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1  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: An Unwise Return on: 11 June 2010, 00:09:55
Thanks Artimidor !  *blows kisses* You are so very helpful.  You have definatly given me a place to start, as for my own imagination, I have been suffering from writer's block for a year or so now when I tried to make a book I was writing go someplace my characters did not want it to go.  Sometimes our muses have a very cruel way of punishing someone who disobeys their wishes.

Besides there are so many unfinished, or half finished, or briefly mentioned entries out there that don't get done because of all the creative minds out there that have truly wonderful ideas of their own.  I figured why start something new when you can have the wonderful task of finishing something old.  Maybe not as glorifying perhaps, but definately necessary.  Mayhaps if I come up with something I truly can't resists, I'll start something of my own, but for now I think I'll stick with the equally rewarding task of taking off where somebody else left off.
2  Santharian World Development / Places and Map Design / Re: Reserving a Places Entry on: 11 June 2010, 00:04:05
With permission, I'll volunteer to edit and finish the The Glistening Well of Goltherlon.  Seems interesting enough and has plenty to work with.
3  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Erissa's Tears, Flower, Revised... on: 10 June 2010, 23:55:07
*curtsy* Thank you Smee for your compliments and your review.  I have made the changes you have suggested and I am now waiting for any other comments, suggestions, and corrections.
4  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: An Unwise Return on: 09 June 2010, 22:27:19
The only project that I have seemed to have left unattended is a short story that never got past its first chapter.  Since school has come and my 2-Gig got full, I'm afraid that the files I had got deleted with some other similiar non-school items.

I could, I suppose, rewrite it, if the story was felt to be a true contribution, but if I remember rightly it was more a momentarily flight of fancy rather then a flight of genius.  I'll dig up the link I found and I'll ask everyone's opinion about whether or not to continue it.  Here's the link: http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,12955.msg157483/topicseen.html#new

Let me know if you think I should continue it or not.

For now, though, I am looking for other projects.  Lots of other projects, actually.  It's summer and I'm bored.  'Nough said.  So far I have one entry up and awaiting comment, and am waiting for approval to write another entry.  I'm also 'splunking' as I call it for other ideas and entries to work on.  Feel free to toss things at me, although I warn you, I'm notoriously uncordinated and unathletic, so if it's fragile I will break it.
5  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Herbarium Entry Proposals on: 08 June 2010, 10:51:00
Well, that was easier then expected.  Shall we try something more difficult then?  I'll take the entry for the Heartsore plant.  It needs creation anyway.
6  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Erissa's Tears, Flower, Revised... on: 08 June 2010, 03:45:12
Done.  *curtesies* The floor is yours my Lord and Ladies.
7  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Erissa's Tears, Flower, Revised... on: 07 June 2010, 23:23:51
Other then the reproduction section of this entry, very little has been changed from the orginal entry.  I can add more but, it hardly seems necessary, and I would hate to change it so much that it's orginal author would no longer recongize it.

Comments, critizism, suggestions, and corrections are welcome.

I will also need permission to maintain the orginal picture found in this entry and kindly request that the link to the Snow Maiden entry in the library be repaired before the final entry is entered back into the herbarium.
8  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Erissa's Tears, Flower, Revised... on: 07 June 2010, 23:21:56
Categorisation : Flower
Erissa's Tears is the commonly used name for the Ynia. It is a tiny light purple flower that is usually the first to appear at the end of winter, often emerging as the snow is receding.

Appearance. This tiny flower stands about three nailsbreadths high.   The heart shaped dark green leaves are a nailsbreadth in width circling the dark green stem close to the ground.  There are usually three leaves circling the thin stem.  The small flower consisting of four small circular petals each less then a nailsbreadth across that sit flat on top its straight stem.   .  Colour of this tiny flower can range from a light purple similar to allia to a deep dark purple, but lighter shades are more predominant.   In the center with the stamen is a white spot.  The leaves and stem of the Yneia are covered with a type of wax unique to this plant which will harden during the plants growth period.  This wax coating which give the leaves their bright sheen is believed to protect the plant from various grubs and midges.

This flower can be found all over the continent of Sarvonia, whether it is along the shores of the sea or high in a mountain pass. The flower needs to be in full sunlight so it is mostly found in open areas like meadows, fields or southern slopes of mountains, e.g. at the Nirmenith Mountains in southern Santharia.  Although more commonly found in the southern part of Sarvonia, the Yneia has been known to grow briefly during the summer in some of the more northern regions.

There are no known uses for this flower. Although, many a maiden have been known to braid this tiny flower into their hair before attending one of the spring fairs.  

Reproduction The Yneia is often the first green thing to be seen in the snow across the continent of Sarvonia often taken as the first sign of spring.  Although itís stem and dark green leaves will begin to grow during the later parts of the month of Molten Ice, the plant will not begin to bud and bloom until Awakening Earth.  With a very few exceptions, the yneia blooms from the beginning of Awakening Earth until late Changing Winds.  The plant seems to thrive in the moist environment that melting snows create and soon withers without the presence of wet ground.  A notoriously hard to grow plant, all efforts to cultivate the Yneia in tamed gardens have failed since although it needs moist wet ground to grow and thrive, it can be easily overwatered.   Attempts by Brownies to grow this plant have recently been more successful through means of indirect watering such as through use of chunks of ice or planting thick absorbent cloth around the plant and then watering the cloth instead of the ground to allow moisture to slowly steep through the ground.

In environments where a constant indirect source of water is provided, such as in places where snow melts more slowly such as higher elevations and around the outer edges of marshes, the Yneia will continue to bloom until the month of Rising Sun.

Throughout its growth period, the protective wax which covers the plant will begin to harden until in at the beginning of the month of Changing Winds both the stem and leaves of the plant are unbendable.  When the wax is hardened if the plant has been successfully pollinated, the stamen harden as well as it turns a dark brown color signifying the presence of seeds inside the protective stamen.  Meanwhile, the roots of the plant will wither and die leaving the stem unanchored to the ground.  Released from the ground, the plant will be blown away with the slightest breath of wind.  The leaves and stems now hard spin in high winds allowing the planta kind of flight as long as the wind blows.  The sight of the blooms spinning through the air is a delight to children who will often try to mimic the actions of the wind by rubbing the stem in their hands until the leaves spin and then letting the flower go.  Born by the wind, the Yneia will come to rest in some unusual places, but some of the plants thus carried will land in places suitable for growth.  Upon landing the brown stamen will burst asunder hopefully further scattering its seeds unto fertile soil where the seeds will begin the slow process of developing roots until early spring when the plant will once again bloom for its brief time. This same action of scattering seeds to due impact is also often accomplished by children who use the Yneia as their playthings.
Many small insects, butterflies, and moths are responsible for the pollination of this plant, the type of species depending on the location. From the Blue Myrmex, to dalůr, to the flitter twitch butterfly, Erissaís Tears do not lack for insects to pollinate them to assure they bloom again in the spring.  

Myth/Lore/Origins  Most of the inhabitants on the Sarvonian continent have heard about or know of the selfish and cold-hearted girl who became the Snow Maiden. The stories may differ slightly and the name may be Arysa, Erris or similar, but all end the same way. It is believed, since these tiny flowers come so close to winter's end, they are the tears shed by Erissa when winter is giving way to the warmth of spring. Some say they are tears of sorrow for what she has lost and repentance.  Others claim they are tears of rage that once again she has lost dominance to the warmth of the world.  
9  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Herbarium Entry Proposals on: 06 June 2010, 12:46:28
To help me get back into the swing of things....I'll gladly make an corrections expansions that are needed to the Erissa's Tears entry, if you will fill me on the what it needs.  I also noticed that when I clicked on the link for the legend of the snow maiden it wasn't working, why, may I ask?

Feel free to throw any other plants in my direction that need work or expansion.  Goodness knows I like the feel of dirt underneath my finger nails, mud in my toes, and have plenty of free time.
10  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: An Unwise Return on: 04 June 2010, 23:54:31
The dreams of this place were haunting in the sense that they would not let me be in peace, but they were pleasant.  I have you know I still find myself writing entries from time to time for this place despite my long absence, which is one of the reasons I returned.  If this place will not let me be, then I will return the favor by not letting it be.

Thank you Artimidor, for your welcome and your acceptance.  Any guidance as to where my limited talents could be put to use, please free to direct it to my attention.

Thank you for the concern Seeker, I had forgotten that's what had taken me away was my headaches.  My mirgraines have gotten better although I get them about once a month now since they follow the course of the moon, but having figured out what was the other triggers that simply made them worse I can now avoid most of things that make me miserable and the once a month ones are not so bad as a result.  Caffine and nitrates are bad for you anyway, although I still miss Tea and Chocolate.  Medicine has also helped with the migraines I cannot avoid.

As to my interests, I never had a permant interest really, I only wrote a few entries with little to no connection to each other.  The Herbarium I supposed held the greatest attraction to me, but myths and legends also held a certain attraction.  Thanks to college my writing has gotten better and my style has slightly changed, but I revel in details and things requiring long hours of research as I always have.  I work best with things that I can "research" or things that already exist but simply need to be written down.  I'm afraid my artistic skills haven't improved any despite the absence, as I'm still only a barely adequate sketcher at best with no skills in Digital Art, yet who needs another ameauter when I remember such fantastic artist?  Of which, if I recall correctly Seeker could be named.  So I'm available to anyone who needs me and will do any work I'm given as best I can.

I don't think I have left any incomplete entries...and if I did i'm sure someone finished them.  If no one did, I can at least finish what I began.  *goes searching through post files to make sure*
11  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / An Unwise Return on: 04 June 2010, 23:11:29
Greetings.  Perhaps this is unwise, but memories and dreams of this place haunt me still....I find myself drawn to this place once again.

I have been gone for a long while.  I do not remember why I left and I can hardly explain why I have returned.

I know I may not be accepted back having disgraced myself by disappearing with whatever explanation I gave, having left projects unattended, and disregarded only to return again with no apology.

If you will have me, I would return.  May I ask to be allowed to return?  I would work if I am allowed and would consider it a greater honor then the honor I was given when I first came.
12  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Flaming Star Vine, Flaming Tangle Vine, Vines and Creepers on: 30 April 2009, 02:15:08
Edited.  Decided I didn't like the orgins tale.
13  Santharian World Development / Places and Map Design / Re: The Mists of Osthemangar - WIP on: 14 March 2009, 02:17:53
I love deadly beautiful flowers and flesh-eating mushrooms.  I do have an idea for a plant that might be interesting.

Name: Hero's Helper, Renamed the Deciever
Catogory: Vine/Creeper
Overview:  A small creeping vine that only grows along the solid pieces of ground within the mist and produces a night flower that glows in a steady flicker an eerie white or light blue.  These small ugly little beauties were once considered helpful to would be heroes who attempted to travel through the Mists as the vines grew only on solid ground and if one followed the vine close enough they were almost guarenteed that they wouldn't fall into a pit, quicksand, or seething ponds.  Newer information reveals that the vine is anything but helpful.  It has been discovered that the glowing powder that covers that night flowers of the vine actually contains the small insect eggs that perfer to hatch within the warm food-providing lungs of humans.  The Hero's Disease as it has come to be called is extremly painul before it finally results in death.  Those who are fornate not to inhale the eggs suffer an equally dreadful fate.  The glowing powder covering the flowers of the Healer's Helpers contains mind and body altertating properties giving those who consume it to gain almost inhuman strength at the cost of their mind turning them into berskers until the effects wear off.  Sustained inhalation of the dust has the same effect as an illegal powdered drug, called Hero's Help, eventually causing the victim to lose the facility of reason as they become seemingly stronger and stronger.  The drug is also addictive and after a few uses the user becomes addicted to the powder.  Unsavory characters wishing to make a profit still travel into the marshes to collect the flowers to crush them into a find powder to produce the illegal drug in order to sell it to those desperate for strength.  Users of this illegal drug eventually die either in the mad attempt to obtain the powder from the marshes or from injesting the lung devoring insect.
14  Organization and General Discussions / The Southern Sarvonian Continent / Re: Current King- Father+wives- Brainstorming on: 27 February 2009, 00:40:14
I know this topic is a bit old but since its a worthy idea, I'm not about to let it die!

As a history buff myself, may I make a suggestion to this thread:  To find that which you do not know, use what you do.  As my history professors love tell me a person, especially a ruler, is the product of his geography, the previous ruler (sometimes his parent, sometimes not), the history of his country, the beliefs (religious and suspicines), his parents (reflecting both their good qualities, their bad ones, at the same time their opposite while being their copy), his personal history, and the immediate history surrounding him i.e. the last 150 years or so which give or take a few years should equal the last three ruling kings and their impacts.

Santharia is wonderful in the fact that we have all facts available to us, well almost all.  We know the last 150 years or so of history, the beliefs of Santharia, and the history of Santharia and Calereth in general.

Of what do not know we can infer from what we do know.  Take this as an example from the entry of Princess Shiana.

older sister of our current king, the Santhran Tiandor of House Salazath. Princess Shiana's abdication of the throne which she was destined to take over as the first child of Santhran Grothian and his second wife Queen Lady Jaleth,

From this short quote we can gather the following facts, our current kings title or name (not sure if Santhran Tiandor of House Salazath is title or name), that he is younger by at least  10 months than Princess Lady Shiana (the shortest period of time between children possible in humans), and that he is the child of Santhran Grothian and an unknown wife.  We can guess or infer that he was the child of Santrhran Grothianís second wife Queen Lady Jaleth, but it is possible that he had a third wife.  Also from the same entry we can guess some of the influences present in our currentís King's life not the least of which could possibly be his older sister.

So you see what I mean?  Using this process of interference or guessing from known fact we can construct the biography of our current in no time at all hopefully.
15  Organization and General Discussions / Bell-Ringing - Notifications to Developers / Re: Miraran! on: 25 February 2009, 03:04:44
Ringing your bell as requested.
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