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1  Santharian World Development / Races, Tribes and Clans / Re: Tribes briefly mentioned on site, but no entry yet? on: 13 September 2013, 16:29:33
Hi Garret! Please add the Gremm to your list. They are mentioned in the Cyrathrhim entry: "The Gremm, a tribe of gnomes who linger in the forest still, would probably be the best source of information, but as a tribe they are inordinately shy and tightlipped, distrusting anyone outside their own kind. Quite how and why they tolerated the Cyrathrhim presence in their forest will remain a mystery."

Eventually, I would like to take up the quill with regards to the Gremm. They seem wonderfully mysterious and dark. :)
2  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Erpheronian nobility: house names? on: 13 September 2013, 16:21:36
Hi Coren!

I would love to help you brainstorm some house names!--though I'm currently mired in the Game of Thrones books, so I worry about pulling out appellation that share semblance from Mr. Martin's stories.  buck Have you considered borrowing some house names from the Voldarian Council? Granted, the council hasn't ruled in quite some times, but I assume at least a few of the names are still viable.

I tend to prefer house names like Braierwynd, Diregull, Tyremond, Ironglen, Brackensut, Silvrwayer, etc. I can help you brainstorm some. What are you using these for? I've been eager to begin constructing the noble houses of Vardynn!
3  Organization and General Discussions / Discussions, Development Ideas & Proposals / Re: The Black Flame on: 13 September 2013, 16:08:05
Almost. Ava is, in essence, the creator--but One who has no control over Her Dream. She dreams and it becomes reality to those who inhabit the Dream. Elves worship Ava, but they do not ask her aid because She essentially has no control. She is purely a figure to be worshipped, admired, loved, respected, and sometimes even pitied.

Coor, on the other hand, does have some agency in Ava's Dream. Coor is Ava's dark reflection--shadow to her light--and has the ability to effect change within the Dream (as demonstrated in the Fall of Fa'av'ca'lar). So praying to Coor may actually yield something--and, in fact, some elves DID turn to the worship of Coor during and after the Fall. We know these elves today as Dark Elves.

Coor doesn't want to turn the Dream evil, but I would feel relatively comfortable saying that he does want to end it. He doesn't just want to end life; he wants to end everything. Ava suffers as She Dreams; ending the Dream ends Ava's suffering. Good and Evil are terms laden with opinion and obfuscation. Coor is not essentially evil; he acts in the interest of Ava. Can he really be called evil at all?

Of course, all this needs verification from the true expert: Artimidor.  ;)
4  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: The Vardưnn Monster Map (work in progress) on: 13 September 2013, 15:59:25
It would help if key developers (e.g. Rayne) would be around while the map is being drawn, so that these things can be pointed out in time.

Sorry, Artimidor. buck Late as ever.

I agree a settlement near Ephirn's Lake would be preferable; it would be nice if there were a road leading to Jernais and the cities along the river Vandrina.

Alas, it's been so long, I wouldn't necessarily know if anything was amiss; I've forgotten so much!--And I distinctly recall being somewhat (frustratingly?) unopinionated about the location of cities and topographical features. But the maps do look wonderful; impressive and endearing in their details and scope. The effort and skill of their maker is clear. :)

If there's anything I can do to help, please let me know.  heart
5  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Blue-tongue Ardol on: 07 March 2013, 12:14:30
Hello, Brynjar; it's a pleasure to make your acquaintance. I have given your entry a quick scan, and I am very impressed! Well-researched, well-written, extremely detailed, and thoughtfully and artfully constructed, your entry could have come from a veteran developer.

A few small things to consider:

1) Consider deleting the second comma: "Hearing is the ardol’s primary sense, and they rely heavily on it when they are out of the water, and vulnerable to land predators."

2) Consider splitting this sentence in two, the second specifying the danger to pup: "The blue-tongue is not a top predator of the north ice, and often falls prey to other predators, such as: the snow wolf, pinnip, white bear, carcal wild cat, dark stryke shark, the reintroduced Eanian warg, and pups are especially vulnerable to the snynx fur snakes." [You might also mention poachers here].

3) In your lore, you mention it was elves who over-hunted these darling little creatures, but consider that this is quite out of character for elves, who are accustomed to living harmoniously with nature. Perhaps it might have been some human tribe instead?

4) Generally, we capitalize the name of the creature in the entry (Blue-Tongue instead of blue-tongue). I assume the convention still holds, but I do not know for sure. Perhaps Artimidor can clarify.

A really spectacular entry, with so many rich details. I look forward to seeing more from you. If you have any questions or need any assistance, don't hesitate to ask. While most of my knowledge is likely antiquated, obviated, or forgotten, perhaps it might still be of some use.

And as it hasn't yet been my pleasure to say so, Welcome to Santharia.
6  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Maiden's Step Flower on: 05 March 2013, 18:42:31
Changes made--with pleasure.  heart
7  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Maiden's Step Flower on: 04 March 2013, 18:48:58
@Shabakuk: Thank you. I have taken all your suggestions. I'm glad you liked the story. I was going for something a bit darker, I suppose.

@Talia: It is ever so difficult to deny you, Talia!--the entry states that the flower grows on most any Santharian mountain. Let me know how I can change the entry to ensure it reaches all the regions where you wish for it to grow!

@Sparkle: I agree. I fashioned this little flower on a plant I recall seeing during the summer when plants still grew, and I think perhaps they were indeed a little waxy, so I have changed the entry.

Please let me know if there are any additional comments/suggestion.
8  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Honeynut Squash on: 04 March 2013, 18:34:12
Winter is melting, and so am I--from the jagged northern mountains toward the shallow river valley. The transformation comes slowly, the sun dispersing her light in fragments. And every chilly wind blows me back, and every night freezes me into ice, but there is enough of spring to occasionally shutter me into a warmer self.

How the time passes!--forgive me that I've been away so long. Winter has kept me to my chilly, internet-less house (or to the apartment of my friends, blessed with plumping and heaters!). But I am back, at least long enough to make some changes.

@Shabakuk: Thank you! Yes, Lewis Carroll's an old friend; I'm glad you picked up on two of my references! I was in a bit of whimsical mood when I wrote this originally (I must have been reading something fanciful! Now I'm dark and brooding from murder mysteries.  devilish ) I have taken all your suggestions. Thank you!

@Sparkle: Thank you for your comments!--And it's a pleasure (I don't believe we've met before). I hope to get to know you through our tandem participation here. I agree with your comments to use more Santharian colour terms, and have incorporated these in some situations; at others, I have left them out. As you mention, sometimes it's difficulty to connect the colour term to the more terran term, color, or idea. Some of your comments (exclamation points, "oranger and oranger") I've decided not to take for stylistic reasons. Being heavily associated with Hobbits, I wanted this entry to have a bit more light-heartedness associated with it. I agree that sometimes we must curb our styles to ensure a level of consistency and understanding, but I think certain styles also make some entries more enjoyable and entertaining to read (like Shaba's!).

I've kept "somatic"; I don't have the same associations, I think, as you do. Somatic can be scientific, but it also developed a little whimsy from its root, "soma", which is associated in fantasy literature and video games as a kind of delicious drink/drink of the gods. (I think it's also used or referenced in the Vedas or some other story or stories of Indian origin?--don't quote me on that.) As for "not to over-water", I feared that Athviaro/Lief would appear wielding his fearsome axe of grammatical retribution and... chide me for splitting the infinitive, but if it sounds awkward, I have no qualms against changing it. For me, ease of understanding trumps grammatical correctness every time.

And mid-summer, according to dictionary, has a dash or else is a single word (midsummer). Because I use "early" previously, I wanted to imply some separation between "mid" and "summer".

If there are any other comments or suggestions, let me know. I would love to finish off this and many of the other entries. (... that's the murder mysteries talking.)
9  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Harlot's Hood on: 29 November 2012, 17:42:14
I thought corolla was the term for a single petal, but it seems I have my botanical nomenclature incorrect. I derive my image, at least for the general style of the petal, from the Calla lily, though the Harlot's hood doesn't have a point and is a bit thicker.

If you know the term for this sort of petal, let me know. Though as you can see... just one!
10  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Undertoe on: 08 November 2012, 10:44:26
I made the correction and some changes with regards to the dyes. I want to keep the foot odour thing fairly general, since this, I would assume, is a relatively common treatment. Thank you, Mina!
11  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Death Shroom on: 08 November 2012, 10:31:05
How do we know? Probably wind, like all other such spores, but the spores are too tiny to see, so it's impossible to know what happens if they don't immediately find a rotting food source.
12  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Harlot's Hood on: 08 November 2012, 10:28:51
Change integrated. Thank you, Irid!
13  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Death Shroom on: 07 November 2012, 17:50:17
Glad you like it! Changes have been made. Let me know if there's anything else.  :)
14  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Harlot's Hood on: 07 November 2012, 17:47:48
a) Category: Flower

b) Overview: Harlot’s Hood grows in woods and copses in northern Santharia, in Vardynn and Nermeran provinces. Within the shadows of the trees, in the eerie twilight beneath the canopies, the Harlot’s Hood blooms in a brilliant crimson corolla, its thick, deep-green leaves stemming from its singular, sturdy stalk. Almost entrancing in its startling and seductive beauty, the Harlot’s Hood is often noted for its mysterious and dangerous allure.

c) Description: The Harlot’s Hood grows from a single, thick stem, around from which it’s thick leaves unfurl. The leaves can grow rather large, and a single plant will likely have no more than four or five of them at any one time. Colored a dark, deep green, they may extend to over a fore in length and nearly a palmspan wide, ending in a delicate point.

At its pinnacle, the plant blossoms into an elegant corolla—one silken petal colored a deep, dangerous, sensuous crimson, like the color of a lover’s lips. The flower is somewhat large, over a handspan in length, and smooth, soft, and seductive.

The plant itself grows no higher than a ped, though usually two fores is more common—just past a maiden’s knee. Growing from a bulb as a white as a maiden’s breast, the roots are stringy and do not venture very deep into the earth.

d) Territory: The Harlot’s Hood is somewhat particular concerning its territory, refusing to grow south of the Vandrina River or north of the Tandalas, or east of the Allsiscaey and Troll Mountains. It grows in well-shaded areas, usually deep in woods and copse, far from the patchy periphery. It can be found in Thaelon, Bolder, and Calmarios, though it will grow in smaller woods as well.

The Harlot’s Hood is not a terribly common plant, though it will often grow in the same place for many, many years. Many herbalists with customers requesting elixirs, potions, and tinctures made from the Harlot’s Hood usually know of at least one or two places from which they can harvest it.

e) Usages: The Harlot’s Hood flower, steam, and leaves are somewhat poisonous, capable of causing digestive issues, though not usually death. The bulb, however, is used frequently in mixtures that restore sexual energy. Because the plant is relatively difficult to come by, and the bulbs are rather rare, herbalists will generally only shave thin slices from a bulb , then tincture them in alcohol and mix them with other, sweeter-smelling herbs to create an elixir commonly called Etherine (sometimes also called Etherus’s Kiss, … it has a number of more unsavory names, as well).

Etherine is a staple of any Voldarian or Nyermersian brothel and whorehouse, frequently used by the working girls to restore or increase vigor after satisfying one of their customers. A few drops in water, tea, or a beverage of a more alchoholic inclination can help revive the consumer.

f) Reproduction: The Harlot’s Hood begins as a bulb, about the size of a hobbit’s fist. It starts by sprouting white, hair-like roots, and then a stem emerges. Leaves unfurl and the stem grows ever longer. When the temperature is right—the kind of warmth that comes around early summer—the plant begins to bloom its red flower. The flower can last months, lingering in the darkness of the wood and growing slow.

When autumn is settling a chill in the air, the Harlot’s Hood flower begins to fade. The flower itself falls away, and as the singular, silken petal crumbles into dust, it reveals a white bulb which, next year, will sprout hair-like roots and sprout a stem.

When winter comes, the plant fades, drowning in the freeze. Its leaves darken and fall, it’s stem wilts and both die away; the bulb, however, preserves itself, and can in fact produce a flower next year; a bulb can last for four or five years before becoming unfertile and wasting away beneath the earth.

g) Myth/Lore: It should come as no surprise that the Harlot’s Hood is generally associated with Etherus, God of Excess and Lust. The sensuous appearance of the flower coupled with its use as a sexual revitalizing elixir ties it distinctly to Etherus. The story of its origin, too, is tied to Etherus:

There was once a beautiful, lascivious prostitute, with seductively dark hair and eyes and lips of deep crimson. She one day journeyed out to a forest stream to bathe, wearing her red cloak. She undressed herself and bathed in the river. All at once, she saw a man moving through the forest: his eyes were a deep green, his hair dark and curly, and he had horns like that of a great buck. It was Arvins, God of the Hunt, and the woman found herself overcome with desire.

She left her clothes, grabbing only her red cloak to cover her, and journeyed after him. Arvins, who had no desire to lay with a mortal woman such as she, fled from her, and she found herself deep in the wood, nearly in throes with lust. Etherus, in sympathy, turned her into the Harlot’s Hood Flower, where she now blooms seductively.

There are also many tales involving the Harlot’s Hood. One well-known among prostitutes is the story of the Mistress.

It is said that a nobleman took a young woman as his mistress, a woman who fulfilled all his desires. However, when the nobleman’s wife discovered her husband and his mistress in bed together one night, she flew into a jealous rage. She murdered her husband, and the mistress flew to the nearby wood, the wife behind her. The mistress almost escaped, but tripped, and the noblewoman was soon upon her. With her knife, she murdered the mistress, and left her on the forest floor.

In the morning, the noblewoman returned to the forest to dispose of the mistress, but found her body there no longer; in it’s place were three Harlot’s Hood flowers, growing beautifully and seductively in the forest shade.
15  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Undertoe on: 07 November 2012, 17:22:53
Changes integrated. Sorry it's not more Santharized. I will say that I referenced no other plant when writing it--it has no terran model. But without a myth to ties it to a god, it makes it harder to seem really well-integrated in the world. If you have a myth or story, or any other suggestions for Santharizing it a bit, please let me know!  :)
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