Site Update of September 20th 2009 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. A lot of stories await in this week's update, something for everyone's taste! If you like adventurous stuff then check out "Otapii and the Cave" (Decipher), where we've just added the final part of the story. The younger readers will enjoy two new Bedtime stories like "How the Hob-Hound Came to Be" (Jenna) or "The Dreadful Orcen Mage and the Brave Boy" (Deklitch), while an eerie mystery reigns in "The Gift" (Artimidor), waiting to be uncovered. Aside from that we've got further illustrations, like the Packox (Jonael) and the Tripoint Polearm as well as the Aglan Slug (both Seeker). Valan introduces us to the Salóh Coast and Eldor has researched the Lesrin'mar Mixture (Eldor, pic Bard Judith), thus getting her very first entry on site - congratulations!

Coming Up.
We're hoping to finally get up some more Herbarium entries soon, as this section severely lacks attention. Some entry adjustments/updates up North are also on the menu, and Santhworld development will continue with new features and eventually with another add-on to the Nepris game - this time we'll lure you into the swamps, where more deadly dangers, puzzles and weird characters wait for an unsuspecting adventurer...

 Bestiary Updated entry on the Aglan Slug, adding illustration to this not particularly harmless little slug that can spurt acid at attackers (pic Seeker)
Added entry on the Hob-Hound, the hobbit version of the human Cael Hound. The dog was also added to the Dogs Overview in the Terrier section (Jenna Silverbirch)
Added entry on the Packox ("Oxen Pack Mount"), a heavy, bulky, large and slow member of the bovine family that makes its home in the icy north of the Sarvonian mainland (Deklitch Hardin, pic Jonael Tomeskrift)
 Library Updated the story "Otapii and the Cave", adding Part III to this exciting adventure of Otapii. This part concludes the story, which now has a total of 7 pages (Decipher Ziron)
Added tale "The Dreadful Orcen Mage and the Brave Boy" to the book "Santhalan Bedtime Stories", a story about a boy who wants to find out about that person many are so afraid of (Deklitch Hardin)
Added tale "How the Hob-Hound Came to Be" to the book "Santhalan Bedtime Stories", a 6 pages story which is a common halfling tale about the origins of a popular hobbit dog (Jenna Silverbich)
Added mystery tale "The Gift" to the book "Lurking in the Mists", a mysterious 13 pages tale that recounts the dramatic occurences in a probably haunted mansion (Artimidor Federkiel)
Added excerpts of the "Ode to the Packox" to our Miscellaneous Poems collection, an interesting poem praising, well, the adorable Packox, for whatever reason such an animal deserves such an ode (Deklitch Hardin... er.. Sordoc)
Added song "The Aglan Slug" to our Miscellaneous Poems collection, telling us about a fateful encounter of a hero with a fierce foe... (Bard Judith)
 Misc. Added entry on the Lesrin'mar Mixture, a blue mixture, made from the herbs alrik'ran and alth'mon, that causes the temporary deactivation of ones nerves (Eldor Delrossa, pic Bard Judith)
Added entry on the Travellers Stew, a versatile stew, a staple for hungry adventurers and merchants everywhere (Foraste Lydan)
Updated on the Islands of R'unor, adding illustration a woodland stream featuring a gossiper bird and local flora (pic Seeker)
Updated entry on the Tripoint Polearm, adding illustration of this Ice Tribes weapon. The picture was also added to the Polearms Overview (pic Seeker)
 Places Added entry on the Salóh Coast, a wet, dangerous and unpleasant piece of land located south of New-Santhala and includes the shroudy Mist Marcha and the treacherous Woecape (Valan)
 Team Added song called "All the Greenhouse Residents" to our "Odes to the Team" collection, this time dealing mainly with Herbarium Mod Miraran (Deklitch Hardin)
Adjusted further two dozen member pages to the new design, which we've started last update. Several more are to come in the next updates in order to complete the revision (Artimidor)
    Site Update of August 30th 2009 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. Despite the holiday season a bunch of good stuff made it up on site this time: As you can see when looking at the pictures to the left, artist wonder Seeker has been busy again since the last update and finished illustrations of two plants, two beasts and a tribe for you - to view them check out the Orcristh Orcs, the Trinity Herb and the Zifel Plant and finally the Gossiper Bird and the Ancythrian Bladeserpent. Cool stuff all the way through! Also in this update are first major timeline details on the Avanian Faith (Artimidor, more to follow), the parts II and III of our Lectures on Magic (Coren), a new tavern game called Arvins Arrows (Deklitch) and Luca stops by at the Dev Board again after a while and brings us the Riding Kuro. Oh, and don't overlook Seth's fascinating mullog myth about Naule and the Ancestors' Song, which awaits in the mythology section! Also fully in progress is the re-design of the member pages which was long overdue. The new pages now feature prettier tables, in-page linking and integrated Dev Awards (Artimidor and Fox). Various pages have been updated by now already, the rest will follow with the next updates!

Coming Up. Jonael's Oxen Mount picture is to be expected to be put up next update with Dekitch's entry, then the Maces overview should finally make it, and maybe even a new chair concept for a change... That-Which-Devours is also waiting for you and a Crested Horse as well. For the readers another mixture of mystery, horror and ghost story is being worked on by Artimidor and we might be able to serve some stew to complement the menu...

 Bestiary Updated entry on the Ancythrian Bladeserpent, adding illustration of this large and dangerous sea-snake (pic Seeker)
Updated Cows of Caelereth Overview, adding the Oxen Pack Mount description, picture included (Deklitch, pic Jonael)
Updated entry on the Gossiper Bird, adding illustration a R'unorian variety of this bird (pic Seeker)
Added entry on the Riding Kuro, used for fast travel over the harsh desert lands of southwestern Aeruillin (Luca the Thief)
 Herbarium Updated entry on the Trinity Herb, adding illustration of this sacred plant dedicated to Eyasha (pic Seeker)
Updated entry on the Zifel Plant, adding illustration of this plant with magical properties (pic Seeker)
 Library Added song "Rover Nancy's Carriage Bed", another song about this famous Butterfly Rovers member (Deklitch Hardin)
 History Added great parts of the Timeline of the Avanian Faith, dealing with the elven interpretation on how the world was created through Avá's Dream. Timelines dealing with the Twelvern Faith and Stonecreed versions of the beginning of time will be added in the course as well. Note that all these timelines are summarized in a new History submenu titled "Mythical Timelines". Icons in front of the mythical events will eventually mark the belief associated with this date (Artimidor)
 Magic Added part two and three of our "Lectures on Magic" in the series "Understanding Ximaxian Magic Through the Cár'áll". Part II deals with the issue of: "What makes up the Cár'áll?" while part III answers the question "What is Magic?" (Coren FrozenZephyr)
 Misc. Added entry on the Arvins Arrows Game, a very popular taverns game, originating from ancient Kyrania (Deklitch Hardin)
 Mythology Added entry on Naule and the Ancestors' Song, a mullog myth that concerns the silverwood bug hivelings which occasionally occur in the Silvermarshes (Seth Ghibta)
 Races & Tribes Updated entry on the Orcristh Orc, adding another brand new illustration of this intimidating tribe. Also updated was the Orcish Tribes Overview of Nybelmar, which now features pictures of the Orcristh and the Chyrakisth Orcs. Also updated was the Orcish Tribes of Northern Savonia, where the Rhom-Oc orc pic was added (pic Seeker & Faugar)
 Team Adjusted various member pages to a new design, which resembles the history table definitions and the in-page linking scheme which we are used to from regular Compendium entries. Also included are now Dev Award graphics and the respective laudations if a member has won one of those already. Converting all the member pages to a new design will take a while, so expect conversions to be done bit by bit within the next months. Examples of converted pages: Alysse the Likely, Artimidor, Bard Judith, Faugar, Miraran, Seeker, Rookie, Fox, Rayne etc. - to name just a few representativ ones (Artimidor & Fox)

    Site Update of August 9th 2009 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. I'm happy to report that there's no shortage of illustrations this week! Thanks especially to the tremendous work of Seeker we've got two key places illustrated, namely the Manthrian Port of Ciosa, where we got a picture for the Starcharts Astrendum, and the Enclave of Alvang. Faugar contributed a Remusian Warsword, while a picture Sheil did a while ago was finally used to go with the Krean Arcane Arts entry - and last but not least Seeker celebrated Seth's membership inauguration with an impressive depiction of the Kyrattin bull, which features as one of the key characters in her Hunter and the Red King story. More wonderful tales await also with "The Bees' Gift" and the Gobbleswap Myth (both Shabakuk). As for tribes we have the Gondolwenmith Men of northwestern Nybelmar to offer (Coren) and the Sarvonian Aohu'o Brownies (Garret). And if you want to look into Ximaxian Magic, then you've got your chance by checking out the first installments of the lectures on Cár'all (Coren). Congrats go finally to Foraste Lydan for finishing the Grass Rippers entry, Foraste's first entry on site, and the same applies to Thodin, who researched the Mortalon Battle Axe for the Compendium.

Coming Up. Further illustrations fresh from Seeker's workshop are already in the making, among them the Ancythrian Blade Serpent, the Gossiper Bird, the Zifel and the Trinity herbs. If we're lucky, Jonael might also do the final touches on his oxen. More magic lectures are to be expected soon as well, maybe a spell, then we've got details on Maces, Hob-Hounds and what not, while a major rework on early myths and history stuff is currently in progress to hopefully produce results within the next months. Until next time then, hope you enjoy this week's update!

 Bestiary Added entry on the Grass Ripper, magically/alchemically created spheres, found mostly around the countryside of Ximax (Foraste Lydan)
Updated entry on the Kyrattin Cattle, adding illustration of a typical Kyrattin longhorn bull. The Cows Overview entry was also updated with a picture of the Kyrattin bull (pic Seeker)
 Library Added the fairy-tale "The Bee's Gift" to "Santhalan Bedtime Stories" collection, an fascinating 9 page long tale that explores the hiveling myth. Also added was Shabakuk's authors page for the Library (Shabakuk)
 Magic Updated entry on the Krean Arcane Arts, adding illustration of the Krean Archmage Akiris Akai, considered to be one of the three founders of Classical Krean Magic (pic Sheil)
Started a new section in the Magic menu  titled "Lectures on Magic", which we start off with a series of lectures dealing with "Understanding Ximaxian Magic Through the Cár'áll". Part I of these lectures was uploaded this week and asks the question: What is the Cár'áll? (Coren FrozenZephyr)
 Misc. Updated entry on the Remusian Warsword, adding illustration of this powerful slashing weapon. The picture was also added to the Onehanded Swords Overview (pic Faugar)
Added entry on the Mortalon Battle Axe ("Crescent"), a close range melee weapon and employs two heads rather than one. The weapon was also added to the heavy axes section in the Axes Overview
(Thodin Coldflame Lomin)
 Mythology Added entry on the Gobbleswap Myth, the so-called "Witchking's Curse" that results in mysterious changes of a person's character (Shabakuk)
Added entry on the Hunter and the Red King, a Kyranian myth, explaining why bulls so hate the colour read (Seth Ghbita, pic Seeker)
 Places Updated entry on the Manthrian Port of Ciosa, adding illustration of the famous Startcharts Astrendum, home of Santharia's astrologers and astronomers society (pic Seeker)
Updated entry on the Fortress and Enclave of Alvang, adding illustration of the cursed island showing the fortress and town in midst the supposedly cursed Witchking's Waters. The picture was also added to the entry on the Ancythrian Sea as well as at the Battle of Alvang entry (pic Seeker)
Added entry on the Plains of the Faen, one of the most interesting landscapes Nybelmar’s Northern Bay has to offer. Note that the entry still lacks some sections, which are planned to be added later (Decipher Ziron, map Koldar)
 Races & Tribes Added entry on the Gondolwenmith Men, a Nybelmarian tribe that are lovers of order, logic and discipline; stern and pragmatic, the Gondolwenmith became known as “the Practical Krean”. The entry is being uploaded in parts, so expect more to come! (Coren FrozenZephyr, map Koldar)
Added entry on the Sarvonian Aohu'o Brownies - survivalists to the core and children at heart, these little people can be found throughout the Sarvonian continent in groups called 'clans' that can be nomadic, semi-nomadic, or completely settled depending on the history of the clan (Garret Arroway)
Updated entry on the Remusian Men, adding the third and final portion of updates to this entry which has been completely revised as Altario's masterwork. This time we have added/updated the Government section (with Law and Education as subsections), Prodcution/Trade (including Technology and Engineering), Natural Resources, then Holidays, Festivals and Observances and finally Beliefs with the Ice Tribe Pantheon (Altario)
 Team Added two more odes to our Odes to the Team collection, this time singing praise to artist Seeker and mollusk specialist and brilliant storyteller Seth (Deklitch Hardin)
    Announcement of July 26th 2009 by Artimidor

Our new member!

As already mentioned last update we've got another apprentice that needs to be heaved officially into Santharian membership ranks! We're talking about Seth Ghibta (also known as Letty Wilson in real-life) from Scotland - it's definitely time to improve our Scots quota, so we're taking care of that now. Seth has been around since more than half a year and has dedicated her entries mainly to Bestiary stuff, so by now we know a lot more about mollusks, newts and parasitic limpets. But not only that, Seth also helped with elaborating the Mullog Belief and its Origin Myth, discovered fascinating details on the Karnarma Tree - and has shown her creativity once more with her masterwork on the Hiveling Creature. And that the latter is a winner already shows in the fact that it already inspires further myths that will find their way on site soon!

The Forum feast celebrating the inauguration of our most recent member takes place in this thread on a sunny day in the castle courtyard in New-Santhala. As always: Free virtual drinks and cookies are included! So just join the fun and congratulate Seth to her achievement. See you there!

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

    Site Update of July 19th 2009 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. Despite hot weather and heavy rain this summer, the Santharian researchers, artists and storytellers tirelessly produce entries, pictures and stories for your enjoyment... Check out a massive rework of the entry on the Santharian provincial capital of Thalambath (Fox) or the update on the legendary poet Monsonius (Artimidor), read more on the Harvest Festival of the Vale Brownies (Rookie) and have a look at our updated weapon arsenal, which now inlcudes the Margh Grumph Fist Weapon (Jonael) and illustrations of the Sengren Axe and the Morgerim Half-Moon Axe (both Seeker). Seeker is also the one who sends shivers down your spine with the Chyrakisth Orc picture, and as orcs are en vogue these times, Faugar invites you to go on a hunt with a Rhom-Oc Orc including his warg... Oh, and for the readers among you: Deci brings you the "The Adventures of Otapii", starting the new book with a first story, "Otapii and the Cave", make sure to poke your nose into that one! - But that's not all yet... Six more Bestiary entries await, among them water creatures, butterflies,lizards, amphibians and even monkeys! The most fascinating of them is the Hiveling Creature written by Seth, which she has done as her masterwork. The inauguration party will start in a few days, yet her team page is already up, so congrats from here already for becoming official Santharian member, Seth! And before I forget it: Tèlamorí also got her very first entry up this week, the Butterball Delights, a delicious halfling sweet! Congratulations on that as well!

Coming Up. Our fearless artist Seeker sought out the Enclave of Alvang recently, and rumour has it that he has also been sighted around the town that the locals like to call "Port Cael", so let's see what he brings with him from his journeys...Coren is working on the Gondolwenmith, a tribe of traders from Nybelmar, and of course on further installments of "The Seagulls Cry", plus we've still got more Remusian stuff to integrate from Altario. Sunth, a village in Manthria, is something Smee plans to finish, while Drasil researches for his entry on Myrth. So lots of stuff to enjoy the summer the Santharian way!

 Bestiary Added entry on the Ddiflas Butterfly, a hardly beautiful insect and decrepit little critter of the Vontron and Shivering Forests (Val O'Neil)
Added entry on the Kyrattin Cattle ("Longhorn"), a member of the bovine family, found in the Santharian Steppe of Kruswik. The beast was also added to the Cattle Overview list (Deklitch Hardin)
Added entry on the Hiveling Creature, a mythical being that most commonly is described as “a man made of bees”, while in fact they take many forms, using many kinds of insect as a host (Seth Ghibta)
Added entry on the Netherswimmer, a small amphibian of the Celeste Mountains, known as "Fire Snake" among the Kuglimz (Grendal Thornfist)
Added entry on the Thiefling Monkey ("Llaioo"), a small kind of monkey living in the Dark Hiills next to the Vale of Brownies (Irid alMenie)
Added entry on the Yoyarr Monster, a bizarre aquatic creature that dwells in the Black Lakes of Trumatyreon in Nybelmar (Valan)
 History Updated the Santharian Royal Line and the Santharian Kingdom History table, fixing various smaller problems (Smee)
 Library Added new book titled "The Adventures of Otapii", a collection of Tarshiinite tales, starting it off with the first adventure called "Otapii and the Cave", of which the firest two parts of the story have been integrated so far - part three still to come! (Decipher Ziron)
 Misc. Added entry on the Butterball Delight, delicious sweet balls of foridite and butter - a famous halfling sweet (Tèlamorí V'uorién)
Added entry on the Llaoihrr Harvest Festival, an important cultural event in the lives of the Vale Brownies (Rookie Brownbark)
Added entry on the Margh Grumph Fist Weapon, which translates from TrulTrul as "Death Bite", representing a weapon of simple design and construct, made by the trolls (Jonael Tomeskrift)
Updated entry on the Morgerim Half-Moon Throwing Axe, adding illustration of this throwing weapon (pic Seeker)
Updated entry on the Sengren Axe, adding illustration of this doubled-bladed Kyranian weapon. Also updated was the Weapons Overview entry with a representative axes picture, and the axes images were also added to the Axes Overview and the Throwing Weapons Overview (pic Seeker)
 People Updated entry on the Santharian Poet Monsonius, completely revising the so far only very rough entry. A picture of the poet by Bard Judith will be added as soon as final adjustments are made (Artimidor)
 Places Updated entry on the Truban Capital Thalambath, completely revising the entry of one of the major cities of Santharia, located along the western edge of the Ráhaz’Dáth Desert. Note that the entry until now also harboured details on the Wizard Thalambath - the entries have now been seperated and you find the respective entry on the wizard in the People menu (Fox)
 Races & Tribes Updated entry on the Chyrakisth Orcs, adding illustration of a Chyrakisth torturer, representing this nightmarish tribe (pic Seeker)
Updated entry on the Remusian Men, adding the second portion of updates to this entry which has been completely revised as Altario's masterwork. This time we have added/updated the Housing section (including the Architecture sub-section), Clothing, Diet, Weapons (with the sub-sections Military, Army and Navy) and Occupations as well as Medicine (Altario)
Updated entry on the Rhom-Oc Orc, adding illustration this tribe that lives at the Heath of Wilderon, known especially for their close relationship with wargs. A Rhom-Oc orc and his warg have been posing for this picture (pic Faugar)
 Team Updated membership page of Capher, substituting photo with a more recent one (Capher)
Added membership page of Seth Ghibta (Letty Wilson), a Scot from Suffolk England, and our latest official member. With her newest entry dealing with the Hiveling Creature she finally earned membership status and thus her team page, which we already put up this week. Membership inauguration is soon to follow! (Seth Ghibta)
 Website Updated the Bestiary menu, splitting the "Molluscs & Others" category into "Amphibians" and "Molluscs & Others" (Artimidor, Drasil)

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