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- SPECIAL NEW YEAR EDITION -


    2005 - The Year of the Great Coming Together

Examples of this year's pictures

Silvester Statement. The year 2005 - or 1665 a.S. in Santharian terms - undoubtedly was one of the most important ones so far in the whole history of the Santharian Dream since the site's beginnings in 1998. The year 2005 was the Year of Santhmoot, the very first worldwide real-life gathering of our developers, which took place in Germany and lasted all in all two and a half weeks. Star guests came from Canada, the US, Poland, the Netherlands, the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and even from Singapore to attend this incomparable meeting. It was a unique and wonderful experience for all of us to see become reality what once has started only as a dream, but has become so much more to many of us. These moments we shared while being guests at Talia's home and watching the medieval festival of the Landshuter Hochzeit will forever remain unforgetable in our memories! - But we also still remember our member Lucirina, who we lost last year, and have set up the Juju Fund in the meantime. So far we've gathered 1.530 EUR ($1.811) - many thanks to all contributers so far!

2005 was also a year where we had to go through some serious site problems, be it the fact that ezBoard got hacked and lots of posts had been deleted permanently, or be it the troubles our site host caused us, troubles, which finally forced us to move the site to another host - where we'll hopefully live happily forever after. However, 2005 was also another step towards professionalism for the site. For example we've introduced mentors to guide aspiring contributers step by step into the development process and thus guarentee entries with a higher quality standard. Or we've optimized the site for specific search engines, which caused rocketing site hits, more than doubling the hits we had during our best years when we drew visitors from a site cooperation and still didn't stand properly on our own feet. One of the key moments development-wise was also the completion of the first extremely detailed provinces map, the map of Manthria, which since then has served as a focal point for further Santharian development. Also a lot of progress in further tribe drawings to illustrate existing entries was made and detailed places development has progressed considerably, clearly demonstrating our maxim to go for more depth and quality instead of pure quantity. - Let's continue that way in the new year together, cheers!


    Best of Member Contributions 2005
 Bestiary Added entry on the Avéquis Lighthorse, a mythical creature of the Aeoliran Goddess Nakashi (Vesk Lyricahl, pic Losmios)
Updated entry on the Demons, re-adjusting various details (Talia Sturmwind)
Updated
entry on the Fox (Shir), adding illustration of the Arshir variety, the Red Fox (pic Bard Judith)
Added entry on the Gale Drake, a strong dragon species found only in Quel'tra'loh (Morcaanan)
Added entry on the Hydragon Worm, a rare, but dangerous water monster. The Lesser Drakes entry was also updated accordingly (Alysse the Likely, pic Quellion)

Added
entry on the Jakécha Fish, a large remarkable fish of the Bright Sea (Artemis, pic Faugar)
Added entry on the Maerquis Darkhorse, a mythical creature of the Aeoliran God Polmaen (Vesk Lyricahl, pic Losmios)
Updated entry on the Mimsy, adding image of a common "Striped Bandit" (pic Quellion)
Added entry on the Netherwyrm, a dragon originating from the Netherworld (Morcaanan, pic Eratin)
Updated entry on the Pinnip, adding illustration of the seal-like mammal (pic Bard Judith)
Added entry on the Sarvonian Draught Pony, an all-purpose hobbit workhorse (Alysse the Likely, pic Viresse)
Added entry on the Slyrking "(Walking Moss"), the strange plant-like creature (Theodorus)
Added entry on the Sunset Dragon, a highly gifted music-.making kind of dragon (Morcaanan)
Added entry on the Torán Eagle, a regal bird of the Mithral Mountains area (Thuja, pics Bard Judith)
 Downloads Added several new wallpapers to our desktop wallpapers collection (pics Quellion, Faugar and Eratin)
 Herbarium Added entry on the Alrik'ran Bush, a small bush of various medicinal purposes (Firewyre)
Added
entry on the Kitrauhre Tree, a tree bearing an oval-shaped yellow fruit (Arancaytar & Artemis)
Updated
Flash MovieFalserock Cactus, adding Flash movie showing growth stages (pic Talia Sturmwind, movie Artimidor)
Added entry on the Tareptail Weed, a common low-growing bi-ennial flowering weed (Firewyre, pic Bard Judith)
 Languages Added entry on Principles of Nybelmar Styrásh, explaining the differences of the elven tongue spoken on the continent of Nybelmar compared to the Sarvonian mainland (Viresse)
 Library Added "Chapter 1 - Arrival at Chrynna Dabney Castle" of Rayne's new 11 chapter long story called "The Lady of Chrynna Dabney" dealing with the confrontation of a lady with a castle's past and a seemingly vengeful ghost... (Rayne Avalotus)
Added "Chapter 7 - The Search" of the "Darkness Descends" story (Drogo)
Updated
the Frethoni Book of Fables, adding another illustration to the "The Other Side" fable by Artimidor (pic Ingeborg)
Added
third part of "Magic and Murder: Letter #6", a revealing series of recently discovered letters of an Erpheronian noblewoman to her sister (Dalá'Valannía)
Added
tale "The Meguahari and the Sorcerer" to our brand new story collection called "Ghost Tales of Caelereth". Also added to this page was the story "Thomgeir and the Ghostship" by Artimidor (Bard Judith, pic Quellion)
Updated "The Shendar Book of Myths", adding several more myths (Talia Sturmwind)
 Magic Added Level 1 Wind Spell - Conjure Wind to our magic spells collection (Mina Aylwin)
Added
Level 2 Fire Spell - Injèrán Touch to our magic spells collection (Marvin Cerambit)
Added
Level 2 Water Spell - Distract to our magic spells collection (Silfer)
Added
Level 7 Fire Spell - Rise of the Phoenix to our magic spells collection (Artimidor, pic Quellion)
Added Level 8 Fire Spell - Eruption of Chaos to our magic spells collection (Marvin Cerambit)
 Misc. Added entry on the Battering Ram, a siege weapon coming in three varieties (Lucius Helvil & Artimidor, pic Faugar)
Added
entry on the Element of Earth, the third entry in our elements series (Maglor Grubb & Artimidor, pics by Quellion and Faugar)
Added game Ihanobe'todo, a famous tabletop game played in all provinces of the United KIngdom of Santharia among all races (text & diagram Fluffy Ramblers)
Added entry on the Orcristh Ballista, another despicable, very accurate siege engine (Norkin, pic Quellion)
Updated the Santharian Measures Converter, expanding the converter greatly so that it is now able to convert back from Santharian measures to Earthen ones as well (Terra Artemos)
Added
entry on the Untruths Game, a "lying game" invented by Shendar children (Firewyre, pic Eratin)
 Mythology/
 Cosmology
Added entry on Drakona, the small dragon companion of the Aeoliran Goddess of Destruction, Pariya, and symbolic animal of the fire realm (Grevarius Rendragon)
Updated entry on the Santharian Calendar, completely revising the entry and finally defining time measurements, month and weekday names, day-times and hours (pic Faugar, Eshóh & Artimidor)
 Musics Added sound track "Theme of Deepgorge Mine" (track #9), representing an ambience music for this mysterious place, said to be the hideout of criminals, monsters and the mohsys race (Ralrok)
Added sound track "Through the Mists of Wetholm" (track #6), representing an ambience music for the Wetholm section of the Silvermarshes, which is also added in this update (Ralrok)
 People Added entry on Asdamon the Heretic, another Daedhirian Lord of the Enclave, one of the main actors during the time of the Dark Plague (Smith in Exile, pic Eratin)
Added
entry on F'ash the Archivist, a Kuglim bard and Compendium writer (Alysse the Likely, pic Bard Judith)
Added entry on the Half-Elf Artanmies, the famous founder of Naurooth
(Alysse the Likely, pic Bard Judith)
Added entry on the Greylers, groups of hermits, rejecting society (Grunok, pics Quellion and Bard Judith)
Added
entry on Knupp the Sneaker, a notorious thief of the town of Ciosa (Artimidor, pic Faugar)
Added
entry on Lord Asbavaer, a famous Daedhirian, formerly known as Bartholomew DaLuna - a man with two different personalities - but just read for yourself... (Smith in Exile, pics Faugar)
Added entry on Thar the Great, the powerful King of the Erpheronians and Centoraurians, who formed the Kingdom of Thariania (Curgan)
 Places Updated entry on the Celeste Lowlands, adding illustration of a Kuglim settlement (pic Eratin)
Added entry on Courtford, a village near the Grasslands of Hylach (Grunok the Exile)
Added entry on the Dead Fisherman's Grotto, a foresaken place near the Manthrian coast
(Vesk Lyricahl)

Added
entry on Holt, a Manthrian village known for the dyes it produces (Grunok)
Added entry on Lorehaven, a Manthrian port and "City of Artisans" (Alysse the Likely)
Updated
entry on Lu'Weilima ("Weilima's City"), adding illustration of this capital town of the Kuglimz (pic Bard Judith)
Added entry on the Manthrian Port Ciosa, one of Santharia's most ancient harbour towns, founded by the Glandorian Troi Ciosa (Artimidor, pics Faugar & Bard Judith)
Added Map of Manthria to the Provinces Maps Overview page (map Artimidor)
Added entry on the Outpost Eolmu, a shelter for dwarven caravan guides in the middle of Teruin Zsharath desert in Nybelmar (Victhorin)
Added entry on the Port Varcopas, the famous and beautiful "Town of Many Blooms" located on the northern tip of the Ráhaz'Dáth
(Talia Sturmwind)
Updated entry on Sharadon Forest, adding illustration of these ancient woods (pic Eshoh)
Added entry on the Silvermarshes, a geographically diverse area in Nermeran, the northernmost province of Santharia. A cooperative entry of various team members, featuring 3 pictures plus a sound track (Alysse the Likely and Bard Judith, pics Faugar and Ingeborg, music by Ralrok)
Added entry on the Stone Fields of Peat, the most desolate region in Sarvonia (Rayne)
Added entry on the Town of Naurooth, located in the westernmost Kuglimz territory (Alysse the Likely)
Added entry on the Trading Town of Sáh, an Aesteran trade center in Nybelmar (Coren FrozenZephyr)
Added entry on the Venlaken Enclave, the eerie home of the Daedhirian Mages - former humans, that have become undead in their quest for immortality. Again an extremely detailed entry, featuring no less than 3 pictures (Smith in Exile, pics Faugar, Bard Judith and Ingeborg)
 Races
 & Tribes
Updated entry on the Avennorian Men, adding tribe illustration (pic Faugar)
Updated
entry on the Daedhirian Undead, adding second illustration - the great Lord of the Daedhirian, Asdamon, who will eventually also get his own entry (pic Eratin)
Added entry on Dwarven Tools, describing all kinds of tools, weapons and implements common to the dwarven race (text Bard Judith, pics Arbaon & Faugar)
Updated entry on the Erpheronian Men, adding image showing a Stormcloak (pic Faugar)
Updated entry on the Helvet'ine Kuglim, adding illustration a Kuglim lancer plus an additional picture representing a view on the Celeste Lowlands (pic Eratin)
Added
entry on the Ice Tribes, a collection of eleven human tribes of Northern Sarvonia (Curgan, pic Faugar)
Updated entry on the Injerín Elves, adding illustration of a fishing "golden" elf (pic Quellion)
Added story on "Journeyon - A Shendar Death Rite", recounting a young Shendar girl's experience on how her tribe treats the dead
(Talia Sturmwind)
Updated entry on the Maeverhim Elves, adding tribe representative illustration and a coat of arms (pics Eshoh and Viresse)
Added entry on the Móh'rhím ("Shadow Elves"), the notorious elves living in shadow-form in the noxious and odoriferous Water Marshes of Northern Sarvonia, the former location of the elven Empire of Fá'áv'cál'âr (Dalá'Valannía, pic Quellion)
Updated entry on the Mullogs, completely revising and updating the entry (Theodorus, map Artimidor/Bard Judith)
Updated entry on the Shendar People, adding illustration of a Shen D'Aura woman
(pic Faugar)

Updated
entry on the Susilgerim Dwarves, adding tribe illustration (pic Quellion)
Updated entry on Troll Race, completely revising and fleshing out the so far still fragmentary entry (Vesk Lyricahl, language details Ishmaelion)
Updated
entry on the Ylfferhim Elves, adding tribe illustration (pic Faugar)
Added
entry on the Zhunite Men, the "People of the Wet Sand" of Nybelmar (Smith in Exile & Coren)
 Religions Added entry on the Anpagan Atheism, promoted by the Anpagan Mage Guild (Smith in Exile)
 Team Added membership info on Vesk Lyricahl (Emory Hooks) from South Carolina, US, our first official member, who managed to go successfully through the hardships of Santharian apprenticeship (Vesk Lyricahl)
Added membership info on Grunok the Exile (Josephine Ogle from New Zealand), our first Santharian Kiwi-Orcish member, who followed in Vesk's footsteps
(Grunok)
Added membership page of Morcaanan (John Willis), US, who has earned his title "Dragonmaster" focusing mainly on new entries and elaborating further still needed details concerning various dragons and drakes in Santharia (Morcaanan)
 Treasures &
 Oddities
Added page Flash MovieHelping a Member in Need: The Juju Fund, a fund set up by Santharian members in support of Lucirina's remaining child. With this joint effort we try to compensate Juju a bit for her sad loss, so that she can finance her studies in the years to come. The amount of money we've collected so far will be regularly updated directly at the Juju Fund page. - Thanks in advance to anyone who helps a friend in need! (Artimidor, pics Luci's mom)
Added poem on "Last October" to our Poems for Lucirina page in the Tribute to Lucirina section, once more a poem by Rayne (Rayne Avalotus)
Added Santhmoot 1665 Retrospection, a text summarizing what led to the first official Santharian gathering, Santhmoot 1665, and what the members attending the meeting experienced there and what others missed (Artimidor, photos by various members)
Added Santhmoot Photo Album Overview, Week I and Santhmoot Photo Album Overview, Week II, first overviews on all currently existing photo pages regarding the Santhmoot meeting. Various photo pages dealing with specific themes of the meeting will be added in the course of time (Artimidor)
 Website Updated several menus, adding category indexes, quickjumps and graphical overviews, also more representative names are now used in all menus. Especially the Races, Places, People and Miscellaneous menus were completely reworked (Artimidor)
A Santharian poll feature was added to the Web History page, allowing visitors to vote on various topics
(Artimidor)
Transferred the whole site's content to a new - hopefully more reliable - server
(Artimidor)

    Site Statistics Overview 2005

Compendium Entries

Bestiary (+38)
Cosmology & Myth (+15)
Herbarium (+20)
Library Pages (+9)
Magic (+34)
Misc. (+17)
Musics (+4)
Languages (-)
Workshop (-)
306 
45
1
85
167
127
176
26
23
17
People (+11)
Places (+13)
Races & Tribes (+5)
Religions (+6)
Treasures & Odd. (+15)
Games (-)
Movies (+3)
Original Artwork (+83)
Complete Comp. (+101)
152 
141
146
64
38
33
7
538
1.611
 

Team Members

Forum Members Dev
Administrators Dev
Webmasters

Mascots
Artists (exclusive)
Compendium Writers
903
  1
  1
2
13
28
Forum Members RPG
Administrators RPG
Musicians
Temporary Members
One-time contributers
4.237
5
4
ca. 32
ca. 40
 

Site & Forum Visitors (January 2006 Snapshot)

Site since 11/1999
Site highest day

Dev Forum s. 4/2000
Dev Forum highest day
Dev Forum daily average
Dev Forum posts
Dev Forum daily post av.
Dev posts highest day
335.364
563

1.596.756
1.499
1.203
76.476
27
50
Site daily average
Approx. site pages

RPG Forum since 8/2000
RPG Forum highest day
RPG daily average
RPG Forum posts
RPG daily post average
RPG posts highest day
507
2.735

2.210.743
2.669
1.797
113.436
56
106

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