If you're a
member of the Santharian Dream and would like to add stuff to our Miscellaneous section,
please post in the Miscellaneous
section of the Santharian Development Message Board. People will then
comment on your new addition and if the entry is approved it will eventually
move to the site in one of the coming updates.
However, in order to design weapons, games, artifacts, diseases etc. for the Santharian Compendium the following rules need to be taken into account. If you still aren't sure what you should put in certain sections, please read through some entries first and see how others have done their entries.
How to write names
If you describe something, always write the first letter of the thing/being and in this case the person's full name including a possible title or surname in capitalized form (e.g. "Thar the Great", "King Redbeard", "Captain Dimeye Beringstin") throughout the entry. On the other hand always use lowercase letters if you mention other things/beings which are mentioned within the entry ("dragonfly", "ranlesh" or "black rose").
Keep it as Santharian as possible
Also try to make your people as unique "Santharian" as possible. Try to use names which represent the culture they come from, not simply random, exchangeable names. Also if you describe a person there should be a reason why this man or woman got his/her own entry in the Compendium, so try to make clear why this person has become such a celebrity.
HOW TO DO WEAPONS
The Overview should mention the most important things you need to know about the weapon in summarized form: its various names, a rough description of its shape, its purpose and who uses it and how. When reading the Overview part you should get pretty much all key information you need to know in condensed form.
Include here everything related to the appearance of the weapon and the type of the item (missile weapon, melee weapon, mass destruction, siege engine etc.): Of which parts does it consist? Is there ammunition required? How large is it? Are there different kinds of the same weapon?
Who uses the weapon, when and where? Are there certain tribes who preferable use it? Is there a tradition for this weapon? Is it used on special occasions, where in combat is it used? Is it common or seldom?
How exactly does the weapon work? How can you handle it most efficiently? What are the difficulties and the advantages of the weapon?
HOW TO DO ARTIFACTS
Include the name of the artifact, and also any other names it has been called by. Also: Why is the object useful? Include a few interesting details, along with the main reason the thing is important.
What does the object look like? An exact replica of one of Dalá's demonducks? Perhaps the form of a falcon in green marble? Even the engraved image of a small tarep breathing green fire upon a legion of elven soldiers could be a part of your artifact, if you include it in this section.
Here, you get to write the exact uses of the object, and all powers that the artifact is noted for.
Who developed it, and where? Are there any significant people associated with it? Any important events it was involved in? Even basic details like "This ladle is used to serve all soups made in fair contests in Derbyshire," can add flavor to an entry.
Perhaps this object that we've been talking about for so long is simply legendary, and everyone thinks that is was born of a pond made where one of Avá's tears fell and remained. Maybe forged by Coór in dark ages long since forgotten. Whatever it is, it will make your entry seem wonderful, and even mysterious.
HOW TO DO GAMES
Name, duh, plus any nicknames, alternative names, or translations. Give a rough description of the game and perhaps a glimpse at its history, just to give the reader a general idea what the game is all about.
Provide a picture/description of game board, playing field, or special equipment piece - of course only if it makes sense at this particular kind of game. Otherwise just omit this section.
State here whatever equipment is needed, plus the number of players, any special titles of players, referees, timing devices, balls, markers, etc.
What has to happen before the play begins: setup of board, players on field, candles lit and incense burnt, everyone holds hands, whatever!
How the game proceeds. Things you have to do to win - and things you’re not allowed to do to win!
follow these guidelines I'm sure developing Weapons, Artifacts, Games, Diseases
and other Miscellaneous stuff is much easier and will produce better results. - Happy developing!
HOW TO DO PRODUCTS AND INDUSTRIES
Name of Product/Industry
E.g. - Paper, Salt Farming, Dyes & Stains, Tanning, Honey
A general introduction to the subject, giving a few basic details on what it is and why it is important.
Description of the Product
What does it look like (and/or 'smell, taste, feel, sound' like)? Are there different grades, types, kinds? How much do they cost? Is it sturdy and easily transported, or perishable?
What are the ingredients and materials required? How are they processed? Are there several steps or middlemen? Is one person involved from start to finish or is it a many-handed operation? What are the amounts? What are the results? Any by-products, either useful or harmful?
Where is the product made - urban areas or country, on-location or in a 'factory', cottage industry/single proprietor/guild-manufactured? What areas of the province, what cities or towns are known for this industry? Trade relationships that depend on this product? How is it commonly transported and in what form?
What for is this product used? How is it used? What is made out of it? etc.
History of the Industry
Give us some idea about how long this process has been known to the continent, or at least in Santharia. Any notable discoveries, breakthroughs or innovations in the manufacturing process? Any famous inventors or experimentors? Any disasters?
Some interesting details and creative touches can be added here. For example:
"Malise-Keepers believe that the hive has a sentience of its own, a sort of 'group mind' if you will, although most common people laugh at this concept..." or "On the Huiscen Plains, leather produced from cattle that have died naturally (as opposed to being slaughtered for their hides) is processed separately and given a higher price. It is thought that this leather will last longer and if made into any item of personal apparel, will help to extend the owner's life..."
HOW TO DO BOOKS, SCROLLS AND PARCHMENTS
Name of Parchment, Scroll or
E.g. - "Thaehavos Scrolls" or "Parchment of..."
A general introduction to the subject, giving a few basic details on what it is and why it is important, time when it was found, written or published.
How does it look like? From outside, from inside, are pictures in it (no detailed description of the content here!)? How does it smell? How does it feel, if you touch it? Has it an aura of age, does it seem precious to you, or is it just a notebook? Was it crafted carefully?
Content of the Book
What will I find if opening it and start to read or look more closely at the content?
of the Book
If it is an ancient book, describe when it was found, by whom was it found and under which circumstances. Also: Who wrote it, when did the author live, why did he write it, under which circumstances? Maybe add here some details about the area (time and country) in which the author lived (if known).
History and Influence
Had or still has this book or scroll a history, or was it forgotten soon after it was written? Was it widespread or did only few of them know about it? Did it influence people in their actions or way of thinking?
Summarise and clarify here its importance, stress shortly what you have already mentioned under influence.
HOW TO DO FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Name of Food or Beverage
E.g. - "Bredden Grain“
A general introduction to the food or beverage, giving a few basic details on what it is and where it was first produced, whether it is a main course, side dish, dessert or beverage.
How does it taste and smell? What is its texture? Is it served hot or cold? If it's food, is it served in a bowl or on a plate? If it's a beverage, is it served in a specific type of glass (i.e. wine glass, cup, mug, etc.).
If it is a beverage, is it alcoholic? Is it served hot or cold? If it is food, is it served at a meal (breakfast, lunch, supper) or as a snack? Is it served in taverns or inns to compliment an alcoholic beverage? Is it a child's treat?
of the Food or Beverage
Which race and tribe is first credited with producing the food or beverage, and in which area was it first produced? Is it produced in many different countries than its place of origin? Is it tied to certain religious ceremonies, holidays or specific times of year? Is it consumed by the wealthy (i.e. is it expensive to grow the ingredients and prepare) or is it more commonplace? Can the ingredients be purchased anywhere or can they only be grown (plants) or raised (animals) in certain parts of the world?
What ingredients are used? How much of each ingredient is needed to prepare how many servings? How are the ingredients treated prior to preparing the food or beverage? In what order are the ingredients mixed? If it is food, is it cooked, baked, grilled, served cold, etc. If it is a beverage, is it served hot or cold?
HOW TO DO FAIRS, CELEBRATIONS AND FESTIVALS
Name of the Event
Write down the name of the event, include any shortened forms or alternate names here as well.
Give a brief overview about your event, include the important points, where it happens, and when it happens.
Where does this event take place? When does it take place.
What happens during this event? Are there contests? Do merchants sell their wares? Is there feasting, drinking, dancing? You don't have to list every little stall, but the things that people would want to know about should be in this section.
Have any famous individuals been involved with the event? Great champions who got their start jousting in a tourney, wealthy nobility who sponsor the event?
What is the importance of the event? Does it have cultural or historical significance? To which tribe or people?