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1  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Hey Everyone on: 17 October 2006, 10:34:28
Well thanks Arti (lol, do you mind if I call you Arti?)  I personally rather like the site but my mom wants something more "simple"  :D.
2  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: The R'unorian Rose on: 17 October 2006, 09:34:43
Yay!  Sorry about that... I'll go and put those in a different color now for anyone else who might want to see the changes :).

EDIT:  All of the changes made are now in red.
3  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Hey Everyone on: 16 October 2006, 12:56:29
Well, actually, the publication itself is not available online (like, all the stories and stuff).  All that is on the website is our classified ads, calender of events, ad rates, quick summary of the feature story, and picture of the cover.  I don't think I've updated it for this month... oops.  Better jump on that, lol!  There is a list of our distribution points, though it's rather crappy because it doesn't tell which state they're in.  And since it hasn't been updated in a while, all of the cities aren't up there.

The website is:  www.horsemensroundup.com  for anyone who wants to check it out.  It's nothing spectacular (lol), but we're actually working on a new website right now.  Well, we're paying someone to work on it on account of I don't have enough time to build a new website from scratch.
4  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: The R'unorian Rose on: 16 October 2006, 12:43:43
There, I changed it up a bit.  If I missed anything that was suggested, feel free to point it out to me and I'll be happy to make ammends.  I have taken out the list of what each color represents and have added some more rules in there on how the roses pick up on feelings.  I have also incorporated the Black Butterfly Rovers and tried to make some of the unserious bits a little more serious while still being humorous.

I also took most of what was in the overview and added a Myth/Lore/Origin section that states many believe the roses were created by Lotus Grey.
5  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Hey Everyone on: 13 October 2006, 11:10:19
The Horsemens Roundup is "Your All-Breed, All-Sport Equine Publication since 1992."  My mom is the owner and editor and I am the webmaster/assistant editor/anything else my mom can think up.  The pay is awful (lol) but I do it because I love her.  We're based in Arkansas, USA, though we also have distributors in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Yeah, we have access to really cool equine pictures.  We had one a few months back that we put on the cover of a girl riding her horse through a water obstacle.  It was really pretty with the water flying everywhere :D.  I love horses.  I own three:  two retired racehorses (one is 18 and one is 4) and one paint mare who is a big lapdog.
6  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: The R'unorian Rose on: 13 October 2006, 11:04:23
Thanks for all the feedback.  I'll try to do some fixing on it tonight, though I don't know if I'll be able to.  I'll also be gone over the weekend, so if I don't get it done tonight, then I'll be able to do it on Sunday.

Lol, I'll take out all the slightly... unserious bits.  I was half-asleep and I have a weird sense of humor when I'm sleep-deprived :D.

I'll also be sure to change some of the terms which are unmedieval.  As for the whole paranoia thing -- I'll try not to harp on it so much.  I was just excited when I found that little tidbit in the information on R'unor because, I mean, who better to create a 'mood flower' than a group of paranoid people?

I can also make the colors less specific... like add in there that different people have interpreted the colors to mean different things.  AND, to avoid confliction with the new magic rules, I can also add a note that many only believe that Lotus Grey created the plant.

I actually based the R'unorian Rose on two real roses:  the Hybrid Musk (shrub), Pinkish or Buff White and the Hybrid Musk (shrub), Apricot.  I just combined the characteristics and then added in the magical stuff.  I didn't include the reproduction cycle because it's the same as any other rose.

Oh, and as for the archmage thing, it stated in Lotus's article that she was the youngest archmage of R'unor ever.
7  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / The R'unorian Rose on: 12 October 2006, 12:48:56
The R'unorian Rose

Categorization: Magical Plants

Basic Overview: As its name suggests this strange flower originated on the R’unorian Isles in the city of R’unor itself – which is why it is no surprise that many of the travelers that have laid eyes on this peculiar plant have described it as being “utterly bizarre” and “rather clever . . . in an odd sort of way.”  The main reason for these strange reviews is that the rose itself acts as a proclaimer of truths, with its petals changing colors according to the moods of the people surrounding it.

Description: The R’unorian Rose is actually a shrubbery to allow for maximum exposure of the feelings, for, as many people know, it is very rare to experience only one emotion at any given time.  In order for the roses to pick up on the feelings of the person in question, said person must be standing within three feet of the flowers.  To minimize confusion, the roses were designed to express only the feelings of one individual at a time (this means that even though the roses upon a shrub might change to many different colors, all of the colors on that shrub will express the feelings of only one person).  Rapid changes of heart are not a problem for the R'unorian Roses, for they have been reported as being incredibly sensitive and able to change in a rather speedy fashion according to the various changes in the person's mood.

The roses themselves possess red stamens, a staggering fifty petals per bud, thornless stems, and a rather fruity scent that becomes stronger or weaker depending upon the intensity of the emotion(s) felt.  The shrub normally only stands one fore high.  One rather peculiar trait of the plant is that, no matter what color the petals are, they always seem to glow with an eerie pale red light – an almost perfect replication of the glow seen about the R’unorian Isles.  The foliage of the shrub is large and slightly rounded with a very faint red tint to it.

When one first plants a R’unorian Rose bush, it seems almost impossible to keep alive due to its rather sensitive nature which, oddly enough, tends to go away once it has successfully survived its first spring.  At first, the plant suffers from a whole array of illnesses including a very nasty mildew and a strange disease that has only been observed in the R’unorian Rose - a rather ugly bit of blight that ends up turning the petals a sickly green color before they finally rot away in an explosion of noxious fumes resembling an unpleasant mixture of spoiled milk and eggs that passed the ‘unfresh’ mark weeks before.  Once past their first spring, though, the roses turn out to be rather hardy little plants that do well both in the ground or in a pot.  They can also be coaxed into climbing, if properly trained.

The R’unorian Rose has little tolerance for the cold, and so, those left outside to fend on their own during the winter months will eventually die.  However, once spring rolls around again, the roses will bloom on their own once more in a continuous fashion that will occur every year for quite a long time.

The roses won’t start picking up the feelings of people around them until they have fully bloomed.  When they are still buds, they will be of a pale apricot color with a light silky fuzz covering them.  When cut, the flowers will still retain their ability to express the feelings of those around them up to an entire day before reverting to their original pale apricot color and eventually rotting.

No one is for certain what the various colors the R'unorian Roses display actually stand for, though many have speculated upon it.  In fact, the subject has become one of much debate around the dinner tables of many a R'unorian household.  It is commonly accepted, however, that brighter colors represent brighter feelings while darker colors represent darker feelings.  It is also commonly accepted that to see a black R'unorian Rose is the worst of luck and could perhaps even be an omen of death.  Even so, many disagree over more specific definitions.  For example, some believe that red stands for feelings of love, while others feel that the color stands for feelings of anger.  Does a blue flower mean the person is shy?  Cold?  Lonely?  Sad?  Does a yellow flower mean the person is happy?  Some people even believe that the translation of the colors of the R'unorian Roses is an art - a frustrating art, mind you, but an art nonetheless.

Territory: The R’unorian Rose is native to R’unor alone.  Though no one has ever figured out why, there has been very little success in planting the flowers in the soils of places other than that of the R’unorian Isles.  To find the shrub in any other part of the world would be extremely rare and a treat (or perhaps a curse, depending on who you asked) to those in the area.  The rose can’t grow in the wild, having to be well taken care of in its first spring in order to keep it alive.  However, though it can’t be found lurking in the wilderness of R’unor, it is rather common to find anywhere from at least one shrub to several dozen populating the gardens and homes of those people of the R’unorian Isles. 

There are rumors, however, that the Black Butterfly Rovers of Santharia have found a way to successfully grow the R'unorian Roses and have been using their magical properties to con many a common person into believe that they themselves possess some type of magical powers.  If such a thing were true, the Rovers might make a more hefty profit by selling the roses to the citizens of Santharia of a more wealthy nature, for, there is yet another rumor floating about that to eat the petals of the R'unorian Rose or to wear a perfume made from the petals would bring luck to the person in question for an entire year.

Usages: The plant has only one use and one alone: to tell the moods of those around them.  The only negative effect on a race that this little flower has posed is nothing more than the everyday paranoia of the inhabitants of the R’unorian Isles becoming magnified – drastically in some cases.  In more recent times, the R’unorians have taken up a tradition of spreading petals upon the ground at a wedding and allowing the couple to walk upon them before speaking their vows.  To have the petals turn black at a wedding would be the worst of omens and the ceremony would be called off immediately.  However, due to the costs and intensive planning for such occasions, the activities of the day (minus the actual marriage) are usually still enacted with the cake and all other food stuffs being consumed as origninally planned.

However, some have claimed that when an emotion was extremely strong and the scent of the roses extremely heavy, they found themselves put under a type of trance which muddled their thoughts and loosened their tongues, causing them to speak the truth after all.  This has never been proven, though, and should be regarded as nothing more than a rumor until such a time as the wisest of all scholars have gathered enough information of a genuine nature and presented their findings to the public.

Myth/Lore/Origins:   Many believe the R’unorian Rose was actually created by the sorceress Lotus Grey during her time as the archmage of the Imperial Court of R’unor.  The empress at the time, Sara Wormsbane, requested of the sorceress some device that would allow her to see what the people around her truly were feeling.  As the story goes, Lotus experimented with many different sorts of objects including stones, rings, and other such inanimate objects before she finally decided upon the idea of a flower since flowers, by and large, are considered relatively innocent and would fail to draw much suspicion upon first glance.
8  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Hey Everyone on: 12 October 2006, 10:12:01
Thanks guys... wow, I do feel welcome :D.  Haha, yeah, my mom used to get irritated at me because her Mac is her work computer (we own an equine publication) and she always found me on it playing around with GarageBand... so she purchased a laptop for me so I can play around with it all I want in my free time. 

But I'm trying to do a lot of reading on here (and there is a LOT of it, but I guess that's a good thing, lol).

Oh!  And thanks for the border!  It's really cool :).  No, I've never tried SPARK LE.  I'll try to check it out though.
9  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Who is still in school? on: 12 October 2006, 00:17:28
I'm a senior in high school.  I graduate this May!  Woohoo!  Can't wait!
10  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Hey Everyone on: 11 October 2006, 12:16:39
Hey, my name's Liana and - obviously - I'm new here.  This seems like a really neat community and I'd love to be a part of it.  I've already thought of a cool plant idea (and I checked in the Herbarium and it hasn't been done before) so I think that'll be something I'd like to look into.  I also like to create songs in my spare time with GarageBand on my mom's Mac.  I've always had a love for languages, too, and I think it would be fun to help out with the magic stuff...

I'm not going to lie to anyone:  I won't be able to get on here everyday (it might just boil down to once a week) or even submit things regularly.  I really would like to get involved, though, and to help build this already rather expansive world that everyone has contributed towards.
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