WEB HISTORY 2009, JANUARY-MARCH


    Site Update of March 29th 2009 by Artimidor

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Update Statement. This mini-update we bring you only one addition to the Dream, yet something entirely new we haven't tried before: A Santhworld module in form of a fan project for Thief III by Eidos Interactive, which allows us to include screenshots of the game to get an interesting story across. Yep, actually the module we realized called "Uninvited" is a short story, something you could call a suspenseful mystery, horror, ghost thingy that doesn't take much longer than half an hour to complete. It has a unique plot, is fully illustrated, features lots of music and sound effects and a hopefully convincing atmosphere - well, have a look yourself by entering Santhworld and typing START UNINVITED, preferably with the lights turned down first and the volume up...

Lots of people contributed for this little project indirectly, so here's a list on who was involved: Artimidor (story & realization), Bard Judith, Vladeptus and the T2X Audio Team (music) - the latter providing three incredibly atmospheric pieces, many thanks for those. Furthermore we have used pictures of Bard Judith, Seeker, Quellion and Enayla and sound effects from Soundsnap.com. Screenshots were implemented with friendly permission mainly from three Thief III missions, namely "Bad Feeling" (Serge), "The Bridge" (str8g8) and "The Hotel" (Savar). - So what are you waiting for? There's an errie secret to be discovered down there in that house in Voldar...


    Site Update of March 8th 2009 by Artimidor, Mira & others

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Update Statement. After some update turbulence in the past weeks we're happy to get a decent one this time under our belt - especially thanks to the tremendous help with site updating by Mira, Altario and Garret, who premiered with preparing a bunch of entries this time, making life a bit easier for the dear webmaster! Great job, everyone! - So what have we got this time? A creepy picture of a Bone Tree for example, the first contribution of Seeker, our most recent art contributer - welcome on board! Or a marvelous entry on the Forest of Contamar, along with illustration (Miés'efér, pic Bard Judith). New musical pieces you can be downloaded at the Eyelian or the Eyelian Music entry (Gean Firefeet), or even on our newly added Parodies page (Alysse). A new Western Nybelmar tribe awaits with the Tiquaitan Men (Decipher), while the Tehuriden Clan (Mira) makes its appearance as well. Smee gets more Manthrian stuff done with his entry on the Village of SImsy, Seth has the Kanarma Tree Myth for us in store plus details on Mullog Belief, Shabakuk delights us with the Never-Sit-Still Mushroom and Rookie opens up a new book containing Brownie Myths, while Grunok explains further details of the Serphelorian Language - to name just a few things. As you can see, there's lots of variety going on this time, so make sure to check most of it out!

Coming Up. After a development break and commenting round of a few weeks we have at least caught up with a few things, so that we can continue with regular development now. Rumour has it that we get some summaries, on Nybelmarian philosophy for example. Gregory Firelance or Soros the Alchemist could make it eventually on the site - or maybe Queen Caralla the Farseeing? The Sarvonian Aohu'o have been sighted recently as well and the Llaoihrr Harvest Festival is also currently being celebrated somewhere on the Forum - so good times from Brownies, eh? Well, be there next update, and maybe even a Black Unicorn shows up somewhere...


 Bestiary Updated entry on the Dhururian Snail, adding some new additional information to the entry (Altario)
Added entry on the Marcogg Terrier ("Taster"), a tiny, short-haired animal originating in the Manthrian city it was named for (Rookie Brownbark)
Added
entry on the Meandrel Newt, looking like the fat, waxy skinned ghost of an eel, but with six incongruously wriggling legs... (Seth Ghibta)
Added entry on the Snow Wolf ("White Shadow"), an odd canine creature from the North, supposedly a cross between an Eanian warg, an Ashmarian wolf, and the Icelands icemut (Garret Arroway)
 Cosmology Added entry on the Kanarma Tree Myth, recounting the tale on how how sheep came to live happily on the harsh Nybelmarian plainslands (Seth Ghibta)
 Herbarium Updated entry on the Bone Tree, adding illustration of these mysterious apparition found in the Venlaken Enclave (pic Seeker)
Added entry on the Never-Sit-Still, a moonsilver-coloured mushroom that has been recorded only in the Goltherlon Forest (Shabakuk)
 Library Added a new book "Tales from the Brownie Tribes" to our Library section, comprising, as the title says, everything that is related to Brownie myth and legend. Brand new is the tale "How the Pfepper Plant Got so Hot" by Rookie and two already integrated tales "Ehei's Mistake" by Rookie and "The Magic Wings" by Irid were also now added to the book. Rookie also got her own Author's page now in the Library (Rookie Brownbark & Irid al'Menie)
Added new poem "Song to the Wind" to our "Love Poems" collection (Gean Firefeet)
Added new poem collection "Poems of Nybelmar", collecting all kinds of Nybelmar poems on one page, categorized by tribe. Aside from some pieces that are already known we've got six new poems as well to enjoy (Decipher Ziron)
 Music Added new musical piece, the "Theme of the Eyelians" to our collection of human tribe themes, which we've started with this entry. The Theme of the Eyelians was of course also added to the Eyelian Tribe entry and to Eyelian Music (Gean Firefeet)
Added musical piece, the "Introduction to Eyelian Music" to our collection of human tribe themes. This musical introduction was also added to the Eyelian Music (Gean Firefeet)
 People Added entry on the Bludd Dealer Syndicate, an underground organization known for spreading a highly addictive, hallucinogenic alcohol (Petros Greenvale)
Added entry on Hiartun Rarkan, the second Kogian and Mastergeneral of Marmarra, thus completing the five Kogians who were the most instrumental individuals in the establishment of the Marmarran Citystate (Decipher Ziron)
Added entry on the Tehuriden Ter'ei'Vikh Clan, a clan cast out from their homelands for their impure blood by their birthtribe, living on the outskirts of the Drifting Woods (Miraran Tehuriden)
 Places Added entry on the Forest of Contamar, the legendary "Frozen Forest" located at the Peninsula of Iol in Northern Sarvonia, featuring monstrous trees that stand in crystal-like magnificence (Miés'efér Lytherá, pic Bard Judith)
Added
entry on the Manthrian Village of Simsy, which is seated at the base of the twin Sentinels, two giant spires of granite and is well known for its cattle, beef and stone goods (Smee)
 Races & Tribes Added entry on Serphelorian Language ("Sertharian"), containing all important details related to the Tharian dialect of this tribe (Grunok)
Added entry on the Tiquaitan Men, an often-esoteric tribe that intellectually dominated Nybelmar’s Western coast for centuries (Decipher Ziron)
 Religion Update entry on Jeyriall, the Santharian Goddess of Harvest, adding illustration depicting a girl at a Jeyriallene festival (pic Bard Judith)
Added entry on "Mullog Belief", representing a system that basically is vitalistic combination of animism and ancestor worship (Seth Ghibta)
 Team Added Santharian Seasonal Tidings, Part II, a bit belated, but nevertheless finally on the site, featuring once again Miraclaus and Decielf to wish Santharians a Merry Christmas (Miraran Tehuriden)
 Treasures & Oddities Added a new page to the site called "Santharian Parodies", where we plan to all kinds of stuff that looks at Earthen things from the Santharian point of view, or the other way round in a humorous way. We start the site off with Alysse's song "North Sarvonia Girls", available in lyrical form and in the sung version. Also added was an older song "What are the Flowers". A page for Musical Parodies was also set up in the Music section containing Alysse's song (Alysse the Likely & Bard Judith)

    Site Update of February 22nd 2009 by Artimidor

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Update Statement. Another turbulent real-life week took its toll again on this week's site update, which once had to be considerably reduced the second time in a row. Nevertheless we've got a massive entry in this week, the Nightshade Carnival, a cooperative work led by Bard Judith with participation also by Alysse and Val O'Neil. And Gean Firefeet makes sure that the whole thing has its proper music as well! We also welcome Shabakuk in Santharia, as he has delivered his very first work for the site, the Gossiper Bird - let's hope a lot more similar stuff is still to come! Updates were also made regarding the corrections of various mistakes on the site, new Styrásh vocabulary was added, the architect Renatus Venseslao Vitalis dhil Arke-Akirask Ambroleschi (now say that three times in a row!) makes his appearance in the Krath Empire entry - and we have a tree that produces chocolate milk, the Khomilchfruit Tree (Decipher) and a not entirely harmless plant, the Forget-Me-Nut (Tharoc). Hmmm... Guess I've lost my train of thought. Now where was I? Ah, yes...

Coming Up. We currently have stopped development of new stuff and try to work through various things that have been posted on the Forum, yet need final comments and touches to get them up on the site. And as we're talking about quite a lot of entries, the development stop for new contributions is likely to continue for quite a while. Make sure therefore to comment on other people's work, so that we can get back to regular business as soon as possible!


 Bestiary Added entry on the Gossiper Bird ("Tell-tale", "Babbler"), a forest bird known especially for its peculiar way in which it constructs its mating song (Shabakuk Zeborius Anfang)
Added entry on the Karnarma Sheep, a sheep that shuffles in perfectly camouflaged flocks across the arid Nybelmar plains. The sheep was also added to the Sheep and Goats overview page (Seth Ghibta)
 Herbarium Added entry on the Forget-Me-Nut, a putrid plant from the southern borders of the Mists of Osthemangar. It's subterranean seed, the Nak-Nut. contains the power to befuddle the memory (Tharoc Wargrider)
Added entry on the Khomilchfruit Tree, a tree of the Jungles of Shar, producing milch that tastes like chocolate... (Decipher Ziron)
 Languages Updated the Styrásh vocabulary pages, Tharian-Styrásh and Styrásh-Tharian, adding in several new words that were added in the past months to our vocabulary database (Artimidor and Quaél'Orín)
 Magic Added entry on Level 6 Fire Spell - Flame Ring to our spells collection (Thorgas Ironforge)
 Misc. Added entry on Kiiahk Lake/Whitewater Craft, a paddle-drawn boat, invented by the primitive Nybelmarian tribe of the Tsohamin (Decipher Ziron)
 Music Added new musical piece "The Nightshade Carnival" to our "Places Themes" collection in the Music menu, a theme accompanying the wondrous world of fascinating entertainment. The piece was also added to the actualy Nightshade Carnival entry (song by Gean Firefeet)
 People Added entry on the Nightshade Carnival, a travelling group of weirdling entertainers drawn from all over the Santharian kingdom and from many races (Bard Judith & Alysse the Likely, pics Bard Judith, Val O'Neil, musci Gean Firefeet)
 Places Updated entry on the Grand Empire of Krath, adding illustration of Qualaris architect Renatus Venseslao Vitalis dhil Arke-Akirask Ambroleschi, overseeing the construction of one of the Inner Sea cities for Emperor Dearan Asae (pic Quellion)
 Team Added poem top our Odes to the Team page, this time celebrating Azhira's first Santharian anniversary (Gean Firefeet)
 Website Fixed various mistakes, menus problems and misspellings in dozens of entries as part of this year's site spring cleaning (Artimidor)

    Site Update of February 8th 2009 by Artimidor

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Update Statement. Due to real life issues (like un unneeded cold of the webmaster) this week's update is only a miniature version, nevertheless we've got at least a view things together which weren't that complicated to integrate or were already pretty much done during the last weeks. So you can check out at least illustrations from our Santharian artists, like a tribe picture of a Serphelorian Warden (Quellion), an portrait of our local bard and dwarven mistress Judith of Bardavos - or have a look at the famous Choan of Orc (Bard Judith). Drawing work was also done on the Santhworld game environment, where Quellion helped revising the interface, so that everything has a much more detailed look now - and we've got brand new interface buttons!

Coming Up. I've heard there's a carnival in town, so we'd better check that one out next time... Niski's masterwork on the Rimmerins Ring is also now on the finishing line and should be completed any minute, the entry on the Tehuriden clan might give insights where Mira's hailing from, Decipher has a Mastergeneral of Marmarra to offer, and the beautiful Forest of Contamar also awaits integration. See you next update, which will hopefully take place pretty soon!


 Bestiary Updated entry on the Domestic Pig, adding illustration of this popular animal found mostly among humans (pic Quellion)
 Herbarium Added entry on the Pfepper Grass, an unspectacular, yet well loved plant, as it makes a great spice to add to food (Talia Sturmwind)
Added
entry on the Roori Vine, a tough, stringy weed found deep underground the oil-filled lakes underneath the Western Bay in northern Nybelmar (Rookie Brownbark)
 Library Updated the historical account on "Orcen Dueling", adding illustration of the legendary Choan of Orc (pic Bard Judith)
 People Updated entry on Judith of Bardavos, adding illustration of the famous Masterbard (pic Faugar)
 Races/Tribes Updated entry on the Serphelorian Humans ("Wardens"), adding illustration of a typical female Warden (pic Quellion)
 Website Added toolbar menu for Santhworld, allowing players now to easily access basic game functions like displaying the inventory or the score, saving or restoring a game state etc. via a simple mouseclick. The buttons display tooltip texts upon mouseover and also change depending on the context they are displayed in. Additional function updates are in the works. Furthermore the Santhworld interface was updated considerably in terms of graphic quality, and parts of the interface were completely redrawn to harbour the improved menu system (pics Quellion, coding Grinch & Artimidor)
Updated the "Mysteries of Nepris" module of
Santhworld, expanding the aboveground world with more than dwo dozens of extra rooms and two quests centered around the Prosperous Farmhouse and the Derkhan family. Also expanded was the Nepris module section, so that it now features maps of the Prosperous Farmhouse area, an updated Quests Overview with the proper scores, which now also work in the game - type score to monitor your progress and get a rank assessment! (Artimidor, pics Bard Judith, Faugar and Quellion, music by Gean Firefeet)

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