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« Reply #30 on: May 29, 2008, 09:33:59 AM »

Thanks, I fixed it up now. The help is much appreciated!
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« Reply #31 on: May 29, 2008, 09:17:45 PM »

Name: Silmarwen Elanessë

Gender: Female

Age: 35

Race: She is 3/4 Elven and 1/4 Human.

Tribe: Silmarwen is Arthyron and Centoraurian.

Occupation: Healer/Poet

Title: Poet of the Áv'jeín

Overview: Silmarwen is a lover of arts and music, and has a passion for her instrument, the lyre. Her love for nature and writing makes her perfect for her title, Poet. She also can define plants very well, which gives her great opportunities to study in the ways of healing. Liking to avoid violence or fighting, she stays out of everyones way most of the time.

Appearance: Silmarwen is slightly under two peds in height. She is slim and has the average weight for an Arthyron. She has light brown hair, but in the sun looks more like the Arthyron blond. It is usually held back with a ribbon or hidden in the hood of her cape so people usually don’t see it's long length. She has misty gray, emotional eyes that strike people the most out of all her traits. She has a slender, yet firm build, and her feet are smaller than most elves. However, she is still mostly Arthyron and has most of their traits.

Clothing: She wears a garb not of the usual water resistant material, since she is usually not around water. She does wear a long hooded cape around her, which is a very dark shade of blue. She wears breeches like most other Athyrons, which are the color of her cape; with a long sleeved shirt, which is a lighter blue; under a vest also of the darker shade. She has a long strip of silky cloth, the color of her shirt, that she wears to keep her hair out of her eyes. Her shoes are a thick cloth bound around her ankles with tight lacings.

Personality: Silmarwen is quiet, unless it's necessary to converse for business. She is confident of herself despite this, which shows sure signs of a successful life ahead of her. Growing up to realize she was different from the rest, Silmarwen didn't learn why until she was 14 years old.  But wouldn’t she notice that her mother was really quite different from the rest of the tribe? She never felt she belonged anywhere, so she started to spend more time out in the woods. However, she is still content with her life. She loves all nature and finds it more comfortable away from people and with animals and trees. She finds peace there and is rarely seen. Anything green and growing seems to give her life. Dawn and twilight are her favorite times of the days, and she becomes more alive then, unlike her usual far away air. She hates the thought of killing any living creature and doesn't eat meat. It repulses her, especially since she is so close to many animals.
   When she was young she first encountered fire, which burned up a section of the forest.  Surely she has always encountered fire used for cooking and warmth. From then on she hated and feared the natural consumer. As a girl she never liked being in over crowded areas or rooms and when in one, she breaks into nervous sweats and all her senses freeze up. She hates seeing caged animals and loves the freedom of all creatures in the woods. She doesn't feel any hostility towards any races, and especially likes Humans. Dark elves she is suspicious of, however. She has few friends, but she doesn't mind. She is happier living a solitary life. Still, she is civil to others and loves to hear stories of distant lands and such.

Strengths:
   -Silmarwen has very strong mental strengths. She is a fast thinker and could easily settle fights if she had the courage to speak up.  Do you mean she is persuasive as well as quick-thinking?
   
   -Her physical strengths are not as great, but are still helpful. She can climb well and has no fear of heights. She could climb higher than almost anyone, and can reach the thinner top branches. It allows her with a good choice of hiding if she has to.
   
   - She has good aim, and can throw knives and easily hit targets.  Moving targets and far away targets too? This would help if any danger attacked, but she only uses them as a defense mechanism. One time a wolf threatened travelers in the forest and she was able to frighten it away by hitting targets close by it.  But would she actually kill if she was forced to?  If that wolf wouldn’t back off?
   
   - Silmarwen is very good at observing plants. She was trained in the ways of a healer and has the ability to tell all sorts of healing or poisonous plants apart.
         
Weaknesses:
   - Silmarwen hates to be near fire unless she absolutely needs to be. She sees it as a natural destroyer and even the smell of smoke will disgust her. The only time she will use fire is when it is needed for a certain remedy.  This is going to prevent you from going into most buildings, from camping on the move, from cooking food, from keeping warm…not that it’s not a good weakness, but it’s going to limit you a lot!

   -She also hates small closed in spaces. If in one, claustrophobia takes hold and she looses all senses. She would rather be in wide open fields and forests more than any building or closed-in area. Still, if she needs to, she will go into buildings for meetings or important gatherings and such.  But not if they have a fire?
   
   -She is not a good public speaker, which hinders her from speaking her mind when she has a good point. It is surprising to many after reading some of her poetry.
     
History: Silmarwen's grandfather came from a tribe of humans, but not one hostile to elves; the Centoraurian’s. This will need more explanation.  Elf-Human marriages should be rare, because of the difference in culture, ways of thinking, education, language, life-span!  Imagine marrying someone who you know is only going to live at most a tenth of your own life.  Who isn’t used to living like you do and has to move away from their own family (really rare for a start).  How did they even meet? Her mother, Iman, was his daughter and Iman’s mother was an elf of the Arthyron tribe. Silmarwen's mother was raised in the tribe and married the elf Gweyn, the Arthyron elf. Silmarwen was accepted in the tribe, but the unease of her mixed heritage passed down from her parents set her aside from most elves.
   
   They raised Silmarwen together and let her join them in the trading business until she was old enough to earn her own title. Her mother taught her to play the lyre when she was young, while her father taught her how to use the set of knives he gave her. She became friends with many of the elderly in the village, including the weaver Alatariel, who gave her her vest. She loved to listen and read poetry and other writers’ works, dreaming of becoming as they were. She also loved growing things and would plant flowers in her garden, spending much time caring for them.
   
   She never knew her grandparents, so she has no clue of her mixed ethnicity.  What about the fact that her mother looks and acts quite different from everyone else? All went well until Gweyn died while on a trading ship that sunk in a storm when Silmarwen was 19. After this, Silmarwen’s quiet nature came out more and she became more distant than before. Her mother stayed with her after that, only long enough to tell her about her mixed ethnic background. After that, she gave her a pendant, which had been passed down to her from her grandfather, and the cloak, which had belonged to her grandmother. Silmarwen took them and left the next day, carrying only her few belongings.
   
   At first the journeying was hard for her, and she spent much time alone. She slept under the stars and trees for many nights and became used to living in the forest. She became accustomed to the animals and found birds exceedingly interesting. I’m not sure that sentence makes sense.  She was very familiar with the forest and it's ways after studying it for about a year.
   
   While traveling through the forest she came across an old hut. Inside lived an old healer woman, not elven but human who went by the Andúnë Táralóm. She became good friends with Andúnë, who taught Silmarwen the ways of a healer. Why? She passed away when Silmarwen was 27, leaving a record of healing and useful plants, and her Zeiphyrian Hunting Hound, Fley.  Why is an educated healer, with enough money to a) learn to read/write b) buy a Zeiphyrian Hunting Hound, living in a random hut in the woods :P.Silmarwen continued to study and now has knowledge that of a healer, though she is more known for her poetry.

Weapons: Silmarwen has a pouch with small throwing knives, only to be used in self defense if she needs them.

Belongings: She carries a lyre with her to play on occasion. This is a strength too. It is not very big but carved of well seasoned cream colored wood with beautiful images of flowering vines set in it. She also owns a pendent passed down in her family as a talisman which she never takes off. It is a large blue tinted stone with a green jewel in the center. While having no specific magical powers, it is more of a good luck charm to Silmarwen, and to remind her of her family. She has a book of bound parchment, also, which she always carries with her to write in. She also keeps the record of plants and herbs left by Andúnë.

Familiars: When she first settled into her home, she found a young Zeiphyrian hunting hound trained by Andúnë there. It was friendly and seemed to have no problems with being around Silmarwen, and it soon became attached to her, and she to it. Its name was Fley, and when Andúnë died, she was left with her. Fley hunts for her own food, but Silmarwen never touched the meat, due to her vegetarian principles. The term “vegetarian” seems a little modern – could you change it to a description?

Ok, a few things which don't quite fit yet, and not all of them will be that easy to fix.  But you've got some great ideas and details here so 'll leave it up to your imagination!  If you need any help or pointers then please ask away :)

Good luck Miss Elanesse!
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« Reply #32 on: June 07, 2008, 02:23:27 PM »

Ok, I know it's been awhile but I tried to fix the issues. Open to more comments, and thanks for all the help!
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« Reply #33 on: June 09, 2008, 01:55:45 AM »

Could you mark your changes in colour?  It makes it so much easier for us mod types :)
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« Reply #34 on: June 10, 2008, 06:28:34 AM »

Got it! :)
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« Reply #35 on: June 11, 2008, 01:01:28 AM »

Hi again, Silmarwen!  grin

I think you are almost there! I see no glaring issues with your CD other than you seem a bit unbalanced. You possess weapon skills, healing/herb lore, musician and are pretty smart. Your weaknesses do not balance those out quite right.

So I'd say perhaps another significant weakness is needed (although not necessarily a scar/old wound/sickness...that would seem tacked on and not fit right...but it's your choice.)

Perhaps have a look at some of the other approved CDs and gather some inspiration from those on potential weaknesses. It takes some creativity to think of some good ones, so don't be afraid to see what other CDs have to offer.  ;)
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« Reply #36 on: June 11, 2008, 02:07:42 AM »

Ok! Thanks for the advice! I kinda noticed that too and checking out other CD's would help. Thanks! :)
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« Reply #37 on: June 13, 2008, 10:35:36 AM »

I am Santhos Avathcin my changes will be in (paranthesis)
sorry I can't do color.

While traveling through the forest she came across an old hut. Inside lived an old healer woman, not Elven but human who went by the (name of) Andúnë Táralóm. She became good friends with Andúnë, who taught Silmarwen the ways of a healer. However, the mystery of how the old healer came to be there remained until sickness overcame Andúnë.
   
   She had lived in a village, not far from Silmarwen’s, where her father worked as a historian. Of course he thought education was important and he taught Andúnë himself, how to read and write. Her mother had been a town healer and passed on her knowledge to her daughter, who had a keen eye for plants. They were a fairly wealthy family and bought a dog to add to the small family. Their lives went on in peace until Andúnë had become 20. Her mother became ill and died a slow death leaving her father in a state of shock. (If she died slowly shouldn't her father have expected it?) With no one to comfort her she made what she could of her life and took up the post as a healer, like her mother. Andúnë stayed to care for her father until he passed away years later.

   Andúnë, then, almost in a state of depression, left her home for the forest with their dog and lived as a hermit until her senses returned. She made use of her life by resuming the healer identity and made a record of forest plants and remedies. Her only companion was her families dog and when it died she was lonely enough to buy another one with money she had earned from selling herbs and remedies. It was young and only months after buying it Silmarwen appeared.

   Andúnë passed away when Silmarwen was 27, leaving a record of healing and useful plants, and her Zeiphyrian Hunting Hound, Fley. Silmarwen continued to study and now has knowledge that of a healer,(could you rephrase this please I know what your saying but rewrite please) though she is more known for her poetry.




(for her weaknesses I would suggest adding that she is shy around people for she does seem to be just that, that could also go on personality) (Over all very well done.)
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« Reply #38 on: June 16, 2008, 04:13:21 AM »

Ok, I added to my personality, and weaknesses, and familiers and made it look spiffy so check it out. :D Thanx for all the help everyone!
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« Reply #39 on: June 16, 2008, 10:11:08 AM »

Hello Silmarwen and welcome to Santharia! You have a wonderful CD here and are getting very close to finished IMHO. My comments shall be in the ever-ugly color: Orange

Strengths
   - Silmarwen has very strong mental strengths. She is a fast thinker and could easily settle fights if she had the courage to speak up. She can be surprisingly persuasive when she has means to be, and is a very serious conversationalist.
   
   - Her physical strengths are not as great, but are still helpful. She can climb well and has no fear of heights. She could climb higher than almost anyone, and can reach the thinner top branches. It allows her with a good choice of hiding if she has to.
   
   - She has good aim, and can throw knives and easily hit targets, of any kind. This would help if any danger attacked, but she only uses them as a defense mechanism. One time a wolf threatened travelers in the forest and she tried to frighten it away by hitting targets close by it. She would have killed it if it had threatened any more, but she was thankful when it ran away. This strength is nicely written but it does raise a couple questions for me. First, how far away is she accurate with these? Some of the best knife throwers I know of on Santharia are accurate to about 20-25 peds and these are lifelong performers with them. Some measure of just 'how' good she is would help weigh this strength a bit more accurately.
   
   - Silmarwen is very good at observing plants. She was trained in the ways of a healer and has the ability to tell all sorts of healing or poisonous plants apart. This understanding of plants should be somewhat limited to the places she knows. Even an ancient elf would be hard pressed to know plants in the middle of a temperate jungle, don't you think?
         
   - She learned to play the lyre when she was young and, when she has spare time, she will take it out and play it. It also helped the animals in the forest to be less afraid of her, because of it's soothing and beautiful sound. Nicely written!

Weaknesses
   - Silmarwen has a natural dislike towards fire and doesn't use it unless she needs to. She sees it as a natural destroyer and even the smell of smoke will disgust her. She uses it more frequently during winter where warmth is needed and there is little chance of anything catching fire. She only willingly uses it when it is needed for a certain remedy, or for warmth. Small fires don't physically bother her but great quantaties<--quantities of it will almost paralyze her with fear. This developed when she watched as it destroyed part of the forest when she was a child.

   - She also hates small closed in spaces. If in one, claustrophobia<- this is a modern term and should be avoided. takes hold and she looses all senses. She would rather be in wide open fields and forests more than any building or closed-in area. Still, if she needs to, she will go into buildings for meetings or important gatherings and such, as long as it's not in cramped conditions.
   
   - She is not a good public speaker, which hinders her from speaking her mind when she has a good point. It is surprising to many after reading some of her poetry. She is very shy when around people, but her acquaintance is much appreciated by the few who have gotten to know her.

   - Silmarwen cannot abide loud noises. They make her skittish and frightened, and if she's in an unfamiliar place she's bound to panic and get lost. She stays away from big crowds and would much rather be in her quiet and peaceful forest dwelling.
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Cáo fá cár'tuulén:Twen Araerwen
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« Reply #40 on: June 17, 2008, 08:23:29 AM »

Thank you! It's fixed up, from what you told me. Thank you!
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« Reply #41 on: June 19, 2008, 09:48:32 PM »

Wow Silmarwen, you've had alot of good comments from the mods! I think the CD is in good shape. Seems balanced to me and you've integrated the comments made. Let me go poke a mod to get you that approval, aye?  ;)
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« Reply #42 on: June 20, 2008, 02:07:19 AM »

Thank YOU! It's much appreciated!
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« Reply #43 on: June 22, 2008, 11:45:48 AM »

~First approval~
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« Reply #44 on: June 22, 2008, 12:16:44 PM »

OH!  Shocked Thank you Twen! So much! :)
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