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The Diamond of Kalea is located on Kalea's extreme west coast and called as such because its completely made of a crystalline substance called Skyglass. Home of the Alvina of the Stars, cultural mecca of knowledge seekers, and rife with Ethaefal, this remote city shimmers with its own unique light.

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[Lhavit] The Atlas

Postby Elysium on June 19th, 2013, 6:17 pm

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Welcome to Lhavit's Atlas - a complete overview of the Diamond of Kalea! Please read this through before engaging in any roleplay as it contains all the information you will need to know, both in and out of character. PLEASE DEFER TO THIS GUIDE, RATHER THAN THE WIKI. I cannot emphasize this enough! Below you will find quick-links to the varying sections of this Atlas. Remember to refer to this often, as it is designed for your convenience!

Credit goes to Gossamer for this lovely suggestion and to her implementation of Player Guides on the whole.


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[Lhavit] The Atlas

Postby Elysium on June 19th, 2013, 6:21 pm

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Lhavit is a city built upon the peaks of various different mountains in the Kalea region. Each peak has its own name and significance to the city and the culture of Lhavit itself. Those who are born in Lhavit hold a great sense of pride for how their fair city was constructed upon the high mountains of one of the harshest regions in Mizahar, and those who visit equally awed by the natural beauty and architectural might that went into the city itself.



The Peaks

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Sharai

Shimmering greenhouses made of skyglass dot the open areas of peak Sharai, a place where agriculture rules and the Okomo roam free.


Shops and Businesses


Food and Lodging
  • The Okomo Estates- Housing in the agricultural section, quaint little houses of all shapes and sizes; a gardener's dream.
  • Snow Apple Orchard- This orchard grows the specialty snow apple; here, one can buy snow apple cider and other treats as well.


Entertainment Locations
  • The Swing- A dangerous swing on the edge of the Peak frequented by adventurous children.


Educational Facilities
  • The Crystal Seed Bank- A vast archive of seeds and information on various plants, particularly those native to Lhavit and Kalea.


Private Residences
  • Saiyin's Home- Saiyin Sesr's cottage at the Okomo Estates. (PC Residence)


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Shinyama

Home of the Shinya and other ruling bodies of Lhavit, the Shinyama peak also boasts of a number of higher end restaurants and other fancy entertainment locations.


Food and Lodging


Shops and Businesses


Entertainment Locations


Parks and Exotic Locations


Government Facilities


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Zintia

The central peak of Lhavit, Zintia is also considered by many to be the center of many other things in Lhavit as well.


Food and Lodging
  • The Fleeting Comet- An expensive and elaborately decorated restaurant for those who wish to have a breathtaking view while enjoying a savory meal.
  • The Sunrise Nook- An award winning breakfast for next to nothing.
  • Mhakula Tea House- The hot spot to get the finest tea in the city, as well as a training center for those who wish to train in the Dao sword.
  • Towers' Respite- A cheap place for students of the three Towers to stay during their studies.
  • The Skyglass Restaurant- Where the influential go out to dine.
  • Solar Wind Apartments- Apartments near the Plaza, from simple to elegant lodgings
  • Shooting Star Inn- An upscale Inn for those wanting delicious food and a good night's rest.


Shops and Businesses
  • The Azure Market- Locals' market for common goods and Okomo supplies.
  • Tain's Studio- An open studio for painters, sculptors and anything art!
  • Red Lantern- Sit down, take a seat, and let these special workers do the rest.
  • The Silk Palace- More than just a silk shop, a palace of weaves.
  • The Shining Diamond- An expensive jewelry store for the wealthier folks of Lhavit.
  • The Good Book- Bookbinding & paper supplies
  • Lazuli Ink- Lhavit's specialized tattoo parlor.
  • Bright Lights- Come visit Lhavit's resident candlemakers and let some light into your life.
  • Prismatic Petals- Lhavit's very own florist, where you can buy any flowers for any occasion.
  • Piramba's Pet Shop- First stop to acquire your very own animal companion.
  • The Scholar's Demise- Lhavit's most famous tavern, suited for both day and night.
  • All Things Wild- A shop located next to the Sundial Circle, for all your herbalism needs.

Entertainment Locations
  • The Ethereal Opera House- Lhavit's historic opera house, home to some of Mizahar's finest performances.
  • Surya Plaza- The grand center for all festivites, shops and entertainment, Syna always shines down the brightest here.


Parks and Exotic Locations


Government Facilities


Private Residences


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Tenten

A place where knowledge and education can often be found should one choose to seek it, Tenten peak is home to Alluvion Academy and the Bharani Library.


Shops and Businesses


Entertainment Locations
  • The Basilika- Connected to the Bharani Library, the Basilika is a place for people to share their opinions, have debates and give readings.


Educational Facilities


Religious Locations
  • Temple of the Sun- The Sanctum of Syna, where worshipers of every race come to give thanks to the Goddess of the Sun.


Private Residences
  • Dawn Tower- One of the three original Lhavitian families who specialize in the use of Reimancy.


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Sartu

Sartu is often the first sight visitors see when they come to visit the city of Lhavit. All who wish to enter must pass over this peak.


Shops and Businesses
  • Elena's Studio of Enchantment-Where Elena Lariet offers classes for a reasonable price on: Animation, Hypnotism, and Voiding; for all levels, novice to master. She also has a laboratory for hire, if you have the coin.
  • Starglow Spa- A peaceful spa where you can pamper yourself to your heart's content.
  • The Hunter's Guild- A gathering place and guild for Lhavit's hunters.
  • Port Tranquil- Lhavit's very own port.
    • The Shipyards- Got a broken topsail? The Shipyards will fix 'er right up.


Parks and Exotic Locations
  • The Trail of Waterfalls- A safe, scenic trail amongst the wilderness of the Misty Peaks.
  • Quartz Cave- Located along the shoreline near the Tranquil Port, this cave is full of glowing crystals, and is rumoured to be cursed.

Government Facilities
  • Amaranthine Gate- The entrance to the city.
  • The Cosmos Center- Where a foreigner and visitor may go to to acquire a home, a job, or to learn everything they can about Lhavit and it's people.


Educational Facilities
  • Den of the Lost- Meet Rostam, Spiritist of Lhavit.
  • Iraltu's Observatory- The stars never looked so close.
  • Animation Studio- Care to learn how to breathe life into the inanimate? Stop by Maeki's Studio and meet the talented and beautiful wizard who owns it. Note: This location was destroyed as of Winter 514 AV.


Religious Locations
  • Temple of Time- Sacred grounds to honor and respect the Goddess Tanroa.


Private Residences
  • Lover's Retreat- Sometimes Zintila's private residence, this lovely retreat down near the Tranquil Port is usually available to be rented for private and romantic get-aways.
  • Twilight Tower- One of the three original Lhavitian families who specialize in the use of Morphing.
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[Lhavit] The Atlas

Postby Elysium on June 19th, 2013, 6:23 pm

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★ History
Lhavit was not always the sprawling city that it is today - preceding the Valterrian, the Kalean landscape was far different. Five-hundred years previous it was the nation of Suva, ruled by the emperor Galifer Odalah. As the cataclysm raged, mountains sprang up between the indigenous Suvan people and their coastal homes, plunging them into despair. Syna and Leth recognized their suffering and sensing opportunity, sent two creatures known as Ethaefal to the people's aid.

These two Ethaefal - known as Aysel and Talora - led the tribes up what is now known as Zintia Peak. This is where the prone form of Zintila was discovered. The Goddess of Stars had fallen in saving her mother, Semele's life and consequentially, became an Alvina - also known as a demi-goddess. Aysel, Talora, Zintila and even the people themselves decided to begin anew; to establish a city fit to weather even the most unforgiving of storms.

They were not alone however, for Caiyha recognized an immediate problem. Travel was difficult up and down the rough pathways of the mountainside. Seeing their plight, she granted the city special creatures known as Okomo; hale and hearty mountain goats suitable for both mounted travel and husbandry. The people rejoiced and honored Caiyha, abstaining from needless slaughter and only harvesting that which they needed from the noble creatures.

Before the mountain could become habitable however, many areas were first cleared and made flat by Reimancy. The task was long and arduous and many gave their lives in the process of constructing the tiers that comprise each peak. Those not claimed by overgiving simply worked themselves until death, submitting themselves to Dira's web. Moved by this devotion, Zintila granted the people a most interesting gift: The ability to fashion something called skyglass. Through her gnosis mark an individual could harvest fallen stars, producing a semi-opaque jewel-like substance that would hold faster than steel. Naturally, this became the primary material for construction in the new city and before long it reinforced nearly every building one could imagine.

ImageThe city's construction was largely influenced by the Ethaefal, who were plagued by visions of the past. They had fever dreams of broad avenues and lush greens, columns and open halls. Yearning for cultures erased by time, Lhavit was built to reflect beauty that world had once known. It stood as a symbol of defiance, remembrance and most of all, knowledge that could not be erased. It was the vow of each Ethaefal that so as Lhavit remained, even the Valterrian could not plunge them into obscurity.

Over the years, the city was discovered and forced to expand. In 402 AV, Wind Eagle Riders happened upon Lhavit and word began to spread. It was said there was a shining city upon the side of a mountain, overlooking Kalea's coast. Their industry grew outward over four glorious peaks, accommodating the influx of those seeking citizenship. Settlers were treated warmly and Lhavit's reputation grew. To those strong enough to brave the Unforgiving, it was akin to the Ukalas - the reward at the end of a long journey. Unfortunately, due to its isolation and the wilderness all around, Lhavit has only marginally grown in size since its discovery.

In 500 AV, Aysel and Talora were assigned individual tasks and sent off into the world. In their absence, the leader of the Constellation allowed Lhavit to slowly corrupt. Having assumed total authority, the Anchorite Hayani and the Towers together permitted human trafficking, the active slaughter of Okomo and the overall perversion of the city guard. The scarcity of wealth began fueling the growing class divides and in ten short years, the general population lived in squalor. Before long, the Twilight Tower specifically had amassed such a gross amount of wealth, they owned a small army of Dek. Slaves became more common than the average citizen and laborers shortly became irrelevant.

Upon their return, Aysel and Talora's combined disgust was palpable. Many individuals were executed for their crimes including the patriarch of the Twilight Tower and the proprietor of the Ethereal Opera House. Those who weren't killed were stripped of their titles and robbed of their wealth. The Anchorite was left as a symbol for those who sought to rise above themselves and still remains as such.

After ten years, Lhavit has been tentatively restored to its former glory. Wealth is still scarce, yet the citizens all share it equally. All the slaves were freed and many still live in harmony along the city's lush avenues. None have forgotten however, and all the people forced to live through the calamity still harbor animosity toward those who might still wish them harm.


★ Culture
Lhavit is renowned for the elements of its culture and many residents are avid painters, dancers or musicians. The city is largely defined by a balance of freedom and obligation, a synthesis of conservative and liberal ideals. Most individuals work throughout the week sporadically and many even design their own schedules. They strive to surpass expectation while still maintaining a sense of spontaneity. It is this that defines the essential Lhavitian - spirit and creativity.

The city has a unusual schedule, unlike other cities throughout Mizahar. Rather than running day-to-night, the city rotates through a set of predetermined rest periods, during which citizens tend to sleep:

4-6, Dawn Rest
10-12, Noon Rest
16-18, Dusk Rest
22-24, Midnight Rest

This unique schedule allows the general populous to come and go no matter the hour. Night-time activity is lessened on the outermost peaks and increases as one travels closer to the Zintia. Lhavitians are notorious for work and play in equal measure and thus, the city is constantly in some form of celebration... Especially at night.

Marriage in the city reflects this spirit. Love is encouraged through celebration and most holidays are used as platforms for new relationships. Once in a relationship, it is customary the couple live together for a period of time, purchasing a house together and taking separate rooms. Once married, they move into the master bedroom together, leaving their previous bedrooms open for children - adopted or otherwise. A related cultural facet is the emphasis on freedom of love. Same sex pairs are married and treated the same as all else. This is largely inspired by the Endals of Wind Reach, who love passionately and without regard to gender. Homosexuality is still uncommon but viewed more or less as eccentric, something to be intrigued rather than repulsed by.

Class divides are distinct but mostly nominal, at times excepting the Towers. There is very little animosity regarding social standing, even amongst the Ethaefal. Individuals mingle and form relationships freely, within the limits of their own organizations. There are no societal restrictions on excess - to the contrary, industry and conviviality are encouraged in equal parts... Again relating to that day-to-night schedule the city keeps. The Seiza and Shinya can be found meeting over tea, while the Servants of Eyris and the Towers can be found drinking alongside one another, raucous and free. There is a universal air of practicality that unites each and every Lhavitian, inspiring a sense of unity.


★ Magic
ImageMagic is a thing of power, beauty and madness. It's possibilities and uses stretch far beyond the limits of mortal imagination, and yet mortals and immortals alike drink from the cup of mages in search of the mysteries of magic and spells to better themselves, their lives and what they hold dear. As with all things, however, magic comes at a price, most often being the sanity of the wielder or the sacrifice of their body or even soul. In spite of all of this Lhavit still holds a deep and unwavering respect for all things arcane.

Magic actually played a large part in the founding of Lhavit itself. It was the sacrifices of early reimancers and the three main houses and their specific magical arts that brought about the rise of Lhavit, aided as they were by godly intervention to rise above the challenges presented to them at that time. Because of this there is a not so secret admiration and respect towards those who can use and manipulate the magics in any form. Indeed many mages will find Lhavit far more open and welcoming to the idea of them and what they do.


★ The Tranquil Port & Sailing
At the base of the Amaranthine resides the Tranquil Port, Lhavit's primary source of subsistence fishing. Though the city has not developed sea-faring vessels, trade still arrives regularly from more advanced naval cities. Many individuals find themselves at port if only to travel onward toward the Misty peaks, as it is the last vestige of civilization before one crosses into the wilderness.

For the most part the city sustains itself off fish weirs, an adaptation from their previous use of trawling nets. Weirs are strategically placed nets and traps along common traveled fish routes; preferable, as they are more cost effective and far less detrimental to the environment. Other methods of collection are simpler - many young women are employed to dig by hand for fresh-water mussels and other such shelled mollusks.

The most common fishing vessel is a small boat with a lateen sail, constructed mostly of fadeong timber. Due to the tree's unique pigmentation, these boats are quite vivid and reflect varying shades of crimson and purple in the light. Both ends of the vessel curve upward into a crescent, making Lhavitian ships incredibly distinct in both shape and color. They can be rented for commercial use, but are recommended for short distances and do not fare well in poor conditions.


★ The Towers
There are three Towers erected throughout Lhavit, each controlled and maintained by a legacy. All three were of the tribal people that now comprise the city's general population, but each favored specific magical disciplines that seemed to bring them prosperity. The Dawn Tower, erected in the name of the sun, used Reimancy to help shape the city for construction. The Twilight Tower, also most ancient of the three, were renowned for the ability to morph and used these abilities to gain influence, bypassing Kalea's brutal dangers. The Dusk Tower however, wealthiest by far, used their subtle auristic senses to the advantage, hoarding secrets and tasting the world by sight. These buildings stand proud throughout Lhavit and are now used as open houses, where students may come to learn their trades.

Once upon a time these Towers made up a Council, one that largely influenced all decisions made within the city walls. Their power was inherited by birthright, causing each generation to in-fight for the position of Patriarch and Representative. Each head of household would meet with Aysel, Talora, Hayani and Zintila and between all of them, politics were decided through dialogue - the Goddess alone having final say. As time passed however, unrest grew. The Day of Discord, changed everything and Weisur Twilight was put to the sword. The Council, largely responsible for the mess, was officially disbanded.


★ Architecture & Appearances
ImageLhavit favors gardens, colonnaded government buildings and open column pavilions, topped by skyglass roofs and arches. Much of the city seems haphazard, for on all but the central peak the roads are winding and steep with many buildings still attached to the rock. The Zintia however has been shaped into a series of terraces, allowing for more level construction.

The city proper sits atop a half-circle of mountain peaks, overlooking a bay on the western coast of Kalea. Much like the palm of a hand, the Tranquil Port sits at its base. Due to the city’s many peaks and tiers, the design radiates out from a central nucleus otherwise known as the Zintia. The city’s more modest areas have grown outward into the Shinyama, Sartu, Tenten and Sharai peaks, each specific area developing a unique identity to those that reside there. There is a path up the central peak where an active outpost sits. It's primary function is to guide individuals up the mountainside via Okomo. This facilitates travel in and out of the city. This pass is named the Diamond Road, a steep thoroughfare upward toward the Amaranthine Gate.

The aforementioned government buildings have peristyles, usually containing internal gardens. Many of the interiors are designed with flat, open aisles on either side of a central space with an apse, dominated by a raised dais. This is most resembled by the Basilika, though structures such as the Ethereal Opera house follow a similar design. The dais is central to public speech or debate and many of these areas often hold meetings between the four central towers. This is also very characteristic of Lhavit’s temples; upon the platform is usually a throne or shrine where the deity is praised. Businesses and residential houses are constructed by a dry stone method – structures are fitted without the use of mortar. They’re stabilized mostly by a weighted façade, made up of carefully fitted interlocking stones. The middle of each wall is filled with sand or earth to compensate for drought. By tradition, many of the roofs either incorporate or are entirely constructed of skyglass. Wood is used minimally in lieu of the high-speed wind and tempestuous rain the city is often forced to contend with.

A main feature of the Diamond City is its legendary skyglass bridge system. The main pathway to each peak leads from the central tiers. Each bridge is entirely wrought from the iridescent, jewel-like substance that is skyglass, encasing the traveler in a radiant, multi-hued splendor. The bridges are maintained through the year by the Priesthood and are incredibly resistant to the elements. Along the walkways are minute carvings of exquisite detail, depicting the events of the Valterrian and the founding of Lhavit. Each one tells but a part of the whole tale, prompting the tourist to explore them all. This is referred to as the Pilgrimage and is recommended to each new resident at the Cosmos Center.


★ Fashion
Much like the city itself, several different influences converge to create one cohesive style. Both men and women tend toward the dramatic in terms of accessory – women wear headscarves, circlets and an overwhelming amount of jewelry, as do the men to a lesser degree. This is primarily from their daily interactions with Wind Reach, especially the adaptation of beads and perfumes. Dreadlocks are a very common hairstyle for both sexes, most out functionality and aesthetic appeal. Many natives favor longer locks to stave off the cold weather. For clothing, there are two distinct looks for the average Lhavitian - interior and exterior.

The interior look for men is very simplistic, usually consisting of woolenImage undershirts, tunics and trousers. Women on the other hand, are far more ornate. The elegant styles of Kalinor fuse with the earthen influences of Wind Reach to inspire an eclectic look all it's own. Naked shoulders and arms are very popular, usually in contrast with long, fluid gowns. Layers are key, usually in the form of coats, scarves or shawls. The look decreases in drama as the wearer increases in wealth. Whereas a normal woman would wear an overwhelming amount of cheap jewelry, the more to-do would instead don a few, more tasteful pieces. Lhavitians love elegant patterns and favor white, red, purple and gold.

The exterior look however, is wholly Lhavit's own. Due to the unforgiving weather, residents wear long woolen coats with half-capes sewn at the top. They come in varying colors and lengths but all are trimmed with rich, sable fur. This lends a uniformity to those roaming the city streets, especially in the wintertime.

Wealth is scarce, as the mountainfolk of Lhavit tend to be self-sustaining. Fashion changes only slightly in the case of Shinya, the Priesthood and the four Towers. Shinya tend to stick to their unique dress code, as do the Priesthood. Members of the Towers tend to don an enhanced form of the style, favoring rarities such as silk and gold as small indicators of their affluence. Most of these adornments have been collected over time, and many have been carried in from the outside world rather than made by local craftsmen. Even so, the insignia more readily identifies members of theses houses than the grandeur of their clothes.


★ Societal Expectations & Laws
Crime in the city is addressed in a two-part fashion. The Shinya are the warriors, their job to subdue and incarcerate any individual attempting to cause harm. The Seiza are the Priesthood, followers of Zintila and they uphold the law through trial. The laws of Lhavit are as follows:

    ✰ You cannot not kill, steal, or cause any harm to your neighbor.
    ✰ You cannot abuse or subvert any preexisting law.
    ✰ Public disruptions such as riots or looting are forbidden.
    ✰ The Goddess Zintila has the right to veto and and all decisions regarding the law.
    ✰ Pardons may only be given by Talora, Aysel or Zintila.
    ✰ Okomo are sacred and protected by divine right. Abuse of the Okomo may result in death.


Any who are found guilty of breaking the law are caught by the Shinya, taken into custody and then tried by the Seiza. The Twuele has eight different floors, each equipped with court rooms for each specific law. That is where criminals are tried. The uppermost is Zintila's Chamber, also known as the Astronomer's Paradise, where she most commonly resides. The consequence for each offense varies as the trials are conducted on a case-by-case basis. Background, social standing, previous convictions and citizenship are all taken into consideration before the final decision is made. The most heinous crime that one can commit is murder of an Okomo and it is the only crime that without fail, is answered with death.


★ KinaImage
The currency in Lhavit is different to that of most other cities. Lhavit uses Kina and not Mizas. You can only trade your currency if you are currently in, or started in Lhavit. Any PC’s arriving in the city can exchange at the Cosmos Center if they wish, otherwise you can assume it is done and list it in your ledger as such.

Miza Equivalents
1 Gold Miza = 1 Kina (ki)
1 Silver Miza = 1 Topaz Kina (tk)
1 Copper Miza = 1 Jade Kina (jk)



★ Agriculture & Industry
ImageMost of Lhavit's industry is generated from the agriculture of the Sharai. Being one of the final peaks erected in the Starry City, its primary function is to sustain the growing population and produce their one and only export: Tea. Due to the issue in climate however, the city has erected special skyglass hothouses in which to grow their crops, allowing them to produce year-round and in bulk. Though there is very seldom a surplus, the city still manages to trade for essentials with the cities around them.

Another facet of their market is the unique tourism that Lhavit provides. Though travelers are few and far between, many part with enormous sums to learn the magical crafts offered throughout. Reputation is everything and the city has acquired a vast one in regards to the arcane. Most of Mizahar has at least heard tell of a mountain city, lush and evergreen, offering tutelage to those who seek it... For a fee, of course. Those who cannot pay find themselves working at the Tower's Respite, where service is substituted for gold.

Finally, Lhavit's greatest treasure are the beloved Okomo. The Okomo are especially large mountain goats, blessed with jewel-toned skyglass horns and reinforced vertebrae that allows them to act as mounts. Those not bred for war in the case of the Shinya, are used for husbandry, providing a distinct cheese and milk product unrivaled by others of their kind. The Okomo are mostly gentle and are kept on the terraced fields of the Sharai, where they lead peaceful lives.


★ Flora & Fauna
Below is a wonderfully detailed list of the wild flora and fauna found in and around Lhavit. This is by no means a complete list but instead a constant work in progress. We encourage the players to submit their own ideas for any plants or animals they would like to see.

For any questions, feel free to ask! As stated above, everything can be expanded upon and is available for the players to include in their threads.

Enjoy!
Flora :
Note: Plants with an asterisk (*) next to their name are completely fictional. All other plants are real, though slight changes may have been made.

Image Name Characteristics
Image Bromegrass Bromegrass is the most common type of grass around Lhavit. It is well adapted to the cooler climate, and so thrives here when left unchecked. Bromegrass makes up a large bulk of the wild plant life found in the Misty Peaks, and it is generally used as a decorative grass in Lhavit gardens. Bromegrass is a good feed for herbivorous animals, and so makes up a generous part of the Okomos diet.
Image Bulboru* The bulboru is an easily recognizable plant due to its pale pink, pom-pom like flower. The flower itself is only present in the spring – a seed head or simply a flat stem top is present at all other times of the year. During the summer, the seeds scatter, and this is also the best time of year to harvest to the root. The roots of the bulboru plant contain a substance that aids in reducing a fever.
Image Dula* The dula is the name of both a tree and the fruit it bears. The trees are tall and very leafy throughout the spring and summer seasons, with the leaves browning and dying off during the colder weather. In spring, the trees are covered with pale yellow blossoms that eventually grow into the dula fruit, ready to be picked during late summer. The fruit has a tangy taste, but is not unpleasant. It is usually seen as a dessert fruit – not many people eat it as a snack.
Image Dwarf Primrose The dwarf primrose grows in large ‘mats’, meaning the foliage spreads over the ground. The flowers bloom only as winter ends, and they are a bright, shocking pink. The flowers never grow more than 20 cm tall. Because of its shrub-like appearance, many Lhavitians like to plant it in their gardens to use as borders or path liners.
Image Fadeong* The fadeong is a tree unique to the Lhavit region. Even when taken and planted elsewhere in the world, it will die within days, since it is so finely tuned to the climate of the area. It grows very tall, and branches only grow above the halfway height of the trunk. They never grow alone, and are a very popular tree for lining paths or tracks. The leaves of each tree will be a slightly different color. Leaves take hues of blue, pink, purple, orange, and green. The leaves are tiny – no bigger than a thumbnail – and when leaves from different fadeong trees are gathered together, they can make very colourful and attractive decorations.
Image Ipdo* The ipdo is a very strange plant. It is a low growing shrub, favouring shady areas over direct sunlight. The flat green leaves are circular and have black dots on their surface. The ipdo is always in leaf, even during the winter. They die off in clusters and get replaced during the colder months, but there is never a time that the shrub is completely bare. The leaves have a couple of uses; when picked and chewed, they can keep hunger at bay, though the effect is short-lived unless you continuously chew. When crushed and added to candles that are then burnt, they lend a pleasant scent, not dissimilar to that of a forest after a rainfall.
Image Jasao* The jaso plant, while pretty, is actually a weed. When allowed to grow near other plants, it overtakes them quickly. The stems of the jaso are very thin and long, and they wrap around and strangle other plants. As such, the plant is never found in the more cultivated areas of the city – gardeners work hard to keep it at bay. However, the blue weed grows in abundance in the Misty Peaks. When picked, the flowers take a very long time to wilt, so they are a very popular plant for use as hair decorations. On special occasions, many citizens will pick and wind many of the plants together to make floral crowns to wear.
Image Kariino* The kariino plant is actually a tree. It does not grow very tall, due to the branches overhanging rather than shooting straight up. The branches are thin, and the delicate flowers that it blooms during spring weigh them down, and they never spring back up again. The trees always grow apart from each other, since the roots are shallow and far-reaching. The trees are not only beautiful, but the blossoms they have during spring have interesting properties. When collected and crushed, they can be made into a tonic that helps one drift off to sleep.
Image Keokina* The keokina flower is a very popular plant for decorations. Cornflower blue and white flowers grow in clusters, with each individual flower no bigger than a Kina. The plant flowers at the start of spring, and lasts right through to the first touches of winter. As such, throughout the warmer seasons, many of Lhavit’s citizens collect bunches of the keokina and use them to add color and life to their homes. The plant possesses no medical properties, but it does have a very distinctive and sweet scent.
Image Kuhari* The kuhari is one of the more dangerous flowers in Lhavit and the Unforgiving. It is an extremely common flower in the wilds, but in the city, the Shinya make an effort every year to keep it completely eradicated from their midst. Its distinctive blue, white, and purple tones, along with its thin spines make it easily recognizable. Though they don’t look sharp, the spines are thin enough to pierce the skin. If that happens, medical help should be sought immediately, since the spines hold a poison that will weaken the body significantly; if left to spread through the body for more than 6 hours, the poison can lead to death.
Image Leiyona* The Leiyona is in the same flower family as the zujin. They are, however, polar opposites in their habits and their properties. The leiyona flower only blooms in summer, the warmest time of the year needed to kick-start their growth. The flower is always warm to the touch, as if it is soaking up the sunlight, much like a lizard on a rock would do. The leiyona only grows on thin soil, where there is a ground of rocks or a pathway or the like. It is not uncommon for one to find one randomly growing in the middle of the Surya Plaza. If one were to break apart the thick petals, much like the zujin flower, they would find an oozing liquid. This liquid can be used as an antiseptic on cuts, stings, or bug bites. It is brightly coloured, almost garish, but indeed a useful flower.
Image Mountain Rose The mountain rose is a small plant that produces beautiful flowers during the summer season. The flowers can be apricot, pink, or white in colour, and sometimes have pink lines marking the center of each petal. The flowers grow in groups; sometimes up to 10 flowers can grow out of a single leaf base. The mountain rose tends to favour the forest floors with deep soil, though it is very popular with the citizens of Lhavit, and can easily be grown in a garden.
Image Nokkochi* The nokkochi is an extremely common tree found amongst the trees of Lhavit, and in areas of the Misty Peaks that are close to the city. They are not very tall trees, but are quite small, with droopy branches that trail their leaves over your head as you walk by. On the Zintia Peak, they have been almost completely cut down, but on nearly every other, they are found in clumps in areas of dense vegetation. They are simple plants, following the seasonal pattern that many other trees do. They flower in spring, stay that way through the summer, and then lose their leaves in the autumn. They are a common plant, with nothing special about them - though, they are undoubtedly pretty.
Image Saegiro* The saegiro is a flower that blooms only in the hottest season of the year; they flower during the beginning of summer, and begin to die as the season approaches its end. They are usually a bright pink, though they can also range from purple to fiery orange; no matter the colour of their petals, they always have a pure white center. They grow only in clumps, never just individual flowers, and are usually worn in the Taiyang's hair when they do their fire dancing. They have no medicinal property, except they are often found in the summer months in the houses of Lhavitians, thought to bring longevity and honour to a household if they are hung above the door. It is an entirely decorational flower, but they have great spiritual significance for Lhavitians.
Image Skyglass Flower* Skyglass flowers are native to Lhavit; the flowers are almost entirely found within the city itself, rarely growing out in the wild due to their delicate nature. They grow in clusters of 3 - 5 directly from the ground, often in fields; they are so-named for their petals, which are thin and delicate, with a faintly crystalline texture akin to skyglass. They come in various shades and colours, pink, blue, purple, and orange being the most common. Large groupings of the flowers can be quite striking, sometimes literally; sunlight tends to reflect off of the petals at the right angle, creating a shimmering field which has temporarily blinded people on more than one occasion. Skyglass flowers are a popular decorative flora, often placed strategically to either reflect light, or to show off light passing through the petals.
Image Sky Pilot The sky pilot is a small plant, never growing more than 30 cm tall. The flowers are a range from a chalky blue to a bright cobalt blue, and they grown in clusters on a single stem. The leaves only grow at the base of the flower, and when rubbed they give of a potent skunk-like scent. They are rarely found in the city, tending to grow in the more rocky areas of the Misty Peaks.
Image Snow Apple Snow apples are a type of small, dark red apple unique to Lhavit; they are not a natural species of apple, but rather, were bred by combining various types of apple trees decades ago by the Snow family. They are named both after the family that created them, as well as the season in which they are harvested. The snow apple trees bloom at the start of fall with gorgeous, massive lime green and yellow blossoms. Some of the older and more prized trees bloom white. The first snowfall incubates the apples as they grow and mature, and they become ready to harvest at the end of winter. A unique and delicious type of cider is created by fermenting snow apples.
Image Snowberries Also known as ghostberries, snowberries are not unique to Lhavit, and grow year round. However, the species that grows in and around Lhavit is slightly different from the ones that grow outside of the Misty Peaks. Small white berries, they grow on bushes in clumps; the outside is hard, while the inside is soft, granular, and crystalline. During the day they seem unremarkable, but like many of Lhavit's flora, at night the berries glow with a faint luminescence that is not present in any other variety of the berry. The berries aren't poisonous, but are hard to eat and entirely tasteless; when fermented properly, they create glace, a tasteless but strong spirit that glows brightly. Glace is a specialty at the Obsidian Club, used to make their signature glowing cocktails.
Image Snowdrop The snowdrop flower, also called the milk flower, is a lovely white flower, with a blossom that droops in a bell-like shape; they usually have 3 - 5 petals, and grow in bunches close to the ground. Snowdrops bloom in the early spring, and it is not uncommon to see them beginning to sprout through the melting layers of snow. While pretty, they don't have any real use, and are usually left alone by animals such as deer and rabbits, making them a favourite for gardens.
Image Starfruit The starfruit is an oval-shaped fruit, between 2 and 6 inches long, with five ridges running across it lengthwise. The skin of the fruit is slightly waxy, and is green when unripe, and yellow when the fruit has ripened and is ready to eat. The entire fruit is edible, including the skin; when cut, the slices of the fruit are shaped like small stars, hence its name. Starfruits are lightly crunchy, with a mostly sweet, slightly tart taste. They only grow around the bottom of the mountains, and are a popular snack in Lhavit, particularly for children.
Image Taikapi* The taikapi is a flower that is only found on the Sharai Peak of Lhavit. The flowers grow in abundance over the fields of the Okomos, almost like a pestilence there; yet they are curiously absent from any other part of Lhavit. It is said that they grow anywhere where the Okomos grow, for the two are intimately connected - the taikapi is a flower that is essential for the Okomo's digestive health. These flowers are either white or blue, little and bell-like in shape. They are considered the children's emblem of Lhavit, and are often gifted to children on their birthdays.
Image Taka Moss* Taka moss is very common. It grows on just about any rock, and also covers the floors of woodlands and forests in the Misty Peaks. Taka moss is a light, yellow-green color and is very thick – trying to pull if off a rock is near impossible. If you wish to harvest the moss, you will need a knife or dagger to cut it away. When added to food, taka moss can help ease muscle pain and fatigue.
Image Wanamu* The wanamu tree is a tree that only grew before the Valterrian. There are only a few surviving examples of these trees, and they grace the top of the individual peaks in the wilderness of the Misty Peaks. Their bark is cracked and wrinkled, and they are tall and winding, reaching up towards Zintila's stars. The trees have a minor field of hypnotism, so that when a weary traveller passes by a singular tree, they begin to feel much more rejuvenated and rested. The more trees there are in one spot, the more hope is instilled into the passerby. The wanamu tree is extremely rare and only the most daring adventurers have the possibility of passing them.
Image Zujin* The zujin flower is a tough flower which is found, perhaps surprisingly, only in winter. When the water in Lhavit freezes over, the buds (which are present, along with the lily pad leaves, all year round) bloom into purple, spiky flowers. Not delicate at all, they have thick petals which can be broken, revealing a thick gel inside that is a subtle poison. The poison can be used to upset one's stomach for multiple days if slipped into food. However, the leaf itself has medicinal values when used whole and steeped to make tea; the opposite of its poison, tea made from the leaves of a zujin will help ease stomach aches. The flower, due to the fact that it blooms only in winter, has come to have a poor social symbol. It is often given mockingly to a woman who constantly rejects a potential lover. When given the zujin, the woman is often given the title "Ice Flower".


Fauna :
Image Name Characteristics
Image Alheas Lion This beautiful cat began as an indigenous species to the Misty Peaks. They are small for wildlife, but large compared to most housecats, measuring 45 cm at the shoulder, and have long, thick grey fur. One of the most fascinating aspects of the breed is their ever-changing eyes, reflecting their mood similarly to the Vantha, an effect caused by exposure to high levels of wild djed. They live in the forests of Alheas Park and are considered almost a sacred animal; while not common, they are occasionally kept as pets. Domestication is easy as they naturally have a relaxed temperament and enjoy being pampered.
Image Bighorn Sheep Bighorn sheep are named for their large, curving horns, although only the males have them with the female’s being a lot smaller. The sheep live in herds wandering the Misty Peaks. They are very adept at scaling the rocky peaks of Lhavit. Unlike the Okomo, the bighorns are not very tameable – all past attempts at controlling the creatures have failed.
Image Black Bear The black bears tend to roam the Misty Peaks alone. They are generally not a threat to the people of Lhavit, since they stay away from the city, fearing human contact. However they will attack a person if one comes within range of the bears home. The black bears are on average 3.5 ft tall at the shoulder and live on fruit and other mammals that live in the Peaks.
Image Bobcat The bobcat is very adaptable and can live in the Misty Peaks just as easily as the city of Lhavit itself. They are relatively small, no more than 60 cm at the shoulder and have a distinct spotted coat. They are one of the main predators that aid in keeping the rabbit population down and so their occasional presence in the city is tolerated because of that. Rarely, a bobcat may be kept as a pet; however, they are exotic and somewhat expensive, and must be domesticated at a very young age.
Image Boreal Owl The boreal owl is a small owl measuring a wingspan of only 20 - 24 inches. It is mostly brown, with white flecking and streaking, and has a large head with large, yellow round eyes. It mostly feeds on small mammals such as mice, but will also eat insects. Due to it's varied diet and small size, it is a relatively easy bird to keep. They can be quite affectionate with their owners, but are unsociable with other birds.
Image Changeling Mantis The Changeling Mantis is a carnivorous insect that has the unique ability to mimic its surroundings. This ability takes about an hour to take affect, after such time it takes on aspects of whatever is around it at the time. This ability allows it to be a better hunter and to avoid being hunted itself. Many believe that eating it will allow you to heal faster, but few are brave enough to test the theory.
Image Deer Mouse Deer mice are very common around Lhavit, but incredibly hard to spot. They are called deer mice due to their ability to run very fast and for being able to jump. Deer mice are generally nocturnal, though they occasionally venture out during the daytime. They live in the Peaks and the city, and if one is found in a home, it should be removed right away as they like to gnaw on any wooden furnishings.
Image Elk The elk are an incredibly large species of deer, growing to around 4’3” at the shoulder. They roam in herds through the trees along the sides of the peaks, and the cries of the males during the spring can be heard in the city. The elk are a popular species to hunt, and their antlers make great trophies. Great efforts are taken to make sure the elk do not enter the city, for the will sometimes attack the Okomo, and can sometimes transmit diseases to them.
Image Ghost Hawk Ghost hawks are rare birds that live in the higher parts of the Misty Peaks. Ghost hawks have pure white feathers, for which they are named after; their flight and tail feathers are partially translucent, while the feathers on their bodies have a very faint sheen to them, effectively allowing them to easily blend in with fog and snow. On average, they have a wingspan of 4 - 4.5 feet. They use this camouflage to their advantage when hunting. Rare and with aggressive temperaments, ghost hawks are not kept by any in the city, but are admired by many.
Image Golden Eagle Golden eagles live high in the Misty Peaks above the city. Golden eagles prey on a large selection of Lhavitian mammals including rabbits, marmots and even mountain goats. The wingspan can range anywhere from 6 – 7 feet wide. The eagles are sometimes seen perched on the tallest buildings in the city, and there are one or two citizens who keep the birds as pets, training them with falconry skills.
Image Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey The Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey are an elusive breed that reside in the trees of Misty Peaks. They are herbivores, eating mostly leaves and nuts. Despite the vibrant colors of their fur, they are very reclusive and thus, rarely seen. If someone does happen to see one it is considered by the locals to be a sign of good fortune.
Image Gopher The gopher is a generally harmless rodent, and is extremely common in both the Misty Peaks and the city itself. While they pose no threat to health or livestock, they are notorious for ruining gardens. Gophers like to burrow, and in doing so they uproot garden flowers and shrubs, leaving large piles of dirt behind. The gophers are small, and while unwelcome by the majority of citizens, the children of Lhavit see them as cute little creatures.
Image Great Horned Owl Great horned owls are large owls, averaging a 3 - 5 feet wingspan. They come in varying shades of brown, with darker barring on their bellies and darker mottling on their backs, and a white patch on their throat. Their eyes range from yellow to orange, and they are characterized by the tufted, feathered 'horns' on their heads, called plumicorns. While fairly common, great horned owls are not advisable to keep unless experienced, as they can be aggressive and are known for attacking their handlers.
Image Horned Lark The horned lark is an easily recognizable bird thanks to its bright yellow face pattern. It is called a “Horned” lark because in the summer, the males have black, feathery horns. Unlike most of the other Lhavitian birds, the horned lark makes its nests on open ledges of rock, which makes them very vulnerable to predators. The lark is favoured among Lhavitian bird keepers for its pretty markings and trilling song.
Image Kinell Kingfisher This tiny kingfisher has an amazingly haunting voice that almost reminds the listener of a human choir chanting. One bird resembles a soloist while a flock sounds amazingly like an entire choir. These birds are nocturnal and dwell in cavities found in the stone surrounding the Kinell Hotsprings. These birds can be kept as pets and are easy to raise and breed in captivity.
Image Lhavitian Squirrel The Lhavitian Squirrel, referred to in the city as just a squirrel, is a very common rodent that lives in the trees in and around the city. They are dark in colour, ranging from a smoky grey to black, but they always have white undersides, including the underneath of the tail. The squirrels also have a tuft of dark fur on each ear to help keep them warm in the cooler climate. They are useful to the citizens, since they feed on fungi that is poisonous to humans, thus eliminating the threat from the city.
Image Marmot The marmots are basically large ground squirrels. They thrive on the rocky terrain of the Misty Peaks, making their homes in rockpiles where they hibernate throughout the winter season. They feed on the plants that cover the sides of the peaks and are very flighty – they will hide when anything approaches. As such, the marmots are never seen in the city, and are therefore accepted by the people since they pose no threat to gardens.
Image Merlin Like the golden eagle, the merlin preys on rodents that live in the Peaks. However they are significantly smaller, with 25 inch wingspan, and so are actually hunted by the larger eagles. The merlin is a very pretty bird. Their backs can range from silver-grey to black, and their undersides from fawn to an orange tint. They make their nests out on the peaks, not as high as the eagles, and they tend to shelter under overhangs. The merlin is popular among falconers – they are much easier to look after than eagles and are very striking.
Image Misty Fox The misty fox can only be found on the Peaks around Lhavit. They are a small canine, growing no more than 30 cm at the shoulder. Their coats are pure white, and they are well adapted to survive in the colder mountain temperatures. They have fur on the undersides of their paws, small ears and noses and very thick fur. The foxes are very skittish, fearing human contact, and so they are extremely hard to find. Their fur used to be prized for garment creation, but since they were hunted to near extinction, killing a misty fox is now illegal.
Image Mountain Cat The mountain cat, or Lhavitian cat, is unique to the Lhavit region. They live in wild packs around the Misty Peaks, making their home in crevices and rockfalls, however they are also a popular pet. A few citizens have managed to domesticate the cats and now the cat is a popular pet for children. The mountain cat is very small, only fractionally bigger than a normal house cat, measuring around 25 cm tall at the shoulder. They are generally silvery coated with darker striped markings and thick tails.
Image Mountain Deer The mountain deer are found much lower down the peaks than most of Lhavit’s other native wildlife. They roam in large herds feeding on shrubs and berry-fruits during the day and then split up into smaller groups at night to make it harder for any predators. The deer have large ears, and white coats with only the males possessing horns. They are a popular game species, and Lhavitians often travel down the peak to hunt them.
Image Mountain Goat Mountain goats are relatively common around the Misty Peaks. They are fairly large and white-coated, with both males and females having horns and beards. The goats are sure-footed and can traverse the sides of the Misty Peaks with ease. Domestication of these goats failed because they would try and flee back out to the Peaks when put in a stall or other hold.
Image Mountain Lion The mountain lion, also known as the cougar, is a large predatory cat the lives on the Peaks; on average, a cougar measures between 23 and 28 inches at the shoulder. The cougar is a fairly slender cat, its lighter build and lean muscle structure enabling it to move around the ledges and outcrops with ease. Their coats are a tawny colour, with lighter undersides, and they have piercing yellow eyes. Cougars prey on mountain goats, elk, and deer, but will attack a human if threatened.
Image Northern Harrier The harrier is yet another bird of prey found among the Misty Peaks. Their wingspan ranges from 4.5-5 feet, and they hunt on the larger rodent species, such as the marmots. The male bird is grey with lighter under-parts, while the female is mostly brown. As with the merlin, they are very popular among falconers due to their size. When tamed, the birds can be used to aid in hunting small game.
Image Okomo The Okomo is a sturdy and peaceful animal unique to Lhavit; common within the city and rare outside of it, the Okomo are revered among Lhavitians and considered sacred, serving both as mounts and bonded companions. The size of an average horse, Okomos have soft pastel fur that comes in all colours of the rainbow, often in multiple shades. Both males and females have long horns that spiral upwards that glitter and glow with a bio-luminescence. Like their bones and hooves, their horns are made of skyglass, and come in the same range of shades as their fur.
Image Osprey The Opsrey is not as common as the other large birds around Lhavit. It is a fish eating bird, and is therefore only present around the river and waterfall at the foot of The Zintia peak. Their wingspan can be anywhere from 4 – 6 feet. The feathers of the Osprey are a rich, glossy brown on the backs, with white undersides and golden eyes. They are not a bird that is kept due to their uncommonness and tricky diet, as well as their somewhat aggressive nature.
Image Peregrine Falcon Peregrine falcons tend to live higher up in the Misty Peaks surrounding Lhavit. They have a 3.5 - 4 foot wingspan, and are typically coloured a blue-grey or brown on their back, with their chests being white to very pale rust, and barred a dark brown. Peregrine falcons are excellent hunting birds, and are renowned for their speed; particularly when they stoop, which is a hunting maneuver where they fly to a great height and then dive at incredible speeds. This technique is primarily used when peregrines are hunting other birds. Peregrines, while stubborn, are not very aggressive, and so not overly difficult to train.
Image Pika The pika is a tiny mammal, growing no more that 9 inches long. They are active mostly during the day, and live both on the Peaks and in the city. The pika living on the Peaks make their homes in crevices and the city dwelling ones make small burrows in secluded garden areas. Pikas live in family groups of 4-5 and are generally unintrusive to Lhavitian family gardens.
Image Rabbit Rabbits are incredibly common around Lhavit and the Peaks. The rabbits tend to thrive in the more wooded areas of the peaks, not faring quite so well on the bare rock faces. Their coats are generally a tawny brown, though they can also range from fawn to almost black. Rabbits in the city itself are often seen as pests as they eat flowers and plants that the citizens have taken care to plant in their gardens. They are sometimes kept as pets, but are not as popular as the mountain cat.
Image Raven Ravens are common birds in and around Lhavit; they are often found in the wild, but make their way into the city frequently as they often find better food with less effort. Ravens are relatively large birds, with a wingspan of 3.5 - 4 feet; their feathers are a glossy black, and often have an iridescent sheen of blue, green, or purple. Their beaks are black as well. Ravens are very intelligent and curious birds; they learn behaviours from watching other creatures, and so can be trained fairly easily, and can even be taught to mimic some elements of human speech along with other sounds.
Image Rosy Finch The rosy finch is a relatively uncommon bird found around Lhavit. They are very small, their wingspan no more than 1.3 inches and have a light, chirruping call. They have pink-tinted brown feathers on their backs and undersides, with wing feathers being much pinker. The heads and tail tips range from grey to black. The rosy finch feeds on grain, seeds and small berry-fruits. They are a popular bird for bird-keepers due to their pretty colouring and relative rareness.
Image Sartu Rainbow Trout The Sartu rainbow trout, or simply rainbow trout, is a large species of trout native to the Misty Peaks, usually weighing around 25 - 30 lbs. The rainbow trout's scales are predominantly yellow, but they have large patches of different iridescent colours of all varieties of the rainbow, giving them their name. They live in the lakes and rivers of the Misty Peaks, but are particularly common on the Sartu Peak, especially at the Rainbow Falls. The Sartu rainbow trout is a popular sport fish among Lhavitians, and the most commonly eaten fish.
Image Sharp-Shinned Hawk Commonly referred to as “Sharpies”, the sharp-shinned hawk is another predatory bird that nests in the Peaks. They nest about halfway up the Peaks, rarely entering the city itself due to the higher elevation. Their wingspan is around 22 inches, and the birds are generally a slate-grey colour with light fawn undersides. Eyes can range from golden to orange, while the legs are yellow. They hunt on the smaller mammals like rabbits and mice. The “Sharpies” are uncommon to find in a falconers stock, since they don’t fare too well in the city, and can be quite violent.
Image Skyglass Caterpillar This insect is named the 'Skyglass' Caterpillar because of it's remarkable translucent body that seems to look like its made of glass. This beautiful skin conceals that fact that it is actually poisonous, and if touched the subject will break out into hives; if something is foolish enough to eat the Skyglass Caterpillar it may even prove to be fatal. It spends most of its time eating as much as it can before it starts the metamorphosis process.
Image Skyglass Moth The mature form of the Skyglass Caterpillar is a gold colored moth with wings that seem to sparkle. Unlike their juvenile forms, they are completely harmless and their diet consists of mostly nectar.
Image Snowshoe Hare The snowshoe hare is very similar to the rabbit, but there are obvious differences that set it apart. The hare has much longer hind legs, larger ears and is generally bigger overall. Like the rabbit, they eat vegetation, but they don’t venture into the city too often. The snowshoe hare has varying coat colours. During the warmer seasons their coats are a tawny brown, while in the cooler periods they have brilliant white pelts.
Image Snow Leopard Snow leopards are rare creatures indeed, the subject of many myths and fables in Lhavit; seen as mystical creatures, they are rarely sighted. It is said those who kill a snow leopard will face many years of bad luck. Snow leopards are relatively large cats, measuring 22 inches at the shoulder on average; they have thick fur that ranges in shades from pure white to light grey with dark grey or black spots, and pale gold or blue eyes. They only live on the very highest of the Misty Peaks, where the snow never melts no matter the season, and are few in number. Reclusive and shy, they would much rather run away than engage in a fight, but will attack a human if they feel they are cornered.
Image Snowy Owl While having a better temperament than great horned owls, snowy owls are less available due to living far north among the highest of the Misty Peaks. They are larger than great horned owls, with a wingspan of 4.5 - 5.5 feet. Snowy owls are pure white, often with grey, dark brown, or even black bars or speckles over their whole body, save for their faces. Unlike other owls, snowy owls tend to hunt and be active during the day. While not overly aggressive, they can be fiercely protective of things they deem 'theirs'; but they can also be surprisingly affectionate.
Image Star Lizard This tiny iridescent lizard survives on the nectar and insects found on flowers growing in and around the Lhavitian Hotsprings. They reproduce often and are favorite foods of all sorts of opportunistic birds and other smaller creatures. Primarily nocturnal, these lizards are fast, friendly, and make exceptional pets. Their dark colouring combined with white speckling is what earned them their name.
Image Steiggerhorn Less common than their cousins, the Bighorns, the Steiggerhorn are smaller and have a much more mellow temperament. Their meat can be considered a delicacy, since they mostly inhabit the less accessible areas in the Misty Peaks around Sharai. Also known as Jyukurai to locals, they are characterized by their soft, brown wool, and are usually found with four horns, though they have been seen varied from two to six.
Image Willow Goose The willow goose is a bird that has been bred mostly domestically; they are found almost entirely within the city itself, though they do exist outside of Lhavit and in the forests as well. Despite this, it is by no means a pet bird. The feathers are used to create quills, and it is a popular meat among the citizens of Lhavit. The feathers are a marbled brown and white which are very popular for quill use, however the willow goose turns completely white in the winter season. As well as their meat, the eggs of the willow goose are also popular.
Image Wolf The wolf is one of the primary predators around Lhavit, along with the bear and cougar. Wolves travel in packs ranging from 2-6 members on average. The coat colours range from white and cream, through to brown, grey and black, and the coats of all Lhavitian wolves are always thick to protect against the cooler climate. Occasionally a wolf will venture into the city and cause havoc among the Okomo herds, though the Shinya try to prevent this the best they can.
Image Wolverine The wolverine almost looks like a miniature bear. They are quite violent and deceptively strong, able to take prey much bigger than itself. They hunt anything from rabbits to deer, staying protected from attack and cold thanks to their sharp teeth and thick hides. When threatened, wolverines will hiss before attacking, so caution is extremely necessary when one is encountered. They live in the Peaks very close to the city, though they are kept out of the city through force.
Image Woodrat The woodrat is very similar to the deer mouse, though it is bigger and marginally slower. The woodrat is always a tawny brown colour with “fluffy” pelts to retain warmth. Like the mouse, the woodrat can be found in both the city and the Peaks, though it changes on the time of year. In the warmer months they live in the city, building nests for breeding, and in the cooler months they move out onto the peaks and take up residence in the crevices.


★ Race Relations
    Akalak
    These powerful warriors are incredible rare in Lhavit and treated with a great deal of respect when they do visit. Akalak may find themselves highly sought after, particularly by the Shinya, for their combat abilities.

    Akvatari
    These creatures are seen as essential to the culture and creativity of any city and are treated politely. Many people may ask after an Akvatari's poetry or magical ability, the assumption being they are proficient in both.

    Benshira
    Relatively unknown, these desert-dwelling nomads are treated as most any other human.

    Chaktawe
    Due to their unnatural appearance, citizens will be fascinated with these beings and might even gape openly in the streets. Due to their somber exterior however, Chaktawe will likely be regarded with some suspicion and avoided by most.

    Charoda
    These creatures are regrettably unable to survive under the atmospheric conditions in Lhavit; however, while rare, it is not unheard of Charoda visiting Port Tranquil. Such occasions do not occur often, and when they do, are cause for much talk.

    Dhani
    The snake-people are feared, most especially for their ability to infiltrate human society and for their predatory appetites. Dhani are treated with extreme caution and watched strictly by the Shinya, and may even be asked to leave regardless of their behaviour.

    Drykas
    These horse-people are treated much like any other human culture. Horses are something of a fascination for natives however, since they are near nonexistent in the mountainous region; tales of such creatures could very-well become a crowd favorite.

    Ethaefal
    Being the patron race of the city, these transcendent beings are treated with awe and openly admired. Citizens may randomly present Ethaefal with gifts or acts of service. They are afforded the same liberties as other citizens, but seem to advance faster than ordinary humans.

    Eypharian
    Multiple arms would be quite an attraction to the local populous. Due to their scarcity in the high mountains of Kalea, Eypharians are nearly unheard of, and considered beautiful and exotic. It is not uncommon for the few Eypharian visitors that do grace Lhavit to attract many suitors, regardless of gender.

    Ghosts
    Ghosts are not overly common in Lhavit, but like most cities, the occasional restless spirit does take up residence in the city. Seen both as scary and a curiosity, if a ghost minds its own business and doesn't cause trouble, they will likely be left to their own devices. Should a spirit decide to cause trouble, Rostam is usually called to deal with them.

    Humans
    Regular humans are all treated with general respect as they make up most of the population. Actions dictate more than any variation of appearance when it comes to how a human is treated by the general population.

    Inarta
    Wind Reach and Lhavit have a very positive relationship and because of that, Inarta are more than welcome. Wind Eagle riders regularly visit Lhavit for trading purposes, and will find themselves the center of attention.

    Isur
    The Isur also have a beneficial relationship with Lhavit, having been a regular trade partner as well. Isurians are craftsmen and their goods will be highly sought after.

    Jamoura
    Though one has never set foot in Lhavit, the Bharani Library has certain evidence of giant, highly intelligent apes. This idea is very appealing and many children's stories revolve around the species.

    Kelvic
    These shape-shifters are treated as mostly human, though their capabilities add to their usefulness and therefore make them more desirable. Exotic animals are especially liked and will find themselves being very popular with the opposite sex.

    Konti
    Though few and far between, Konti are incredibly attractive to the natives. Vision water has graced many foreign myths and may be frequently asked about with these semi-aquatic beings. Their association to Laviku also lends value to how they're perceived.

    Myrian
    The Myrians are feared and yet revered, to a extent; their combat skills are admired greatly, particularly among the Shinya. They are often used as fables for disobedient children. They will not attract crowds, but will certainly attract attention.

    Nuit
    Nuit are regarded with deep suspicion and caution, and generally disgust. While allowed in the city, most go out of their away to avoid them, and the Shinya keep a sharp eye on them. It is highly frowned upon for Nuit to purchase or otherwise acquire bodies that died naturally, but not strictly illegal; however, the moment a Nuit kills in order to obtain a body, the Shinya will dispatch of them ruthlessly and without question.

    Pycon
    Pycon are regarded with a great deal of curiosity. When noticed, they may become the center of a full-scale interrogation. People find their existence a mark of powerful magic and are endlessly fascinated by them.

    Svefra
    These traders are highly regarded in Lhavit and are treated as dual-citizens. Due to the 512 AV Djed Storm however, populations have dwindled significantly on the west coast.

    Symenestra
    Thanks to the Harvest, the people of Lhavit are wary of the Symenestra. It's proximity to Kalinor makes it an especially attractive target. But the city, being egalitarian, gives everyone a chance though the Shinya watch them very closely. Females are marginally more trusted than males, but not by much.

    Vantha
    Vantha are welcome in Lhavit and are all viewed as grand storytellers. Never enter a tavern as a Vantha; you'll be hard-pressed to leave.

    Note: Due to the disappearance of Morwen in winter of 516 AV, Vantha are being hunted across Mizahar at the request of other deities, and Lhavit is no exception to this. There were little to none of Morwen's people in the city to begin with, so it hasn't been a huge issue; however, should a Vantha show themself in Lhavit and be identified as such, their time alive would be severely limited. While personal opinions may vary, there are plenty willing to kill a Vantha, either for the 1,000 Kina reward or for personal reasons; the Shinya would not intervene, nor would it be considered a crime. (There are currently no Vantha NPCs in Lhavit)

    Zith
    They are viewed as blood-thirsty monsters and will be attacked on sight. Half-Zith are permitted, barely, within the city; but they would be watched keenly by the Shinya and distrusted and discriminated against by all who knew of their heritage.

    Note: If you wish to enter Lhavit as a Dhani, Nuit, or Symenestra, please contact your ST. Zith are strictly forbidden.
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Postby Elysium on June 19th, 2013, 6:26 pm

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★ Introduction
Welcome to the OOC resource! Please read all of the following at least, before posting in the city. It may just save your life. :ninja:

★ Rules & Guidelines
No metagaming, godmodding or assuming control of other PCs.
Remember that this more than just a roleplay - it's also a game.

No Symenestra, Dhani or Zith players in the city without special permission.
These races are by and large the most predatory and are not generally permitted into the city. PM a local storyteller to obtain permission.

Adhere to the Rules and Terms of Use.
Lhavit, like the rest of the site, observes the rules. So should you.

Respect the setting.
Many of the people who developed this site did so to provide context for the players. Do not invent locations or blatantly ignore the culture. Play within the context provided in the linkmap and here in the Atlas.

All private residences first submitted to the Development Submissions.
If you begin with permanent housing from the Starting Package, you may post the description of your home in our Development Submissions.

From there it will be approved or denied; if it is approved, you will be allowed to post your home as a location, and it will be added to the linkmap. If it is denied, your ST will let you know what needs to be revised so that it can be approved. Do not post a residence and ask for it to be added to the linkmap without first submitting it for approval. We don't want anyone slipping through the cracks.

Moderation and jobs both require special permission and an approved character sheet.
PM your local storyteller to be granted either of these things. Job information will be added to your personal Storyteller Secrets page. You must have an approved character sheet to be eligible and if not, please request a character sheet liaison review it for you.

Lhavit uses Kina as currency rather than Mizas.
Vendors and shopkeepers do not accept gold mizas, but both are equivalent in value. To exchange your currency, please do so at the Cosmos Center. Roleplaying through this is optional.

Have fun!
Please enjoy yourself. This is a rule. :)


★ Starting a Business
Interested in starting a business? The first place to start is the Business Plans page of our Wiki. It states:
There are seven simple steps to owning a business on Mizahar.

  1. Talk to a local Storyteller about the feasibility of a business in their domain.
  2. Find out if there is a thread where your pc can talk about acquiring financing in the form of loans and how they would acquire a building, if needed, and post in that thread getting the ball rolling for acquisition of funds and facility.
  3. Write a business plan and post it in the Business Plans Forum
  4. Get your plan approved by Gillar
  5. Finish any final touches with the acquisition of funds/lands.
  6. Get final storyteller permission to post up your new business (Ie. Make sure the business plan meets with their approval)
  7. Post up your new business location (after the writeup has been approved by the local storyteller)

Lhavit provides plenty of financing for player-driven businesses! The PC should PM a local storyteller and from there, follow the steps provided above.


★ Development
Feeling an itch to develop for the city? Never fear! So long as you adhere to the guidelines provided, you too can make a contribution. In fact, we encourage it! In order to guest develop, you must submit a write-up for the location, NPC or species desired in our Development Submissions thread. Make sure it contains the following:

  • Title of the location or species
  • Visual representation of the NPC, location or species
  • Description of the location, NPC or species

Please note that each entry is subject to revision before it is officially posted. Continuity is key, so take heed! The more effort put forth, the greater the reward.


★Plagiarism
By agreeing to the Terms of Use, you've also agreed not to plagiarize. Here is the simple definition as given by Wikipedia:
'Plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation" and "purloining and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions," and the representation of them as one's own original work.'

Many people in writing skill training solos, have a tendency to use direct quotations from internet sources. While no one expects a person to begin with extensive knowledge on their own, it is imperative that all such writing is put in the person's own words. Failure to do so will result in moderator intervention. Multiple offenses can ultimately lead to being banned from the game.


★ Jobs, Wages and Seasonal Experience
After their sheet receives the official green check, any player may then contact their local storyteller about getting a job. There is a lovely section in the lore on income that they should then read. It provides starting rates of pay and how the skill system works alongside them.

Read the article. That's all I'll say. It makes us storyteller folk feel good when people listen to us. Anyway...

In a perfect world, when the player is done reading that entire section of the lore, they then write two job threads - each thread should consists of 5 posts, each of approximately 500 words, for 2,500 words total per job thread. Once you are done both your job threads, you are eligible to receive full wages for that season.

Now, here is the part that confuses most people. You can also earn something called seasonal experience points. You may earn up to a maximum of four seasonal XP per season, one XP per month in a season, and potentially an extra point for those that earn it. The points go towards the main skill your character uses for their job. To earn seasonal XP points, you must have threads showing your character living the lifestyle of their job, and/or being extremely dedicated to it outside of actually working. Job threads do not count for seasonal XP, nor do any threads where your character is officially working. If you've earned XP in the main skill you use for your job, then the thread is not eligible for seasonal experience.

Seasonal experience points come from threads that show your character doing things for their job, that is NOT their job, on their own time. For example, a thread where an herbalist goes shopping for herbs or medicines may be eligible for seasonal experience. If you are still confused or have questions in regards to earning seasonal XP, ask your storyteller.


★ Multiple PCs & Storytelling
You cannot have more than one PC in a city. This is stated under the Multiple Accounts clause of our core rules, as found in the lore.

★ Interventions
ImageStorytellers have the right to intervene on both threads and character sheets. This is for your own good and the good of all. What is an intervention, you ask? It is when a moderators posts in a thread, pointing out any of the following things:

    ✰ Information in the thread contradicts the lore
    ✰ Information in the thread violates either the Rules or the Terms of Use
    ✰ Information in the thread violates the Creative Manifesto
    ✰ Inaccurate or false details included in a Character Sheet
    ✰ Inaccurate ledger information in a Character Sheet

Without fail, moderator interventions come with instructions on how to rectify them. When these instructions are followed, simply PM the storyteller to have the intervention removed.


★ Useful Resources
Verillian being the mad genius that he is, one day decided to compile the most comprehensive FAQ in the history of Mizahar. I loved it so much that I decided to include it in this Player's Guide!

Use it well.
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