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« Reply #15 on: 22 June 2001, 13:44:00 »

There are of course different tribes of dark elves, some of them may also have dark skin, others pale skin. All dark elves originated from the typical elves (spiritual beings), but they accept Cor's pre-dominating role in the world. Read the entry in the Maps/Places section about F'v'cl'r in order to get a background information about dark elves in Santharia.

To Obsidian: Please let me know when your description about the Shivering Woods can be seen as finished. What is considered finished can be put up on the site next update. In any case I go through entries when I put them up, doing final corrections and adjustments. So always try to focus on something and get it done before moving to the next thing (repeat myself here, but that's important in order not to get lost in details).

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« Reply #16 on: 22 June 2001, 15:49:00 »

I'm hoping to finish up details on the Shivering Woods by the weekend. I'm putting in some extra effort on the locale, so just give me a few days. Do you want me to send it in as a Compendium entry resembling what a Santharian encyclopedia article might look like, or should I give the whole back story?

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« Reply #17 on: 23 June 2001, 07:51:00 »

Okay here's a few more details: The dark elf tribe that once inhabited the Shivering Wood was called the Tsvaen'mol'khar (put an accent over the first and second "a"). The meaning is unknown as the tribe had its own unusual dialect derived from Elven which was later lost when the tribe died out. However, some bits and peaces of the language have been gathered by scholars and many theorize that the tribe's name translates roughly to "Pale Shadow." Of course, no one living knows more than a few words from teh tribe's language, so this is only speculation.
The dark elves of the Tsvaen'mol'khar tribe all had pale skin, eyes, and hair. When the tribe began to die, they intermarried with humans to form a breed of half-elves to carry on their vow. Unofrtunately, not many of these half-drow progeny are left. The few that remain can be identified by those who know what to look for. Usually, distinguishing characteristics would be skin that remains pale no matter how much sun it is exposed to, eyes of twilight purple or grey, and white or platinum hair.
Today, everyone believes that the Tsvaen'mol'khar are dead. Many people believe that Greywolf and a few others are their progeny, but they can't be certain, and some people don't want to know if their right. Remember, the dark elves of the Shivering Woods came their because they were recluses and weren't evil per se.
As for the story and fate of The Silver Hand, let's keep a little open-minded on that one. There are plenty of good ideas out there. Artimidor's idea sounds especially intriguing.
If I come up with anything else, I'll post it here as soon as I get the chance.

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« Reply #18 on: 23 June 2001, 14:46:00 »

Yup, I'd say a Compendium entry for the Shivering Woods should have priority for now, Obsidian! You can refer to the elven tribe you described, however, I would also suggest to elaborate the elves too a bit more and do an own Compendium entry for the elves sooner or later (e.g. with a description of their coat of arms etc.). The more details we have on certain parts of Santharia (places, tribes, whatever) the better.

As for the Shivering Woods Compendium entry: I propose to work on a final version, which you either post as a whole here at the Forum or which you mail to me in order to put it up on the site.

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« Reply #19 on: 23 June 2001, 16:06:00 »

Understood. I'll see what I can do. It might take a little longer to write up some information on the dark elves as a race, especially since my new job is really pushing my hours (as far as they can push a minor, that is) this week.

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« Reply #20 on: 24 June 2001, 01:13:00 »

Okeydokey. Good luck with your new job BTW:)  

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« Reply #21 on: 24 June 2001, 07:21:00 »

>> ...(e.g. with a description of their coat of arms etc.)...

ARGH!

Always looking for more work for me, Art? Thought I enough things to do. But on the other side a CoA is something I can finish in one day when I have time. So just tell me what you've imagined on that, Obsidian, and I would be honored to realize it! :)

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« Reply #22 on: 29 June 2001, 23:56:00 »

Okay, I'm gonna get this finished now. I decided to make the history of the Shivering Woods to be an amalgam of what I orginally envisioned and what Artimidor suggested:

The Silver Hand tried an alignment shift from wind to earth to gain immortality. The dark elves stopped tehm, seeing htem as a threat, and upset the spell, causing the reaction Art described.
To add a little flavor, let's say that the sorcerers' bodies became the smaller, man-sized stones inside the ring. They are no longer recognizable as humans since ages of abuse from spiteful dark elf guardians and natural erosion have worn away any humanoid features.
The dark elves did indeed protect the forest, but their tribe was adversely affected by some of the new insects nad plants they encountered there. The blood of the tribe became thinner nad weaker as entire generations were lost to new strains of disease they had never encountered before (Sort of like a lethal version of Montezuma's Revenge).
By the end of SW III, the tribe had dwindled greatly and already had several generations of half-elves. Unfortunately, they continued to dwindle until only a handful were left. Greywolf and about four or five others are all that remain of of the Tsvaen'mol'khar tribe.
I'll have a final copy written up by Monday or Tuesday.
As for a coat of arms, I envision a black circle with a sword point-down across the diameter. The white sillouette of a wolf's head is on one side and the image of a blood red crescent moon on the opposite side. Not much, But I could think up something better given some time.

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« Reply #23 on: 30 June 2001, 03:40:00 »

Obsidian? New members? Wow, I have been gone for a looong time.

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« Reply #24 on: 30 June 2001, 09:48:00 »

Wake up, Gnufruk! *riiiiiiiiing* *hehe*

Sounds nice! Looking forward to the final entry:)  BTW: Coat of Arms idea sounds very good from my point of view. I can envision this as a very atmospheric CoA...

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« Reply #25 on: 04 July 2001, 01:11:00 »

I think I'll stick with the coat of arms design, but perhaps elaborate on the detail a bit. Like having eyes in the wofl head silhouette of a deep blue or purple color. Or perhaps give the sword some more details like the handguard being crafted in the shape of a pair of bat's wings.
Anyway, the final copy is going to be late. My job has me working most of the hours I'm awake and I'm trying ot catch up on past projects that I have been horribly slacking off on.
On a lighter note, one of the delays isn't too bad for me: I finally got a date. :D
I'll try to get the final copy out ASAP, though.

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« Reply #26 on: 04 July 2001, 10:52:00 »

*hehe* Date is fine, final version too:)  Thanx for keeping us informed!

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« Reply #27 on: 12 July 2001, 21:13:00 »

As the unofficial botanist of Santharia, might I make a suggestion about the actual composition of the Shivering Woods?


In this mundane Terran ecology we have poplars, aspen, and larch - all delicately designed trees with light leaves/needles, which quiver in even the slightest breath of wind.  Aspen in particular produce a lovely shimmering effect because of the refractive index on their leaves.  In fact, there is a legend relating the tremors of the aspen and poplar to guilt since the wood of the Cross was taken from them.....

We also have a North American tree whose name I can't place at the moment, but it has pale bark, a deep shimmery green leaf topsurface and a soft, felt-white leaf underside, which creates a spectacular ghostlike image in a strong wind.

Perhaps then it would not seem at all out of place to design a tree specifically for the Woods; my proposed entry for the Herbarium is below.

LARKENTIR:  a tall slender-trunked tree with elongated silvery leaves.  The entire tree, trunk, roots,and all, trembles and vibrates in response to any movement of the air, no matter how subtle.  A human voice at normal volume is enough to cause a single tree to stir, while a shout can make a whole copse of Larkentir shudder violently.  An explosion of mage-force level has been known to fell swathes of these incredibly sensitive and hauntingly-shaped trees.  Nonetheless, people steer clear of Larkentir and do not use even the fallen wood; the sap is a deep crimson red and it is terrifying to see it ooze slowly from an ax blow or a torn-off limb.  Larkentir are found almost exclusively within the confines of the Shivering Woods in Southern Santharia.  For more detail, see the entry on Shivering Woods.

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« Reply #28 on: 13 July 2001, 11:13:00 »

Yup, entry on Larkentir: bought! Now we only need the final version of th Shivering Woods entry. Stooooormcrooow! Still alive?

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« Reply #29 on: 15 July 2001, 09:48:00 »

Sorry for the excessive delay. The past couple of weeks have been a pain in the arse, especially getting fired for that sick day I had to take. I won't bore you guys with anymore details, but I promise to get back to work.
I love the Larkentir trees and I'll modify what I have so far to accomadate for them.

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