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1  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Re: Lady Shiana of House Salazath, Princess of Santharia on: 15 October 2007, 00:04:35
I included the name, doesn't mean it has to stay.  (Thanks Sir Decipher!)

I added a few things, hope this is enough. I had already a "still" (softly rounded cheeks )included!
2  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Re: Lady Shiana of House Salazath, Princess of Santharia on: 14 October 2007, 23:28:00
I looked for some names in he Helcrani entry and came about the fratrae. Each noble belongs to any of the 7 fratrae. The names of the five human ones are

Menegulans, Ahai, Helerothi, Sostrian and Codomman

I liked Helerothi best and looked for a name Judy presented and found this one would match:

Alaveras sa Hethune of House Helerothi

I like the 3 "Hs" !

Would this name be ok?
3  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Re: Lady Shiana of House Salazath, Princess of Santharia on: 12 October 2007, 15:22:57
I cut the coment about the floating out of the text, but wanted to save it here for Trelstahl.


Well, I wanted to say, that when you are young, all is easy for you, you don‘t even think about what you are doing when you jump over a stone or so. You are movign as easily as if you were floating. Not so when you are 50 or older. Is there another way to express it? I looked it up in my dic, I hope I got it right this time
the more so as       zumal


Assuming "hover" can stay:

Ready for upload.
4  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Re: Lady Shiana of House Salazath, Princess of Santharia on: 12 October 2007, 07:04:58
*laughs*

I feared that, dear Lady Drucilla and pondered about the age of Trelstahl!

I still like the "float" better, for I wanted to create the image of "hovering" a palmspan above the ground. My dic gave me several options for "schweben"

 float       schweben   i
i   to hover       schweben   i
i   to hover [aviat.]       schweben   i
i   to impend       schweben   i
i   to swim       schweben   i
i   to waft       schweben   i
i   to waver       schweben   i
i   to be in limbo       schweben   i
i   to levitate       frei schweben   i
i   to hover above sth.       über etw. schweben   i
i   to hover       in der Luft schweben



But hover which seems perfect lets me think at this cleaning device...

Any proposals?

I will change the text itself tomorrow and put the effortlessly in!
5  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Re: Lady Shiana of House Salazath, Princess of Santharia on: 12 October 2007, 06:23:20
Thank you, Lady Drucilla!


I changed every single word Trelstahl suggested apart from chary and complaisant, for I wanted the meaning of those two words and not what he proposed.

There is now just one thing to be cleared, that is the sentence with the floated. I think the "the more so as " is now correct, but what about the floating, is it a picture so unusual?

Otherwise it should be ready to go.

6  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Wison on: 12 October 2007, 05:58:40
Have you still the old pics in layers? Maybe you could just copy some of the old wisons over to the new pic.

These faces are marvelous!
7  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Re: Lady Shiana of House Salazath, Princess of Santharia on: 10 October 2007, 23:55:51
Thank you, Sir Trelstahl, I'll do the needed changes as soon as possible!
8  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Re: Lady Shiana, Princess of Santharia on: 10 October 2007, 05:22:12
Thank you, Dear Bard Judy! I changed the sentence according your proposal.

I added now the missing names (many thanks to Sir FrozenZephyr) and what was still missing.

What might still be needed to be changed is the name of the painter

More comments?


Edit: I think I found the surname, King Santhros himself was "of House Salazath" and Shiana's ancestors have claimed to be of his blood, so they might as well have taken the name.
9  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Re: Lady Shiana, Princess of Santharia on: 09 October 2007, 03:25:51
Sir Drasil, the text above the picture shows clearly that she was 22 when she was painted.
Could you please tell me what "genes" or "good genes " are? As I understand, this is something positive?
10  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Re: Lady Shiana, Princess of Santharia on: 08 October 2007, 20:01:09
Well, I'm not as quick as my nephew would like to have me, but compared how long I have needed for other entries,, the parchments e.g.,  it was a fairly short time. I didn't do it over night though, I'm an admirer of our Lady Shiana for quite a while.  heart
11  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Re: Lady Shiana of House Salazath, Princess of Santharia on: 08 October 2007, 03:51:21
Lady Shiana of House Salazath, Princess of Santharia, Priestess of Nehtor and Seyella, Sorain of the Metharín



Overview


"If beauty has a human face and kindness a name then princess Lady Shiana comes to my mind." Many in the Santharian Kingdom share this view of one of the numerous admirers of the older sister of our current king, Santhros Tiandor.  Her appearance paired with her noble kindness and wisdom beyond her age makes her to one of the most loved members of the royal family, apart maybe from Santhros Tiandor‘s Queen Alaveras. Princess Shiana‘s abdication of the throne which she was destined to take over as the first child of  Santhros Grothian and his second wife Queen Lady Jaleth, her devotion to the god of healing Nehtor and her call by the goddess of destiny Seyella brought many burdens to her young life which she mastered in a way unprecedented. As a counsellor to the Santhros and as his link to the clerical powers of Santharia, especially as an exceptional priestess who serves two gods (Seyella and Nehtor), she is one of the most influential persons and  of  invaluable worth for the well-being of the entire kingdom of Santharia. Born in the year 1617 a.S. , she has celebrated her fiftieth birthday this year.    



Appearance, Personality


It is a nearly impossible task to describe such an ageless  beauty, such delicately shaped features, such a noble  demeanour. Lady Shiana‘s radiant blue eyes have the colour of a summer sky mirrored in the waters of a calm lake when she is happy, but turn to the dark hue of clouds of thunder when she is upset . She has a skin milch-white of colour, her cheeks though showing a slight hue of the pink of the Alinfa lily, especially when she is happy. An evenly formed, oval face with still softly rounded cheeks is framed by rich and shiny Eophran brown hair which is loosely braided behind her noble head. Little strands are often escaping and soften the otherwise perfectly looking hairdress. A delicate nose sits over finely formed, mercoral lips which  are always ready for a smile, even when she is sad. Only a few wrinkles around the eyes and the mouth give a hint at her true age - and the wisdom which speaks out of her eyes. She carries her slender frame with grace and she walks upright, the more so as she is past  the years where youth nearly enables to hover effortlessly above the ground.

However, it is not her beauty which captivates her admirers and lets them adore her, it is her noble soul, her friendly nature, her kindness which shimmers through. The author is convinced, that most would adore her and praise her beauty even if she would have a plain appearance, for what one can clearly see in her face is her love of the people and life in general. That makes her truly beautiful.

She is said to be not only one of the most beautiful persons in the Kingdom of Santharia, but one of the most kindest as well. That does not mean, that she does not have or show a temper. Injustice, ignorance concerning the need of the ill and poor and greed especially can enrage her and then she can find precise words which nail down the problem and will silence  any opponent. But her voice is never sharp and she would never attempt to purposely hurt somebody. She is sometimes a very determined person, but all her actions are encased with her friendliness and kindness and therefore people love to follow her advice. She is vulnerable as well - the image which goes with this description shows it clearly . It was painted after her great loss when she was twenty-two, shortly after she had her first visions of the disaster which changed her future life.



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When one looks at this picture, one can see the sorrow about her loss in her sad and dreamy eyes, her gaze seems to be lost in a distant place and time. Her overall expression is that of somebody who has a big burden to carry - and is willing to do so, despite the hope for a bright future has died not long ago. In this painting Lady Shiana looks very young and vulnerable, but the first hints of the inner strength she will show later are already visible. The bird in her hands shows a characteristic of her healing abilities, the light aura which seems to engulf those who experience her helping hands.(Picture by Sir Kayrûun Khim, royal court painter.)


 Her sensitivity concerning the ill and wounded brought her often to the brink of desperation, only her strong belief in Nehtor and her positive  nature allowed her to live on and  master life with all its responsibilities. But with the time she learned to guard herself, her further education through the priests of Seyella gave her a great inner strength which allowed her to master her difficult life.


Biography



1617- 1630 a.S.: Childhood

In a stormy night in the winter of 1617 a.S., the one when Seystar gave the reign over to Nehstar, Princess Lady Shiana was born in  New Santhala as first child of Santhran Grothian and his second wife Queen Lady Jaleth. Her life was happy and free of sorrow. She was educated as the princess who will succeed her father if the Hands do approve. Among the usual subjects like the elven language Styrásh, literature and art of the Santharian kingdom, dance and conversation, politics and economics, she is taught about foreign lands and their cultures. She is especially fond of the history of the Nybelmarian Krean, which might be the merit of her beloved mentor, the young Déóron Asaen from Nybelmar, a distant uncle from the known compendiumist Coren ‚FrozenZephyr‘ Asaen. Another of her favourite teachers is the sage Artimidor Federkiel  who manages to interest her in the celestial art of observing the stars and the moon. Her favourite occupation is however her musical lessons. She excels both on the flute and the Resonance Organ, but favours soon the lyra for there she can use her musical voice as well. Already now her kind and patient nature enchants the hearts of the whole royal household. She is very attached not only to her pet animals, but to every animal she encounters in her castle gardens. Soon she starts to bring home little hurt beasts and tries to heal them with her restricted means untill her teachers demand she spend more time with her studies. She obeys as the little girl who is already well aware of her future burden. Sorrow enters her young life at the age of nine for the first time when her beloved Brendolian cat is severely injured by a Zeiphyrian hunting hound and dies despite her caring attempts to save its life. She accuses herself, that she has not put enough trust in Nehtor. For some time she visits the small worshipping place in the castle daily.


1630 a.S.:  Coming of Age

The princess comes of age and to the annoyance of her parents and her advisers she shows signs of being a gifted child of Nehtor. Dreams of Nehtor enter her sleep, dreams were she seems to get advice what she is able to do: Headaches go away when she lays her hands on the forehead of her mother, the pain of a hurt knee retreats when she is holding her younger brother prince Tiandor on her lap and when she plays her lute all aches a listener might have are gone after a while. At first her parents forbid her to follow her passion, but after the formerly so happy child gets sadder every day she is allowed to enter the service of Nehtor to a certain extent. A priest is called to introduce her to the ways of Nehtor, but she still has to fulfil her duties as the princess who will once inherit the throne. And that means mainly studying a broad canon of subjects.


1635 -36 a.S.: Travelling around Southern Santharia


Princess Lady Shiana  finishes her studies with excellence. She is now an apprentice of Nehtor (half way  through her studies to become a priestess) and tries to fulfil her duties as  a follower whenever her times allows it. Further studies in this area take place, but her royal duties which now set in take much of her time.

Like every royal member since the time of  her ancestor Grothunc the Wise has ascended the throne, Shiana has now to travel around Santharia to get to know the land she might reign later, once her father has resigned. Her voyages lead her as far south as Strata, even a trip to Shan‘Thai is included. Her task is mainly to represent the Royal House, to get to know important people, to present herself as the future Santhrosa.


1636 a.S.: Engagement


Aldin Almaradar Asaen of Araasaen, descendant of Emperor Dearan Asaen of the Great Empire of Krath in Nybelmar  enters the life of the princess. They meet during her visit in the port town of Varcopas where he is a representative of his foreign country, ready to start his duties which will lead him to the court of New Santhala.

He accompanies her on her way back. Soon both fall in love with each other and a bright future seems to lie ahead. He is a handsome young man out of an old and noble family who has an education which rivals Shiana‘s own and so all the attributes a future husband of a reigning Santhrosa has to display.
When they are back in the capital from her journey south it doesn‘t take long and Aydin Asean becomes the proposed husband of the young princess.

However, many parties in Santharia dislike the fact, that the future Santhrosa has not chosen one out of their ranks. They argue that unknown foreign blood will flow through their children veins, children who will grow up and eventually reign the country, that he might have troubles integrating himself in the Santharian society and doubt, that he will step back into the second row once his wife  becomes the next Santhrosa . The true reason behind this opposition however is the fear of loosing the desired influence which comes with a marriage into the royal family. Former rivalling parties join in their effort to impede the marriage.

Shiana, the otherwise chary, complaisant and disarming young woman suddenly shows that she knows how to fight for her love and finally all voices which speak out against the young man are silenced. Three months after she has returned from her travels to the south the engagement is celebrated on yearturn in 1636 a.S..


1637-1639 a.S.: Voyage in the North


With the beginning of the new year Princess Shiana starts her representative voyage through the North of Santharia. However, due to the events with start in the following spring, the journey is not as successful as the one in the South.


1637 a.S.: The Disaster


In the early spring in the year 1637 a.S.. Princess Shiana starts the second part of her travels, this time the North is her destination. Though she looks forward to her journey she is unhappy as well, for now she has to part from her love. He has to voyage back to his Nybelmar homelands to administer his estate, to say farewell to his beloved and to prepare himself for his coming tasks as husband of the future Santhrosa.

But all high flying plans for a future together collapse when Aydin Asean dies on his way home in Chylikis. Waiting to embark for the vessel which will bring him to Varcopas he is offered a visit to the great docks where the Varcopasian ships are built. One of the big cranes which are used to construct the overseas vessels destined for Nybelmar crashes and hits the group he is in. He is immediately killed along with several of his attendants. Officially it is treated as disastrous accident, but rumours spread quickly, that he was murdered to prevent the wedding.

That her proposed husband dies brings deep sorrow to the young woman.
But what is worse, she has seen and  what happened in a sudden vision and shared the feelings of her dying fiancé. So she knows, that this „accident“ was designed by powers who disliked her engagement with Aydin Asean.

From this day on, the visions beleaguer her more frequently and clear dreams of events that take place at the same time or in the near future enter her life. More often she dreams that Seyella calls her, but at first she denies it  and does not want to believe that another goddess is asking for her service for she is dedicated to Nehtor, so how could that be?

Her duties suffer through her dreams and visions which she tries to hide initially, but finally priests of Seyella are asked and they confirm, that she has received a second call - the first person after the Seer Damari Amisys who had lived more than 150 years ago.


1639 a.S.. The Abdication


The council of the Four Hands insist, that she has to resign from the throne after Shiana has a vision in Nyermersys revealing a scandolous relationship of an important nobleman in full public. Her younger brother Prince Tiandor is now confirmed as candidate for the position of the Santhros when his father dies.


1639-1649 a.S.: Apprenticeship as Priestess of Seyella


Shiana retreats for the next eight years into the secluded part of the temple of  Seyella in Varcopas  to become a priestess of the goddess of destiny, but at the same she is trained to be a full priest of Nehtor, the god of healing as well. Not much is known about this time, not if she had more of her „revealing“ visions or if  she learned to master, to direct them and get some control over her life again. However, rumours abound that a gifted priestess of Nehtor who was always veiled  - against the normal practise of others of her kind -  brought much relief to the poorer people and lost souls of the  City of Thousand Blooms.


1642 a.S.. Death of Santhros Grothian


Princess Shiana is not openly seen at the burial, but informed people believe that she was sent to console her family, that she was allowed to bid her father farewell before he died.

1642-1649 a.S.. Reign of Consort Jaleth


1647 a.S.: Return into publicity ( Marriage of Tiandor and Alaveras)

The first time Priestess Shiana is seen again in public is on the occasion of the marriage of her brother Tiandor to Alaveras sa Hethune of House Helerothi. The simple robes she is wearing have the light grey colour of a priestess of Seyella, but are adorned with the blue and purple Nehtor is known for. She is now even more beautiful than she appeared in her youth, but her former softness which many back then thought to be a weakness is replaced by an inner strength which everybody can feel whenever she is present.


1647-1649 a.S.: Travelling around Santharia


The following two years she travels around Santharia on behalf of the temples of Seyella getting to know many important persons within the Santharian clerical hierarchy.
 

1649 a.S.: Coronation of Santhros Tiandor


Priestess Shiana attends the coronation and is asked to assist the ceremony as representative of the priests of Seyella.


1649-1662 a.S.: More Travels


Shiana travels by order of the temples of Seyella and Nehtor. Despite her activities she finds always time to fulfil her tasks as priest as well. Her visions seem to be under control.


1655 a.S.: Plans for her assassination uncovered


 Plans for an assassination are uncovered, but no guilty party found. The cause for this assault on her life might be the fear of some subversive parties to be disclosed through her visions.
    This is something which has to be elaborated later.


1662 a.S: Voice to the King


Priestess Shiana is elected Sorain  (Voice ) to the King of the Metharín in the Kingdom of Santharia. Now she is officially what she already was during his reign: advisor in clerical matters to her brother, the Santhros. It does not lighten her burden  to do both justice, her brother and the priests who have trust in her ability and willingness to represent their wishes.



Importance


Lady Shiana‘s importance as a dutiful princess at first, as responsible representative for the Temples of Seyella later on and now as the Voice speaking for the entire Clerical Hierarchy of Santharia is obvious.

The long continuing peace during the reign of the current Santhros may well be credited to her visions, at least partly. Often her family or persons related to her are subject of these lucid dreams, or events and actions which would affect those close to her. With her brother being the current sovereign, this means quite a lot. Not much about the content of these dreams is revealed, but subversive forces often fear, that their plans could be uncovered and their names being public before any goal they might have is achieved, so the disposition to such activities is low.

However, what is more crucial than all her duties which she accomplishes so well or any effect her visions might have on the stability of the current government is how she is perceived throughout Santharia. She is seen as a person of integrity beyond any doubt, of honour and justice, but as well as  the most loving and caring member of the royal family, as the one who is interested in the well-being of her people, be it the nobles  or the poor folks. There are not many who do not confide in her. This has a positive effect on the whole society and the flowering of  the Kingdom of Santharia is to a high degree her merit. As a simple mind has put it: "Even if the Santhros and all his nobles bugger up the kingdom, nothing can go wrong as long as our Lady Shiana is around!"



*Sir Kayrûun Khim

It was one of the great godsend that the young genius from Nybelmar, Kayrûun Khim, freshly appointed as painter for the royal  court, was ordered to portray Lady Shiana. So this magnificent picture has come down to us. Rumours say, that he had fallen in love with her, but not able to confess his feelings to somebody in rank so high above him, he laid all his love in his painting of her.


12  Santharian World Development / People of the World of Caelereth / Lady Shiana of House Salazath, Princess of Santharia on: 08 October 2007, 03:46:41
Lady Shiana of House Salazath, Princess of Santharia, Priestess of Nehtor and Seyella, Sorain of the Metharín



When you read this, especially when used to look through characters at the RPG-Board you might at once say: Oh, how is she unbalanced. Of course she is. With purpose. She is designed to be one of the most noble (and living) personalities in the entire kingdom of Santharia, she is a princess! And then there comes in another reason - the man who has written her biography is a true admirer, so don‘t expect, that he writes anything negative!

I tossed the dates around a bit we laid down two years ago (should repost this table, it got somehow lost in the transfer of the board) to give Shiana some more time till she becomes priestess of Seyella and to complicate the things a bit.. and to allow a love affair (no worries, harmless and mostly platonic ;) )

The biography gets thinner the older she gets, but I didn‘t know what to write, with our history and the entry for Tiandor not finished and up. But we can add more anytime. I think the person‘s entries of current people have to be altered and changed as long as any of those is still under progress.

Note: A „methar“ is someone like a cardinal, „metharín“ is plural ; there are four „metharin“ who exist (for every element one). The metharín elect the „Voice“ or „Sorain“, their speaker who is their mediator to the King. (pinned down last year at Santhmoot II. )

I seldom dare to say „it“ like others do it here when posting a submission, but I hope you will this time:

Enjoy!



Thank you again to k.jun and his wife 97bzo who allowed me to use the picture "Healing" for Shiana. You can find more of their work under their homepage at http://www.kjun.org

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