Santharian Development

Santharian World Development => Races, Tribes and Clans => Topic started by: Miraran Tehuriden on 29 October 2006, 02:12:09



Title: Ter'ei'Vikh, people of the Drifting Woods - completed - Yes, they're hippies...
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 29 October 2006, 02:12:09
Green edits for Decipher, Yellow for Art.
     

       Overview
The Ter'ei'Vikh, often shortened to "Vikh, are a reclusive tribe of humans, making their home exclusively in the Drifting Woods of Nybelmar. They are considered to be quite difficult to deal with and rarely allow outsiders into their ancestral woods, their hunters patrolling its borders to ensure no-one strays in. They are often called 'Bug-people' by their neighbors,  the Morcini, for their build which is remarkably sinewy and agile. They are a very devout people, devoting their lives to the sacred woods they dwell in, worshipping their Moon Spirit, Vikthi, in many ways throughout their lives. As a result they live simple lives, and are considered by the Morchini to be barbarians.


        Appearance  
Amazingly, and in deep contrast to their dark, almost adlemirene brown skin, nearly all Ter'ei'Vikh have white hair from birth. As a "Vikh nears maturity, a dark mark appears in his hair. This is named the Mark of Vikthi, and has various strong similarities with the Krean mark known as the Eye of Aniss. An interresting fact is that the Mark was never found on their ancestors, the  Vikhari, but came into existence after the tribe merged with the Krean refugees to form the Ter'ei'Vikh. At old age, the white of the Ter'ei'Vikh hair seems to 'wear down', and acquires a silver sheen. "Vikh hair is usually straight or slightly wavy, whereas curly hair is rare and highly appreciated.
Eye color is, however, much more variable than hair color. With hues ranging from deep green to dark brown and grayish, only truly blue eyes are unheard of in the Drifting Woods. Most individuals have various specks of a second color in one or both eyes, and in some cases the secondary color is different for each eye.

Their nickname 'Bug-people' is explained when you look at the physical features of the average Ter'ei'Vikh. With next to no  fat reserves under their skin, they look extremely wiry and thin. Their relatively long arms and legs, compared to their torso, further stress the bony impression. The joints of their shoulders, elbows, knees and hips are much more flexible than that of other tribes, giving their movement a strange, flowing motion which adds to  the impression of a tense, yet relaxed awareness of their surroundings. Their face is elongated, with a prominent chin and cheekbones and a high forehead.  Unlike most other tribes in the area both males as females of this tribe are quite slender in build. As a result, a cloaked "Vikh's gender is not revealed by broad shoulders, or a certain pose, which might have added to the aura of mystery that has surrounded these people for a long time, as  quick sightings by someone unfamiliar with the "Vikh might give him or her the impression there is just one of them, on various places at the same time, or that they are a shady kind of evil entity that stalks the woods. (For more information on Morchini folklore connected to the Ter'ei'Vikh appearance, consult the book "The hour of the Tree, and other tales of the Night", a collection of local ghost stories and legends.)

        Coat of Arms
The Mark of Vikthi, visible in the hair of every adult Ter'ei'Vikh, is one of the defining signs of the Ter'ei'Vikh. It resembles the moon, resting upon a small wave as it rises from the ocean. However, this resemblance might actually be coincidental, as the Mark appears to be identical to the Eye of Aniss. This latter symbol is worn by the most senior Lilivear, and is considered to be of great importance amongst them. The Drifting Woods, which the Ter'ei'Vikh inhabit, therefor has a crest resembling a stylised tree, with the Mark embraced in its twisting branches.

        Territory
The Ter'ei'Vikh live and thrive in the Drifting Woods in northwestern Nybelmar, known to them as Sar'Estvokar (the True Land).  They are most successful in dealing with the often odd or downright dangerous area, into which they rarely allow outsiders passage. They have 'tamed' large portions of the canopy by constructing an extensive web of rope bridges and small platforms, allowing for fairly safe and fast travel between the most important settlements. They are most reluctant to leave the woods, and never venture beyond the outmost trees. They loathe the idea of leaving their forest for any length of time, and as such a "Vikh outside of the Drifting Woods is a rare sight indeed. If one does meet such an individual, it can safely be assumed that he or she is a Tehuriden, an outcast group that in more recent times has taken up the position of emissaries, translators, and diplomats.

         People
The most important fact one needs to know about the Ter'ei'Vikh is that their faith surpasses everything. As they consider their very exsistence to be tied to the machinations of the spirits as their legends claim, they see it as their life's goal to serve these beings in whatever way required. As a result, they try to minimise their effect on the wild nature of the Drifting Woods, and live simple lives. They have chosen not to follow the example of the surrounding tribes and their highly 'developed' cultures, claiming the 'Earth children', as they call other humans, to have lost their connection to the truths of the spirit world.

The Ter'ei'Vikh use a strange, yet very effective type of magic called the Spirit Song. Empowered by their faith, they can raise their voices in song, chanting in a wordless language that display magical powers over both living and dead beings and materials. While one voice will cause no more than the mildest of effects, the spell-songs power can be enhanced tremendously as more "Vikh join in on the chorus. By some strange, semi-trance like state all singers will know the song, even though no two songs are the same. There seems to be no limit to the amount of voices that can be added to the choir, although usually a dozen or so is enough for most applications. Common applications in this respect include the arts of healing, as well as construction of houses and various objects by altering the natural shapes of the flora of the Drifting Woods.
The Ter'ei'Vikh claim that the very essence, or spirit of anything that is or has been alive, can be compared to a song. By tuning in on these songs, they can alter it in any way they desire as the natural melody of the subject of their song will keep on harmonising with that of the "Vikh singers. They rank the size of a group of singers in quantities of five. One singer is a Voice, five are a Harmony, twenty-five is a Chorus, and a group of one-hundred and twenty-five singers is called a Choir. There is nothing in their day-to-day life that requires more than a Choir to be done, but war-stories dating from the great war between the ancestral Vikhari and the Morchini of the plains speak of even greater units that were used to defend the last strongholds of the tribe during these dark times.
Another story, in this case most likely no more than a myth speaks of the cold that followed the Breaking (A period better known as the Year of Darkness in Santharia),  and claims that at one time, every Vikhari soul joined into the greatest song ever created, to raise the sphere that would contain the surviving Vikhari until the sun returned. More information on this specific story can be found in the Mossmound entry. Noteworthy is the fact that the Tehuriden outcasts for unknown reasons  are not able to join in on these songs, although they can use the Spirit Song as solo voices.

The Ter'ei'Vikh are known for their excellent woodcrafting skills. While their magic ensured a craftsman of having just the pieces he needs, the lack of stone or metals in their territory has forced the "Vikh to hone their artistic skills to near-perfection. They favour the most durable materials such as te'an, marsh oak and waterfruit for their creations, as the humid atmosphere in the Drifting Woods tends to accelerate the decay of 'lesser' kinds of wood. The products of the woodcrafters can be found everywhere in Ter'ei'Vikh life, from artistic decorations in their homes, to the most basic of tools and weaponry. After the opening of the Gates of M'aghin, and the start of their trading relations with the Faen merchants, the availability of new tools has only improved their work, while their products were greatly appreciated by the merchants, making exclusive Ter'ei'Vikh tableware and decorative weaponry an import product among the most wealthy of people all along the Faen area of operations. Their rarity however, makes them both very expensive as highly sought after as owning some of these pieces is one of the best ways to show off your wealth for many of the non-Ter'ei'Vikh customers  of the Faen.

Sometimes, children with darker hair are born, possibly the result of the old Krean (Lilivear) bloodlines showing. Although these usually fade to white during their first years, some children remain dark-haired and do not receive the Mark at maturity, their skin tone slowly shifting to a complexion much lighter than that of their family. An interesting  fact is that only one in five of these children is female. As a result of their physical differences, these individuals are considered not 'pure' enough to be allowed permanent residence in the sacred Drifting Woods, and are cast out from the ''Vikh society, forced to either live a harsh and poor life sustaining themselves from what they can find in the jungle, or to leave the woods and risk entering the Earthlands beyond. All research seems to lead to the conclusion these ''Vikh can be considered to be fully Krean in most aspects, although it is unknown if any of their offspring may be Ter'ei'Vikh after all. They all bear the Tehuriden family name, which means "Outcastor "Not-Person" in archaic Ter'maes.
In more recent times, the Tehuriden have begun to function as diplomats, envoys, and interpreters for the Faen merchants that visit the Gates of M'aghin. As a result, a small settlement of about twenty to thirty Tehuriden has formed on the shores of the Metherinin, on the edge of the woods with only a handfull of 'wanderers' holding on to their vagabond's life in the jungle.  

        Worldview and Beliefs
The Ter'ei'Vikh see the world as a complex system of cycles, constantly moving, but aways returning to its starting point in the end. This might be heavily influenced by the fact that their main deity is the Moon Spirit Vikthi, who is held responsible for the cycle of death and rebirth the "Vikh have observed in their woods, where each death leads to new life. This is belief in the cyclic nature of the world is illustrated for instance, by the tides, and the waxing and waning of the moon itself. The Ter'ei'Vikh have a complex system of spirits that represent most objects in the physical world, and have based their own kind of magic on this idea. More information on these Spirits can be found in the entry on Ter'ei'Vikh Mythology.
The "Vikh see the Spirits of the Earth as hostile beings, an idea reinforced by the age-old sense of hostility between their neighbours, the Morchini tribe that lives on the Kaerathi plains, and the fact that solid ground is a rare commodity in the Drifting Woods. Most of their daily lives and opinions are based on the underlying currents of the Spirit world, where the neverending 'political' interactions between the spirits cause allies and enemies to be found everywhere. As such, they see it as their most sacred duty to protect the Drifting Woods against any intruder or invading force, and have in the past fought to the bitter end to forfill their duty during the war against the invading Morchini.


        Housing
Generally speaking, each and every dwelling, storage shack, or construction in the Drifting Woods is located above ground level. Mainly due to the lack of solid ground in the first place, this habit does not only provide the Ter’ei’Vikh with many times more room for building than ground-bound houses would, but also protects them against many of the dangers that roam the forest floor and water surfaces. There are only two exceptions to this practice.
The first of these are the well-known Gates of M’aghin, a giant structure that blocks the only natural path into the Drifting Woods, the Metherinin River, a few hundred peds after it enters the woods. Not so much a real gate as a floating dam, this is the site of nearly all interaction between Ter’ei’Vikh and outsider traders. Apart from the main wall of the Gates there are piers to moor the flatbottoms used for trading with the forest people available, and a large shelter for the tradesmen and their staff, all on the sandy riverbanks.
The second exception to the rule are the Tehuriden dwellings close by, at the point where the river enters the woods. Without the large trees to support their structures, or the magical abilities of the true Ter'ei'Vikh, the outcasts have made fairly normal looking homes on the ground instead, not that different from for instance Sarvonian hunting cabins, where they are easily accessible for those who want to avail themselves of their services.

The Ter’ei’Vikh homes are generally built in between the strongest branches of the giant tropical trees that are common in the deeper reaches of the jungles, such as marsh oaks and te’an trees. They are often partially alive, with both living vines and tress as more standard boards and beams fused together magically, usually combining a home and a garden in one single structure. Architecture appears to be an unknown form of art in the Drifting Woods. Homes are usually more or less spherical, with more bulbous 'growths' added as a family grows, and additional room is required. The ancestral home of an old family of "Vikh can look like a Brownie experiment in life-magic gone terribly wrong, with strange growths, small terraces and ponds dotting the exterior, and often various plants growing in places they should not be able to grow at all.


       Clothing  
The typical clothing of the Ter'ei'Vikh can be summarised quite effectively with the term "natural". With either raw plant fibers, or animal skins used as the primary materials, and dyes, although widely available, used only sparsely, the typical "Vikh is clad in rough-textured, crude looking clothes. This image is deceitful though, for the fabrics used are, usually, incredibly durable and effective. Favoured materials are those magically woven from living plants, such as grasses or certain vines, with the actual choice of source depending on the kind of clothing desired. Grasses for instance, are used for light, breathing fabrics, that easily absorb dyes and can be decorated without much trouble, while the strangling vine, a notorious tool of the Ter'ei'Vikh yields a much tougher, yet quite flexible material used for clothes that need to resist a great deal of wear. Skilled weaver-mages can even combine several types, to make the right kind of fabric for any occasion, and will even weave in patterns and symbols by carefully controlling the weave in progress. It goes without saying that these craftsmen dominate the field. Or, more precisely, craftswomen are prevalent, as is the case with many artistic occupations among the Ter'ei'Vikh.
Animal skins of various types are more commonly used during the storm season, often with the fur left intact partially to provide additional comfort on those occasions a wandering "Vikh must endure a storm in the cold upper canopy. Fish and reptilian hides are also used, often for decorative means, with the scales still attached, but in some cases, like the hide of the Phaerth lizards, whose tough leather can be made into valuable protective wear like aprons and gloves, although it is hard to come by.

Although the precise styles may differ from place to place, the Ter'ei'Vikh clothing habits seems to prefer functionality and simplicity above all, with a tunic-like piece being the most commonly known shape, no matter the material. It is most often a simple, sleeveless long shirt, with a leather, or woven-vine sash around the waist, often supporting various pouches, bundles, and tools. A simple loincloth is usually worn underneath all further garments. Another common form of clothing, again radiating simplicity, despite the fact it has probably been perfected for thousands of years, is the 'Turei', a single piece of cloth a little over a fore wide, wrapped three times around the waist and secured by the ubiquitous sash. It is worn by men and women alike despite the ridicule of Outsiders at the Gates of M'aghin, who have taken on the habit of speaking of the men wearing a turei as 'she' and 'her', probably due to the skirt-like appearance. For women, the turei is accompanied by a similar, yet smaller wrapping around the chest, although many younger woman prefer to forgo on it, and remain bare-chested like their male counterparts. The "Vikh rarely use any kind of leg- or feetwear, claiming that they can walk along the canopy branches better when unhindered by such items.
No matter what their preferences in clothing, most Ter'ei'Vikh wear a hooded cloak at all times that keeps them dry in the dense mists that often fill their woods. There are dozens of different materials and colours in use, and many "Vikh own several different of these cloaks for different occasions. Over the last few years, original Ter'ei'Vikh cloaks, especially the more colourful ones, have become increasingly popular amongst young women of wealth all along the Northern Bay coastline.


       Food  
The Ter'ei'Vikh are excellent hunters and gatherers, and live from what the woods provide easily. Their diet is mainly composed of all sorts of fish and birds, two of the most common types of animals available to them, but they also make use of the large amount of shellfish crowding the riverbanks and even eat various kinds of insects. Other creatures regularly hunted for their meat are giant and starwell phaert, the michiloy, a small herbivorous relative of the oloy, and during the summer season the large eiqui'ris bats the "Vikh call 'Dusk Dancers'. They breed chorakee, both for the eggs as their flesh, in urn-shaped holding pens, usually a few trees away from their homes as not to lead the dangerous challachoy to close.
They favour all kinds of filled pastry, of which they produce an amazing variety, from tiny pouches of marsh-oak dough filled with strong flavoured spices and fruits, to large pies with chorakee or fish. As each cook and family has their own small variations on the recipes the number of different meals one could possibly enjoy in the Drifting Woods is immeasurable.

       Weapons
The Ter'ei'Vikh prefer ranged weaponry above all else. As nearly all of their weapons are modified hunting tools, and with no metal or stone to work with, many of their weapons are non-lethal in nature although their knowledge of the jungle's venoms and poisons can make even the most innocent looking object a possible death sentence. Their arsenal consists of a wide variety of bows, blowpipes, weighted nets, throwing spears, slingshots and Matans, a set of heavy wooden spheres connected by strong cords that tangle around the target, immobilising it if used properly.

A very peculiar weapon is the so-called 'Vine Jar', which consists of a container with a Strangling Vine seedling, and a pouch of a rare fungus that grows underneath the Drifting Woods. When the two are combined, the vine will start growing at an amazing speed, and entangle everything nearby. These Vine Jars are used as a defensive weapon, as well as a charge for various traps. Particulary effective against humans due to the frightening effect, this weapon was one of the reasons the Morchini never launched a serious assault against the Ter'ei'Vikh after the great war in ca. 1800 bS.

       Occupations
Contrary to what might be expected of a highly religious people, there are no priests or the like among the Ter'ei'Vikh. Instead, occupations focus on the production of all manners of food from the jungle, and the creation of other wares from the materials the hunters, fishers, and gatherers may find. Although craftsmen such as wood- or boneworkers and weavers are common, traders are rare, and consist of those very few that give up their homes to trek through the Drifting Woods in a semi-repetitive pattern. Of course, the lack of currency limits the amount of wares they can carry significantly. Another kind of traders can be found in more permanent locations near the Gates of M'aghin, where some "Vikh have specialised in trading with the Faen and Morchini outsiders, through the intermediation of the Tehuriden translators.

        Government
Guided by their respect for the Spirit World rather than laws, most Ter'ei'Vikh live their lives without encountering much in the form of governmental influence. In most of their settlements the residents are autonomous in their dealings, with the exception of the capital, Mūn'ti, and the Gates of M'aghin. For official matters that effect the Ter'ei'Vikh as a whole, there is a Council of Elders, located in the center of Mūn'ti, where the Elders may gather to discuss whatever may be of relevance. However, the title of Elder may be given to individuals of any age, and merely represent someone who is considered (one of) the best in his or her trade, or someone who has above average knowledge of certain subjects. For the last few decades, an unofficial Tehuriden Elder has also been known to take part in the Council meetings when required, possibly because they are best informed when it comes to matters pertaining the Earthlands. New Elders are usually chosen by the council itself, or may apply at any Elder themselves, although the latter rarely occurs.

       Production/Trade
Among the Ter'ei'Vikh, no currency has ever been developed, and trade, as a result is limited to the actual exchange of items. This poses several problems for those merchants from outside the Drifting Woods that do business with the "Vikh. This problem is even greater as the mere inconvenience of having to work outside the common idea of coins, as it meant hauling large amounts of items across the plains to ensure being able to trade, a problem even greater for the Faen merchants, who do not only outnumber the few Morchini traders willing to make business with the 'Spider-People' ten to one, but have to travel through dangerous and carefully hidden mountain paths through the Germon Doilth in order to reach the Gates of M'aghin. Trades of this kind often involve exotic spices, hides, and the exquisite handywork of the Ter'ei'Vikh woodcrafters on the "Vikh's side, and metal tools, cooking gear, and various other products of the civilised plains on the side of the Faen and Morchini.

Although not all is known for sure on the matter, the Ter'ei'Vikh claim to have another trading partner, in the form of the Soéliveche, or 'Deep Mer', a kind of merfolk that roams  beneath the woods. In various locations throughout the area, usually in a starwell (a large sinkhole connecting the water surface to the deeps below the forest inhabited by a multitude of glowing animals and plants)  not occupied by large Phaert, the Mer and "Vikh will meet at moonrise to offer whatever it might be that they wish to trade. Both sides have benefited greatly throughout history from this arrangement, not in the least due to one of the more important clauses of the Root Pact made between the two tribes. This states that at all nights, at least one group of five Ter'ei'Vikh songmages, known as a  Harmony, will be available at the starwell beneath Mūn'ti, and a few other locations, to offer healing to any Mer who needs it. In return, the Mer bring the "Vikh one of the more important products of the Drifting Woods; a special mold which - when added to the local soil - causes explosive growth in many kinds of plants. It is invaluable in Ter'ei'Vikh magical construction, and only the Deep Mer can reach the underwater cavities where it grows.


       Natural Resources
The Drifting Woods is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. Filled with wood of all sorts, from the common marsh-oak to the beautiful waterfruit and the rare pillar tree, wood is available in large amounts for many purposes such as the construction of houses, furniture, and various tools and trinkets. There is a multitude of fruits, herbs, and spices to be harvested, and combined with an nigh-endless amount of fish and many useful or edible creatures, maintaining a food supply is rarely, if ever a problem.

Mineral resources however, are frighteningly scarce. With ore and coal deposits non-existent, and virtually no source of stone, the Ter'ei'Vikh  are always prepared to exchange exotic spices, feathers, and products from their woodcraftsmen for items like steel knives, tin plates, and metal or stone basins that can hold a fire without burning down the tree. Although the merfolk have access to the rocks and pebbles found on the seabed, quality materials are rare and as a result there is no industry of this kind available in the area.

        Holidays, Festivals and Observances
Not surprising, the Ter'ei'Vikh have a great number of days that are considered to be of religious importance. Customs and habits involved in the celebration of these days range from  simple habits such as setting a lantern outside your door on a new moon night, to great gatherings such as the First Moon night, which usually occurs somewhere during the first half of the month of Melting Ice, when they celebrate the anniversary of the first moonlit night.
Other important dates include the Walking of the Path, on the fifth day of the seventh moon, when runners travel from each community to its nearest neighbour, bringing a symbolic copy of the Prophecies of the Path. Once they arrive, they are the guests of honour in that night's communal meal. Being chosen as a runner is a great honour, and proof of your skills, and as such young "Vikh always try to outperform their friends in every possible way, in the hopes of being chosen.
Not religious in nature, but of great importance nonetheless, is the ten-day long festival of the Great Market, held every other year in Mūn'ti. Not only is it the greatest gathering of traders in the Drifting Woods, but many craftsmen travel to the capital for this occasion, selling their wares and participating in the contests held during this period. Many Ter'ei'Vikh of other professions come to shop, partake in tests of skill and wisdom, and meet new and old friends.
A last date worth mentioning is the night the wild Chorakee mate. Although the exact day differs slightly each time the "Vikh know the signs that indicate the birds are ready to perform their 'Dance to the Moon'. Many superstitions surround this night, most of which pertain to good fortune for those who declare their love during the dance and the like, making it a popular night among both the older, settled couples, as adolescent singles.

        History

ca. 3000 b.S.  Vikhari enter the Drifting Woods - The first Vikhari enter the woods. Although it is uncertain from where they have come, it is thought they are a fraction of an ancient tribe that fled the east after Menemron's downfall. Over time, they learn how to survive without outside help. 

ca. 2500 b.S.  The Sealing Off of the Drifting Woods - The Vikhari seal the woods off from the outsiders and hide. During this period, the Deep Mer either enter the woods, or choose to reveal their presence. The two groups will balance on the verge of open warfare most of the time.

ca. 1800 b.S. Assault on the Drifting Woods  - Driven into a frenzy by a semi-religious myth declaring the Vikhari as profane creatures, the Morchini clans of the Kaerathi plains assault their territory. The Vikhari defend themselves bravely, but their lack of numbers is not outweighed by their knowledge of the woods. Slowly, they are whittled down as the Morchini forces are able to occupy parts of the Drifting Woods. The tide is turned when the Deep Mer begin to interfere, and offer the Pact of the Root to the Vikhari. Merfolk assassins and Vikhari hunters, both sides strenghtened by materials provided by the other tribe, quickly begin to sow panic amongst the invaders. Within a few years the original borders are restored.

1649 b.S.  The Year of Vikthi - Known to the rest of the world as the Breaking, or the Year of Darkness, during this period the Vikhari felt the presence of their protector even stronger than usual, as it was the only source of light in the sky. From among the gathered survivors in the House of the Three, a prophet came forth and  proclaimed the five prophecies that are collectively called the Path to Vikthi

ca. 1640 b.S.  Krean Exiles in the Drifting Woods  - From across the Moredein Kaerath, a ragged band of Krean survivors closes in on the woods. Plagued by Moth Fever, they are forced to ask the Vikhari for help. As the first group of negotiators of the refugees is taken captive by the Vikhari border guards, the Eye of Aniss, worn by one of their prisoners is seen as the promised Sign of Vikthi. The Krean are allowed to enter the woods, and the first prophecy of the Path is fulfilled. "From the hands of Kalim, the Mark of the Moon will come into Sar'estvokar, and nothing will remain untouched."

ca. 700 b.S.  The Ter'ei'Vikh in the Drifting Woods - The Krean no longer exist as a separate group, and instead the Ter'ei'Vikh have come into existence. The pure Vikhari and Krean bloodlines are gone forever.
 
ca. 50 b.s.  The Great Wave - A cataclysmic event to the northeast of the Drifting Woods sends a powerfull tidal wave into the area. Both the Deep Mer as the Ter'ei'Vikh suffer great losses in both lives and homes.

ca. 50 b.S.  The Ter'ei'Vikh trade with the Nybelmer - Open trade begins with the Nybelmer after the Great Wave in an effort to replace the lost homes and possessions.  The second prophecy of the Path is fulfilled. "From Isema death will rise above the trees, and above and below will meet it. Yet from death springs life, and union will be our salvation."
   
ca. 75  Construction of Mūn'ti, the Drifting Woods Capital - The first parts of Mūn'ti, the current human capital of the Drifting Woods, are constructed. It will continue to grow, and be renovated, continuously from this point on. The Nybelmer follow the Ter'ei'Vikh example and create a similar settlement beneath sinkholes in the lake of Mūn'ti, possibly with the assistance of Ter'ei'Vikh magic. 

ca. 1.000  Emissaries speak to the Ter'ei'Vikh
Probably secretly negotiated by the Tehuriden, emissaries from the Morchini are allowed to speak with the Council. Although the Drifting Woods are still forbidden terrain to them, Outsider trespassers are no longer hunted down and killed, but forcefully removed from the woods. However, Ter'ei'Vikh humour dictates that they are usually released a few hundred strals for their homes.

ca. 1.500  Ter'ei'Vikh trade with Outsiders - The Gates of M'aghin are built, and open trade with the Morchini outsiders commences. Before long, Faen merchants hear of the strange market opened on the Metherinin shores, and within a few years, they greatly outnumber the Morchini traders visiting the Gates. The Ter'ei'Vikh flourish as they have rarely done before, and their population increases greatly. 





Dictionary; (For development reference)

Avra -> Animal, of any kind.
-arķ(ąh) -> possesive ending. (ah) is added when the object is owned by multiple individuals.
Eire -> to belong. See also; -arķ
Estvokari -> the one-and-only, highest, best of it's kind.
Evo -> Male
Evoma - > Man of high status.
Hudri -> Mark, especially the Mark of Vikthi.
Inheran -> to seek
Imri -> Plant, of any kind (weeds, trees, algae, etc.).
Isena -> Woman of high status.
Isi -> Female
Kai -> Earth
Lima -> Master, leader.
Limeri -> To control or lead.
Maes -> voice (Ter'maes: Voice of the People, the native language of the "Vikh)
Mah -> self (always to be used with thierin : Thier'mah translates litterary to 'person-me')
Mair -> Any body of water, such as a pond, sea, etc.
Nair -> Any kind of stream, river, or canal.
Masįr -> inside
Saren -> Place, usualy used for abstract ideas of location, such as sections of the forest or nations.
Siver -> Spirit, used in conjunction with other terms as -Siv'-
Tehuriden -> Outcast, Un-Marked person.
Tuvelaģs -> Home, burrow, nest, hiding place etc.
Turei -> A sarung, worn by both men and women.
Thierin -> People. In composed words used as -Ter'- when indicating groups, and -Thier'- when used to indicate an individual.
"Vikh -> A further conjunction of the term "Thierin eire Vikthi", the full version of "Ter'ei'Vikh"


Title: Re: Vikhari / Ter'ei'vikh, more or less random notes
Post by: Niccoli on 27 November 2006, 03:49:52
A question Miraran. Has the ban on new tribes been lifted, or is this holding back for hope that it does get lifted?


Title: Re: Vikhari / Ter'ei'vikh, more or less random notes
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 27 November 2006, 07:08:54
These are mostly notes that help me remember things i will need to refer to in other entires regarding the Drifting Woods Project... also, i will just commence writing th tribe ntry once i think it's about time, and we'll see what happens.


Title: Re: Vikhari / Ter'ei'vikh, more or less random notes
Post by: Palence Sevith on 22 December 2006, 14:14:35
That's helpful for a noob like me..lol


Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 13 July 2007, 04:00:26
*sigh* even after putting up a colorful sign and a warning header no-one tries to stop me? time to get something rolling in this department then...


Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 13 July 2007, 04:10:34
Creative caption! :lol:

Well, you've hinted at and included the Ter'ei'Vik in several entries already, Mira, so it's only fair that you get to writing them and tell us more about these people! :) Especially as you're member now for quite a while already and have worked your way through dense junge and drfting woods until this point, so that's perfectly fine with me :D

Though now that you mention "mushroom people" it could be that the Beatles get another incarnation here... Most of them are also white haired by now, so I see similarities... :lol:


Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 13 July 2007, 04:20:47
Actually, the Mushroom People are Coren's working title for the inhabitants of the plains the DW border at.. since i don't know their real name yet, i had to put in a placeholder in all-caps :)


Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Coren FrozenZephyr on 13 July 2007, 19:10:07
But then why do you describe/title the DW people, the "Vikh, as "the Mushroom People"?

EDIT: Oh, I see - the notorious misplaced ","

Then the sentence should read: "They are often called 'Bug-people' or 'Spider-people' by their neighbors, the MUSHROOM PEOPLE, for their build, which is remarkably sinewy and agile."


Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Decipher Ziron on 13 July 2007, 23:51:17
Why are these mysterious entities called mushroom people...I have images of little characters reminscent of mario enemies going through my head....Please elaborate on these soon Coren...and I mean soon in realtime...not Coren time:

General conversion Rate:

1 hr realtime- 1 day Coren time

1 week realtime- 2-3 years Coren Time

Soon Realtime- At some point before eventual murder Coren Time....


Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Coren FrozenZephyr on 15 July 2007, 01:07:40
I think you have the conversion table upside down Deci - it should probably read:

1 hr Coren time = 1 day realtime
1 week Coren time = ...

But I could always take the table above as a compliment to my "Mighty-Mouse" speed :P If I can establish in an hour a whole day's work... Oh MY!


Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Ta`lia of the Seven Jewels on 15 July 2007, 01:35:50
Well, I like the idea of one "Coren" as the amount of words you write, say 10 000 ? (No idea how much that is). The only problem would be, that we then have always to deal with fractions of a "coren", for it is too huge.


Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Coren FrozenZephyr on 15 July 2007, 01:40:01
I pray only that one day my entries will be appreciated for quality as well :P


Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Ta`lia of the Seven Jewels on 15 July 2007, 01:45:26
LOL, Actually I thought about linking the coren to  quality as well, but that is very difficult to obtain.How would you judge "quality"?
And who would dare to say - no, your entry has only a 2 out of 100 of a Coren , we can not take it, you need to have at least 5?  ?



Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Coren FrozenZephyr on 15 July 2007, 01:59:11
Thank you for the subtle flattery Talia! ;) :hugs

@Mira: Bear in mind also that the two northwestern woods of Kaerath are home to the descendants of the Lillivear exiles. The "Vikh may not accept the Tehuriden, but they would... (especially if the Tehuriden bring current information on the DW to them) And they are still in possession of a potent gnosis (that's how, despite their limited resources, they are able to ward off the hositility of the mushroom people)

@Deci: Check "West Nybelmar Realms: Plains of Kaerath" thread in the Nybelmar board for the answer to that question!


Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 15 July 2007, 02:18:49
I did realise that Coren.. but the Tehuriden have been brought up as "Vikh children.. and most retain their faith in Vikthi and loyalty to the woods.. Oh, and try to come up with a name for the Earth Children will you? :P


Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Coren FrozenZephyr on 15 July 2007, 02:26:23
The Porcini?


Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 15 July 2007, 10:38:21
Works for me :)... *removes mushroom people tag*


Title: Re: Miraran is secretly writing a tribe entry! Somebody stop him!
Post by: Coren FrozenZephyr on 15 July 2007, 15:56:54
Heh heh heh heh  :devilish: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porcini)


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 29 August 2007, 03:50:06
Updated with a bit.. well, quite a bit about Spirits, and a fragment on Housing... if i can keep this up, i think i'm going to reach a Coren on this one folks..


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 13 September 2007, 03:03:57
+ Clothing section


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods
Post by: xerampelinae deicida on 13 September 2007, 07:07:41
For my Arefi I'm creating 2 chemicals that could be useful to the Ter'ei'Vikh

1 sleeping water
a sedative used by Arefi to help subdue prey

This would be useful especially when they are hunting larger animals rather then killing the animal when they hunt they would make it unconscious. It would keep it from rotting in a hot humid climate until they decided to butcher it.

2 eulgylgu
A sticky substance used by the Arefi to grab and digest prey

Could be used to dissolve dirt leaving behind metals or other valuables then removed so all that is left is the valuable material.

as glue for things it cant dissolve or that are coated with something it can't dissolve.


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 14 September 2007, 00:47:10
Ah, the sleeping toxin will certainly be added to one of the sections! I'm not that sure about the second one, as metal and stone objects are not naturaly available to the "Vikh.

I'll keep it in mind though.

(Oh, and the letter Y, amongst others, is not found in Ther'maes)


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 20 October 2007, 04:40:18
It's done! It's realy done! Who'd thunk i'd ever finish it?!


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Decipher Ziron on 22 October 2007, 02:27:26
Okay Mira, another milestone for your Vikh project and a strong advance on the entire Nybelmar front...Here is the first part of my check.....



  Overview
The Ter'ei'Vikh, often shortened to "Vikh, are a reclusive tribe of humans, making their home exclusively in the Drifting Woods of Nybelmar. They are considered to be quite difficult to deal with, and rarely allow outsiders into their ancestral woods (Elaborate on this slightly....What does disallow constitue?...Armed patrols? Public Lynch mobs etc.etc.) . They are often called 'Bug-people' or 'Spider-people' (Spider people? Wont that confuse with the vikh and Moshys?) by their neighbors, the Porcini, for their build which is remarkably sinewy and agile. They are a very devout people, devoting their lives to the sacred woods they dwell in, worshipping their Moon Spirit, Vikthi, in many ways throughout their lives.


        Appearance
Amazingly, and in deep contrast to their dark, almost adlemirene brown skin, nearly all Ter'ei'Vikh have white hair from birth. As a "Vikh near maturity, a dark mark appears in his hair. This is named the Mark of Vikthi, and has various strong similarities with the Krean mark known as the Eye of Aniss. An interresting fact is that the Mark was never found on the Vikhari, but came into existence after the tribe merged with the Krean refugees to form the Ter'ei'Vikh. At old age, the white of the Ter'ei'Vikh hair seems to 'wear down', and aquires a silver sheen. "Vikh hair is usually straigth or slightly wavy, whereas curly hair is rare and highly appreciated.
Eye color is, however, much more variable than hair color. With hues ranging from deep green to dark brown and greyish, only truely blue eyes are unheard of in the Drifting Woods. Most individuals have various specks of a second color in one or both eyes, and in some cases the secondary color is different for each eye.

Their nickname 'Spider-people' (again....bug people I understand...but when spiders are mentioned I only think of eight-legged creatures....wouldnt Bug People simply suffice?)  is explained when you look at the physical features of the average Ter'ei'Vikh. With next to not fat reserves under their skin, they look extremely wirey and thin. Their relatively long arms and legs, compared to their torso, further stresses the bony impression. The joints of their shoulders, elbows, knees and hips are much more flexible than that of other tribes, giving their movement a strange, flowing motion (Is this motion....regal? creepy? Relaxed?....A little more description would help me paint a better picture) . Their face is elongated, with a prominent chin and cheekbones and a high forehead.  With both males as females being quite slender in build when compared to most other tribes in the area, a cloaked "Vikh's gender is not revealed by broad shoulders, or a certain pose, which might have added to the aura of mystery that has surrounded these people for a long time, as  quick sightings by someone unfamiliar with the "Vikh might give him or her the impression there is just one of them, on various places at the same time, or that they are a shady kind of evil entity that stalks the woods. (For more information on Morchini folklore connected to the Ter'ei'Vikh appearance, consult the book "The hour of the Tree, and other tales of the Night", a collection of local ghost stories and legends.) (Are they the Morchini or the Porchini? You seem to alternate between names....)

        Coat of Arms
The Mark of Vikthi, visible in the hair of every adult Ter'ei'Vikh, is one of the defining signs of the Ter'ei'Vikh. It resembles the moon, resting upon a small wave as it rises from the ocean. However, this resemblance might actually be coincedental, as, as mentioned above the Mark apears to be identical to the Eye of Aniss, as worn by the most senior Lilivearans (Lillivearans isnt a word...those of the lillivear are also caled 'Lillivear').  The Drifting Woods, which the Ter'ei'Vikh inhabit, therefor has a crest resembling a stylised tree, with the Mark embraced in its twisting branches (Perhaps mention the significance of twisting....artifically changed trees through Spirit Songs?).

        Territory
The Ter'ei'Vikh live and thrive in the Drifting Woods in northwestern Nybelmar, known to them as Sar'Estvokar (meaning what exactly?).  They are most succesfull in dealing with the often odd or downright dangerous area (huh? such as?),  into which they rarely allow outsiders passage. They have 'tamed' large portions of the canopy by constructing an extensive web of rope bridges and small platforms, allowing for fairly safe and fast travel between the most important settlements. They are most reluctant to leave the woods, and never venture beyond the outmost trees. They loathe the idea of leaving their forest for any length of time, and as such a "Vikh outside of the Drifting Woods is a rare sight indeed. If one does meet such an individual, it can safely be assumed that he or she is a Tehuriden, an outcast group that in more recent times has taken up the position of emissaries, translators, and diplomats.

        People
The Ter'ei'Vikh use a strange, yet very effective type of magic called the Spirit Song. Empored by their faith, they can raise their voices in song, chanting in a wordless language that display magical powers over both living and dead beings and materials. While one voice will cause no more than the mildest of effects, the spell-songs power can be enhanced tremendously as more "Vikh join in on the chorus. By some strange, semi-trance like state all singers will know the song, even though no two songs are the same. There seems to be no limit to the amount of voices that can be added to the choir, although usually a dozen or so is enough for most applications.
The Ter'ei'Vikh claim that the very essence, or spirit of anything that is or has been alive, can be compared to a song. By tuning in on these songs, they can alter it in any way they desire as the natural melody of the subject of their song will keep on harmonising with that of the "Vikh singers. They rank the size of a group of singers in quantities of five. One singer is a Voice, five are a Harmony, twenty-five is a Chorus, and a group of one-hundred and twenty-five singers is called a Choir. There is nothing in their day-to-day life that requires more than a Choir to be done, but war-stories dating from the great wars between the ancestral Vikhari and the Morchini of the plains speak of even greater units that were used to defend the last strongholds of the tribe during these dark times.
Another story, in this case most likely no more than a myth speaks of the cold that followed the Breaking, and claims that at one time, every Vikhari soul joined into the greatest song ever created, to raise the sphere that would contain the surviving Vikhari untill the sun returned. More information on this specific story can be found in the Mossmound entry. Noteworthy is the fact that the Tehuriden outcasts are not able to join in on these songs (Why?),  although they can use the Spirit Song as solo voices.

The Ter'ei'Vikh are known for their excelent woodcrafting skills. While their magic ensured a craftsman of having just the pieces he needs, the lack of stone or metals in their territory has foced the "Vikh to hone their artistic skills to near-perfection. They favour the most durable materials such as Te'an, Marsh Oak and Waterfruit for their creations, as the humid atmosphere in the Drifting Woods tends to accelerate the decay of 'lesser' kinds of wood. The products of the woodcrafters can be found everywhere in Ter'ei'Vikh life, from artistic decorations in their homes, to the most basic of tools and weaponry. After the opening of the Gates of M'aghin, and the start of their trading relations with the Faen merchants, the availability of new tools (from who? Morcini? Efferdita? Zhun even? Zhun has lots of tool materials...mines everywhere) has only improved their work, while their products were greatly appreciated by the merchants, making exclusive Ter'ei'Vikh tableware and decorative weaponry an import product among the most wealthy of people all along the Faen area of operations. Their rarity however, makes them both very expensive as highly sought after as owning some of these pieces is one of the best ways to show off your wealth (For who exactly? Their neighbours or the far off tribes and races?).

Sometimes, children with darker hair are born, possibly the result of the old Krean (Lilivearan) bloodlines showing. Although these usually fade to white during their first years, some children remain dark-haired and do not receive the Mark at maturity, their skin tone slowly shifting to a complexion much lighter than that of their family. An interresting fact is that only one in five of these children is female. As a result of their physical differences, these individuals are cast out from the ''Vikh society (That sounds harsh...perhaps illustrate why?)  , forced to either live a harsh and poor life, sustaining themselves from what they can find in the jungle, or to leave the woods and risk entering the Earthlands beyond. All research seems to lead to the conclusion these ''Vikh can be considered to be fully Krean in most aspects, although it is unknown if any of their offspring may be Ter'ei'Vikh after all. They all bear the Tehuriden family name, which means "Outcasted", or "Not-Person" in archaļc Ter'maes.
In more recent times, the Tehuriden have begun to function as diplomats, envoys, and interpreters for the Faen merchants that visit the Gates of M'aghin. As a result, a small settlement of about twenty Tehuriden has formed on the shores of the Metherinin, on the edge of the woods.



So far so good!

I spotted lots of grammar problems but I focused on content here...not many issues only a few unexplored points I picked up on...Rest to follow soon Mira!


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 27 October 2007, 05:08:11
Spelling now updated. I'm holding back on the real edits untill i have the whole check, as several things can be cross-referenced to provide clarification.


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Decipher Ziron on 03 November 2007, 23:24:08
Okay Mira, here is the next section for you.....



 Worldview and Beliefs

The Ter'ei'Vikh see the world as a complex system of cycles, constantly moving, but aways returning to its starting point in the end. This might be heavily influenced by the fact their main deity is the Moon Spirit Vikthi (Is it no conincedence that they believe in cycles and the moon is a perfect circle- at least percieved as a perfect circle in the sky?),  who is held responsible for the cycle of death and rebirth (Im guessing that relates to the waxing and waning cycle of the moon right?)  the "Vikh have obsever in their woods, where each death leads to new life. The Ter'ei'Vikh have a complex system of spirits that represent most objects in the physical world, and have based their own kind of magic on this idea. More information on these Spirits can be found in the entry on Ter'ei'Vikh Mythology.
The "Vikh see the Spirits of the Earth as hostile beings (This is slightly ambigous....are these the spiritual representatives fo the morcini? A classification of spirits that represent earth/dirt/ground? Clarification please),  an idea reinforced by the age-old sense of hostility between their neighbours, the Morchini tribe that lives on the Kaerathi plains, and the fact that solid ground is a rare commodity in the Drifting Woods. Most of their daily lives and opinions are based on the underlying currents of the Spirit world, where allies and enemies may be found everywhere (Ally and Enemy Spirits? You may want to explain how this idea works....).  As such, they see it as their most sacred duty to protect the Drifting Woods against any intruder or invading force, and have in the past fought to the bitter end to forfill their duty during the war against the invading Morchini.


        Housing
Generally speaking, each and every dwelling, storage shack, or construction in the Drifting Woods is located above ground level. Mainly due to the lack of solid ground in the first place, this habit does not only provide the Ter’ei’Vikh with many times more room for building than ground-bound houses would, but also protects them against many of the dangers that roam the forest floor and water surfaces. There are only two exception to this practice.
The first of these are the well-known Gates of M’aghin, a giant structure that blocks the only natural path into the Drifting Woods, the Metherinin River, a few hundred peds after it enters the woods. Not so much a real gate as a floating dam, this is the site of nearly all interaction between Ter’ei’Vikh and outsider traders, Apart from the main wall of the Gates there are piers to moor the flatbottoms used for trading with the forest people available, and a large shelter for the tradesmen and their staff, all on the sandy riverbanks.
The second exception to the rule are the Tehuriden dwellings close by, at the point where the river enters the woods. Without the large trees to support their structures, or the magical abilities of the true Ter'ei'Vikh, the outcasts have made fairly normal looking homes (Normal Looking you say? Compared to whose houses?) on the ground instead, where they are easily accessible for those who want to avail themselves of their services.

The Ter’ei’Vikh homes are generally built in between the strongest branches of the giant tropical trees that are common in the deeper reaches of the jungles, such as Marsh Oaks and Te’an trees. They are often partially alive, with both living vines and tress as more standard boards and beams fused together magically, usually combining a home and a garden in one single structure.Architecture appears to be an unknown form of ask in the Drifting Woods. Homes are usually more or less spherical, with more bulbous 'growths added as a family grows, and additional room is required. The ancestral home of an old family of "Vikh can look like a Brownie experiment in life-magic gone terribly wrong, with strange growths, small terraces and ponds dotting the exterior, and often various plants growing in places they should not be able to grow at all. (Nice Description...very different ideas on housing there...)

       Clothing
The typical clothing of the Ter'ei'Vikh can be summarised quite effectively with the term "natural". With either raw plant fibers, or animal skins used as the primary materials, and dyes, although widely available, used only sparsely, the typical "Vikh is clad in rough-textured, crude looking clothes. This image is deceitfull though, for the fabrics used are, usually, incredibly durable and effective. Favoured materials are those magically woven from living plants, such as grasses or certain vines, with the actual choice of source depending on the kind of clothing desired. Grasses for instance, are used for light, breathing fabrics, that easily absorb dyes and can be decorated without much trouble, while the Strangling Vine, a notorious tool of the Ter'ei'Vikh yields a much tougher, yet quite flexible material used for clothes that need to resist a great deal of wear. Skilled weaver-mages can even combine several types, to make the right kind of fabric for any occasion, and will even weave in patterns and symbols by carefully controlling the weave in progress. It goes without saying that these craftsmen, or, in fact craftswomen, as like in many artistic occupations, the female Ter'ei'Vikh seem to dominate the field.
Animal skins of various types are more commonly used during the storm season, often with the fur left intact partially to provide additional comfort on those occasions a wandering "Vikh must endure a storm in the cold upper canopy. Fish and reptilian hides are also used, often for decorative means, with the scales still attached, but in some cases, like the hide of the Phaerth lizards, whose tough leather can be made into valuable protective wear like aprons and gloves, although it is hard to come by.

Although the precise styles may differ from place to place, the Ter'ei'Vikh clothing habits seems to prefer functionality and simplicity above all, with a tunic-like piece being the most commonly known shape, no matter the material. It is most often an simple, sleeveless long shirt, with a leather, or woven-vine sash around the waist, often supporting various pouches, bundles, and tools. A simple loincloth is usually worn underneath all further garments. Another common form of clothing, again radiating simplicity, despite the fact it has probably been perfected for thousands of years, is the 'Turei', a single piece of cloth a little over a fore wide, wrapped three times around the waist and secured by the ubiquitous sash, worn by men and women alike despite the ridicule of Outsiders at the Gates of M'aghin, who have taken on the habit of speaking of the men wearing a turei as 'she' and 'her', probably due to the skirt-like appearance. For women, the turei is accompanied by a similar, yet smaller wrapping around the chest, although many younger woman prefer to forgo on it, and remain bare-chested like their male counterparts. The "Vikh rarely use any kind of leg- or feetwear, claiming that they can walk along the canopy branches better when unhindered by such items.


       Food
The Ter'ei'Vikh are excellent hunters and gatherers, and live from what the woods provide easily. Their diet is mainly composed of all sorts of fish and birds, two of the most common types of animals available to them, but they also make use of the large amount of shellfish crowding the riverbanks and even eat various kinds of insects. Other creatures regularilly hunted for their meat are Giant and Starwell Phaert, the Michiloy, a small herbivorous relative of the Oloy, and during the summer season the large Eiqui'ris bats the "Vikh call 'Dusk Dancers'. They breed Chorakee, both for the eggs as their flesh, in urn-shaped holding pens, usually a few trees away from their homes as not to lead the dangerous Challachoy to close.
They favour all kinds of filled pastry, of which they produce an amazing variety, from tiny pouches of marsh-oak dough filled with strong flavoured spices and fruits, to large pies with chorakee or fish. As each cook and family has their own small variations on the recipes the number of different meals one could possibly enjoy in the Drifting Woods is immeasurable. (One question....where does all this pastry come from? What flour do they use to make it? They dont have fields in DW...do they buy the cereal crops from the Faen perhaps?)

       Weapons
The Ter'ei'Vikh prefer ranged weaponry above all else. As nearly all of their weapons are modified hunting tools, and with no metal or stone to work with, many of their weapons are non-lethal in nature although their knowledge of the jungles venoms and poisons can make even the most innocent looking object a possible death sentence. Their arsenal consists of a wide variety of bows, blowpipes, weighted nets, throwing spears, slingshots and Matans, a set of heavy wooden spheres connected by strong cords that tangle around the target, immobilising it if used properly.

       Occupations
Contrary to what might be expected of a highly religious people, there are no priests or the like among the Ter'ei'Vikh. Instead, occupations focus on the production of all manners of food from the jungle, and the creation of other wares from the materials the hunters, fishers, and gatherers may find. Although craftsmen such as wood- or boneworkers and weavers are common, traders are rare, and consist of those very few that give up their homes to trek through the Drifting Woods in a semi-repetitive pattern. Of course, the lack of currency limits the amount of wares they can carry significantly. Another kind of traders can be found in more permanent locations near the Gates of M'aghin, where some "Vikh have specialised in trading with the Faen and Morchini outsiders, trough the intermediary of the Tehuriden translators.

        Government
Guided by their respect for the Spirit World rather than laws, most Ter'ei'Vikh live their lives without encountering much in the form of governmental influence. In most of their settlements the residents are autonomous in their dealings, with the exception of the capital, Mūn'ti, and the Gates of M'aghin. For official matters that effect the Ter'ei'Vikh as a whole, there is a Council of Elders, located in the center of Mūn'ti, where the Elders may gather to discuss whatever may be of relevance. However, the title of Elder may be given to individuals of any age, and merely represent someone who is considered (one of) the best in his or her trade, or someone who has above average knowledge of certain subjects. For the last few decades, an unofficial Tehuriden Elder has also been known to take part in the Council meetings when required, possibly because they are best informed when it comes to matters pertaining the Earthlands. New Elders are usually chosen by the council itself, or may apply at any Elder themselves, although the latter rarely occurs.

       Production/Trade
Among the Ter'ei'Vikh, no currency has even been developed, and trade, as a result is limited to the actual exchange of items. This has posed several problems for those merchants from outside the Drifting Woods that do business with the "Vikh, as it meant hauling large amounts of items across the plains to ensure being able to trade, a problem even greater for the Faen merchants, who do not only outnumber the few Morchini traders willing to make business with the 'Spider-People' ten to one, but have to travel through dangerous and carefully hidden mountain paths through the Germon Doilth in order to reach the Gates of M'aghin. Trades of this kind often involve exotic spices, hides, and the exquisite handywork of the Ter'ei'Vikh woodcrafters on the "Vikh's side, and metal tools, cooking gear, and various other products of the civilised plains on the side of the Faen and Morchini.

Although not all is known for sure on the matter, the Ter'ei'Vikh claim to have another trading partner, in the form of the Soéliveche, or Deep Mer, that roam beneath the woods. In various locations, usually a starwell not occupied by large Phaert, throughout the area, the Mer and "Vikh will meet at moonrise to offer whatever it might be that they wish to trade. Both sides have benefited greatly throughout history from this arrangement, not in the least due to one of the more important clauses of the Root Pact made between the two tribes. This states that at all nights, at least one Harmony will be available at the starwell beneath Mūn'ti, and a few other locations, to offer healing to any Mer who needs it. In return, the Mer bring the "Vikh one of the more important products of the Drifting Woods; a special mold which when added to the local soil, causes explosive growth in many kinds of plants. It is invaluable in Ter'ei'Vikh magical construction, and only the Deep Mer can reach the underwater cavities where it grows.


       Natural Resources
The Drifting Woods is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. Filled with wood of all sorts, from the common marsh-oak to the beautiful waterfruit and the rare pillar tree, wood is available in large amounts for many purposes such as the construction of houses, furniture, and various tools and trinkets. With a multitude of fruits, herbs, and spices are there to be harvested, and combined with an nigh-endless amount of fish and many useful or edible creatures, maintaining a food supply is rarely, if ever a problem.

Mineral resources however, are frighteningly scarce. With ore and coal deposits non-existent, and virtually no source of stone, the modern-day Ter'ei'Vikh are always prepared to exchange exotic spices, feathers, and products from their woodcraftsmen for items like steel knives, tin plates, and metal or stone basins that can hold a fire without burning down the tree. Although the merfolk have access to the rocks and pebbles found on the seabed, quality materials are rare and as a result there is no industry of this kind available in the area.

        Holidays, Festivals and Observances
Not surprising, the Ter'ei'Vikh have a great number of days that are considered to be of religious importance. Ranging from simple habits such as setting a lantern outside your door on a new moon night, to great gatherings such as the First Moon night, which usually occurs somewhere during the first half of the month of Melting Ice, when they celebrate the anniversary of the first moonlit night.
Other important dates include the Walking of the Path, on the fifth day of the seventh moon, when runners travel from each community to it's nearest neighbour, bringing a symbolic copy of the Prophecies of the Path. Once they arrive, they are the guests of honour in that nights communal meal. Being chosen as a runner is a great honour, and proof of your skills, and as such young "Vikh always try to outperform their friends in every possible way, in the hopes of being chosen.
Not religious in nature, but of great importance nonetheless, is the ten-day long festival of the Great Market, held every other year in Mūn'ti. Not only is it the greatest gathering of traders in the Drifting Woods, but many craftsmen travel to the capital for this occasion, selling their wares and participating in the contests held during this period. Many Ter'ei'Vikh of other professions come to shop, partake in tests of skill and wisdom, and meet new and old friends.
A last date worth mentioning is the night the wild Chorakee mate. Although the exact day differs slightly each time the "Vikh know the signs that indicate the birds are ready to perform their 'Dance to the Moon'. Many superstitions surround this night, most of which pertain to good fortune for those who declare their love during the dance and the like, making it a popular night among both the older, settled couples, as adolescent singles.

        History

ca. 3000 b.S.  Vikhari enter the Drifting Woods - The first Vikhari enter the woods. Over time, they learn how to survive without outside help. (From where did the ancient Vikhari come?)  

ca. 2500 b.S.  The Sealing Off of the Drifting Woods - The Vikhari seal the woods off from the outsiders and hide. During this period, the Deep Mer either enter the woods, or choose to reveal their presence. The two groups will balance on the verge of open warfare most of the time.

ca. 1800 b.S. Assault on the Drifting Woods  - Driven into a near-frenzy by a semi-religious myth declaring the Vikhari as profane creatures, the Morchini clans of the Kaerathi plains assault their territory. The Vikhari defend themselves bravely, but their lack of numbers is not outweighed by their knowledge of the woods. Slowly, they are whittled down as the Morchini forces are able to occupy parts of the Drifting Woods. The tide is turned when the Deep Mer begin to interfere, and offer the Pact of the Root to the Vikhari. Merfolk assassins and Vikhari hunters, both sides strenghtened by materials provided by the other tribe, quickly begin to sow panic amongst the invaders. Within a few years the original borders are restored.

1649 b.S.  The Year of Vikthi - Known to the rest of the world as the Breaking, or the Year of Darkness, during this period the Vikhari felt the presence of their protector even stronger than usual, as it was the only source of light in the sky. From among the gathered survivors in the House of the Three, a prophet came forth and  proclaimed the five prophecies that are collectively called the Path to Vikthi

ca. 1640 b.S.  Krean Exiles in the Drifting Woods  - From across the Moredein Kaerath, a ragged band of Krean survivors closes in on the woods. Plagued by Moth Fever, they are forced to ask the Vikhari for help. As the first group of negotiators of the refugees is taken captive by the Vikhari border guards, the Eye of Aniss, worn by one of their prisoners is seen as the promised Sign of Vikthi. The Krean are allowed to enter the woods, and the first prophecy of the Path is fulfilled. "From the hands of Kalim, the Mark of the Moon will come into Sar'estvokar, and nothing will remain untouched."

ca. 700 b.S.  The Ter'ei'Vikh in the Drifting Woods - The Krean no longer exist as a separate group, and instead the Ter'ei'Vikh have come into existence. The pure Vikhari and Krean bloodlines are gone forever.
 
ca. 50 b.s.  The Great Wave - A cataclysmic event to the northeast of the Drifting Woods sends a powerfull tidal wave into the area. Both the Deep Mer as the Ter'ei'Vikh suffer great losses in both lives and homes.

ca. 50 b.S.  The Ter'ei'Vikh trade with the Nybelmer - Open trade begins with the Nybelmer after the Great Wave in an effort to replace the lost homes and possessions.  The second prophecy of the Path is fulfilled. "From Isema death will rise above the trees, and above and below will meet it. Yet from death springs life, and union will be our salvation."
   
ca. 75  Construction of Mūn'ti, the Drifting Woods Capital - The first parts of Mūn'ti, the current human capital of the Drifting Woods, are constructed. It will continue to grow, and be renovated, continuously from this point on. The Nybelmer follow the Ter'ei'Vikh example and create a similar settlement beneath sinkholes in the lake of Mūn'ti, possibly with the assistance of Ter'ei'Vikh magic. 

ca. 1.000  Emissaries speak to the Ter'ei'Vikh
Probably secretly negotiated by the Tehuriden, emissaries from the Morchini are allowed to speak with the Council. Although the Drifting Woods are still forbidden terrain to them, Outsider trespassers are no longer hunted down and killed, but forcefully removed from the woods. However, Ter'ei'Vikh humour dictates that they are usually released a few hundred strals for their homes.

ca. 1.500  Ter'ei'Vikh trade with Outsiders - The Gates of M'aghin are built, and open trade with the Morchini outsiders commences. Before long, Faen merchants hear of the strange market opened on the Metherinin shores, and within a few years, they greatly outnumber the Morchini traders visiting the Gates. The Ter'ei'Vikh flourish as they have rarely done before, and their population increases greatly. 



I personally see no more problems (besides Grammar errors and Morcini/Porcini/Morchini inconsistencies)....but remember I am familar with the Vikh so I might not pick up on some of the more blatant errors....

Very good work here Miraran and a great addition to the Nybelmar effort!

Decipher


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 04 November 2007, 00:18:01
Dismissed comment/questions from Decipher;

CoA; twisting branches just refers to normal trees. Those tangle as well. To refer to magically shaped trees here would imply using magic to capture the Mark, or capture Vikthi himself.

Territory; These questions should be, and are, answered in the DW entry itself.

people; "who?" the Faen are mentioned about three words back :P


Worldview; Earth Spirits-> as mentioned, the classification is clarified in the entry on "Vikh spirits. Detailing it in this entry would lead to way to much information, the reason i split up these two entries in the first place.

food; pastry? it sais marsh-oak dough right there.. and the marsh-oak entry mentions you can make a kind of flour from the acorns..




Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Decipher Ziron on 04 November 2007, 00:52:38
K....Nice to those cleared up.... :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 12 November 2007, 05:29:07
Finally some time to look a bit into this - at least as far as I can get today. Some comments/corrections:

Appearance.
- Here needs to be an "s":

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As a Vikh nears maturity ...

- In general you seem to have replaced Vikh throughout the entry with "Vikh and missed the second ". Try replacing it again with "Vikh" - or, it might not be necessary to have the " at every mention of the tribe's name. At the first mentioning would suffice, I assume that was also the initial intention.

- When you first mention the "Vikhari" in the Appearance section, please specify briefly who they are. I assume they are the ancestors of the Vikh, the pure ones, and that the Ter'ei'Vikh are the result of the mingling with the Kreans. Make that a tad more clearly by stating that these Vikhari were the ancestors. Also the genelaogy of the Vikh would fit well into the Overview section.

- We use British spelling so "color" etc. should be "colour".

- Corrections here:

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With next to no fat reserves under their skin, they look extremely wiry and thin.

[...]

Their relatively long arms and legs, compared to their torso, further stress the bony impression.

[...]

...giving their movement a strange, flowing motion which adds to (otherwise repretition of "give") the impression of a tense, yet relaxed awareness of their surroundings

This sentence is way too long to be easily comprehensible:

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With both males as females being quite slender in build when compared to most other tribes in the area, a cloaked "Vikh's gender is not revealed by broad shoulders, or a certain pose, which might have added to the aura of mystery that has surrounded these people for a long time, as  quick sightings by someone unfamiliar with the "Vikh might give him or her the impression there is just one of them, on various places at the same time, or that they are a shady kind of evil entity that stalks the woods.

Coat of Arms.
- Here you try to break the "how many as can you quench into a sentence" record, eh? Meaning gets lost here as well:

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However, this resemblance might actually be coincidental, as, as  mentioned above the Mark appears to be identical to the Eye of Aniss, as  worn by the most senior Lilivear.


Territory.
- "Sar'Estvokar" ... any direct translation for that perhaps?

- Suggest some " here:

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... that he or she is a "Tehuriden", an outcast group that in more recent times has taken up the position of emissaries, translators, and diplomats.

Ah... now we finally get to the bottom of your name, eh?

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Still more to read for me here, but it's a start! :) The idea behind the Drifiting Woods and this tribe especially is all very exciting and fresh for me, and you describe it very well, Mira. :D The tribe also obviously has its connections through the Kreans to the rest of Nybelmar, and the whole ecosystem has already been laid out by several Hebrarium and Bestiary entries... So this looks really good from my point of view. BUt I still haven't got to all the details, but I will soon, don't worry!  :grin:


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 12 November 2007, 07:40:19
No time to actually edit, but "Vikh is the written shorthand for Ter'ei'Vikh (which is in turn a conjunction of Thierin eire Vikthi, the People of Vikthi.) , not a misquoted "Vikh". I'll make sure to make that clear somewhere in the overview.


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 13 November 2007, 06:09:05
edits made.. *eagerly awaits the rest..*


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 16 November 2007, 06:54:29
Ok, time is sparse (should get better this weekend, though), but let's continue here a bit:

- The "Vikh is indeed a bit unusual - this should really be explained, as at the moment one doesn't understand it.

People.
- Corrections:
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While one voice will cause no more than the mildest of effects, the spell-songs'  power can be enhanced tremendously as more

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Another story, in this case most likely no more than a myth, speaks of the cold that followed the Breaking

- The magic powers of these singers of course is only touched upon here, so details are sparse. The nature of theis magic could be explained a bit more, e.g. if it is primarily used for healing, altering environment, things like that - as it seems to require a good deal of time, and people to be truly effective, so the purpose of using this kind of magic would need to be adjusted to that.

- When you speak about "Another story, in this case most likely no more than a myth speaks of the cold that followed the Breaking," you should mention that this refers to what Sarvonians understand as the Year of Darkness and give a date (I assume that this is right), in order to help making connections.

- Lowercase writing here - only places (proper names) should be written with capitals letters:

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They favour the most durable materials such as te'an, marsh oak  and waterfruit  for their creation

- Also to fix

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An interesting fact is that only one in five of these children is female.

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which means "Outcast" (past tense of "cast" is "cast" as well)


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 17 November 2007, 02:45:46
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   Overview
The Ter'ei'Vikh, often shortened to "Vikh, are a reclusive tribe of humans

Can't see how to make this more obvious, its right there in the first line of the entry..

everything else; fixed!


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 17 November 2007, 02:54:10
The question is: What does this sign mean? Why must it be there? As this isn't standard Tharian writing, it needs to be explained.


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 17 November 2007, 22:36:23
Worldview and Beliefs.
- Corrections:
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This might be heavily influenced by the fact that their main deity is the Moon Spirit Vikthi who is held responsible for the cycle of death and rebirth the "Vikh have observed in their woods, where each death leads to new life.

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and have in the past fought to the bitter end to fulfill their duty during the war against the invading Morchini.


- This sentence doesn't make sense:
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This is, amongst others illustrated by the tides, and the waxing and waning of the moon itself.


Housing.
- Corrections:
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There are only two exceptions to this practice.


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...this is the site of nearly all interaction between Ter’ei’Vikh and outsider traders.

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such as marsh oaks and te’an trees (see also such names e.g. under Food)

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... usually combining a home and a garden in one single structure. Architecture appears to be an unknown form of art (at least I assume so) in the Drifting Woods. Homes are usually more or less spherical, with more bulbous 'growths (to have a ' or not to have a ' ios the question) added as a family grows,


Clothing.
- Corrections:
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This image is deceitful though, for the fabrics used are, usually, incredibly durable and effective.

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... while the strangling vine, a notorious tool of the Ter'ei'Vikh, yields a much tougher,

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It goes without saying that these craftsmen, or, in fact craftswomen as like in many artistic occupations, the female Ter'ei'Vikh seem to dominate the field. (The way this sentence is written the meaning goes overboard instantly. Maybe you want to say that: It goes without saying that these craftsmen dominate the field. Or, more precisely, craftswomen are prevalent, as is the case with many artistic occupations among the Ter'ei'Vikh.)

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It is most often a simple, sleeveless long shirt, with a leather, or woven-vine sash around the waist

Suggest to split this sentence up in two:
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Another common form of clothing, again radiating simplicity, despite the fact it has probably been perfected for thousands of years, is the 'Turei', a single piece of cloth a little over a fore wide, wrapped three times around the waist and secured by the ubiquitous sash, worn by men and women alike despite the ridicule of Outsiders at the Gates of M'aghin, who have taken on the habit of speaking of the men wearing a turei as 'she' and 'her', probably due to the skirt-like appearance.


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There are dozens of different materials and colours in use,


Food.
- Corrections:
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Other creatures regularly hunted for their meat are...

Weapons.
- Corrections:
although their knowledge of the jungle's venoms and poisons can make even the most innocent looking object  

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A very peculiar weapon is the so-called 'Vine Jar',

Occupations.
- Corrections:
have specialised in trading with the Faen and Morchini outsiders, through the intermediation of the Tehuriden translators.

Still more to follow!


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 17 November 2007, 22:50:15
Wouldnt it be easier for you to just insert colored commands in a "reply with quote" reply? *shrugs* anyway, implementing these in a few hours, dont want to get so caught up in them that i miss my appointment at the barber, its a month and a half overdue already :P


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 18 November 2007, 01:30:43
Aaand they're up!


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 19 November 2007, 03:53:48
Well, I didn't think there'd be a lot of changes, so I started off with simple quotes whenever I saw a little problem. But as the entry turned out to be pretty long, it is quite natural that there are some more corrections that need to be made. So yeah, could have done it differently as well, but I'm gonna follow through now as started:

- Don't forget that " explanation (e.g. in your Dictionary)

Production/Trade.
- Corrections:
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Among the Ter'ei'Vikh () no currency has even been developed

Here present tense is recommendable, as this is still ongoing and you continue in present tense at the next part of the sentence anyway:
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This poses  several problems for those merchants from outside the Drifting Woods that do business with the "Vikh, as it means hauling large amounts of items across the plains to ensure being able to trade
I also would suggest to make a full stop here and continue with ("This problem is even greater..."), the sentence continues and gets rather long-winded.

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... the form of the Soéliveche, or "Deep Mer", a kind of merfolk that roams beneath the woods. In various locations throughout the area,  usually in a starwell (are such starwells explained somewhere properly?) not occupied by large Phaert,

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This states that at all nights, at least one Harmony (while mentioned briefly above, a tad of a hint would be good, it's easy to forget what you mean) will be available at the starwell beneath Mūn'ti, and a few other locations, to offer healing to any Mer who needs it. In return, the Mer bring the "Vikh one of the more important products of the Drifting Woods: a special mold, which - when added to the local soil - causes explosive growth

Natural Resources.
- Corrections:
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There is a multitude of fruits, herbs, and spices () to be harvested, and combined with an nigh-endless amount of fish and many useful or edible creatures, maintaining a food supply is rarely, if ever, a problem.


- "the modern-day Ter'ei'Vikh are always" sounds very, well, 21st century, doesn't it?

Holidays, Festivals and Observances.
- Corrections:
No subject/verb in this sentence:
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Ranging from simple habits such as setting a lantern outside your door on a new moon night, to great gatherings such as the First Moon night, which usually occurs somewhere during the first half of the month of Melting Ice, when they celebrate the anniversary of the first moonlit night.


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when runners travel from each community to its nearest neighbour, ... . Once they arrive, they are the guests of honour in that night's communal meal.


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Okeydokey, History I will add to the general Nybelmarian timeline as usual, the Dictionary will be added at the bottom of the entry for development reference as you say, just as we have it e.g. at the Ulvur.

The entry of course is rock solid and was surely quite a while in the making, or has lots of ideas in it that have grown over time, and that clearly shows. Where I have a few difficulties is to picture exactly to what degree the Ter'ei'Vikh are "civilized" compared to other tribes that live in regular cities, as there are various elements mixed in here, and "modern" Ter'ei'Vikh obviously already produce "steel knives, tin plates, and metal or stone basins". On the other hand they seem to be dominated a great deal by not so secular things like magic and religion and it seems that these non-secular things have priority over everything else. So maybe you can add a line here or there in the people section to make that clearer what's the most important aspect of Ter'ei'Vikh life. That could also be mentioned a bit more clearly in the Overview. I've missed that a bit, though of course if you read through such long entries it might happen that you overlooked something here and there.

At any rate: This entry is definitely good to go from my side - if the other Nyberlmar guys see no problem with it, I have no objections either - quite to the contrary: I welcome having this important tribe, that has been hinted at already in various other entries, finally done, especially as it is realized with fresh ideas that make the tribe very unique! Once the edits are finished, I suggest to blarrow it! Woo-hooo! :D  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ter'ei'Vikh, the people of the Drifting Woods - completed
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 19 November 2007, 03:57:06
Yay! Making edits after dinner (my my what a productive day we're having, with both this entry  and the Inami scetch for nybelmar)