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    2006 - The Year of the Big Forum Changes

Examples of this year's pictures

New Year Statement. The past year 2006 - or 1666 a.S. according to the Santharian Calendar - was a year that brought dramatic changes to the Dream, be it on the technical side or on key issues regarding organization and development progress.

As for the technical stuff: During summer and autumn we managed to finally get rid of the two Dev and RPG ezBoards and migrate both pretty large Forums to a completely customized own SMF solution on the Santharian server. In the long run this doesn't only reduce costs, it also increases the amount of Forum features we can offer (like shoutbox, spellchecker, much more individual Forum profiles etc.) - plus we can finally back up data ourselves and are not relying anymore on dubious backup practices of others. Late 2006 also forced us to move the site to a new provider after several troubling experiences, which so far has fully paid off, so that everything - site, two forums, guestbook, e-mails etc. - are all hosted on one single server solution.

Regarding development progress: We are proud that Talia managed to organize another real-life Santhmoot in Germany with a bunch of European participants. There we made essential progress on sketching further Santharian history details. The stuff we elaborated will go up on the site bit by bit in the coming months. Precondition for that to happen however  is a complete revision of the way we organize history on the site, and by the end of 2006 this work could be completed and the new menu structure is already uploaded by now, we only need to add more data. Other great dev achievements this year: a complete Library rework was initiated, first zoomable Flash maps done, quite a bunch of new tribe pictures in our tribes drawing project were finished and more details added to the entries, a brand new Styrásh font substituted the old one - and the essential groundworks of the coming interactive Flash experience "Santhworld" could be laid. Three valuable new permanent members have had their inauguration parties, moderators to Forum sections and project definitions were introduced, resulting in (hopefully) better development organization in general.

I'm also happy to announce progress with the Juju Fund, where we have gathered so far 2.360 EUR ($3.083)! A hearty "Thank you!" goes to all contributers! - All the best for 2007, may the new year be as fruitful as the one before! - Artimidor, Santharian Webmaster


    Best of Member Contributions 2006
 Bestiary Updated entry on the Cave Drell, completely revising the entry about these rock lizards, which are especially well known among the dwarves. A coloured new picture was also added (Vesk Lyricahl, pic Bard Judith)
Added entry on the Drape-Silk Spider, a large variety of arachnids, producing webs, which are often used for bandaging (Stormraven)
Added entry on the Eye Crab, a strange and frightening looking variation of a crab, found only in the far west of Nybelmar (Smith in Exile)
Added entry on the Groshmite, an omnivorous insect of northern Santharia that lives in swarms and can be quite unpleasant to encounter (text Valan Nonesuch & Artimidor, pic Quellion)
Added entry on the Hrugchuck Mouse, a blue mouse of the Iceland coast (Talia Sturmwind)
Added entry on the Scattersand Ray, a ray found in the waters of the Scattersand Shoals (Jonael)
Updated entry on the
Ximax Rat, adding illustration of this little critter (pic Quellion)
Added entry on the Ancythrian Spinneedler, a dart-like spinning fish, which can be found in the Witchking's Waters exclusively (Zacheius Aquadel)
 Downloads Added completely revised Ancient Styrásh Font to our Santharian fonts collection. This new font replaces the old version, which you perhaps have installed already on your computer. (Koldar Mondrakken)
 Herbarium Added entry on the Basiloc, a small, abundantly herb of Sarvonia (Kareesh Valendar, pic Olooriel)
Added entry on the Keelo Tree, a succulent tropical fruit of the Kreans (Decipher Ziron)
Added entry on the Már'kál Waterfruit, a thorny, water storing desert plant (Ishmaelion)
Added entry on the Ptoria Weed, a fast growning, thorny bush (Rhaki Tekashi)
Added entry on the Strangling Vine, one of the most noticeable vines of the Nybelmarian jungles (Miraran Tehuriden)
Updated entry on the Waterfruit Tree, adjusting final details (Miraran Tehuriden)
 Languages Added approximately 80 new words to our Stýrash-Tharian and Tharian-Styrásh vocabulary pages - we now have 554 Styrásh words on the site! (Artimidor and other word creators)
Added a lot of new words to our Thergerim-Tharian and Tharian-Thergerim vocabulary pages - we now have 616 Thergerim Taal words on the site! (Bard Judith)
 Library Added fable "The Greyler and the Dragon" to our Frethoni Book of Fables about a greyler saving the day for the inhabitants of an oppressed village (Artimidor, pic Faugar)
Added fairy-tale "The Lady of the Lilies", a common story about Lady Moon and Lord Sun, which is often told to Shendar children the evening before the full moon (Gean Firefeet)
Added
fairy-tale on "The Harlequin Lover", a story about a harlequin, a curse and the meaning of true love (Elendilwyn)
Added tale
"The Magic Robe of Leena Tékaan" to our Myths and Legends collection, a story about a woman caught between love and chagrin, freedom and the chains of love, joy and temptation (Talia Sturmwind, pic Eratin)
Added tale "True Love or The White Aj'nuvic" to our Myths and Legends collection at the Santharian Library (Talia Sturmwind)
Initiated a major Library rework, resulting in a complete restructuring of the first few Library stories. The start was made with the "Frethoni Book of Fables", other books followed like the ghost stories collection "Lurking in the Mists", "Master Tribell's Miraculous Narrations", Dalá's  "Magic and Murder. Letters of an Erpheronian Noblewoman" (Letter #8 is brand new) or the "Katya Dragonseeker" novel. All these stories were converted to the new Books/Authors overview system.  (Artimidor)
 Magic Added Level 1 Earth Spell - Sanguinary Block to our magic spells collection (Drasil Razorfang, pic Faugar)
Added
Level 1 Water Spell - Calm to our magic spells collection (Coren FrozenZephyr)
Added
Level 3 Fire Spell - Fiery Minion to our magic spells collection (Twen Araerwen, pic Faugar)
Added Level 7 Fire Spell - Fiery Curtain to our magic spells collection (Mina Aylwin)
Added Level 9 Fire Spell - Draconic Effigy to our magic spells collection (Twen Araerwen)
 Misc. Added entry on the Bloodstone, a peculiar mineral of southwestern Nybelmar used to augment rare weapons with deadly capabilities (Decipher Ziron)
Added entry on the Gemstones of Santharia, a detailed and thoroughly illustrated entry about the twelve main precious minerals of Santharia and the continent of Sarvonia (text and 12 illustrations by Bard Judith)
Updated entry on the
Kasumarii Fighting Styles, adding Korenjaan illustration. The picture was also added to the main Kasumarii entry (pic Faugar)
Added entry on Leather Armour, our very first standard armour entry, representing a major step towards proper categorization in this field (Nsikigan Yourth & Artimidor, pic Quellion)
Added entry on the Terquán Robe, a legendary artifact, said to enable people to levitate and to allow them to transform into an animal (entry Talia Sturmwind, pic Eratin)
Added entry on the Zarathian Dagger, a traditional weapon of the Aeruillin tribe of the Zarathians (Drasil Razorfang)
 Musics Updated lullaby "Dusk is Here", adding musical version of Bard Judith's song to ensure that Santharian babies get their good night sleep (music Gean Firefeet)
Added ballad
"The Siege of Bardavos" to our "Ballads of Caelereth" collection. The musical version of the ballad was co-produced by Gean Firefeet and is offered for download at this page as well (lyrics Bard Judith, music Gean Firefeet & Bard Judith)

Updating
Themes of Santharian Races page, adding musical piece "Song #5: The Vale of Brownies". The song was also added to the entry on the Vale Brownies (music Gean Firefeet)
 People Added entry on the Nolan Drinkbrewer, the famous gnomish svaq inventor (Arceon, pic Faugar)
Added
entry on the Order of the Wings, an ancient Eyelian order of exclusively female warriors fighting on the back of trained gryphs (Irid alMenie)

Added
entry on Queen Curogana, the Centoraurian Anactara and later first Tharian Queen, spouse of King Thar the Great (Curgan, pic Koldar)
Added entry on Raeis Boldsnout, a famous renegade wind mage (Drasil Razorfang)
Added entry on
Talia Sturmwind, the famous Shendar writer for the Compendium (Artheós Mirabíphilus Federkiel)
 Places Updated entry on the Village of Aesthran, adjusting further details regarding Aesthran station (Eatherion)
Added
entry on the Ancythrian Sea, a large inland sea in the middle of Santharia, also known as "Devil's Sea" or "Witchking's Waters" (Chronusian and Artimidor)
Updated entry on
Flash MovieCourtford, adding zoomable Flash map version (movie Artimidor)
Added entry on the Drifting Woods, one of the most fascinating woods of the continent of Nybelmar (Miraran Tehuriden)
Added
entry on the Grand Empire of Krath, dealing with the greatest and most powerful civilization that ever existed on the continent of Nybelmar (Coren FrozenZephyr)
Added entry on the Grasslands of Hylach, a hundred-strals wide expanse of lush, rolling grass in Manthria, used mainly as pasture by the villagers of Courtford (Grunok the Exile, pic Ingeborg)
Added
entry on Mount PocRotrum, a famous mountain near the southwestern tip of the Rimmerins Ring created by brown druids (Pikel Thunderstone, pic Arbaon)
Added entry on the Hamlet of Shneerin, another small village in the Manthrian province, this time a very traditional one (Gean Firefeet)
Updated entry on the
Scattersand Shoals, completely revising the entry, splitting the content in sections and adding lots of details (Gean Firefeet)
 Races
 & Tribes
Updated entry on Ashz-Oc Orcs, adding illustration of a typical tribe representative. Also the Orcs Overview on Northern Sarvonia was updated, featuring this new image (pic Faugar)
Updated entry on the Erpheronians, adding two new sections: Tribal Language and Nomenclature, giving insights on the Aerpherian dialect of the Tharian tongue and providing details on how Erpheronian names, ranks and titles are constructed (Artimidor & Bard Judith)
Updated
entry on the Gnomes, adding three overview images representing the race, including a brand new gnomish traveller drawn by Bard Judith (pics Bard Judith & Eshoh)
Added entry on the Gob-Ur-Nak Ogres, a small, but fierce tribe of ogres inhabiting the Imlith Mountains area in Northern Sarvonia (Ralhag)
Updated entry on the Shadow Elves, adding full-sized tribe illustration. The Elven Tribes of Northern Sarvonia Overview was also updated featuring the new picture (pic Quellion)
Added entry on the Vale Brownie Clans, providing a detailed overview on the various clans of Vale Brownie society (Irid alMenie)
Updated entry on the
Volkek-Oshra Orcs, adding detailed illustration of a Ximaxian orcish mage in his study in the catacombs of the Town of Magic (pic Quellion)
 Religions Added entry on the Dwarven Belief, providing details on dwarven religion and rituals like Aging and Funerals related to the belief in the Almighty Forge-Lord Trum-Baroll. The entry was also illustrated with a dwarven funeral illustration (Bard Judith, pic Arbaon)
Added
entry on the K'ahn'uk'tscha, a detailed description of all kinds of varieties of orcish beliefs at the Sarvonian continent (Marvin Cerambit)
 Team Adding membership page of Marvin Cerambit (Sam Goethals from Belgium), finally becoming official member of the Santharian Development Team after having finished his time as an apprentice. Welcome to the Dream, Marvin! (Marvin Cerambit)
Adding membership page of Pikel Thunderstone (Derek Coulter from California, US), who after a long and arduous apprenticeship finally becomes a regular  member of the Dream. Official membership inauguration will be held next Sunday, so make sure to be there... - Congratulations in advance, Pikel! (Pikel Thunderstone)
Also Miraran Tehuriden (from Utrecht in Belgium) joined us this year, membership page is still in the works, though! (Miraran Tehuriden)
 Treasures &
 Oddities
Added 30 photos of this summer's Santhmoot 1666 near Landshut, Germany. The meeting was focussed on History Development on Southern Sarvonia, with participants like Talia, Gean, Faugar, Thuja, Koldar and Artimidor - results are still to be integrated into the site (Artimidor, pics Faugar and others)
 Website Added page The Santharian Dream in the Press, where we collect all kinds of information on Santharia, which is published in magazines or newspapers, speaking about the project. The occasion for starting this page was an article in the "ImagineFX" April issue, shedding a bit of light on the art side of the Dream. You can read scans of the article on this newly created page (Artimidor)
Successful completion of the message board transfers of the Development Forum and the RPG Forum, also we moved to a brand new provider, ensuring better performance and support if necessary (Artimidor)

    Site Statistics Overview 2006

Compendium Entries

Bestiary (+34)
Cosmology & Myth (+/-0)
Herbarium (+16)
Library Pages, rev. (+33)
Magic (+26)
Misc. (+26)
Musics (+7)
Languages (+/-0)
Workshop (+/-0)
340
45
201

196
153
202
33
23
17
People (+6)
Places (+3)
Races & Tribes (+8)
Religions (+2)
Treasures & Odd. (+10)
Games (+/-0)
Movies (+2)
Original Artwork (+73)
Complete Comp. (+96)
158
144
154
66
48
33
9
611
1.707
 

Team Members

Forum Members Dev
Administrators Dev
Webmasters

Mascots
Artists (exclusive)
1.646
  1
  1
2
13
Forum Members RPG
Administrators RPG
Musicians
Compendium Writers
Temporary Members
3.535
3
4
33
ca. 25
 

Site & Forum Visitors (January 2007 Snapshot)

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Dev Forum posts
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400.960
839

565.382
8.462
3.039
80.641
6.946
46
229
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RPG Forum views s. 1/2007
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