made, both of the birds take wing, and soar through the air, working together to display their beauty.  They then join in the air.

After this, both are exhausted from their aerial acrobatics, and sleep for the rest of the day.  When they wake, beneath the female is a single egg.  They then take turns to lie on them, while the other hunts.  This is the only time when a partnered Caladrius will hunt alone.  After four to five weeks the egg will hatch.  The chick has pure black down, the opposite beauty to its parents.  Soon the young Caladrius will do everything the parents do, singing to the sun, foraging and hunting, and basking in the light.  They will reach full maturity within a year, but will stay with its parents until a partner is found.

Myth/Lore
The union of the Caladrius is like marriage, and it is said that any who breaks this bond will destroy their own chances for love.  Either they will never marry, or their marriage will break down.  The killing or capturing of a partnered Caladrius is said to carry a great curse.  In the event of a killing the penalty is even worse, the murderer is cursed with a life without beauty, never again may they look upon anything handsome.

The song of the Caladrius is said to speak to the sun.  When it is unhappy so is the sun, and when it is joyous the sun shines with a brighter light.  Those that hear it are blessed with a day full of pure sun, to see the true beauty of everything.  For this reason the rich often keep at least one, so that their life may be full of beauty.

Usages
The main use of the Caladrius is entertainment.  Their beauty, to both eye and ear, capture the hearts of many.  All of the myth shrouding them persuades people to keep them in captivity.  Because of their specific area and high maintenance, and high cost, the Caladrius tend to be exclusively for the rich.

Researchers
The main researcher of the Caladrius was Alverin Silaon (631-467 b.S.) of the Meladrhim tribe.  He shirked his tribes herding responsibilities to travel through many forests studying birds and animals.  Mesmerised by their beauty, he decided to further study them.  He first saw them in the Bolder Forest, but also studied the Taedrius from Thaelon Forest.  His research has made it possible to keep the Caladrius in captivity successfully.  He also provided the Compendium researchers with most of the information contained here.  He discovered almost all the prior information.  The following is an excerpt from Alverin's journals:

After studying the Caladrius in the wild I have come to respect these birds.  I started my research with simply watching the Caladrius in the Bolder Forest.  Their beauty mesmerized me, leaving me staring for hours.  The feathers were whiter than the purest Cyhalloi.  I often heard their song, but never saw from what it came from, and so I knew not what made this splendour.  This song was always most beautiful at sunrise at which it seem they always sang.  It wasn’t until I had captured one and actually seen it sing that I truly knew all of their beauty.

My first attempts at capturing a Caladrius had always failed.  I only realize why this was until much later.  I eventually caught a Caladrius successfully, and named it, Aelién’aváth, white beauty.  It was from this bird that I discovered most of my research.  Over time it befriended me, and I soon realised that I had become its partner.  Amazing!  This was a major discovery.

When my research was completed I set out to Voldar.  With my research and Aelién’aváth with me I met many people informing them about my discoveries.  At first they were sceptic, but when they saw Aelién’aváth they knew I told the truth.  The beauty to eye and ear eventually spread their popularity.  It was then that I was enlightened about the Taedrius in Thaelon Forest.  This intrigued me, but I had felt that I had outstayed my welcome in this region, and I was a little home sick, and so I returned to Northern Sarvonia with Aelién’aváth.

-- Alverin Silaon: "Caladrius: White Beauty"
618  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Caladrius on: 28 October 2007, 14:10:27
Thanks fo the help.

I had already thought an improvement on its 'power' before because I realised it was sort of stupid

look at the main message to see changes

Mannix
619  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Caladrius (new) on: 27 October 2007, 13:26:58
I was wondering if I would be able to create a new animal called the Caladrius.  I'm not sure what section of the bestiary it would be in, but I'm just looking to see if its restricted or something.  I've only just thought of it but I'll come back and write more when I think of more information.

Mannix
 
- It would be a snow-white bird, thaqt is roughly 2 fore from head to tail.
- They are found mostly in captivity, but some are found in the wild
- In the wild the Caladrius will find a mate and stay with them for life.  Because of this they acquire a strange extra sense about their partner.  They can often feel their partner's emotions.  If their partner is in trouble they will help them, if they are sad they will comfort them and if they are happy they will join them.
- When held in captivity the Caladrius chooses their keeper as their partner, if they are suitable, but would always prefer another Caladrius as it's partner.  For this reason they must be kept away from all other Caladrius.  If they remain partner to their owner it has the same abilities for another Caladrius.
- Since the Caladrius is not the best fighter ever, they are mainly used to warn others if their owner is in trouble, but they can still usually fight of smaller enemies.
- The Caladrius has an extremely beautiful song.  They use this when their partner is sad, lonely, or agitated.
- When in captivity the Caladrius must be kept away from all others of it's kind, lest it pick them as its partner.
620  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Mannix Vaelos on: 27 October 2007, 12:32:43
Greeting.  I am Mannix Vaelos.

I discovered this site while doing research for a fantasy book I had decieded to write.  I search for mythical creatures so I could pick one for my story and came apon the bestiary.  At first I was confused by all the wierd ways of mearsuring and the like, but eventually I realised what this site really was. Magic.

I have decided to join the developer's section of the Santharian Dream after joining the RPG section.  I joined mainly because I love fantasy!  I love writting fantasy, reading fantasy, drawing fantasy and seeing fantasy.  Everything about is just so fantastic.

I have just said that I enjoy writting and drawing fantasy, but that does not mean I am an expert in these field.  I would say that I am better at writting than drwing and so waould probably contribute to the dream with more writting than pictures.

After looking about a few of the sections on this website I have decided that I would love to learn and write about animals and plants, because they intrest me in real life, and magic, because anything magic always grabs my attention.

Because of this I ask of you to accept me as your fellow developer, to help you to build this dream.

My skills include:

Writer - I love to write.  since fantasy is my perfered genre it is that which I mostly write.  Though I am no J R R Tolkien, I still think that I am good enogh to contribute to the santharian dream.

Reader - I am extremly passionate about reading, it is my favourite past time.  I really do believe that I couldn't survive without anything to read, I constantly have to have a book I'm reading.

Artist - Though I am not great at drawing I love doing it and I am getting better everytime.  My meager drawings may not go on this site now, but when I improve, who knows?

Editor - It may seem strange, but I like to edit.  I like to correct things because it give me a sense of accomplishement.  I feel like I have improved the writting for the benefit of everyone who reads it.

Because of these skills and my eagerness to join I would hope that you would allow me.

Mannix
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