WEB HISTORY 2009, APRIL-JUNE


    Site Update of June 28th 2009 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. This week we offically add the masterwork entries of our new members, Seeker and Altario, or at least parts of it, as Altario's rework of the Remusian Men still has got various sections in store for the coming updates as well. Seeker's great picture of the City Hall of the White City of Elving can be viewed already in the respective entry. Coren makes an appearance after a bit of a break with entries on Krean Magic, specifically the Ardelor Hypothesis and the Olesian Obstruction, and begins a new Krean novel, titled "A Seagull's Cry" with the first chapter "Adumbration". Valan returned from a trip to the Santharian Manthrian province with a detailed entry on the Yanth River, adding one more to our already rich palette on entries for that region. Aside from that we've got some weapons for you, axes actually, namely the Half-Moon Axe (Grendal) and the Sengren, a typical Kyranian weapon (Deklitch). Grendal also helped to get the Weapons Overview in shape, which together with Half-Moon Axe entry is his very first contributions to the Dream. Same with Jenna Silverbirch, who researched baking some famous halfling All-Year Pie as her first entry for the site. This brings Grendal and Jenna into offical Apprentice status, congrats on that - let's hope more on weapons and halflings is to come soon!

Coming Up. Lots of stuff that could have made it in this week's update unfortunately didn't, so maybe next time. Among them Decipher's Tarshiinite Tale story, Rookie's Llaoihrr Harvest Festival, more on Ximaxian Magic, some details on troll weapons, the biography of the Santharian poet Monsonius or the Dulcimer string instrument. A bunch of pictures still wait to be finished as well, including a bird and a warg - and last not least a Rhom-Oc orc on the hunt.


 Herbarium Added entry on the Savage Mushroom, a small, hardy fungus found only within the Mists of Osthemangar (Rookie Brownbark)
 Library Added song "Rover Nancy" to our "Drinking Songs" collection, recounting about a member of teh Black Butterlfy Rovers, who used to know a lot of men... (Deklitch Hardin)
Added new book "A Seagull's Cry", a Krean novel, which we start off with the first chapter titled "Adumbration". First chapters of "A Seagull's Cry" were already on the site, but they are now being revised one after the other and are presented in the new Library format (Coren FrozenZephyr)
 Magic Added entry of the Ardelor Hypothesis, a Krean magic concept which explains why Magic Persuasive cannot bring about something that one cannot attain through Magic Mechanical (Coren FrozenZephyr)
Added entry of the Olesian Obstruction, is the idea in the Krean magical arts that a "depiction" (a Krean magic spell of the Persuasive echelon) will increasingly approach, but never quite reach, a true portrayal of the desired possibility (Coren FrozenZephyr)
Updated entry of the Level 4 Bone Crafting spell, completely revising the entry (Drasil Razorfang)
 Misc. Added entry on the All-Year Pie, a staple meal of any extensive hobbit family’s diet (Jenna Silverbirch)
Added entry on the Half-Moon Axe, a weapon of the dark dwarves with an unusual moon shape of its head part (Grendal Thornfist)
Added entry on the Sengren Axe, a double-bladed axe, pride of the former Kyranian kingdom (Deklitch Hardin)
Updated all Weapons Overviews on site, adding further weapons that were still missing, yet were mentioned in entries already or were part of the main Weapons page. The Weapons page as such was now changed entirely, containing only descriptions of the various weapon types, from which you can now branch off into the overview lists of the types themselves. At each type overview you now also have a link on top which allows you to return to the main Weapons page. Further pictures will be added to the main Weapons overview as soon as three item pictures in each category are available
(Grendal Thornfirst and Artimidor)
 Places Added entry on the Yanth River, a dark, cold river in the Santharian province of Manthria known for its fish and its frigidity (Valan)
Updated entry on Elving ("The White City"), adding illustration of the City Hall, the impressive center of Quaelhoirhim cultural and city life. This picture represents Seeker's masterwork in order to achieve official Santharian membership (pic Seeker)
 Races & Tribes Updated entry of the Remusian Men, completely revising the entry. Currently integrated are the sections Overview, Appearance, Coat of Arms, Territory, Environment (includes Flora and Fauna) and People (including the sub-sections Language, Art, Music and Literature, Games and Activities, Class Structure and Family). This revision marks Altario's masterwork and qualifies him as Santharian team member (Altario)

    Announcement of June 14th 2009 by Artimidor

Our new members!

Time for fresh blood, guys! Two contributers have finally made it to the official members list: For one we've got that funny Canadian guy with the unpronounceable Santharian name Altario Shialt-eck-Gorrin, and we've got Seeker from the US (Bradly Van Camp, hope I got that name right this time...), who obviously found what he was seeking with Santharia! Anyway, while Altario has been making Dev and RPG boards unsafe since two years, Seeker is with us only since March, yet has delivered several fantastic illustrations so far. Seeker's masterwork, the City Hall of Elving, was just uploaded and can be enjoyed at the Elving entry, so make sure to check that great piece out! Altario's masterwork of gigantic dimensions, the complete overhaul of the Remusian tribe up there in Northern Sarvonia, will be added in parts, so for now only the first parts of the entry were replaced until the Territory section. Stay tuned for the whole thing to be uploaded within the next weeks.

As usual we invite you to a Forum feast celebrating the inauguration of our new members - everybody is welcome in this thread which will teleport you to Elving... Free virtual drinks and cookies are included! Join the fun, and don't get lost in the magical woods around the elven city. See you there!

- Artimidor, Santharian Webmaster on behalf of the Santharian Development Team


    Site Update of June 7th 2009 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. Highlights of this week's update include - among other things - the Mullog Origin Myth ("Kotaritenga") by Seth, which aside from containing a cool story was also illustrated with works by Bard Judith and Arbaon. Also a great unconventional addition is Seth's "Philosophie of the Molluske Race", while more conventinonal, yet no less important, are the additions to the Santharian Kingdom Timeline we made this update, dealing with the first century after Santhros. Another great illustration awaits at the Gouran entry, where Seeker shows us the legendary Bane of the North with a bunch of dark companions, among them a Rhom warg, which will get its own entry soon. Then we have Sivartius making his first contribution this week with the Geodes ("Eggs of the Earth") entry, and Deklitch made his first official appearance at the "Children's Games" page, which features verses and poems from more than half a dozen developers. So welcome on board to the new contributers - may we read more from you in the near future!

Coming Up. A famous Santharian poet is about to get a new face with a brand new illustration, and his entry will be updated as well in that process. Some weaponry is in the works for the warriors out there, some delicious hobbit pie for those who enjoy a good meal, and a string instrument will provide some relaxing entertainment. Also the huge entry on Thalambath might eventually make it on site, just as Altario's monster-masterwork on the Remusian men. Be there next update to take a look!


 Bestiary Added entry on the Parasitic Limpet, a shellfish with distinctively unappealing habits... (Seth Ghibta)
Updated entry on the Kev'lor Warhorse
, expanding, editing and revising the entry (Alysse the Likely)
 History Added the years 0 until 100 a.S. to our Santharian Kingdom Timeline, comprising the years of Santhros' and his son Laenthris reign and dealing with the ensuing succession difficulties. The Santharian Royal Line was also updated in this context, as are all associated entries (Artimidor, based on contributions by Talia, Gean, Thuja, Faugar and Artimidor)
 Library Added another Faen Poem titled "Defris Faras" ("We Cannot Say") to our "Poems of Nybelmar" collection (Decipher Ziron)
Added new essay to the book of "Caelerethian Philosopy", this time dealing with a rather unusual subject, namley the "Philosophie of the Mollukse Race". Also added was an Authors page in the Library page for Seth Ghibta (Seth Ghibta)
Added new book "Nybelmar: A Collection of Chronicled Happenings"
, a historical text collection on Nybelmar. The book was started off with a first text titled "Crossed Swords and Sunset: A Duel at the Ashen Palace" (Decipher Ziron, pics Bard Judith)
Added new page on "Children's Games", with a first game/song added called "Once there was a hobbit", with multiple variations of it from all kinds of cultures and regions (with contributions of Alysse the Likely, Bard Judith, Sivartius, Deklitch Hardin, Shabakuk, Tharoc Wargrider, Irid al'Menie, Rookie Brownbark)
Added a "Thergerim Counting Rhyme" to our "Santharian Counting Rhymes" collection (Bard Judith)
Added chant "The Rovers are in Town!" to our "Market Chants" collection (Deklitch Hardin)
 Misc. Added entry on the Geode ("Earth Egg"), a small plain looking rock, which is filled inside with crystals of various size and colour (Sivartius)
Added entry on the Mirbal's Game, where you only require a steady hand, a pouch or bag of the gaily-coloured, spherical seeds (Tharoc Wargrider)
Added entry on the Sleep-Ill Disease, a disease of the mind that causes several sleep related difficulties including sudden attacks of sleep, loss of muscle control and difficulty sleeping at night (Valan)
Added entry on the Twelves Dice Game ("Godsdice"), a very popular Santharian dice game (Valan)
 People Updated entry on Gouran, the Bane of the North, adding illustration of the transformed Injerín elf, representing reincarnated evil. The picture also features some orcish companions along with the not yet described rhom warg (pic Seeker)
Added entry on Enchantress Melone Swanvil, one of the so-called "Children of the Mind", in league with the notorious Rais Boldsnout, who was also said to win the hearts of the Manthrian people though her limitless compassion and extreme talents (Drasil Razorfang)
 Religions Added  entry on the Mullog Origin Myth ("Kotairitenga"), recounting the he oldest and most central story in the rich oral culture of the race, dealing with the first recorded leader of the mullogs, Naulé, who is said to have met an Earth giant (Seth Ghibta, pics Bard Judith and Arbaon)

    Site Update of May 17th 2009 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. While we're relatively low on new entries this week, we have several new illustrations for you to polish up existing entries, among them pictures for the recently added Drakus the Long-Lived (Seeker), the Kor'och fey Mologh Horse (again Seeker), the Windsinger entry (Eratin), then we've got a whole bunch of Slimers (Bard Judith) and last but not least the Aeoliran Goddess of Life, Mermaria (guest artist Eric Stoddard). We've also a new Brownie tribe for you, living underground in the caverns underneath the Western Bary in the north of Nybelmar, the Darkling Brownies (Rookie), also a Nybelmarian canine, the Duscur (Seth), and a cursed place in the middle of Santharia, the Pit of Orcenroth in case you're looking for some adventures (Artimidor).

Coming Up. A bunch of new contributers are looking forward to their first entries on site, so expect Grass Rippers, Dulcimers, Eggs of the Earth, Sleep-Ills or the Yanth River to be in an update pretty soon. Seeker still has Avath'caó in store and is already working on his masterwork drawing, the City of Elving. Judy will delight us soon with illustrations of a dove, an elven girl portrait and a swamp landscape - let's hope we'll find the proper spot for each one of these pictures soon in order to enrich the site with another load of images!


 Bestiary Added entry on the Duscur Canine, an extraordinary predator of Western Nybelmar with an eerie, deadly mimicking ability (Seth Ghibta)
Added entry on the Slimer Creature
, a magically/alchemically created morphing entity that comes in a multitude of types and colours, which is said to be something one should avoid encountering... (Artimidor, 3 pics Bard Judith)
Updated entry on the Wolves of Caelereth, updating Species overview with additional types and pictures (Garret Arroway)
 People Updated entry on Drakus the Long-Lived, adding illustration of this Sanrier who has developed 'The Lust', got praised, romanticised, scorned and even hunted and now has turned pretty much into a myth (pic Seeker)
Updated entry on the Windsingers, adding illustration of an elf singing with the winds, understanding untouched nature (pic Eratin)
 Places Added entry on the Pit of Orcenroth, said to contain the remains of a defeated contingent of orcs who tried to cross Crazy Woman Pass in the third century a.S. - the place where the "orcs rot" nowadays is said to be haunted (Artimidor)
 Races & Tribes Added entry on the Darkling Brownies, a very special tribe of Brownies that has survived for thousands of generations deep in a selection of caves and caverns underneath the Western Bay in the north of Nybelmar (Rookie Brownbark)
Updated entry on the Remusian Men, adding illustration of a Remusian cavlary officer, sitting atop the Kor'och fey Mologh, the typical Remusian horse. The picture was also added to the Bestiary entry of said Kor'och fey Mologh horse (pic Seeker)
 Religions Updated entry on the Aeoliran High Goddess of Life, Mermaria, adding illustration of this water goddess (pic by guest artist Eric Stoddard)

    Site Update of April 26th 2009 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. The first post-Easter update brings some short, yet entertaining Library stuff to enjoy... Like Coren's first installment of a new short story called "Of Pride and Prejudice", or Garret's "Conversing with Dragons" - and last not least Tharoc explains us a good deal about the "Orcen Larder". Furthermore Seeker strikes again with a picture for the unpronouncable Krrroa'haxpattl Monster, and another one showing us the mysterious wisps that inhabit Santharian swamps and moors... We also are happy to present Valan's very first entries, the Winterdrake Dracoid (illustrated by Sheil) and the game Foreman's Dilemma. Decipher's entry on Drakus the Long-Lived might sound familar to some of you as well if you look closer (Easter egg details coming up soon), and Lionhorse has details on Santharia's youngest alchemist, Soros the Stranger Alchemist, in store for you, while Lorek tells us more about a deadly plant that is of interest especially for assassins. Oh, and we also got some more stuff done on the Flash MovieSanthworld front like a quiz and Lorehold additions by Mannix and Nsiki, and there's a new zoomable map at the Simsy entry.

Coming Up. Well, Seeker never sleeps and already works on another picture. So expect something Remusían soon, like a horse, or more particularly a horse and a rider perhaps... Another Flash movie is in its final steps, a colour cabinet containing lots more Santharian colours to choose from - plus detailed descriptions. Also Elendilwyn is back again and will accompany you soon into the "City of Masks", where some dark secrets linger to be discovered. But only if you dare entering Nyermersys, the "Town of the Black Death"...


 Bestiary Added the Dracoids Overview, complementing the other dragon/drakes overview we've had already on the site (Artimidor)
Updated entry on the Krrroa'haxpattl Monster, adding illustration of Turik of Barsalon's encounter with this fabled monster from the Ice Coast (pic Seeker)
Added entry on Winterdrake Dracoid
, a flying, bird-like creature, possibly related to drakes, living in the upper reaches of the mountains in southern Sarvonia (Valan, pic Sheil)
Updated entry on the Wisp, adding illustration of this mysterious apparition known to inhabit desolate swamps, moors or bogs (pic Seeker)
 Herbarium Added entry on the Ashen'evathón Bush, a very special fruit bearing bush of the northern reaches of Sarvonia (Miés'efér Lytherá)
Added entry on Queprur's Blight Flower
, dangerous flower than can be made into a hallucinogenic drug or into a dreadfully lethal poison (Lorek Sarnif)
Added entry on the Truthelon Tree, a strange tree in a strange place, this "Oilbeard Tree" is a also fairly common sight in the underground chasms of Trumatyreon (
Darbul Runestained)
 Library Added a new book "Of Pride and Prejudice" to our Library section, a short stories that comes in multiple parts, dealing with a riveting tale of Moredein Kaerath. For now we start with the first installment, titled "Chapter I: Magnus Maas", where a mage of impressive proportions who is, it has to be said, not very fond of mud, is about to have a very bad day... Coren also got his own Author's page now in the Library (Coren FrozenZephyr)
Added another chapter to our "Culinary Adventures" book, "The Orcen Larder", a thorough report on orcen food our researcher has sampled during the long winter months of the northern regions (Tharoc Wargrider)
Added another fairy-tale to "Master Tribell's Miraculous Narrations", a short tale called "Conversing with Dragons", a story about a dragon's greed and the reason behind the sparkling of the sea (Garret Arroway)
 Misc. Added entry on the Foreman's Dilemma Game, a game of intellect played by scholars, philosophers and similarly inclined people (Valan)
 People Added entry on Drakus the Long-Lived, a Marmarran Sanrier, an everlasting example to the most misunderstood danger of Blood Magic. The entry contains a bunch of easter eggs as well, so watch out... (Decipher)
Added entry on Soros the Stranger Alchemist, a mysterious youth, yet famous discoverer of the alchemical element of Sodium, also known as Loman among the gnomes (Lionhorse)
 Places Updated entry on the Flash MovieVillage of Simsy, adding zoomable map showing the location of the village (movie Artimidor)
 Website Updated the Lorehold module of Flash MovieSanthworld, adding further rooms in the Lorehold courtyard, introducing the Eyelian Compendium writer Nsikigan Yourth (Nsikigan)
Updated
the Trivia module of Flash MovieSanthworld, adding another 5-questions quiz in the Tribes section, dealing with the Gnorian gnomes. Access is by START TRIVIA, then specify TRIBES, and then select the Gnorian gnomes quiz (Mannix)

    Site Update of April 5th 2009 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. With additions of illustrations in no less than five entries I guess we can safely say that we've got a Seeker special this week! So let's see where our new artist struck: For one we have the Black Unicorn, then the Swamp Stalker, the Venlaken Enclave where we reused a background, the Foresaken Blade got a picture and finally the Osther-Oc orcs... Not that bad for the first weeks on the site, eh? - A bit belated, but nevertheless we've added Judy's White Lady picture as well. Other cool stuff to check out includes the fascinating Gigglepebbles... er... stone... no, insect... beetle... let's say: thingy (Shabakuk), detailed insights in Caelerethian philosophy await, namely in the Nature of the Tiquaitan Thought (Decipher), the Erpheronian Queen Caralla makes an appearance (Trelstahl & Talia) - and the long expected, now considerably simplified entry on the Krean Arcane Arts has also finally made it on site (Coren). The update is rounded up by a creative Remusian counting rhyme and further Nybelmarian poems by Decipher, which were being added to the special page we've set up last week.

Coming Up. Doom is approaching in form of Gouran, also known as Aváth'cáo, wargs and orcs will accompany her, so watch out... A bunch of stories and reports are amassing in the Library, like a Conversion with a Dragon, a live field report from the Orcen Larder, or a tale from Nybelmar about Pride and Prejudice, coming in several installments. If we're lucky we also get the entry on the City of Thalambath up, along with some Brownie things that are still waiting for approval.


 Bestiary Updated entry on the Black Unicorn, adding illustration of this unearthy Venlaken apparition (pic Seeker)
Added entry on the Gigglepebble, a strange kind of a beetle-like insect that can leap and giggle... (Shabakuk)
Updated entry on the Swamp Stalker, adding illustration of this pipedal beast found in larger Sarvonian marshes (pic Seeker)
Updated entry on the White Lady, adding illustration of this apparition that is said to walk about in the spot that is said to be the place of their death (pic Bard Judith)
 Herbarium Added entry on the Thar'oc Weed, a common plant of the mid- and southern Santharia, know especially for its peculiar side-effects on orcs (Miraran)
 Library Added two more poems to our Poems of Nybelmar collection, the Tiquaitan poem "The Foreseer's Dilemma" and the Faen poem "The Hollowtrunk Remains" (Decipher Ziron)
Added another rhyme to our Counting Rhymes collection, titled "One Leapor for Ertemmir", a counting poem that was composed in austere Remusian style, reflecting the close relationship between the Remusian number system and the ice tribe gods (Shabakuk)
Started a new book called
"Caelerethian Philosophy", containing everything related to the schools of thought that exist or existed in the world. The book is started off with an essay by Decipher dealing with "The Nature of Tiquaitan Thought". As it is his first Library contribution since the new text scheme was introduced, Decipher's Author page was also now added and the Library menu in general was expanded with a the Essays section, of which the newly added book is the first entry (Decipher Ziron)
 Magic Added entry on the Krean Arcane Arts, a comprehensive overview on the powerful ancient kind of magic found in Nybelmar, which rests on the principle of non-linear time (Coren FrozenZephyr)
Added entry on Level 3 Water Spell - Quicksand to our spells collection (Smee)
 Misc. Added entry on the Forsaken Blade, adding illustration of this ancient enchanted black sword (pic Seeker)
 People Added entry on Queen Caralla the Farseeing, the Erpheronian regent responsible for securing the Eastern and Northern marks (Trelstahl & Talia Sturmwind)
Updated entry on the Explorer King Thaelmar, adjusting details to fit to the newly added Caralla entry (Talia Sturmwind)
 Places Updated entry on the Venlaken Enclave, adding illustration the southern marshes (pic Seeker)
 Races & Tribes Updated entry on the Osther-Oc Orcs, adding another illustration of a female orc (pic Seeker)
 Religion Added Religions/Beliefs Development Rules to the respective menu, starting it off with details on Cult/Sect Specific Rules - more is to be added in the course of time. These Cult/Sect Specific Rules were also added to the People Development Rules (Talia Sturmwind)
 Website Added Uninvited Overview page to the new Santhworld module, introducing players to this specific module. You find a short teaser, developer credits and of course a bunch of screenshots at this page, to get an idea what this new module is all about. Santhworld was also updated to version 2.3, fixing a few smaller issues (Artimidor & Grinch)

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