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So, we can have a 'Core' and then other stuffs counts as 'Splat'?
. . .
So how are we going to do that?
The caustic witch* who isn't actually a witch at all of the coal swamps -
Rumors are told of a humanoid which who is unaffected by hazards of the coal swamps, and has even befriended a few of the monsters which live in their. Some belief her not to be person at all but instead the manifestations of the swamps themselves, other says she is the last surviving member of an exposition that got lost in their, who was driven mad by the horrors she witnessed. Others belief she is both.
It's said those who have had encounters with her a lucky to be alive. It's said that she can inflict infections with a touch, and have the ability to breath an acidic mist. Those who have dared followed her often end up in quicksand / tar patches or right outside a drakes cave. Her appearance is said to have ivory white skin and wear barnacle armor, her hair is midnight black and her eyes are said to glow emerald green through the smoke and fog.
Those who survive are said to be haunted by the sadistic giggling, that is heard when she is near by.
First Singer, World Singer
The first Song's development is mostly unknown, although most think the First Singer is male and that his discovery happened independently of the First Dancer. Likely they were far apart and in the ancient world news already traveled slow.
World Singer Song her Song the same moment as the first Dance, her notes coinciding with his steps. Very likely the two unintentionally bolstered one another's inspiration through their own mighty presence in the Aether, heterodyning back and forth until it created an ideal singularity in the both of them that had no choice but to collapse into godhood and the opening of the Gateways Between Heaven And Earth.
Further Elaboration Upon the Nature of Elena and Her Spirits
Elena is the goddess of nature, the culmination of the world as it was before humanoids and that which remains of it, which depending on your interpretation is everything. She is the Ur-Terrestrial Goddess while at once a Celestial Goddess, she is to the World Dance and World Song, she is the World God, the World Spirit.
Closest as she is to Material Things, granted then is the gift to her Fae children and the Fae who join with her or by some fluke simply resonate with her, the power to most easily manifest in the Material. These are her Spirits, Fae Spirits.
Descendant of Elena are the Elemental Gods, just as word 'Elemental' is descendant of the ancient word 'Elenatol' or 'of Elena'. Their is fire and earth and water and air, lighting and ice and metal and wood, dirt and stone and steam and flesh, swamp and magma and magnet and mud, glass and garbage and cloth and waste. Gods of ideas but ideas of very real and physical things such that they as easily make their home in Material as they do the Aether, blurring the line between Terrestrial and Celestial to the eyes of some.
They are, like Celestial Gods, 'pure' to their idea but being that their ideas are physical things this manifests more in physical ways and the Elemental Gods, like Terrestrial Gods, are free to develop their own personality. They to have Fae children, followers and those who simply resonate with them, the Fae Elemental, or simply the Elementals and some would write the Aelemental if they wish to stick to that convention.
They are a great deal like Geothrope Trolls, making their bodies out of physical stuff and thus widely mistaken for them just as Geothrope Trolls may be mistake for Botanothrope Trolls. Such is that some call them Elementrolls or Elenatrols. While their are Elementals that make humanoid shapes, unlike Geothrope Trolls they have a range beyond that.
. . . Yes. Though æ is explicitly a long vowel, which would throw the pronunciation off.
That said, I'm totally doing something for the Summer and Winter Courts. And probably something about how Elves are descended from Faeries. I still do wish we had something for "actual" Elves, though, without the fur. But ah well.
We do, we have Sylvan.
Sylvan are. . . Like what happens when you see a Weeping Angel, at the moment, along with brownies and Mabin.
Trolls have been successfully re-established, in multiple ways.
Mabin I think we should discard entirely.
Sylvan can be salvaged, but someone actually needs to do that.
Brownies too. Brownies might not be worth it, honestly.
Brownies are workable as a background detail at the moment until when and if someone gives them a more exciting write-up. They aren't particularly offensive as is, they are near-sighted chimp people, that's it, although more could be done with them admittedly.
Elfs, the 'Proto-Beastman' Elf, has been fluffed as being descendant of the original Elfin people, a culture who's genetic tampering created a new race that spread out on their own. The Elfin people were Humans with strong Sylvan descent, such that they looked more like what most consider to be elves with their strong nature ties (To Elphena, Elena by another name) until they did SCIENCE.
Now Sylvan are fluffed has having strong ties to the Aether, such that it even effects their minds as much as their bodies. Now THEY I could see, as I imagine it now, being fluffed as descendants of Fae which makes Elfs such too by lineage.
Did we get rid of the gnome thing?
Well, it's this way. Sylvan still do that thing where they grow, grow and keep growing till they reach about 30 and then they shrink, shrink, shrink until at 55 they must stop and are the same size they were when they were 5. At some point between 5 and 55, they may suddenly stop aging, they intimately know when they stop aging and after that they have exactly 100 years left to live, to the dot.
Now, as we've established, same races will likely have some kind of shared culture dating from way back when and some shared language for it. So, h'okay. Sylvan have words for infant, child, teen, adult and elder but those designation have the added complication with a people that have people who have stopped aging.
So, the term 'Gnome' originally to them refers to someone who stopped aging early and 'Elf' as the term for those who stopped again around the middle. It made it clear that the Sylvan was older then they look. Originally they only used the word 'Gnome', it was simply the word for a Sylvan who's aging had stopped. 'Elf' came in to vogue because of the Elfin people, Humans of Sylvan heritage who most of whom looked like Sylvan that had stopped aging at middle of that span.
Not all Sylvan culture adopted it, mostly just those who lived near the Elfin people, but it became widespread into multiracial cultures, such as the trade language of Iropa that was the basis of what later became Iropean (Black Imperial Tongue). 'Gnome' later came to be used to refer to elder Sylvan who stopped aging later in the span, although this was a convention made by non-Sylvan.
edited 24th May '12 5:26:11 PM by God_of_Awesome
THIS JUST IN! MY FULL INTERNET ACCESS IS BACK!!! *And there was much rejoicing!*
-*Ahem* Anyway I'll start working on catching up and completing the last ballot ASAP (though it may take until tomorrow as I also have a few other things to do first.) The important thing is: I'm Back, Baby!
edited 24th May '12 6:00:16 PM by Sijo
Hey, Sijo, how about someone else does the ballot, eh?
I could do it.
That's the thing. Why gnomes, at all?
Stopping aging early is one thing. Shrinking three feet is another. I'd be fine- more than fine, quite pleased, really- if they didn't shrink after adulthood.
I was, in doing so, invoking a trope, an anime trope mostly but I've seen it in the West too, of the small tiny withered old man who has inexplicably shrunk because he is old, combined with the image trope of the 'Gnome', being tiny bearded men, along with this inexplicable association in my head of the 'Gnome' being these tiny youthful things.
And then I was inspire by the Goblin-Orc thing and had previously already conjured up a previous rejected idea of Elves being these one-for-every-environment adaptation race that also stopped aging at 20.
It makes my inner biologist cry. Basically, a species will evolve a trait if and only if it isn't detrimental or any detriment is overshadowed by something helpful. I can't see how shrinking in old age would be helpful.
It was a mutation that came hand in hand with higher magical power! HA!
Me, I just thought, 'Here's a demonstration of something weird happening because of magic just doing it's own thing.'
I thought that was the whole "being descended from Fairies" thing.
Well yeah, and Fairies are pretty much humanoid magic being that they are made from the Aether.
Fairies don't shrink. Or develop osteoporosis.
There are creatures in nature that change gender, age and even lose their brains and turn into plants. All of which exist in our world, you don't need to read a fantasy book to find them.
Maybe their Hoxgenes activate and deactivate mid-life, causing the shift. Maybe they have some kinda sensory enhancement, but it's only useful low to the ground, or something like that. There are easy ways to justify that without damaging biological credibility too much.
edited 24th May '12 7:54:33 PM by Vyctorian
It's still irritating. There could just as easily be elves and gnomes. Hell, even "little thing that turns into big thing" is fine. But bloody hell, why shrinking.
Shrinking isn't even that far fetched, Humans shrink with age, though to a much less degree.
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