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1  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Re: Explosion, Fire School, Level 8 on: 24 August 2005, 09:28:00
I have one comment

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Adding it all at once causes it to explode, because the whole stabilizing process happens at once


Yeah in my science class we heated up an object ( a cola can but hey). We made it stablise and it didn't explode, it IMPLODED. This was because when things heat up they expand, then when stabalising the situation they shrink. When you stabalise quickly they shrink very fast and implode on themselves ( see I am pretty smart:biggrin ).

I'm not sure if the same applies to magic but if it does Marvin's theory is incorrect.

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use the movement elements of wind to cause the rock to want to move outward in multiple directions That would make it explode right


but this idea from Kain seems alot more plausible.

Norkin ( your friendly juniour scientist )

2  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Is aging an elemental process??? on: 23 June 2005, 10:17:00
I'd like to know because I was thinking of making an earth spell called "Unnatural Age" which would make someone age incredibly quickly, a useful spell if a young barbarian warrior ran towards you his a 3 foot bastard sword and before he got into striking range he was an 80 year old which couldn't even lift the sword.

Well I was just asking, you know?

Edited by: Norkin at: 6/22/05 18:35
3  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Rewrite... on: 14 October 2005, 05:26:00
This is fine, the way you've changed such a little thing but made a reference to something completely different is really clever.

P.S Sorry for late reply

Edited by: Norkin at: 10/13/05 13:27
4  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The bouncer (Hál-ác-aván) on: 23 August 2005, 04:38:00
I was just skim reading and it said "  this is its only way of movement, as it has no legs or other moving utensils". I thought utensils were like tools, like a wooden spoon is a cooking utensil, so i suggest you change it to something like " because it has no legs or other means of movement" or something on those lines. Sorry about nitpicking, it just doesn't sound right to me ( and i hate it when it doesn't sound right >:   it makes me doe this :explode !!!)

Norkin


P.S: I'm not eally that obessed with things sounding right:rollin  

5  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Wild Tandala Sheep ( Rewrite finished ,please commen on: 26 August 2005, 09:44:00
Thanx Judith:worship , it's nice to know that my persaverence has paid and my mountain sheep will actually exsist ( I did have some ideas for predators for them....):D  

6  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Wild Tandala Sheep ( Rewrite finished ,please commen on: 23 August 2005, 04:33:00
How is it now Bard Judith? I tried correcting the problems, do the changes make sense?

7  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Wild Tandala Sheep ( Rewrite finished ,please commen on: 22 August 2005, 08:20:00
Okay I've tried to intergrate your comments.

8  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Wild Tandala Sheep on: 16 August 2005, 04:31:00
Kay, I'm starting a rewrite now and I WILL FINISH THIS BEFORE ANY OTHER PROJECTS ARE STARTED

9  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Wild Tandala Sheep on: 09 August 2005, 12:30:00
Is there still a big problem with my entry ???

10  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Wild Tandala Sheep awaiting comments :-) on: 26 July 2005, 09:43:00
Yeah I'm back now

11  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Wild Tandala Sheep on: 03 July 2005, 05:35:00
Fine, Yes, that was an acceptable response  :lol  

12  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Wild Tandala Sheep on: 02 July 2005, 12:22:00
Yes, that is an acceptable response :lol  

13  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / The Wild Tandala Sheep - Approved on: 01 July 2005, 11:20:00
Name

Tandala Sheep: Wild Sheep, Tandalan Sheep, Mountain Sheep

Overview


This wild sheep which dwells on the mountain sides of the vast Tandala Highlands is a very important part of the highlands' foodchain and is exploited mainly by the Gob-Oc and trolls of the region.

Appearance

The Tandala sheep is a very hardy breed, spending its time searching for food in the sparse hills and avoiding predators. It can scramble through small crevices and climb exceptionally steep hills, and has very large bones and thick muscle covering its torso. The average sheep measures one and a half peds from nose to tail and weighs around a Pygge.

The main difference between the males and the females is the females' lack of horns. The male's horns could rival those of a Capricus; although they are not as long, the sheep's horns are completely curled around themselves, giving them extra sturdiness, and are a dusty yellow, ridged with deep grooves.

One of the most notable things about the sheep is its strikingly-white fleece. The fleece is so tightly woven together that it repels snow, sleet, and driving rain. In fact, it is rumoured the fleece can catch and stop a shot arrow, without the head getting anywhere near the sheep's flesh. The sheep are also able to grow a fat layer when shorn frequently, to substitute for the warmth the fleece provides.Thus the Tandala sheep is able to roam the peaks of the mountains even when the weather is at its harshest.

The sheep has coal-black legs, muzzle, and ears that contrast completely with its snowy fleece. Its curving, cloven hooves are a more glossy, nor'sidian-black.

Its head and shoulders are also quite large in comparison to the rest of its body, mainly to support the weight of its large horns.


Special Abilities

The sheep is very strong, probably the strongest of its species, and in a couple of cases goblins have been severely injured due to the sheep's butting and kicking.

The sheep is also a very good climber, spending most of its time roaming the peaks and face of the mountains as well as squeezing through tight spots in caves, and is known to climb to summits in matter of hours.

On rare occasions, when threatened by predators, the sheep will also dig itself into the snow, leaving nothing but parts of its fleece on display. This tactic is supposed to fool the hunter into believing that the sheep has vanished into thin air, and works on most trolls - it has even been known to evade Gob-Oc hunters in this manner.

Territory

The sheep are found in large groups all over the Tandala Highlands, but are secluded in their harsh mountains and aren't found anywhere else. Some Gob-Oc believe they have a dislike for flat land or can only eat the grass which grows on the mountainside. The trolls, however, have more farfetched ideas about the migration habits of the sheep; some say that if they leave the mountains they are miraculously set alight or struck by lightning or even that a manticore comes and picks them off one by one (see legend, below...)

The Gob-Ocs' theories are more plausible, though no one really knows for certain. However, the sheep haven't left the Highlands for generations and it doesn't look like they are going to start now.

Usages

The main use for the sheep is simple - food. When a troll feels a little peckish he'll pick up his club, step out of his cave and walk until he encounters a herd of sheep. He'll crush a couple of their skulls with his club, sling them over his shoulder and walk back to his cave while snacking on a leg of mutton. The trolls also wear the sheep's horns as a kind of primitive decoration.

The Gob Oc, it is said, have found another simple use for the sheep. It is rumoured that they found a method of taming the sheep and thus semi-domesticated them, so they will still respond to their Gob-Oc masters, although not necessarily at their beck and call. Once a sheep has been successfully domesticated it will be shorn by its owner and its fleece will be used to make jackets, leggings, scarfs, hats, gloves, blankets and every other sort of warmth-giving fabric you can think of. The Gob-Oc, however, aren't personally attached to their sheep, and it is quite common that whether a sheep is shorn or not, it will eventually end up in an orcish belly.

Habitat/Behaviour

The Wild Tandala Sheep likes nothing better than to roam around freely on the mountainside. The lambs are very active, as well as independent. The young lambs spend most of their time learning to climb rocks, suprisingly without their parents, and playing chase with the other lambs their age.

The older lambs tend to have different ideas of fun, depending on whether they are male or female. The young females like to remain with the older ewes or try to form bonds with cousins or other sociable ewes. The males, however, spend all their time play fighting amongst themselves, supposedly practicing for mating fights, using their budding horns to butt each other and kicking wildly at each other's fleecy sides.

Adult behaviour also differs by gender. The ewes spend most of their time grazing, looking after their newborns and chasing up their more active offspring when they stray too far away from the group. The rams dominate the herd and spend time 'discussing' new feeding grounds or summer/winter migration routes. They appear to prefer a very spontaneous system of grazing, and different 'leaders' emerge from week to week who guide them to their various chosen areas. When the rams are not debating, they are very attentive to their mates, ensuring they are well fed, grooming their fleece and nuzzling them to show affection.

Diet

Tandala sheep are not at all choosy about what they will eat - in the mountains there is not much variety. They will devour any vegetation they can find, be it coarse grass, a doch nut bush, dried leaves, or even mosses. They spend most of their day browsing, and in a very confined area will strip it down almost to bare rock and soil. Fortunately they are rarely thus confined, moving almost daily from spot to spot. Also, their dung seems to be enriching, and regrowth of the vegetation rapid.

Mating

The mating rituals of the Tandala Sheep are very intimate. First of all, the rams prove their might by fighting with each other. They charge head to head, ramming their horns into the other's forehead until one either is knocked unconscious or submits to the punishment.

Hours are spent with the victorious male playing and nuzzling with his chosen female. The male eventually boards the female in the usual way, and they repeat this pattern for hours on end, until the male faints in exhaustion or the female loses energy.


After the pregnancy, which is thought to last around six months, the ewes give birth to lambs which weigh about an od and are about a fore from nose to tail( even Gob-Oc owners haven't gotten close enough to the lambs to take more precise measurements as their mothers are very protective.) As the sheep are pretty big-boned only one or two lambs ( at the most three) are born at a time, as they are quite large compared to their mothers. Because of their weight, even at birth, the lambs take around four to five hours to gain the strength to walk.

After six weeks the lambs will still suckle from their mother but also begin grazing. At this age they frolic and play with all the other lambs their age ( see mating and behaviour).

By the time they are four months old they are fully grown but they won't reach mating age for another year.

Myth/Lore/Origin

One interesting story that the Gob-Oc tell about the origin of the Tandala Sheep claims that they are a crossbreed between the Cragok goat and the Sawis sheep. Although these two animals live a long distance from each other, apparently they met on opposing migration routes and, well, crossbred. This story has some realism in that the Tandala Sheep shares the hardiness and physique of the Sawis but has many of the habits and behaviours of the Cragok.


Another of the myths that has escaped the mountains deals with the seclusion of the sheep.

An old cave troll, Kabu by name, told his companions of the great Tandala sheep slaughter.

The story goes that Kabu and his two hunting partners went out searching for a meal. They found a small herd of sheep and chased them down the hill. The trolls were fast but no march for the sheep as they fled the highlands and out onto the plains.

The Trolls eventually gave up and watched their hoped-for dinners flee. When they decided to turn back they heard hundreds of syncronised roars. They turned around and saw a huge formation of manticores flying after the sheep!

The manticores ravaged the sheep and followed up by slaughtering Snorg and Opurn, Kabu's two partners! Kabu fled for his life hiding and telling his tale of how he survived. Many other races, including the Gob-Oc, disregard this as a stupid folk tale, but seeing as the Tandala Sheep have never left the mountains... who knows?

 

Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 8/28/05 9:20
14  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / My Demon Idea.... on: 24 August 2005, 04:47:00
The Idea I had for  high demon which puts images of pain and death infron of it's victims eyes which eventually turns them insane ( giving him much delight). The twist to these demons would be that they are only visible to their victims, making the victim seem crazier then they actually are.

I'm just posting to see f there was any objections, I won't start ( if i'm allowed of course) until i've finished my other projects but just wanted to know who the rest of the Develoment team felt about.

Norkin

15  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Mine Thief: revised agian on: 21 July 2005, 06:51:00
I like this animal, I like it alot, very good concept. But, correct if I'm wrong, you say they like to live by Dwarven settlements because of the farms yes? So I presume the farm which was incinerated was a dwarven field yes? Now most of folk that document stories are human yes( thats what I thought I might be wrong about)?

So my main point is if my assumption is correct a man is living in the same neighbourhood as a dwarf. According to another assumption of mine I think that's a little unlikely.

Apart from that good entry, me likes alot:biggrin  

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