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16  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Pharmoceia on: 15 September 2014, 05:42:56
Hello Lionhorse,

nice submission, that one - though I have to admit, that I have not read it all. I skimmed through the other comments also (especially Art's and Mina's and thought maybe the Aeruillin question could be solved this way (Aeruillin is not developed right now and a lot is undeveloped anyway, so it is difficult to place something there):

A question first: Who writes this report for the compendium? You, Lionhorse - who are you? Are you from Santharia (I don't know your RP char)

If you are writing from a Santharian point of view (if you are living here), then show us, where they are in Santharia. How far spread are they? (I would recommend to have them in the major cities only)

As Mina said - don‘t spread them too far. They may come from Aeruillin, but keep them - or what we know of them, in Santharia. Even if they are in Nybelmar - don‘t mention it. As Art said, they could be linked to Nehtor, have developed as special branch of his healer. If you don‘t like this, see further down.

I think they would have some dependencies, as Art suggested. An organisation of that size has to have some, kind of guild houses, where the individual pharmaceists can take refuge if they travel, where their superiors sit (they have a guild structure after all). You can e.g. have their biggest in Strata (the first place   they travelled to, when coming from Aeruillin). Have at least one in the great cities - New Santhala , Milkengrad, perhaps all the province capitals.

You have a lot of stuff in your submission, a Santharian citizen cannot know. But maybe there is a book/ books, where all those information is contained, books which are in the library of one of the depencies, books which the writer of this article was allowed to read. Or parts of them. So you can omit a few things or make them more vague.

A question: did you intent to let them all be educated in Aeruillin, and send out to do there work all over Aeruillin and Santharia? Or did they come from there, settle here and are now educated in Santharia, so that Santharian kids are able to get pharmaceits also? So that only their origin lay in Aeruillin? This way they could be fairly detached by now, after some of the wars and now they are a Santharian ,institution‘?

History is still missing, so we don‘t yet know, how long they practise. I‘m curious to what you are up in this respect.

One last question: Your pharmaceists are healers also? That‘s a bit misleading, for pharmacists nowadays research and prepare medicines, know how to use them. But they are no healers. Maybe you could not call them healers (who can mend a broken bone also), but only pharmaceists or a bit more Santharian (pharma.. Sounds so modern), maybe

Pharmoceists - farmosceists - farmosts .. Don‘t have good ideas today

To not have just another ,healer‘ I would suggest to make them proficient only with healing through the application of herbs, tinctures etc, but that the people have to go to somebody else, it they have a broken limb or majors wounds. (e.g. after a battle).

Enough for today, I‘m not here anyway ;)

Hope it helps.
17  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Library / Re: Chyrán's "The Ring" - Part I: Return + Part II: Encounter on: 29 April 2014, 03:59:43
I did a quick read, a very quick I admit (I'm always so curious!), and wondered along the way  - was there a change in perspective or not, there was suddenly a he instead of the 'I'. That piece needs more time to understand it, and needs definitely a slow pace while reading. But I found some lovely descriptions , some parts which sounded just right. So I gave some applause :), though I have not yet understood where to the text will lead me - in a kind of circle? I will see!

 I'm not ready to comment, so I didn't say anything, was too tired to say something intelligent ;)

18  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Library / Re: Chyrán's "The Ring" - Part I: Return + Part II: Encounter on: 28 April 2014, 16:35:22
  clap clap clap

19  Santharian World Development / Races, Tribes and Clans / Re: Rivermaids Myths - addition on: 22 April 2014, 18:15:30
Thanks Exmortis!

I took some of your proposals, though not all, because they would have altered the meaning.

e.g. I want to use 'ensnare', it is quite different from only being 'enchanted'
as I think there is a difference in meaning of 'though' and 'of course'

"There are exceptions of course, in one tale the young protagonist manages to survive his encounter with a Rivermaid by virtue of pure tenacity winning himself a peaceful life with her. Another tale claims that those who drown under a Rivermaid's charm shall become Rivermaids themselves."

I don't think it was tenacity which led Tylunn succeed, the last half sentence is definitely wrong, for this was a single event, the gods granted the drowned a new live as 'Rivermaid'.

It is a good idea though, maybe I add this to the entry later.
20  Santharian World Development / Races, Tribes and Clans / Re: Rivermaids Myths - addition on: 21 April 2014, 19:43:12
Thanks Art! :)

It took ma some days until I realised what was wrong with that first sentence... ;)
Changed everything else also, thanks for the proposal.

21  Santharian World Development / Races, Tribes and Clans / Rivermaids Myths - addition on: 26 March 2014, 02:06:39
There are numerous of myths surrounding the Rivermaids, enough to fill at least half a dozen tomes. Most are describing them as young women whose pulchritude and playful attitude ensnares young men.  Often a tale is told in which a young man seeking out the rivermaids, dies. There are exceptions though: one  where the young man survives but lives with a Rivermaid and another, where the drowned ones live on as a Rivermaids themselves. Both myths originate in Salsair: The story about  Tylunn, a young man who fell in love with a Rivermaid, vanished and thought to be dead, but became her lover.  The other is about the gods being benevolent and allowing drowned citizens of Salsair to have another life as Rivermaid. The full stories can be found in the Salsair entry.

Of course these are only myths as many others, but here, interestingly,  the tales contradict the research done about them, more than in similar myths. As described above - Rivermaids don’t show emotions and would not help any human who is about to drown (though there are a few other myths about that subject). But what is even more diverging - Rivermaids do only have one sex, the female (if they are sexual beings at all), so the child which the father of Tylunn might have seen could never have been that of his (drowned or not) son. (That myth doesn’t tell us if he has changed to a „Riverman“.) The citizens of Salsair, who died during the zombii attack were granted another life and changed into or came back as Rivermaids - did the male part of them then change sex also? There aren’t any known ‚Rivermen‘. Difficult questions, especially as we speak about myths. From the viewpoint of the serious researcher those myths represent  the wishes of our human hearts  and have nothing to do with the reality of Rivermaids. We definitely should avoid to humanise them!
22  Organization and General Discussions / Announcements and Web Design / Re: Site Update 23-03-2014 on: 26 March 2014, 02:01:19
Art, there is something wrong with the Salsair entry in firefox
23  Santharian World Development / Places and Map Design / Re: Salsair, Vardynn Province, City on: 24 March 2014, 06:57:27
Gramps!   lol

What a nice word! 

Seems I need to hurry with my latest WIP to get ahead of you with my auras! The problem is, I'm so busy with the fine weather and other stuff and I don't get around to do something, though I would have  some good ideas. They are flowing again and I can't write! arrggghh
24  Organization and General Discussions / Announcements and Web Design / Re: Site Update 23-03-2014 on: 24 March 2014, 06:50:33
Thanks again for your work and dedication, Art!
25  Santharian World Development / Places and Map Design / Re: Salsair, Vardynn Province, City on: 22 March 2014, 07:07:14

Congratulations!   hug


Is this your first grandchild? All the best to baby and mother!
26  Santharian World Development / Places and Map Design / Re: Heathen's Reef, Peninsula of Paragonj on: 17 March 2014, 16:28:57
Nice to see you back!

I'm mostly fine with this one, but please skip Isgar entirely, you don't need it and your mentioning it burdens the developer of it with a maybe unwished information. There is nothing on the map which would hint at a port for ships bigger than a fishing vessel. Ships which don't want to go through that strait need to take the southern route.
27  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Caelereth is Real on: 17 March 2014, 16:18:35
That's really amazing! I recall somebody, who asked how to care for field mice...

Thanks for the links, Alt!
28  Santharian World Development / Races, Tribes and Clans / Re: The Darian Men (WIP) on: 16 March 2014, 08:54:21
Sorry for not getting to work on this - the sun was shining too much last week and I had to go in the garden.
29  Santharian World Development / Races, Tribes and Clans / Re: The Darian Men (WIP) on: 10 March 2014, 04:27:01
Thanks Altario!  hug

I have a closer look tomorrow.

Just one answer - about the age of wooden houses


We have a wooden house too and the building company said it would last at least 500 years... of course you have to build it in a special way (broad eaves?, protection of the wall on the side where the rain comes from, which can be renewed easily etc)
You have to be careful though. There was a construction error in the suspension of our balcony and it started to come down. But generally it is possible.
30  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: Clerical Titles and other Interesting Stuff on: 08 March 2014, 05:09:54
That's pretty hard to read.  Using quotes would be better, I think. 

Well, I posted this more for me to not to forget it - and didn't think, that it would become so lengthy. ;)

I can't remember, why we choose them, but I like them better than archpriest (who could well be a lower rank). I will find a good explanation - I had one recently, when I skimmed over your answer - and forgot it again.  azn
Depends on how we introduce the Clerical age. Styrash could well have been our Latin for some time.
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