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16  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Touch of Death on: 16 June 2010, 23:49:50
Nice idea... such devices do exist, it was part of the cunning explanation to a Jonathan Creek mystery killer in one episode.

This is what I figured you're aiming for :



From your explanation though, my thought was the same as one of Seeker's first thoughts. You make no mention of locking the blade in place once it has been extended, so no matter how thin and sharp it is, I still see it sliding back up the arm a bit when trying to stab with it. At the very least it severely reduces the force of the thrust - not what you want when trying to negotiate it between plates of armour.

I think some kind of mechanism is needed to lock the blade in place once it is extended.
17  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Genani Ra'anouf : Eyelian researcher on: 15 June 2010, 21:47:08
Hey all,

Ok, carrying on the collaboration between Tikky and I, we present our Eyelian researcher - chief source of flora and fauna research in the Scattersand shoal region. We hope you enjoy, and welcome your comments, additions and thoughts.

In particular, we welcome thoughts on our choice of home village for Genani. It was plucked from the Santhala border part of the Manthria map, not too far east of the Eyelian capital so it seems reasonable a modern Eyelian family might live in such a place even if it's mainly a human place.

Happy Dreaming :)

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Genani Tallclimber Ra'anouf

Overview:

Genani hasn't lived a life amidst the rich and regal, nor is renowed by the masses in the traditional sense. But that by no means diminishes the great works she has done in her less than usual lifetime. For many years now she has lived and worked within the Scattersand Shoals sending back scroll after scroll of research on the flora and fauna of the remote isles greatly enriching the Compendium's knowledge of the area, and continues to do so to this day.

Introduction :

Until her coming of age she was a normal young Eyelian girl; learnt the trades of her uncle and aunt and learnt the language of the beasts. When the time came for her coming of age and the Seeking of the Spirit, a strange calling awoke within her. Led by her newly discovered Spirit guide, she met a young man, a researcher for the great Compendium passing near her village. His name was Tenrans Jorek, an Avennorian.

The fates tangled their two lives together and a romance blossomed. Her family, very cosmopolitan for village-dwelling Eyelians, accepted her interest in an outsider with only passing scowls from the Elders. However even the sternest scowls eventually softened as the evidence of their love became clear.

On the day she declared her intention to leave the village, and her family, to go with Tenrans, explore the world and become a compendium researcher, she expected the scowls to return with a vengance but instead it was only a deep sorrow at her going.

After a tearful leaving, her life of renown begins as she set off into the world.

Appearence:

 The following is an extract from the journal of Tenrans, recording an early meeting with a Dragonbird:

... She ran her fingers, tawny brown mingling against the intense blue, down the creature's elegant neck. Her delight at not only their close proximity, but that the animal was allowing her touch, was evident, and made her soft, black eyes shine, and two small dimples appeared, either side of her mouth, when she smiled.

After a time, the Dragonbird moved away, and looked towards the deep forest, from where it had come. Then it took off and flew away, disappearing amongst the trees.

We made out way back down the waterfruit tree, to the forest floor, and I admired her maneuverability against my own clumsy efforts, more suited to swimming than tree climbing. Her lithe body, though small in stature, moved with grace and fluidity through the thickly adorned branches, her long, lean limbs, placing themselves perfectly, as she descended.

She reached the ground first, and set about removing stray leaves and twigs from her long, dark-brown curls, which, as usual, were tied back into a loose pony-tail. As I landed on the ground beside her, she jumped up and threw her arms around my neck, releasing the joy she had kept inside, while the Dragonbird had been near. She felt like a child in my arms, she was so light. Finally she slid back to the ground, bestowed upon me another dazzling smile, before running carefree back to camp...


Genani Tallclimber Ra'nouf is typical, in appearence, of her native Eyelians. She is, as quoted by Tenrans, small in stature, and slim built, being slightly less than 1.5 peds. Her skin is of a light coffee hue, complimented by the dark chestnut of her curly hair, which is long, reaching halfway down her back, and usually tied back, to keep it out of the way during her explorations.

Her heart-shaped face and high, well-defined cheekbones, excentuate her strong facial features, not least the gentle, black eyes, which shine with keen intelligence, and the joy of her work.

Personality:

By all who have met her, it is said that Genani Tallclimber Ra'nouf is carefree, quick witted, and in possession of natural intelligence. Her joy in even the smallest of discoveries, tells, in itself, of her passion for the environment, and the animals that she has chosen to dedicate her life to.

Much of her personality, comes from her Eagle Clan heritage. Her sense of humour and keen intelligence are both traits of the Eagle Clan, as is her sense of independence, and her self-assurance, in regards to both her physical and mental capabilities, two things thought to have helped her to make the decision to leave her home village, and travel with Tenrans to the Scattersand Shoals.

She is gifted with both patience and calm, giving her a natural affinity with the animals she works with. This Eyelian trait allows her to bond with, and quickly build a mutual trust between them. Her patience also assists her when waiting for many hours at a time, for a single glimpse of a new rare creature, or to learn more about the behaviour of the ones that she has already discovered.

Biography:

1644 : Genani is born, second child of parents, De'enyan Suregrip (father) and Ca'amjen Sweetfruit (mother) in the village of Syhron, south of the Rimmerins Ring and east of the Eyelian capital, Vezash, in the province of Santhala. A mining village, mainly populated by humans.

1654 : Tallclimber becomes an official second name, as she comes home yet again with scraped knees and bruises from her climbs.

1660 : Completes her Seeking of the Spirit coming of age.

1660 : Claims to be led by her spirit guide to find Tenrans nearby. Brings him back to the village.

1662 : Left with Tenrans, to explore and become a compendium researcher.

1664 : Arrives in the Scattersand Shoals after long travels, hearing tales of many undiscovered creatures. Begins her research, assisted by Tenrans.

1670 : First scrolls of her research begin appearing in the Compendium, a detailed study of several creatures, notably the highly elusive Dragonbird.

Importance:

Responsible for research and discovery of many Scattersand shoal species, both plant and animal. Endlessly patience and resourceful... no animal is too rare or too elusive. Known for especially detailed research, particularly of bird species, owing to her beastmaster skills of communication with beasts of many kinds.
18  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Many, MANY LEGS!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA on: 12 June 2010, 02:11:00
I would have posted in here, but I can't post at work, can use the chat though.

Tikky and I are currently focusing quite a lot on the Scattersands, already got the dragonbirds made there, and working on a hobbit deer, a tree, and a Eyelian researcher to be the one discovering all these beasts and things down there, she can certainly spot/study a giant centipede too.

I say go for it.
19  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Azigoor Tree- Northern Sarvonia on: 11 June 2010, 21:19:44
Forgive my trespassing upon the cold forsaken lands of the north, but where trade doesn't really happen between hostile nations/tribes/peoples, caravans tend to emerge as neutral go-betweens that allow trade to happen without interacting with disliked/hated neighbours. Is that something that might work here instead? Would be means for Fymbels to travel around the north too in some relative safety. ;)

Just a thought,

Happy Dreaming :)
20  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Erissa's Tears, Flower, Revised... on: 10 June 2010, 17:39:35
Hey Gwai, good to see some of the older entries getting the dust brushed off and given a new lease of life. It's something I like to do myself. Lets see what you have here....

= Typos

= Comments

= Suggestions

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Categorization: Flower (American spelling of Categorisation)

Overview

Erissa's Tears is the commonly used name for the Ynia. It is a tiny light purple flower that is usually the first to appear at the end of winter, often emerging as the snow is receding.

Appearance. This tiny flower stands about three nailsbreadths high.   The heart shaped dark green leaves are a nailsbreadth in width circling the dark green stem close to the ground.  There are usually three leaves circling the thin stem.  The small flower consisting of four small circular petals, [each less than a nailsbreadth across,] sit flat on top its straight stem. The flower’s petals are circular and each are less than a nailsbreadth across.  Color (American spelling of colour) of this tiny flower can range from a light purple similar to allia to a deep dark purple, but lighter shades are more predominant.   In the center with the stamen is a white spot.  The leaves and stem of the Yneia are covered with a type of wax unique to this plant which will hardens during the plant's growth period.  This wax coating, which give the leaves their bright deep green sheen, is believed to protect the blant from various grubs and midges.

'bright deep green sheen' is a little wordy, and the green in plants comes from the chlorophyll in the leaves. Of course it's fair to say Santharians wouldn't know of that, but the way this is worded it implies if the leaves weren't waxy, they wouldn't be green either. I suggest removing the 'deep green'.

Territory

This flower can be found all over the continent of Sarvonia, whether it is along the shores of the sea or high in a mountain pass. The flower needs to be in full sunlight so it is mostly found in open areas like meadows, fields or southern slopes of mountains, e.g. at the Nirmenith Mountains in southern Santharia.  Although more commonly found in the southern part of Sarvonia, the Yneia has been known to grow briefly during the summer in some of the more northern regions.

Usages

There are no known uses for this flower. Although, many a maiden have been known to braid this tiny flower into their hair before attending one of the spring fairs. 

Reproduction The Yneia is often the first green thing to be seen in the snow across the continent of Sarvonia often at the first sign of spring. (Are you meaning this flower is the first sign of spring? What else is a sign of spring for it to know when to flower? I would suggest this part becomes "often taken as the first sign of spring.") Although it’s stem and dark green leaves will begin to grow during the later parts of the month of Molten Ice, the plant will not begin to bud and bloom until Awakening Earth.  With a very few exceptions, the yneia blooms from the beginning of Awakening Earth until late Changing Winds.  The plant seems to thrive in the moist environment that melting snows create and soon withers without the presence of wet ground.  A notoriously hard to grow plant, all efforts to plant cultivatethe Yneia in tamed gardens have failed since although it needs moist wet ground to grow and thrive, it can be easily overwatered as and Overwatering can be a plant killer aside from just the result of molds, some plants just don't like being saturated permanently) the plant is sensitive to both molds and various forms of rot.  Attempts by Brownies to grow this plant have recently been more successful through means of indirect watering such as through use of chunks of ice or planting thick absorbent cloth around the plant and then watering the cloth instead of the ground to allow moisture to slowly steep through the ground. (Nice detail, I like the part about the brownies :) )

In environments where a constant indirect source of water is provided, such [as] in high mountain passes or in places where snow exists almost year round, the Yneia will continue to bloom until the month of Rising Sun. What's the difference between high mountain passes and places with snow all year? What's the indirect water source in the passes? Also, what about some drier marshlands, perhaps around the edges. The peaty soil would act similar to the absorbent cloth of the brownies?

Throughout its growth period, the protective wax which covers the plant will begin to harden until in at the beginning of the month of Changing Winds both the stem and leaves of the plant are unbendable.  When the wax is hardened if the plant has been successfully pollinated, the stamen harden as well as it turns a dark brown color signifying the presence of seeds inside the protective stamen.  Meanwhile, the roots of the plant will wither and die leaving the stem unanchored to the ground.  Released from the ground, the plant will come be blown away with the slightest breath of wind.  The leaves and stems (now hardened) spin in high winds allowing the plant [a kind of ]flight as long as the wind blows.  The sight of the blooms spinning through the air is a delight to children who will often try to mimic the actions of the wind by rubbing the stem in their hands until the leaves spin and then letting the flower go.(Another lovely detail)  Born by the wind, the Yneia will come to rest in some unusual places, but some of the plants thus carried will land in places suitable for growth.  Upon landing the brown stamen will burst asunder hopefully further scattering its seeds unto fertile soil where the seeds will begin the slow process of developing roots until early spring when the plant will once again bloom for its brief time.If they burst so easily though, simply by landing, how do the children play with them without bursting them? Children are notoriously rough with 'toys'?

Many small insects, butterflies, and moths are responsible for the pollination of this plant, different species depending on location..   Which insect that actually does the pollinating however, mostly depends on the location of the plant.  From the Blue Myrmex, to dalór, to the flitter twitch butterfly, Erissa’s Tears do not lack for insects to pollinate them to assure that they bloom again in the spring. 

Myth/Lore/Origins  Most of the inhabitants on the Sarvonian continent have heard about or know of the selfish and cold-hearted girl who became the Snow Maiden. The stories may differ slightly and the name may be Arysa, Erris or similar, but all end the same way. It is believed, since these tiny flowers come so close to winter's end, they are the tears shed by Erissa when winter is giving way to the warmth of spring. Some say they are tears of sorrow for what she has lost and repentance.  Others claim they are tears of rage that once again she has lost dominance to the warmth of the world.

In general, very nice additions Gwai. A new lease of life for this flower, adding in colourful details that make it seem all the more real and a proper part of the dream. Good work.

Happy Dreaming :)
   
21  Organization and General Discussions / Organizational Schedules / Re: Smee's plans. on: 07 June 2010, 03:47:59
Man this place gets dusty  rolleyes

All cleaned up again.  :D
22  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Dragonbird on: 06 June 2010, 20:13:29
Woo :-)
23  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Re: New People Mod: Shabakuk on: 31 May 2010, 02:35:54
Congratulations, well deserved :)
24  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Happy birthday, Sage Federkiel! on: 28 May 2010, 20:32:05
Happy Birthday, Arti :)
25  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Dragonbird on: 26 May 2010, 20:17:14
Yes I spotted that a few seconds later, and added in the full name as it's quite an official document.
26  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Dragonbird on: 26 May 2010, 05:49:02
Haha, thanks Shaba... I'll make those changes in just a moment, and I'll use the 'attractive' colour I noted in the Fymbels you used for your edits  evil

I haven't forgotten the pygmy (now named hobbit) deer either - you'll see that soon* too :)

EDIT :

Changes made.

* Soon in Smee terms, a notoriously variable length of time  rolleyes
27  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: The Quill on: 26 May 2010, 04:29:01
A little something from the Al'Syrr bird entry I wrote...

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In addition, a recent discovery has found that the long feathers from an Al'Syrr's wing make quite adequate quills. It seems the regular coating of the oil on their feathers makes them tough, waterproof and durable as writing implements

They are desert birds, perhaps an easier supply of quills in such an environment where geese and other normal supplies of quills aren't so readily available :)
28  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Dragonbird on: 26 May 2010, 04:13:13
Fine - I disagree but in the interest of getting this bird complete I have added additional amendments in yellow to take account of those points.

Any other thoughts before a blarrow?

Happy Dreaming :)
29  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Dragonbird on: 25 May 2010, 01:38:22
Ok - the edits have been made in green. Thanks all for your comments, some excellent suggestions and corrections.

Aside from the comments already discussed, some others that we've decided against adding and the reasoning :

-  In what way does it [the head crest] become more elaborate?  : I think "elaborate" is descriptive enough an explanation. If you say simple cloth, or elaborate cloth... elaborate brings up the image of the twirls and whirls of lace, and I think it works the same here.

- You haven't mentioned this (rounded wings)  in the appearance section :   I don't believe repetition is needed in the appearance section. When just looking at the bird's appearance, unless you have it sat next to another bird for direct comparison, a rounding to the wings isn't an obvious thing to note about it's appearance. However it is a specialism it has for its life style. It's current location seems adequate.

- Can they communicate with these calls?  : I don't see what else they'd be for, and see it as pretty obvious without it being additionally stated. It already says they seem complicated enough to be a language.

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Further comments welcome, otherwise looking for a blarrow on this please.

Happy Dreaming :)
30  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Dragonbird on: 11 May 2010, 20:27:42
Don't worry, we're around.

A busy week or two, but the Dragonbird will be gracing the pages of the Compendium soon. I have Friday and Monday off work for a long weekend, there's a good chance I'll get to it then.

The hinted at pygmy deer is also starting to get some flesh to it in our hidden den of creation ;)
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