WEB HISTORY 2011, APRIL-JUNE


    Site Update of June 26th 2011 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. Among other things this time around we have a couple of major People entries for you - like on the Avennorian founder Troi Ciosa (Athviaro), the Brownie Scholar Gratcha Swath (Drasil) or the legendary witch Dula (Shabakuk). The later even features three illustrations by Sheil, Judy and Seeker. Also illustrated were entries like the Baniop Frog (Val's first pic!), the City Rat (Seeker) and two love poems Ath wrote (pic Judy). Further important stuff that was added were historical details on the Santharian Kingdom (up until 200 a.S.), a lecture dealing with Ximaxian magic on "Ounía and Expression of Elemental Properties" (Coren), then of course we've got the Ciosan Cult (Athviaro), several new beasts ranging from the powerful Butterfly Dragon (Kalina) to the Monh-rum predator on the Iceland Coast (Pikel). And finally we've got stuff for our armoury like the Moonblade (Val) and the Mih'vert'ruk Shield (Jonael). All that and more, plus a first official Mysteries of Nepris II Review (Oni). So have a look and check it all out!

Coming Up. In the works are entries on the Haelberd polearm, the Glowstone, the Tandala Depths and the Greyrock Maw, the Ahoy Air Tree and several larger and smaller beasts, be they beetles, monkeys or magical worms... As for pictures: A couple of court ladies have been drawn recently and another lighthouse - let's see if we find a place for them until next time.


 Bestiary Added entry on the Butterfly Dragon, believed to be one of the smallest dragons of Caelereth, but also considered to be among the most powerful (Kalina Dalá'isyrás)
Updated entry on the Baniop Frog, adding illustration of this colourful frog (pic Val O'Neil)
Updated entry on the City Rat, adding illustration of this dangerous critter. The picture was also added to the Rat Brownie entry, as it also shows a Mud Brownie riding on said rat (pic Seeker)
Added entry on the Monh-rum Amphibian, a dangerous predator of the Iceland Coast (Pikel)
 Herbarium Added entry on the Bloodbloom Flower, is a rich karikrimson flower that grows exclusively in and around the Greyrock Maw in the Tandala Highlands (Jonael Tomeskrift)
 History Updated various Santharian History tables, especially the Santharian Kingdom Timeline and the Santharian Royal Line Timeline (and related entries), focusing on additions between the years 100 and 200 a.S. Some events around the founding of the kingdom also received more details (Artimidor & Talia)
 Library Added parody song "For the Last time, Dek, I'm Volkek-Oshran" to our Santharian Parodies collection page (Deklitch Hardin)
Added two "Love Poems to Ithsje"" to our Love Poems collection (Athviaro, pic Bard Judith)
 Magic Added lesson "Ounía and Expression of Elemental Properties" to our "Understanding Ximaxian Magic" series of lectures (Coren FrozenZephyr)
 Miscellaneous Added entry on the Bead Mill, a Brownie Wood Soothing Tool (Drasil Razorfang)
Added entry on the Mih'vert'ruk ("Goblin Diamon Shield"), one of the most popular shields of the Gob-Ocs (Jonael Tomeskrift)
Added entry on the Moonblade, a softly aglow blade of the Kasumarri which is slightly curved, slim, and exceedingly sharp (Val O'Neil)
 People Added entry on the Brownie Scholar Gratcha Swath, known for her studies of Santharia's Rat Brownie tribes (Drasil Razorfang)
Added entry on the Witch Dula, a famous mythical witch known throughout Santharia, supposedly travelling through the world in a hut walking on spider legs... (Shabakuk, pics Sheil, Bard Judith and Seeker)
Added entry on the Explorer Troi Ciosa, the famous Glandorian founder of the town of Ciosa, and first of the Avennorian men (Athviaro Shyu-eck-Silfayr)
 Religion Added entry on the Ciosan Cult, a group of Avennorian traditionalists worshipping ancient Glandorian Gods, who also consider founder Ciosa as a demigod himself (Athviaro Shyu-eck-Silfayr)
 Santhworld Added first "Mysteries of Nepris" Review to the new Reviews page, which was now added to the Mysteries Nepris game section (Oni the Beautiful)

    Announcement of June 16th 2011 by Artimidor

Join Santharia on Facebook

Update Statement. Okeydokey, guys and gals, fans and friends of the Santharian endeavour! It's time to officially announce Santharia's long overdue presence on the dominating social network site, which would be: Facebook! Yep, that's right, we've set up our very own page over there, and in case you're using Facebook this is your chance to show your support and tell us that you literally "like" Santharia. So what are you waiting for? - You find a "Like" button for your convenience below.

Interested? Want to see more? Maybe have a look first by just checking out said Santharian Facebook page! What awaits you over there? Well, for one lots of galleries with pictures which are otherwise hidden in the depths of the main site, now all neatly organized in category based Albums over at Facebook. The first galleries are already up, and we'll constantly update them for you to enjoy. We'll also announce important matters on that page, do polls on fantasy related matters, show you exclusive stuff of upcoming Santhworld modules, maybe even put up a photo collection of members, fans, role players. And, and, and... - The sky is the limit, constructive ideas and participation on the Facebook side of things are always welcome! So go ahead and join us, we'll do our best to make this part of Santharia as attractive as possible!


    Site Update of June 5th 2011 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. A whole load of Bestiary stuff awaits in this week's update - various updates on existing animals were made to fill out missing sections or improve so far only basic entries, and of course some new works  plus illustrations. Among the new entries we've got Stromflies (Seth), the Singsong Moth (Val) and the fascinating Nysl Dragon (Kalina) for dragon lovers. As for pics check out the Kraken and the Swamphags entries (both pics Judy) and the Stormcloaks Guild (Seeker). In the Library Irid has a fairy-tale to offer, "Kelder and Bryella", which tells us about one of Santharia's most famous witch... - More to come on that soon! Our armoury has new weapons as well, the Remusian Bow (Alt) and the Striker Club (Valan). Oh, and then we also can provide details on scholars like the already often mentioned mollusc researcher Friddriv Aliv (Seth) and one of the investigators of the Mists of Osthemangar, Vekarn Kha'mal (Drasil).

Coming Up. We're working on getting an entry on witchcraft on the site to complement out definitions on magical arts, and in addition an entry on the first official Santharian witch plus illustrations will be coming soon as well. Rat Brownies have been sighted, baniop frogs as well, so expect pics there also. The notorious Tandala Depths are also in development, and there's no end in sight regarding the addition of new entries for the Bestiary. Santharia will also officially go Facebook soon, so expect a link somewhere to be added within the next days in that regard!


 Bestiary Updated the Flying Animals Overview, adding two new pictures complementing the page, namely the snobyrr and the Sarvonian gull (pics Bard Judith & Seeker)
Updated entry on the Kraken, adding illustration of a krakalamari dish with weeproot rings. The picture was also added to the Meat Overview (pic Bard Judith)
Updated entry on the Lurker Beetle, completely revising the entry on this beast of burden, which is also used as a mount in the R'unorian cavalry (Valan Nonesuch)
Updated entry on the Mad Dancing Faery, adding Diet section (Drasil Razorfang)
Added entry on the Nysl Dragon ("Dwarf Dragon"), one of the smallest dragons in Caelereth, who are companions and mounts of the Vale Brownies (Kalina)
Added entry on the Singsong Moth, the nocturnal, beautiful mothified version of the Lullaby Butterfly (Val O'Neil)
Added entry on the Stromfly, which is actually a kind of fish or spiny worm drifting on the wind at the Eight WInds Bay (Seth Ghibta)
Updated entry on the Wood Owl, adding Usages section describing the bird's connection with the Vale Brownie Skydiver Clan (Drasil Razorfang)
 Library Added fairy-tale "Kelder and Bryella" to the Book "Master Tribell's Miraculous Narrations", a story about two children getting lost in the woods to meet with a Santharian witch... (Irid alMenie)
 Miscellaneous Added entry on the Remusian Bow, the notorious weapon of this famous Ice Tribe (Altario)
Added entry on the Striker Club, a lethal R'unorian close combat warclub (Valan Nonesuch)
Updated entry on the Sword of Medoc, completely revising the entry (Drasil Razorfang)
 People Added entry on the Mollusc Researcher Friddriv Aliv, who dedicated his whole life to his love of aquatic gastropods (Seth Ghibta)
Added entry on the orcish Scholar Vekarn Kha'mal, a researcher mostly known for his studies on the Mists of Osthemangar (Drasil Razorfang)
Updated entry on the Stormcloaks Guild, adding illustration of one of the lighthouses of the Stormcloaks guild at Gillwin at one of the Isles of Quios. The picture was also added to the entry on the Isles of Quios (pic Seeker)
 Places Updated entry on the Eight Winds Bay, fixing some smaller details (Deklitch Hardin)
 Races &
 Tribes
Updated entry on the Swamphags, adding illustration of a merry gathering of ugly and possibly evil creatures, found out there in Santharian moors... (pic Bard Judith)
Updated entry on the Kyranian Men, adding the Occupations and Housing sections and linking these to the appropriate sub-entries, which are already on site (Garret Arroway)
 Santhworld Various Santhworld program changes have been implemented over the past few weeks, among them the addition of save points to our first multiple-choice module, "The Enemy Stirreth", preparations for storing more statistics were made. Also available now are toolbar buttons on startup, the Character Overview at the Nepris RPG displays more stuff, the module selection is slicker and more straight to the point (mentioning game type and length) etc. Finally some smaller bugs were fixed and certain passages in Nepris now offer additional help for players to solve puzzles (Grinch & Artimidor)

    Site Update of May 15th 2011 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. This time we've got a little Valan special, as he provided five contributions - the Nackle Mollusk, the halfling Longstriding Condition, Poisons of Caelereth, the False Healer Maccân - and finally the poem "Iron and Battle". Aside from that we've got Jonael's comprehensive Zohologica Gardens entry to offer and Dek's Boyzinna Fellowship Hall in Ximax. As far as illustrations are concerned check out the Coronal of Thromgolin (Seeker), the Nepris Shrine dedicated to Baveras (Talia) and a picture of Arthyrón elves struggling in Eight Winds Bay (Ingeborg). Further Santhworld improvements were made as well and we'll continue to do so as we go along in order to iron out smaller hurdles for players in the most recent game or to improve general accessibility, add features like Hall of Fame, statistics and the like.

Coming Up. In the coming updates several pics used in the latest Nepris game will be added to regular site entries - so if you don't want to get spoiled make sure to get through the Nepris II game first! We're also hoping for the Sneezeweed, the Toora Dooha Tree, the Singsoft Butterfly, some more magic stuff, and maybe even the big Ximax revision to make it to the site soon.


 Bestiary Added entry on the Nackle Mollusk ("Hullwrecker"), a shell-like creature that lives in small clusters of white near the tide line (Valan Nonesuch)
 Library Added poem "Iron and Battle" to our Battle Songs collection (Valan Nonesuch)
Added another entry to the "Hiveling Storybook", namely "The Trial of Ugrahazde", a Remusian folk tale. The text is also available in downloadable form. Altario also got his own Library author page as well and a Remusian Lore section was added to the Myth/Lore menu (Altario)
 Miscellaneous Updated entry on the Coronal of Thromgolin, adding illustration of this famous artifact. The picture was also added to the Kyranian Men entry and to Kyranian and Southern Sarvonian History Tables (pic Seeker)
Added entry on the Longstriding Condition, an eccentricity and spiritual Affliction as some say, which occurs frequently at members of the halfling race (Valan Nonsuch)
Added overview entry on the Poisons of Caelereth, collection all currently available data on the subject on one page (Valan Nonsuch)
Added entry on the Seven Bright Days Festivals, the great gathering of races and tribe in the north-eastern Zhunite plains of Naezshan Zhunite in Nybelmar (Seth Ghibta)
 People Added entry on the "Healer" Maccân of Klinsor, a notorious charlatan, supposedly the origin of the term "Macanti", which is applied to such con artists nowadays (Valan Nonesuch)
 Places Added entry on the Boyzinna Fellowship Hall, housing the orphaned, abandoned and otherwise forgotten boys of the magic city (Deklitch Hardin)
Updated entry on the Eight Winds Bay, adding illustration of Arthyrón fishers struggling against the winds and currents of the waters of this turbulent area (pic Ingeborg)
Updated entry on the Shrine of Baveras in Nepris, adding illustration of the shrine (pic Talia Sturmwind)
Added entry on the Zohologica Gardens, boasting an extravagant selection of wildlife from all over the Sarvonian continent, gathered in one place south of New-Santhala (Jonael Tomeskrift)
 Santhworld A bunch of updates were made regarding Santhworld: A prominent Santhworld book now was added to the main site's frame, which links to a new Welcome to Santhworld! page, where newbies and veterans likewise find their proper links to read more about the project or get into the program itself. Also updated were all Trivias, which now all have streamlined design, sound and can save and display high scores. Finally the Mysteries of Nepris section on the site was updated and now harbours a detailed Quests Overview on where the 7430 score points in Nepris I and II were distributed. (Artimidor)
 Team Updated the Odes to the Team page, adding three poems to celebrate Dek at his inauguration party (Athviaro)

    Site Update of April 24th 2011 by Artimidor

Update Statement. Lo and behold, dear Santharians! What took more than one and a half years to realize is finally here: The major extension to Santhworld's already most comprehensive module, now at least thrice the size of the first part - so get ready for "Mysteries of Nepris, Part II: Dark Secrets"! Discover sites and artifacts long thought forgotten, battle cunning foes and meet quirky, funny or even terrifying Santharian characters in person...

The Nepris module now features no less than 688 rooms, more than 40 different monsters, 18 brand new non-playing characters, lots and lots of pictures, loads of atmospheric sound effects and musics, for the first time major animations, player customization, companions who accompany you on your journey and fight on your side, a plethora of new spells and skills, an entirely updated interface, a first shop - and last but not least a suspenseful story full of twists and turns to keep you busy for quite a while before you see the credits rolling.

Mysteries of Nepris Part II represents the largest collaborative effort in Santharian history so far and features contributions by the following members: Artimidor & Shabakuk (game design), Grinch (Santhworld engine, battle scripts, items), Bard Judith, Seeker, Faugar, Quellion (pictures), Talia, Sheil, Arbaon, Eshoh, Grunok (additional pics), Tharoc (items), Macar, Ralrok, Gean, Vladeptus and the T2X musicians (music).

Where to Start. You enter Nepris as usual by typing START NEPRIS in the Santhworld Module selection. Should you have completed the first part already, please request a secret password from Artimidor in the Nepris game thread on the Dev Forum or by sending him a PM to start directly with the second part. Also make sure to read up on what has changed since the last version by checking out the Santhworld Introduction page before you start, especially the sections Entering Santhworld, Inventory, Equipment, Character Overview and Combat were updated according to the new features Santhworld now offers. And in case you're really stuck, head to the Spoiler thread and get some answers. That's it guys - hope you enjoy the game as much as we loved developing it!


    Announcement of April 5th 2011 by Artimidor

Our new member!

As already announced in the last update statement we're happy to finally welcome another member to the Santharian Dream team! This time it's an addition from the other end of the world, Deklitch Hardin (R.J.K. Watt from Brisbane, Australia), who just recently managed to conclude his long lasting work on his masterwork entry, the Eight Winds Bay. Well, he's still working on the History part now, but the requirements for the masterwork are definitely fulfilled already, so it's time to celebrate! Aside from this monstrous work on the Bay, Dek is also known to write the one or the other song, a bunch of game entries, was assigned People Mod a while ago, and he also seems to have an odd liking for cattle. Just like that atrocious poet Sordoc, who appeared on the Forum pretty much at the same time as Dek did... Hmmm... Anyway, congratulations to our brand new member on joining our ranks - we're looking forward to many more entries to come from down under.

The traditional Forum feast celebrating the inauguration of our most recent member takes place in this thread, more precisely in one of the remote Eight Winds Bay settlements of the Arthyron elves, Silvern, just a mouse-click away... As always: Free virtual drinks and cookies are included! So just join the fun and congratulate Dek if you have a minute to spare. See you there!

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


    Site Update of April 3rd 2011 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. There's not that much on the entry front this time, but we have several new illustrations - so let's have a look at those: We've got another picture of a Dragonbird (Tikanni), this time the female version, then a Snobyrr (Bard Judith), a Sarvonian Gull (Seeker)... What's with all those birds all of a sudden? Well, at least we also have a Kitrauhre orchard pic for a change... But then again - speaking of birds - we conclude with some chicks to go with the Gondolwenmith entry (Faugar). Also updated was Seth's "Hiveling Storybook" with three more entries, and Azhira  reworked here Kaaer half-orcs considerably. Also finally completed is Deklitch's thorough masterwork on the Eight Winds Bay, which makes him an official Santharian member (see his team page) - the inauguration is still to come. Congratulations at any rate in advance, Dek!

Coming Up. Already in the next days we'll have Dek's already mentioned inauguration party, so make sure to be there and check out the buffet! Also already in April - if all works well - we plan to finally release the long-awaited Part II of the "Mysteries of Nepris" Santhworld module with at least thrice the content of the first part, featuring a customizable player character, companions who accompany you on your adventure, a massive lot of pictures and animations, new spells, challenging fights and puzzles and a captivating story. Rest assured: You wouldn't wanna miss that!


 Bestiary Updated entry on the Dragonbird, adding illustration of a blue female bird to offer some company for our fire-red male version (pic Tikanni Corazon)
Updated entry on the Sarvonian Gull, adding illustration of this bird commonly seen near port areas (pic Seeker)
Updated entry on the Snobyrr ("Snowbird"), adding illustration of this beautiful large bird of the Prominent Mountains in Northern Sarvonia (pic Bard Judith)
 Herbarium Updated entry on the Kitrauhre Tree, adding illustration of kitrauhre orchard (pic Faugar)
 Library Added more entries to the "Hiveling Storybook" we started last update. This time we added the legend of "Ewyn'ine and the Aek'ash", "The Ballad of the Headless Hiveling" and "The Founding of Ciosa". As usual the new texts are also available in downloadable form. Athviaro also got his own Library author page as well (Seth Ghibta and Athviaro)
 Places Added entry on the Eight Winds Bay, a gigantic Northern Sarvonian place in the center of many myths and legends dating back until the War of the Chosen. This entry constitutes Dek's masterwork and thus makes him official Santharian member (Deklitch Hardin, song Shabakuk)
 Races & Tribes Updated entry on the Gondolwenmith Men, adding two more illustrations, covering the female Gondolwenmiths, for one adding a girl at the beach, and secondly a pair of twins picking kitrauhre at an orchard (pics Faugar)
Updated entry on the Kaaer'dár'shín Half-Orcs, once again completely revising the entry considerably, splitting the tribe in three distinct clans in order to account for the complex tribal structure (Azhira Styralias)
 Team Added membership page of our new team member Deklitch Hardin (R.J.K. Watt from Brisbane, Australia), who just completed his masterwork, the entry on the Eight Winds Bays, after having worked on it for a mere one and a half years... We're happy to welcome Dek, writer of stories, cattle entries, songs and poems of merriment, creator of Sordoc the Great, People Mod and RPG Admin, officially as a Santharian member. Let there be many more contributions in the future! (Deklitch Hardin)

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