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46  Santharian World Development / Races, Tribes and Clans / Re: Tiraelhon on: 22 November 2003, 04:26:00
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47  Santharian World Development / Races, Tribes and Clans / Re: Tiraelhon on: 19 November 2003, 06:28:00
Okay, I will post in the Aeruillin forum about this, but I think it would be fun to have two tribes in the same desert and that way we could show some tension and battles between the two...

48  Santharian World Development / Races, Tribes and Clans / Tiraelhon on: 14 November 2003, 01:35:00
Overview The Tiraelhon, (humans call them "Sand Elves") is a tribe of elves that reside in the Sands of Maechalan on the continent Aeruillin, and can often be seen visiting the port city Shan' Furionnis, and the cities in Thylascuran. They seem very savage compared to most elves, and they have completely forgotten the High Goddess Avá and worship their own set of gods. The reason for this is that they felt forsaken by Avá when she let them wander about in the wilderness. The gods that they worship are called the Dietrae and the Airae, and they are the forces of nature and aspects of the mind that affect the Tiraelhon's daily life. Although they seem mysterious their culture is very rich and well developed. The Tiraelhon are also well known for their sour terirais, a lemon-type fruit, which grow best near the Sea of Tardulan.

Appearance Tiraelhon are very serious looking and are perhaps the most unique elves. They are short, and thin with very sharply pointed ears. But instead of having only the top pointed, the bottom is also pointed and hangs down rather long. Their ears are pierced in both sexes in the outer ear along the lobe. They have their ears pierced for every one hundred-fiftieth year of being alive. They have developed a very good metabolism and can eat most foods without becoming ill. It is believed that this is due to their strenuous lifestyle but that has not been confirmed.

The Tiraelhon wear their age like a badge of pride. You can always tell the Elders from the youngsters, because as the Tiraelhon get older their skin darkens and their hair becomes a dark tint of gray. By the time any Tiraelhon reaches the limits of life at 700 years they have become very crisp and brown. The Tiraelhon are usually 1.7 peds in height and weigh slightly less than 1 pygge. Tiraelhon arms are very long propotionally and give them an almost barbarian look.

The Tiraelhon skin color is very dark, almost a brown or bronze color. It varies, depending upon the job of the elf, those that often work outside of the "dune homes" have dark brown skin, and those that are often inside have bronze skins. Hair color varies between ages, the younger elves have white hair that is often short, and a bit curled and the Elders have dark gray hair, which often becomes a lot more straight over time.

The Tiraelhon can be kind and caring to their own, but when working in their environment they are often very serious and focused. They form tight family bonds and care for their young and their elderly with such passion and tenderness. Tiraelhon are not shy and will always welcome visitors as long as they leave their weapons at the small passage storage room in every settlement except for Shylom' an. The Tiraelhon enjoy exploring, they often travel by sea to various places, but never stray too far from Aeruillin. A few have been seen as far north as the Thaelon, although they were mistaken for dark elves and chased out of the forest. The Tiraelhon don't like to fight other races with weapons, but if they feel that the threat is great enough they will. But then the Tiraelhon train every member how to use an axe to fight. This is because they fear that what happened during the Dark Days may occur again, and they want to be prepared. They also manufacture a few weapons using the animal products that they hunt for.

They have few facial expressions, because they seldom know how to actually show how they are feeling on their appearance. They can express it through actions and words. The Tiraelhon can seem very boring to one who merely passes through their lands without staying long. Their smiles are not very pleasant as the Tiraelhon often have sharp, rugged teeth and brown lips.

The Tiraelhon are very good listeners. Their minds never tire from listening to another's story or tale about even the tiniest things. Thus they have developed great memories that allow them to reach far back into their life and pull out events from their childhood.

Coat of Arms The Tiraelhon do not have a coat of arms, because they seldom see a battle. They do however have a symbol, which is a pendant that every Tiraelhon must wear. It is a circle made of stone with the carving of the word "always" or everlasting " ó' ". It represents that unity that the Tiraelhon have with one another and how unbreakable those bonds are.

Territory The Tiraelhon live in the Sands of Maechalan. This area was named after the goddess Maecha, who is the keeper of the sands and the giver of memories and destiny. They never make any permanent living areas out of the sparse land's boundaries. And although resources do not overwhelm them, they get what they need whether it be by trading or hunting. The name Sands can be very deceiving and they often make travelers believe that it is just a huge desert but it is not. The Tiraelhon have two major water sources, the Sea of Tardulan to the West and The Theranian Sea to the North. The Sea of Tardulan is often used for irrigation purposes, and the Theranian Sea is best used to gather salt, for fishing, or as transportation to many of the port cities in Southeastern Aeruillin. The Sands of Maechalan have a wide variety of animals that have been adapted to suit their environment, for example the earth eater, the largest known species of clam has been seen all over Aeruillin, although it originated within the Sands. There is a steady supply of flora as well, the Sands are a natural savannah and provide native plants with resemblances to corn, rice, wheat and berries.

They have seven major settlements. Their settlements are not very important to other races, but they are to the Tiraelhon.  About one hundred-fifty Tiraelhon reside in the less prominent cities, and four hundred residing in Nousais. The most important being Nousais, which lies in the heart of the Sands of Maechalan. It is a very difficult place to get to, and even when the majority of the tribe is traveling to a new home, at least two hundred-fifty Tiraelhon remain in Nousais. It is the home to the Temple of Sands, the only temple in the area that shows a painting of Nous standing back to back with the High Goddess Avá.  The second largest city is Shylom' an. It is the major cultivation and domestication city for the Tiraelhon, and it is also the only city that allows people of other races to pass through the city without leaving their weapons at a designated area.

Next is Icropan, it is most notable for the highest population of earth eaters. Therefore, many are fearful when they reach the settlement’s edge and they often sprint across the dry grass. Icropan holds the Tent of Tears, which the Tiraelhon call "Malnaec Tiravá". It is the place where the scholar Mirae supposedly saw Icropio and Shyloma holding each other and crying after the Dietrae became savage killers during the Dark Days.

People The Tiraelhon are quite philosophic and bring meaning out of everything as can be seen in their religion. The tribe was once known for traveling throughout the region of Aeruillin from the Plain of the Dead to the Dunes of Thiva, and they would write down the history of the places and the people they have visited. But due to recent droughts, and past wars these documents have been lost in the sands of time.

The Sand Elves are very keen and take note of almost everything. Their attention is easily obtained and once it is obtained they will keep an eye on you for as long as they see fit. The Tiraelhon have a rather sour outlook upon all of the Aviariá, except for Seyella who they have taken and recreated her as their own goddess Maecha. They are very devout to their gods, and although they do not worship Avá, they believe their gods to be her children of sorts.

These elves have extraordinary accuracy, and they are great wielders of throwing axes. The Sands of Maechalan have a few mountainous parts that provide them with iron ore, copper, and bronze mines. They are also skilled at killing earth eaters, by using throwing axes made of bronze that can crack the shells after repeated blows. The armor of the clam can then be used to mold with iron ore and make a very durable armor, which the Tiraelhon sell and use only for major battles. The Tiraelhon have been known to also possess great upper arm strength and back strength and can hit an opponent from a pen away (equal to 5 peds).

The Tiraelhon were the first tribe in Aeruillin to make glasses, but it is believed that the gnomes made it before they did. This is a debate that often becomes very tense between scholars and historians. Many of the gnomes believe that the Tiraelhon stole their idea when the Tiraelhon god Fetra, wanted to give his people a special discovery. He traveled across the sea to find that the Gnomes were creating something special. He envied that and took it to his own people, where he created the Daz Muriso, the volcano that sits in the southeast portion of the Sands of Maechalan.

The Tiraelhon take the material to make glass form the volcanic debris and bring it to their blacksmiths, which are short in number. The material is neither a solid nor a liquid but exists in a glassy state. The glass is cooled to a rigid state and it is then set out to cool off. Once it is cool they can begin carving it and can make the glasses or other items. The glass is often found in a few other colors such as light blues, greens, and browns depending on the raw material. If the material has an impurity than the glass will be a different color than white.

Housing These elves that have chosen the Sands of Maechalan, live in extended family tents in a settlement, with guarded walls of stone and clay. These tents are made from the hides of the Hirafan, a sluggish plated beast that eats the shrubs of the desert. The tents are often very large and can hold up to thirty Tiraelhon at one time. Since the Tiraelhon only stay in one place for one hundred-fifty years, everything they own is movable. The Tiraelhon have a tradition that they will never stay in one place for longer than the amount of years stated above. This is because Terira, the Goddess of Nature and Curiosity, promised to provide resources for the Tiraelhon as long as they reside in the Sands of Maechalan. They want to prove to everyone who doubts their Airae and Dietrae that no matter where they travel to in their territory they will always be cared for. They travel between the same seven settlements, and not all of the Tiraelhon take part in this travel. Some remain at the cities to protect it from bandits, or other things.

The tents are not all the same size; it depends upon the rank of the Tiraelhon. If the Tiraelhon is an Prán then their home can hold about thirty-forty, and if they are a simple gatherer their tents will hold a bit less than eight. The tents are covered by a thin blanket woven from strips of grass, painted with the dye from the Terirais berry.

They do however, have settlements. They have seven of them, and the settlements are each surrounded by tall walls, made of stone, and clay. The inside of the settlement is mostly movable, save for the small temples, storage buildings, and other small buildings, like watchtowers at every corner of the settlement.

Clothing The Tiraelhon prefer to wear long, very thin, light grey claoks, with shirts underneath, in layers that only cover all of their bodies. The cloaks can be easily taken off by pulling them above the head. The Tiraelhon, if not wearing the cloaks, will wear grey skirts for both men and women, but the tops vary. The skirts all have black dye at the bottom of them. The women usually wear their skirts down to their calves, where as the men usually wear them down to their thighs or knees.

The men will wear a sleeveless-shirt with the bottom of the shirt dyed black, plus white or dark grey turbans. The grey shirts have a pocket right above the belt. Both men and women wear belts with which they always carry their axes. They hardly use them unless they are attacked. Accessories are not a big thing, a Tiraelhon can usually be found with their symbol hanging around their neck, and they all have their ears pierced and wear bronze earrings.

But during festivals black is the required color for all. While battling anyone or anything the Tiraelhon wear black as well.

Food The Tiraelhon find a variety of foods in the Sands of Maechalan. Almost everything they kill will be edible, thanks to their metabolism and their resistance to illnesses. The Tiraelhon eat the following plants:

-Maelon- The Maelon is the Aeruillin version of corn. It grows slowly in the harsh climate but when it does finally grow it is a beautiful sight, as the maelon covers the irrigation ditches near the Tiraelhon camps. This corn has very little juice and it has a very thick outer layer of skin.

-Terirais- It is believed that when the first group of unhappy Aeolrhans left Shan' Furionnis that Terira, the Goddess of Curiosity blessed the elves with their first important fruit. It was named the Terirais, and it is a shrub that produces berries that gives spice to many foods. Its leaves can be used to wrap foods and provide flavor while they are boiling and the berries can be used for both food, dye, and flavoring.

-Poprais- the poprais is very much like the wheat grown in Southern Sarvonia and Nyblemar.  It can be used to make any number of food items, including breads, biscuits, and cakes. It can only be grown on the fertile shores of the Sea of Tardulan, which is why the Tiraelhon have various campsites along the southeastern coast of the sea.

-Prickling Pango Cactus- a green cactus with red fruit. These delicious red fruits are completely edible in all parts, both leaves and actual fruit. It has very few visible needles, but some smaller ones that can make the hands itch and are very hard to remove.

Here are the animals that the Tiraelhon can eat and hunt, to use for shelters, weapons, clothing, and other byproducts:

-Sigad- this is the average desert lizard. It usually comes in a brown, or black color and is very fast. It eats the eggs of the sand shatí, and the avásh veván. It can be found all over Aeruillin.

-Hirafan- this is a sluggish, heavy animal with very thick skin that is worn like plated armor. It eats many of the shrubs and dry grass that can be found in Aeruillin, and have been known to dig into a few cactus to get water. The Tiraelhon can herd these but many prefer to hunt these. They can use their fat and skin for various products.

-Sand Shatí- these are small owls that live in the giant cactus and prey upon most animals of the Sands of Maechalan. The feathers have often been used to make ornaments or for other decorative purposes.

-Earth Eater- this is a large dislike creature is an actual clam that has come from the sea and crawled onto the land choosing its home deep in the sands. It has a huge gaping mouth and sharp teeth that can be used to make sharp daggers. It is large enough to swallow two Tiraelhon whole. The earth eater has heavy, durable skin that is difficult to penetrate. It pushes itself out of the dirt by using a sharp powerful tail and opens its mouth allowing the earth to pour in. The sand is later expelled through the use of a hole in its rectum.

-Avásh Veván- the avásh veván is the fastest land mammal in all of Aeruillin. It is found over most of southeastern Aeruillin and also in the west and north.

Weapons The Tiraelhon specialize in the use of throwing axes. Their axes are made from the tail fins of the earth eaters and the handle is made from the hide of the Hirafan. Although the Tiraelhon train, they pray that they will never have to use their weapons. These elves also use small daggers to allow them to cut and skin animals and to fight in close quarters. The daggers are often made from stone covered with a thin layer of armor.

Occupations Occupations vary between the elves. The Tiraelhon go in different classes from Prán (literal translation means "the Heath", but in this case it is referring to the few Elders.) to the Vaí (meaning sight). The Prán are the oldest members of the tribe, and each one represents one of the Airae. The Airae are the ultimate forces behind Tiraelhon religion, they do not interact with the other Dietrae, but they hold power over them. The Airae are Nous, the teller of tales, Icropio, the sender of Chaos, Shyloma, the seer of the Void, Novai, keeper of the Depth, Laecha, the master of time, and Damara, the daughter of Nous and the keeper of secrets and the giver of peace. Each Airae chooses an honorable Tiraelhon that best suites their personality and uses the elf as its vessel. The elf receives messages and visions from their Airae and they are the leaders of the Tiraelhon.

Aira, they are the actual clerics, they do not have a one on one connection with the Airae, but they do have that connection with the Dietrae. They can cast various spells concerning the Dietrae that they serve, and they are bound to serve only one of the Dietrae.

The Tirave are the caretakers, their job is to take care of both the newborn children and the Prán. As the Prán reach old age they start to go blind and need help getting around. The Tirave can only be women, and can only be the women that are barren, or have never had children.

The Soorán are the Tiraelhon form of merchants. They travel around southern and eastern Aeruillin and trade items with the other tribes and cities. They travel on foot, always on foot, and carry no more than three woven bags with them at a time. The reason they travel on foot is so that they can get a feel for the lands they are traveling and they will know how much of a struggle it will be for the other Tiraelhon to get to the lands.

The Téth are the hunters for the group. They travel around the Sands of Maechalan and hunt for food and then deliver it to the Sánis to be cleaned and gutted, and then prepared to eat. The Téth can only be male, and must be skilled in accuracy and the use of a throwing axe.

The Maré, it is relative to the Styrásh word for water, but it actually means "bringer of moisture" to the Tiraelhon. The Maré are the few elves that go down to the irrigation ditches and gather the crops that the farmers have prepared and they also gather the water. They often live with the farmers on the shores of the seas and near the irrigation ditches.

Féarir, these are the farmers, they grow the crops and make sure that they are ripe and fresh. They often live far away from many Tiraelhon campsites and have to travel distances to visit family and friends.

Sánis are the ones that receive the food from the Féarir, and the Téth. It is their responsibility to clean and cook the food if they are having a feast or community festival. They must also send it to the Soorán to turn into items and to sell. They will distribute the cleaned food to the lady of each family house and she prepares it for her own family.

Vaí are the ones that scan the Sands of Maechalan for a potential place to live. They travel in groups of three to four and carry jugs of water, and baskets of food, mainly the dried skins of lizards. When they believe they have found a resting place they pray to Pagoro, the blind, God of intellect and reasoning, to allow them to be able to make a firm decision about whether they should use this spot again or not. They then place the lizard skins on the area in front of them, covering only the space right in front of their feet and then they return to their homes.

As stated before, the Prán, who are the six elders that have been given great insight by the Airae, rule the Tiraelhon. The Prán live in one of the seven cities and each Prán takes the name of their Airae before their actual name. As of 1663  the Práns are Prán Nous Lestvá, Prán Icropio Jiviel, Prán Shyloma Maela, Prán Nova Opri, Prán Damara Dyhist, and Prán Laecha Monrán. Except for Prán Damara Dyhist, each Prán lives in the city named after their Airae. Prán Damara Dyhist lives in the city of Maechen. The Prán decide everything for the Tiraelhon, they receive messages from the Airae on how to best govern the people.

Under the Prán are the family houses. There are usually about 12 family houses in each village. The male head represents each house in a village. The male is the one who speaks with the Prán and presents the wishes and needs of his family. The Prán will then seek the council of the Airae and when they emerge they will have made a decision. Each Prán rules their own city and they do not usually come together to make decisions unless it is something that will affect the Tiraelhon as a whole.

The Prán have established a few rules, one of those stated that if the Prán convicts a Tiraelhon of a crime they are either fined or declared an outlaw. If they were declared an outlaw they will have to live out in the Plain of the Dead for the remainder of their lives. The Prán have also established a law that says that there is no law against stealing from the enemy after they have stolen from you, as long as they are not of Tiraelhon blood and do not live within the Sands of Maechalan.

The Tiraelhon often live in large family groups. Children, parents, and grandparents can often be found living together. When the eldest son takes over the family belongings, he becomes the head of the family and is responsible for the well being of them all. He has to speak with the Prán of his city in order to assign occupations to each family member and unless he is a Prán he too has to work. His wife, the lady of the household, has to see to it that the food lasts during the hot desert months. It is her duty to know how to cook and to share the receipts with her daughters and possibly even her sons. She is also expected to know about herbs for making medicines and to care for the sick and wounded. If the husband is a  Féarir (farmer) then the wife also has the responsibility of caring for the hirafa, the small cow-like beast that inhabits southern Aeruillin.

Girls are available for marriage at the age of 95. They are expected to know how to run a household at that time, should her husband fall ill. It is not unusual to see the older Tiraelhon, especially the Tirave come and help the young elf. The marriage is agreed upon between families and can often be regarded as an alliance between the families, although this is often a dismissed thought as most Tiraelhon are very close. If the daughter wants to marry a Tiraelhon that her parents have not chosen for her, it is possible that she may get that desire. She must present the male to her family and then he must prove to them that he is worthy of their daughter. Discussing his job, his family history, his future plans, his possessions, or how he loves the daughter is usually how this is done.

The woman does not fully become a part of her husband’s family when she is married. She continues to be a part of her own family and if her husband mistreats her and her children, which is extremely rare, or if he is too lazy to be a good provider or if he insults her family, she can divorce him. To do that she must go to the Prán of her city, bringing her father, her husband, and his father. In front of these people she declares herself divorced from her husband. She must then go to her family tent and do the same and then go to his family tent.

The young children, if any, will stay with the mother after the divorce. The bigger children can be divided between the parents according to the wealth and status of the two families. If the former wife has her own property and a great inheritance she had a higher chance of gaining the children than her husband.

The same can be applied to males. If the male partner does not feel that the woman is not fulfilling her duties as a wife. Or if she is bringing shame to his family, he can go to the Prán of his city bringing his father, his wife and her father.

The Tiraelhon trade with fabrics, and textiles with the Aeolrhan, and they trade weaponry and glasses, plus food and fresh water with the Sor'inyt. Since the Sor'inyt are only female the Tiraelhon will only send female elves to the Plain of the Dead, and to the Plain of Col’Paehjaar never allowing the Sor'inyt to come into the Tiraelhon lands because they fear that they will kill all of their males.  

Natural Resources
The Sands of Maechalan provide the Tiraelhon with a few needed resources. They receive water from the Sea of Tardulan and The Theranian Sea, they are not proficient fishers, but a few have been seen trying. They can find food, both plant and meat within the desert, although many of the plants have add spice or sourness to a meal. They can find oils, glass, iron ore mines, copper mines, and a few salt mines near the Raquan Mountains to the northeast, near the coast of The Theranian Sea.

Religion The Tiraelhon have 18 gods, each representing a different aspect of the world. ((See history for the creation of their gods)). The Airae are the head gods of the Tiraelhon, they do not bicker as the lesser gods do and they do not speak to the Tiraelhon as the others do. The only ones that they speak to are the Prán. They are the base of the Tiraelhon religion and have such importance that without them the other gods would crumble and fight until their death as was shown in the Myth of Dark Days.

The Dietrae are very mortal, in that they are often overwhelmed by lust and other emotions. The Airae are an exception, they are not affected by any emotion other than compassion. The three most important Airae are Nous (Knowledge), Icropio (Chaos), and Shyloma (The Void). The others are Novai (Death), Laecha (Life), and Damara (Peace).

The Dietrae are Phemlu (Order), Pragoro (Reason), Arete (Consent), Fetra (Inspiration), Tipesto (Rebellion and Lust), Terira (Nature), Muerkon (Pain), Cerub (Betrayal), Maecha (Memory), Nemypeds (Innocence), Circinae (Light and Passion), Lilur, Sóirn, Syli (Forgiveness), Raqua (Darkness and Fear), Lalian (Scorn), Vevelorén (Hate), and the Sýsián Sisters (Truth).

All of the Dietrae are always drawn with long white hair, but the Airae, the higher class of gods, have hairstyles that vary.

Holidays, Festivals and Observances
Ae'llánámn- (Can be translated to mean "joyful gathering"), this is the celebration where the Tiraelhon dance and sing to the Dietrae and thank them for allowing them to survive after all these years. This takes places three times a year, the 5th day of Smól'evathón (Month of the Molten Ice), Dál'injerá (Month of the Rising Sun) and Coór'pherán (Month of the Dead Tree). It takes place on the fifth day of these months because those are the days that the Tiraelhon believed that the Airae restored the Dietrae to power.

Amncínancianá- (Tharian for "powerful silence"), this is a holiday where no Tiraelhon speaks for an entire day in honor of Circinae. This can also be a daily ritual for marriages that are stressed and need the Circinae to show her light. This comes on the 14th day of Méh'avashín (Month of the Changing Winds). If one is to speak on this day they will be cast out into the Plain of the Dead for a day and a half.

Claéhínól- (oddly translated into Tharian as "peaceful dagger")this is the three-week festival that celebrates the joining of the Avánhon to the Tiraelhon, it lasts from the 12th of Chúh'querín (Month of the Fallen Leaf), to the 3rd of Salarí'herín (Month of the Passing Clouds). It lasts for that long because that is the amount of time that it took for all the Avánhon to relinquish their weapons and become a part of the Tiraelhon society.

History All Taken From the Book of Many Paths, written by Prán Nous Levánári.

Before the birth of the Aeolrhan and the Tiraelhon, there was the Maeverhim tribe in Sarvonia. The Maeverhim split and a small group, now the Aeolrhan continued on past the Sharadon and took a ship to Aeruillin. There reasons for doing so are clouded in rumors and history. Most of which have been forgotten. When they arrived in the city of Shan' Furionnis, they began to forget the High Goddess and the Twelve Gods, and began to worship fae gods, but a small group kept that faith alive. They became what is now known as the Tiraelhon.

Due to the strict and angry voices of the Aeolrhan, the man named Tirae gathered his family, and friends and moved south to find their own religious freedom. They were little in number but their faith in Avá kept them going strong. When they had spent forty-nine years in the Plain of Col' Paehjaar, they began to feel forsaken and forgotten by Avá. They were pursued by the Sor'inyt because they had invaded their lands, and they were running short on food and water. They felt as though Avá had abandoned them because they were becoming ill and many were dying.

When they reached the Sands of Maechalan, they stopped and began to weep. The Sands were a barren place and it did not approve to the tastes of the former Aeolrhan. By now these elves had grown in number and had darker skin tones and their appearance had slightly changed. Tirae's wife, Malan, threw down her bags and prayed to anyone that would hear her cry.

The loving arms of the Dietrae Pragoro answered her cry, he told them that the Sands of Maechalan were their promised homes and that this is where they belonged. Later that day it rained over the Sands for seven days straight, during that time the elves, now called the Tiraelhon, had been supposedly visited by 18 beings, each claiming to be a god and 16 of the gods blessed them with a plant, an animal, a resource, a water source, or an idea for a creation. The Tiraelhon rejoiced and danced for seven days after the rain.

Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 2/8/04 9:38
49  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Tiraelhon Religion...far to go... on: 07 March 2004, 08:50:00
Yeah, We are done with this one...I am sorry for any inconvenience or stress or anger I may have caused during my absence....but at least I came back to finish it...:)  

50  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: Tiraelhon Religion...far to go... on: 29 December 2003, 08:02:00
Okay, I didn't forget about this I've just been busy with Christmas...as soon as I get more free time I will wrap this first draft up...

51  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Tiraelhon Religion...far to go... on: 19 December 2003, 01:11:00
As I stated above "far to go". If you would have read my completed post on the Tiraelhon you would have seen that I stated that there are a lot of things that they have in common with the Aeoliran religion and Ava and her Avaria. For example, I stated that Nous is to the Tiraelhon as Ava is to other Santharian elves..the Airae all have similarities to the Aeoliran Fae, such as wings and the fact that they are said to reside within the Void. These are all things that I have yet to post in this thread but I will do so. And for example I will use Japan, there are many different religions in Japan such as Shaoism, Shintoism, Taoism, and Buddhism...and most of these have very little in common...and I am guessing that Aeruillin is a bit larger than Japan. The Tiraelhon felt forsaken by Ava when they left San' Furrionis, so they ran into the Sands of Maechalan where they supposedly were visited by their own gods who gave them reason to live...

I do thank you for your comments, but as you can see I wasn't done with this at all.  

52  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Xaviant Religion on: 18 December 2003, 05:42:00
The Xaviant Religion.


One of the lesser religions of southern Aeruillin is often called the "Xaviant Religion". It is a religion made up of two-levelsof gods, the high-class Airae, and the lower-classed Dietrae. The Tiraelhon, who are the sole-worshippers of this religion, believe that there are gods all around them, watching their every move and judging them according to their deeds. They believe that these gods are immortal in a sense, they can be killed by one another but not by mortal hands. However, these gods do resurrect themselves after regaining the essence that allowed them to be created in the first place.  The Tiraelhon believe in a process of resurrection called the "Rebirth" where a being's soul is taken and judged by Maecha, the Goddess of Memory. After this they are returned to Caelereth in the form of the creature, or  elven tribe that they hated the most. They have no memory of their former life but many pious Tiraelhon have stated that they did feel a sense of hatred towards the being they had become.

The Tiraelhon are very isolated from the rest of Caelereth. The only time they come into contact with another race or tribe is when they are trading far up north with the Aeolrhan or into the Plain of Col’Paehjaar with the Sor'inyt. This has led them to develop their own system of law and religion over time.  Avá and the Aviaría have been erased from the minds of the Tiraelhon and have been replaced by their own distince gods. The Tiraelhon, however, are quite a bit more tolerant of other religions than the Aeolrhan. They do not persecute those who visit their lands if they serve other gods. They actually value the knowledge and resources that the visitor can bring to the Tiraelhon. The center of Tiraelhon religion is the large settlement of Nousais, where statues of each of the Airae have been placed on the top of the settlement's stone walls.

Religion Outline.

The Tiraelhon believe in two castes, or classes of gods. The first and most powerful are the Airae, meaning "The High Ones". The Airae are said to dwell within the Void, which encircles Caelereth, and are truly immortal and cannot be killed regardless of who tries. Most Tiraelhon worship all of the Airae, but they pay the highest amount of respect to Nous, the Goddess of Eternal Knowledge. According to legend she was the first to be born from the Void and slaughtered thousands of demons, and gained their respect and leadership, and then went on to birth the other Airae.

The next Airae in order of power are Icropio (Chaos), Shyloma (The Void), Nova (Death), Laecha (Life), and Damara (Peace). Each of the Airae is worshipped and each has a great amount of power and respect. Many of the Airae seem to represen the Aeolrhan Fae gods with their long hair and long wings, although they have been modified to have the wings of the sand shatí, the large owl that roams the Aeruillin south. Each Airae also has unique aspects that represent the value or belief that they command.

The Tiraelhon take the words of their Prán (literal translation means "the Heath", but in this case it is referring to the few Elders.) as the direct words of the Airae. This is due to their belief that the hearth is the most important part of a household, and it is because of the hearth that the family often comes together, thus it is highly respected. They do not debate about what they say and follow every command. They hold their gods in high esteem and although they are pretty tolerant of other religions they do not place the other gods above their own or even equal to their own. The Airae are the only gods who are seen as perfect in many aspects. Most of them do not allow any emotions other than grace and love to affect their actions. They have only one limit and that is the word of Nous. She is the Keeper of All Things, and could easily rule without the company and powers of the remaining Airae combined.

Another reason many people see the Airae and the Dietrae as being very similar to the Aeolrhan religion is because the Tiraelhon also believe int he rebirth or reincarnation, which they have called the "Xavia". They believe that when Nova chooses the end time for a being is, she will come and beckon the soul out of the body. The soul will then be led by one of the Nemypeds, (Goddesses of Music, Merriment, Festivities, and Grace) to the Temple of Maecha in the Maechen settlement. There it will rest until the Airae are prepared to judge it. Once they have prepared themselves they go to the temple where Maecha "parts the sands". This parting of the sands shows only in the spiritual realm, it is seen as a portal to the realm of the dead and once it is opened the proper amount of souls in need of judging come through. The Airae stand and each pulls out a two-sided stone. One side is black, and the other is blue. They wait for the sands to close and then toss the stone. If the soul gets a majority of blue sides then they will be allowed to either rest in Chó Xivá (Great Xivá). But if the soul was to get a majority of blacks then they would be forced to be reincarnated as a beast that is often preyed upon. It will usually be the beast that they killed most often if they were a Téth (the Tiraelhon translation for the word = hunter). If the soul gets an even number of both blues and blacks they will be allowed to be reincarnated as a living being and not a beast.

The gods are all worshipped in practically the same way whether they are Airae or Dietrae. The Airae are usually given more offerings and the prayers directed to them seem to be more urgent and the words used are more elaborate than those used for the Dietrae. The Tiraelhon usually offer up sacrifices of hirafan, a sluggish beast living in souther Aeruillin, and they dip its freshly fried skin in the sour juices of their terirais and fry it. They then hold a small family feast in honor of the god they wish to give the offering to. They chant a simple prayer that has been written specifically for that certain god and then they return to their homes, hoping that the god has accepted their blessings.

Creation Myth

It is believed that the Tiraelhon took the Sarvonian Styrásh myth of Avá the Beautiful and her Twelve and twisted them to fit their own lifestyles. They believed that hundreds of years ago, when the Tiraelhon left Shan'Furionnis and spent forty-nine years in the Plain of Col'Paehja, Avá forgot about them and stopped providing for her people allowing them to die due to the desert heat and the fierce Sor'inyt easily picked them off

Eventually they could no longer stand the life of wandering and the leader's wife, Malan, threw up her hands and cried out to anyone who would hear her cry to save her people. It is written that indeed someone did answer, and that was Pragoro, the God of Suffering. He took Malan and the Tiraelhon into his arms and called out to the other Gods. They took the Tiraelhon under their guidance and gave them what they needed to survive in the Sands.

Since then the Tiraelhon have been faithful to their gods and serve them, pushing out any care for Avá and the Aviaría, and replacing them with their Airae and Dietrae.

Overview of the Tiraelhon Gods–

The three most important Airae ("The High Ones", the Gods who dwell in the Void) are the following gods-

Nous (History and Lore, the Supreme One, Our Lady Goddess)- she is she is as Avá is to most other elven cultures. She is almighty and has the combined powers of each of the gods and can control them at her will. Nous is the Goddess of history and of the story and is the goddess who gives inspiration and enlightenment to writers, scholars, and historians. The Supreme One is often seen as the humble goddess, and no one disrespects her because they fear her power. She knows all, like her daughter Damara, but must never tell a word because the flow of time must not be tampered with. She is meek, and although she is more powerful than Icropio and Shyloma they seem to reign above her. Nous allows it, but if needed she could withdraw that privilege. Also, if they disobey a direct command from her, she can strip away their power. They can request that she does something and she will if it is to her liking. She is often depicted as the spirit of an elven queen drifting in the winds with milky white eyes and silver pupils.

Icropio (Chaos)- He is the male head of the Airae, and He represents Chaos. He is known as the god of the strong voice, meaning that when he speaks all are silent. He is the one that many Tiraelhon who wish for power and prosperity strive to be like. He is often seen coupled with the goddess Shyloma, as a man with many wings like the powerful desert bird, and a thin, black, loincloth covering his waist. His body is that of a muscled Tiraelhon with no hair, and black gloves. Icropio is often shown with flashing eyes that change colors constantly and often give off blinding flashes of light.

Shyloma (The Void)- She is the female head of the Airae, but Her power cannot even begin to rival Nous'. She is the goddess who sees all within the Void. This is difficult to explain and is a mystery to the Tiraelhon, but they say that is what she called herself. She is known in myth for creating a gaping hole in the sky and allowing it to swallow the scornful goddess Lalian after she threatened Shyloma's mate. Shyloma's full body has only been shown in one painting, she is usually seen melting into the very ground beneath her representing the aspect of the void swallowing her. Shyloma, is also seen in a black loincloth and a black short shirt revealing her middle, and it has no sleeves. She has two pairs of wings, the top two being large and long and the smaller two being small and short. It is believed that the depiction of Shyloma with wings comes from the Tiraelhon ties to the Aeolrhan and how they depict their Fae gods. She is one of the few Airae who are often overwhelmed by emotions such as passion, hatred, and love.

The Lesser Airae are as follows:

Novai (Death)- She is not a very well liked goddess, neither is She mentioned in many tales or songs. She is the Giver of Guilt, the Bringer of Death; her heart is cold to the cares and needs of mortals and the death bringer is only concerned with doing what she wants to and when she sees fit. She is very wise, being the goddess of Death, and her name is highly revered. She is known as the Bone Keeper, or the Lady of Endings. Novai chooses when a being's soul will be ripped from its flesh and handed over to the Nemypeds to send to the Temple of Maecha. She is often depicted as a solitary goddess and whenever there is a painting with her in it she is placed outside of any groups shown in the picture. Novai's body is dark brown and her hair always hangs low down to her eyes. The Airae of Death is always seen in a black cloak that covers everything in the distance.

Laecha (Life)- He is the twin brother of Novai, and is a lot more liked than his sister. He is the Giver of Life, and the Keeper of Time. Laecha is known for his extreme kindness and his ability to always seem to know when the right time is to allow a new life. He is worshiped a lot by the Tiraelhon, seeing as how they are always praying for their women to be bountiful. The Keeper and Giver of Life is also seen as the giver of inspiration right beside Nous. He inspires those who have fallen into the void of depression to continue on finding the bounties of life.  Laecha is always wearing a red cloak, despite the common association among the Tiraelhon that Life should be represented with white or blue colors.

Damara (Insight, Knowledge)- as the daughter of the High Goddess Nous, Damara holds a lot of authority within the Airae. Damara is not very prominent, but whenever her name is mentioned one had better listen. She is the one who sends the message from Nous directly to the other gods. She is the Mother of the Aira Seers, her female clerics, and is the one who gives them the knowledge and the visions to see into the events of tomorrow.

Next are the Dietrae, they are the lesser, child-like gods that are often depicted arguing and bickering.

Phemlu (Order and Composure)- He is the head of the Dietrae; and he is the God of Order and Composure. He is known in myth for being able to stay calm in times of intense stress although in the Myth of Dark Days heis seen losing control and ripping a child apart.
Pragoro (Suffering, Reason)- He is the God of  Suffering and the Power of the Reasoning Mind. He is the peacemaker of the Dietrae and often suffers because of the fact that the peaceful god refuses to fight. Muerkon, and Tipesto very often torment him, but he always remains humble and meek. He is often found in the presence of Fetra because he is blind and needs guidance.
Tipesto (Deceit and Force)- This god is the antagonist in every myth that he is in. He is known for being rebellious against the rule of Phemlu and he has had many love affairs with Raqua and Circinae, although Circinae was more of a rape. Tipesto does not have a heart and only cares for power, no matter how he receives it. He is the God of Deceit and Force.
Terira (Curiosity and Nature)- She is a favorite of the Xaviant. She is curious, and has a child-like innocence. She is often the goddess that finds out the truth behind the darkness and it pains her that she must speak the truth to others. Terira does not often speak to the others gods, unless they address her specifically. She is often associated with nature because in the Dark Days the Goddess of Nature went about naming all the plants and animals she could find and thus Nous gave her dominion over plants and animals.
Muerkon (Pain and Brutality)- He is the God of Pain, and Brutality. He is known as the one who receives pleasure from the pain of others. He is always following Tipesto, blinded by the fear that Raqua placed over his eyes and mind. Muerkon is known for being incredibly strong and has once battled Icropio and lasted for a while…but he lost eventually and was thrown into the Void for a thousand years.
Arete (Agreement/Consent and the Waters) - She is the daughter of Shyloma and Icropio. She is unable to walk, and always with her are four earth eaters, which carry her where she needs to go. She is the Goddess of Mutual Consent, meaning that she is the one who listens to all voices before making a decision. She is an authority figure in that her voice is mighty and when she speaks it is heard throughout the heavens. She is often seen as the Goddess of the Waters, because in the Myth of Dark Days she made the waters Her safe haven.
Fetra (Healing and Intuition)- He is the toolmaker; he is the one who  gives inventors and blacksmiths the inspiration to create new things. Also, like Nous, he too gives scholars the inspiration to write. When he is around Pragoro it is as if Pragoro’s blindness vanishes, and it is rumored that Fetra is also the Dietrae of Healings. He has been known, in myth, to heal people by creating medicines or plants that will heal them. He is also known as the deceiver. Fetra got this name when he stole the idea for glasses from the gnomes and then told the Tiraelhon that they were the first to create them.
Raqua (Darkness, Hate, and Lust)- She is also known as the Queen of Blindness. She is the mother of pure evil. She represents the darkness that blinds a person into believing something that is false. Raqua is also the Dietrae who creates and distributes fear, thus giving her the reputation of being the one behind many superstitions. She is also the seductress and many of the Dietrae have fallen trap to her schemes of lust and power.
Her daughter is Lalian, the Keeper of Scorn and Betrayal. Like her mother she is also beautiful and lustful, but is not as good at not getting caught as her mother is. Shyloma once destroyed Lalian, but being immortal she was reborn a few hundred years later.
Circinae (Clarity, Light, Love...The Divine Light) - She is the helpless Dietrae who gives light to the darkness, she brings clarity to confusion and is a vast source of power. However The Divine Light does tire from using her essence to create this light, therefore she must feed off of the essence of the other Dietrae. She is the only Dietrae who can put Raqua in her place for good; the light always repels the darkness. Goddess of Love, seeing as how she will shine her light for any regardless of how they have treated her in the past. Another reason for her being called the Goddess of Love is because she is often seen as being able to create the passion that sparks a man to love a woman or a woman to love a man. Another important thing is that Circinae has no arms, instead a bright red cape flows behind her into the distance.
Cerub (War and Savage Behavior)- He is the god who is very willing to take up his arms and fight someone. He represents weapons and the passion to fight. He is the savagery that every Tiraelhon tries to suppress so that they can become a more peaceful tribe. He is not very popular and has no major myths about him other than when He tore Circinae’s arms from her body.
Vevelorén (Evil and Destruction)- also known as the Dark One; is the product of Darkness (Raqua) and Force (Tipesto), He represents pure evil. He is the combination of fear, death, destruction, hate, discrimination, and torture. Vevelorén is seen in the form of a human child a dagger in the side of his head, but instead of crying the sinister child is laughing. His eyes are a fiery red, and when he opens his mouth nothing but curses and tales of destruction come out. He is the one who creates lies and plants them in the minds of liars.

Maecha (Peace and Time)- This is the blessed Goddess of Peace and the Keeper of the Many Sands. She is the one who keeps the memories of all beings in her mind, and Sshe is the one who uses those memories to choose the many paths that will lead them to destiny. She is also the Goddess of the Rebirth because she first used her powers of rebirth to give life back to Terira when she was slaughtered during the Dark Days. Maecha is always neutral during many events, the only time she has been noted to take sides and loose Her temper is when Tipesto, Muerkon, and Vevelorén tried to turn her settlement into a dry, barren desert. She reacted by showing that she had control not only over every single grain of sand, but also the desert winds.

The Unknowning Minds Lilur, Sóirn, Syli- The Three Dietrae, Lilur, Sóirn, Syli, (in order of creation) are the Unknowing Minds. They are the ones that never seem to know what anyone else is thinking. If they were to ever find out things they would overreact and exaggerate what they heard. The Three Dietrae are triplets of the goddess Circinae and Tipesto, although they are not as intelligent as either of their parents. They are bonded closely with one another and always know where the other is at all times. The Tiraelhon often depict these gods as Aeolrhan because they see them as immature children who often exaggerate and are oblivious to all things going on in their environment.
The Nemypeds (Grace, Beauty, Joy, Merriment, Music)- These are the beautiful women who seem to be the only part of the Fae that the Tiraelhon have kept from their Aeolrhan brethren. While they are not directly a part of Aeolrhan religion, they do resemble the Fae. The Nemypeds are usually naked, full-grown Tiraelhon women with silver wings and silver hair. The Nemypeds are the daughters of Novai, conceived with no male, just a thought. They are the Goddesses of Music, Merriment, Festivities, and Grace. They spread joy through their dances, and the Aira (clerics) that serve these Dietrae can create happiness and joy through simple dances. They are known as the innocent daughters, although during the Dark Days Tipesto easily corrupted them.
The Sýsián Sisters (Weakness)- They are two sisters who are always in tune with one another. They seem to represent the weak and the helpless as these two are always in danger of being harmed and can do nothing about it. They are often prayed to by hunters, because if the Sýsián Sisters hear the prayer then the hunters will be given a link that connects them with one another at all time, despite how far they are from one another.

Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 3/6/04 15:15
53  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: Cosmology, Myths and Religions Resources on: 22 November 2003, 04:02:00
Can I get that picture that Talia last posted for my entry on my Tiraelhon goddess Circinae. Her is a brief entry on what I have already made for her.

Circinae is the helpless Dietrae (Tiraelhon god) who gives light to the darkness, she brings clarity to confusion and is a vast source of power. However she does tire from using her essence to create this light, therefore she must feed off of the essence of the other Dietrae. She is the only Dietrae who can put Raqua in her place for good, the light always repels the darkness. She is also seen as the goddess of love, seeing as how she will shine her light for any regardless of how they have treated her in the past. Another important thing is that Circinae has no arms, instead a bright red cape flows behind her into the distance.

If you want more imformation on what I am doing go here.

54  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: The Aeoliran Religion. on: 27 November 2003, 02:38:00
Hey, my comments in orange...

(Color corrected by Artimidor, as maroon is barely readable at this dark background)

The people of Aeruillin are isolated from much of the rest of Caelereth ( I find that saying much of the rest of Caelereth is quite...ummm...redundant perhaps? I cannot think of the world, but maybe you could just say ..."are isolated from much of Caelereth" or "...are isolated from the rest of Caelereth";)   .

One of these religions is called Aeoliran, and it is a belief that there are Gods within the Void; immortal; mighty beings descended from the Fae who inhabit there also. It is heavily practised throughout most of the northern and western areas of the desert continent, although other beliefs do filter through, and some nomadic tribes in this area have their own religion (i.e. the Azhoirhia). Okay, I can't read all of this now because my brat sibling needs to do homework, even though tomorrow is Turkey Day, and she doesn't have school for two days!! BRAT!! Oh, and don't forget to add that the Tiraelhon were also "persecuted" because of their refusal to worship the Aeolrhan gods.  

Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 11/26/03 10:05
55  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Terirais on: 10 February 2004, 03:54:00
Oh, I hadn't thought about that one yet. I guess it will be four exactly.  

56  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Terirais (Comments!!?) on: 05 January 2004, 05:14:00
Edible Plant

Basic Overview of the Plant
The Terirais is named after the Tiraelhon Dietrae, Terira, the Goddess of Curiosity and Nature. The Terirais is a favorite fruit of the Tiraelhon that is often used for flavoring because it has a sour taste when eaten alone and it becomes sweet when mixed with high amounts of water.

The Terirais is a small lime colored fruit, that is round and has a small dent at the top where it is pulled from the branch. It grows from the limbs of short trees with bitter, brown bark. A high majority of these trees have exactly four limbs that fan out in various directions. At the ends of the branches are wide green leaves, which shield the sour fruits from the desert sun's brutality. These leaves usually curl in and cup four-five terirais fruits within them. The plants don‘t need fertile ground, just enough water. Therefore it grows very deep roots in order to reach out for the water, if they are not planted near any irrigation ditches. The trees often reach out to be about 2 peds and the limbs are usually 2 fores long.

During it's early stages the plant is a fat green stub with a few pink flowers atop it's head. The plant is so thick because it stores water in order to produce sweet juices and help grow it's leaves and branches. That is why many young sand elves race to gather the baby Terirais because they taste much better than the mature fruits. After a few months out in the sun the plant will suddenly grow thinner and taller, and the flowers will peel away, revealing small green leaves that will eventually grow into long curled leaves. A few days after most of the leaves have grown smell pink berry-sized fruits will grow in the middle of a hand of leaves. Those fruits will eventually grow round, and will turn a lime color. The juices inside the fruit will sour, and seeds will grow within the plant; thus the plant will have matured.

The Terirais is found only in the Sands of Maechalan, in Southern Aeruillin. This is because it was said to be the plant which was given to the Tiraelhon by their Lady of Nature, Terira. It can usually be seen around many Tiraelhon family settlements in clusters of twos or threes.

The Tiraelhon believe that Terira, the Goddess of Nature and Curiosity, provided them with this sweet yet sour plant, when they were wondering about before settling in the Sands of Maechalan. The Goddess blessed the plant to be forever sweet during its youth and turn bitter sour when left to age. It is said that she also gave the plant the gift to slow the aging of women. Young girls and old women alike will often go to feast on the plant durings its youth to test this legend.

This plant is mostly used for it's juices which can provide flavor to any meal. If gathered young the Terirais can provide a sweetness, if gathered when ripe the fruits will give a sour taste. However, if soaked in water the fruits will once again become sweet. The leaves of this plant can be used to wrap foods while they are being cooked and they give off a slight minty flavoring. The bark of this tree is used to weave baskets and other items.  

Edited by: Lady Tiaa at: 2/11/04 11:52
57  Organization and General Discussions / Announcements and Web Design / Re: Back to Development on: 20 November 2003, 06:45:00
I know I am still new here and all but I can add a newbies point of view. For me when I came here, I went right into creating animals because it was easier for me than writing about tribes, places, and history. First off history is not interesting to me personaly, unless I have an entertaining teacher. Places is quite difficult for me...I myself have little knowledge of how to describe certain areas, and then the converting miles to whatever the Santharian measurement is, that is confusing...I was looking over the places entry on the site and I saw that we have nothing on Aeruillin other than Nys, I know that is important for your game, but I think am devoting most of my time now to developing places and a lonely tribe to Aeruillin, specifically the area around the Sands of Maechalan and the near by bodies of water. I would also like to like have some kind of maps made, like Bard Judith said. It would be good to have close-ups of certain areas...well, ummm...yeah that is all I really have to say. Oh, and please I really think that ya'll should stop fighting, Dala I think you blew Rayne's statement out of porportion, she was merely stating that if Arti doesn't want to put her beast entries up on the next upload than he doesn't have to she can wait. She did say that she was going to be doing places as well...okay, enough from my mouth. :biggrin  

58  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Santharian Coat of Arms - First Final Versions on: 20 August 2004, 13:22:00
Wow. These are very well drawn. Good job.  

Even the smallest person imaginable can change the course of the future...

59  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Ulvur downtown on: 08 March 2004, 02:48:00
.............................................................................................:jawdrop  .............................that is beautiful.........................:worship :worship :worship  

60  Organization and General Discussions / Organizational Schedules / Development Schedule- Tiaa on: 13 March 2004, 04:44:00
New Items
Circinae, Goddess of Light and Passion (in the works)

Current Works
Earth Eater

Main Focus
Southern Aeruillin
Develop Tiraelhon more thorougly
Establish an local ecosystem of plants and animals using both created and new species.
Begin Separate God Entries...

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