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« on: 28 May 2006, 15:43:00 »

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An ornate dagger originating from the Zarathian tribe of Aeruillin, this weapon's popularity has spread around the continent, along the numerous trading routes of the Zarathian tribe. Which it shares the same cultural significance as the Cholian Sparth, this weapon is adapted to fit the Zarathian lifestyle. The weapon, recognized for its perfection, is also bought for use by those outside the tribe, primarily for thieves and assasins as it is of the highest quality, slow to dull and contains elaborate inlays.

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Zarathian Dagger: This dagger is awarded to a child on its fourteenth birthday, marking their passing to a full member of the tribe with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of an adult. No matter the affluence of the wielder, it is always extravagant, though not to the point of being gaudy or unusable. The blade resembles that of the person's last dagger, however it is engraved, usually with pictures describing the person or a family crest.

The handle of the dagger is as extravagant as the blade. Though it is usually made of an expensive metal, common features such as the addition of precious stones are not used as they make the weapon unwieldy. The handle is commonly engraved with a family crest at its center, surrounded by intricate designs.

The dagger is almost always worn in an equally as extravagant sheath seated on the wielder's hip allowing for easy access because they are often kept very sharp and are used quite frequently.

The size of the dagger varies, however on average, they are kept pretty small. The weight of the dagger varies slightly in each gender, however men's daggers are considerably heavier than those of women.

Zarathian Training Dagger: This dagger is the first received by a Zarathian at approximately 8 years of age. This weapon is a minute dagger, meant to fit the hand of a child, though it is used very rarely by adults. The weapon, unlike an adult's dagger, has no designs and consists solely of a tiny blade and a handle. The blade is straight and blunted to prevent injuries while training. The hilt, like the blade, is also very bland. This dagger is usually worn proudly by the child who owns it in a small sheath at the child's hip and is the ONLY weapon that the child will have until he or she reaches maturity.

Zarathian Specialized Training Dagger: Seeing as a Zarathian is allowed to choose the manner in which the blade of his weapon is shaped, this training dagger varies based upon the child. Usually awarded at the age of 12, the blade of this weapon is the only section that differs from a young child's dagger. Each owner is allowed to choose, within certain limits, the shape of the blade. These shapes range from straight blades, as found commonly on regular daggers, or an abrupt curve, forming a moonblade-like dagger, though serations are quite common due to their practicality. The dagger is also slightly larger than a regular training dagger, marking the child’s elevated status. The type of blade in which the child chooses, forces him or her to undergo additional training in the use of the new weapon. Smaller classes are derived based on each section. After completing this training, the child is allowed to receive the adults' dagger at the age of 14.

Usages:

Within Zarathian Tribe:

When the Zarathian Dagger was created, it served the dual purpose as a mark of adulthood as well as serving as protection. In the Zarathian culture, when a child completes their training and is old enough to be considered an adult, they are awarded with an extravagant dagger by the elder members of their family. The dagger is then engraved to show areas of interest of the owner as well as with a family crest and other identifying markings. Seeing as the dagger is the sign of a child's maturity, rarely will you find anyone with out their dagger.

The dagger's appearance also fits very well into the Zarathian lifestyle. As traders, the Zarathians need an effective way to protect themselves without scaring off any customers because of intimidating guards or weapons. The dagger can easily be hidden in a saddle bag, or on a mule if necessary, allowing the Zarathian to feel protected, yet prevent others from knowing, though the tribe's pride often prevents them from doing so.

Other Aeruillin Tribes:

As the Zarathians are a trading people, it is only natural for the use of their dagger to have spread as people traveled to their city.  The weapon naturally became used by cutthroats to liquidate targets as it is known for its perfection and plethora of shapes. However, despite its exploitation by theses assassins, the dagger also seduced merchants, farmers and women into its usage as it offered efficient protection, while allowing the proprietor to appear innocent and unprotected, which in turn led to prosperity for the people in theses various lifestyles.

Seeing as Zarathians usually display their dagger proudly, many began to wonder what purpose the extravagant weapon served. After many speculations by the general populace, it was believed that the daggers were a symbol of wealth in the tribe. Affluent people, not wishing to be bested by their Zarathian neighbors, began to imitate the dagger, dressing their own with precious stones and wearing it as proudly as any Zarathian to flaunt their wealth to any passer by. Soon, the weapon became as much of a marker for economical and social status as a crown or a large estate.

Wanting to appear as if they belonged within the tribe, outsiders began proudly showing their own replicas of the weapon, strutting through the streets with the ornate weapon boldy displayed at their side.  Feeling no special connection to the weapon, it was not uncommon for the misinformed outsiders to attempt to sell their replicas, earning the distaste of the Zarathians.  The proud tribe, completely unimpressed by their neighbors' displays, openly ridiculed the merchants, creating an abrupt ending to the short-lived fashion.

Fighting Style:

Fighting techniques with the Zarathian Dagger are usually taught to children starting at the age of eight. The method taught encompasses all the uses of the dagger, showing children how to use both the element of surprise along with agility and strength. Seeing the misleading weapon "magically" appear in the hand of a Zarathian often startles the opponent, providing ample time for the wielder to dart in with the blade before the enemy has time to protect himself.

If this should fail, the Zarathian is then forced to square off with the enemy and fight in a normal duel. Seeing as the weapon is so small, dealing as much damage as possible per blow is evident as it takes much more effort to reach the enemy. Children are taught the locations of vital organs and weak spots along the chest, back, shoulders and legs. However, despite the deadly effect of each blow, the children are taught to treat combat as a dance, twirling and leaping past blows while darting in and out with the dagger, a feat that requires lots of practice. Also, along with this dexterity, the Zarathian is forced to provide considerable force behind each blow to make it more powerful, adding to the complexity of the dagger's use. Despite the main focus on combat, these classes also encompass the practicality of the tribe.  Between breaks in combat training the children are taught more basic uses of the dagger, such as how to effectively use it cut rope or butcher meat.

History:

After the dagger made its way into the hands of the Zarathian men, it began to evolve to fit their lifestyle. Seeing as the Zarathians are a trading people, they needed a way to protect themselves and their wares without adopting an intimidating appearance which would lower their sales.  This led to the daggers found among the Zarathian tribe to become more efficient as time progressed and its popularity grew until eventually, almost everyone had a version of the customized dagger.

After many generations of popularity, the weapon began to integrate itself into Zarathian culture. Schools were opened to teach children how to use the weapon effectively. It also came to represent adulthood in the tribe. Once a child had completed their training, they would be awarded a dagger by their parents, showing that they could efficiently protect themselves and no longer needed to depend upon their parents for survival. The daggers that marked a child’s right of passage were extravagant, usually taking weeks to complete. The daggers were engraved and personalized based upon the child’s interests and his heritage. Zarathians could tell many personal things, such as hobbies and beliefs just by reading the symbols engraved along the blade’s surface. These adult daggers became so important that they became used as a compliment. For example, during business transactions, compliments of the opposing party’s dagger were used as flattery in order to achieve a more favorable bargain.

Seeing as the dagger played a significant role in the Zarathian culture, outsiders soon became curious as to what the beautiful daggers represented. After much debate, the general populace came to the conclusion that the daggers represented wealth. Seeking to show their own wealth, the popularity of the dagger drastically increased as nobles and peasants alike bought their own to flaunt their wealth to the general populace. This caused a boom in the expansion rate of the daggers, causing their popularity to fan out from primary trade routes by word of mouth until it encompassed most of the continent, sending many wealthy families journeying to Shan'Zarathan.
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« Reply #1 on: 28 May 2006, 20:42:00 »

Sounds good. You misspelled bought but other than that. Do you have more of what it look like?

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« Reply #2 on: 29 May 2006, 07:03:00 »

Yes I shall be posting the Description, Usage and possibly the fighting style sections today.

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« Reply #3 on: 29 May 2006, 18:37:00 »

I have an idea for the right of passage dagger if my reasoning holds up that is.

This dagger is the last that a child is given symbolizing the passage from childhood to adulthood. Perhaps a fitting name would be the Arkh Dagger, Arkh means greatest and this is the greatest of the daggers given.

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« Reply #4 on: 29 May 2006, 18:55:00 »

Thank You Stormraven.  I will add it and see what Artemis and Artimidor think.

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« Reply #5 on: 30 May 2006, 16:17:00 »

"skyrocketed" what is that? ;)

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« Reply #6 on: 30 May 2006, 16:48:00 »

Hey Drasil...

I don't have much time to read this right about now, but hopefully I will sometime tomorrow. Sorry, but a lot of stuff has been piling up over my exam time, and now my exams are finished, but I still have so much to do!

:D  :D  :D  

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« Reply #7 on: 30 May 2006, 17:25:00 »

@ Talia:  Syrocketed is often used in an economical/stock market referance, though it is still commonly used in referance to popularity.  It means, in this case for its popularity to ZOOOOOOOOOM!(notice the emphasis on the zoom) up in a short period of time.  :)  

@ Artemis:  I know what you mean.  I have exams the week after next which is why I am trying to spit out all my entries before I have to begin studying so they are up for debate.

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« Reply #8 on: 31 May 2006, 14:28:00 »

Though I'm not the Zarathian expert, I can check this entry in general for misspellings, incomplete sentences etc. and general problems. Here we go with the sentences that need fixing in the Appearance section:

- The general term "Zarathian Dagger" can be broken down into four separate sub-categories, each of which performs a specific function in the Zarathian society.

- This dagger is usually worn proudly by the child who owns it in a small sheath at the child's hip and is the ONLY weapon that the child will have until he or she reaches maturity.

- Each owner is allowed to choose, within certain limits

-  The type of blade in which the child chooses, forces him or her to undergo additional training in the use of the new weapon.

- the child is allowed to receive the adults' dagger at the age of 14.

- This dagger is awarded to a child on its fourteenth birthday, marking their passing to a full member of the tribe with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of an adult. No matter the affluence of the wielder, it is always extravagant.

-  It is usually made of an expensive metal and set with precious stones. The handle is commonly engraved with a family crest at its center

- The dagger is almost always worn in an equally as extravagant sheath seated on the wielder's hip allowing for easy access because, even though these weapons appear to be mainly designed for show, they are often kept very sharp and are used quite frequently.

- however men's daggers are considerably heavier than those of women

- This type of Zarathian Dagger is often considered to be the dagger's 'standard form' as it is used by all adult Zarathians for protection outside their own, personalized dagger as well as being the only form of the dagger that the Zarathians trade with outsiders. (Don't understand this sentence construction.)


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« Reply #9 on: 31 May 2006, 19:40:00 »

Hey Drasil - once again I am really sorry for not getting around to this. Unfortunately it's looking like it'll be a few days before I have time to sit down and properly give this entry a thorough run over - as I mentioned before, I've just literally had exams finish, and now I am sorting out all my stuff in my current house (which is a lot) as I am moving out in 2 days time! So, really, it is hard to find the time to do much other than sort my rather messy room right now. I'm really sorry, I promise this will be first on my list to do when I have it all sorted.

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« Reply #10 on: 31 May 2006, 19:44:00 »

No need to pressure yourself any further with my entry :D   You just move out of your house and get into your nice new one.  Its ironic however, seeing as I will probably be gone for the week you come back. :rollin  

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« Reply #11 on: 31 May 2006, 22:30:00 »

Hey Drasil, I think the reason Talia commented on the term Skyrocketed is becasue it is not a Santharian apropriate term. No one in this world knows what a rocket is.

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« Reply #12 on: 01 June 2006, 13:51:00 »

Thanks Stormraven! You got it right. :)  

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« Reply #13 on: 01 June 2006, 14:27:00 »

Editing.  I'm changing it to drasitcally increased.

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« Reply #14 on: 01 June 2006, 14:34:00 »

Not 'drasitcally' or even 'drasilcally', please - the word is 'drastically' :p  

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