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1  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Kaal Bloodhounds of the Murmillions on: 18 July 2004, 19:25:00

Done. Hope all is satisfactory.  

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2  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Kaal Bloodhounds of the Murmillions on: 16 July 2004, 20:35:00
Here I  was thinking I could get off my first entry with hardly any editing, being praised to perfection.

But thanks for the criticism, man. :D

I've edited most of it. (Adaptations to Koldar's requests are italicized).

I'll do origins and usages tomorrow. For now, I'm sleepy. Night night.

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3  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Kaal Bloodhounds of the Murmillions on: 14 July 2004, 16:07:00
Hooray! First entry! I am grounded.

Also, gee, thanks, Mister Federkiel. :broadgrin  

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4  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Kaal Bloodhounds of the Murmillions on: 13 July 2004, 21:28:00
Thanks again Judith! Edited in.

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5  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Kaal Bloodhounds of the Murmillions on: 10 July 2004, 19:47:00
Judith: Thank you very much! In my readings of the site, I've always admired your writings, and praise from you is praise indeed. The encouragement of a veteran to a newb is always very inspiring. ^_^

Smith: Updated the hounds to live in Ehebion. As for the question, I tried to find something harsh and dark and hunter-sounding, but I don't really have a set meaning... I was thinking that maybe it was the name of the man who had tamed the first bloodhound.

I hope to continue to write for the site as life allows... I've just finished writing a prayer to the twelve. At very least it would be nice to fulfill member requirements.

See you around!  

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Edited by: Amera Tristis at: 7/12/04 21:43
6  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Kaal Bloodhounds of the Murmillions on: 10 July 2004, 13:09:00
Kaal Bloodhounds of the Murmillions

Category: Domestic Animals >> Dogs

The Murmillion people have hunted the wargs since they defined their territory. While their time-perfected skill and fine-crafted bladeaxes kill swiftly, the beastly wargs challenged everything they had, and so this breed of bloodhound was bred to be used in combination with their spears and arrows. Kaal bloodhounds are well suited to a cold alpine climate, with their large build and thick coat, and have acute senses of sight, smell, and hearing. They are tenacious and vicious creatures, whose loyalty is hard to gain, and unpredictable once gained. These hounds have also been used in warfare by the Murmillions.

These are large dogs; from head to paw, Kaal Bloodhounds are around two fores and a palmspan in height, and from snout-tip to tail-tip they are around a ped and a fore. The coat can be grey, yellow or black, but black dogs, called Purehounds, are most prized by the Murmillions, as black is considered by them to be a pure colour. The hounds' fur is long and sleek, to protect them from the cold of the Nightvalleys. Their small, round eyes glow red in the darkness of Nybelmar's forests.
These hounds have wolf blood, and it shows. They have a much larger build than the other domesticated hounds of Caelereth, attributed to an extra layer of fat and muscle. They have pointed snouts with long, sharp teeth for ripping and tearing meat, and claws for gripping their prey.However, the hounds' faces are leaner than wolves', their fur coarser and shaggier, and their build slightly finer. Their long, muscly legs enable them to run fast over long distances.
The Murmillions give their hounds wide black leather collars, sometimes studded with pieces of iron. These collars serve not only a decorative but a practical purpose: they prevent the dogs' throats from being ripped at by sharp warg teeth. The collars of younger dogs may be fitted with leads to keep them in control. Also, some of the wealthier hunters provide their dogs with specially fitted cuirasses protecting their stomach and back.

Special Abilities:
Kaal Bloodhounds are the ideal hunting dogs. As they are descendants of wolves, the hounds have extremely acute senses of hearing, sight and smell. They can feel vibrations in the earth nearly a league away through their paws. Their key strength lies in their incredible strength and their sharp teeth for tearing flesh.
They have also been used in war, as shock troops, very effectively. Tenacious, naturally vicious creatures, they attack their victim's throat and won't let go. Chances are, if you're surrounded by Kaal Bloodhounds, you're about to die a very bloody death.

The bloodhounds of Ehebion have been bred by the Murmillions, a people who nowadays live in the foothills. They are accustomed to the cold temperatures. There was brief experimentation in the rade of these skilled hunting dogs for regions with problems with bigger prey, but the hounds proved to be too difficult to move and train.

The hounds are vicious creatures. As pups, they are extremely energetic, stubborn and difficult to train. A Murmillion village will usually have at least one man or woman who specializes in the breeding of the dogs, although owners must, through a combination of will, patience and strength, train the hounds themselves; as this is the only way a hound will be loyal to its owner.
Their one disadvantage is that the hounds can be uncooperative and competitive with others of their species, making it difficult to take more than one hound on a hunt.

Meat, meat, and more meat. The Kaal Bloodhounds have voracious appetites. Their owners provide them with warg or wolf meat as a reward for a kill, but mostly they feed upon the entrails and tough parts of cattle and sheep. They also like milk and cream, an unusual taste in a dog.

Like sticks to like; hounds rarely if ever mate with another species of dog. There are several hound breeders among the Murmillion people, who breed prime hounds for maximum strength, agility, and endurance. It is considered preferable to own a hound of a pure colour: grey, red, yellow, white, or best of all black.
Hounds are ready to mate at age three or four. They have a gestation period of three and a half months, and generally bear litters of two to five pups.

The dogs were bred, first and foremost, to hunt the wargs, and while they hunt other prey as well (deer, wolf, bear, and even smaller rodents), they are most at home chasing after the fierce wargs.
They have been used in battle, too: Kaal Bloodhounds can be used for tracking or even in the front lines, as men are easier to bring down then wargs.
The dogs have also been used in an arena-type sport popular with the Murmillions: a dog is pitted against another in closed combat, or sometimes against fiercer prey - wargs have been kept in captivity for just this purpose. The hound breeders sometimes do this to test their skill against one another.

The bloodhounds' name, Kaal, comes from the man who is said to have originally bred them, Kaal Farko, a Murmillion cursed from birth with a twisted foot. His defect made it impossible to run after the swift prey, or hunt it all, so he decided to contribute to the Murmillion hunting culture another way. Using his skill with handling animals, he bred the hunting hound from wolves and the rough dogs used as ratcatchers in Mumillion settlements. From what researchers have gathered, Kaal was greatly interested in canine breeding, the first of his tribe to be so. The dogs were the result of several experiments.
While at first many Murmillion hunters thought the idea of using a canine helper weak and cowardly, they grew to see the benefits of these dogs and the use of hunting hounds became widespread among the Murmillions.

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Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 7/18/04 9:42
7  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Library / Common Prayer to the Twelve on: 10 July 2004, 19:55:00
The Chant of the Twelve

Chant for sweet and wise Eyasha
Grey of eyes, quiet of voice
Willow waist, a beauty subtle
Guide our faltering hands with yours

Grothar come and blow your storms
Across a land stagnant with sun
Change your mood as quick as winds do
Clear the snow and rain for sunshine

God Nehtor heal us, seal our skin
Let the babes live, let the old die
Tears and smiles, our joy, our sorrow
Nehtor loves all, still he mourns

Arvins swift come to your hunt
Holding deer and fox and rabbit
Listen, hold, for swift-set quicksteps
Pawprints chase across new snow

Queprur, dark and cold as starshine
See us, await us in the night
For we all must pass from Caelereth
To the Iron Mistress' arms

Urtengor, our hammer-lord
Heft your steel and form our land
So we may walk from the clay-beds
Now we see and love your world

Baveras, maiden of water
Hold our ocean in your arms
May the fish swim out to greet us
May your band of pearls be ours

Jeyriall who tends our fieldgold
Bloom flowers, ripen our sweet fruit
Our grain will not rot in the meadows
Under you, our crops will strengthen

What, Seyella, see you for us?
Visions of a dark time yet?
Time as beads on golden chains
Run short on our happiness

Armeros, brother in war
May our swords always be sharp
Of might our arms in bloody battle
Our horses proudly cross firefields

Etherus, though you pour red wine
Though you show us golden flesh
Do not let our eyes be widened
Preserve us from sweet desire

May the sun of Foiros always
Shine down on our Caelereth
May our times be good in plenty
May we happily face death

I'm not sure if this shouldn't go in the religious forum... but I'll put it here first.

What do you people think? It's a chant to the twelve, as you can see, a prayer uttered in days of plenty, to preserve the good times.

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Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 3/6/05 15:27
8  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Brisulivan on: 08 July 2004, 17:14:00
I thought I'd make a common, pretty plant for starters. Also, low-lying bushes in healthy areas were mentioned as being desirable, so I thought I might as well. This is my first entry, so do go easy on me! ^_^
I expect I've made a lot of errors.

Brisulivan (Butterfly Bush)

Category: Bush

The Common Brisulivan (bri-ZOO-lee-van), or Butterfly Bush, is an attractive, sweet-smelling shrub, developed by the gnomes. It is popular as a garden plant in many parts of Santharia. Its name comes from the Gnomish "brisuli", meaning butterfly, as butterflies are insects this plant's yellow flowers attract. This shrub has two varieties: Common Brisulivan, a type domesticated by gnome horticulturist Gwor Bael from Wild Brisulivan, a much rarer, less attractive plant growing sparsely along Santharia's east coast.

The Common Brisulivan is a hardy, low-lying shrub of about a fore in height (Wild Brisulivan has been known to grow up to a ped), with wide, deep green leaves, rounded and with a very glossy finish to them. Common Brisulivan is, in its height of growth, covered with several pale yellow blooms, each a little less than a palmspan in diameter. The flowers have about six to twelve overlapping petals, slightly tapered towards the center, where the narrow yellow stamens are clustered. The wild variety has both smaller flowers and leaves, and the petals are more tapered, making a longer trumpet. Both varieties' flowers are extremely fragrant.
Brisulivan is a perennial plant. It flowers from late spring - the wild kind a little bit earlier - to late summer.

Common Brisulivan may be grown in virtually any garden in Santharia, provided it has direct sunlight for a few hours a day and the soil is kept moist, either by rain or manual watering. While popular everywhere, the hobbits of the Acornlands (the Dogodan Haflings) have taken an especial interest in this plant. Wild Brisulivan tends to grow sparsely all along Santharia's eastern coast, and particularly in marshy areas.

Common Brisulivan is grown to brighten a garden and to attract butterflies. It is cheap, easy to get, and robust, so it is a popular choice for people who don't have the space or don't wish to invest a great deal of time into a garden. However, flowers are generally not taken inside the house, as they wilt very quickly after being cut.
The leaves of the Brisulivan are quite bitter and indigestible, but the petals, while quite bland in flavour are sometimes used to decorate cakes and other confections.
Wild Brisulivan's leaves and bark, when used in combination with other plants and essences, can form an antidote to the poison of the allia berry, if administered soon enough.
The essence of both varieties of the plant is often extracted from the petals to make a soothing oil, which is bottled and sold in alchemists', cosmetics shops, and markets. This oil can be burned in a clay ring above a fire, or a few drops can be scattered on sheets and clothes, and it is said to relax and calm the mind. Brisulivan essence is also used in several perfumes.

While grafting, transplanting, deadheading and other human interventions are common in the growth of the common variety of this plant, the pollination of both kinds is managed by butterflies, bees, and other insects. The insects go into the throat of the flower to collect the nectar, and while doing so, get a dusting of pollen on their legs and bodies. When they visit the next flower, the plant's stigma collects the pollen from the other flower.

Wild Brisulivan has been growing along the eastern coast for who knows how long. The gnome horticulturist, Gwor Bael, bred it for several years to produce Common Brisulivan. He wanted a smaller, more manageable plant, especially for small  gnomes, but he also originally intended Common Brisulivan to have medicinal uses. Bael, an alchemist, wanted to strengthen the antidotal properties present in Wild Brisulivan, but in his efforts to tame the plant, only managed to make them less. Later attempts to emphasize the plant's beauty, fragrance and hardiness eventually obliterated medicinal properties altogether.

P.S. Talia, I can still work on the desert plants. It's summer and I have lots of time on my hands. Be watching for that post!

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Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 2/5/05 9:41
9  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Hello There! (Joining Request) on: 08 July 2004, 13:48:00
Thanks. ^_^

Plants sound a bit easier than some areas, and as they seem to be in demand around here, I'd be happy to work on them. Did you guys have anything very particular in mind, or shall I just exercise my creativity? ^_~

10  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Hello There! (Joining Request) on: 08 July 2004, 12:26:00
I've been lurking at Santh for a fair bit now, and I've been meaning to add something of my own someday... with summmer here, I decided it was high time. To start off, I just posted a CD at the RP boards. ^_^

I'd be really interested in working on any city/village development, the Herbarium, the Bestiary and maybe a little of my own Santharia-set writing. Is this possible?

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