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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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Some Lesser Known races

There are a few races that I “created” in my story. I cannot claim complete originality, as I have seen similar things in other mythos, but they are less common in the fantasy world. At least from my point of view. The major one of this group is the Dradar.

What are the Dradar? There are many other names for them, and I created the name Dradar to be at least a little more unique. They are a race created through the inter-breeding of mortal races and Dragons. The name Dradar is the oldest of the names used to refer to this species of people, when the first of the Dradar to be seen were Half Dragon and Half Human. However, the term became used universally despite that other forms were discovered. When that happened, there were references of Half-Elf Dradar, Half-Orc Dradar, Half-Dwarf Dradar, and so on. Now, there are other names, but only for the most common of the Dradar ‘species’ even now.

Dravari are Half-Elf Dradar; Urugan are Half-Orc Dradar; Dweryrm are Half-Dwarf Dradar; While Dradar still refers to Half-Human. There are rare cases of other half-breeds, such as Half-Troll Dradar. There are even some passing references to slightly differentiating names when refering to what type of Elf or Orc the non-Dragon parent of the child was. This of course brings no consideration into altering of name based upon what kind of Dragon the other parent was. You wish for an example? Well now! Don’t we want everything…

Darmok the Bloodhide was an Urugan of an Tellurian Orc father and a Red Dragon mother. Dragons are founts of magical capability, and have often gallivanted about the world, mingling with the mortals, masquerading themselves as their favored race. Darmok’s mother had an attraction for the warrior society of the Orcs, and so often made herself out to look like an Orcish woman. The pack society of Orcs meant that no matter how strong a female was, she was always regarded as weaker than the pack alpha. However, it was her duty to ensure that the pack was led by the strongest, and any female to challenge a male’s strength. Differing from a male vs male battle, the two ways for this fight to end were not the same. Where a male vs male fight ended with one of them dead, the outcome of a female challenging a male’s strength meant that she either killed the male, and opened his position up to all other males of the pack, or the male won, and the female became his mate. Darmok’s mother caused a raucous, slaying many Orc males that considered themselves strong, till she found the one she was willing to let conquer her. The brown skin of his father, and the red tones of his mother’s scales and skin made Darmok’s skin rust colored, and combined with the red scales he eventually grew (a deeper red than his mother’s) he became known as “the Bloodhide.”

Dradar tend to grow larger then their non-Dragon heritage’s average, and possess the ability to transform into a dragon far smaller than their dragon parent. However, a Dradar’s capability to turn into a Dragon is limited, and drains their energy, while the Dragon experiences the opposite, and must revert to their Dragon form to rest. Culture among the Dradar is as varied as their non-dragon parentage. Some, however prefer to honor their Dragon parentage instead, and also live a restless life soaring the skies and touring the world.

The Dragons themselves come in many colors, and their colors reflect a portion of their character. Red Dragons breathe fire, prefer the caves and mountainous seclusion for their habitat, and are often prone to open battling. Blue Dragons love the sea, and often reside on islands. They expel pressurized water from their mouth instead of fire. Gray and Yellow Dragons fly higher than any other kinds of Dragon. Grays can expel strong winds from their maws, they seem to never land, and live their lives gliding on the currents. Yellows expel lightning from their mouths, and delight in the noise it brings. They seem to find some way to live in the clouds. Brown Dragons prefer to reside even deeper in the world than the Reds, and breath magma while their scales seem to have a more stony visage than other dragons. Green Dragons live in the wild, hiding amidst rarely traveled forests. Their scales like like the leaves of trees, and they breathe life giving energies from their maws. Purple Dragons live among the marshes and bogs, breathing the fumes of poison from their mouth. Black Dragons reside wherever they wish, and none have seemed to discern where that is, for they breathe shadow, and disappear as quickly as they make themselves known.

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There are then the Drider and the Dravian. Drider in my writing, much like in D&D, are half-Drow, half Spider creatures that make their home in the dark southern woods of the Ebon Vale marshlands. They are not yet in the writing, and do not make their first appearance till later. Dravian likewise appear later, and are my creation of a somewhat familiar race of bird-men. They are half-Drow, half bird, and like the Dradar, have variations, but at the time no specific name for those variations. Their variations solely depend on the type of bird that makes up one half of their being. The only known variations (when they are introduced into the story later on) are Eagle, Hawk, Falcon, Owl, Raven, Crow, Vulture, and Condor.

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Orcish Culture

I’m inspired tonight, and on a roll, what can I say.

So, the next group, because this is another grouped one, is the history and culture revolving around the Orcs, Trolls, Dradar, Dwarves, and the Grey Elves.

The Orcs are originally from Telluria, and in the southern valleys of the continent where there are more open fields and sparser amounts of rivers, the Orcs made their home. The wolf spirit, among others, is what they revere, but it is the wolf that they revere foremost. It was stated in a previous post that they might revere the creation of Thanatos, and thus him as well, but the Orcs do not associate any tie to the Fae or Faerie with their worship of the Fae. One might consider them atheist in that regard, or savage in others’ opinions, but nevertheless, they worship the spirits of ‘noble beasts’ rather than gods. For, what does it matter who is responsible for the creation of these creatures, it is their spirit and will that they seek to emulate in their own lives.

The wolf pack is a family unit. While there is some tyrannical elements in the fact that the strongest leads, and no matter how you feel on the matter of their decisions, you follow and do as your told, or prove you are stronger and usurp their control. More often then not, this involves a show of force in the form of a fight that usually ends up with the loser being killed. Due to such, Orc communities are built to last long periods of time, but the name associated to any Orcish village is often changed, for the name of the village is decided by the name of its leader. For those that saw my feeble attempts at map making, there were three Orc villages shown on the eastern coast of Silveria. As was stated, those names were associated to the leaders of those villages in the time of the Orcish contention with the Grey Elf empire. The Orcs were pushed out of Silveria, thus while those villages may still physically linger, their names mean nothing as those groups more than likely lost their leader in those contentions. If not, they still would have died in the thousand plus years that passed since those fights, the fall of the Ageless Empire, and the current time period in Repeating History.

After the Ageless Empire pushed the Orcs out of Silveria, and they were once more solely in Telluria, the Orcish people would endure hardship. Yami twisted the race of the Dradar into thinking that one of their own was plotting alongside the Orcs in order to wipe out the other Dradar people. Darmok the Bloodhide was the one pinpointed in this, but when he picked up one of the demonically enchanted weapons Yami gave the other Dradar, he became the Dradar’s leader, and enslaved the Orcs instead of wiping them out. All Dradar and Orcs followed him from that point on, and he built up a large Dradaran Empire that spanned more than half of Telluria –mainly due to the fact that Telluria is a largely mountainous continent, and the Dradar love the mountains–. Over time, this put the Dradar at contention with other races. Aside from there being some Dwarves in the mountains of Telluria, there was also other humans to deal with, as well as the Trolls.

The Trolls mainly live in coastal regions, and are, in fact, an amphibious race themselves that even plunge the depths of the sea on their own. They have the ability to breathe on ground as easily as in the water, but much prefer their underwater habitats. Yes, they live in villages underwater! None of this bubble enclosed/dome enclosed societies, for after all this is a older time period setting. The Trolls are divided among a categorization based upon their type of habitat (i.e. Sea Troll, Lake Troll, River Troll, and the odd/rare Cave Troll). You may ask though, if they’re amphibious, how could they live in a cave? Well, the reason the Cave Trolls are rare is proportionately associated with the rarity of their habitat. Sure there are many caves in a mountainous region, but being still an amphibious creature, they only reside within caves that have an entry to some underground water source, such as hot springs and well springs, or even fresh spring water sources in the mountains themselves. As such, the Cave Trolls have many differences even among themselves much less many differences when compared to the other types of Trolls. Like the Orcs, they worship the spirits, but to a wider variety and greater degree. They are a very ritualistic society that performs rites or sacrifices to the spirits that they consider their gods. These spirits are not just limited to the spirits of beasts, as with the Orcs, but to the spirits they see in all things, like the air, the grass, the water, the plants, and so on.. In this regard, they may be considered to be revering the lesser Faerie directly, instead of the Prime Fae. They’ll never refer to the spirits as Faerie though, as they would see such a term as diminutive and disrespectful to the spirits.

Despite the Trolls preference for the sea, and love for the sea that seems to suggest that without the waters they would die, they do go on land from time to time, and are not afraid of fighting. The Dradar attempted to take over the caves, and coastlines, for different reasons, but this draw contention against the Trolls. The Orcs tried to strike up an agreement with the Trolls, for a unified rebellion against the Dradar. The result of this, is the addition of Troll slaves to the Dradaran Empire. None of the Troll slaves survived, for they indeed cannot survive being away from the waters for too long. Once, the Troll slaves sat in cells with the Orcs, even now, only stone statues remain, for being out of the water for too long (or being out in the sunlight) turns them to stone.

The Trolls have kept to themselves since then, and are not widely spoken of. The Orcs remained enslaved for many years. In current times (sometime after the events of Repeating History) the Orcs rose up to try and free themselves of their enslavement once more, and rededicate themselves to the worship of the spirits. But even now, more than 1,000 years later, Darmok the Bloodhide remains to be contended with.

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy — The past and the future.

I haven’t written here in a while, and I had stopped coming here because I had not received much in the way of views or response. I’m not sure if it will be any different this time, but I am giving it another try. Who knows what will happen.

Anyway, as an update, I am working on Repeating History still. From a mix of procrastination and my over imaginative mind, I have been distracted repeatedly from completing this. Another Nanowrimo is coming up, and I plan to take part in it, but I shall not work on Repeating History this year as my Nanowrimo work. I am tossing around the idea of submitting a short story to a magazine, to try and get my feet wet, and possibly in the door for some future possibilities. I’m walking into a pool behind a door, I hope. *snerk* While Repeating History is clearly a Fantasy work, I am attempting to do a Sci Fi work for the magazine entry. While dwelling on that idea, I was also drawn back to my Dorian back story –You see now, my over active mind– and contemplated working it and the sci fi short story into the same universe as Repeating History. I hoped that if either became a success I could then do some cross-overs of all my own work, to show Dorian and Alek together, or even Magnian (the main protagonist for the sci fi idea) involved with either or both characters/worlds.

I’ve also been continuing reading the Wheel of Time series, when I’ve had the time, and been playing both Skyrim and FFXIV: A Realm Reborn, and have been messing around with the idea of expanding on my info/ideas about the culture and religion of the world/cosmos in Repeating History, especially if I’m going to include other worlds in that universe. I wish I had someone to speak to with these ideas, because it would help me sort them out having someone to listen and respond. I don’t want to seem like I’m begging for a response though. It’s just  a general desire for online and offline interaction. Not many of my friends though are equally into the same genres of nerd-dom as I.

Another issue I’ve been dealing with for a while is a title name. Repeating History would be the title of the first story in the series involving Alek and his world, but the united title, Segregation Eras, makes less sense now than it did when I first started. The original idea was that the people Alek interacted with were from different worlds, but as I wrote the story, it fit better that they were simply in different kingdoms or regions of the same world, and so now there is less separation between them and thus the title makes less sense. Once again, some input from other people would more than likely aide me in coming up with a new title, but this carries onward slowly.

Backstory. I have histories of dozens of people and numerous races in my mind, and I draw on that when I write, but at times, I am also compelled to write out this back story, either for further clarity when writing the official story, or in the hopes of later publishing that too, as ‘prequels’ much like Tolkien’s Silmarillion and Robert Jordan’s New Spring. Writing up Dorian’s back story has always been something I enjoyed, because showing the back and forth of emotion in his mind has always been more enjoyable than anything else I’ve written. Perhaps it is simply the fact that I have written for, and as, Dorian for twenty years that makes it so simple for me. Maybe in another ten years I’ll enjoy writing for Alek that much more, thus making it easier. Also, unlike many people who disliked Star Wars Episodes 1, 2, and 3, simply because they didn’t care about how Anakin became Darth Vader, and simply liked Darth Vader, I find the character all the more enjoyable when I can see why it is they are the way they are. Character development in progress interests me more than simply seeing the result of that development. That being said, I think episodes 2 and 3 were rushed, and Anakin’s journey to the Dark Side was too quick and lacking real proof of his emotion, but that is a tangent I won’t go off onto at this time.

I have also made a few map images for the world of Demeteria, but they are crappy and I don’t feel like sharing them. I hope to some day find a better program for making maps. I am not so skilled with art by hand that I could do it that way. I have tried, on paper, and it doesn’t really look any better. There’s always something, in the end, that I dislike, and wish I could change, so it would be more prudent to have something on the computer where I could more easily and readily change it to my tastes. Alas, I am still no where near as good as some of my friends –Jill, Nic, or Fish– who excel at visual art.


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