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1  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Library / Re: Crossed Swords and Sunset: A Duel at the Ashen Palace- Deci's 2000th on: 10 March 2009, 09:12:08
Fantastic story Decipher!  And Congrats on your 2000th post!

One question though....

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in the process. She fell, once more, from her knees to her chest like a falling tee. Our lady had been slain.

Is this supposed to be "tree"?
2  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Happy Anniversary to Azhira! on: 13 February 2009, 15:37:15
Congratulations Azhira!  Keep up the fantastic work!
3  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: 'Last Dream' Written:Lorek, Sang:Twen on: 18 January 2009, 15:21:24
GREAT! Now she'll blame it all on me  cry all the new fame and the compliments and adulations...
Don't blame me Twén, ARTI started it!   innoc
4  Organization and General Discussions / Discussions, Development Ideas & Proposals / Re: Next on my plate. on: 18 January 2009, 14:54:57
If I were you, I would put four tiles in a bowl.  Each would be labeled with a different option, and every time I finished an entry, I would mix them and pull another from the bowl... ;)
5  Organization and General Discussions / Discussions, Development Ideas & Proposals / Re: Best Art on: 18 January 2009, 14:52:12
I'm sorry, I HAVE to go with the last  Art!
6  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Queprur's Blight on: 17 January 2009, 14:01:18
Hello Lorek!  My comments will be in this bright orange for easier reading.  I hope they are helpful.


Name: Queprur’s Blight. [ Lethal Pulchritude, given by my fellow researcher Kristoff Neijeln. My thanks to him for sacrificing his life in this endeavor. The elves call the plant "Ishím Aváth". This name literally translates to mean "Deceitful Beauty."]

Overview: These beautiful flowers are not only pleasant to look at, they serve quite a few other purposes as well. The vine can be woven into a very strong rope. The petals can be used as a hallucinogenic drug or be made into a dreadfully lethal poison. Only with great familiarity and much experimentation could one find the darker purposes of this flower. Thin petals of a hypnotic nearly obsidian hue grow from a broad(-leafed) green vine. One can catch a glimpse of these gorgeous plants in nearly any temperate climate.

Appearance: These plants are famed widely for their colour, a deep purplish midnight blue that is almost black. These treacherous beauties possess five petals of this odd color. There are eleven snow-white stamens and a single pistil the color of fresh-flowing blood growing from the center of each flower. The flowers tend to grow in clusters of five to eight on a vivid green vine. Each flower contains five leaves attatched to it. The broad petals flourish outward and up, almost like a near black campfire. The flowers never measure more than one and a quarter palmspans across. Quite frequently the plants grow so closely together that their vines become intertwined, choking out other plants from lack of sunshine and water. These vicious violets can cover an area of near fifteen peds square. The vines have a tendency to grow across the ground, though climbing is not unheard of. When the vines do climb, they rarely survive as there is no way for them to nourish themselves. The vine is about as thick as three human fingers around and grows to a length of almost six and one half peds.

The dense roots grow deep into the ground and look like short hooks of wood. Each of the roots is only about four nailsbreadths long. They come from the bottom of the vine, from one end to the other and dig into the earth. The plants absorb water through the root and run it the length of the vine. This combining with the light of the sun allows them to make their own food just like most other plants on Caelereth.
 (Just wanting to clarify what I think you mean... "The dense main roots grow deeply into the ground, but the vine has roots along its length that look like short hooks of wood about four nailbreadths long.  The plant absorbs water primarily through the main root, and the many short roots are mainly for holding the vine in place, but if anchored in good soil, these small roots will absorb water also, enabling the vine to grow to  much greater lengths.)

Territory: These lethal lovelies grow only in temperate climates where the winter won’t kill the whole plant. (Maybe change to say something like: where the winter cold doesn't reach the freezing point...) Mostly growing in forests all over Sarvonia.  (might be interesting to look at the climate map and give some boundary points, naming specific cities, mountains, rivers, etc.) In the wintertime, the flowers close and shrink into a bulb shape the size of a seven nailsbreadths round and curl up into the vine. Whilst the flower is very delicate, the vine is highly durable(,) and can even be made into a very light, strong rope(this is mentioned in usages, and fits better there.) These deadly graces grow in favourable climates over Caelereth,(already mentioned area above, suggest dropping this) and some folks plant the vine in their gardens for its looks(,) unaware that the plant is a capable poison and highly addictive drug.

Usages: The flower can be made into a vile poison that the Kasumarii have favoured for generations. It is also used by many necromancers in the practice of their depraved craft. The well-earned nickname of this concoction is “Void Liquid” as it can cause death to a target in mere minutes. The assassin coats their chosen weapon in this poison, and then uses it on unsuspecting targets that become mere pawns in death’s little game. The poison works by attacking the target’s body(maybe muscles?) and sending them into agonizing convulsions. (then all muscles stop working,) breathing then becomes laboured, blood flow slows, and then(finally) death ensues only minutes later.

The process for producing this grotesque poison is a closely guarded secret among the Kasumarii and necromancers. The Kasumarii tribe has used this poison for countless years in their practices of assassination. It has also been given a degree of praise among necromancers, being whispered across the lips and to the ears from one magus to another for many decades.

The result of these wounds is not always death, mild poisonings can result in a horrible sickness that lasts for days. Severe nausea, burning pain in the muscles and blurred vision are the most common symptoms.

The flower can also be picked, allowed to dry and smoked in a pipe. It is sometimes mixed with regular pipeweeds, though most prefer to smoke it alone to fully enjoy the satisfying taste. When this is done, it clears one’s thoughts, enhances the senses and induces a state of euphoria. Usually only one petal is needed to achieve this effect, however more experienced users require more of the flower to get this feeling. The smoking of these flowers can occasionally induce hallucinations. This use of the plant is famed amongst scholars for the effect of mind clearing so they can focus on their tasks at hand. Many mages also put it in their pipes to help them think more clearly for casting and researching spells and reagents. Let one be warned now, use of it this way can very rapidly cause addiction. Should an addict refrain from its use for more than a week, they will find themselves unable to focus clearly for months. Severe headaches, chills and the shakes are also common side effects. On more rare occasions, temporary insanity can occur, as well as the inability to sleep. After about a month, the addict returns to normal.(two different and conflicting time frames here, 'months' and 'about a month'.  Try them the other way around, it may look better...)

One can take the vine and weave it with care into a rope of great strength. The rope is ten times stronger than normal rope at only one quarter of the thickness. It is not only durable but flexible as well allowing it to be made into bowstrings. It is also highly revered in shipyards for loading heavy cargo, and as rigging. Many a farmer uses this rope to tie his or her horses to a wagon to help with plowing fields. It can also be used for grappling hooks in siege warfare should the need arise.

Reproduction: Queprur’s Blight flowers have one of the oddest forms of reproduction ever documented, as they rely solely on death to spread the vines. Many types of birds eat parts of the flower because of its alluring scent, thereby getting the pollen in their system. Their body is unable to digest it and the plant begins to grow inside the bird until it bursts with the vine growing from its carcass. This process is how this unique flower gained its devious name. The most common birds killed by this plant are Aelirel birds. They catch a whiff while hunting, become allured to the plant and indulge. Since the petals taste sweet, the birds suspect nothing. (would suggest changing to : the stamin and pistil are ingested, thus pollinating the seeds with the stamin.  This way the seed starts to grow in the bird...)

Myth/Lore: The main myth that surrounds this plant is that Queprur herself planted the very first vine to strangle out other plants and serve her fatal purposes. From this first vine, many grew all around the disc of Caelereth and began to do the work of the death goddess.

Another famous story about the plant can be found in the journal entry of the Nightson Korenjaan, Velkij Liferipper. I suggest it as a read if one enjoys tales of adventure. (Can these two sentences be the link? Also, can there be another link to it as an easter egg in this entry? Perhaps as Void Liquid or something? If not, I understand.)

let me know if these suggestions were helpful... ;)
7  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: 'Last Dream' Writen By:Lorek, Sang By:Twen on: 16 January 2009, 19:16:03
Woa!   jawdrop  Both of you did a breathtaking job on this!    worship worship clap clap clap clap2 clap2 clap2
8  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Fear Arti's Power on: 16 January 2009, 19:08:50
Hahahaha... that's great!
9  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: My Art on: 16 January 2009, 11:18:25
Outstanding work my friend!   And I am the art major??  I think not!
10  Organization and General Discussions / Announcements and Web Design / Re: Masterwork permissions: Altario, Mannix and Tharoc on: 25 December 2008, 16:44:26
Hear, Hear!  Well deserved!  Congratulations to all!
11  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: The return of Miraclaus and Deciphelf! on: 25 December 2008, 10:13:16
Hahahaha!  I can just see Twén with cocoa spraying from her nose as she explodes with laughter!
Seriously guys, you did a fantastic job with that bit of verse!  I chuckled all the way through!
12  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Do you like Lewis? on: 19 December 2008, 11:57:38
I thought that "The Screwtape Letters" was a fantastic piece of work!
13  Organization and General Discussions / Announcements and Web Design / Re: Site header graphic adjustment on: 14 December 2008, 17:34:02
Fantastic!  *Bows low*  Judith, your skills are astounding!
14  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: project request on: 13 December 2008, 21:45:17
Creature entries are always welcome, and would fall under the bestiary forum.  Do some research through the forum to get some ideas of how the entries are put together and what level of detail is expected.  You might even find some entries that are distant relatives, or something of that sort.  I find that writing copious notes and then typing it in a word processor program is more comfortable than writing it completely online.  I then just cut and paste.  

Races are another story.  You can write them up if you choose, but the level of detail and the amount of information required would take much time and loads of research in the forums.  




15  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: project request on: 13 December 2008, 21:27:17
Hello bloodreborn.  Are you looking for ideas that need a write-up, or do you have ideas and want help developing them?
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