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196  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Castles! on: 01 May 2009, 01:25:36
Sure thing.  Where to start.  If anyone has suggestions for locations to map let me know.  Also, (bonus) I don't mind reworking them to add in new information.
197  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: A New Instrument on: 01 May 2009, 01:22:17
Alysse, that would be great.  Would it be OK if I gave him one?  I was thinking of putting something like, "In civilized lands, it is still regarded as a rustic instrument, but it's lonesome beauty has won it some adherents among those that believe in a return to a simpler lifestyle."

Judith, that would be awesome.  Thanks for the word.  I love to draw, but I'm absolutely terrible with people or anything live.  Truly, my pictures of people are not worth the effort it takes to erase them.  That's one of the reasons I love castles, maps, cliffs, etc.  Because the don't move.

I was planning on having the people use a tablature system like they did on earth, base on drawing a diagram of the neck of the instrument, because they are a culture which depends on aural tradition rather than book learning, and most songs would be taught by demonstration on an instrument, rather than reading off a score.

By the way, I love Lackey as well, and also Modesitt Jr.  but my first love will probably always be "Farmer Giles of Ham".
198  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: A New Instrument on: 30 April 2009, 13:17:02
I've been reading up in the Races/Tribes section, and I think I'll probably have it created by the Kuglim with the influence of the Injens rather than vice versa.
199  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: A New Instrument on: 30 April 2009, 12:46:33
I can't really tell where lands begin and end on the map, so I'm going to tentatively say that the Injens and the Kuglims share a border with each other and the Ashz'oc, and that this is the cultural fusion that created the dulcimer.  I haven't decided what tribe yet, or whether to have it be one of the house tribes that have towns near those of the Injens, or the one of the nomad tribes which yearly comes to some Injen border towns for trade.
200  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: A New Instrument on: 30 April 2009, 12:18:50
Yes they are sensitive to damp, and to temperature changes.  Not as much as a larger instrument like a Bass (fiddle not guitar) or a Viola, more like halfway between a violin and a guitar.  That was the main disadvantage I thought of when considering the Mullogs.  The Banjo and fiddle are widely used in Louisiana in the US, which is about as swampy as you can get in the first or second world.  Anyway, I'm still looking.  I haven't yet figured out who shares a border with the Injans and the Ashz'oc who I could use, so if anyone knows please tell me.  Also, would it be OK if I used some traditional songs from the Ozarks for them to play on it.  I know a couple which aren't too generally known, and which would easily Santharianize?  (Woo, long word, better find another one for that concept.)
201  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Castles! on: 30 April 2009, 09:23:19
I'm sorry if I caused any problems.  Tharoc suggested I post some to help and encourage others who are doing entries on buildings or towns.
202  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Castles! on: 30 April 2009, 08:56:22
Well, I was thinking first of all, to give those working on a town, castle, epic, etc. a reference point to use in visualizing what is happening where, (for example if the orcish raider's come upon the town, how far away can sentries from the top of the keep see them.  How much time will the defenders have to prepare.  Perhaps the duke's counterforce is blocked by the cattle market in the square in front of his castle.  If so, what detours can he take, and how long will it they take him?  Will he reach the gate before the orcs?)  This is usefull for other developers, but it's not my favorite part.  My favorite part is, after I've got a layout plan that meets with the approval of the others working that area, I want to make a parchment monk made map of the town, showing all thoroughfares, districts, important buildings, and historic sites.  Basically, I love maps.  Castle maps, town maps, road maps, coastline maps, region maps.  I love looking at them, and I love drawing them.  That's one place where scanning something in is preferable to animation and digital art.  It looks so much more real for documents.  That makes up for the fact that it's almost impossible to do a pen or pencil animal or plant that looks alive.
203  Organization and General Discussions / The Southern Sarvonian Continent / Re: Santharian Resources Overview on: 30 April 2009, 06:38:48
OK, I'll start with the Geodes.  I'd like to put them in the southern tip of the province of Enthronia on the slopes of the Kairian Teeth Mountains.  I would like to have them  being hunted for and sold by gnomes living there.  The entry on gnomes says they live from the Istrean Forest to the city of Yorrik.  I hope this is OK with everyone.  I don't want to crowd into someone else's spot.
204  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Castles! on: 30 April 2009, 04:39:09
Here I will be posting any castle plans I come up with.  You are perfectly welcome to snitch to your hearts content, because that's what it's here for.  If you use one, please post saying so, so that we don't have 20 of "Castle Y" all over Santharia.  On the other hand, in medieval Europe, the same castle builders would design and build many castles for many different people with sometimes only minor changes to account for local geography, so just because something has been used doesn't mean it's necessarily off limits.  If you have something of your own you'd like to post for others to use, feel free.  If you see something you'd like, but you want me to develop it more for you, just let me know.  Remember, the more detail you give me, the closer to what you were thinking of I'll come up with.  The less detail you give me, the more I'll use my imagination.  Thanks, and keep Dreaming!
205  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Hi, my name is Sivartius, and I am a... on: 30 April 2009, 04:31:07
Sounds great Decipher.  Give me a little information to sink my teeth into, you know, something to get my imagination working, and what the area is like, (wooded, rocky, hilly, mountainous, or plains,) and I'll endeavor to make something that would fit your need.
     Tharoc, that would be awesome.  Unless you've got a better place to put it, I'll just start a discussion titled "Castles", and put all my drawings that Decipher doesn't get there, along with a brief description.  Anyone who wants can use all or part of any of them with my best wishes.  If you do decide to use one though, please post saying that you have, so we don't end up with fifty towns that look identical.  On the other hand, in medieval Europe, the same castle builders would build lots of different castles for different people, sometimes with only minor modifications to take into account local geography.  Also, if you have any comments or suggestions, I wholeheartedly welcome you to post them.
206  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: A New Instrument on: 30 April 2009, 04:18:42
I was just looking at the Injan Elves.  That might be good, especially if it originated on the orcish border, away from both the interference and the help of central authority.  Even better would be a corner, where the Injan, Ashz'oc, and a human or dwarfish realm, (with their practical emphasis on daily life,) meet.  The influence of the human culture on the elvish, and vice versa, along with the pressure of the constant threat of orcish incursion, might be the perfect environment for the development of a music style that speaks of simple joys of today, and hope for tomorrow, along with the preparation for whatever might come.  Anyway, still looking, learning, and thinking.
207  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: A New Instrument on: 30 April 2009, 03:46:57
Thanks.  I was looking at the Mullogs.  I'll definitely check out those two groups you mentioned.  Here's what the rough draft I wrote for the Mullogs:

The Dulcitar is the racial instrument of the the Mullogs in the Silvermarshes.  The Dulcitar, (meaning "beautiful music" in their language,) is an instrument of four strings, approximately half a ped long, and six nailsbredths wide.  In shape it resembles a pointed oval or an elongated teardrop.  A ridge one nailsbredth high runs the length.  A Dulcitar rarely bears any ornamentation, but in the craftsmanship, one sees love of the beauty which the Mullogs in their watery home are so often denied.  When playing, a Mullog sits crosslegged with the instrument laying on his or her lap, the rear at their right hand, and their left hand resting on the top front.  The first two strings, which are tuned just slightly out of sync with each other, are strummed to provide a soothing backround, while the third and fourth strings pick out the melody.  Usually a feather quill is used as a pick, although in some songs, the player uses their thumb and fingernails.  Usually, the Dulcitar is only played for oneself, or in a family setting, but occasional community performances for special occasions is not unheard of.  Sometimes children lost in the Marshes claim not to have seen anyone, but to have heard the music of the Dulcitar leading them safely through the Marshes back home.
Every year during Autumn, the Mullogs have what they call, "The Way of Healing".  They gather by communities on the edges of the Despondmire.  There they play the Dulcitar and sing songs of Joy in Trials, and Peace and Rest.  They say that thus those spirits caught there can find rest, and the land can be reborn again as a land of life.  A common Mullog saying is, "You can always spare a song."
In recent times, the Dulcitar has begun to gain some use among the human settlements along the Silvermarshes.  There they are used as a backround instrument and melodic counterpoint to more traditional instruments.  They are crafted, (suitably scaled up for humans,) in the small villiage of Newsping on the very edge of the Silvermarshes by a man who claims to have learned their making when rescued by the Mullogs in the Marshes as a boy.  The truth of this claim is unknown, but as his instruments contain the same tones and the soothing beauty heard in the Mullogs' it is deemed immaterial.  He claims that the music of the Dulcitar is, "The Song of Falling Rain"."

Anyway, that's what I wrote thinking of the Mullogs.  I know I mentioned a new villiage on the edge of the Silvermarshes, but thought that, since it was too small to show on maps, and only of very local importance, I might be able to get away with it.  I'm going to check out those other tribes.  If anyone has any comments, or any suggestions, either for the entry, location, or tribe for it, please please let me know.  "If one fall before him, two shall resist him, and a threefold cord is not easily broken."  At least that's my attitude toward this whole thing.

Oh, I almost forgot.  Here are a couple pictures I did.  I know they're probably not Santharia quality, but they should give you an idea of what I'm talking about.  I did a little electronic cleanup to the first one to get rid of some of the erasemarks.  The colored one didn't come out too great, but I hope they help you.
208  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: A New Instrument on: 29 April 2009, 11:40:26
I searched and couldn't find anything.  That doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't exist, but its not there by name, nor is it described as an instrument.  That being said, would it be OK if I created it, and if so do you have any ideas about what culture or region to put it in?  I'm looking, but I'm not that familiar with Santharia yet.  If you know of a good place please let me know.  I'm looking for a frontier away from all official help or hindrance, where community is big because it's all you have.  Where the people are self reliant because there's no one else to rely on.  Thanks a bunch.
209  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: A New Instrument on: 29 April 2009, 10:45:54
Sure thing.  First thing to remember is that it's nothing like the European Hammer Dulcimer.  I don't even know why they used the name, except that Dulce means beautiful, with connotations of music.  ("Her dulcet voice sang to me of love.")  It's about three feet long, about six inches wide.  It usually is in the shape of an elongated teardrop, although I have seen a few shaped like a stretched figure eight.  The body is about two inches deep, with an inch high ridge running the length.  On the body on either side of the ridge are holes through to the center. (oh by the way, the instrument is hollow.)  The holes vary greatly in shape.  Probably the most common is a long thin curly S, but patterns of three circles in a triangle shape is acceptable, as is just about anything else that doesn't compromise the strength or resonance of the dulcimer.  Perhaps we could put in little crescent moons for a dance honoring a moon goddess.  Anyway, the strings run on the ridge from the base to the end, where there are pegs to tune them.  There is a cut down portion of the ridge near the base of the dulcimer, and this is where the strings are plucked and strummed.  There is no bridge.  The one I am looking at has fourteen frets, but this is a folk instrument so there is no absolute standard.  To play, one places it across ones lap, and it is played in a wide variety of ways, including but not limited to; with hands, a pick, a feather quill, a coin, a stick, or anything else you can come up with.  When played, the first string, (or the first two on a four string,) is strummed, while the other two are used to pluck out the melody or harmony.  This produces a very soothing drone which is excellent for traditional folk songs, or for a lullaby.

Well that's it.  I'll try to send a picture next time.  It probably would never be a good instrument for sophisticated courts, but it's perfect in rural areas, and country dances, especially when accompanying a guitar, fiddle, or harmonica.
210  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / A New Instrument on: 29 April 2009, 06:39:38
Does anyone know if Santharia already has an instrument similar to the Appalachian Strum Dulcimer.  If we don't have one yet, could I create it as one of my first projects?  Thanks, I don't know how good I'd be at beasts or plants, but I could probably do this.
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