THE SANTHARIAN DEVELOPMENT RULES

SANTHARIAN COMMUNITY CODE  - GENERAL DEVELOPMENT RULES


As with every creative community, there are unspoken guidelines that we hold in common. When newcomers encounter these guidelines without prior notice, they are apt to experience frustration of the 'nobody-told-me' sort. So, while we have no desire to impose any rigid rules and regulations, here for your convenience, are some key words and concepts that can make your experience in Caelereth much more enjoyable and productive for all. In no particular order:

 

SANTHARIAN COMMUNITY CODE
 

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  • Creativity
    Santharia is a fantasy world building project, full of unique and one-of-a-kind creations; we only accept original concepts, paintings, music, and entries, so let your work be fun and 'fantastic' in all senses of the word.

    Though we acknowledge that inspiration's sources can be diverse, and do pay tribute to many great minds of the past or extant (for example, the site itself began as a creative tribute to the master of contemporary high fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien), plagiarism is decisively discouraged. If in doubt, feel free to post your ideas and ask - we'll doubtless have helpful suggestions!

  • Craftsmanship
    This is a site for readers and writers which expects you to have some competence in both fields - yes, we encourage and support learners of the craft, but at a minimum you should be able to produce correct spelling, grammar, and vocabulary. People who put the time in to polish their work can expect to have it closely read, edited, and commented upon - a strong incentive and assistance for both novice writers and experienced authors. As we have second-language authors from many countries, but most European, we use British English as a common style guide.

  • Commitment
    Caelereth has been ten years in the making, and while people come and go, dealing with 'the real world' of Terra, many of us have been here for years, providing long-term consistency and an in-depth knowledge of the Compendium; this is one of the aspects that makes our world so three-dimensional and enjoyable. Give what you can, and Santharia will be here for you, but it's certainly more rewarding if you plan to stay long enough to have your own study cubicle with your name on the door... We have a simple 'apprentice' system which allows you to settle in as a newcomer, find your niche, and then when you've chosen a field and have acquired some knowledge/merit/entries, we provide you with just such a name plaque. At such time after that as you are deemed competent in your field, you may apply to write a 'masterwork' - an entry which pulls together the various things you have learned and will be of some significance to the world of Caelereth. When that is integrated into the Compendium, we welcome you as a full member and throw you a party!

  • Cooperation
    'No man is an island,' John Donne famously said, and no woman, elf, dwarf, orc, halfling or Brownie either. One of our strongest driving forces is the desire to work together and create one huge, integrated, consistent, amazingly addictive universe - rather than working on our own pet projects in a disconnected muddle of oneupmanship. We try to create projects that allow for a number of people's input, and even small submissions will receive comments, suggestions, and ideas that can be integrated to create a richer end result. Santharians are team players.

  • Courtesy
    Sounds obvious, but is remarkably easy to overlook; in defending your own concepts it is easy to become passionate, curt, or downright rude. Again, we are a team of long-standing, with a uniquely beautiful world, and the only way for so many people from so many different cultures to work together for so long - sharing a language that is often not their first - is courtesy. Be polite! If you wouldn't say it to your co-worker's face, don't say it to a co-worker here. If you wouldn't use that expression or phrasing in speaking to a friend at a coffee shop, then don't use it here. Think before you hit that 'POST' button and remember you don't have the advantage of body language, shared cultural expectations, tone of voice and facial expressions to get your true meaning across. Try to avoid subjects that are considered sensitive or contentious in Terra (such as sexuality, politics, and religious beliefs) - we try to be a place of tolerance and inclusivity. Oh, and we have no use for deliberate provocation: trolls will be branded, fed twenty-seven cups of Krean Kafe and deported to the Void.

  • Critique
    All work posted to the Dream is considered a submission, no matter how experienced the creator; it does not automatically get a rubber stamp for acceptance. Whether entries, digital paintings, or even musical compositions, they undergo a process of critique and examination, and comments must be integrated or at the very least acknowledged and taken under consideration. We expect to both give and receive critique in good spirit which fosters that sense of community.

  • Commentary
    See above. Many of us take the time to read submissions in detail and provide our own time and energy to give a critique... that time and energy is repaid when our own entries are also read over and commented upon. Even if you're not a skilled editor or proofreader, you can still make creative suggestions, find discrepancies, spot weak or underdetailed areas, and even take the time to learn more about or become an expert on a certain aspect of Caelereth. And at the very least, you can give some simple praise and feedback based on your reaction to the entry; it's very rewarding for authors to know that a number of people have read and enjoyed their work.

  • Cross-referencing
    Detail is priceless in an entry, as are all those little unique creative touches which you bring to your own writing. But what truly integrates a submission into the world of Caelereth are the references to existing elements of the world. From Santharia's own measurement system, expressed in peds and fores, to a knowledge of the everyday beasts and field herbs, the more natural references you have embedded into your entry, the more naturally it flows as a product of a medieval compendiumist writing from within the world. Some entries are so convincing and consistent, they have been linked to from outside the site, in all seriousness! (no, Victoria, mermaids do NOT exist, despite the dissection diagram and the careful scientific notes on their diet and habits....)

GENERAL DEVELOPMENT RULES
 

  • 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").

  • Describe everything in "medieval" form
    Always remember that words like "vitamins", "chemicals", "genes", "fossils" etc. usually are unknown terminology to medieval researchers. So keep away from these things, and also don't try to explain everything in detail what researchers of the 20th century have found out. Researchers of the Middle Ages weren't really "scientists", but mainly investigated what they could see, watch and thus describe. We have alchemists in the "medieval" world of Santharia, no chemists, which is an important difference, as alchemists are still lacking the profound background chemists of nowadays have.

    In the same respect I guess we can't emphasize enough that though evolution and belief don't necessarily have to contradict each other in our world of today, it was impossible to think of such things 1000 years ago. Especially in a fantasy world like ours I think that we should forget about evolution in the Darwinistic sense completely. We have other explanations why the original landmass split into various parts (Gods/War of the Chosen) and a typical evolutionary theory doesn't fit too well to our mythical concepts.

  • 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.
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