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The Edhelekharo


Well, the Tallran won out, but they are descendents of both Edhelekharo and Feanen, so I'm going to explain those two races first.

The Edhelekharo

Appearance:
The Edhelekharo are my 'golden elves' -- tall, slender, and graceful; the females have small breasts and the males have narrow shoulders. Their skin varies from coffee-and-cream to deep mocha, they have thick, coarse, straight golden hair (which grows more metallic with age), and their eyes vary from pale pale lemon to honey. Their faces are very sharp-featured, always with a pointed jawline, a flat, wide nose, and high cheekbones. Their eyes are very catlike: somewhat like this drawing (although I drew that years and years ago and it's hideous) -- large and round, with vertical pupils. They have small, sharp-edged, flat lips, and of course the long, pointed ears.

Culture:
Extreme reservation is a mark of Edheledian culture. It would be a scandal to gasp in public -- even if you learned that your spouse just died. Their primary motivation is the preservation of their knowledge and culture, so they focus on learning and keeping the ways of old, and are highly suspicious of differences. They have many levels of classes, mainly defined by the reputation each family has for keeping tradition, and how learned that family is on average. Literacy is incredibly high -- if you can't read, you will be shunned as non-elvish. I really don't like them very much, but they do create beautiful music (as it is tradition for each person to create a new song every eleven days, to sing at the gathering) and art (as it is tradition to wear incredibly elaborate jewelry and clothing). The Edhelekharo love deeply, but generally they can only express this through music/art because in any other form displaying emotion is considered disgusting and incredibly rude.

Due to their intensity of passion for knowledge and propriety, the Edhelekharo tend to see the other races as childish at best, animalistic at worst. Intermarrying happens among the Edhelekharo and Duni (human-types) for biological reasons, but when it happens, the Duni marries into the Edhelekharo culture and sheds all of his/her culture -- or the couple is put out of Edheledian society.

They're incredibly beautiful, very kindhearted, gentle, and generous -- just rather condescending to other races and very judgemental of their own.

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Please do tell me any questions that you had, so that I'll have ideas on what needs more development.

feelings: complacent
sounds: Marcy Playground: "Sex and Candy"
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Comments
individuality ══╣╠══
11 days is fast, I mean every 11 days without fail forever otherwise having society have your whole family looked down upon for breaking tradition seems intense.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
It's like going to church every seventh day.......
individuality ══╣╠══
it was the song writing part I was getting at not the gatherings bit.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
ah. Well, you have to allow for the fact that songwriting is an inherent talent, second nature to them; they are more intelligent than the average human; and they are otherwise very repressed. I'd imagine that one slip-up wouldn't cause them to get thrown out, but more than once in a great while would. And missing two in a row would definitely be cause for excommunication.
jedibubbles ══╣╠══
Damn you, woman! Now I want to draw! (Hmm, I do have to ask though: if they have such pointed features otherwise, why the wide, flat nose? Trying to get the full catlike look?)

*double dog dares you to put in at least mention of a lad/maiden who chafes at all the extreme reservation, causes a great deal of scandel by constantly acting out in public, and then (of course) marries out*
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
yep, the wide flat nose is for catlikeness. I think with a sharp nose they'd end up looking more foxlike.

That lad would be Hinimel. ;-)
writer_lilies ══╣╠══
I'm not fond of my Elves either.

I agree with the person above about the songwriting every eleven days too. I read your reasoning behind it, but I guess I'd have to see it in the text in order to believe it. It kinda reminds me of the Church before the Reformation. Everyone believed that the higher ups did everything the right way, but they were just as messed up as commoners. Oooh. You gave me an idea...unless that's the same vein you're on.
darkpool ══╣╠══
Interesting. I can't wait to hear more. Anyway I think the song every eleven days fits. Expecially if you make it so that they aren't always all that good or long or creative, rather like sromons are not always good, but you always have one.
I love that song BTW.
mental_coercion ══╣╠══
I finally came back and read about The Edhelekharo. I have to say you have quite an imagination. I'll have to read more about your other races, I haven't yet looked at the Tallran.. did you post about them somewhere or should I just go to your site?
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
I haven't yet posted about them. First I posted about the Edhelekharo, next I will post about the Feanen, and then I will post about their mutual descendents, the Tallran.
mental_coercion ══╣╠══
Oh good then, as long as haven't missed it.
aubkabob ══╣╠══
questions: you said that they are the predecendants (is that a word? i'm sleepy.) of the Tallrans, with the Feanen. i assume that their heights are around the same? how do the life expectancies of the two races compare? also, how do their living areas compare: i somehow envision the Feanen as more of an outdoorsy type, since they live lives creating and tuning nature, so i suppose that it would be common sense. the Eds, i am thinking that since they strive on knowledge and preservation of that knowledge, plus lack of emotion, that their living quarters and buildings would be very stark, very angular and tall, yet have a breathtaking artsy take to it, like square spires reaching up to fantastic stars or curves or glimpses of shapes or emotion that they can't portray themselves?

and do you hate me for calling them "The Eds"?
belenen ══╣fantasy╠══
Well, I would hate you for calling them-- that, but you're just too darn awesome. So I only hated you for a 3.2 seconds. ;-)

And no, the Edheledians and Feanen are not near the same height (Ehdeledian average -- 7 feet, Feanen average -- 4.5 feet) but I've seen human couples with that disparity in height, so I think it could happen.
As far as life expectancy, I keep changing that. But Feanen live longer than elves, usually by a good amount -- as long as they are in their natural environment. They die pretty quickly when they live in a city, for various reasons.

Excellent description of Edheledian architecture!!! And they usually cover everything with entwining designs or runes. Feanen live in a 'clan' tree which has a tall trunk ending in a flat area with branches coming out the sides, curving up, then inward again (the Feanen weave them like this), as many times as necessary to hold all of the clan. As the clan grows, so does the tree, and more 'rooms' are woven. Leaves all grow on the outer side of the branches, and are spongy, sucking in moisture so rapidly that rain does not get inside the woven areas (but air can pass through).
yes, I know it's fanciful, but it IS fantasy, after all.
aubkabob ══╣╠══
it sounds beautiful! *happy sigh*

and i can totally understand the Feanen living drastically shorter lives, being surrounded by stone, mortar, steel, etc., instead of their natural area... they live for the woods, the woods live for them.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
well, it's also partially because they are usually in cities as a result of being sold as sex slaves, and since they are so fragile, if extreme caution is not used during sex with another race, the feanen will die. So generally they are sold as one-time-use slaves.
aubkabob ══╣╠══
egads, that's horrible!

but with humans being so darned barbaric, no matter where you go, it doesn't surprise me, either. *sadness*
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
oh yeah, and the Edhelekharo used to live in the woods, but adopted human civilization and left them -- the Tallran were created before the Edhelekharo left.
aubkabob ══╣╠══
aaaaah. that would make sense. you mean sort of a thing where the Edhelekharo .. did they dwell with the Feanen in the woods, before they sort of... realized that there was a better way to retain their history and knowledge by adopting more of a human sort of life, instead of dwelling more carefree in the woods? i suppose, too, that having such stark surroundings would be more comforting to those that choose not to show emotion, instead of the crazy outdoors, which bends to mother nature's whim, changes every season, lives, dies, and is reborn... instead choosing to be surrounded by marble or other stony materials, thusly creating a more permanent residence, with less change, and less emotion?

i've always connected weather with emotion for some reason, maybe it dates back to my massive dream interpretation days.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
mmmm... Well, the reason why they left will be explained in the Tallran post. I can't really explain it without explaining the Tallran.
aubkabob ══╣╠══
i'm VERY excited to read!
limyaael ══╣╠══
I can see why they would be fascinating and yet disgusting to write about. I also wonder if anyone else would ever know they were gentle and generous; the judgment would rule most interactions with other races, wouldn't it?

(as it is tradition for each person to create a new song every eleven days, to sing at the gathering)

That's an incredible pace to maintain. If someone couldn't create that often, or just didn't have enough musical talent, would he or she be shunned or exiled? Or are there allowances made, with this as the highest standard?
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
Well... the songs don't have to be that great or that long, they just have to be (snippets count). When you're as intelligent as they are, and you go through as much learning, it's really not that hard. It doesn't have to be inspired. Creating music, like poetry and any other art, is a discipline as well as a gift, and those who don't have inherent talent can still do something (why else do we have art classes in school? not every kid is an artist).
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