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More Dwarven Culture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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More Science Pondering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pondering Science & Architecture

Topic: The Sand Elves

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

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











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

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

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

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

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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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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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