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« on: 04 June 2008, 12:19:20 »

Candlebush
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Overview
The Candlebush is a tall bush, finding its home all around Santharia.  Its berries are used to make expensive candles, which are favoured because the wax does not melt as slowly as regular candles.  Thought to be a gift from the gods, these bushes are seen as the source of light.

Description
The Candlebush is a small conifer, one to two peds high, with a graceful oval shape which strongly resembles a candle flame. The wide, flat needles are a dark green.  When young these needles are soft, but as the bush ages the needles become hard and rigid.  As the weather begins to warm after winter, the bush is laden with cones.  They are a pale brown and are only about three nailsbreadths in diameter.  When these pollen-bearing cones have served their purpose they drop from the tree to soon be replaced with barriers.  These inedible berries are a soft peach shade, and are firm to touch. Covering this tree is a pale grey-white bark.  This bark is incredibly durable to the wind and rain, but a few carefully placed scrapes could peel it right off.  As a defence from disease, pest and weather, the tree has another layer or bark underneath, but this will not harden for a few days, leaving the tree vulnerable. Many farmers of this plant have squelched a rival by sneaking into their groves and peeling away both layers of bark from the top producer trees.


Territory
The candlebush grows throughout Santharia, mostly in richer, peaty soil.  The bush is particularly prosperous in the province of Vardynn, around the Heath of Jernais.  Candlebush farms do well around cities, where slaughterhouse byproducts such as bone meal can be used to enrich the soil, and the market for their products are high. They also do well with plant fertilizers and compost.  These farms often till before planting these bushes, as it takes well to cultivation.

Usages
The Candlebush is coated with an oily substance which comes off on the fingers and burns well. The inedible berries are full of a this concentrated oil. In harvest season, the berries are gathered (in a poor harvest year, some of the needles are included) and boiled down in large cauldrons. Scent and colour can then be added at this stage. When the oil is thick and waxy, wicks are dipped and redipped to build up the candle. This wax is often used to create the multilayered timetelling candles (see e.g. the diplight). It is popularly believed that Candlebush lights are more flattering to the female countenance than tallow or beeswax, a fallacy which farmers and apiarists do their best to disavow!

Reproduction
As the days of winter begin to warm, the branches of the Candlebush are laden with small, woody cones.  Within these cones, the Candlebush bears its pollen.  Aided by wind, this pollen spreads among other Candlebushes.  With the pollen gone, the cones soon drop to the ground and in their place grows a berry.  This berry, though inedible for humans, is quite favoured by the Coa-Coa bird, among others.  The seeds of the bush are in these berries, and so, through the birds, the seeds are spread.

Myth/Lore/Origin
In country stories where religious technicalities often become diluted, the legend of the Candlebush is no exception. The essence of the legend is that the God of the Sun, Foiros, saw how people were afraid by night, with no way to conveniently light their homes beyond their fire pits. To bring salvation unto the races, he created the Candlebush and taught the secrets of candle-making to the elves.  He instructed the elves were told to share the secret with all races, but for reasons unknown they did notSelfishly they kept the secret to themselves and left the other races in darkness. For one reason or another, the next part of the legend is missing and is often filled in by a country priest or wife with outlandish nonsense. Some say humans meddled, others say that the gods themselves intervened. No one knows for sure. What is known is that Foiros grew more and more impatient with the elves. Finally, Foiros sent a vision to the strongest warrior among the men and sent him to get the secret of candles.  Bringing light to the world this warrior began Foiros' Order, which is said to be the purest of all priestly orders. Now, this Order’s job is to maintain virtuous life among all priesthoods.  In fact many among the order carry with them a candle made from the wax of this bush, to remind them of their duty to be Foiros’ light in times of darkness.
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« Reply #1 on: 04 June 2008, 12:44:20 »

Candlebush
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Overview
The Candlebush is a tall bush, finding its home all around Santharia.  Its berries are used to make expensive candles, which are favoured because the wax does not melt as slowly as regular candles.  Thought to be a gift from the gods, these bushes are seen as the source of light.

Description
The Candlebush is a small conifer, one to two peds high, with a graceful oval shape which strongly resembles a candle flame. The wide, flat needles are a dark green.  When young these needles are soft, but as the bush ages the needles become hard and rigid.  As the weather begins to warm after winter, the bush is laden with cones.  They are a pale brown and are only about three nailsbreadths in diameter.  When these pollen-bearing cones have served their purpose they drop from the tree to soon be replaced with barriers.  These inedible berries are a soft peach shade, and are firm to touch. Covering this tree is a pale grey-white bark.  This bark is incredibly durable to the wind and rain, but a few carefully placed scrapes could peel it right off.  As a defence from disease, pest and weather, the tree has another layer or bark underneath, but this will not harden for a few days, leaving the tree vulnerable. Many farmers of this plant have squelched a rival by sneaking into their groves and peeling away both layers of bark from the top producer trees.


Territory
The candlebush grows throughout Santharia, mostly in richer, peaty soil.  The bush is particularly prosperous in the province of Vardynn, around the Heath of Jernais.  Candlebush farms do well around cities, where slaughterhouse byproducts such as bone meal can be used to enrich the soil, and the market for their products are high. They also do well with plant fertilizers and compost.  These farms often till before planting these bushes, as it takes well to cultivation.

Usages
The Candlebush is coated with an oily substance which comes off on the fingers and burns well.  The inedible berries are full of this concentrated oil.  In harvest season, the berries are gathered (in a poor harvest year, some of the needles are included) and boiled down in large cauldrons.  Scent and colour can then be added at this stage.  When the oil is thick and waxy, wicks are dipped and redipped to build up the candle.  This wax is often used to create the multilayered timetelling candles (see e.g. the diplight).  It is popularly believed that Candlebush lights are more flattering to the female countenance than tallow or beeswax, a fallacy which farmers and apiarists do their best to disavow!

Reproduction
As the days of winter begin to warm, the branches of the Candlebush are laden with small, woody cones.  Within these cones, the Candlebush bears its pollen.  Aided by wind, this pollen spreads among other Candlebushes.  With the pollen gone, the cones soon drop to the ground and in their place grows a berry.  This berry, though inedible for humans, is quite favoured by the Coa-Coa bird, among others.  The seeds of the bush are in these berries, and so, through the birds, the seeds are spread.

Myth/Lore/Origin
In country stories where religious technicalities often become diluted, the legend of the Candlebush is no exception. The essence of the legend is that the God of the Sun, Foiros, saw how people were afraid by night, with no way to conveniently light their homes beyond their fire pits. To bring salvation unto the races, he created the Candlebush and taught the secrets of candle-making to the elves.  He instructed the elves were told to share the secret with all races, but for reasons unknown they did not.  Selfishly they kept the secret to themselves and left the other races in darkness. For one reason or another, the next part of the legend is missing and is often filled in by a country priest or wife with outlandish nonsense. Some say humans meddled, others say that the gods themselves intervened. No one knows for sure. What is known is that Foiros grew more and more impatient with the elves. Finally, Foiros sent a vision to the strongest warrior among the men and sent him to get the secret of candles.  Bringing light to the world this warrior began Foiros' Order, which is said to be the purest of all priestly orders. Now, this Order’s job is to maintain virtuous life among all priesthoods.  In fact many among the order carry with them a candle made from the wax of this bush, to remind them of their duty to be Foiros’ light in times of darkness.
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« Reply #2 on: 07 June 2008, 02:09:24 »

to cover the cones question; neither does juniper, but its still a conifer ;)

or actually, it does, but it looks like a berry anyway.. read the wikipedia entry on juniper for details.
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« Reply #3 on: 15 June 2008, 20:46:53 »

I've done a search for conifer on site and have only found two, one being this bush.  The other, the cinnabark, doesn't have 'cones' but rather fruit.  It makes me wonder, should we have the term conifer in Santharia.  The two we have lack the cone that is needed for a conifer, well at least a cone that a medieval person would recognise.  I know confers can have berries, but I think people in Santharia would call them berried, not cones.  I guess the needles are also characteristic so that is why I ask.  I also don't think conifers have flowers.

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« Reply #4 on: 15 June 2008, 20:58:44 »

Just to really confuse matters, the Ginko Biloba from China is a conifer, doesn't have cones, and has flat leaves similar to a Maple, and is deciduous.

Now then, what are you going to do now!
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« Reply #5 on: 15 June 2008, 21:19:05 »

Er, thanks Tharoc.  However, I don't think the problem is what we call conifer, but what Santharians would.  It that tree were in Santharia it would be counted as deciduous.  How about we leave conifers and simply catorgarise them as having needles.  I guess it is just more practical to do that, because otherwise nobody would find conifers without looking through evert entry.

Except for that, I'm done so... Ready for Comments!
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« Reply #6 on: 15 June 2008, 22:06:06 »

Looks fine to me Mannix, although I can't see the picture on my pc. I assume it's the same one used in the original entry?

BTW, you need to change the pencil to an exclamation mark.
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« Reply #7 on: 16 June 2008, 17:58:15 »

Yeah it died for me as well.  I'll just put a link to the original.  Oh, and thanks for reminding me.

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« Reply #8 on: 18 June 2008, 00:06:43 »

Basically, Needles=conifer. or cactus. Or pricklypig. You get the idea. Commenting later once i work through everything i've missed :P
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« Reply #9 on: 30 June 2008, 20:17:18 »

Mira?
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« Reply #10 on: 05 July 2008, 20:42:34 »

Well, that turned out quite nicely. Could you perhaps take a look at the myth? It seems to be starting off nicely, then rapidly degenerating into a humble-jumble of factoids about a fairly unrelated subject, the Order of Foiros, while never returning to the subject at hand.
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« Reply #11 on: 05 July 2008, 20:45:54 »

Will do Mira!
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« Reply #12 on: 06 July 2008, 09:37:06 »

Very well done mannix!!!! clap
Couldnt find anything technically wrong with it.
I really wanted to eat those berries though!!!!! buck

And yep, conifers have got flowers! well at least the scots pine does anyways, makes lots of sticky nectar stuff...got it in my hair once...didnt come out for like a month! ¬_¬

I made a pine tree entry, " the canopine" it had cones! ^_^

ooh, see if they require fertile soils? how could they grow in the arid stone fields of peat? ;)


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« Reply #13 on: 10 July 2008, 21:33:57 »

Hope I changed the myth how you wanted Mira, I wasn't quite sure.
@ Petros: I put it is the stone field of peat, because it likes peaty soil, but hmm.. now that I've actually read the entry fish I'll remove it.
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« Reply #14 on: 12 July 2008, 23:54:43 »

Candlebush

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Overview
The Candlebush is a tall bush, finding its home all around Santharia.  Its berries are used to make expensive candles, which are favoured because the wax does not melt as slowly as regular candles.  Thought to be a gift from the gods, these bushes are revered as salvation from fear (this somehow sounds a bit odd.).

Description
The Candlebush is a small conifer, one to two peds high, with a graceful oval shape which strongly resembles a candle flame.  The wide, flat needles are a dark green.  The inedible berries are a soft peach shade.  Covering this tree is a pale grey-white bark.  This bark is sometimes used for small signs huh? wouldn't ordinary wqood be much easier? by country folk because of its durability, though this often leaves the tree bare for disease, pests, and weather not to mention the fact that trees need their bark to transport water and nutrients from the roots upward. Stripping, or 'ringing' a tree by removing a small band of bark al around the trunk is a common way of slowly killing surplus trees in natural forests..  Many farmers of this plant have squelched a rival by sneaking into their groves and peeling away the bark from the top producer trees. tee hee hee

Territory
The candlebush grows throughout Santharia, mostly in richer, peaty soil.  Candlebush farms do well around cities, where slaughterhouse byproducts such as bone meal can be used to enrich the soil, and the market for their products are high.  They also do well with plant fertilizers and compost.  These farms often till before planting these bushes, as it takes well to cultivation. Is there no place/region specifically known for it's candlebush production?

Usages
The Candlebush is coated with an oily substance which comes off on the fingers and burns well.  The inedible berries are full of this concentrated oil.  In harvest season, the berries are gathered (in a poor harvest year, some of the needles are included) and boiled down in large cauldrons.  Scent and colour can then be added at this stage.  When the oil is thick and waxy, wicks are dipped and redipped to build up the candle.  This wax is often used to create the multilayered timetelling candles (see e.g. the diplight).  It is popularly believed that Candlebush lights are more flattering to the female countenance than tallow or beeswax, a fallacy which farmers and apiarists do their best to disavow!

Reproduction
As the days of winter begin to warm, the branches of the Candlebush are laden with small, woody cones.  Within these cones, the Candlebush bears its pollen. Aided by wind, this pollen spreads among other Candlebushes.  With the pollen gone, the cones soon drop to the ground and in their place grows a berry. This berry, though inedible for humans, is quite favoured by the Coa-Coa bird, among others. The seeds of the bush are in these berries, and so, through the birds, the seeds are spread.

Myth/Lore/Origin
In country stories where religious technicalities often become diluted, the legend of the Candlebush is no exception.  The essence of the legend is that the God of the Sun, Foiros, saw how people were afraid by night, with no way to conveniently light their homes beyond their fire pits.  To bring salvation unto the races, he created the Candlebush and taught the secrets of candle-making to the elves.  He instructed the elves to share the secret with all races, but for reasons unknown they did not.  Selfishly they kept the secret to themselves and left the other races in darkness.  For one reason or another, the passage is missing in this part of the legend and is often filled in by a country priest or wife with outlandish nonsense. What passage?  Some say it was the influence of Dark Fays dont exist, try something else, others say humans meddled.  No one knows for sure.  What is known is that Foiros grew more and more impatient with the elves.  Finally, Foiros sent a vision to the strongest warrior among the men and sent him to get the secret of candles.  Bringing light to the world this warrior began Foiros' Order, which is said to be the purest of all priestly orders.  Now, this Order’s job is to maintain virtuous life among all priesthoods.  In fact many among the order carry with them a candle made from the wax of this bush, to remind them of their duty to be Foiros’ light in times of darkness.


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