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Elven Currency Pt. 2

So, after writing the other post about currency, I got to thinking about what the coins would look like. Other than a circular shape and the color of their respective metals, I thought about the different leaves that would be used to decorate the individual coins to give another bit of a look to represent their value, especially since there’s more than one coin for each type of metal.

Per – Beech Tree leaf, simple oval shape, no serrations or parts.
Mir – Water Birch leaf, oval shaped with serrated “teeth” along the edges.
Uru – Alder leaf, tear drop shaped, serrated edges.
Eneg – Ash leaf, ellipse shaped with pointed ends, no serration.
Paen – Rowan leaf, long oval shaped leaf, rounded ends, minor serration.
Telem – Apple leaf, rounded, semi oval shaped leaf, pointed end, no serration.
Síla – Grape leaf, large three pointed, circular shaped leaf, minor serration.
Pery – Horse Chestnut leaf, 5 parted, oval shaped leaves, no serrations.
Col – Maple leaf, the royal symbol, 3 pointed leaf, no serrations.
Mall – Maple leaf, the royal symbol, 5 pointed leaf, no serrations.
Airi – Green Poplar leaf, three serrated, smooth tip lobes.
Carar – Ivy leaf, three pointed lobes, no serration.
Celer – Oak leaf, multi-pointed lobes, no serration.
Ithil – Fig leaf, five lobed, round tipped, minor serration.
Laur – Hemlock leaf, multi-pointed, tiny leaves forming larger three-pointed leaf shape, minor serration.
Macal – Leather leaf Fern, a cluster of tiny oval leaves close together and connected upon a fern branch.

I’m sure I could have done better with some of them, but I could no longer think of any leaves that seemed like they could fit.

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Elven Currency

Watching an episode of the Hercule Poirot mysteries, I was encouraged to look into information about old currencies. Specifically, a scene regarding the “absurdity” of a six shilling (72 pence) charge for a chunk of meat (during post WWII times) prompted me to look into the set up of the old English currency, and from there, I looked into others, like the ancient Greek drachma and the Roman denarius. This got me thinking about the currency the Elves would use in my stories. I decided to take a little of the Roman and English stuff and come up with my own names, and form the currency for the Elves, even if it’s only mentioned briefly in certain scenes of my writing. It helps me feel like it is all more alive in my head. Anyway….

The lowest form of the currency is a cent or pence equivalent, and since the majority of the Elves are generally a nature loving breed of people, I presumed that the names for these things should be based around nature. Thus, their cent is called a “Lasse” which means leaf. And under the pretense that there are many leaves on a Tree, their dollar, or pound, would be named for such, or “Ord.” Lastly, I felt, why stop there? Just as there are many leaves on a tree, there are many trees in a forest, and so there is a higher dollar, or pound, named thusly, or “Eryn.” Each individual coin I named to reflect some aspect of the material used to make such a coin. Sometimes, currency gains slang terms that become universally recognized and accepted. (i.e. buck being used to refer to the dollar, quid being used to refer to the pound)

Tel’Lasse (“The Leaf”), Tel’Orn (“The Tree”), & Tel’Eryn (“The Forest”)
Per – copper coin, Per are worth 1/2 of a Lasse. (also sometimes called a Tharn, “Twig”)
Mir – copper coin, Mir are the standard 1 Lasse coin. (A Leaf)
Uru – bronze coin, Uru are worth 3 Lasse.
Eneg – bronze coin, Eneg are worth 6 Lasse.
Paen – silver coin, Paen are worth 12 Lasse.
Telem – silver coin, Telem are worth 30 Lasse. (also sometimes called an Olb, “Branch”)
Síla – gold coin, Síla are worth 75 Lasse.
Pery – gold coin, Pery are worth 150 Lasse.
Col – Tamberil coin, Col are worth 300 Lasse, or 1 Orn. (A Tree)
Mall – Tamberil coin, Mall are worth 900 Lasse, or 3 Orn.
Airi – Gaeril coin, Airi are worth 1,800 Lasse, or 6 Orn.
Carar – Gaeril coin, Carar are worth 3,600 Lasse, or 12 Orn.
Celer – Mithril coin, Celer are worth 9,000 Lasse, or 30 Orn.
Ithil – Mithril coin, Ithil are worth 22,500 Lasse, or 75 Orn.
Laur – Maldaril coin, Laur are worth 45,000 Lasse, or 150 Orn.
Macal – Maldaril coin, Macal are worth 90,000 Lasse, 300 Orn, or 1 Eryn. (A Forest)

And now, a little information on the metals. Mithril did not only feature in the Tolkien universe of stories around Middle-Earth, but in other fantasy realms. According to dictionaries compiled from Tolkien’s writing, Mithril means “shining gray” and is used to refer to true-silver, perhaps platinum. I felt why should silver be the only one. So I came up with Tamberil and Maldaril as copper and gold equivalents to that idea. The idea of bronze coins comes from the roman currency system. Oddly, there is no word for bronze in Tolkien’s Elvish languages. I used Gaer for the sparkling bronze equivalent, because it has to do with the color of copper, which is as close to bronze as I can find among the dictionaries. It means red and ruddy, more than copper, so… take what you can get. Anyway, there we have it.

Obviously, the coins would also be carved into the shapes of leaves, perhaps with some green worked in with the metals, to make them look more like leaves.

Anyway, this is only the currency for the Elves, and could be the same for Elves from Arvandor as well as Demeteria, as the designs carved on the leaves themselves could specify which world they’re from, as opposed to the leaf design aspects. Like with other coins, marks of the monarchs could be on one side, while the other side bore the mark of the leaf and perhaps some structure or saying. I’ll be working on currency ideas for the other groups of peoples within each story in time as well though.

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Demeterian Elven Culture

It’s been a while since I posted…. well, anything here. I’ve been working lately on a bit of culture and calendar stuff. It’s been a while since I looked at holidays/festivals/cultural common events for any of the people in my writing, and I revisited it after playing a lil Skyrim, watching the first season of Game of Thrones, and reading some Wheel of Time stuff. All the inspirational stoofs, you know?

Anyway… Days of the week —
Anar’re – Sun Day
Amrun’re – Morn Day
Nelde’re – Third Day
Ened’re – Mid Day
Elena’re – Star Day
Dome’re – Eve Day
Ithil’re – Moon Day

Some not-so-well known calender facts —

Once upon a time (I don’t know when) the month of March was actually regarded as the beginning of the year. September, October, November, and December are the only number named months, from the latin. Septem-7, Octem-8, etc. I decided with the calendar for my writing, I’d try to emulate this. It amounts, simply, to starting the year with the end of Winter and beginning of Spring, rather than partway through Winter. The names of months are being changed for my writing, but there is also a similar theme that comes from the origins of the names of the months of July and August. (hint, Julius and Augustus Caesar.)

Gregorian Calendar Month  –  Elven Calendar Month  –  Meaning/Origin:

March  –  Eldarime  –  From the children of the 8 Prime Fae, one of Danu and Thanatos’s children, Eldarie was a female Fae that was regarded as one of the many Fae that made up the stars, or created the stars. Though still below the Prime Fae, she was regarded as the embodiment of the Morning Star.

April  –  Ataranime  –  From the phrase, Atara nie, meaning “Mother’s Weeping,” this month is named for the month long tears shed by Danu. In an age long past, the war between the Sylvan and the Sidhe brought about the extinction of both races. The death of the Sylvan, Danu’s first children within the many worlds of the cosmos, brought Danu intense sorrow and grief.

May  –  Anorime  –  Anorious was one of the Fae children of Danu and Ignis, and is regarded as one of the Fae spirits over the Dawn and Birth. It is during this month, after Danu’s month long lament, that her tears, and the magic released into the cosmos from the death of the Sylvan, that the Elven race was born. And with them, Danu let new flowers and trees and other plant-life blossom to welcome them into the worlds of the cosmos.

June  –  Ohtarime  –  Ohtaer was one of the Fae children of Ignis and Ventanis and is regarded by some to be the ‘god of war.’ His symbol is a forge fire with bellows blowing.

July  –  Nominime  –  Nominmele was one of the Fae children of  Danu and Seraphim, and is regarded as a spirit of passion and wisdom.

August  –  Hyandime  –  This month was named for Hyandur Silverleaf who, during this month many years ago, reunited the different sub-species of Elves into a singular nation long after the Grey Elf Empire crumbled at the hands of the demon-possessed Dradar (Half-Dragon).

September  –  Raenime  –  Raenir ael’Sylvere was the first Emperor of the Grey Elf Empire. During this month, many years ago, he was responsible for pushing the Orcs off the sub-continent of Silveria for the first time, chasing them to the continent of Telluria.

October  –  Wendime  –  Wendelin is one of the Fae children of Danu and Terranis and is regarded as the spirit of fertility and growth.

November  –  Viresime  –  Viresse is one of the Fae children of Terranis and Ventanis and is regarded as the spirit of the hearth fire and harvest.

December  –  Losime  –  Losien is one of the Fae children of Aquanis and Thanatos and is regarded as the spirit of winter’s early frost.

January  –  Mirilime  –  Mirilien is one of the Fae children of Aquanis and Seraphim and is regarded as the spirit of winter’s replenishment of the soil for next year’s crops.

February  –  Ilmenime  –  Ilmenie was one of the Fae children of Danu and Thanatos. Ilmenie was a female Fae that was regarded as one of the many Fae that made up the stars, or created the stars. Though still below the Prime Fae, she was regarded as the embodiment of the Evening Star.

Elven Holidays, with dates from the previously mentioned calendar.

Dawn of the Morning Star – (Eldarime 1st-7th) Celebration of the new year. (Eldarime, however, corresponds with the month of March, as the end of winter and the beginning of spring.) Crop planting begins.

Rin tel’fealant – (To remember the spirit’s fall) A day of remembrance, with festivities, held to pay respect to the fallen Sylvan and offer condolences and love to the Prime Fae Danu. (Ataranime 14th)

Niireyave – (Tear’s End) The shed tears of Danu, the mother-of-all, brings forth the birth of the Elves. This festival rings out the joy that came from the end of Danu’s sorrow. (Communities celebrate all throughout the month, but its technical observance is Anorime, 16th-30th)

Sylvan Vineleaf Festival – (Ohtarime, 23rd-30th) The first seeds come to maturity early in the summer in the warm forests near to Demeteria’s equator on the continent of Verdania. A festival is held to honor the first crop to come in the year, and to share in the sweet wines made in the Vineyards of the western Sylvan Wood.

Lindanaur – (Nominime 8th-22nd) Meaning “Song of Fire,” Lindanaur is a two-week celebration of mid-summer. In origin, it celebrated the end of conflicts between the Gray Elves and the Dradar, even though their demonic corruption destroyed the Empire years later.

Sea Scout Games – (Hyandime 8th-14th) A week-long tournament of beach and sea-faring contests started by the Sea Elves. Since its inception, it has extended invitations to the other Elves as well as other races abroad.

Unification Day – (Hyandime 17th) The official date Hyandur Silverleaf finished negotiations and efforts with the various Elven races and formed the United Elven Nation that exists today.

Dawn of the Evening Star – (Raenime 1st-7th) Celebration of the mid-year. It is at this time that memory is given to the end of things; memorials decorated with the samples of the year’s flowers as the years final crops are brought in to store for the winter ahead.

Founding Day – (Raenime 9th) Long-since out of observation, this was the day that Raenir ael’Sylvere declared the Gray Elf Nation an empire, after the final battle that chased the Orcs to Telluria.

Duskpine Vineleaf Festival – (Raenime 23rd-30th) The second seeds come to maturity in the late summer and early autumn in the colder forests in the south of Verdania. A festival is held to honor the second crop of the year and to share in the wine made of their fruits. Not as sweet as those of the Sylvan Wood forest vineyards, but still sweeter than anything the Dwarves or Humans make.

Frostfield Vineleaf Festival – (Losime 8th-14th) Though a smaller celebration at first, with materials coming from the northern Dwarven mountains, after the discovery of the Snow Elves a boost in the celebration created this new festival. It is held to celebrate the growth of crops that grow better in the colder climates and colder months of the year. Planted at the beginning of autumn and picked in the early to middle winter, the wines and fruits this crop bears tend to be perpetually cold and refreshing.

After making a calendar, days of the week, and holidays for the elves, I was in a kick for searching through and coming up with elvish words for things. So I came up with the names of the elves in Elvish. o.o

Shaelea – Sea Elves
Ornlea – Forest Elves
Nandalea – Marsh Elves
Fauglea – Desert Elves
Coralea – High Elves
Mithlea – Gray Elves
Losalea – Snow Elves
Hostarlea – Jungle Elves
Rhovalea – Wild Elves
Nos’templea – The Sylvan (according to the High Elves)
Sylvelea – The Elves (according to the Gray Elves)

After I did that, inspired from watching the first season of Game of Thrones, I came up with some terms for the society of the newly added Wild Elves sect.

khila – follower (general citizens)
tuar – servant (craftsmen)
osta – defender (soldiers)
Khilasa – title, one of the circle of advisors to the Calarim.
Khilwen – wife of the Khilasa.
Tuarasa – title, one of the circle of advisors to the Calarim.
Tuarwen – wife of the Tuarasa.
Ostarasa – title, one of the circle of advisors to the Calarim.
Ostarwen – wife of the Ostarasa.
Calarim – title, Chief/Leader
Calarwen – title, Lead Lady/wife of the Calarim

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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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Elven Nation Culture

A ‘sequel’ to my last post, here I shall list some info regarding the specifics of the Elves in my writing.

The United Elven Nation is a conglomerate of various species of Elf. There are the High Elves, Forest Elves, Jungle Elves, Sea Elves, Marsh Elves, Sand Elves, Grey Elves, and Ice Elves. There is much similarity between them, but in other ways there are many dissimilarities.

First of all, history. As was stated in the last post, Danu the Prime Fae of Life is the mother of the Sylvan race. In Erebh’s corruption and rebellion, he sent the Sidhe race against the Sylvan. Both fought and fought across Verdania and wound up wiping each other out. The released magic from their deaths is what eventually gave birth to the Elves. The Grey Elves considered themselves to be the purest manifestation of the Sylvan among the Elves, carrying more of the former race’s aspects than any other. They settled upon the island sub-continent of Silveria, and began their empire. The other Elves supported the Grey Elves as they fought against the Orcs, pushing them off of Silveria and into flight to Telluria. The Orcs eventually fell into enslavement to the Dradar who then saught to invade Silveria and eliminate the Elves. Lengthy years of battles ensued, leading to a lack of victory on either side. The Dradar and the Ageless Empire signed a treaty, but the Grey Elves put up towers in the old Orcish Strongholds on Silveria, to ensure that no further attacks came. For many years there was peace between the Ageless Empire and the Dradar, but in time, they would be forced out of their land, driven by some darker force, and once more invaded Silveria. Once more, however, the Dradar fell before the Ageless Empire. In short order, the failings of the Dradar brought Yami out of hiding. He assaulted the Ageless Empire on his own, and reduced it to ruin, giving up on the secretive and corrupting plans he had originally forged. The Grey Elves were hunted down while any Elves not of the Grey sect fled back to Verdania. In time, it was believed that the entire species of the Grey Elves was hunted to extinction. With growing numbers in Verdania, land became sparse. The Sea Elves, enjoying a life on the sea, sent a fair number off to sail, giving more land to the other races, which ultimately led to a rise in the Marsh Elf territory, and the association of the Marsh Elves being a separate species than the Sea Elves entirely. In time, the Sea Elves that set sail would find their way to the continent of Ivoria, where they settled. Ivoria had sparse land for growth, and thus they had to adapt to icy territory and living off the denizens of the sea to a greater degree than they were used to. Of course, they also discovered some plants that grew in the colder region that was never before seen in the warmer regions. The Ice Elves spent less time scouring the seas abroad, and only venturing nearby, and thus the Ice Elves drifted into obscurity. The High Elves took over leadership, and the first of the rulers of the new nation was of the Silverleaf line. Such has the Silverleaf family ruled the Elven Nation for 1,000 years.

The capital of the United Elven Nation is found in Fairgrove within the Sylvan Forest. There, High and Forest Elves live side by side in the largest region of southern Verdania. South of the Sylvan Forest, there are a series of rivers that work their way through the open plains of southern Verdania. These various rivers all meet at a lake within the center of southern Verdania, known as Beast Lake, and is the home of the Jungle Elves. In the south-west, cornered off from the rest of the Elves territory by the rivers of Beast Lake, is the desert home of the Sand Elves. After the tropical rivers cease, and grass takes over once more, the grass begins to get sparse, till it stops at red earth in the south-west corner of the continent. On the other side of the rivers, on the south-east corner of the continent, is the marshlands called the Ebon Vale, which is the home to the Marsh Elves. Dotting all over the coast-lands of southern Verdania, are the scattered villages of the Sea Elves. Silveria and the former Ageless Empire capital, Barad Mith, is deserted now; not even the Orcs have made their way back to the island sub-continent, despite having won their freedom from their Dradar slavemasters.

The Elves as a whole cherish plantlife. Flowers, trees, and various forms of fruits are their true love, even among the Marsh Elves and Sand Elves. Wine and other fruit based alcoholic beverages are their prime export. Vineyards dot the landscape. Though grapes cannot grow in a hot climate like the Litsrandir Desert, the Sand Elves still make their efforts , like their bretheren, in wine culture. Their beverages tend to have a higher alcoholic content, and are made from cactus fruits, but they still earn their place in the numerous wine festivals that are held year round.

I use a combination of D&D and Tolkien Elvish as a basis for the Elvish in my writing. I do not tend to have conversations held in the Elvish tongue, because I am not so skilled as Tolkien –a man who studied linguistics at University– as to create a language so convincing as to hold conversation without inadvertently changing the meaning of words, phrases, or syllables of a word. However, using his Elvish and a D&D Elvish source, I put together some words, names of places and people, and so on, to help my story feel just a little bit more alive. Naming conventions are something I worked on as well. With the majority of the Elves, I instituted a naming convention where the name of one’s parent (based on the sex of the child) was used as the child’s middle name, constantly referring back to their heritage in a way opposite to some real-life naming conventions. Astalder Sindariel Silverleaf is the son of Sindariel Idariel Silverleaf, who was the son of Idariel Talaniel Silverleaf, etc. etc. etc.. An example of the opposite of this would be someone like Johannes Sebastian Bach and his brother Johannes Christian Bach. Here, the father’s name is used as the first name, and thus the child’s name is really the middle name. Thus showing ‘possession.’ Also unlike this example of the opposite, I did not name Astalder’s brother with their father’s name as the middle name. Instead, Sindariel named his two younger sons further back in heritage –As such, Astalder’s brother’s were named Istalindir Idariel Silverleaf and Dorenduil Talaniel Silverleaf.– Furthermore, since they also had a younger sister, Arauka, she was given her mother’s name as her middle name, and was named Arauka Valasse Silverleaf. This is the naming pattern I use for most of the races of the Elves. The Sand Elves are done a little differently. Vasz’araen Sunstorm is married to Val’araen Sunstorm. Their royal culture is held slightly differently than the rest of the Elves, and the name Sunstorm is a name in reference to a house of nobility. Unlike the common expectation of nobility only breeding with nobility, and thus ending up with a lot of inbreeding in the end, the Sunstorm name is merely a reference to the House itself and does not necessarily refer to the surname of anyone in the house. Instead, the ‘araen is the surname, and Vasz’araen’s wife was, beforehand, she was known as a member of the Sunstorm noble house, as Val’khaeran Sunstorm. I also wanted to try and get a more … Arabic, or otherwise desert dwelling society feel to their names over the nature enamored feel of the rest of the Elves.

Aside from that, I come to the meanings of names. I had not, until recently, come up with a reason for why my characters to have the names they do. I chose the names originally for what they would be known for in the story, but thought, why would their parent name them this, since they would know what it meant? For instance, the name Demader means Forgotten One, while Rusvaer means Broken One. Now, what parent would give their children such names? It would be cruel. But then I thought, well, to save my own name ideas, I could come up with the idea that the families perform a magical ritual that shows them an image of what sort of person their child will be, and thus the family would choose a name regarding that image. It’s not predicting their future, as it does not show any specific events, just shows a single image, as a sort of a look into their character. And so, an image of a man in plate armor, talking to various groups of people, and bringing them to his aide, was the inspiration for the name Dorenduil, which means To Sow Devotion. No events of future are seen, just the idea that the person is good with words, and can sway people to his view of things. Whether it specifically relates to religious intent or not is unknown in the vision, but the parents see it that way, and so they give him that name. Still using the Elvish sources I mentioned above, I also come up with names for some of the wines the Elves come up with, such as Hrivukka and Morukka Brandies. The term ukka is a twist on the word in Tolkien Elvish for berry, while the prefix refers to what kind. Mor means black and Hriv, shortened from hrive, means winter.

As I said before, they use their wines and brandies and other drinks in their feasts honoring Danu and Serephim. Of their holidays, the major ones would be in the spring season, viewing it as their birth holiday as a race, in accordance with the idea of April showers bring May flowers being tied into the fact that Danu wept for the death of the Sylvan, and grew plants and trees to welcome the Elves into the world. The Sand Elves revere Ignis as a strong protector and warrior, proving the blistering heat of the day to test and strengthen them, then maintaining the warmth of a fire to keep warm during the chill of the night.

Before this gets too long, I’ll stop for now. However, I do wish to add in, perhaps as a side page, to show a list of all the names of people and places and things in the story, and show what they mean. A glossary, of sorts, that will wind up at the back of the book should this see publication some day. Till then, good day.

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