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The Timeline Predicament


Two points are involved, perhaps more in the end, with getting this timeline together. The first of which was deciding how much time should pass before it was believable the first war occurred. As mentioned before, this world is not an Adam and Eve like society where it started with two people and from those two people all of mortal kind stems. The first conflict is between two races of people; the Sylvan, the children of Danu, and the Sidhe, the children of Erebh. The Sidhe are in essence created in secret and hidden from the rest of the world, so their procreation can be watched and managed with absolute care. With that evil kept secret, the other races can be watched as well, though not in the same way. Regardless, there is nothing hampering their procreation. And since they are not like Adam and Eve, they are placed in numerous places within each world, to grow in many realms. So, with roughly 150 years, I hope it is believable but I still wonder.

The next point of worry is the statement in the story that, within the world of Demeteria, the Ageless Empire lasted for 1,000 years. So I have to struggle into stretching the timeline out to make it believable for a few hundred years of history prior to the Empire’s rise, a few hundred years after for the unification of the Elves into their new nation, and the final lead in to the current timeline of the story in Repeating History. Once I have the elven part of the timeline fleshed out, I’ll have to work on the human end again, and fix their end to match the Elf timeline, but that will, in the end, include pretty much doubling the content I already have there, which will be rough. And then of course, there’s the nearly 2,000 years of Dwarven civil conflict that weaves in and out of it, and blends with both human and elven histories. Both Elven and Dwarven are in the works at the moment, but I will be focusing on the Elves first.

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Timeline: The First War Ever


The First War Ever is basically a lead in to the Last War Ever. Biblical implications abound. Well, to put it plainly, one of the creators disliked what was done in creation, and felt he could do better, so he made his own creation, and in fact if you look at it clearly, he does do at the very least the same thing, on his own.

The first war is a multi-positioned war, pitting the Dwarves, Humans, and Sylvan against the Giants and the Sidhe. It does not simply take place on one world, but across an entire cosmos, and I am endeavoring to cover the timeline of this event through each world’s perspective. The only constant between each world is the Giants are sealed in arcane slumber, the Sylvan and Sidhe fight each other to a unified extinction, Humans lose their knowledge of magic, and then, life carries on in its different ways depending on the world in question.

The Sylvan wrote two “biblical” texts amidst the worlds, called the Tome of Wisdom and the Tome of Truth. One tells of the events of creation and one tells of their perceived prophecy of their demise, but also of their endeavors to stop it. I haven’t written these texts out. I mean, I don’t think I could hold to Blizzard’s means of writing prophecy much less biblical level.

And, at the End of Days, Wisdom shall be lost
as Justice falls upon the world of men.
Valor shall turn to Wrath
and all Hope will be swallowed by Despair.
Death, at last, shall spread its wings over all
as Fate lies shattered forever.

And, at the End of Days,
the first sign shall appear in the Heavens.
Justice shall fall upon the world of men.
The armies of Light and Shadow
shall clash across the fields of eternity.

I have some ideas regarding … unique names or titles that could be twisted into euphemism and metaphor, but to write something like this, I doubt I ever could make it seem as poetic or prophetic; the kind of thing the people in the story would spend decades, centuries, lifetimes debating its meaning.

And of course, I still debate with whether or not the years are believable enough for my timeline. As promised, here’s some shots of what I have so far regarding the beginning of the world and its first war.

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Demeteria is one of my worlds, and so this is the timeline for how the first war played out, in general view, there, as well as the general beginning timeline that affects all worlds in the cosmos. You’ll see my Elven Calendar in use in the timeline. See this post for my developing of that calendar.

 

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Timey Whimy Liney Whiny


Here comes the shocker, I know nothing about Dr. Who. Just have friends who say Timey Whimy a lot, so I’ve picked it up.

Anyway, onto seriousness. As I’ve mentioned, I worked on some World Building stuff through Writing.com, and of that stuff, a Timeline was a part of it. I had always wanted to build up a time line, to show specifically the past events I mention of the history of Haven in my writing. However, with working on the timeline I looked, of course, at things that also pre-date Haven and things that have nothing to do with the Human’s regions of the worlds. However, I did work on Haven’s history mostly for the purposes of the Writing.com class and preparation in world building.

I got 640 years into the history of Haven, when I stared at a single line of the timeline and my jaw dropped. The line was simply … “Elena Outridge is born.” Now, why is that a problem. Well, I mentioned this on my tumblr site, so those that watch there are going to see it again, but now that I’m trying to force myself to be more adamant about blogging, I have this site and tumblr linked up so that both display the same post as I make them, mainly to reach more people, but also to see just how many people see it. Is my tumblr site getting more attention or this one?

Well, anyway, another character in my story mentions that a specific empire lasted for 1,000 years. So, not reaching 1,000 years yet was one problem. The other problem was that Elena is in the same story. She’s of a long-living race, so it’s not an issue if she lives to be 400+ years old, but she’s supposed to still be young when she meets Alek, the main character of that story where it is mentioned the empire lasted for 1,000 years. With that being said, it is not just a matter of reaching the year 1,000, because obviously, the world was not created with an empire in power, not the empire had to rise to power. And how long does that take? How long does it take for the people placed on the world in the moment of creation to reach a population capable of waging war on each other? So it’s possible I’m looking at not just reaching 1,000, but adding 1,000 years to the timeline. With the thought of adding 1,000 years in between what I already had for Haven came to me, I had a moment of lost enthusiasm and motivation to continue.

However, I’m still at it. I have taken my focus off of Haven though. The Empire in question is an Empire forged by a group of Elves. It does not have any baring on the history of Haven, and the Elves were not at odds with the humans of Haven, but simply, one characters tells Alek, a human of Haven, about the empire the Elves had. It is part of his education and training to be a soldier, so it is something I need to flesh out since he will be learning about it. The first thing I did was look at creation and that question I asked just a moment ago. How long would it take for the people of creation to grow into civilizations large enough to wage war upon each other? This is not an Adam & Eve style creation, because there are more than just humans in my worlds. There’s Humans, Dwarves, Elves, Orcs, Trolls, Dragons, and various other minor races. More importantly, the Elves and Dwarves are divided into subcategories or subspecies based upon certain things. For the Dwarves, they are divided among the different forms of stone and mineral that they come from. Elves are divided among the different terrain styles or terrain fixtures where they live. Thus, there are Iron Dwarves, Stone Dwarves, Obsidian Dwarves, etc. and Forest Elves, Sand Elves, Snow Elves, etc. So, these worlds follow a multiple Adam & Eve style of creation. There are multiple locations, or centers of civilization, where two of each are placed. Even without only two people being the beginning, there was still the wonder of how fast these groups could grow. I wagered 100 years, and pushed that first war back an extra 100 years than I had previously. Then, from the end of that war, I followed from there and began the history of the Elves and the Ageless Empire.

It is going slowly, as coming up with 1,000+ years of history is daunting to say the least. Especially about a group I had never made any specifics about except in regards to their fall. However, I did add a couple facts to work with when I made the calendar I mentioned in a previous post. Two of the months are, like in the Gregorian Calendar, named for two figures in regards to Elven History. Where in the Gregorian it is July named for Julius Caesar and August named for Augustus Caesar, I have Hyandime and Raenime named for Raenir ael’Sylvere, the man who led the Gray Elf Nation that would become the Ageless Empire when he finally drove the Orcs away, and Hyandur Silverleaf, the man who had united the various Elven sub-races into a unified nation after the Ageless Empire’s fall had scattered them. For now, I focus on the Empire’s rise, as I have not even reached that point yet.

In the next post about timelines, I will share some screenshots of what I’m working on, as I fill my head up with names that will live and die in the space of 20 lines of text, perhaps.

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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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Dwarven Culture


Since my Human post wound up being so short, I decided to give a two-for-one today. So here is the culture and custom of the Dwarven race. But wait, it’s more than just the Dwarves. Just like the Elves, there’s some history to tell, and more than one race involved.

The Dwarves and the Sylvan were once great chums! Happy-go-lucky friends that shared knowledge of crafting and magic and farming. There are things that grow in the cold climates of the Hallvardr Mountains that did not grow in the south, and likewise, many things that grew in the south that did not grow even in the warmer Garnet Mountains. When the Sylven were beset by invasion at the hands of the Sidhe, the Dwarves were incapable of going to their aide. Of course, in real life, no group of people is unanimous in their beliefs. So, despite dealing with the birth and the battle against the Primal Giants that Erebh brought into existence, there were many Dwarves that believed they needed to go to the aide of the Sylvan. The nobility of the Dwarves said it could not be done, and kept all attention on the Primal Giants, which ultimately was resolved when the Primal Giants were put to arcane slumber within the northernmost valley of the Hallvardr Mountains. At this time, the Sidhe and the Sylvan battled each other to joint extinction. The Elves were born of their demise, but now the Dwarves were divided. The Dwarves divided into familial clans and though some still sided with other clans, the race was forever divided. The governing body fell to pieces, and the clans began warring against each other in conflicts that would span thousands of years. Even in ‘present’ time, that division is only beginning to be settled.

Aside from the clans, the Dwarves are organized by what metal Terranis carved them from. There are various familial clans within each mineral organization, such as the Rowanspear and Stoneforge clans that are both clans of Stone Dwarves and the Steelbrow and Ironbeard clans that are both clans of Iron Dwarves.

Unlike the Dwarves of Tolkien’s universe, the Dwarves here are not covetous of anything shiny and expensive looking. That is not to say that there aren’t Dwarves that do have that miserly attitude. However, as a general rule, as was stated in a previous post, my Dwarves craft not to marvel their creation, but to pay homage to Terranis. It is Dwarven belief, that in the early days before their creation, that Terranis was a general in some great conflict, and that the deposits of metal and minerals found all over the world were in fact shards that had been broken off from Terranis’ armor. Terranis’ appearance is that of living stone, with gems and minerals jutting out from his body. They see this as what remains of his armor, still worn, as if in defiance of losing the fight.

They are well known for their crafting, and the minerals they use. There are, in fact, some Dwarves that belong to clans that exist within categories named for these unique metals that few other than Dwarves have seen. Like … you guessed it, Mithril. Mithril has existed in fantasy tales outside of Tolkien’s work, and whether or not he invented the word I am unsure of, however… In Tolkien’s elvish, Mithril means Sparkling Silver, and probably is a substitute for Platinum. In lieu of that theory, however, I remain with Mithril simply meaning Sparkling Silver. In addiction, I have taken it upon myself to use the dictionary I have, and come up with Tambaril and Maldaril, which mean Sparkling Copper and Sparkling Gold respectively as two other kinds of Dwarves. I have no named Dwarves of those groups, but Hadrin and Keldrin Lionstone are of the Mithril grouping, and have their surname because of a special stone outside their home, shaped like a Lion, with Mithril deposits in the stone conveniently taking the form of the lion’s mane. Why Elvish though? Well, why did Tolkien use Elvish for a metal worked by the Dwarves? The Elves are a friend to the Dwarves, even in my writing. Not all the clans have matching views, but all of them still view the Elves as children of the Sylvan, and all wish to re-honor their former ties, even if some more so than others. To come up with a Dwarven language to reference from time to time would require even more searching and study. I might try it, but it will take some time.

The Dwarves and the Giants are both inspired by a mix of Celtic and Norse inspiration. The Giants will be more Viking inspired, while the Dwarves are more in line with the other views of Dwarves. I do have a Norse names for the Half-Giant towns, as they, though human originally, take on that inspiration as they come into the story. But still, the inspirations mix, as seen with one of my Dwarves; Lerif Steelbrow.

Nevertheless, there is also some Germanic inspiration in the Dwarves, as they take part in an Oktoberfest-esque holiday, and focus a lot on food and beer as well as their crafting. They do have a magical community as well, and use Earth Magic also to honor Terranis, but they do honor Ignis as well, in thanks for offering the flames for their forges and cooking fires. I might even consider some water affinity, and place another sect of Dwarves on Ivoria alongside the Ice Elves and Snow Orcs.

As with all people, there is the dark side. I do not want to go into much detail and spoil the story, but somewhere in the world, there is a sect of Dwarves that dallys on the wrong side of the spectrum.

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Segregation Eras complete


The history behind the Fae and the Dwarves has been posted, at Segregation Eras: The First Days. Check it out and tell me what you guys think.

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The Thin Line Between Worlds


So I came up with a name, as can be seen on the page Segregation Eras: Fighting the Apocalypse, for the region of the world that my human race lives. It might attribute it to the whole continent, I might not. Coming up for names has always been hard for me, especially for regions.

However, thinking about some of my characters in WoW has made me think about their counterparts in my writing. I changed their history around from my story, so that they could fit into the world of Azeroth. In both realms they are High Elves. In both realms, the parents of the main family are dead.

In Azeroth, there is no King for the High Elves, in Verdania, Astalder, the eldest Silverleaf brother is the King. In Azeroth, Astalder is a Death Knight, in Verdania, Astalder is a Rune Warden.

In both realms, Istalindir is a Mage. In Azeroth, Istalindir was turned into a Wretched due to the Sunwell’s destruction.

In Azeroth, Dorenduil is the lone survivor of the siege of Quel’thalas among the Silverleaf family, and is a Paladin. In Verdania, his family is the ruling family, and houses the largest number of Elves among all Elven kind. In Verdania, Dorenduil is a Wizard.

In Azeroth, Valaya is the daughter of Istalindir, named after her dead mother. In Verdania, Valya is Istalindir’s wife, and they have not had a child yet. In both realms, she is a Paladin. (In WoW there is an extra a in her name because the original name was unavailable to me. I have yet to meet the person who took that spelling before me.)

In Azeroth, Elvulith is a Druid, and is a Night Elf. He dabbles between the teachings of Restoration and the Feral. In Verdania, Elvulith is a Ranger and married to a Druidess named Arinai.

And the list goes on, but not all the characters from my writing are in WoW. Some I made in other games. Such as the Hogosha Clan. They are from Guild Wars. Kenji Hogosha is an Assassin/Monk, Kosuke Hogosha is a Ranger/Ritualist, Keiko Hogosha is a Elementalist/Ritualist, and Kusuya Hogosha is a Mesmer/Necromancer. I also had versions of Aleksander and Mikael Zachery in Guild Wars, who were a Warrior/Paragon and a Dervish/Elementalist respectively. And, I would continue to make versions of these, and other, characters, in the game Rift.

My point, however, is I still struggle for names of the world my story takes part in, and not just that but the name of the continents within the world, and the regions within the continents. I come up with names slowly, depending on the mood I’m in, or something that comes to mind when I work on this. For instance, one of my ideas for a name for the world as a whole has been to  use another name for Rebirth or Renewal, since that pertains to what happens at the start of the story. I chose the name Verdania for the area the Humans live in because it’s supposed to be a lush green expanse of land. Verdant. I chose The Sylvan Wood for the Elves because of the rich connection between the fairy and the Elves not only in my story, but in other literature and Celtic legend. I have even thought of using the Celtic words for North, South, East, and West, for the names of the four continents in my story.

Lastly, I shall soon be posting another page to my Segregation Eras grouping, to go back and look at the Elves. I shall branch to many different groups of Elves, thus sighting different time lines within the one. I shall touch on the High Elves and the Grey Elves mainly (whom shall make an appearance in my story, even though Yami destroyed them in his own past, between the years of 1600 and 1616 in the already posted Face of Evil page) to give further info on their histories. I hope you all enjoy reading it when it’s there.

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