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16  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Nysl on: 03 June 2011, 16:36:44
Brilliant, it's all good to go  :D

Oh, and + aura, because I haven't given you any yet for this little critter
17  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Oiaoooeee or Oha-ooy on: 02 June 2011, 22:24:10
Finally completed :P
18  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Nysl on: 02 June 2011, 22:03:11
Sorry for taking so long to come back to this one - I've been over in Hull (about an hour from York) for a swing dancing workshop and then just feeling very tired and headachy which doesn't make me want to look at computer screens! 

These little dragons are just brilliant - they fit perfectly into the Brownie settlements and also provide a couple of missing resources i.e. armour and non-metal tools.

I do have one worry about the history - at the time when Kalina is supposed to have heard of the dragons and come to find them for herself, the Brownies have almost no contact with the outside world.  They trade with the dwarves of Kor Donian, but that is it.  So they couldn't have been classified as a dragon by Syalah Redbark, as she wouldn't have access to any resources/information other than that already in the Vale.  Apart from possibly a myth or two, she would probably never have even heard about any other dragons.  Kalina could have heard of the creatures through the dwarves maybe?  If any of them had a reason to pass on the information to her?  At least there would be plenty of rumours about the existence of the Brownies in the Vale, as it's only 100 years or so after the war in Carmalad.
19  Organization and General Discussions / Discussions, Development Ideas & Proposals / Re: Regarding the GobOcs on: 24 May 2011, 16:32:36

Probably mainly for lurking rather than full deving - I wasn't really intending it, but these amazing Brownie entries have lured me back!

(Kisses Judy on the top of the fingertip, and then runs forward to hug her whole hand)

How have you been?
20  Organization and General Discussions / Discussions, Development Ideas & Proposals / Re: Regarding the GobOcs on: 24 May 2011, 06:57:53
No worries, thank Dek for pointing out your Brownie-related query on the IRC :P

I used to use my dev schedule to keep track of all of it before the Brownie Board as well  (have a look at it - you'll see underneath the nice neat list of entries I'm doing, there is a whole collection of random snippets), but, well, no one else can comment on that so the Brownie Board works better for a group of developers.
21  Organization and General Discussions / Discussions, Development Ideas & Proposals / Re: Regarding the GobOcs on: 24 May 2011, 06:49:19
I asked nicely :)  It's not used a whole lot to be honest, but it does mean that I can put up a lot of dev stuff on the boards, and store it somewhere safe and accessable for all.  I mainly asked for it when I realised that so much of the Brownie stuff was confined solely to my head - I didn't want it to get lost, and wanted to share it with people so that the Brownie race was in general more dev-friendly.

Edit: Also, as the Brownies are spread out over such a large range, their stuff doesn't fit nicely into the Santharia continent board, or the Nybelmar continent board.  

Edit again:  http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,14097.0.html
22  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Nysl on: 24 May 2011, 06:42:05
Unfinished comments I'm afraid (all just tiny nitpicks so far)

"The Nysl that live amongst the Brownies live much like that of cats or horses, living in the homes or stables of the Brownies, and being quite content with this type of lifestyle."

Would it be possible to emphasise their intelligence in this paragraph too?  Because although they are looked after like a pet, it's important that they are far more than that - i.e. reasoning, sentient creatures.

"The Nysl are also the primary method the Llaoihrr use to access the wild Oha-ooy, as they have a similar mindset when dealing with the tree."

"Not every encounter will be for impregnating the female. In fact, she is only fertile enough to conceive four times in her lifetime and most females will give birth twice, though some will only have one child."

Does laying eggs = giving birth?  I'm not sure, suppose it's down to interpretation really.  But I'm also thinking that if each female only has one/two offspring in her lifetime, how do the overall numbers increase?  For a population to remain stable, each pair of creatures has to raise two offspring, replacing themselves with their children when they die.  To increase, they have to have three or more.  Unfortunately for the dragons, this population is doomed to decreasing and extinction, especially when you take into account disease, injury, infertility....etc etc

"Once the eggs hatch, the baby Nysl, often referred to as a Eiti, will emerge as a small and very round version of its parents, being a mere palmspan in length and eight nailsbreadths around at the belly. Most Eiti are born as a shade of purple. This hue ranges from almost white to a dark rich colouration depending on the colour of the parents. Gold Nysl will usually have a medium shade while the silver Nysl will be much closer to that of white. The copper Nysl usually have the darkest hue when they are born. "

So cute!!!  I love the name too, Eiti.  Like a little ball of cuteness.

Ok, I have to go to bed unfortunately, and I still have Myth/Lore/Origins to read.  I will be back as soon as I can to finish it off, sorry for the delay xx
23  Santharian World Development / Brownie Development / Re: Brownie Entry and Update Proposals on: 24 May 2011, 06:11:40
The Wood Owl Usages section has been kindly completed by Drasil, so I shall strike it off the list  thumbup
24  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Wood Owl Usages Section on: 24 May 2011, 05:04:55
All looks good to me Drasil, thankyou for a lovely brownie-related addition :)
25  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Any tales on these folks? on: 24 May 2011, 03:27:33
Hey Jonael,

I'd at least send the others an email to see if they show up - if nothing else they'd be able to give you some good pointers/comments if they do come along, and at worse, at least you'll have given them a chance to give their input.

26  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Nysl on: 23 May 2011, 21:46:45
I'll have another look through tonight :)
27  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Wood Owl Usages Section on: 21 May 2011, 01:58:59
This is great stuff Drazil, just what was in my head too, but with funny bits :D

Just one typo:

While their compatriots flee for their lives, the remaining Brownies scale the tree and enter the nest.  Using a series of baskets and pulleys, they quickly, but carefully lower the fragile eggs to the ground and haul them back to Council Tree.

And I'm also not quite sure about this bit:

At this stage, the bird will only allow its companion to mount it and, though normally quite laid back, have been known to become fiercely protective of their little riders.

Although it's companion Brownie would probably get a much better response, and certainly would be the only one who could really fly it into dangerous/scary situations, these birds are fairly easy going and I think they might agree to transport another Brownie around the Vale?
28  Organization and General Discussions / Announcements and Web Design / Re: Masterwork permission for Jonael Tomeskrift on: 20 May 2011, 04:08:46
Congrats! :)
29  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Nysl on: 20 May 2011, 03:50:58
Aww, thankyou  :D
30  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Nysl on: 20 May 2011, 02:51:32
As discussed on the IRC, the dragon mounts are great.  Can you make the restrictions we talked about nice and clear?  i.e.:

1) They don't/won't go outside the Vale
2) They're sentient, so you can't command them, you have to negiotiate, which would make them very tricky to ride

Essentially, I just would really like it to be clear that whilst they do have many fine qualities and abilities, your humble owl/falcon/ferret actually makes a more practical day-to-day mount.  Otherwise I'll have at least 3 very long entries to redo and no-one wants that (I'd moan a lot :P)

For the history, here is a "this is how I would do it", which you are more than welcome to cherry-pick for the bits you like, use as much or as little as you want :)

Although, saying that, I would like the first flying mounts to be Greybark's Flying Militia in 290 b.S, because I like to stick to what Greybark wrote where possible, especially as this is part of a big historical event.  If the Brownies find them before that, then they could either be still afraid and cautious of them, or not begin to ride them for another reason (supersition, not needing too, not being in close enough daily contact with them....etc etc)

And they can easily have been in the Vale before the Brownies came, as were a lot of other creatures - the Brownies would at first have stayed down in the lowest parts of the Vale I reckon, as that's where the plants and insects they eat thrive best, and not bother to venture up into the Mountains.  Or even if they did, the Nsyl would just be another creature to observe - another strange mountain thing.

Between between 1020 b.S. and 300 b.S. the Llaoihrr are becoming more intellectually interested in their world - they begin to push back the boundaries of Life Magic again and invent a lot of the labour-saving gadgets they still use today.  So  it seems to me a logical time when some intrepid little creature looks back at all the rumours of weird, lizard-like, intelligent animals living in the mountains and goes and invesigates.  That could even be why the Sorceress' Peak Llaoihrr moved away from the Council Tree - to study the Nsyl and the other magical stuff in that area?

After Greybark brings back his flying militia and sets up the Skydiver Clan in 281 b.S, the idea of riding flying things becomes more of a normal thing.  So if the Brownies have become friendly enough with some Nysl to be allowed to ride them, then that could be the next logical step.

As you see, some dates are fixed, but some things are pretty open to whenever you want them to have happened.  Since the founding of the Council Tree in 1020 b.S, the Llaoihrr have kept pretty good records of their history, so dates/names etc could have been written down (depending on how much detail you want to go into - there are occasional - and very convienent - issues with bark-eating bugs getting into the Library)

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