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More Dwarven Culture

Since I recently expanded some on the culture, custom, and scientific layout of the Elves and their home, I thought I’d continue that and expand upon the Dwarves of my stories. As I did with the Elves, this will center in, mostly, on those that reside within the world of Demeteria. This is mainly because there have yet to be any Dwarves appear within my Dorian story. Ideally, they will be the same generally in Arvandor as well, but there will of course be some difference, as there can always be some similar yet different variations in the two worlds in many ways.

In my first post about Dwarven culture I made comment that they primarily focused their religious worship on the Prime Fae Terranis. Now, since Terranis is one of a pantheon of ‘gods’ similar to that of the gods of Olympus or the Norse gods, it seems odd that this group should pay reverence to one and completely ignore the others. Just as I am sure in history there was no singular group of people that worshiped one god of the Greek or Norse pantheons and ignored the others, as that could easily draw the ire of any of those other gods. Thus, I think it is better to revise this in saying that they worshiped Terranis, but under the belief that he was the chief god of his own pantheon, or the sole god with a legion of lesser celestial beings serving him. With this being their belief or view, then this means that there is naturally some differences in how they viewed the other events around the origins of the cosmos.

Dwarven history texts will state, as does the Elves’ texts, that the Dwarves were once allied with the Sylvan. The Sylvan clearly believed in the whole of the eight Prime Fae. However, perhaps by a different name, the Dwarves would have revered Terranis as the embodiment of the earth they walked upon. As was said in the previous post about Dwarven culture, it is believed that the gems and minerals found in mines amidst the earth were decorations to the armor that Terranis wore, and thus reverence of them is viewed as a reverence to him. Decorating one’s house, or fashioning jewelry with these things is an homage to Terranis, but fashioning such things into one’s armor as well is the highest form of such reverence. Not to say anyone could do it to show how much they love Terranis, but that only those of high stock could be allowed to do such. The nobility and royalty of the Dwarves are thus viewed as favored by Terranis, and perhaps carved from the earth by his own hands rather than one of the many celestial servants of Terranis.

Dwarven taxonomy, or classification, is not divided into area of origin like the Elves, but rather of the sort of metal or mineral they were “born” from. There are Stone, Metal, and Mineral Dwarves, as the major classifications, though few make such a broad distinction in any case except for Stone Dwarves. Very few go so far as to further define Stone Dwarves (i.e. Granite Dwarves, Limestone Dwarves, etc.) However, Metal and Mineral Dwarves are never called such, and instead, are generally referred to by the further classification that fits (i.e. Iron Dwarves, Copper Dwarves, Garnet Dwarves, Emerald Dwarves, etc.) As such, there are far more classifications of Dwarves than there are of Elves. This leads way to designating Dwarves into classifications with fictional metals, minerals, etc. (i.e. Mithril Dwarves, etc.) Lastly, while Elves predominantly were born, lived, and continue to live within the constraint of Verdania and Silveria, the Dwarves live all throughout the world of Demeteria, and can be found on every continent. This is also true for all worlds within the cosmos.

There are typical regions Dwarves will be from, depending what type of Dwarf they are, but there is always the chance that, just as more common stone and metals are found in various regions, one will find their respective type of Dwarf in various regions. Example, just as Iron is a common metal, it is likely to be found in many different mountain chains, rather than simply within the Hallvardr Mountains of northern Verdania. Thus, one will find homes for Iron Dwarves in all mountains that possess some iron in them. After the matter of what their origin is, their classification is by family. Dwarf Families are always large, and Dwarves do not put less emphasis on family even when they are not as directly related. All family is cherished, from parent and child to 3rd cousins, and no matter how much removal from the main line of the family. These are regarded as clans. Some clans are regarded as minor nobility and Dwarves put special effort into the record keeping of lineage, to maintain knowledge of who is owed what honors, especially when it comes to decorating armor with adornments that honor Terranis. Specifically, families of the Mineral and some Metal Dwarves are viewed as the royalty and nobility, while other Metal Dwarves and Stone Dwarves, are regarded as the lesser families.

There isn’t any real variation in their homes, however. One mountain range to the next is pretty much the same, only differing in climate and altitude. However, the Dwarves live under the surface, not on the mountains, but in the mountains. Long ago, Dwarves feared emerging from their underground halls, feeling that the lack of a ceiling of stone over their heads would result in them ‘falling’ into the nothingness of the sky and vanishing altogether. Thus, the mountains that the Dwarves called home became individual kingdoms, and Dwarves did not interact with other Dwarves from other mountain chains. During the war between the Sylvan and the Sidhe, the Dwarves were pit against the wrath of the Giants. The Giants in the Hallvardr Mountains live on in a comatose slumber to this day, but the Giants in other regions of the world were wiped out. However, due to the trouble had in certain ranges as compared to others, urged the building of underground highways to connect the different regions of Dwarven mountains. This was a unanimous decision to be done, but in the end, took a great deal of time to complete with the emergence of the Dwarven Civil Wars that arose after the fall of the Giants. Many felt that they should have aided the Sylvan in their fight as well, while others argued it wasn’t possible. The view of abandonment split their ties and since then, the Dwarves have been divided into separate kingdoms for different reasons, even after the roads connected their ranges together.

In Telluria, there is a larger amount of mountains than in Verdania, much less Silveria, Ivoria, or even the scattered islands in the middle of the ocean. Thus, there is a plethora of room and opening for further Dwarven development, as for now the Repeating History tale, and it’s so far planned sequel, involve Verdania and Silveria alone. And for now, that’s all I can think of, so I’ll end here for now. I hope to be including some info on the lesser known characters in my story soon, and that will include my Dwarves.


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More Science Pondering

Still on the desert in south-west Verdania, however I did branch out to the regions immediately around it. So, on the west and south of the desert, along the ocean coastline, there is some growth. Some grass, some palm trees and sparse clusters of bushes. There is rainfall in the coastal regions, thus placing the city of Tal’litse not technically in the desert, but in a somewhat temperate area prior to the desert. Either way, there is sand aplenty around the city. However, on the north border of the desert, up against the red rock mountains, there is more growth there than on the south or west. Here, the winds have brought in the ocean breezes and moisture, and oases are aplenty in the north. Spring water from the mountains help to leave the northern border of the desert somewhat more temperate. The east however has no growth. The springs deposit into the land further east, on the other side of the mountains, and the people have to make many trips into the mountain caverns to collect water for their villages.

The center of the desert is like Tatooine; endless dunes, no growth, no animals.

Beyond the mountains, what is there? Well, to the north, there is mostly sparse trees, with lots of open fields, till the rivers converge on a large lake known as Beast Lake. There, the foliage has grown close and thick. The sun shines on the trees, and the moisture has created plentiful plant growing trees. But, due to the plentiful leaves and close placement of trees, the growth does not continue for the whole tree, leaving the land underneath blanketed in shade. A jungle, with dense air, many rivers, and all the rest that comes with jungle terrain. This is where the, you guessed it, Jungle Elves live. Canopied homes built amidst the trees around the rivers and lake form their community.

On the eastern side, the rivers that come off the mountains curve northward to converge to Beast Lake as well, because there’s another set of mountains not too far off. With these mountains, the lands beyond decline in altitude. These mountains nearly close off and surround the land further to the east. With it’s lowland placement, and the near circling mountains, the land forms a tail-like penninsula on the south-east end of Verdania, that is called the Ebon Vale due to its thick marshland and dark wood pine trees littered amidst the plentiful rivers and lakes. The Ebon Vale is where the Marsh Elves live.

East of Beast Lake and it’s litter of rivers and jungle, the denseness of trees begins to peter out, and eventually, the trees vanish for a small portion of open fields bordering the eastern coast, north of the Ebon Vale. There, the Sea Elves live in beach bordering little huts, and have even populated a few small islands just off the coast of the eastern coast there.

Like to the east of Beast Lake, to the north of Beast Lake is another small region of open plains. The climate is still warm, but with less moisture in the air, the type of tree growth has shifted, and here, we have the Sylvan Wood which spans from west coast to east coast, just south of the Garnet Mountains. Here, in the Sylvan Woods, the Forest and High Elves live. Evergrove is the prime High Elf city, while the Forest Elves prefer to live in smaller congregations than a large city. Their largest home is that of the village that plays home to the Sylvan Vineleaf Festival, where they have a winery and vineyard. The Garnet Mountains forms the boundary between Human and Elven lands, and the Equator of this world is situated just south of the northernmost peaks of the Garnet Mountains.

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Pondering Science & Architecture

Topic: The Sand Elves

The Sand Elves are a key group of people in my writing that have been, as yet, fairly skimmed over because I wasn’t getting many ideas about them and their livelihood or culture. I mean, obviously, they’re a desert sect of Elves that live in the Litsrandir Desert in the south-west end of Verdania. Only recently –today in fact– did I start thinking about how the desert exists in an otherwise grassy, lush continent. I started thinking on how their region of the continent looks, specifically, and was reminded again about work on the maps of the worlds in my writing. I still lack the money to get Campaign Cartographer 3 and City Designer 3, and have danced around with other programs, so till I have the money for CC3, I doubt I’m going to have a map that satisfies me.

I’ve been reading Wheel of Time lately, and thoughts about the Aiel, admittedly, got me thinking about the Sand Elves. The ideas of sweat tents is interesting, but more importantly, it made me think… where do they get the water to pour on the hot rocks in the first place? And of course, that transferred to the Sand Elves. Where do they get their water? What is the scientific explanation for the desert in the middle of an otherwise lush land?











So, here’s a quick pic I made of Tal’litse, and the surrounding villages, in the mid-west portion of the desert. Fractal Mapper is still a crappy program, and the demo version of such is very limiting. Anyway, the off-colored “hills” on the maps are intended to be dunes. So, on the south-west portion of Verdania, the desert borders the ocean. Since the winds coming off the ocean would bring in moisture, there is some growth in the desert in the west, and the Sand Elves constructed a canal to encircle the city of Tal’litse so that they could do something that is inspired by Star Wars. You guessed it, moisture farms. I had a lengthy discussion with myself (because at least I listen to me) over the credibility of such a thing in a world not as technologically advanced as the Star Wars universe. This is where the Aiel ideas came in. Perhaps they built specific “sweat” tents along the canal, in order to heat the water from the ocean (since drinking water with that much salt would kill a person) Heat the water, so that it evaporates. The gas form of the water would collect within glass tubes/pillars, and during the day, when the temperature plummets, it would return to water. The salt is collected in bins, and a during the night, the bins are switched out, so they can then swab, shake, or do whatever it is they need to do, to collect the water that, via condensation, is within those tubes. Of course, that’s just for drinking water, as there is no qualms in bathing or washing clothes in salt water.

There are other villages built along the coast, that would have smaller versions of this, sans the canal, as well. And then, there are some villages built along the eastern border of the desert, along the mountains that cover the other borders of the desert, where they gain water via “mines” where they tunnel into the mountains to get to the springs. Thus, the center of the desert is non-populated. No worries, the Sand Elves are the ONLY sand people here. =P Mainly, also, I was debating the materials used in this. Would they have had the ability to shape glass, to make the condensation tubes? Or would they have to rely on a non-transparent metal to collect the water, not knowing till they began collecting, whether or not there was any water to collect? Sure they had sand, and they use magic, so could magic create “spun” glass in lieu of engineering and other technology that does such?

Thus, the Litsrandir Desert is surrounded on two sides by mountains and the other two sides by ocean. Their water comes from springs or boiled and cleansed ocean water. The springs in the mountains create rivers that go north and east, instead of south and west, creating a portion of the lack of moisture in the south-west regions. The winds from the ocean also travel north and east, covering the north end of the desert mainly, but going beyond the desert, leaving a lack of moisture in this region.

I hope one day to have the money for CC3 so I can make better maps for my worlds, but felt like sharing the random place my mind went to today. Its only my constant though over how the world looks that I don’t forget how I want it to look. Still, I would feel more secure with being able to have a computer file to work with, that I could save and work on through changes in the future, as well as keep, for my own reasons. Anyway, if you have any thoughts on the scientific validity of these ideas, feel free to chime in. Or just random opinions, feel free to comment.

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Elven Classification

In Demeteria, and abroad.

I’ve given a bit of info regarding the history of the Elves. And, the history is the same, in the base points, for all worlds within the cosmos of my writing. But, looking between Dorian’s world and Alek’s world, I can’t help but notice a large difference but with no real explanation as to why.

In Demeteria, the Elves thrived and built an empire that rose against the Orcs, fought the Dradar, and crumbled against a demon, then was rebuilt as a Nation, and has been allied with Humans and Dwarves in the past and shall do so again in the near future. In Arvandor, the Elves are either in hiding or in very few numbers, for they are not seen in any large quantities throughout the land and the story. What happened? Why are they so few? This could also play into the why so many people believe that the world of Arvandor is made up of one continent only to be proven wrong at a later time when Li shows up and the events around “Power & Bliss” occur.

Another tidbit of this that has been bugging me is, what sort of elf would those in Arvandor be? There are seas, forests, marshes, deserts, but… Dorian was not born in any march, though he resembles a Marsh Elf from Demeteria. He lives just outside of the Aldeon forest, but he was not born there either. Part of things I wondered about previously was ‘new’ sects of elves, not of the major ‘denominations’ due to different areas in different worlds, or perhaps, cross breeds of others. There isn’t much I can think of, regarding anew unused land features to use for a new sect of Elf, but what if Dorian were the result of a cross breeding between Forest and Marsh elves in the lands of Arvandor? And what became of them all? We know then that the Cavanagh and Blackwood families are elves as well, but what about other Elven families?

I’ve even come up with ideas for Snow and Wild elves, since the whole idea originated for these stories, and they’re again in the Demeteria world, and not in Arvandor. Or perhaps, in Arvandor, one of the other continents they eventually discover is an arctic continent where the Snow Elves reside, and perhaps, various forms of other Elves have taken shelter there, turning them all into part-Snow Elf hybrids. Even if that ends up being the case, there’s still the original point from this post — why? What happened to cause the difference in Elven survival between the two worlds. There’s no evidence of any conflict with other continents, since knowledge of these other continents passed from memory; the rise of the Arvandoran Empire did not have huge conflicts with Elves, as this was after the apparent drop in Elven numbers; and there is nothing, yet, to explain anything that might have chased Elves away to another continent.

On top of which, there’s no mention of the other various races in Arvandor as there is in Demeteria. Where’s the Dradar? Orcs? Trolls? Dwarves? A lot to think about.

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Elves, Elves, Everywhere!

Lately, I have been noticing a web search on “elven culture” linking to another page of mine. Now, I do not know how genuine it is, because I did the search myself and I went through 15 pages of results on google without finding my own page and so gave up. I seriously do not see people going through 15+ pages of results, not finding what they want (i.e. stumbling upon my page) without revising their keywords. And so, I started thinking. As those who know me will figure out, my thoughts travel in nonsensical patterns and I decided to do a bit of writing on Elven Culture again. Now, this is where my two series of story intertwine, as I have stated in previous posts. The stories of Aleksander Zachery (Repeating History) and Dorian Blackwood (What Lies Between…) are in entirely different worlds, or planets. However, they exist within the same universe. Even though neither tale is any way tied to Science Fiction (…yet) I do stress planets, simply to make it clear that their environs are not separate continents in the same world. Arvandor and Demeteria are different planets within the same cosmos.

Anyway, delays aside… I made a post titled “Elven Nation Culture” where I discussed, specifically, the elves of Demeteria. However, the deities that created Demeteria are the same that created Arvandor. I feel, since the same things occurred (regarding the Sylvan) in Demeteria as in Arvandor, then there would be similarities between the species of Elf that Dorian gets classified under and the species of Elf that the Silverleaf, Dusksinger, Sunstorm, etc. families get classified under. Not to say that Dorian would be a Marsh Elf (since he has physical similarities to that of Dinaer Dusksinger and other of the Marsh Elf sect) but that he would have at the very least, some similarities there-in. Afterall, “Aldeon” is the name given to the forests of Higashi due to the color of their leaves. Aldeon is an Elvish word that means “Ever-Autumn;” this is the same dialect of Elvish spoken by the Forest Elves in the Sylvan Woods, Verdania of the Demeterian world. Dorian was born neither in a forest nor a marsh, but the town he lives in is very close to both types of land-mass within the continent of Arvandor. Who is to say which species he is? To be honest, I never really dwelt on a specific sub-species of Elf that he would be classified under. But, in these thoughts of Elven Culture that were brought about by the origin of this post’s creation, I cannot help but feel I now should.

However, just because Arvandor and Demeteria are of the same universe, does not mean that he gets classified by the same sub-species. Not every world would be exactly alike, that is proven simply in the layout of the terrain in both worlds. So, how does Dorian get classified? Despite the idea that the classifications would not be viewed similarly in each world, I cannot help but say that Dorian would not be a wood elf/forest elf because of, perhaps, my love for Tolkein. Dorian looks nothing like Legolas’ style of Mirkwood Elves, nor does he look like Celeborn & Galadriel, the Loth’Lorian style of Elf. Rather, Dorian is more alike Elrond and Arwen. Shorter hair, of course, but still… darker colored eyes and hair, and tanned skin from not having barrier of tree branches over-head. But which is it that made Elrond different? Being Half-Elven or being Half-Maiar? Obviously, the Maiar do not exist within my story and Dorian is not Half-Elven. Anyway, that’s a matter of thought for another time. Either way, Dorian is not Forest Elf or Marsh Elf, alike those in my other series. Nor is he very much in tune with his Elven lineage, for his family did not seem very much attuned with it in the same manners as was found in Tolkein’s work or in Repeating History. The Cavanagh family show a very dark demeanor, and being snakes, perhaps they could be classified as Marsh Elves. As for the Blackwood family, they could very well be considered Forest Elves, but perhaps an example of a sub-sect within the sect? Blackwood; perhaps they lived in a small forest that bordered the marsh, where darker wood trees were found, rather than being from Aldeon itself. In which case, Dorian would be half-Marsh Elf, half-Forest Elf. Making him something unique and without a name of its own. That seems fitting to me.

The Cavanagh and the Blackwood are not the only elves in the story, and I never explored what the others of the Nightmist were. In Rhy’din, in AOL RP, there were many things they were, and that was the splendor while at the same time the curse of being a Rhy’din RPer. Freedom to do as you wish is great, but often times, people do go overboard. Myself included. And to be honest, it was 20 years ago, so I do not recall every detail from back then. So, was Rosa an elf as well? If so which sect? Kain? Vayne? Garr? etc. That will take some time to piece together. To push towards the point where I eventually unite the two series together, I would say that Vayne at least is an elf as well. I am sure there are a few people titillated by the idea of an Elven Vampire. Perhaps even a few that dislike the idea. But, these are my ideas, and the paths my mind takes. I told you I was crazy.

I do not have an area of frigid temperatures in the Arvandor world, yet. I have not defined any such creature as living in such an area, and so, that would mean that Ice Elves do not exist in Arvandor as they do in Demeteria. This does not mean that they cannot, as I have not really mapped out the whole of that world. It may come about in times, and who knows, maybe in time, I will come up with ideas to feature other types of Elves than are listed in the Demeteria world. Though, to be honest, I cannot think of anything else that would seem appropriate at the time. Unlike Elder Scrolls, I cannot feasibly think of creating  an Elven race that lives within the earth. That’s Dwarven territory and I do prefer to keep Dwarves and Elves as separate species/races.

However, while I cannot think of any other sect of elf, in regards to what I already have, I do kind of have ideas stemming from what was stated earlier. If Dorian is half Marsh Elf and half Forest Elf, what if I were to change Forest Elf to Wood Elf (hopefully not stepping on TES’s toes…) and then take into consideration the idea of sub sects. Since Dorian’s split lineage marks him from a forest nearby a marsh, what if within the categorization of Wood Elf there was then Pine Elf and Oak Elf etc. defining the type of wood or forested region they came from? And so on, try to do the same for the other categories as well. Such as River Elf being a cross between a Sea Elf and a Jungle Elf? Something more to think on.

Much to think on, so while I do that, I shall end the post here for now. Hope this equated to something more than textual rambling. =P

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Character Spotlight – A Walk on the Dark Side

So, I wrote some about the villains in my writing, mainly in a previous spotlight at Denizens of the Dark. However, I didn’t have much to tell about the characters mentioned in the second half of that post, so I am going to fill in what I’ve worked out since then.

So, the characters I left out in that portion of the post was the vampires that followed Kyo. I am going to explain a little more concerning Kyo as well that I believe I did not include, even in the post specifically about him and Yami at A Look at the Dark Side.

Aramaki Kyo was a samurai who served Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku Era (roughly, 1450-1600) of Japan, where Daimyo all over the country warred for governmental control of the country as the Kamakura Shogunate –or Bakufu– was floundering. Oda Nobunaga was the first of three people that eventually brought an end to the Sengoku era. Kyo was loyal to Nobunaga, and served him without question, but questioned the actions of Hideyoshi and Tokugawa who came after him. He continued to do as was needed, but quietly he believed that Hideyoshi and Tokugawa would eventually lead Japan to ruin instead. On the night before the events at Hanno-ji, the temple where a coup captured Nobunaga and forced him to commit seppuku, Kyo was in the company of a woman whose only offered ‘name’ was Shinihime. In the night, she turned Kyo into a vampire, and made a deal with him. Kyo returned to his life, and worked only as an assassin. In the night, he did his part to aide Hideyoshi in retort against the coup. When Nobunaga was avenged, he followed Hideyoshi as he finished the task, and even began to try and turn the country of Japan into a true empire with invasions into China and Korea. He helped even though they failed. When Hideyoshi died, he even sided with Tokugawa against those that sided with keeping Hideyoshi’s five year old heir as Shogun. When Tokugawa was victorious and finally created a new Shogunate, and all seemed back in order, Kyo still disbelieved that Tokugawa would not screw it up. So he waited ten years, till Tokugawa stepped down, and took the role of Regent while his son became the next Shogun. Kyo struck then, and arranged Tokugawa’s death, in a less than honorable way, and pitched the blame onto Tokugawa’s own son. With his son forced to commit seppuku, Kyo as Tokugawa’s highest ranking general quashed any thoughts of open war again, and took up the role of Shogun. It was shortly before these last events that Kyo had his first conversation with someone capable of transporting him through worlds, to extend his empire to other worlds in the cosmos. Due to this, he was able to expand beyond the bounds of Japan, China, and Korea, and began the building not just of a larger empire, but of a group of vampires that would fulfill Shinihime’s request.

Ai Motoko was an assassin; a Shinobi hired during the last stretch of the Sengoku era, during the major contentions between Tokugawa and Ishida Mitsunari. It was at this time that Kyo met with Yami over and over again, but Ai Motoko was also hired to finish what Yami had been incapable of. Ishida wanted Kyo dead, because he was a great leader and a great swordsman responsible for many casualties on the field. However, Motoko could not complete the task either. While Yami and Kyo’s fights were always interrupted and never allowed to finish, Motoko was outright beaten. She used tactics that used her looks as a weapon, attempting to lure her targets into bed, where she could kill them in the heat of the moment. However, on the night of her attempt to kill Kyo, he instead took her and made her into a vampire as well. She would be the first of his “Kiss.”

Santino Marcone was a soldier of the Kingdom of Naples. The fall of the Roman empire, and the rise and fall of many powers in Europe, split the Italian peninsula into various city-states rather than a unified country. The divided city-states had never really pushed for unity for many years, but eventually, they wished for it. During Napolean’s reign in France, the city-states of Italy became a highly contested region that the French, Austrians, and Spanish fought over. Finding themselves being treated as a toy that children bickered over playing with, the people of the Italian peninsula tried to fight back, and instead of being merely a territory of one of their empires, vied to declare themselves a unified and independent nation. It was not an easy task, and though they made that effort then, it still would take nearly a century for that goal to be fully realized. Santino however, in his duties as a soldier of the Kingdom of Naples and a patron of the unification of Italy, was set upon by men claiming to be of the French military, but turned out to be vampires who had Napolean on puppet’s strings.

Adelrich Bachmeir was a nobleman and soldier under the fealty of Henry the Lion of Saxony. Henry the Lion, himself, ruled the Duchy of Saxony under the servitude to Frederick I Barbarossa, King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor. Henry the Lion, however, was not very fond of Frederick’s family, and thus, not truly loyal to the Emperor. When it came time to bring military power to the Italian states, to give a lesson to the Pope who defied Frederick, Henry the Lion refused to send the support of his own troops. After Barbarossa was forced to flee the Italian peninsula and return to Germany, Henry the Lion’s supporters in retort abandoned him, and did not give him support. Frederick banished Henry, and gave the Duchy of Saxony to another. Adelrich was one of Henry the Lion’s supporters who remained chiefly loyal to Barbarossa. He accompanied Barbarossa on the trip to Isreal in the third Crusade, was ultimately captured by a vampire there whom had been claiming to be dolling out Henry’s vengeance. Thus, Adelrich was turned.

Aláin Brùn was a Gaellic warrior in ancient Scotland, before it was Scotland. During the contention between the Picts and the Gaels, he was personally affronted by the Pictish people. When claims of a peace arose between the Picts and the Gaels, Aláin refused to go along with it, even if it meant conquering the other tribes, and raising a force to contend with the Angles (English). People listened to Aláin, which would hamper the chances for the peace. A group of men, both Gael and Pict, supporting the alliance, ambushed him at night, and beat him within an inch of his life. They left, to let him bleed out in the fields, only for him to be discovered by a vampire who ‘rescued’ him from the doom of death.

Neville Ashdown was a homeless thief in the dirty alleys of Victorian Era England. He was born into a poor family who had no money to afford a home. He stole and pinched pockets in order to get by from day to day. There was no other way to get by. He stared at the palaces, and the people living rich and ritzy lives, doing nothing to help those that had nothing and no means to get what they needed to survive. He figured they had so much, they could stand to lose a few trinkets they would no doubt hardly notice. But picking pockets near Buckingham Palace did not net him the money he sought, instead, it welcomed him into a part of British Royalty he believed Queen Victoria did not even know about.

Eran is the eldest of the vampires in this tale. He is so old, he did not have a last name, for indeed, last names were not yet in use. He is so old, he predates the current era. Before the birth of Christ, Eran was a member of the Judean people, under rule of the Seleucid Empire. The Seleucid ruler desecrated the Jewish temple, which incited a rebellion among the Jews. They fought –yes even on the Sabbath– in order to reclaim their temple and restore it. Free of the Seleucid, they were able to return to their normal practices of their religion. Of course, it would not last long, for the Roman Empire would be knocking on Judean and Caananite doors, but for that time, they were freed of Seleucid and Greek control. A scout of the Roman legions ran into Eran one night, and that would spell the end of his Jewish practices forever.

Now, how did these people, from various different points in history, come to be together? Well, how Motoko and Kyo are together was already answered. But how did he meet with those that existed before him, in other regions of the world? And how did he meet those that came after him, if he ventured into other worlds to build his empire? Shinihime had a part in that, for as she told Kyo, she had many names across the world, signaling that she had been in other parts of the world and in that time, with the state of transportation as it was, it would take a long time, especially since she’d need to find a place to rest during the day, and not be stumbled upon. Since that is the case, I am toying the the idea that the same vampire turned all of them (excluding Motoko of course) and directed them to each other over time. These seven will be like a council of elders to all Vampire kind, while Shinihime is technically older then all of them, and more powerful to have created them all and survived long enough to do so, across all corners of the world. There will also be introduced some vampires of the fictional races in the writing, and as they come about I’ll introduce them. For now, there’s Shinihime, and the council of seven. A.K.A. The Sinful Kiss, as their personalities will mirror the seven deadly sins. From Kyo who craved the drive of Tokugawa, the ambition of Hideyoshi, and the strength of Nobunaga all in one; Motoko who lured men to their demise with her beauty; Adelrich who craved power over exile, and was never satisfied with the power he held and always wanted more; Santino with his love for his people and homeland, enamored in its beauty, culture, and allure; Aláin who could not let his grudges and anger go; Eran who was unsure, like many others, on whether or not they should forsake their religious beliefs under the oppression of a larger power, remaining under someone else’s control and servitude; and Neville who could not help but look up at the wealth and prosperity around him, and desire it.

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Culture & Religion

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking regarding this aspect of my writing, and it is by no means in a complete state. It is not something so easily untangled. But I would like to write here, as a means to better explain to myself and to any of my readers, what is so far settled about such things in my writing.

Demeteria is the main world in my writing, and I might tie in the worlds of my other two projects into the same universe, as has been stated previously, but because Demeteria has been my main focus then using it for my examples simply works best and easiest.

There are eight divines, or gods (so as not to infringe on Elder Scrolls’ Eight Divines), called the Prime Fae. I take a lot of inspiration from Celtic Myth, but I would like to note that there is very little similar between my Fae and the Fae or Faerie in Celtic pagan belief. The names are used though, including Sidhe, but represent something unique to my story and are not fleshed out in the same way as in Celtic lore. That being said, I do use the name Danu as one of my eight gods. Danu, Thanatos, Seraphim, Erebh, Ignis, Ventanis, Terranis, and Aquanis are the eight Prime Fae. They created beneath them two levels of lesser fae, known as the Fairy/Faerie. They are a limited number of individuals set to guard over the various aspects of the eight elements the Prime Fae reside over (yes, eight — Fire, Earth, Wind, Water, Light, Darkness, Life, and Death). Aside from the Faerie, the Fae also created everything in the Cosmos, from each individual planet, to each plant and being of life and spirit.

Again, using Demeteria as the basis … The Humans, of Haven primarily, regard Danu as the goddess of growth and fertility. Not just a matron of the progress of human life but of plant life, and worship her at times of harvest as well as at times of conception, gestation, and birth. The Elves regard her as the mother of all living things. They especially revere her as their mother, for she is that in fact. Danu is responsible for the creation of the Sylvan race, but when the Sidhe killed off the Sylvan, the expelled magic from their deaths created the Elves. Danu cried when the Sylvan died, and allowed further growth of plantlife when the Elves came to be. Thus, they celebrate the Spring season as their birth(April showers bring May flowers). None of the other races revere Danu in any special way, but merely as a sister to the other Fae.

Thanatos is recognized as more than just the Grim Reaper. True, he ferries –though not literally– all spirits that pass on to the after life, however, he also is responsible for the creation of all spiritual beings. In a sense, he could be said to be the one responsible for allowing people to even have after lives, for without him, would their souls exist in such a way? He isn’t really revered in any of the civilizations, but he is recognized for what he is. Some fear resides in that, of course, for who isn’t afraid of death?

Terranis is a god of living stone, and is responsible for fashioning the earth of every world within the cosmos and the birth of the Dwarven race. Dwarves regard him as the soul of the planet itself, and the gems and ore they find in the world are fragments of his armor which shattered in some war that has vanished from memory of even the eldest beings of the world. The Dwarves craft with it, but not merely in order to fashion objects or armor to their taste, but in homage and honor of what a great warrior Terranis must have been.

Aquanis is the goddess of the sea, and is matron of all living things within the water. The Sea Elves are the only ones known to pay any homage to her, being lovers of the sea and sailing. I sort of see Aquanis viewed much alike Calypso –Pirates of the Carribean Calypso– the living, vengeful sea, yet in some ways alike the original Calypso of greek myth.

Ignis and Ventanis really have no followings, in my mind at the moment. However, they are the reason Dragons exist, so perhaps the Dradar will have some reverence for them.

Seraphim is inspired by the Seraphim in the bible in appearance alone. I view him more as the father figure of the Prime Fae much alike my mother image concerning Danu. He is the creator of the Human race, and is a kindly benefactor among the Fae. Erebh is the darker half, and is sometimes described as nothing more than a darker opposite to Seraphim, even right down to physical description, though in other times, his appearance mimics Thanatos. All Elves, though the High Elves mainly, view Seraphim as an embodiment of hope and goodness. The Marsh Elves are separate in that view. They agree, however equally revere Erebh as a reminder that even in the light, there is darkness. However, many among the Marsh Elves do not believe darkness to be a bad thing. Dinaer Dusksinger is a prime example of that.

Like in real life, there are many belief systems. I believe that while these beings are the true deity of the universe, there are also those that do not believe it to be true, despite the more prominent and physical evidence of such in the world. Such as the chapel that holds the Tome of Truth and the existence of the spirits of the former Sylvan people. The Orcs for example revere spirits, and may be seen as those that revere Thanatos, however they specifically worship spirits of the wolves and the pack. Their society is built around pack order and emulates such nearly to the letter. And the Trolls have a very ritualistic/hermetic society, viewing the spirits themselves as gods. In that degree, they may actually be revering the lesser Faerie race, but they will never refer to the spirits as such.

And two of my antagonist characters –Kyo and Yami– will still refer to Shinto belief, even apart from their original world of origin. Does Izanami and Izanagi exist in this cosmos? Perhaps. Erebh would be the founder of evil, and is the creator of demons, rather than Izanami, but just like the other Prime Fae, he was responsible for the creation of a portion of the lesser Faerie race, and it could be one of those lesser that becomes the embodiment of what Izanami represents. I will have to study more on Shinto religion, to get that right, but that is part of their specific beliefs.

I also have a series of holidays sketched out, needing to be expanded upon, but otherwise ready for mention in the story. Holidays such as wine festivals for the Elves, who prize their creation of wines and other sweet beverages and use them in their reverence of Danu. Orcish holidays regard the seasons and are named for phases in the packs maneuvers. And Troll holidays regard the rituals that take place for each change in life. Fertility rituals, wedding rituals, seasonal rituals, moon phase rituals, etc. etc.. I still have to come up with ideas for the Dwarves, Humans, and Dradar, but all things in time.

I’ve also made some recordings regarding my thoughts on working through cultural and religious development within the world, and I shall see if I can link that up in here, to share more of my ramblings on the topic. Till then, that is all for now.

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