WEB HISTORY 2005, JULY-SEPTEMBER

 
    Site Update of September 18th 2005 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this update

Update Statement. This week's update brings a whole plethora of new entries and a load of brand new pictures, which are partly reused at various entries. Our tribes drawing project for example is continued with magnificent images of a Kuglim Lancer (Eratin), an Injerín Elf (Quellion) and a Shendar Woman (Faugar) featuring her aj'nuvic. But also Bard Judith made some excellent images like the portrait of Lady Artanmies or two views of the Torán Eagle plus the Mithrene coin for our Santharian Currency overview. Regarding entries Vesk Lyricahl developed a whole background story for the Dead Fisherman's Grotto dealing with the pirate Lyeael'k the Crimson Berserker (illustrated by Faugar), our glorious RPG Admin Luca is back in development with the Wailwoman and Ishmaelion delivers his first Bestiary entry, the Bouncer. Oh, and you definitely shouldn't miss the brand new wallpaper in the Downloads section showing Eratin's Kuglim Lancer, definitely a must-see and must-try - hope you enjoy!

Works in progress for the coming updates are for example: A melancholic piano piece from our new Santharian apprentice Ishmaelion, dealing with the unfulfilled love between the poet Monsonius and his muse Stela. Grunok is working on the Three Maids Mountains, Norkin on the Deepgorge Mine, Talia on the city of Varcopas, Artimidor on Ciosa and Alysse on Lorehaven. Quite a bit of Places entries in the works, eh? Well, Marvin will make sure that another spell or two will make it to the site as well,
Vesk Lyricahl takes a closer look in the meantime on the trolls - and of course our tribes drawing project continues: Quellion started a Centoraurian warrior, Faugar works on a Kavogerim Dwarf and Eratin will try an Astyrhim light elf! Also the Races/Tribes menu will be adjusted next to our new standard scheme with expandable categories and an alphabetic index, with other words: There's a lot to do, so give us some time to get it all done and stay tuned!


 Bestiary Added entry on the Aurorian Elfcat, a common wild cat with pointed ears (Rayne Avalotus)
Updated entry on the Aj'nuvic, adding second illustration to the entry (pic Faugar)
Added entry on the Bouncer, a small, round furry creature, that bounces (Ishmaelion)
Updated entry on the Falserock Lizard, adding a zoomed in version of a drard'le to the Appearance section and moving the full mating ritual picture to the Mating section
(pic Talia Sturmwind)
Updated entry on the Kev'lor Horse, adding illustration of this warhorse. The Kev'lor picture was also added to the Horses Overview
(pic Eratin)
Added entry on the Maerquis Darkhorse, a mythical creature of the Aeoliran God Polmaen
(
Vesk Lyricahl)
Updated
entry on the Torán Eagle, adding two illustrations of the bird (pics Bard Judith)
 Downloads Added a new wallpaper, the Kuglim Lancer, to our desktop wallpapers collection (pic Eratin)
 Herbarium Updated entry on the Arne'pherán Tree, adding illustration of the tree (pic Quellion)
Updated entry on the Yealm Reed, adding illustration of the thatch reed (pic Quellion)
 Library Added "Chapter 5 - Late Autumn Sunlight" of Rayne's story "Lady of Chrynna Dabney" (Rayne Avalotus)
Added "Chapter 6 - The West Wing" of Rayne's story "Lady of Chrynna Dabney" (Rayne Avalotus)
Added prayers "O Baveras" and  "O Foiros" to our Prayers collection. Added to the Prayers collection were also quicklinks to the specific Gods on top of the page (Rayne Avalotus)
 Magic Added Level 8 Fire Spell - Eruption of Chaos to our magic spells collection (Marvin Cerambit)
 Misc. Updated entry on Santharian Currency, adding the Mithrene coin to the coins overview (pic Bard Judith)
 Mythology Added entry on the Wailwoman, a fearful and legendary apparition (Luca the Thief)
 People Added entry on Lyeael'k the Crimson Berserker, a notorious, now undead pirate of the Mithral Coast (Vesk Lyricahl, pic Faugar)
Updated
entry on Lady Artanmies, adding illustrations of the founder (pic Bard Judith)
 Places Added entry on the Dead Fisherman's Grotto, a foresaken place near the Manthrian coast (Vesk Lyricahl)
Updated entry on the Celeste Lowlands, adding illustration of a Kuglim settlement (pic Eratin)
 Races &
 Tribes
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)
Updated entry on the Injerín Elves, adding illustration of a fishing "golden" elf (pic Quellion)
Updated entry on the Shendar People, adding illustration of a Shen D'Aura woman
(pic Faugar)
 Team Updated membership page of Alysse the Likely, adding photo of Alysse (Alysse the Likely)
 Website Updated the Places Menu, adding the expandable category-based index, sorted by relevance. This completes the Place Menu re-design for now, though several changes will follow in the course of time, substituting the out-of-date Maps Overview and adding easier accessible overviews in the various regional sub-menus (Artimidor)

    Site Update of September 4th 2005 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this update

Update Statement. Real life business interferred last week preventing us from updating the site, but this week we can finally offer you some nice stuff, which has accumulated in the meantime. For example three tribe pictures were completed by our artists by now: a Susilgerim Dwarf, an elven Ylfferhim Musician and an Avennorian Merchant. Other important entries of this week are the Demon revisions Talia made, an entry on the Village of Holt in the northern part of the Manthrian Province by Grunok and her Xazuran Mineral. Not to forget the martial art practiced by the Losh-Oc Orcs called Losh-Oc'B'rak written by Norkin. The latter mentioned contributers, Grunok and Norkin, both aspiring developers, are now also the first Santharian apprentices in our new mentor program - both are on the best way to become officially approved in a few weeks.

Next update we await at least part of the entries/pictures to go up, which were scheduled for this week's update, but for some reason didn't make it (pictures of the Torán's Eagle and Artanmies, various magical stuff). Also an update on the Santharian Measures Converter is in the works, allowing you e.g. to convert back from Santharian to Earthen measures. Entries on the Ancythrian Sea, the Manthrian port Lorehaven and Deepgorge Mine (the latter two including pictures) will also be continued and the Mullog race entry should be updated as well soon by our newly returned member Theo. Several new tribe pictures are still in progress as well - so be prepared to see a Shendar woman including Aj'nuvic illustrated and a fishing Injerín elf just to give you a few pointers.... - Stay tuned!


 Bestiary Updated entry on the Demons, re-adjusting various details (Talia Sturmwind)
Updated entry on the Mimsy, adding image of a common "Striped Bandit"
(pic Quellion)

Updated
entry on the Oyster, the large, adding pearshell necklace illustration (pic Faugar)
Updated entry on the Quallian Sýs'neán, adding illustration to the entry
(pic Faugar)

Added entry on the Skaugere, the large, broodish "Plainbeast" of Nybelmar (Viresse)
Added
entry on the Wild Tandalan Sheep, a very strong kind of sheep (Norkin)
 Herbarium Added entry on the Canelvous Herb, a rare brewing herb (Norkin)
Updated
entry on the Sou'cald Moss, adding further usages details (Grunok)
Added
entry on the White Sister, a beautiful desert plant (Bard Judith)
 Library Added "Chapter 3 - The Last Duchess" of Rayne's story "Lady of Chrynna Dabney" (Rayne Avalotus)
Added "Chapter 4 - Walk through the Gardens" of Rayne's story "Lady of Chrynna Dabney" (Rayne Avalotus)
 Misc. Added entry on Losh-Oc'B'rak, an martial art practised by the Losh-Oc (Norkin)
Added
entry on the Sungems, three ancient jewels, considered artifacts (Rayne Avalotus)
Added entry on the Xazuran Mineral, a mineral found dissolved in lakes (Grunok)
 Places Added entry on Holt, a Manthrian village known for the dyes it produces (Grunok)
Added Places Development Rules, providing guidelines on how to write Places and Buildings entries for the Compendium (text & pics various members)
Updated the Map of Manthria, highlighting already described places on the map with coloured labels in order to make it easier to spot them. The non-coloured version of the map is still available and can now be accessed through another icon in the menu bar of the map (Artimidor)
 Races Updated entry on the Avennorian Men, adding tribe illustration (pic Faugar)
Updated overview on the Dwarven Clans of Southern Sarvonia and adding the Dwarven Clans of Nybelmar, adding oremarks of the Boltgrumms clan and the Kiingerim (pic Artimidor)
Updated
entry on the Susilgerim Dwarves, adding tribe illustration (pic Quellion)
Updated entry on the Ylfferhim Elves, adding tribe illustration (pic Faugar)
 Treasures &
 Oddities
Added Santhmoot Photos V: The Bridal Pageant, Part II, the fifth picture set currently available of the Santharian gathering, featuring 36 new photos showing more of the Bridal Pageant (composition and comments Artimidor, photos various team members)
 Website Updated the Places Menu, adding a - so far missing - alphabetical index. The expandable category-based index will follow in the coming updates (Artimidor)
Added Development Menu to the Santharian Development Board, allowing faster access to important threads of the board. Also the Development Board is currently undergoing quite a bit of re-organization including updated newbie threads and a new mentor concept on how to become official member of the development team. Further changes are imminent (Artimidor)

    Site Update of August 15th 2005 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this update

Update Statement. This week we get some more work on the site, which has taken a long time to finish like the Torán Eagle by Thuja, the  City of Jernais written by Rayne or Victhorin's  Outpost. Additionally we can offer the third dwarven oremark (see Dwarves entry), further details and one more picture at the Battering Ram entry, brand new stuff by our aspiring new members Lucius Helvil and Vesk Lyricahl (Flying Sparks, Tol Kurr, Spears of Caelereth) - and Talia caught the Falserock Lizard at their magnificent mating ritual... Oh, and don't miss out on Rayne's first two chapters of her new story called "The Lady of Chrynna Dabney Castle" and don't forget to have a look at the forth installment of our official Santhmoot pictures! - Have fun!

What we definitely expect for the next update is Eratin's final version of his extraordinary Kuglim rider picture, which will also be available for downloading in desktop wallpaper format. Bard Judith is working on illustrating the Torán Eagle and the Half-Elf Artanmies, Rayne has finished her new story already, so more to come here as well. Also more magic related stuff might find its way on the site soon like details on Shadowmancy, Old Weavers, and a bunch of new spells. Faugar has also started on more tribe pictures (Avennorians, Centoraurian and Ylfferhim elves) - first results should be coming up in the next updates as well!


 Bestiary Updated entry on the Falserock Lizard, adding mating ritual illustration (pic Talia Sturmwind)
Added
entry on the Torán Eagle, a regal bird of the Mithral Mountains area (Thuja)
 Herbarium Added entry on the Flying Sparks, a kind of grass, that traps living creatures (Vesk Lyricahl)
Added entry on Tol Kurr ("Dwarven Wheat"), an unique edible varitey of moss (Lucius Helvil)
 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 2 - Dinner with Lord Edmund Valfort" of Rayne's new story "Lady of Chrynna Dabney" (Rayne Avalotus)
Added poem "Kuglim War Song"  to our "Songs of the Kuglimz" collection. This poem was also added to our "Battle Songs" (Alysse the Likely)
Added poem "Do Not Whisper to the Wind"  to our "Santharian Ghost and Horror Poems" collection (Rayne Avalotus)
Added song "Lansquenet's Lament"  to our "Mourning Songs" collection (Talia Sturmwind)
Added prayer "O Etherus"  to our "Prayers" collection (Rayne Avalotus)
 Misc. Updated entry on the Battering Ram, adding Myth/Lore part and an additional image accompanying the text (text Artimidor, pic Faugar)
Updated entry on Proverbs and Sayings, adding several additional new expressions (various team members)
Added
Miscellaneous Development Rules, providing guidelines on how to write Weapons, Artifacts and Game entries for the Compendium (text & pics various members)
Added entry on the Spears of Caelereth, a well spread weapon (Lucius Helvil, pic Faugar)
 People Added entry on the Half-Elf Artanmies, the famous founder of Naurooth (Alysse the Likely)
 Places Added entry on the City of Jernais, a colourful, joyful city in the northern Santharian province of Vardýnn (Rayne Avalotus)
Added entry on the Outpost Eolmu, a shelter for dwarven caravan guides in the middle of Teruin Zsharath desert in Nybelmar
(Victhorin)
 Races Updated entry on the Dwarves, adding oremark of the Tenthrum clan and re-adjusting the already existing oremarks, giving them a dirtier and thus more realistic look (pic Artimidor)
 Team Updated membership info of Rayne Avalotus, bringing the page up to date (Rayne Avalotus)
 Treasures &
 Oddities
Added Santhmoot Photos IV: The Bridal Pageant, Part I, the fourth picture set currently available of the Santharian gathering, featuring 36 photos showing our visit to Burg Trausnitz and first impressions of the Bridal Pageant, which will be completed next update (composition and comments Artimidor, photos various team members)
Added song "Scholars and Bards" to our "In Praise of a Dream" poem collection (Bard Judith & Alysse the Likely)
 Website Updated the Miscellaneous Menu, adding a category index to the already existing alphabetical one, so that you can now find Alchemical Stuff, Weapons, Games, Diseases, Artifacts etc. way easier. Please note, however, that the menu currently is only available in the all-menus-expanded form. The expandable menu headers will be added soon (Artimidor)
Also various smaller menus were now adjusted slightly in design and now have little arrows like at the already expandable Bestiary and Herbarium menus. Updated were for example the Web Site, Compendium, Team, Music, Download menus etc. Further adjustments at other menus will follow (Artimidor)

    Site Update of July 31st 2005 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this update

Update Statement. At the first major update after Santhmoot we collected lots of stuff, which had been around at the Forum for quite a while by now. Even some ancient entries were dug up and were finally finished, e.g. Rayne's Stone Fields of Peat description or the Lingra Wild Cat, but we also have lots of new poems from Rayne, who is definitely getting into gear again.... Another direct Santhmoot product we can offer is the Pikewing Moth, a vicious carnivorous insect created by Aran. Furthermore we've focussed a bit on siege weapons this update, so take a look at the Battering Ram or the Orcristh Ballista if you're interested, these entries were done by Norkin and one of our newcomers, Lucius Helvil. Also new, but very productive on the Development Board, is Vesk Lyricahl, who focused this update on artifacts like the Sword of Twilight or the Tear of Blood Necklace. Oh, and of course we have more Santhmoot photos for you, complementing the album we have begun last update.

What's up next? - Well, let's see: A spear entry is about to be finished pretty soon by Lucius including a picture by Faugar, Rayne has already completed 9 chapters of a still nameless story and works now on entries like the City of Jernais, the Old Weavers and many other things. Thuja has completed the Torán Eagle entry, Victhorin is back with an entry on a dwarven Outpost in Nybelmar, and long-term we're preparing the entry of Santhros, our first Santharian King! Oh, the Miscellaneous menu will be re-organized in category-form as well soon, in order to assist you in finding Weapons, Artifacts, Games, Diseases etc. much easier, so be assured that there's a lot to do...


 Bestiary Added entry on the Avéquis Lighthorse, a mythical creature of the Aeoliran Goddess Nakashi (Vesk Lyricahl)
Added
entry on the Lingra Wild Cat, one of the most beautiful and dangerous wild cats (Rayne)
Added
entry on the Pikewing Moth, a carnivorous insect, known in tropical forests (Arancaytar)
Added
entry on the Sarvonian Gull, a common ithild-grey and white water bird (Alysse the Likely)
Added entry on the Tol Averyim ("Mine Thief"), a small mammal, living in caves and mines (Lucius Helvil)
 Library Added poem "About a Mouse" to our "Children Poems" collection (Fluffy Ramblers)
Added poem "Flower Dreams" to our "Poems of Nature" collection (Rayne)
Added poem "Kuglim Love Song"  to our "Songs of the Kuglimz" collection. This poem was also added to our "Love Poems" (Alysse the Likely)
Added poem "Lady Sorrow" to our "Miscellaneous Poems" collection (Rayne)
Added 2 poems "Love me True" and "Mage's Heartache" to our "Love Poems" collection (Rayne)
Added poem "Parting" to our "Mourning Song, Dirges and Chants" collection (Rayne)
 Misc. Added entry on the Battering Ram, a siege weapon coming in three varieties (Lucius Helvil & Artimidor, pic Faugar)
Added
entry on the Orcristh Ballista, another despicable, very accurate siege engine (Norkin, pic Quellion)
Added
entry on the Sword of Twilight, a powerful double-edged sword artifact (Vesk Lyricahl)
Added entry on the Tear of Blood Necklace, an artifact, said to be the tear of Seyella (Vesk Lyricahl)
 Places 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)
 Races Updated entry on the Merfolk, adding the still missing Diet details (Bard Judith & Talia)
 Team Updated the Odes to the Team, this time adding two poems for Alysse and Artemis (Rayne)
 Treasures &
 Oddities
Updated Santhmoot Photos I: First Encounters, adding 3 more pictures, increasing the total number of photos in this section to 21 (composition and comments Artimidor, photos by various team members)
Added Santhmoot Photos III: Laudate Dominum & Dinner, the third picture set currently available of the Santharian gathering, featuring 21 photos showing the spiritual concert in the St. Jodok church in Landshut and the first big Santharian Dinner with the members Talia, Artimidor, Aran, Fluffy and Rayne (composition and comments Artimidor, photos various team members)
Updated Santhmoot Photo Album Overview, Week I, an overview on all currently existing photo pages regarding the Santhmoot meeting, now with the 3rd installment included  (Artimidor)
Added one more receipt to Dame Sausade's Cookery Book, the Pango Cactus Soup (receipt by Norkin)
 Website Updated the People Menu, adding a category index to the already existing alphabetical one, so that you can now find Regents, Writers, Artists, Guilds, Orders, Magician or Rogues much easier (Artimidor)

    Site Update of July 17th 2005 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this update

Update Statement. Geez - nearly a whole month without an update! Would you believe that? Well, we had good reasons, you know, as the first official Santharian meeting took place in the last three weeks, so updating and development issues were reduced to a minimum during these days. But don't worry, now that everyone's back home again, we can move back into the regular pace of things - et voilá, here we go already with another update, even though it's quite small as there wasn't much preparation time for more yet. Of course this week's update deals mainly with the passed Santhmoot meeting, so if you're interested on what you've missed, check out the Santhmoot 1665 Retrospection, the Santhmoot Photo Album Overview or go directly to one of the first photo pages called Santhmoot Photos I: First Encounters and Santhmoot Photos II: Landshut Ho! - hope you enjoy, many more photos are still to come! - Also added were illustrations/picture compositions by Judy to the Game of Four Houses entry and the Brownie Shaman, and finally a new board game by Fluffy Ihanobe'todo including a lovely diagram.

What's next? Uhmmm... A quick glance at the Development Board tells us that masses of posted entries await comments now, so we really need to catch up on lots of new ideas, reworks of existing entries etc. I'm happy though to see Rayne now active again on the Development Board and also several other Santhmoot participants like Aran, Thuja, Fluffy or even Gean have started new stuff or announced to work in certain areas again.
Together with a bunch of entries which brand new members have posted as well in the meantime I guess you can expect a little bit of everything in the next update - including more Santhmoot pictures of course plus a proper Poll Archive page I've promised already a while ago. - Until next update then!


 Misc. Updated entry on the Game of Four Houses, adding illustration of the card deck using pictures from various of our artists (composition Bard Judith, pics various artists)
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)
 People Updated entry on the Brownie Shaman, replacing picture with a new, coloured and completely reworked version. The picture was also added to the entry on Brownie Lifemagic (pic Bard Judith)
 Treasures &
 Oddities
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, an overview 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)
Added Santhmoot Photos I: First Encounters, the first official picture set with 18 photos of Santhmoot showing the first arrivals at Talia's house: Fluffy, Aran, Rayne and Artimidor. At all pictures specific comments were added (composition and comments Artimidor, photos by various team members)
Added Santhmoot Photos II: Landshut Ho!, the second picture set currently available of the Santharian gathering, featuring 30 photos showing the first Santharian assault of Santharians on the town of Landshut (composition and comments Artimidor, photos various team members)

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