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1  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Invitation to All: A Holiday Party on: 25 December 2009, 13:32:58
Keldren began a new, more jaunty tune on his bone flute. It was a short piece that always seemed to get at least a few folk dancing. He had learned it from a hobbit during his travels as the song ended Kel noticed Decipher looking around so stood slowly from the fire place and offered him a duplicate bone flute.
2  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: A Wayfarer Returns! on: 20 December 2009, 12:07:01
Welcome home. I recently returned myself. though I was able to maintain my name. I look forward to reading more.
3  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Bracer Sword (comments welcome) on: 20 December 2009, 01:29:08
I have my doubts about being able to drive a katar (or a bracer sword if you prefer) through a chain shirt, or a cuirass. Especially one of the longer ones. Granted, I'm no expert, but it seems to me the function of a chain shirt was explicitly to avoid being stabbed like this?

Valan, chainmail was developed to protect against slashing attacks, not stabs. They did develop a smaller type of ring often referd to as "hero's mail" this had very small links to keep arrows from penetrating very deep however a blow with a stabbing weapon will rip butted mail apart and can even break through riveted mail. This was the reason that slashing weapons lost their popularity and piercing weapons like the rapier became popular.

I will try to incorporate both yours and Art's changes sometime. My computer crashed and I am having to borrow a friends
4  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Xaul on: 15 December 2009, 01:26:26
I guess, from my point of view, a swarm of small cat sized creatures that could render me unconcious and cart me off to be an "incubator" is more frightening then a single creature. It is always easier to fight one thing then it is to fight a mob of them. Perheaps a compromise. have them range in size from cats to say, the size of a large dog.
5  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Kolya fruit bush on: 14 December 2009, 13:00:45
I was suddenly struck by inspiration and had to jot this one down forgive me it will be a bit before I flesh it out further but I thought a plant ike this would be perfect for orcs and maybe any tribe that had beserker types.

a) Categorization

 b) Basic Overview of the Plant
A lovely little shrubbery with heart shaped leaves and white-orange blossoms in the spring developing a special orange berry in the fall.

c) Description

d) Territory

e) Usages
 The berries when eaten by sentients, cause a heightening of the senses while dulling the sensation and effects of fear.

f) Reproduction

g) Myth/Lore/Origins (optional)

6  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Aura Points? on: 14 December 2009, 11:49:51
Thankyou everyone for the explanation. I was more than a bit confused.
7  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: lightning drake picture on: 14 December 2009, 11:48:18
I was thinking the same thing Kalina.
Wouldn't sticks and such be a fire hazard with the electricity that arcs from them though?
8  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Xaul on: 14 December 2009, 11:35:04
Going back to the whole size issue I agree that they should be smaller.
as Alysse said early on
I'm thinking of having your small ones, the Runners, be about the size of a Chihuahua puppy and your biggest ones maybe the size of a small cat.

If they could fit into the palm of your hand they probably wouldn't strike much fear into people, right?

Think of the terror that a swarm of Army ants induce. or a swarm of "killer" bees. for that matter imagine what a terror spiders would be if they had a hive mind and worked in concert. *shudder shudder*

Small things can be exceptional when they work as a team which it sounds like these do. Look at the Brownies.
9  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Drape-silk Spider on: 14 December 2009, 11:20:15
I am having a problem with the editing. each time I have to scroll down as soon as I start to type or highlight something it bounces back to the top of the page window that I am typing in. Has anyone else expierienced this and how do I fix it?
10  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Evil Dust Bunnies on: 14 December 2009, 06:15:23
I agree with the others tht it would be difficult but perhaps it could be a desert creature hence "dust bunny"
11  Organization and General Discussions / Discussions, Development Ideas & Proposals / An Idea on: 14 December 2009, 06:01:48
I had a thought today after watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the umpteenth time.

What about signal towers. They could use mirrors during the day and fire at night. couple the design with the Farseer device found here www.santharia.com/gear/farseer.htm

I don't have the time to develop this idea and I am not much of an architect so I thought one of our resident geniuses would like a crack at it
12  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: lightning drake picture on: 14 December 2009, 04:55:15
13  Organization and General Discussions / Organizational Schedules / Re: Development Schedule- Stormraven on: 14 December 2009, 02:05:46
Thought I would update my development schedule a bit.
14  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Revision of the Cutlass Entry on: 14 December 2009, 01:54:01
I noticed some things I wanted to change around to make the entry more interesting

Often worn unsheathed, the cutlass is a common sight in the Sarvonian North. Especially among the Avennorian people where it is a status symbol as well as a potent weapon.

Usually a fore long and up to a half a palmspan wide the blade, with its sweeping curve, makes it very useful for shearing through rope and canvas. This also helps generate a lot of power in the chopping and slashing attacks it has become famous for.

The thickness of the blade's spine can be up to three or four nailsbreadth. This makes the blade heavy and very durable. The curved blade comes down to meet the handle, which is covered in a variety of materials from leather to rare and expensive Ancythrian shark skin. The handle itself has a slight curve as well, down and away from the spine of the blade. This adds extra force to the swing of the weapon and also allows for a faster recovery from parries.

Handles are covered by a basket shaped guard, offering hand protection without the need for heavy gauntlets. The basket guards come in a variety of shapes from a simple single bowl of metal to guards consisting of several bars that have spiraling twisting patterns.

Avennorian captains often have a unique symbol engraved into this guard. This practice has been expanded on by many sea captains and pirates. It also offers a great method for individualizing a very common weapon.

The Cutlass is the prefered weapon of Avennorian sailors, which they inherited from their ancestors, the Glandorians. It is a prefered weapon at sea because of its ability to be used without a lot of training that some other blades require. The Cutlass is most often used when either boarding another ship or repelling boarders from one's own boat.

It is also used as a symbol of rank in the Avennorian society. Even land bound merchants will wear the cutlass as a symbol of honour and pride in the seafaring heritage of his or her ancestors.

When Avennorian captains receive their first command they are given a Cutlass with a unique basket hilt. The hilt is crafted from silver and carved to resemble an oyster shell. On the hilt is another engraving of a triangle within a circle, inside the triangle is an engraving of a waterstar flower. All these symbols are in honour of Baveras. The handle of this Cutlass is fashioned from whale ivory and sometimes carved into the likeness of Silffin, Baveras' sword whale.

Today many people who see a Cutlass think one thing first: pirates. This is because the weapon was adopted by so many people that make their trade on the oceans. Pirates favour the Cutlass over all other swords and many have made wicked and cruel modifications to their Cutlasses including serrations along the blade and vicious hooks at the tip for gutting an opponent. However even with these modifications the basic shape of the Cutlass and its signature basket hilt have remained unchanged to this day, a testament to the efficiency of the general design.

Fighting Style-
Because of its broad curved blade the Cutlass is best used in a slashing and chopping method. Almost anyone can pick up a Cutlass and swing it which is a great advantage aboard ship should untrained people have to fight unwanted intruders. Rather than taking alot of time to train a crew in how to use a sword they can be shown basic chops and slashes and then move on to learning the more important aspects of sailing a ship.

The Cutlass does have a formal style. Similar to the saber, the style used by masters of the Cutlass is a fast moving sweeping series of attacks, parries, and counter attacks. Some of the unique moves involve punching an opponent's weapon to the side and then making a quick slash to a now undefended region of their body. Another common attack is to use the Cutlass with a dagger or something similar in the opposite hand. When an adversary attacks one makes an X shape with the blades to catch the enemy weapon. This is followed by a side step and a twisting motion to force the blade to the side or down or even up at which point the wielder of the Cutlass and dagger can make a stab and slash or deliver a punch.

One of the main advantages of the Cutlass over many other swords is its shorter length. The shorter blade can be swung more easily in the close confines aboard a ship. Another unique ability of the Cutlass is granted by the metal basket hilt. Because of the hilt someone wielding a Cutlass can block an opponents attack and deliver a vicious punch attack that can stun or knock out their foe. To this end many pirates have added spikes and blades to the hilt to make it a more devastating weapon in combat.

The reach of the blade is also its primary disadvantage. A person wielding a longer sword or a polearm has a decided reach advantage over the Cutlass. In addition to the short reach, the curve of the blade makes thrusting attacks difficult but not impossible.

According to myth, the Cutlass was invented by the Glandorians, the ancestors of today's Avennorians, and was originally a long knife made for cutting meat. During a battle between ships some of the crew lost their swords and found themselves having to fend off the enemy with their long knives. It was quickly realized that the shorter curved blade had the advantage in the narrow corridors below decks as well as in the rigging.

Seeing the advantages this weapon presented in combat the captain sought out a blacksmith after they made port and had the eating knifes increased in size. Over a few generations the blade grew and thickened into what we now know as the Cutlass. The basic shape of the Cutlass has remained mostly unchanged since it was brought from the North by the Glandorians.

Because of the ties between the Cutlass and pirates the term "Cutlass Wearer" has become a bit of an insult in many trade circles. It means someone who is greedy and "goes for the gold", a trait that the Avennorians share with pirates many think.

15  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Hello on: 14 December 2009, 01:27:15
I realized something early this morning. I have been away for so long and there are so many new people here that I should re-introduce myself.

I am Keldren Stormraven. After a long absence I have returned to Santharia and am trying to pick up where  left off.
I have always been a fan of fantasy and role playing. I played my first game of Dungeons and Dragons when I was eight and have been playing and running games ever since.
I am very knowledgeable in the area of ancient to medieval weaponry having crafted my own blades as well as working in a shop that sold various edged weapons for the past four years.
I like to think I am very creative and I hope my work here expresses that. I also am here to learn and expand my abilities.
Well that pretty well sums this up so there you have it. A brief blurb about me.
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