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« Reply #15 on: 27 May 2007, 03:11:30 »

And sometimes whats been established needs to be changed because of practicality.  Unless you plan on having it grow in the Rahaz Dath, I think it would be best to make it either a luxury item for the Shendar, or ask Taliaif it would be possible to simply remove it.
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« Reply #16 on: 27 May 2007, 03:35:50 »

It does say "When Available", so I was already assuming that it was a luxury item.  I'm not going to change someone elses vision until they come back to tell me what they had planned.  I'm not sure if it is within my parameters to judge how others have used this plant, but to come up with a reasonable way to integrate it into the usages.  If Talia wants to take it out, I'll adjust accordingly.  If not, it will be listed as a rare use.  As a luxury item, I don't think it is too far a stretch.
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« Reply #17 on: 27 May 2007, 12:23:01 »

Sorry Altario - you're right as well.   :)  When I read through the entry more carefully, I found the passage you've mentioned.  And I agree you've correctly indicated it to be something of a luxury item, which makes sense given its rarity.

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« Reply #18 on: 27 May 2007, 13:47:15 »

Not to worry.  No apology needed.  And you can leave the foot there if you wish. grin
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« Reply #19 on: 31 May 2007, 03:04:30 »

Well, have a look at the entry now and let me know what you think of it.  This is my first attempt at a revision, so was unsure how much to change and what to leave, but I read every entry that referred to the Icemilk that I could find, and have incorporated everything into this entry.  I will make changes as needed.

Hope this meets with your approval, Judith. :)
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« Reply #20 on: 01 July 2007, 18:09:49 »

Just have to post this one line here so everyone can enjoy it:

"Even the Shendar People use the Icemilk, though they must import it at great cost, to flavour their fresh water bowels in their Shendar Toilets...."

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« Reply #21 on: 01 July 2007, 18:50:16 »

Sorry about that, Altario - I know it was just a Freudian slip, but I couldn't resist posting it for everyone's appreciation!    (gives him an affectionate pat on the shoulder).  OK, now that we're all done chuckling, here's my 'Judification' of what you've done so far...

Personally I'd love to see all instances of 'milk' replaced with 'milch', and I think this entry would benefit from the same treatment, but that is a personal preference which you needn't respect if you prefer otherwise.   I haven't marked or changed it below - let me know what you think!  (hugs)

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THE ICEMILK

APPEARANCE - TERRITORY - USAGES - MYTH/LORE
 

Icemilk (or "Icemilch, Pixies'milk, Garlickbane") is a common weed which grows liberally on wasteland and secrets a white, rosemint-flavoured sap which refreshes the mouth and breath.

Appearance. Icemilk stands only about a handsbreath tall, on short, hollow stalks with faint lateral ridges which branch out into dull spikes surrounding the main cup of the flower.  Fat oval leaves, each no more than a palmspan long,  emerge in a rosette pattern around the base of the main stalk, one or two layers deep.  About ten to fifteen substalks grow from each rosette, and in turn each support a conical flower composed of a cluster of florets.   The pale blue petals radiate from a central cluster of hollow greenish bracts that form a tapering cone about a fingerjoint in length.  Below ground, he root is thready and expansive, spreading quickly and shallowly to proliferate the plant and cover the ground quickly.


Territory. Found in areas ranging from the Heath of Jernais in the north to as far south as Narfost Plain, the Icemilk has a large area of habitation.  It tends to thrive on stony or otherwise poor soil. It does not grow well in extremes of temperature, or damp situations. Never found in swamplands or coastal locations, it is however common along fieldrows, road edges,  disturbed or tilled ground, and lightly shaded forest verges.

Usages. The stem and leaves of the plant secret a white, milky fluid with a strong rosemint taste. The fluid is very refreshing,  leaving its rosemint flavour and cooling effect behind on the tongue and breath. It has no known harmful effects to any age, gender, race, or species, but is more popular with some than with others. There are many who swear by its breath-freshening effect, and are known to use the Icemilk fluid almost daily! 

The sap is usually taken directly from the plant; the stem broken and squeezed onto the tongue or the thick leaf torn open and twisted to obtain a few drops of the refreshing fluid.  Then one can use one's finger to rub the fluid over the teeth and tongue, or as the elves often do, use a short frayed twig as a sort of brush to clean and freshen at the same time.   Some folk merely tuck a leaf directly into their mouth and chew meditatively on it when done their food; however, this tends to stain the teeth with the greenish substance of the leaf itself in the long run and is considered a rather 'middle-class habit' by those who assign such labels...     As the plant can readily be grown in containers, some people keep a pot of Icemilk in their kitchen gardens or near (not in) their washing area so that they can merely break off a leaf or two after meals.
   

Many receipts call for the Icemilk as one of its ingredients.  An example of this is Ormelin, a medicinal elixir that calls for 3 sips of Icemilk sap to be added in the creation of a mere two mugs of the strong tonic.  Three 'medium leaves' are used in the brewing of Rosemint Cordial - which, we must add, this compendium writer consumes almost daily!

Different people use the Icemilk to add fragrance to soap.  Even the Shendar People use the Icemilk, though for them it is an imported luxury item,  to flavour the fresh water bowls of their elaborate toilets. 

The elven tribes often mix Icemilk sap with Mahood-Euwen spores and cook the resulting sticky concoction until it ‘sets’, then pinch off tiny pieces of the cooling mass into individual ivory-coloured candies, which they use to soothe orators’ throats, refresh their breath, and console children. They name these candies “As’en-soor’an”, or “Sweet-Spoken”.

Another race to utilize the flavour of the Icemilk is the Gnorian Gnomes.  They grow the Icemilk for various usages, including the production of candies, throat syrups, and flavoring mixes, though a good portion goes into the production of Ice Wine.  Some of the Ice Wine, in turn, is used to distill Ice Brandy.  Though not a common brandy, many connaisseurs consider this to be one of the better types.

Myth/Lore/Legends

As can be seen from one of Icemilk’s other common names, the plant is associated with the semi-mythical pixie folk. The other races of Caelereth vary in their beliefs as to whether or not pixies actually exist, but these minute folk are said to feed from the Icemilk, cutting down its stems with leafhopper-leg saws at night and carrying them away on the backs of Hedge Mice which they have domesticated! Human scholars are skeptical but with no eyewitnesses to the contrary, are unable to come to a firm consensus.

We provide for your entertainment an ancient receipt from the Marcogg area which claims.... well, read it for yourself!  Despite the disclaimer at the end, we offer no contemporary confirmation and suggest that you try at your own risk; the Compendium cannot be held responsible for results.


"A Drynke for Thy Lover or One Whom Thou Wouldst Have Love Thee:"

"Take ane sup of Ysemilch, two handfils of Etherflake gathered freshly, ane cup strong-brewed Effer-chaa, and three grains powdered Rhubi.   Combine togither yn a vessel of pure glass and stopper tightly.  Kepe as cool as ye may until the tyme yt ys needed.   Heat ane cup of wine - Sprynge Joye yf yt may be found - wyth cinna and other spices as to mull it.  Add thyse potion secrettly that thy lover may not see ye.  Then thrust a heated poker or fyre-rod into the cup of wine ere serving yt to thy lover.   There can no harmful thynge come from thys - save that thou add not more Etherflake ye may use once or thrice in a night..."










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« Reply #22 on: 02 July 2007, 00:25:20 »

 shocked  uhm..well, that was a Freudian slip wasn't it?

So does the title need to be changed to Icemilch?  and do I keep Icemilk as one of the other names it's known by?

And thank you Judith for checking it.  With all you've added, it may have been simpler for you to revise it in the first place. cry  My first attempt at revising, I'll get better, I promise. ;)
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« Reply #23 on: 02 July 2007, 01:49:31 »

Milk and milch are both used, depending on the region/language I guess, so don't worry about the "milk", the name won't be changed as it has been referenced throughout the site already.

Does the first post now represent the fin al version and could it go up that way?
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« Reply #24 on: 02 July 2007, 02:43:41 »

Thanks for reading, Altario ;)!
A closer look solves this puzzle - icemilk is not imported, but it grows according the submission above in the Narfost plain. So those Shendar which have their grazing grounds there (the Shen-D'auras) will use it (when available), those in he south probably not :) So - no luxury item, just not available all time and for everybody.

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« Reply #25 on: 02 July 2007, 03:02:44 »

Ok, I see the entry seems to be quite complete with Judy's additions and revisions, so I'll prepare that.

Once again I'd like to emphasize that a change from "milch" to "milk" on all pages (> 110 pages on site) is not really recommendable. Using both words is much better practically, perhaps the difference lies in the region. There are many words which we've used with the proper English term and then have made a Santharian version out of it. Why not use both, and make it regional differences. For example the Erpheronians up there have lots of "sh" (Kartash, Shaelýn, Shaera etc.), so the "milch" version would fit to the north, while the south (or some tribes with a prefernce for "k") might prefer "milk".
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« Reply #26 on: 02 July 2007, 05:21:34 »

Art, I also incorporated Talia's suggestion about the Shendar. 

Thank you all.
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« Reply #27 on: 02 July 2007, 06:12:24 »

Good work on thsi one Alt! As it's been uploaded, the revision request was removed from the list.. one small step for a man, but a giant leap for Herbariumkind!
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« Reply #28 on: 02 July 2007, 12:26:03 »

Art, that's a fabulous and logical solution.   We could say that Northern (more traditional) areas prefer 'milch' as a general rule, and the south (which has had a lot of contact with other regions via trade) has simplified and 'modernized' the word to 'milk'....    works for me!  Thanks for an excellent compromise...
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« Reply #29 on: 02 July 2007, 15:06:41 »

I just thought of a question.  Does Santharia have a standardised spelling system?  If it doesn't, it makes sense that different people would spell the same word differently.  On the other hand, we'd have to explain why the spelling in the Compendium seems pretty standardised. 
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