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« on: 14 September 2001, 21:01:00 »

I noticed that most of the Elven tribes are left blank, and since I seem to have more than enough times on my hands as of late, I thought I might present a rough sketch on one of them - the Aellenrhim at the Bolder. If no one is currently working on them I would be more than delighted to fill out my sketch and produce a full description. Please tell me if anything here is out of place and/or doesn't fit in with the rest of Santharia.

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The Aellenrhim are a tribe of Elves currently residing in the Bolder, near Voldar. Unlike other Elven tribes the Aellenrhim have always had open contact with the other races around them, and their participation in the history of Santharia has played a center role in shaping it. They claim the Bolder as their territory, almost like a fortress, and to cross it one must recieve their permission. On the whole they are not hostile towards other races, although they are known to be relatively fierce compared to other Elven tribes. On the other hand, they are more willing to meet humans and communicate with them.

The name Aellenrhim is Elvish, meaning "tribe of the first arrow." (Aer-len-rhim) The "r" in "aer" was changed over time owing to the Aellenrhim dialect (otherwise known as Aellean). [Aellean dialect still in progress]

[Oops, I have to go. I'll post the rest later.. sorry for the delay]

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« Reply #1 on: 14 September 2001, 22:56:00 »


The Aellenrhin society is a strict hierarchy that divides up into four smaller castes - warrior, priest, scholar and craftworker. Each caste is considered equal to the others. The tribe itself has three clans bound by blood. (so the clans are family, while the castes are more of a guild) Intermarriage is encouraged, but the children are brought up by the craftworkers until they reach a certain age, when they chose their caste. Daughters claim their mother's clan, sons claim their fathers.

Warrior - the warriors are those who learn the arts of battle. All Aellenrhim Elves recieve basic training until the age of 30, when they chose their own caste. Those who choose warrior learn the bow, the sword and the quarterstaff. It is their duty to guard the outposts of the Bolder. they are the ones who have the most interaction with other races.

Priest - the priests are a mix of mage and scholar. They live in the few temples of the Aellenrhim and are responsible for the various ceremonies held throughout the year. They also play the part of healer in times of war. Very rarely will priests meet with other races. If the need is urgent they have been known to join the battlefield, to heal but also to fight with their magic as weapon.

Scholar - scholars are responsible for teaching the young and for taking care of all recorded documents of the Aellenrhim. They are the caretakers of the only library in the Bolder, a small one filled with documents concerning Aellenrhim history. A few scholars also study the arts. They also study the cultures of other races, and usually are sent to represent the Aellenrhim when formally meeting other races.

Craftworkers - producers of all material things needed: weapons, cloth, earthenware, etc. Also the caretakers of the young Elves until they reach 30. Among them are blacksmiths, weavers, potters, farmers, and so on. The Aellenrhim keep up a small flow of trade with the nearby cities, and the craftworkers are also responsible for the trade.

The society is headed by a Council, which consists of 12 - one Elf from each clan and caste. In times of peace a priest is chosen to head the Council - in times of war a warrior is named Leader.

A fourth clan does exist, but unlike the other clans this clan can claim no caste. This is the royal clan, those thought to be of closest descent to the Light Elves, and from them is chosen a king or queen. However their title is purely symbolic, and while they are revered by the Aellenrhim they have no real authority over the Council.

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« Reply #2 on: 15 September 2001, 03:48:00 »

I haven't been to come up with any of the Elven names for the clans and castes yet, and I'm still working on the history and important holidays. Plus the dialect. And maybe a coat of arms or something.

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« Reply #3 on: 15 September 2001, 08:49:00 »

Wow it looks good to me so far.  Can't wait to see more.  Keep up the good work.

With deepest regards,Capher

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« Reply #4 on: 15 September 2001, 11:57:00 »

They certainly are fierce compared most elves, but I like that's good. It's good that they're different.  My only slight quibble is that the Quealhoirhim are also very open to human company, but I haven't finished that entery for the site yet so thats my fault not you.

In the history section there is talk of a high Ava'rann which gave me the idea that within Santharia there is a High Elven circle....I've posted information in History and Tribes, I think it might be in a Ylfferhim history thread but its fairly recent. Take a look. Each tribe's leader attends the council. It is only really important in times of stress. It just might help when you come to think about history and stuff.

If you need any help with names take a look at the Styrash dictionary. That'll probably help.

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« Reply #5 on: 15 September 2001, 13:21:00 »

Nice work so far, Elienta! 2 things: "King", "Queen" and the "Royals" are human terms, usually there's an Avá'ránn in elven societies, who acts as a queen of some sorts, but she's more a respected woman than a powerful ruler. I would suggest using such elvish terms. Also e.g. for the "caste" I would use a new elvish term perhaps. Rest is very fine and clear - well done. Don't forget to check if there are some references on the Aellenrhim on the site which might fit in here (using the "Search" function helps here).

Perhaps you could also think on how a Coat of Arms of the Aellenrhim would look like and the major settlements are etc.

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« Reply #6 on: 16 September 2001, 09:07:00 »

Art - Yes, I was thinking of replacing some of the terms with Elvish words, but I'm not all that familiar yet with Styrash.  Oh, I've been meaning to ask, what do I do when I need a word in Elvish but it hasn't been invented yet? And one more question, is it impossible for Elves to have a male leader?

Wren - thanks for the correction, I suppose I should changed that sentence to "most other Elven tribes." Or maybe that isn't true either? I was under the impression that most Elven tribes don't have much contact with the outside world.

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« Reply #7 on: 16 September 2001, 09:13:00 »

Well, you can create words yourself. Just make sure that they sound elvish. Check out the language section for examples.

Well, usually there are female leaders at elven society, but not necessarily. Can't hurt if your tribe is a special case, concerning an own development here. We could need some variety.

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« Reply #8 on: 16 September 2001, 18:17:00 »

Most of them haven't sweetie. The southern tribes are my babies though, so I'm quite protective of them :)  I just have lots of ideas about how they should be. 'Most other tribes' would be a fine ammendment,

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« Reply #9 on: 18 September 2001, 13:46:00 »

You mean there are male leaders at your tribes too? And with the same breath you say you can live without men? Does this only refer to those of the human kind? :lol  

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« Reply #10 on: 18 September 2001, 17:59:00 »

Well.....dunno really.

Don't know if I cope cope with elf blokes. Bit too girly for me and those ears!

I guess if the right guy came along, who didn't require a step ladder then I would change my mind. But I do have a nasty case of 'unobtainable bloke syndrome.'

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« Reply #11 on: 19 September 2001, 13:07:00 »

:lol  

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« Reply #12 on: 03 October 2001, 18:04:00 »

Maybe its just me, but this seemed odd: Aellean. How is it pronouned? Because it seems like it would be an awful lot like Alien.

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« Reply #13 on: 04 October 2001, 13:58:00 »

Like the female name "Ellen", at least I would pronounce it this way. "Ae" in German means just "E" like in "Ellen". Same with "Thaelon" e.g.

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« Reply #14 on: 05 October 2001, 17:34:00 »

Okay! I get it now. Thanks.

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