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16  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: How one chooses to take words. on: 30 June 2009, 07:15:06
Do you really think people would overreact if you said something positive?
17  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Butter Ball Delight (Pastry) on: 30 June 2009, 06:33:28
1   cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2   cup powdered sugar
1   teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4    flour
3/4   cup finely chopped nuts
1/4   teaspoon salt
   Powdered sugar - to roll in.
        Cinnamon - to sprinkle on

1.   Heat oven to 400ºF.
2.   Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together.
3.   Shape dough into 1-inch/10cm balls. Place about 1-inch/10cm apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
4.   Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack.
5.   Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again then sprinkle with cinnamon.
18  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Dai'estár: Red Giant (Moth) on: 30 June 2009, 05:47:29
I think you just noticed my edit in the last few minutes, but I meant my edit I made nearly 4 hours ago now.

Please don't jump down my throat, especially when it is still very much so incomplete.
19  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Butter Ball Delight (Pastry) on: 30 June 2009, 05:43:34
I can post it here if you would like, Alysse.

20  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Dai'estár: Red Giant (Moth) on: 30 June 2009, 05:38:55
1) The length and wingspan have already been changed before you posted.

2) You are assuming it will land on anything of that sort.

3) It isn't a butterfly.

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21  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Butter Ball Delight (Pastry) on: 30 June 2009, 02:52:24
Thank you Artimidor, for the vote of confidence and encouragement.

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22  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The first wave of the invasion... The Hanged-Man's Beetle on: 29 June 2009, 13:47:42
Hello Eldreneth Aenterien. Thought I could come and help by giving my two sans.  thumbup

Overview. Deep in the tunnels of Trumatyreon, where the oil lakes sit waiting like a fearsome and shadowy predator<comma> there is a species of beetle. It is whispered about by the Brownies who have seen it. They whisper about its bulging white eyes<comma> which stare at nothing<comma> for they are unseeing. They paddle around within the lakes<comma> but sometimes they will come to the surface for air<comma> and then you see them just floating and looking like they have been dead for years and years.

Appearance. (The half a palmspan long Hanged-Man’s Beetle is completely covered by an exoskeleton colored the deepest and darkest shade of black except for its eyes which are a milky white and bulge out almost completely.) (This sentence is a run-on and needs to be broken up.) It has six legs<comma> which are about a quarter of a palmspan long and end in a sharp point<comma> which could spear a brownie who got too close. The last set of legs though are very wide<comma> like oars with large muscles<comma> to help propel them through the oil . Beneath its eyes are its mandibles<comma> of which it has two sets. The outer mandibles are as long and pointy as the legs<comma> but they are used to secure the beetle to its food<period> This is so it can feed on its prey<apostrophe>s flesh without being swept off. The inner set of mandibles are jagged<comma> and used to slice off pieces of flesh.

Special Abilities. The beetle has very fine hairs on its legs that can sense vibrations within the oil. It can tell the size<comma> or what>shape?<comma> and strength it is by the type of ripples<period> and how strong they are. It is usually very slow at swimming<comma> but can speed through the oil at half a ped a second for around half a minute.

Territory. The Hanged-Man’s Beetle has never been found outside of the unique and creepy environment of the oil lakes.

Habitat/Behavior. Hanged-Man’s Beetles swim through every part of the lakes<comma> slowly propelling themselves with their hind legs<comma> looking for a host on which to feed. They sense their prey by finding vibrations<comma> which suggest that something is floating about. When they sense predators with the fine hairs on their legs<comma> the beetle will speed to the nearest part of the wall or floor<comma> and rest on it while the predator passes by.

Diet. The only things the beetles eat are corpses in the water<period> which They feed on these very slowly while it is preserved by the oil. More often than not<comma> they will feed on corpses that the Yoyarr have dragged down and preserved in the oil.

Mating. When spring arrives<comma> the beetles will detach from their host corpses and swim toward the lake floor<comma> where the males will race for the hand>not if this is the word you are looking for. of a female. The winner will get to mate with the female while the others rest between races. The mating season will last around two weeks while the males race over and over again. After mating season<comma> the males will be so exhausted<comma> almost all of them will die out. In the next week after mating<comma> the females will lay around fifty to seventy-five eggs (under a rock usually) each<comma> and guard them for the next three months before they hatch. When the eggs hatch, the young will immediately disperse with their mother and they and their mother will seek out hosts until next mating season.

Myth/Lore. One day<comma> a band of orcs came to trade with the Trumarim dwarves. But one of these orcs was mad and wished to kill all the dwarves. So he snuck around the city looking for  a dwarf to kill. Before the guards became aware of him he had killed five dwarves. When the guards found out they hung him and threw his corpse into the lakes. The dwarves prayed for his soul to be punished forever. Seven days they prayed and when it was all over a mass of beetles pushed out of his skin with black exoskeletons and bulging milky white eyes. The Hanged-Man's Beetle was created.

This last section read quite different from the rest, so I had difficulty proofreading. It reads as if it was written for a children's book. The words used are on a different level than the ones you used previously. It could use a good read over and elaboration.


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23  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Dai'estár: Red Giant (Moth) on: 29 June 2009, 12:43:20
Overview
The Dai'estár (Red Giant), a gentle giant of the insect realm, is truly a sight to behold with its fully grown wingspan of three times its body length. It is a reclusive creature, which is the result of it being hunted for its wings and silk. Because of this, their numbers have tumbled dangerously towards extinction. If one ever catches a glimpse of these creatures, it is a story of a lifetime to tell, as they are both stunning and rare. They are quite well at home in the heart of the Sharkion Zshararath mountains, only migrating south from them to mate and feast upon a diet of fruits and berries. This is the best time to watch them, but be careful not to frighten them.

Categorisation
Animals, Large, Insects

Appearance
Being a creature of unusual size for its type, the Dai'estár is one of Nybelmar's gentle giants and rare treasures. Their bodies are short and stubby compared to their wingspan, only about a third of its overall width. A coarse fur coat covers them in alternating red and white horizontal stripes which wrap around their bodies. Two large red feather-like antennae stick out from just above their eyes near the top of their head. These antennae help to steady them in flight and serve as their sense of smell. Barely visible mouths are used to gingerly pluck small fruits and berries from bushes and trees. They have two beady black eyes which are mostly covered by the thick coarse fur, making it slightly difficult for them to see where they are going and stabilizing themselves during flight, as they are not the greatest or most graceful of fliers.

It has a total body length of any where between 1/2 to 3/4 peds, followed with a wingspan of nearly three and a half peds at its widest point.


Special Abilities
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Territory
The Dai'estár live most of their adult life in the lower regions of the Sharkion Zshararath mountains, hiding away from civilisation and other creatures to live a fairly peaceful life. They make their homes in large caverns or high ledges at high altitudes, as their bodies have natural protection against the bitter cold. Yet, once a year during their adult life, they will migrate south to feed. This lasts for a month before they return to their northern homes, eating wild fruits and berries which scatter the landscape. It is during this feasting period they will mate and lay eggs, leaving the larvae to thrive in the warm climates.
    
Habitat/Behavior


Diet
During their larvae stage, the Dai'estár will feast on any type of leaves or berries, as they are both scattered and bountiful in the south. One larvae can consume the equivalent of three trees or large bushes in the course of a day's passing. They will spend the good part of six months eating as much as they possibly can of the vegetation, growing to massive proportions which the amount consumed suggests. Despite their size, they are a far cry from being carnivores and will avoid all other animals and humans.  

Mating
A common time to watch these marvelous creatures is during their mating season, observing the graceful dance they perform in the sky. To attract the females, the males will spread their wings as far as they can, showing off their width and colours to the interested eye of a mate. The brightest of reds will win a females approval. This, however, is when something unusual happens. Instead of the males fighting over the females, the females will battle one another for a chance to mate with the male. The first female to land on the back of the male, is the winner of the battle and the mating ritual may proceed.

Together, they will soar high into the sky at amazing speed. At the peak, they entwine their legs and begin the mating ritual. Once entwined, they spiral towards the ground, free falling as one. Just above the ground, the Dai'estárs separate, flying in the opposite direction from each other. When this happens, the ritual is started once again with them flying high into the sky. Each step is repeated several times before they will land and rest.



Myth/Lore/Origin


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24  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Butter Ball Delight (Pastry) on: 29 June 2009, 08:30:29
Ok. I believe I am finished with this overhaul. I hope I have addressed all the previous concerns by all parties. This is no longer the original entry I hoping for, nor the purpose, but I am more-or-less happy with it.

I know there was friction in the past with me and couple members, but trying to start anew here and created the entry they wanted me to.

Thanks in advance  grin
25  Organization and General Discussions / Discussions, Development Ideas & Proposals / Re: Standing by your aura ratings. on: 28 June 2009, 13:02:07
Perhaps instead of fretting about the negativity of your aura, the productivity of your entries should be in your forethought and attention. If you believe it shouldn't affect your work, then don't let it.

I think there has been too much dwelling on this matter, and people trying to justify themselves to no avail on both sides. The longer you make this go on, the more of a stalemate you are creating. The more you all argue, the farther you move towards resolution.

26  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Butter Balls (Pastry) on: 28 June 2009, 12:58:10
Bumping so I don't have to sift through pages while I work on this.
27  Santharian World Development / Races, Tribes and Clans / Re: Dorians on: 28 June 2009, 10:30:20
First thing, make sure you use the correct posticon. This is a must around here for progress determination.

Secondly, is this another tribe, or simply a group within the tribe.

Thirdly, I don't think tribes are open for creation at this time. Last I knew, there was more work being done on updating the current ones and giving them more detail and life throughout.

Fourthly, be careful of your own spelling and capitalization. You seem to be careless with both from the small section "completed".
28  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Melting Delights (Pastry) on: 23 December 2008, 12:32:55
Then you are misreading my replies as personal attacks.

You did several times point out some your comments were for personal use in RL after they were made, in later replies. I didn't realize my request was so undignified that it would rub fur the wrong way, my mistake.

And I have never specifically said I did not appreciate your comments, but some consistency in what is told to me would help in my "accepting" them. I have people telling me several different things, and every time I do what I am told, I am asked to change it by another. Do you see my frustration?

Now, you are the only one commenting, so I am assuming I should take whatever your comments are as the only ones which I will have to integrate in the future (which I am still working on).

The headache is from what I have mentioned above, and would be helpful to get things cleaned up.

 
29  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Cha Time Delights (Pastry) on: 22 December 2008, 13:40:51
I wouldn't think that the extract/oil would be difficult to obtain from the bean, but would be more expensive than the bean alone. I would like to not get rid of the vanilla if at all possible, perhaps a more nuttier "extract" could be used instead? *rubs temples trying to think* Consistency in information given would make this entry much less of a headache than it has become.

Oh, and for comments which are for personal knowledge and not necessarily for integration, could it somehow be noted specially so I am not confused? As it seems to be consistently happening with us here.
30  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Cha Time Delights (Pastry) on: 19 December 2008, 11:08:44
To begin, do you wish for me to use European English, or American English? I was under the impression both were acceptable. If European English is preferred, I will be more than willing to go through with a complete European English Spellcheck, but I need this verified, as I was not aware there were any spelling issues in my entry until you changed some to European English.

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As already proposed above, I would look for another, more precise name, for a "cha'ah time delight" could be anything which goes with the late afternoon cha. But as you insist on keeping this name (which is not a bad thing), then I would propose to shorten it.
"Cha'ah Time Delights" (Delights)
Cha'ah time delight is an expession which CAN and probably WILL cover more products, but I see your delights now as the name-giver for more of that sort, where yours is the original stuff. What about this? The name is too long anyway for daily use, so "Delights" would be the abbreviation, "Cha'ah Time Delights" the official name, but you won't be able to hinder any Hobbit out there to misuse the name. So, while visiting a tavern in the Helmondshire you could well find announced: Here are sold the original "Cha'ah Time Delights" . I think you can't occupy a name which can be standing for many things for a single item. So, "Cha'ah Time Delights" would be the generic term (superordinate concept???), your sweets are the namegivers, called now "Delights", but there are  out in the vast Hobbit world more and other receipts, different from yours, which say that they can well be a "Cha'ah Time Delights" as well? Could you live with that?

If not this, perhaps some suggestions would help. As, anything I would think of would be too long as well. *If* there are to be more, or *if* anyone would be *willing* to make more, then this would apply. White Balls? Melting Delights? ~shrug~ You see a predicament?


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Why are they served warm if there is not much difference? Just because they are quickly and easily made?

Warm, they tend to melt faster, as the dough hasn't had the full chance to harden or dry. Yet, they can be kept for a time and do not lose flavor if not served right away, and if more are made for a large gathering, they won't necessarily be fresh from the oven. Perhaps I should be more clear on this fact.



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Oh well, the elves have taken a delight into them, because of the simplicity? Why that? What do you want to say about the elves with this sentence?  In the ext sentence you say, they were not comfortable with them, because they are too sweet? That is slightly contradictory

You assume I am trying to imply something, yet I am not. I am just saying that easy and they are delicious. Why wouldn't elves like them? Just because I said they weren't *too* fond of the foridite powder, doesn't mean they don't necessarily dislike them. This is a play on English, and yes, English is silly and seems to contradict itself when it really isn't. They just altered them to make some more suiting to them. So what?

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Distasteful is quite a strong expression, somehow I can't imagine Hobbits to be so hard in their opinion. If they are really distasteful, there has to be something wrong. Tsasteless would suffice, I'd say.

Well, Distasteful = not fond. I would think "tasteless" would be a far stronger insult, especially coming from a hobbit.

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Which are? A bit unlucky, that sentence, do you mean: "Though served as a treat in elven homelands and in some human taverns, it is mainly found in the Hobbitlands" And even then, I do hear Judy say, if it is a known recceipt and delicious, why is it not done everywhere? Especially as it is not too complicated?


Again, it is known, but not common. Just because it is easy and delightful, doesn't mean everyone will know about it. If you insist some of the ingredients are hard to get, it does limit the output. I will reword the sentence.

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How comes this, did you not tell otherwise above? And again - it is now a common receipt.

Just because more people outside of the Shires know about it, doesn't necessarily make it "common". It can still be rare, yet known about by many.


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Everywhere oder nowhere?

No, I meant "everywhere".


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Why? The ingedients are found elsewhere as well

So, I should have everyone be the inventor? I picked one, is that not enough, or do I need to give a full detailed history of how they came to create this treat? I am sure all of us women have played around in our kitchen at some point in time and created something delicious from nothing.


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I would like to propose to change this a little bit. Tell us that this receipt was, though this easy, a long kept secret and that it only has recently (or a few aears ago) found its way into the compendium. And though now it is used everywhere, especially in families, the taste is not the same as those of the originals in the shire. somethign like this. Then you can keep the secret stuff AND have it available.

I thought that was what I had done, but evidently it was either misunderstood or unclear. I have tried several other of your methods to no avail, so it shouldn't fail me this time, right?

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two and a forth scups of breddflour, one and a half scups of doch nuts

No no no. Let me put it this way. 2.25 cups of flour, and .75 cups of nuts. The tots was correct for the nuts. I should've used 2 and a fourth mugs of flour. Too many nuts in your suggestion, and not enough flour in it either. Thanks for catching it at least. Or it could be four and a half scups.

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As Vanilla is very expensive, it comes from Nybelmar, I would name it as a ingredient which is only used occasionally.

Considering Vanilla is a big flavour addition in baking, I cannot simply just have it erased from the receipt. It would change the consistency and the taste dramatically. Vanilla isn't exactly cheap on Earth, yet most kitchens will have it because it is useful and used quite often for flavoring, and little can go a long way. Perhaps we can cut the amount used it half and substitute milk so there is still plenty of liquid to help the dough stick together, but it will change the way it tastes. And, I was told before the availability of the ingredients was not an issue, so why is it now?


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Why should I take a non greased sheet? Just for information

Because it doesn't need one? I guess I could change it as it doesn't matter, yet I think greased sheets tend to brown things more than non-greased (in my experience).

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That's now just my opinion: Would a noble compendiumwriter make such a receipt public and incorporate it in this masterwork, if the receipt was more or less stolen? I think, that good cooks can well be able to bake it themselves, after they have tasted it. at least nearly! Here you would have another possibility to keep it secret and public at the same time


Good cooks, and how many "good cooks" generally wander into taverns, taste a treat, and go home to try and make them? At least in Santharia? Perhaps the compendium writer managed to get ahold of the receipt themselves, and didn't accept a stolen one. This is assuming the way it was obtained for the compendium was immoral, yet it wasn't directly said.

No baking powder needed, as baking powder and soda generally make things expand, and these don't.
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