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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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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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20 Days of WoW: Day 1

So, it was Francine the introduced me to this, and in turn, she was introduced by Erinia. I had never even heard of 20 days of any thing else posts, much less WoW, but looking over what she’s posted so far, I guess I will give it a whirl and see if I can get into it. If anything, it should give me something to talk about. So, here it is…

Day 1:  Introduce yourself.

Well, my name is Ken. I was born in Manhassett, Long Island, NY. I lived in New York for a short time before the family moved off to New Jersey due to returning home one day to find a basketball sized hole in our front door. We moved to Landing, NJ which is a small town in Roxbury. Lived there for about 10 years before we moved out to Rockaway due to medical reasons.

I’ve always had a good memory. Ask friends of mine and they’ll say I have an iron trap for a memory, but this is only partially true. My short term memory sucks, but if I do things often enough in a short period of time, I remember it forever. Contrary to that explanation, I remember the day we moved out of New York, when I was only 4 years old. Can’t repeat that over and over in a short time, but there you go.

I’m usually a quiet and reserved person, I don’t drink or smoke, and just like to have fun. My motto, or personal philosophy on life is Growing Old is Mandatory, Growing Up is Optional. Many complaints I’ve heard is that I don’t talk much, but get someone who has similar interests, and we can talk on and on … about those interests. If it doesn’t interest me, I don’t have much to say on it.

Irony alert. Every job I’ve had has been involved with some form of Customer Service. My first job ever was at an AMC Cinema, and I worked there for about a year and a half before I left due to academic reasons. After I finished High School I went on to work at a Toys R Us, Office Max, Wendy’s, and a Cracker Barrel. Now, I work at Safety First, which is  monitoring service for companies that have a need to monitor the safety of their drivers.

My personal interests have always been regarded as childish. I am a die hard anime fan, and a PC Gamer. The second of which is pretty obvious, given the title of this post. Other than WoW, though, I’ve played online games ranging from RTS to RPG genres such as Starcraft, Age of Empires, Shadowbane, Ultima Online, City of Heroes, Guild Wars, Diablo II, Gates of Andaron, League of Legends, Rift, and a few various other less known games. I love fantasy story involving not just a medieval theme, but space-aged and even some modern. However, primarily medieval themes interest me the most. Aside from playing the games, I enjoy Role-play because behind it all, I enjoy the story of the games, and of the books I read and movies/TV I watch. I write my own stuff, but like to also get together with friends and make up our own story through creative writing play in a text based environment. The characters I play tend to show up in every game I play, and so you’ll find the characters I play in WoW are also included in a story that I am writing myself. Such story can be found on my site, at Era of Unification.

My inspirations for my writing have been numerous, but the prime ones are C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Laurel K. Hamilton, and my own father. Aside from my likes on the fantasy, I’m also fond of history, and as such, Tolkien’s writing and inspirations to his writing thrill me. I also enjoy delving into history on a regular basis, and tend to do so before I write in depth about something that isn’t common knowledge to me, like the history of Japan.

Contrary to other kids, when I was younger I didn’t go around exclaiming about what I wanted to be when I grew up,  because I didn’t care about growing up. I just wanted to keep up with what I enjoyed as a kid, and there were no professions I knew of that involved watching anime and reading endlessly about history and fantasy. I guess when it came down to it, I wanted to be a writer, though I was never good with grammar. I’m still not. I correct people endlessly now, because I can see the errors made more clearly, but I’m still by far, no expert. Yet at the same time, I’ve been told my writing is very good, and people want to role-play with me because of how well I write. I don’t quite understand how I can write well and still suck at grammar.

Well, that’s me, in a nutshell. If I ever get out of this nutshell, there might be more to tell. Till then, arivaderci.

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History of the Silverleaf Brothers

Between World of Warcraft and my story, Era of Unificaton, there is a lot different between the Silverleaf Brother’s histories. However, I pretty much took the history from Era of Unification, and used it as a precursor as to what happened in the world in World of Warcraft. I made a post on the guild forums about the history behind those three characters, and it seemed to be touching for Bekka, and asked that I leave a disclaimer next time. That made me chuckle, but now has me interested again in exploring the history behind these three characters once more.

Through the forest, he crept. The rustling of the bushes would draw the attention to him, but he didn’t care. He was determined to not be late, yet still evade sight if he could. Eventually, he would emerge from the bushes, at the edge of the mountainside. He would dust his robes off, and look around him. No one around, and so, he smiled. Istalindir had been sneaking around for some time. The parents of the Silverleaf family had always been very particular about the paths their children took. They were of high nobility, protectors of royalty, and they had to display themselves properly. Dorenduil, the youngest brother, caught flak for choosing to go to Capital City and practice in being a Paladin. This displeased their parents, and there was no end to it. Istalindir had fallen in love with one of the women who studied with Dorenduil, a woman named Valaya Goldendawn. He didn’t wish to incur similar ‘wrath’ from his parents, so he kept his relationship with her a secret. On this particular day, Valaya was returning to Capital City to continue her training, and Istalindir was heading to Dalaran, for the same purpose.

“There you are!” she shouted.

Istalindir ran to her, scooped her up in his arms, and lifted her off the ground. Or, at least, that was how it played out in his head. Instead, he attempted to, and nearly threw out his back, and had to set her down quickly.

“How do you walk around in that armor!?”

Valaya giggled, and patted Istalindir on the shoulder before leaning up on her tip-toes, to kiss him on the lips. The two caught up, and enjoyed what little time they had together, on their journeys to and from Silvermoon City. It wasn’t often, as their stints of training would last for months, and they’d get to see each-other for short periods between those sessions. This particular night, would be far different then the other times.

“I have to admit, I’m growing weary of these short visits. And your daughter, she doesn’t even know you! She sees so little of you.”

“I know Valaya, but my parents would never approve of us, and while it wouldn’t change anything between us, I’d rather spare you the stress of having to deal with them. I have no choice, but you don’t have to. Once our training is through though, We can get our own home, and not have to hide any longer. We’ll have all the time in the world. We could live off the shores of Quel’Danas, or even head to Quel’Danil.”

Valaya nodded, though silence would stretch between them. They would keep walking, down the path, till they passed through the gate at the edge of the Elf lands. On the other side, was Northern Lordaeron, and an army of Undead marching down the path from the other end. Amidst their numbers, was a lone man on horseback, with white hair blowing in the wind. An air of chill was about him. Quickly, Istalindir pushed Valaya into hiding. The Undead marched along, and into Quel’Thalas. After a few moments, the two stepped out, and looked after the Army.

“Who was that, and what are they here for?”

“We have to go back. That was Prince Arthas. I thought it was a rumor, but there’s been a plague sweeping through Lordaeron.”

“Valaya, what could we do against a whole army? We should get to Capital City and call for their aide.”

“Ista! If the rumors are true, Lordaeron’s army just walked past us. We have to go back and alert our own armies and prepare for the fight.”

“Alright, alright… Let’s go.”

“Rrraaa!” came a shout from behind them. A Ghoul had lept into the air, and latched itself to Valaya’s back. Other ghouls and geists marched along the path, towards the two.

With the butt of his staff, he dislodged the ghoul from Valaya’s back, then let loose a spray of fire upon the approaching undead. Valaya helped out, lending her powers of the Holy Light towards the thwarting of the Undead. However, more ghouls and geists came down the roads, and eventually, they trampeled down after the rest of the Undead army, leaving Istalindir and Valaya’s bodies laying in the dirt.

Battles rippled across the southern regions of Quel’Thalas, and in Tranquillien, Elvulith stood with many of the finest the Rangers of Silvermoon had to offer. Dorenduil helped the front lines, pushing the Undead back as long as he could. When the abominations stormed through, though, the lines collapsed, and Dorenduil had to fall back. Retreat was called for, but it was too late for some. Elvulith fell there, and Dorenduil retreated with the rest, forced to tell his brother’s wife that her son was dead. She boarded herself up in her home in Goldenmist Village, and never came out. Dorenduil fled to the city, and warned the rest of the Silvermoon forces. They fell back to the Sunwell.

At the Sunwell, everything came to it’s pinnacle. Before the night was through, Dorenduil was wounded, and fell unconscious, but not till after he saw his brother Astalder approach Arthas himself, and with one swing, was struck down.

Through the haze of mist and shadows, Astalder felt something. He had a feeling it wasn’t over, but he couldn’t move, he couldn’t breathe, and yet, he felt no pain because of such facts. Eventually, he would rise, within one of those floating citadels.

With the Sunwell destroyed, the flow of magic, the power and strength it supplied the elves was cut off. Suddenly, Istalindir awoke, and rose from the dirt. There beside him was Valaya. There was no saving her. She spoke of a plague, and he didn’t want her getting infected, or turning into what had killed her. He dug her grave, there at the side of the road, and laid her in it. He charged the grave, then buried her. Then, he felt the craving. The loss of the power of the Sunwell sent him scouring the lands for some sort of power.


The Love is in the Air festival was being held in every capital city. The mirth, the cheer… it sickened Istalindir. He would abandon the city and venture to the Thalassian Pass once more. There, he would kneel before the grave, and lay a bouquet of red roses there at the roads edge, over a slightly charred piece of ground.

Astalder stood in the midst of Goldenmist Village. The spirits of the fallen Quel’dorei from years past floating past him. No animosity would be directed towards him. They saw him as one of them. He walked to the structure that had once been his home. Upstairs, a single ghost lay in the bed, weeping. It was his wife, Lirima, still mourning her son’s death.

Dorenduil sat upon his Argent Charger, surveying the landscape of the region he was in at that point in time. Much like the end of the siege on Silvermoon, he wandered. He didn’t consider himself as part of the Alliance anymore, nor did he consider himself a part of the Horde. He worked solely towards the purpose of the Argent Dawn. Their goals were all he strived for. As such, his life was a lonely one. But, it didn’t bother him, because he no longer wished to feel connected, not wanting to suffer a loss like he did at the Sunwell.

That was my post on the Chains of Fate forums, and that is merely a post made to reflect the attitudes, the personality, and, the mood of these three characters during the Love is in the Air holiday event in game. So, from here, I feel like I’ll make posts to reflect on each individually over a wider stretch of time. I will post them here as well as on the Chains of Fate Forums, because I feel like sharing with a wider group of people. I enjoy getting feedback of all sorts, but the feedback from Bekka has inspired me to continue.

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New Postings

I have posted up the next chapter of Luigi Bosco, and a prequel chapter to my own story, discussing some of the history behind the two main characters, Kyo Aramaki and Tetsuya “Yami” Asakura. There will be further postings on Luigi Bosco in the future, and further look backs at other people in my story as time goes by. Till then, check it all out…


Chapter 2: Freedom

Time-line of the Segregation Eras

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Another History Lesson

History has always been my favorite subject. In my current writing, I reference a lot of factual Japanese events. One major thing referenced in my story is the Bakufu. I shall discuss it here, partly to attain more info (and make note of it) on it, and partly to share what knowledge I have with my readers.

The Bakufu was the organization of the warrior class, the Samurai, as the ruling class of Japan. Bakufu literally was the dwelling of a Samurai, a tent in the field of battle. Thus, the Bakufu was a tent-government, or military government, between the years of 1185 and 1868. The leader of the bakufu was the Sei-i-Teishogun, or simply, Shogun. Sei-i-Teishogun translates to Great General who subdues the eastern barbarians. At the time of the first Shogun, these eastern barbarians however did not refer to Europeans, since at the time, there had been no interaction with them. The title dates back to 794, which referred to a leader who fought against the Ainu in Northern Japan. The first official Shogunate, however, was in 1185, and was established by Minamoto no Yoritomo, and was referred to as the Kamakura Shogunate. Even from this early stage, the true purpose of the Shogunate was twisted about. It’s original intent was to militarize all of those that were able to fight for Japan, and the leaders of the Shogunate (Shogun and land-lords, otherwise known as Daimyo in later years) were to function as military advisers to the Emperor, while still following the Emperor’s command. However, the Shogunate, even at this time,  used their skills to influence the Emperor’s decisions.

The Kamakura Shogun, named as such due to it’s location of establishment, lasted from 1185 to 1333. The Mongol Khan, Kublai Khan, conquered China, named himself Emperor, and invaded Japan twice. In the spring of 1281, the famous Kamikaze (“Godly Wind”) typhoon turned back the Mongol’s second naval invasion of 23,000 troops. However, due to the lack of spoils to reward the Samurai, and the destruction that befell Japan in the first invasion, many cried out that the Shogunate government needed reform. In 1318 Go-Daigo rose as the new Emperor, and in 1331 he attempt to overthrow the Kamakura Shogunate. He was exiled, but two years later, with defectors of the Kamakura Shogunate (Ashikaga Takauji and Nitta Yoshisada), the Shogunate was destroyed, and Go-Daigo returned to his seat of power. For three years after, Go-Daigo attempted to re-solidify Imperial control in Japan.

In 1336, Ashikaga Takauji marched on Kyoto, and overthrew Go-Daigo’s new Imperial government and put his son, Prince Moriyoshi, under house arrest.

The Muromachi Shogunate was established by Ashikaga Takauji, and lasted from 1338 till 1573. Early on, the weakness of the new Shogunate would cause it to be plagued by civil war. In 1368, third Muromachi Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu gave more power to land-lords, and a balance of power was put into place between the Shogun and his Daimyo. Despite his attempts to unify the courts in Japan, the northern court remained in power of the throne. Gradually, over time, the descendants of Yoshimitsu grew weaker and weaker. Daimyo affirmed their power to a greater extent, and by 1467 the Shogunate lost power over setting up the order of Imperial Succession, and even in the succession of the Shogunate itself. The Onin War was the result, which lasted from 1467-1477. Kyoto was left devastated, and Japan would be left in chaos for over a century. In 1568, till 1598, a series of men held temporary control in Japan, but were never given the title of sei-i-teishogun by the Emperor.

The begining of Sengoku is said to have been at the very end of the Onin War. Thus, from 1477, to the end of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Sekigahara Campaign in 1600, is the Sengoku Period. At this time, Daimyo from all across Japan vied against rival Daimyo and clans. This time of chaos in Japan resulted in the area of Japan being pretty much divided into city states. Though the Emperor maintained political control in Kyoto at this time, the warring Daimyo basically turned their backs on the Emperor’s decree. All of the soldiers that had once worked for the Shogun, and followed the issues of the Emperor, were now divided in their loyalties between the Daimyo, and so there was no military threat the Emperor could pose against these fighting Daimyo. Between 1551 and 1559, Oda Nobunaga fought for control, within his own clan, of Owari Province. From there, he went on to unify Japan. He made alliances with two others that would continue his efforts after Akechi Mitsuhide rebelled, and had Nobunaga killed in 1582. By 1600, Tokugawa finished the efforts to unify Japan, and instituted his new Shogunate in Edo. This Shogunate would last until 1868. Even after 1868, there would be those seeking to re-institute a Shogunate, but by then the influence of modern, eastern powers, and the technology they brought over, pushed Japan into the modern world, and Samurai would quickly become a thing of the past. By 1912, the Meiji Government that overthrew the Tokugawa Shogunate would crumble, and the new government continues to this day.


If this topic interests you, comment below. I have noticed a few rises in views over the weekend, for a couple specific posts, and wish to see what it is specifically that people are coming to my blog to see. Let me know, and I’ll keep discussing it.

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Pointing Out Some Facts

I’m going back and forth with post topics, but I feel the need to point out something here.

I have read many things involving Japanese history, and spoken with many people about Japanese history as well. I made a post before, discussing the Wolves of Mibu. The Wolves of Mibu was a name for the Shinsengumi, during the Meiji Revolution (i.e. Meiji Reformation). I made reference to a single person, whom I called “The First Wolf of Mibu”.

I want to stress again that this person is fictional, and only exists in my writing. His name is Kyo Aramaki, and while his name is taken from two different anime, he is still completely fictionally based.

The Wolves of Mibu were based out of Mibu Village, and were comprised of many Ronin (Master-less Samurai) who were originally part of a group called the Roshigumi. The Rōshigumi (“Kyoto Defenders”) was originally founded to be defenders of the Shogunate in Kyoto. However, the leader of the group announced this as pretext, and worked truthfully to support the Imperial Patriots. These intentions were eventually found out, and two groups, that became truthfully loyal to the Shogunate, were formed. They were the Shinsengumi, and the Shinchōgumi (Shinsen working in Kyoto, Shinchō working in Edo). They did not exist in the Sengoku Era, the Sengoku Era ended in the year 1600, after the end of Ieyasu Tokugawa’s Sekigahara Campaign. From 1601 to 1868, Tokugawa and his descendants ruled the Shogunate. Though there was a war (The Boshin War) fought immediately following the “fall of Edo”, the Emperor was officially restored to power, and the end of the Edo Period, and the beginning of the Meiji Period, was proclaimed. Notice, the years of the Shogunate’s life. From many sources, I have seen the proclamation of the Tokugawa Shogunate bringing “300 years of peace” to Japan. The Shogunate did not last for 300 years, and it was far from peaceful.

From what I’ve read on Japanese history, since long before the Tokugawa Shogunate, the leaders, and most powerful military leaders, of the country, have always gone back and forth with their beliefs around Japanese Isolation and the use of European technologies, chiefest of which being trade and gunpowder weapons. Nobunaga Oda proposed the use, and even traded for it, of gunpowder weapons. This was disliked, and so his castle in Kyoto was attacked, and he was forced into seppuku. Hideyoshi returned to take over Kyoto, and take revenge for Nobunaga’s death. Tokugawa later did the same, and used gunpowder weapons in his Sekigahara Campaign. Later on in the years though, his descendants shied away from it, and back towards isolation. The Imperial Patriots wished to reinstate the emperor to power over the Shoguns, and at the same time, reopen world-wide trade to European countries, rather than live in isolation. The people of Japan could not make up their minds, but this is truely nothing more then an example of human nature, for all over the world people have had differing views on issues in their world, and fought over such beliefs. The Bloodshed throughout Japan has always been high, and to think that the Tokugawa Shogunate brought 300 years of peace is just ridiculous. Between 1868 and 1900, there was a lot of fighting, of course over the same issues. The Imperialists wanting to keep trade and communication to the rest of the world fought against the Isolationists who felt opening Japan up to the rest of the world would merely corrupt them. Perhaps this is true? Who knows.

So, to conclude my rambling… Kyo Aramaki is a fictional character, proposed to be from Mibu Village in Japan, and to be the basis behind why the Shinsengumi were called the Wolves of Mibu. They share a place of origin, and a ferocity in combat. Yami is fictional as well, and is a foe of Kyo even in the past. Neither are aligned with the ideas of the Imperialists, for they both pre-existed that time period, coming from the Sengoku, into Edo, time periods.

To close, a few translations.:

Roshi – Kyoto Defenders
Shinsen – newly-formed
Shinchō – not sure
gumi – group/squad
Sengoku – Warring-States
Kyoto – Capital of Japan during the Sengoku Era.
Osaka – Hideyoshi’s home and capital. Claimed as the “Throne of the King” during Tokugawa’s campaign to reunify Japan.
Edo – Capital of Japan during the Tokugawa Shogunate (renamed Tokyo during Meiji)
Meiji – Enlightened Rule

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Holy Site Hits Batman!

So it appears today that my post titled Vladimir received a lot of views. I do not know why, but it would seem the people like my discussion of League of Legends (or maybe it’s just the mention of him being a vampire *shrug* who knows.

So, let’s try and figure it out shall we? If you see this message, let me know which you prefer.

In League of Legends, my user name is Dorenduil, contact me if you want to team up. I do well playing Ryze, Warwick, and Xin Zhao. However, I have tried out a good many other champions, and have not liked, or didn’t do well with them.

I read the Anita Blake series of books, and got interested in the varying powers of vampires, and found this much more interesting then the plain, monotenous view of vampires from movies and books revolving around the myth of Dracula. I at first liked the Anita Blake series, though near the end, I stopped reading because they simply became nothing more than literary pornography. I like some plot twists, not werewolf twists. If you catch my drift. I like to put my interests in these matters, and many others, into my own writing.

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The First Wolf of Mibu

One of my favorite times of history to learn about is the time periods of the Sengoku through Meiji of Japanese history. During the Edo and Meiji periods, there was a group of swordsmen called the Shinsengumi. The name translates to newly-formed group, but they had a nickname due to their style of combat during the ending years of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It was, The Wolves of Mibu. They were given this name because of their fighting style, and because the group was formed in Mibu village.

My idea about the “First Wolf of Mibu” is that Kyo Aramaki comes from Mibu village (Assuming of course that it’s length of existence reaches back to the Sengoku period. I’m not 100% sure about that.)

Kyo served Nobunaga, during the Sengoku Era, till he was seduced by a vampire. At his awakening, he felt the spirit of a wolf within him, which he accredited to the swordsmanship excellence of those from his village. He eventually gained a mental connection to the wolf, which led him to his association with werewolves. I reference the Shinsengumi with him, with him being the first of them, and perhaps being an influence to the nickname the group would receive later in history, but I in no way claim his story to be factual or historical, just historically themed or based.

Ai Mayoko, Kyo’s wife later on in his story has a similar experience, though instead of being tied to wolves, she is tied to felines, and not just a loan breed, but various cat breeds. I accredit this idea to the writings of Laurel K. Hamilton, who wrote a series of books around a character named Anita Blake. In these stories, vampires that become powerful enough, gain the ability to command lycanthropes of varying breeds. And perhaps, because these two have gotten to a higher level of power among vampire kind, they have aquired some new ability based around this connection.

More to come, as it develops in my mind, but for now, that’s it.

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