A long time ago, the three gods, Luminara, Kronis and Cha'Tanoth, created a beautiful world, a world in which a fascinating continent now rests known as Tel Anar. Many wars have been fought over the ancient land, either in the name of the gods or simply for territory, but for now at least, the world is at peace. Civilisations, be they as ancient as the Elves' or as new and fresh as the Fairies', dominate the land, with one of the only pieces of common ground being the Adventurer's Institute. After signing the Adventurer's Charter long ago, a being of any race may join the Institute to become an adventurer in their own right, seeking fame and fortune from the scorching heat of The Badlands to the frozen tundra of The Forgottens!Will you be among them?In short, Tales of Tel Anar is a play-by-post fantasy roleplaying forum. There are all kinds of races to choose from, a main plot that is sure to excite you, and plenty of friendly players to make your time there as awesome as it possibly can be! Why not give it a go today?If you have any questions about Tel Anar that aren't answered by this page or by the site itself, feel free to send a private message to one of our friendly admins or moderators, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!
Examples of Tropes found in the forum:
Annoying Arrows: Astranza Talielo, the Queen of the Wood Elves, sure has a lot of arrows...
Blood Knight: Elizabeth Avenell, otherwise known as the Morning Star. She is one of the King of Elon's most powerful knights, and if she's sent to take you down, it's likely you'll be left an unrecognizable, gory mess once she's done with you.
Also a rather prominent stereotype for Orcs, although this isn't without reason.
Boisterous Bruiser: Haakon the Orc bard. Lots of his dialogue is shouted, and he just loves to have fun! He's also massive and muscular.
Gustav I Phoenix, the King of Elon, otherwise just known as The King, has shades of this, too.
Butt Monkey: Prince Artullian Emanuelle Talielo, brother of Queen Astranza of the Wood Elves. He's had SEVERAL mishaps:
Haakon beat him in a grape juice drinking contest, and now jokes abound about him being unable to handle his grape juice, along with him periodically vomiting grape juice.
He's terrified of breasts, due to an incident as a teenager.
His sister, the Queen of the Wood Elves, said that she HATED him in front of Elizabeth and Gustav. She also constantly calls him a 'disappointment'.
"It's almost as if the world is just taking one giant collective shit upon me..."
Chivalrous Pervert: Haakon. Haakon, Haakon, Haakon. He drools and nose-bleeds all over the place if he sees a pretty girl, but will do anything to save his friends from harm.
Cluster F-Bomb: Elizabeth. We haven't exactly counted, but it's probable that over ninety percent of the instances of the word 'fuck' being used come from her.
Cute Monster Girl: Jekkhret the Fairy! She may be a grotesque bug creature, but she's incredibly shy, polite, and just plain adorable. She's also mentioned to enjoy juice boxes.
Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Tel Anar usually avoids making blatant ones pretty well, but there are a few references to real world cultures here and there. These examples are all very debatable.
The High Elves (and other Elves in general) speak a Finnish-like language, but the High Elves also have a palace in their city that has a resemblance to the Eiffel Tower. They're also known for being particularly snooty. JM has admitted that he compares the High Elves to rich Connecticut socialites, among other things.
The Fairy Hive looks like a pyramid, and Fairy swords look a lot like Egyptian Khopesh. A lot of them appear to wear headscarves, as well.
A new race, the R'Talahai, also have some Egyptian influence, but also have quite a bit of Zulu traits, as well, specifically their throwing spears and shields, along with their way of dressing.
Elon (The homeland of the Humans)is an economic and military powerhouse comparable to the modern United States, with a lot of standard Medieval England thrown in for good measure.
Orcs are a strange mix of several warlike cultures from around the world, metal-heads, and surfers.
The Nychterida, a race of bat-people, are an people who are based off of Japanese shamanism and Shinto; they recently lost their home due to the warring of a neighboring country. Their homeland has been destroyed, and now they are traveling to Tel Anar to start a new life. The are as a race bred from nobility, and now need to start anew, but they persevere and adapt to new situations well. They are best represented by Lucedraeu who is an example of a Tragic Hero and his Fatal Flaw is his guilt for his people's loss and for loosing track of their Prince to whom he was the bodyguard.
While the Elves are often looked upon as a 'good' or 'Luminara-aligned' race, they have a completely genocidal attitude towards Vampires, as do the Werewolves.
Fairies were created by Kronis, however, they generally seem to be one of the friendlier races we've seen, unless the topic of Spidren is brought up.
The Spidren are viewed as genocidal monsters by the Fairies, however, Fairies are a major food source for the Spidren.
As for individual characters, Elizabeth is on the side of what can loosely be considered the good guys. She also swears a lot, can be quite rude and mean to other people, and doesn't hesitate to kill people when she needs to.
Haakon is an Orc, generally considered one of the 'evil' or 'Kronis-alligned' races, but he enthusiastically supports the side of what can be considered 'good'.
TL;DR, It doesn't matter what race you are, or which god you serve, it depends on the perspective of individual characters.
Raised as the Opposite Gender: Elizabeth was raised as a boy because her noble parents already had a daughter and were too old to try again to produce a male heir. She literally believed she was a boy, and that as a teenager, her breasts were pecs. Artullian, her knight training buddy as a child, pointed out that those were definitely NOT pecs, causing the both of them much trauma. Now, however, she's much more comfortable knowing she's a woman.
Red Shirt Army: Elon's army literally has a section of the army called Red Tunics, who are this to a T.