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Nano and WDC


Nanowrimo is around the corner, and I shall indeed be taking part again. Not sure exactly what I’m going to work on this time, but, I would like to take the time to expound upon my recent endeavors towards urging my writing along.

I signed up on Writing.com a year ago, but never really looked at it beyond the first few visits. I forget what caused me to drift from it, but I did. Recently, I looked back, and got involved with a group on the site called World In Progress. They have these little courses designed to help a writer work on their characters, world, and other related topics towards strengthening their writing’s background. i.e. all that unwritten stuff that pretty much just exists in the writer’s head so they can write the story itself and make it more believable.

Well, I took their Character Creative, Timeline Technique, and Wonders of World Building classes. I’m going to look into the Ethnicity as well, just for the hell of it, but the point I wanted to make was…. I ventured away from using Fractal Mapper, and other programs, and looked into a video about building a map on Photoshop. I don’t have photoshop, but used gimp, and used what is available there to emulate what was done with the video, and I think I like how it came out there MUCH more than how it came out in the other programs. Not only did I make Verdania look better than on previous images, but I mapped out the other continents of the world of Demeteria, and am in the process of working on Arvandor as well. So, here we are, my map of Demeteria’s land masses.

Demeteria

 

 

 

 

 

My only dislike for this image, is the lack of ability to zoom in on specific regions of the map and put in more detail. It only comes up with a blurred, larger form of the area when I zoom in, even while I was working on it. So, even though I like how this turned out, I am still thinking of trying again if I ever get Campaign Cartographer 3.

This was not all I worked on, I made character sheets for a couple characters, and will continue to do others for other characters, but more importantly, I started work on a time line. I’ve hit a snag around the year 640, for the kingdom of Haven, not liking how I haven’t reached the year 1000 yet, and have already gotten certain events into the timeline. I’m going to switch my focus to the Elves, and work on their portion of the timeline, and see if I can stretch things out so that it at least exceeds 1,000 years, because I do have bits in the story already that refer to an event having happened 1,000 years ago, so the timeline won’t be complete anytime soon, but it is at least started and I’m working on it, which I had no idea how to start prior to this class. All thanks to Minara, GoldenAmber, and Robyn Sparks, the teachers & leaders of this group on Writing.Com.

My name on Writing.Com is the same as my Nano name, in case anyone wants to check me out: VerdaniaMan.

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Elven Currency


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Historical Fact & Fictional “What ifs?”


I cannot consider myself a history buff, because I do not put as much effort into learning about more as I could. I enjoy history, always have, and do not shun learning something more, but I do not avidly look for that something as much as my father did when he was younger. One of the key points in history I like to learn more about, however, is that of the Roman era; from the founding of the Republic, to the growth of an empire, and then ultimately, its fall.

First, I’d like to share what I believe to be some little known Roman facts.

  • 1:) The term dictator comes from the Latin (like most things in the English language) from the ranks of the Roman Republic. The dictator was a military leader that was given absolute control within the Republic under emergency measures. Once the emergency situation ended, the dictator’s power was returned to the Senate. Julius Caesar was the last to hold the rank. Caesar refused to step down and return his power, at the end of the Gallic Wars. This incited civil war within the Republic, which resulted in the deaths of Pompey. He marched back into roman territory with a legion at his back, and fought his way back. Contrary to the idea that Julius Caesar declared himself emperor, only to turn around be back-stabbed by his friends, the event of the Ides of March only occurred 5 years after he was declared Dictator in Perpetuity. Though the majority of those who vied against Caesar on the Ides of March were Senatorial supporters, it was Julius’s adopted son (Octavian, later known as Augustus Caesar) that would end up taking control of Rome afterwards, tearing the Roman Republic down, and bringing in the birth of the Roman Empire.
  • 2:) The Roman Republic and Empire were responsible for many technological advances that no one managed to duplicate for more than 1,000 years after the fall of Rome. Two of their major technological advances that took AGES to duplicate, was the invention of aqueducts and cisterns. In a time, prior to 500 AD, they made sewers and water systems. Yet, in medieval times, 1,000 years later, they still had no duplicated this, and were still emptying chamber pots by hand into ditches, and dumping buckets of water out of windows. A little taste of my what-if portion of this post… What would have happened regarding the Buebonic Plague if sewers had existed in the time? The story of the volcano in the city of Pompeii revolves around a man who was an engineer of the time. He investigated a aqueduct “pipe” that was responsible for carrying mountain water into the town being in need of repair due to the gas emitted from the volcano that was about to erupt. The time period after the fall of Rome was called the Dark Ages. Did anyone ever wonder why? This is one of the reasons why. Perhaps the major reason why.
  • 3:) The fall of Rome was not a quick thing. It took many years to reach its conclusion, and there were a few points in history where the empire managed to retake some of its lost territory. However, throughout the fall of Rome, the barbarian invaders were jealous of Rome’s wisdom. To punish this, they burned libraries. And what do you think happened, when the only medium for storing knowledge was destroyed?

So, the Dark Ages were called the Dark Ages because of the lost knowledge with the fall of Rome. Cisterns and Aqueducts were not the only thing lost, a general sense of knowledge was lost. All of Rome’s advances forgotten, the people reverted in time, basically, with how they lived and how they did things. How they survived, how they built their homes and towns, how they gathered the necessities of life. How long did it take for sewers and water systems to return to daily life? Well, depending upon your definition of sewers, there were various attempts throughout the years to create run-off trenches to let gravity and the downstream flow of waste and water to travel into moats and even rivers throughout medieval times. Even in the 1800’s, there was still dead-end attempts and flabbergasted people with sewer concerns. As confirmed in a newspaper heading from the 1800’s stating “India Is In Revolt, and The Thames Stinks.” There are various instances in history where people died from the stench of poorly disposed of waste. Outhouses seems so simple, in comparison to what was done prior to their existence, and it wasn’t until the 1900’s, that indoor plumbing and sewage disposal was funneled below grounds into a sewer of proper function. The Roman cisterns first came into existence in 800 BC. Imagine that? Slightly more than 2,000 years before our current era has figured out how to do it right, the Romans already knew how. And it was all lost when the Barbarians that invaded Rome decided to say “You stupid smarties! What are you without books?” and burned the libraries. Well, they made a point. Unfortunately, it did nothing to prove a point worth proving.

And now, my “what if?” question. What if the Roman Empire had not fallen? What if the Romans had staved off the Barbarians, and instead of crumbling and losing knowledge, continued to grow? What if the Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Vandals, and Huns had all fallen beneath the might of the Roman Legions, and the Roman empire had expanded its control in all regards? Pushed further south, deeper into Africa? Pushed up to the North Sea, taking over what is modern day Germany and Denmark, and perhaps even advanced into a naval invasion of Scandinavia? What if they had pushed east, and taken modern day Hungary, pushing their eastern borders beyond the Caspian Sea, and to the Ural Mountains? What if they had pushed further into the Middle East? Before the Roman Empire, each great Empire was eclipsed by another, and consumed the entirety of the previous Empire. Rome did not do that. Rome was the largest of them all, but they did not extend as far east as Persia and Greece had. They took Asia Minor and Isreal, but Persia and Greece extended all the way to Modern day India. the Mongolian Empire took nearly all of Asia, and attempted to extend into Europe, because they did not know how to transport supplies over such a great distance, and basically destroyed their own empire BECAUSE of how much territory they claimed. What if they had Rome’s technology? Could they have survived it? Could they have conquered Asia & Europe? What if Rome never fell, and instead, continued to grow? It split into two different Empires, led by two different Emperors, because they began to feel that a single entity could not control the vastness of their Empire. What if it continued to grow and continued to split, forming the boundaries of our world’s nations through its continued expansion rather from the contention between the subsequent powers that rose up after the fall of Rome? And what if, one day, the entire world was a division, in some way, of that Roman Empire? Where would our technology be now? If that 2,000 years had not been spent trying to duplicate something lost, but instead expanding upon it? Where would we be now? The current technology could very well have been discovered years ago. When would computers have come to be? planes? trains? automobiles? What would people have thought about the year 2,000 had the Roman advancements been allowed to flourish and grow rather than be snuffed out? Would the Buebonic Plague have been as devastating? Would the idea of a round world and expansion to the new world have happened sooner?

And so I come to that sci-fi story idea I had a while back. I think I would like to explore the idea of a world where the Roman Empire had not fallen. Of course, it would not be called the Roman Empire, as this would be a world other than Earth, and its layout would be different than the cartographic layout of the Earth. However, I do plan to do some research into Latin, and making a Roman-esque society that has grown into the space age while other worlds … like… Demeteria (yes, it will be in the same cosmos) are still in a medieval society. In the world for this story, they main character is interested in knowledge, and he’s from a world that, while libraries were not lost, the progression of time has led to the populace’s forgetfulness regarding things that used to be. People can go to a library and read about it, but they live in a society that has things so easy now, that they’ve forgotten many things. Something I plan to work on in time, and I’ll be jotting down notes here and there, but I shall not put any effort into writing for it just yet, as I still have much to do for my other two series. And with nothing published yet, I cannot do with distractions.

Anyway, that’s it for now. Just wanted to dump some of the stuff rattling around in my head down, so that it did not vanish in time.

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Elven Classification


In Demeteria, and abroad.

I’ve given a bit of info regarding the history of the Elves. And, the history is the same, in the base points, for all worlds within the cosmos of my writing. But, looking between Dorian’s world and Alek’s world, I can’t help but notice a large difference but with no real explanation as to why.

In Demeteria, the Elves thrived and built an empire that rose against the Orcs, fought the Dradar, and crumbled against a demon, then was rebuilt as a Nation, and has been allied with Humans and Dwarves in the past and shall do so again in the near future. In Arvandor, the Elves are either in hiding or in very few numbers, for they are not seen in any large quantities throughout the land and the story. What happened? Why are they so few? This could also play into the why so many people believe that the world of Arvandor is made up of one continent only to be proven wrong at a later time when Li shows up and the events around “Power & Bliss” occur.

Another tidbit of this that has been bugging me is, what sort of elf would those in Arvandor be? There are seas, forests, marshes, deserts, but… Dorian was not born in any march, though he resembles a Marsh Elf from Demeteria. He lives just outside of the Aldeon forest, but he was not born there either. Part of things I wondered about previously was ‘new’ sects of elves, not of the major ‘denominations’ due to different areas in different worlds, or perhaps, cross breeds of others. There isn’t much I can think of, regarding anew unused land features to use for a new sect of Elf, but what if Dorian were the result of a cross breeding between Forest and Marsh elves in the lands of Arvandor? And what became of them all? We know then that the Cavanagh and Blackwood families are elves as well, but what about other Elven families?

I’ve even come up with ideas for Snow and Wild elves, since the whole idea originated for these stories, and they’re again in the Demeteria world, and not in Arvandor. Or perhaps, in Arvandor, one of the other continents they eventually discover is an arctic continent where the Snow Elves reside, and perhaps, various forms of other Elves have taken shelter there, turning them all into part-Snow Elf hybrids. Even if that ends up being the case, there’s still the original point from this post — why? What happened to cause the difference in Elven survival between the two worlds. There’s no evidence of any conflict with other continents, since knowledge of these other continents passed from memory; the rise of the Arvandoran Empire did not have huge conflicts with Elves, as this was after the apparent drop in Elven numbers; and there is nothing, yet, to explain anything that might have chased Elves away to another continent.

On top of which, there’s no mention of the other various races in Arvandor as there is in Demeteria. Where’s the Dradar? Orcs? Trolls? Dwarves? A lot to think about.

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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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Arvandorian Empire: Part 1


So, my biggest holdup in finishing Dorian’s story is procrastination. I started the story with flying colors, excelled beyond my own expectations, but when it comes time to revising that rough draft into something viable of publication, that’s where I hit a snag. On top of it, that is not my only hold up.

Perhaps only as a personal distaste, I find myself continually making these references in the story that I wish to expand on. Things like “the empire,” “Arvandorian Empire,” and “Imperial ‘enter noun here’.” However, I have very little description about the Empire itself and the people in it. I have no names set down in stone for the members of the Empire, nor do I feature any of these characters except in loose reference in accordance with other characters of the story. I find myself often thinking that Dorian lives in the Star Wars world with how often I simply say “The Empire.” (though, I have played Dorian as a Sith Warrior in “Star Wars: The Old Republic”)

Anyway, I feel it is time to buckle down and decide once and for all what sort of characters are members of this alliance, and what sort of group they are. They shall not be Roman inspired because, 1, Elder Scrolls did that with their Cyrodill Empire, and 2, the structures I have described and have in mind for Arvandor City do not match with a Roman inspiration. (no stone pillars or aqueducts spanning over the city’s roofs) Instead, I see this as more of a Middle Ages, between the Dark and Medieval time periods, Empire. So, this could mark it as English, French, German, etc. all depending on the civilization’s decor to the architecture. The Germans are a no, for they are the basis behind a different set of people in the story. French and English both fit for the idea of pompous aristocracy I had in mind for the Empire. (But then, much of the Middle Ages civilizations were ruled by pompous nobility and aristocracy…) In the end, for some kind of connection with Dorian, I think I’m going with a grander British scheme, not just English, but a blend of English, Scottish, and Irish. (Since Dorian has a little Celtic backing — if that was not already evident with his mother’s maiden name being Cavanagh) Perhaps this will lead to a connection between Dorian and Alain, since Alain comes from the origins of the Scots people. (And both have issues with their anger, Ooo… the imaginative juices flow)

More on this another time.

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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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