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Santharian World Development => Races, Tribes and Clans => Topic started by: Wren on 20 February 2002, 15:30:00

Title: Aellernhim
Post by: Wren on 20 February 2002, 15:30:00
I just spent six hours writing the dratted thing and lost it....How annoyed am I?????

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Edited by: Wren at: 2/22/02 2:00:16 am

Title: Re: Aellerhim
Post by: Drogo on 20 February 2002, 22:06:00
six hours! ouch.  you have my sympathies Wren.  Well if it's lost I'd go check the local pound and see if anyone's turned it in yet.

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Title: Re: Aellerhim
Post by: Capher on 21 February 2002, 12:18:00
I know how you feel Wren.  I have done the same thing twice now.  There are days I totally dislike computers and EZ board.

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Title: Re: Aellernhim
Post by: Wren on 22 February 2002, 19:59:00
History needs completing and I'm sure I forgot a few things 2nd time around, but see what you guys think:

The Aellernhim

Tribe of Elves of the Bolder forest in North Western Santharia. The modern tribe is made up of many individuals from other tribes as much of the original tribe were killed in an Orc raid in b.S 210.  These ancient elves were responsible for the construction of the Great Library, which contained the Ó'dosía ("Everlasting books"). The modern tribe consists of individuals both from the original tribe and from many other Sarvonian tribes. As a result their culture is very rich and their appereance very variable.

The modern tribe is increadibly heterogeneous due to the influx of elves from other tribes in the years immeadiatly before Santhros’ ascension to the Santharia throne. While height remains slightly shorter than average for an elf, the tribe’s only other general characteristic is the variability of appearance. Colouring of the Aellernhim varies from those with typically ‘northern’ pale skin and lighter coulourings, to those with black hair and very dark eyes.

The original tribe were very distinctive, however, and many human and elven reports exist, due to their involvement with other cultures. Aellernhim elves were slender and smaller than humans, standing about shoulder-high to a human, and weighing considerably less.  They tended to be light in colouring, a peachy complexion and light-coloured hair being common; blonde and brown being usual.  It was rare to find a member of the Aellernhim with red or black hair.  The Aellernhim features are often described as being delicate and severe, and humans almost certainly found them too ‘fairy-like’ to be really attractive (hence there was little elf-human unions, despite the tribes proximity and involvement with Voldar and Nyemersys), though all races acknowledged the innate beauty of Aellernhim elves. Their long time leader Aiá'merán was, however, reported among the most beautiful wood elf to live in the forests of Santharia. Her mother, was, however, Daltelár, the eldest of the four and member of the Axhái, so perhaps this is no surprise. Aellernhim Elves tended most often to have green or blue or violet eyes, other coulours were unusual.

Elves of the Aellernhim have always had an unusually long lifespan, even for elves. During the reign of Aiá'merán, it was reported that the elves in the Bolder lived on average as long 800 years. This lifespan has gradually decreased however, as the tribe has embraced migrants from other elven tribes.

Coat of Arms
A single candle burning in the darkness, a symbol of knowledge and scholarship, but also of the tribe’s unquenchable spirit in the face of adversity.

Once upon a time these elves could be found in many places outside of their native forest. Small numbers use to live in both Voldar and Nemermsys, usually as teachers, archers, bards or scribes. Many elves were employed in gathering knowledge for the Ó'dosía, so many made their homes among other tribes and races all over Sarvonia. Today, however, the elves very rarely leave the forest, and have little contact with the human towns around them, as the Orc raid and the great fires they unleashed, led to much myth and stories of evil within the Bolder over the years. Many humans will not go into the forest and few are happy in the company of an elf they know to live within it.

A few Aellernhim elves still live outside the Bolder, in the Thealon. The tribe has always had a presence there. The Bolder’s proximity to the Thealon and their relation to Daltelár means they have a deep respect and feeling of resposibility toward it. They protect and care for the sacred woods.

The Aellernhim are a scholarly tribe. In times gone by the tribe were best known for gathering, spreading, teaching and recording knowledge on all sorts of subjects. The illuminated manuscripts of the Ó'dosía were said to be beyond compare, and their Scribes were masters of their art. Which seems fitting as the Aellernhim sage named Mira'Shijm collected all the runic symbols during the Age of Awakening, and the tribes scholars were much involved with the creation of a dictionary of runes.

When the Library and centuries of work were destroyed, the elves lost much of their passion for gathering and spreading information. However, much of the information they collected was kept in circulation by oral tradition. Aellernhim elves therefore still go through a very thorough education. On average, an Aellernhim elf coming of age can speak all major languages of Santharia (though elves do tend to struggle with Dwarven and Orcish pronounciations) and are well versed in basic botany, healing and lore.

The Aellernhim were the first tribe to make and use soap, an idea that quickly spread, happily, to neighbouring human settlements.

All Aellernhim are taught to use all types of bow, and stronger individuals are taught to use long and short swords. Most elves are naturals with a bow, but individuals with exceptional ability are allowed to join the Elite Archers, for this is the second thing that the Aellernhim are known for. They have five battalions of specialised archers, known to be the most talented archers in Sarvonia. Three battalions are defensive, the Archers of the Thyrón, Ypheró and the Mies'efér and remain in the vicinity of the Bolder at all times. There are two Offensive battalions the Archers of the Injèrá and the Si’larnam. These are often posted away from the forest. One famous example was when The Archers of Injèrá were assigned by the ‘Rann and Ava’Rann Aiá'merán to free the orcenhold of Orril under Pherán'Ephterín, Captin of the Bowers. During SW3 the Archers of Si’larnam were also posted away, first in the Calmarios Forest and then in the Altramar. Each battalion have their own coat of arms, consisting of their representative of the element after which they are named, usually flown under the Aellerhim coat of Arms. These are elite troops are well known and well respected, but are often deployed alongside and complement other warriors, such as Kaierian Warriors.

Traditionally the elves dwell in natural clearings in the forest, enclosures known in Styrash as Opha, which used to house one or two extended families, typically about 15 individuals. Many such Opha exist in the forest, but not all are occupied. Within each enclosure small quantities of crops or vegetables can be grown and there are large roundhouses known as Seean’fearn, a number of small timber storage houses and usually a building housing a large oven used for firing pottery or baking.

Seean’fearn are ) lived in circular houses with conical thatched roofs. They vary in size from very small to gigantic. Walls are either constructed from granite (which can be found in the North of the forest as you approach the Warnaka Mountains) or more commonly by constructing a wooden frame which is filled by panels woven from young tree branches. This frame work is then coated in mud and wild grasses, which dry to give a very hard surface. Often small controlled fires are lit round the base of the roundhouse to aid the drying process.  The inside of the house is partitioned using the same method, and each house usually contains a family. It is common to find large frames which can hold looms within the house for making fabric or tanning skins.

Within the forest there are now many Seean’fearn that are not within an enclosure, but within think woodland. This type of living habit is much more common today within the modern tribe. Roundhouses have an impossible air of mystery about them, looking as though they have always been there. They are almost look as though they should be there, and have a oneness with nature that human buildings seldom achieve.

Ranndár is the centre of the forest. Here the buildings are all made of Granite stone. Here can be found the council chambers and the old palace. A large temple to the Gods stands to the West. The ruins of the Great Library also remain here, a testament to the tribes turbulant past. The town was practically abandoned for centuries after the Orc raid, but the Elves now have the confidence to return, and much of the modern tribe now live here. Houses here are granite block in construction, and rather grand than those elsewhere.

Fashion in the forest is a mishmash of styles brought in from all over Santharia. They favour, however, clothing of natural colouration, usually made from wool or skins. They often wear brightly-colored accessories, such as hats, scarves, or gloves.

As for eating, bread is an important part of any meal, and was made from wheat and barley ground down into flour using a quern-stone. The grain grown in an enclosure could is also made into a kind of porridge and fermented to make beer. Other than cereal grains, they take from nature around them and that edible berries, leaves, flowers, nuts and roots would have supplemented the diet. Certain types of root vegetables are grown. Animals are also reared in larger enclosures. Dairy products are also available and so is beeswax and honey is available from wild bees. Near the celing of the houses is an ideal place for the drying and preservation of food. Smoke and heat from the constant fire smokes meat and fish, and the humidity would have dried herbs and other plants perfectly.

All types of bows, short and long swords as well as daggers are the main weapons to be found here. The Aellernhim tend not to wear heavy armour.

At present about 20% of all children are raised to be caregivers for the land (farmers, fishermen, hunters, carers for the Thealon), 40% are trained as protectors of the Nation, 25% are trained in the arts of magic and its understanding, and the remaining 15% are trained for various other skills. Once the figures of bards, scribes and knowledge gatherers was far higher than any other classes.  

Originally the tribe was ruled by a Rann, but upon the incarnation of Coor melor,  Aiá'merán delegated control of day to day matters to the Librarians, the elders of the tribe, wisest and longest lived among the tribe. However, after the Orc Raid of 210 b.S there were so few Aellernhim elves left that all decisions could be made between with all members of the tribe present. Since then numbers have slowly increased and the meetings are now conducted between the eldest members of each extended family.

Once the tribe were great traders, mainly of information and woven fabrics. However, relationships with humans have tailed off, with there being much suspicion and legend surrounding the Bolder. The elves main need is for Salt, which is not present anywhere within their territory. This is now generally obtained from other elven tribes.  They are however, still fairly open and hospitable to outsiders.

Natural Resources
Granite is present in the North of the forest. There is a good supply of supple woods suitiable for making bows and such like. Honey is in ample supply from wild hives. Great amounts of information can be gleaned from the tribe. There is much the tribe still know about Santharia that has been forgotten. Their skill with languages particularly makes them invaluable to researchers for the "Santharian Compendium" . Some members of the tribe have actually joined the staff, and have been particularly helpful in all matters elven, especially dealing with the shyer tribes.  

The first day of every month is a feast day for the god of that month, and to Ava. Family groups gather together and large meat meals are consumed. It is a day of rest, of learning and of lore, with stories of Sarvonia’s past being told in the evenings.
On the 18th of September is the day of the Orc raid, the day of the burning. It is said that during the Burning, every single Aellernhim elf cried, whether they were present or away from the forest.  Their tears flowed for an entire day.  This day is  remembered as the Day of Tears, and this is a solemn day of fasting for elves (dawn to sunset).  It is not a day of celebration or festival, and no Aellernhim laughter is ever heard on this day.  Many elves feel a need to return to Ranndár in vidual for those who died. For a brief moment, every elf can actually see in their minds columns of smoke rising from the now destroyed Library.  However, those migrants not directly related to the original Aellernhim tribe, while respectful of this quiet day, do not tend to join in the vidiual.


The Era of Bartering

15000 b.S The Four are sent out by the High Avarann to teach the world of the Gods. Daltelár goes North and East.

13000 b.S  The four are called back by the High Ava’rann. Daltelár decides to stay with the elves of the Bolder and becomes their Rann. She is the first Avarann of the elven people.


Mira'Shijm of the Aellenrhim elves collected all symbols and runes and together with his scholars described the symbols as detailed as possible and set up a dictionary of runes which still is the main reference when deciphering elven runes nowadays.


598 b.S Birth of Aiá'merán.

498 Daltelár leaves the Bolder. Aiá'merán declared Queen.

443 Building of the Great library to house the Ó'dosía

298 Attack of the darkfriends. Archers of Si’larnam were also posted away in the Calmarios Forest

292 Archers of Injèrá sent under Pherán'Ephterín  (Tree Whispers), to hold free Orril. Battle of the Sword.

218 Mélor'Terquán. Aiá'merán delegates Everyday ruling of the Aellernhim left to the Librarians, the tribe elders.

210 Defensive Archers are sent to hold Voldar. Rape of Aiá'merán by Coor Melor. She steps down as Ava’rann.  Birth of Eyrin Fontramonn and Saban Blackcloack. Death of Aiá'merán.

207 Orc raid searching for sons of Coor Melor. Kill all elves present in the forest. Great Library burnt down. Return of Archers posted in the Altramar, with the Order of the Fallen. A’hris hides Eyrin with the High Ava’rann.

The Age of Change

3 b.S Aellerhim seek to increase their numbers by recruiting from other tribes, especially the Cyrathrhim and Maeverhim.

The dappy Elven One. Keeper of the Sacred Winegums, And Three sandwiches and a pack of polos short of a full picnic.
Oh And Santharia's People mod.

Edited by: Wren at: 2/22/02 2:36:50 am

Title: Re: Aellernhim
Post by: Capher on 23 February 2002, 12:13:00
Very good Wren!! Thumbs up.  Once the history is finished I will upload it.  I can not see any problems with it at this time.

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Title: Re: Aellernhim
Post by: Wren on 23 February 2002, 13:09:00
No more history for the current time, unless anyone has more to add.....

I don't really want work on modern history just yet until I'm done with what I'm doing.

The dappy Elven One. Keeper of the Sacred Winegums, And Three sandwiches and a pack of polos short of a full picnic.
Oh And Santharia's People mod.

Title: Re: Aellernhim
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 23 February 2002, 14:04:00
Ok, as everything's usually pretty fine with your entries, Wren, I guess I can already put up what we have here this update...

And.... Ouch about the six hour thingy... :( Always make sure to elaborate longer entries in a textfile or in Word first... Every now and then ezBoard or computers in general don't like you... Don't take that personally - they are just computers (same way as we say: "I'm only human...") ;) - Keep cool...

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Title: Re: Aellernhim
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 24 February 2002, 08:36:00
Just a short note, Wren: The tribe in fact is called "Aellenrhim", not "AelleRnrhim" as you used it here throughout the entry. I'll correct this when I put it up. Just wanted to let you know.

BTW: I couldn't find the word "vidual" in any dictionary, which you use in the sentences

"Many elves feel a need to return to Ranndár in vidual for those who died."


"However, those migrants not directly related to the original Aellenrhim tribe, while respectful of this quiet day, do not tend to join in the vidual."

Can you tell me if this an existing word or if it is misspelled?

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Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 2/23/02 3:15:24 pm

Title: hmmm....
Post by: Wren on 24 February 2002, 11:18:00
Misspelt. But I'm afraid I have no idea how to spell it correctly. I will go ask a housemate.

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