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1  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Re: What is the power of a mage? on: 10 March 2002, 21:57:00
Then, in the magical community there would be powerful families, who's line is known for it's mages.  So say if you came from a line who's past members had been accepted into the school, then it would be more likely that you would be?  Also would these established families affect the political/social structure, and if so to what affect?

Drogo Lord of the North and Places Supervisor May Helvet bring courage to your blade, and Teimor grant death to your enemies

2  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Re: Chaos Magic on: 10 March 2002, 21:54:00
hmmm, then what races/alignments would this magic come more easily too?  Also, could you give me a spell example of this form.  And what magics come together to form the chaos part.  I can understand thing's like air for illusion, and fire for flame spells and such.

Drogo Lord of the North and Places Supervisor May Helvet bring courage to your blade, and Teimor grant death to your enemies

3  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Chaos Magic on: 09 March 2002, 14:38:00
I posted this on the rpg board.  Obviously I wasn't aware that it was a true magic form.  None the less...

"There is no true "chaos" magic, as magic wether imbued or learned is all about studying and controlling the natural forces that already exist. The only chaos type of magic I could see would be that done by say orcish shamans, as it is not so much a studied thing, but rather bits and pieces from here and there, thus the affects would not always be quite known. It might fizzle or be more powerful than a trained mage. "

I would think that chaos in magic would not necessarily be a deliberate thing.  But I'm not a magic expert, so it's just a thought.

Drogo Lord of the North and Places Supervisor May Helvet bring courage to your blade, and Teimor grant death to your enemies

4  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Scary scary board on: 06 February 2002, 05:07:00
*peeks into the room for the first time since coming back to Santharia.  Sees soul genies, psyserpents, strange shimmering Weaver cities, a few unknown things go flying by*  "eeek" *runs away vowing to never open that door again while muttering to himself "there's no place like home, there's no place like home"*

Drogo Lord of the North and Places Supervisor May Helvet bring courage to your blade, and Teimor grant death to your enemies

5  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: on: 14 June 2005, 08:16:00
Alysse I appreciate the changes you made, I hope that I wasn't too much of a bother.

6  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Furno Comments on: 06 June 2005, 23:41:00
Sorry I didn't see this when I went to check on the kuglimz pic Art told me about.  But I just noticed it when I went to go check on the pic again.  I know that I have not been around (though I hope to be soon) and that this entry was already done, but I just had a few comments based on some of the work I already did on the Kanapan people and what I had hoped to do here.  Take them or not, no hard feelings.  I do appreciate your continued work on the north Alysse, just wanted you to know.  I can always be reached by email too, kuglimz@hotmail.com

The Kanapans would not eat them or use their hides.  Only one type of priest is even allowed to be too near the bulls first off.  Second of all it is a physical manifistation of their god, not the type that is your buddy, but the strong, distant, hold up the world type.  Think kinda like sacred Hindi cows here.  No touchie, no lickie, no hamburger patty ;)     The bulls would die a natural death and he would be allowed to decay into the ground so that his strength would seep into the ground and join the mighty Lofortino (don't remember how I spelled it off hand) in holding up the world.  The whole seed of the father returning to him at death. BTW the Kanapans are vegetarians with an occasional fish thrown in from the river, never the ocean.  Their deathly afraid of the ocean and the great Leviathan.  Any sort of material, cheese, feces, etc that would be taken from the bull would be of spiritual significance ie, cheese eaten by priests before rituals so they are closer to the god, feces used to light sacred fires, molted hair twined into religious symbols etc.  These people are definite fanatics.

Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 6/17/05 16:03
7  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Ice Leverets on: 20 July 2004, 21:10:00
Allright, sorry about the delay, internet problems and all.  

Anyway, I love the idea and it would help add a great bit to the entry.  Part of the thing one must keep in mind is that while Turik has experianced life in the North he still is not the most knowledgeable about it.  He more uses the small amount he knows and pulls one over on others.

I could see him seriously not knowing that it would shed it's winter coat and then when confronted with the matter, he would convince the nobleman and noblewoman that he got them a special color changing leveret.  Definately most rare and the nobleman should be so lucky that he was even able to find one.

8  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Ice Leverents on: 10 July 2004, 18:28:00
Great idea Alysse, this is exactly the type of thing that we need more of up north.  Good job at filling in the eco-system.  The kuglimz part is good and I will add the word as well.

Dirg'mystrume of the Helvet'ine Kuglim.  
Lord of the North

9  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: ... on: 27 June 2004, 14:55:00
What type of relationship do they have to fire ferrets, I'm assuming that they would all share the same general territory?  Also could you say that a few were sighted in the volcanoes in the Celeste Mountains?

Dirg'mystrume of the Helvet'ine Kuglim.  
Lord of the North

10  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: ... on: 21 June 2004, 10:54:00
This is the entry for the puffin pic Art.  I think a good little thing below the pic would be.  "A picture of a male Shupsh showing its distinctive beak."

Dirg'mystrume of the Helvet'ine Kuglim.  
Lord of the North

11  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: ... on: 20 June 2004, 14:50:00
::eyes Kikhku with the now buxom boosom::

I'm sure many of our male santharians would be happy to give you a hug my dear. ;)  

Dirg'mystrume of the Helvet'ine Kuglim.  
Lord of the North

12  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: ... on: 19 June 2004, 15:45:00
Thank you both for your comments, as they are always helpful.  I can't believe that I spelled our dear sages last name wrong, I hope he doesn't keep me out of the compendium for it hehe.  Kikhku it is good to see another person giving indepth critiques like you do, they are very valuable.

Talia, I made the researcher up for the North like we wanted, what do you think of him?  I'm hoping to have his people entry done next update after I finish the rest of the next chapter of the Darkness Descends story I'm working on.

Dirg'mystrume of the Helvet'ine Kuglim.  
Lord of the North

13  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Shupsh on: 16 June 2004, 16:15:00
Overview: A very rare and rather extraordinary bird living in the icy regions of Northern Sarvonia is the Shupsh.  For, it does not migrate, nor does it hibernate, rather it spends all year in the frozen northlands surviving the bitter cold and the harsh seas.  It received its name from the sound that it makes when it enter the water from the air.  This is a common naming system for the local inhabitants.  However, in Santharia many people know of this bird as the Turik Bird, so named by the notorious researcher Turik of Barsalon.  

Appearance: Undoubtedly the most striking feature of this bird is its multi colored beak.  One of the interesting things about the coloration of the beak is that the multitude of hues that are commonly seen on the adult Shupsh are not present when the Shupsh is born.  When it is first born, it has a dull gray beak that blends into the gray down that covers it.  However, as the Shupsh ages the beak first darkens to a glistening black.  Then, as it ages it gets a striping of orange along the first half of the beak and also in a thin line where the beak and feathers meet.  At first it is a dark orange, which lightens as it ages.  By the time it has reached full maturity at six years old it has the coloration as described.  After several more years pass it the orange sections nearer the black center of the beak lighten even further until they become a brilliant yellow.  The longer that the bird lives, the more yellow is imparted to the beak.  Coloration on the beak is therefore a great indication of age, with Shupsh over twenty years old being found having beaks with more yellow then orange.  The beak is triangular in shape and has somewhat sharp edges, which are used to cut into the fish that it feeds upon.

While size does vary from Shupsh to Shupsh, on average they are two fores in length and one in width.  They stretch approximately two fores from pinion feather to pinion feather, and on average weigh about two ods.  They have a coat of glossy feathers that are so tightly placed in proximity to each other that they cause water to just bead right off of them.  The black color on their body is broken up by a patch of white on their chest along with white on either cheeks.  This allows their form to be broken up better whilr they are on the crashing waves, so that they may be safer from any predators on the prowl.  They have eyes that are slightly larger then a nailsbreadth in size, with a black pupil and a thin line of orange around the pupil.  The people of the area say that this is the fire of the birds soul that keeps it warm.  The way that the feathers form around the eye gives the eye a teardrop appearance, which is probably where the myth of its sorrow comes from.    

Not only the beak changes color with age, the feet do as well.  Though the change is not nearly as spectacular, nor as colorful.  By the age of six the feet are a dark orange.  They are wedge shaped and webbed with a thick skin to better allow it to swim while the thick skin made up of small colored boney plates protects its thin feet from the extreme cold of the northern waters.  Small, black toenails end each of the three bones of the feet, this is quite helpful when they are digging out their burrow.      

Special Abilities: Without a doubt this bird is well adapted for its environment and way of life.  No other bird has nearly as many feathers placed upon it as the Shupsh does.  This inevitably waterproofs the bird, allowing it to weather the ocean swells that it floats upon and flies near.  In fact to better get at the fish that it feeds off of the Shupsh ducks underwater and “flies” through the water after schools of fish.  After spending twenty to thirty seconds it comes back up to the surface, where the fater beads and spills off of thr feathers.  Not only does the abundance of feathers help it keep water at bay, but it also keeps the freezing temperatures out.  There is a thin layer of down under the feathers that aid in protecting against the cold as well.

Territory: While it is true that the Shupsh spends most of it’s time in the aptly named Ice Sea in the far reaches of Northern Sarvonia, it does come ashore to breed and raise its chick.  Due to the fact that it only lays one egg it is very careful of where it lays its singular treasure.  The more remote the place, mean the harder for predators to find it.  Only three different places have been noted as nesting sites for these birds, though others may very well exist.  All of the places are islands; this includes two off of the Icelands Coast.  The first is on Bower Island; the other is in cliff faces of the Lac Dervan Mountains of Wicker Island.  Also the fragmentary Faerin islands of the Peninsula of Iol have Shupsh denizens.

Habitat/Behavior: The Shupsh spends every season in the icy waters that it calls its home.  It only leaves during a two-month period in summer to lay their egg, hatch it, and care for the chick.  Once that period of time is over they go right back into the water.  The most that they may migrate is from the area just above the Peninsula of Iol to the eastern area of the Icelands Coast, so while other birds migrate south, it can be said that the Shupsh migrates east.  This nominative migration is not so much due to any change in weather, but rather the following of the schools of fish on which they feed.

It is rare to see a Shupsh flying in the air.  They prefer to float upon the water, riding out the ceaseless waves that moved them on their way.  They can be seen ducking their head in the water to go after nearby fish.  They often get water, lift up their beak and appear to drink the water.  It is not known if they can truly drink the salt water or if this action serves some other purpose.  Perhaps, they even get all of the liquids that they need from the fish that they eat.  When they go underwater for long periods of time they can be observed using their wings to swim much as a person would.  In fact several of the more adventurous youths of the ice tribes jump in the water and swim with the Shupsh.  Not seeming to categorize the youths as predators the birds are content to let them swim with them.  

Diet: Fish are the main substance of its diet.  This includes any fish that it can catch, however silver fish, spearfish, and ice fish seem to be its preferred meal.  They have also been seen eating seaweed on occasion as well.  It is assumed that they gather some nutrients from this that they do not get from the fish.  Sharp edges on the beak help slice through both the fish and the seaweed.    

Mating:  At the age of five years the Shupsh can begin mating, though some have been known to do so as early as three years.  When the first month of spring comes male Shupsh emit a growling call that is very different from their usual warble.  This call will attract nearby females who swim or even fly to where the male Shupsh is located.  Once several females surround the male he will fly to one of the nearby breeding grounds.  There the females will watch him do a sort of waddling dance.  It is this dance along with the coloration of his beak that will make females decide to stay or not.  A male with more yellow on his beak is more desirable as he is inevitable older and thus knows more feeding grounds.

After the female and male have mated the female will find either a crack in the cliffs or dig out a small burrow about a fore in length.  Shupsh lay only a single egg, after the egg is laid a fifteen day incubation period takes place before the egg hatches.  When the egg hatches a small chick comes out covered in grey down with bill and feet of grey as well.  For a month to month and a half the mother feeds the chick partially digested food, until the chick is able to gather fish for itself.

Myth/Lore:  There is a story that tells of the Shupsh and how it came to be the way that it is today.  Many a winter night is filled with stories told by the elders of the tribe to the young ones over the flickering fire, and the tale of the Shupsh is a favorite.  Variations of the story exist in each of the different tribes along the Icelands Coast and the Peninsula of Iol, yet they all share a common core to them.  One of the stories is something along the lines of that which follows.

Many, many winters ago now, before even the great darkness came and went, there was a bird.  Not just any bird, but a most brilliantly colored one; so colorful it was to even put a rainbow to shame.  They say that it lived far to the south in a land where the sun ever shined and snow was but a myth for children to laugh at.  There the Shupsh flourished and new no fear, nor rain, nor water.  It had no need at all for drink for it fed from the light itself and was thus given its fantastic plumage; truly it was a creation of the Sun God himself.

A most horrendous thing then happened to end the life that the Shupsh knew, the darkness came.  Not the darkness of winter, though that would have been bad enough as the creature knew no darkness or cold, but rather it was that which is referred to as the bleak night, that time when the night lasted for the whole of the year.  It began in the south, first consuming its enemy the light in the summerlands, and then it moved north gobbling up more and more light in its greedy desire to rule all.  Frightened by the blackness the Shupsh fled with all of its kind racing ever northward trying to stay ahead of the fearful night.  They flew and flew until the reached the top of the world, and they could go no further.  Islands were heavy with this escaping populace, but in time the night found them there as well.

Many fell, and many died in the harsh cold that came with that long shadow, their bright feathers littered the rocks of Bower Island turning the very rocks themselves red.  In fact the lack of light stripped away the brilliant colors which covered them.  Over months of huddling together and seeing their kin pass away as flames blown out the Shupsh fled into the unknown sea to drown out the pain of all that had passed.  Much to their dismay their lives were not quenched, for no matter how far they dove into the water, no matter how long they stayed under they would not perish.  In futility they gave up and forced themselves to ride the crashing waves, knowing they would never find their forgotten homes again.

So there in the icy northlands do the Shupsh stay.  There do their eyes appear as teardrops, for ever are they sorrowful for all that has been lost.  There they shall stay until the bright day comes and a year of sun comes to renew their plumage once more.    

Researcher: The only known researcher of this animal is a man by the name of Turik of Barsalon.  As his name implies he is from the small, and rather unsavory village of Barsalon.  When he showed up in New Santhala in 1659 aS. at the door of Artimidor Federkial, the sage nearly ordered the guard to take him away, as he was so unseemly in appearance.  However after presenting a bag of preserved parts of different animals, along with numerous sketches of what the rest of the animal looked like before their pieces were removed, he caught Artimidor’s attention.  One of the most fascinating pieces in his stench filled bag was the beak of a Shupsh.  Turik quickly became well known around court for his rather eccentric ways and fascinating, if somewhat questionable stories of the creatures and people he has studied in the distant north.

Usage:  This bird is usually used most often for a food source to supplement the heavy fish diet of the local people.  When cooked over an open fire the Shupsh has a delicious, slightly spiced taste.  This is the common way that the bird is cooked.  Some of the varying ice tribes use the feathers of the bird to create elaborate headresses and cloaks.  Some also use beak fragments as to decorate their pots or into small sections for necklaces.

Dirg'mystrume of the Helvet'ine Kuglim.  
Lord of the North

Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 6/20/04 20:02
14  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Domestic Pig on: 09 June 2004, 15:20:00
I was going to comment, but found the ever wonderfully commentive (is that even a word? hehe) Rayne has already reached you.  So I'll comment on it after it's been edited.

I think that you should re-vamp both entries.  We have a more detailed style now and we're trying to get everything into that style, hence my attempts to start updating some of my older entries.

Dirg'mystrume of the Helvet'ine Kuglim.  
Lord of the North

15  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Jumoples on: 15 June 2004, 10:31:00
I'm pretty sure that she's gone again Art.

Dirg'mystrume of the Helvet'ine Kuglim.  
Lord of the North

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